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What to watch for in the SEC (Rivalry Weekend)

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LSU heads north of the border for their annual season finale showdown against rival Arkansas in Little Rock.  In other action, Alabama hosts Auburn in the Iron Bowl the day after Thanksgiving while Ole Miss is looking to bounce back from the loss to LSU against their in-state archrival Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl.  Here what to look out for in the SEC this weekend:

LSU at Arkansas (War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock)
Saturday 2:30 pm CBS
Line: Razorbacks by 3 ½

LSU- 10-1, 6-1    Last Week: beat Ole Miss 43-36
Arkansas- 9-2, 5-2   Last Week: won against Miss State 38-31

Most Recent Meeting: Last Year(LSU won 33-30 in Baton Rouge)

There will be more to play for than the Golden Boot as LSU prepares to take on Arkansas this weekend in Little Rock.  The winner of this game has a decent chance of a BCS Bowl.   The Tigers are coming off a 43-36 win over Ole Miss while the Razorbacks defeated Mississippi State 38-31.  This game has always been a classic trap game for LSU as the Tigers have always had close games against Arkansas in the past.  Traditionally, this game has been played the Friday after Thanksgiving.  John Pennington of Mr. SEC.com points out that Bobby Petrino would like the game to be moved back from Saturday to Friday.

Auburn at Alabama
Friday 1:30 pm CBS
Line: Tide by 4 ½

Auburn- 11-0, 7-0   Last Week: Bye
Alabama- 9-2, 5-2   Last Week: beat Georgia State, 63-7

Most Recent Meeting: Last Year (Alabama won 26-21 in Auburn)

Auburn and Alabama meet in Tuscaloosa for their annual Iron Bowl showdown as Alabama is looking to extend their 2 game win streak over the Tigers as Auburn wants to end it.  The Tide would like to derail Auburn’s chance at a national championship as well.  It is the matchup everyone has been waiting for as Nick Saban and Alabama tries to stop Auburn quarterback Cam Newton.  Ivan Maisel of ESPN says that this will be an exceptional edition of the Iron Bowl.

Florida at Florida State
Saturday 2:30 pm ABC
Line: Seminoles by 2 ½

Florida- 7-4, 4-4   Last Week: beat Appalachian State 48-10
Florida State- 8-3, 6-2   Last Week: beat Maryland 30-16

Most Recent Meeting: Last Year (Florida won 37-10 in Gainesville)

Florida heads to Tallahassee as they take on in-state archrival Florida State as both schools look for bragging rights in the state of Florida.  The Gators have dominated the series between the two teams as of late winning six straight over the Seminoles.  Both teams are looking to improve their records and earn the best possible bowl.  This game to both schools is important in another way as well other than bragging rights.  The Orlando Sentinel says this game has major recruiting implications as well.

Mississippi State at Ole Miss
Saturday 6 pm ESPNU
Line: Rebels by 2 1/2

Mississippi State- 7-4, 3-4    Last Week: lost to Arkansas 38-31
Ole Miss- 4-7, 1-6   Last Week: lost to LSU 43-36

Most Recent Meeting: Last Year (Miss State won 41-27 in Starkville)

It is the Egg Bowl as Ole Miss hosts Mississippi State for the right to claim the Egg Bowl trophy.  The Bulldogs currently hold the trophy as they beat the Rebels last year at home 41-27.  Ole Miss has had a difficult year as they are not bowl eligible for the first time under Houston Nutt.  The Rebels would like to end the year on a good note and take the trophy back from Mississippi State.  Ole Miss lost to LSU 43-36 last week in Tiger Stadium.  The Bulldogs have lost two straight after losing to Arkansas 38-31 last week.  Brandon Marcello of the Clarion Ledger says Dan Mullen is looking to become the first coach in 70 years to win his first two games against Ole Miss.

Georgia Tech at Georgia
Saturday 6:45 pm ESPN
Line: Bulldogs by 12 ½

Georgia Tech- 6-5, 4-4    Last Week: beat Duke 30-20
Georgia- 5-6, 3-5   Last Week: Bye

Most Recent Meeting: Last Year (Georgia won 30-24 in Atlanta)

Georgia hosts archrival Georgia Tech this week still looking for six wins to be bowl eligible. The Bulldogs have stumbled as of late losing two out of their last three games.  The Yellow Jackets have lost three out of their last four but has the six wins they need to go to a bowl game.  Could this be Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green’s last game for the Bulldogs?  Tim Tucker of the Atlanta Journal Constitution talks about the possibility of Green going to the draft.

South Carolina at Clemson
Saturday 6 pm ESPN 2
Line: Gamecocks by 2 1/2

South Carolina- 8-3, 5-3   Last Week: beat Troy 69-24
Clemson- 6-5, 4-4   Last Week: beat Wake Forest 30-10

Most Recent Meeting: Last Year (South Carolina won 34-17 in Columbia)

South Carolina would like to cap off a historic season by beating their cross interstate rival Clemson for a second year in a row.  Both teams meet in Clemson as both schools look to secure bragging rights in the state of South Carolina.  The Gamecocks look to take care of business first against their arch-rivals before they turn their attention to the SEC Championship game against Auburn.  Heather Dinich of ESPN says the roles are reversed in this game and this is not the South Carolina team Clemson is accustomed to playing.

Wake Forest at Vanderbilt
Saturday 6:30 pm CSS
Line: No Line

Wake Forest- 2-9, 1-7   Last Week: lost to Clemson 30-10
Vanderbilt- 2-9, 1-7   Last Week: lost to Tennessee 24-10

Most Recent Meeting: 2008 (Wake Forest won 23-10 in Winston-Salem)

The records for both teams sums it up for both Wake Forest and Vanderbilt.  Both teams enter this game looking to end the year on a good note and head into the offseason with a lot of work to do in order to get their season’s turnaround for next year.  The Commodores have lost six straight and have not won a game since beating Eastern Michigan while the Demon Deacons have lost nine straight since beating Duke in September.  John Pennington of Mr. SEC.com points out that Vanderbilt Head Coach Robbie Caldwell knows he may be coaching his last game for the Commodores.

Kentucky at Tennessee
Saturday 11:21 am SEC Network
Line: Vols by 3

Kentucky- 6-5, 2-5    Last Week: Bye
Tennessee- 5-6, 2-5   Last Week: beat Vanderbilt 24-10

Most Recent Meeting: Last Year (Tennessee won 30-24 in Lexington)

It has been a crazy first year for Derek Dooley as head coach of Tennessee but his team is one win away from being bowl eligible.  Kentucky is heading to a bowl after beating Vanderbilt the week before their bye and would like to improve their bowl status with a win.  Kentucky wide receiver Randall Cobb would like to end the year with a win against Tennessee.  Chris Low of ESPN says that Cobb has one more chance to beat the Vols at Neyland Stadium.

 
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