Nothing has been simple as far as the Southeastern Conference football race in 2014. And that will hold through Thanksgiving weekend, the final regular season weekend for SEC teams.
As many as three games — Arkansas at Missouri, Mississippi State at Ole Miss and Auburn at Alabama — will be needed to decide who plays for the SEC title on Dec. 6 in Atlanta (TV: 4 p.m., CBS).
Missouri kept its SEC East title hopes alive with a 29-21 victory Saturday night over Tennessee at Knoxville. The Tigers can clinch the title at home Friday by beating the Razorbacks.
Georgia, which still has a chance at the SEC East title, owns victories over both Arkansas and Missouri. But the Bulldogs also have two conference losses (to South Carolina and Florida), while Missouri has a 6-1 mark.
A note: Arkansas is a hot team right now. The Razorbacks have posted consecutive shutout victories over LSU and Ole Miss to become bowl-eligible.
So it’s easy to see what Georgia fans will be doing Friday:
In the SEC West, Alabama has moved to the top of the heap. The Crimson Tide can book a trip to Atlanta by beating arch-rival Auburn on Saturday night in Tuscaloosa in the annual bloodletting that is known as the Iron Bowl.
A victory Saturday afternoon by Ole Miss would hand the SEC West title to Alabama, which is currently tied with Mississippi State at 6-1 in the SEC. But Alabama still would be playing for rival pride against Auburn, as well as maintaining its No. 1 ranking in the new College Football Playoff.
So get your clickers and tweeting fingers ready for a busy Thanksgiving weekend, SEC fans.
Key SEC games/TV info for Thanksgiving weekend (all times Eastern):
- Arkansas at Missouri, Friday, 2:30 p.m. (CBS)
- Mississippi State at Ole Miss, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. (CBS)
- Auburn at Alabama, Saturday, 7:45 p.m., (ESPN)
Disclosure: I’m a University of Georgia graduate.
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