It's the Deep South's oldest continuous rivalry, a series in which heroes have been made and history written. But there's a different feel about this Auburn-Georgia game at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray
The game at Jordan-Hare Stadium is not a sellout. Georgia is playing for the East Division championship. Auburn is trying to avoid becoming the first Auburn team to go 0-7 in the SEC.
To pull off an upset, the Tigers will have to find a way to deal with quarterback Aaron Murray, running backs Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley, defensive end Jarvis Jones and plenty of other talented players.
It'll be a tall order.
Senior Editor Phillip Marshall's late-season surge came to a screeching halt last weekend with a record of 11-7. Senior Writer Bryan Matthews regained control with a 13-5 record. For the season, Bryan is 135-53 and Phillip is 126-62.
No. 5 Georgia (8-1, 6-1 SEC) at Auburn (2-7, 0-6)
Phillip's take: I believe Auburn has a chance in this game. Not a great chance or even a good chance, but a chance. From all reports, there has been increased excitement and energy in practice. The problem for the Tigers is that they there are few if any positions at which they match up well. I look for a big effort from the home team, but unless Georgia plays poorly, it won't likely be enough. The Bulldogs look to punch their ticket to Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game.
Georgia 34, Auburn 17
Bryan's take: Georgia blew Auburn out of the stadium a year ago and I don't expect any different this Saturday. Sure, Georgia has struggled some on the road this season. But it will seem like a home game at Jordan-Hare Stadium by halftime. Thankfully, this season of horrors will be over in a couple of more weeks.
Georgia 51, Auburn 13
Arkansas (4-5, 2-3) at No. 12 South Carolina (7-2, 5-2)
Bryan's take: I can't see Arkansas putting up much of a fight against a very good South Carolina team. The Gamecocks have been knocked out of the SEC East race but they're heading to a good bowl game and a likely 10-win season.
South Carolina 31, Arkansas 14
Phillip's take: South Carolina has a good team and is playing at home. Arkansas has a bad team and is playing on the road. That adds up to a bad day for Arkansas.
South Carolina 38, Arkansas 14
Missouri (4-5, 1-5) at Tennessee (4-5, 0-5)
Phillip's take: Tennessee has proved it can't stop anybody. Missouri almost beat Florida, and Tennessee is no Florida.
Missouri 42, Tennessee 35
Bryan's take: Missouri came close to pulling off an upset at Florida and now has a chance to win its first-ever SEC road game. Tennessee has an atrocious defense but their offense should be enough to squeak out a home win and take another step toward being bowl eligible.
Tennessee 38, Missouri 35
Louisiana-Lafayette (5-3) at No. 7 Florida (8-1, 7-1)
Bryan's take: The first of a couple of cupcakes for the Gators until a season-closing clash at Florida State.
Florida 41, Louisiana-Lafayette 9
Phillip's take: I'm not sure this is as much of a cupcake game as it appears to be. ULL isn't bad. Florida has a hard time scoring. It won't be a nail-biter, but the Ragin' Cajuns might just give a good account of themselves.
Florida 21, ULL 9
No. 15 Texas A&M (7-2, 4-2) at No. 1 Alabama (9-0, 6-0)
Phillip's take: Texas A&M's offense is on an unprecedented roll, almost 1400 yards worth in blowout road wins at Auburn and Mississippi State. Even Alabama's defense will be severely tested, but it's hard to see the Tide losing at home.
Alabama 35, Texas A&M 24
Bryan's take: This is a very intriguing matchup and I wouldn't rule out an upset. But it's hard to pick against a team as good as Alabama playing at home and marching toward a championship. Plus, that high-powered Aggie offense struggled against the two best defenses it's faced this season in Florida and LSU. Alabama's D is better.
Alabama 33, Texas A&M 20
Vanderbilt (5-4, 3-3) at Ole Miss (5-4, 2-3)
Bryan's take: Vanderbilt is riding a 3-game winning streak including last week's thrashing at Kentucky. Ole Miss is probably the most improved team in the SEC. I'll take the Rebels at home in a thriller.
Ole Miss 31, Vanderbilt 30
Phillip's take: This is a game between two teams that have overachieved. It could go either way, but I'll go with the home team.
Ole Miss 23, Vanderbilt 21
No. 22 Mississippi State (7-2, 3-2) at No. 9 LSU (7-2, 3-2)
Phillip's take: LSU has rarely lost at home under Les Miles. Losing two in a row? Not going to happen.
LSU 31, Mississippi State 21
Bryan's take: Another intriguing matchup. It will be interesting to see how LSU bounces back after a disappointing loss to Alabama. MSU is trying not to drop its third-straight game after a 7-0 start. I'm going with the better team playing at home.
LSU 34, Mississippi State 14
Phillip's take: Michigan 28, Northwestern 17; Wisconsin 21, Indiana 10; North Carolina 27, Georgia Tech 24; Oregon State 21, Stanford 20; Nebraska 24 Penn State 20; Oklahoma State 49, West Virginia 35; Kansas State 34, TCU 21; Notre Dame 24, Boston College 7; Memphis 31, Tulane 28; Utah 28, Washington 24.
Bryan's take: Michigan 24, Northwestern 21; Wisconsin 18, Indiana 16; North Carolina 28, Georgia Tech 21; Stanford 20, Oregon State 17; Nebraska 23, Penn State 21; Oklahoma State 42, West Virginia 35; Kansas State 27, TCU 20; Notre Dame 23, Boston College 13; Tulane 38, Memphis 35; Washington 24, Utah 17.
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