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What to look for in the SEC (Nov 13)

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LSU will take a break from the SEC and will host Louisiana Monroe for homecoming after their monumental win over Alabama.  Florida and South Carolina meet in the Swamp as the winner will take the SEC East.  Embattled Cam Newton is expected to lead Auburn against border rival Georgia as the Tigers look to clinch the SEC West.  Here what to look for in the SEC this weekend:

Louisiana-Monroe at LSU
Saturday 6 pm TigerVision
Line: Tigers by 33

ULM- 4-5, 3-3  Last Week: lost to Florida International 42-35
LSU- 8-1, 5-1  Last Week: beat Alabama 24-21

Most Recent Meeting: 2003 (LSU won 49-7 in Baton Rouge)

LSU will look to avoid another lackluster effort against an in-state opponent as the Tigers host Louisiana-Monroe for their final non-conference game of the regular season.  The Warhawks are coming off a tough loss to FIU and need to win two of their last three games to be bowl eligible.  LSU is coming off a huge win over Alabama 24-21 and would like to keep the momentum going heading down the final stretch.  Earlier this season, the Tigers struggled to beat McNeese State the following week after coming off a big win on the road over Florida. 

Georgia at Auburn
Saturday 2:30 pm CBS
Line: Tigers by 8

Georgia- 5-5, 3-4   Last Week: beat Idaho State 55-7
Auburn- 10-0, 6-0  Last Week: beat Chattanooga 62-24

Most Recent Meeting: Last Year (Georgia won 31-24 in Athens)

It is the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry as Auburn welcomes Georgia to the Plains this weekend.  The Tigers only need to win one out of their two remaining conference games to wrap up the SEC West.  Georgia need only one more win to be bowl eligible and would like spoil Auburn’s national championship chances in the process.  The Bulldogs has dominated the series as of late winning four straight with the last two contests being decided by 7 points or less.  Meanwhile, a cloud has been hanging over the Auburn Tigers all week concerning the nature of accusations against their Heisman Trophy contending quarterback Cam Newton.  According to CBS, the SEC did not know about the phone conversations Newton and his father told Miss State recruiting officials that money would be needed for Newton to give his commitment.  Will Cam Newton play against the Bulldogs?  Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal Constitution gives his take on why Auburn should not start their quarterback.

South Carolina at Florida
Saturday 6:15 pm ESPN
Line: Gators by 6 1/2

South Carolina- 6-3, 4-3   Last Week: lost to Arkansas 41-20
Florida- 6-3, 4-3   Last Week: beat Vanderbilt 55-14

Most Recent Meeting: Last Year (Florida won 24-14 in Columbia)

It all comes down to this for Florida and South Carolina as they battle for the SEC East title in Gainesville.  The Gators will look to win their third straight trip to Atlanta while South Carolina is looking for their first trip to the SEC title game in school history.  The Gamecocks have not beaten Florida since 2005 with the Gators winning last year’s contest 24-14.  Scott Hood of breaks down this Saturday’s game with 10 key questions.

Mississippi State at Alabama
Saturday 6:15 pm ESPN 2
Line: Tide by 13 1/2

Mississippi State- 7-2, 3-2   Last Week: bye
Alabama- 7-2, 4-2   Last Week: lost to LSU 24-21

Most Recent Meeting: Last Year (Alabama won 31-3 in Starkville)

There will be no repeat for Alabama this year as the loss to LSU knocks them out of the SEC West and BCS picture.  The Tide will look to win out and earn a decent bowl invite.  Mississippi State had a bye but will play with heavy hearts against Alabama following the death of defensive end Nick Bell.  Chris Low of ESPN says the Bulldogs are ready to play despite what has happened.  Meanwhile, Mark Ingram will be getting most of the carries against the Bulldogs.  According to Tide, Alabama running back Trent Richardson is doubtful against Mississippi State.  The Bulldogs are seeking their first win against Alabama since 2007.

Ole Miss at Tennessee
Saturday 11 am CBS
Line: Vols by 1

Ole Miss- 4-5, 1-4   Last Week: beat Louisiana-Lafayette 42-21
Tennessee- 3-6, 0-5   Last Week: beat Memphis 50-14

Most Recent Meeting: Last Year (Ole Miss won 42-17 in Oxford)

Ole Miss and Tennessee meet in Knoxville as both teams are trying become bowl eligible.  The Vols road is a bit harder as they have to win their final three games.  Tennessee snapped a four game losing streak with a 50-14 rout over Memphis.  The Rebels have to win two out of their last three that includes Tennessee.  Houston Nutt is going to a stadium where he has never won.  Kyle Veazey of the Clarion Ledger breaks down Nutt’s history at Neyland Stadium where he is 0-4.

Vanderbilt at Kentucky
Saturday 11:21 am SEC Network
Line: Wildcats by 14 1/2

Vanderbilt- 2-7, 1-5   Last Week: lost to Florida 55-14
Kentucky- 5-5, 1-5   Last Week: beat Charleston Southern 49-21

Most Recent Meeting: Last Year (Kentucky won 24-13 in Nashville)

Kentucky hosts Vanderbilt as the Wildcats need one more victory to be bowl eligible.  The Commodores do not have enough wins for a bowl game but is looking to finish the season on a high note.  Vanderbilt enters the game without their two main threats in the running game with Zac Stacy and Warren Norman. Running Zac Stacy is likely out for the season with a concussion suffered against Florida last week.  Jeff Lockridge of the Gannett Tennessee says the Commodores are likely to go to the passing game more against Kentucky.

UTEP at Arkansas
Saturday 6 pm ESPNU
Line: Razorbacks by 28

UTEP 6-4, 3-4   Last Week: beat SMU 28-14
Arkansas 7-2, 4-2  Last Week: beat South Carolina 41-20

First Meeting between the schools

Arkansas prepares to host UTEP as they play their final non-conference game of the season.  The Razorbacks are on a three game winning after their big road win over South Carolina 41-20.  The Miners snapped a three game losing streak with a 28-14 victory over SMU.  Chris Low of ESPN says it will be a reunion of UTEP head coach Mike Price and Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino as Petrino used to be a former assistant under Price.

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