SEC Matchups: Two Top 20 Teams Meet in Starkvegas

Jalen Hurts picks up yards on the ground during Alabama’s visit last year to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Alabama travels to Starkville to play Mississippi State tomorrow. Photo by Bill Barksdale.

With only a few more weeks left in the regular football season, the SEC’s Western division is still up for grabs, while the East was secured last Saturday night with a Georgia win and a Kentucky loss.

For the second week in a row, the college football playoff committee has Georgia ranked at no. 1 and Alabama no. 2 in the nation. The conference has a total of five teams in the playoff ranking.

But someone could take a tumble this weekend, thanks to a couple of rivalry matches. Saturday’s opener, a western division showdown, could be a hard-fought battle, as Arkansas travels to Baton Rouge to take on the No. 24 Bayou Bengals. The game airs at 11 a.m. on ESPN.

The Rebels, meanwhile, close out the non-conference portion of their schedule against Louisiana at 11 a.m. on the SEC Network.

Florida travels up to Columbia, South Carolina, to take on the Gamecocks at 11 a.m. on CBS.

Saturday afternoon gets underway with an old rivalry as No.1 Georgia goes into No. 10 Auburn for a 2:30 p.m. start on CBS.

Kentucky will try to rebound from last week’s loss to Ole Miss as they head down to the Music City and take on Vanderbilt at 3 p.m. on the SEC Network.

Texas A&M will play host to New Mexico under the lights of Kyle Field in College Station at 6 p.m. on ESPNU.

No. 2 Alabama heads over to Starkville to face No. 16 Mississippi State inside Davis-Wade Stadium at 6 p.m. on ESPN.

The nightcap game in the league will pair Tennessee and Missouri against each other at 6:30 p.m. on SEC Network.

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