It's FCS week for most of the SEC, as the conference rests up in preparation for rivalry week.
No. 12 South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Citadel Bulldogs, ESPN3, 12:00 PM: Without Marcus Lattimore and Stephen Garcia, this isn't the South Carolina team Steve Spurrier thought he would have if the Gamecocks were to sweep the SEC East and win six conference games for the first time since joining the conference. Sophomore QB Connor Shaw had more rushing attempts than passes in South Carolina's 17-12 victory over Florida; Spurrier will probably try to open up the playbook a bit before hosting in-state rival Clemson next week.
No. 14 Georgia Bulldogs vs. Kentucky Wildcats, SEC Network/ESPN3, 12:21 PM: A home win over a hapless Kentucky team that's 1-5 in SEC play would clinch Georgia's first trip to the SEC Championship Game since 2005. For Wildcats fans, it's a good thing basketball season has started.
No. 24 Auburn Tigers vs. Samford Bulldogs, ESPN3, 1:00 PM: When they've played teams outside of the top 15, the Auburn coaching staff has been able to recapture the late-minute magic of last year's national championship season. When they've played top 15 teams, the departures of Cam Newton and Nick Fairley have been glaring, culminating in an embarrassing 45-7 loss to Georgia last weekend. Continuing this pattern against Samford would put the Tigers at 7-4 headed into the Iron Bowl.
Florida Gators vs. Furman Paladins, ESPN3, 1:00 PM: There hasn't been much of a honeymoon for new coach Will Muschamp in Gainesville, as the Gators have slipped to 5-5, losing against every ranked opponent they've faced this season. At 5-5, they'll need a win against Furman, an FCS opponent, to ensure bowl eligibility before they host in-state rival Florida State next week.
Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Georgia Southern Eagles, ESPN3, 2:00 PM: Nick Saban doesn't do half-measures. If his Alabama team is going to play an FCS opponent, they're going to play a 9-1 team ranked No. 2 in the FCS. Star RB Trent Richardson will try for a big game to boost his Heisman candidacy before the Iron Bowl next week.
No. 6 Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs, CBS, 3:30 PM: 9-1 Arkansas has quietly inserted themselves back into the national title picture, and a win over LSU next week would throw the BCS into chaos with a three-way rock-paper-scissors tie a top the SEC West. First they'll need to take care of business against Dan Mullen's disappointing Bulldogs squad, which has slipped to 5-5 after last season's 9-4 campaign.
Ole Miss Rebels vs. No. 1 LSU Tigers, ESPN, 7:00 PM: A shocking upset over a national title front-runner would be a great curtain call for Houston Nutt in what will most likely be his last season as an SEC head football coach after 14 years. How likely that would be for a 2-8 team that suspended its starting QB and leading RB this week is another question entirely.
Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Tennessee Volunteers, ESPNU, 7:00 PM: It's a battle for bowl eligibility in the Volunteer state, as both teams desperately need a win to get to six wins. But for the Commodores it's even bigger than that, as this game represents their best chance in a long time to beat their in-state rival. Since 1983, Tennessee is 27-1 against Vanderbilt.
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