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College Football Around the SEC: Week 12

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Win-Loss Record key:
  • SEC - conference record
  • P5 - non-SEC record against Power 5
  • MM - record against Mid Majors/Non-Power 5 but projected bowl participant
  • CC - record against cupcakes
Ole Miss Rebels (8-2, SEC 4-2, P5 0-0, MM 1-0, CC 3-0)

Ole Miss has a bye.

Bye week has come at a good time for the Rebels. After five straight weeks of SEC opponents, Ole Miss was able to rest some starters in the fourth quarter against Presbyterian. Left tackle Laremy Tunsil and left guard Aaron Morris sat out Saturday's game against Presbyterian and did not participate in practice on Tuesday. Running back I'Tavius Mathers, linebacker Keith Lewis, and safety Trae Elston are all dealing with concussions.

LSU Tigers (7-3, SEC 3-3, P5 1-0, MM 0-0, CC 3-0)

LSU at Arkansas 7:00pm CT / 8:00pm ET - ESPN2ESPN2

It's time to pull out the long johns for the Bayou Bengals as the Saturday forecast for Fayetteville, AR is a high of 36° and a low of 28° with chances of snow at 70%. The Razorbacks have been acclimating to the temperature drops all week while LSU has been enjoying temperatures in the 60s. This could be a factor into why Arkansas is a favorite in the game.

Auburn Tigers (7-2, SEC 4-2, P5 1-0, MM 0-0, CC 2-0)

Auburn at Georgia 6:15pm CT / 7:15pm ET - ESPNESPN

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn told reporters that it was "probably unlikely" that D'haquille "Duke" Williams would play for the Tigers on Saturday due to the knee injury Williams suffered in the second quarter of Auburn's upset loss to Texas A&M. After taking a helmet to the right knee, he was helped off the field and eventually went to the locker room on crutches. The junior college transfer is the Tigers' leading receiver with 38 receptions for 609 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Tennessee Volunteers (4-5, SEC 1-4, P5 0-1, MM 2-0, CC 1-0)

Kentucky at Tennessee 3:00pm CT / 4:00pm ET - SEC Network

The schedule sets up nicely for the Vols who are looking for two wins in their final three games to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2010. They finish with Kentucky and Mizzou in Neyland Stadium followed by a trip to Vanderbilt. If Tennessee loses two of the three, they will finish 5-7 for the fourth straight season.

South Carolina Gamecocks (4-5, SEC 2-5, P5 0-0, MM 1-0, CC 1-0)

South Carolina at Florida 11:00am CT / 12:00pm ET - SEC Network

Steve Spurrier will be returning to the program where he won the 1966 Heisman Trophy and later led to the Gators to the 1996 National Championship as head coach. But this is nothing new to the "Head Ball Coach". This trip will be his fifth visit to the Swamp as the head coach of the Gamecocks. He is 1-3 in those games and 4-5 overall against Florida.

Texas A&M Aggies (7-3, SEC 3-3, P5 0-0, MM 0-0, CC 4-0)

Missouri at Texas A&M 6:30pm CT / 7:30pm ET - SEC Network

Coach Kevin Sumlin has announced that true freshman Kyle Allen will remain as the starter at quarterback. Allen had replaced Kenny Hill after the sophomore was handed a two-game suspension for the dreaded "violation of team rules". Allen led the Aggies to a big upset victory on the road against Auburn.

Mississippi State Bulldogs (9-0, SEC 5-0, P5 0-0, MM 0-0, CC 4-0)

Mississippi State at Alabama 2:30 PM CT / 3:30 PM ET - CBS

The Bulldogs rested a number of players against UT-Martin in order for them to be healthy against the Crimson Tide. Among them are receiver Jameon Lewis (16 rec, 225 yds, TD) and starting left guard Justin Malone. Both are expected to be back for this weekend's matchup. Cornerback Will Redmond will also return after being suspended last week due to violating team rules in the realm of academics. Redmond is fifth on the team in tackles and has three interceptions.

Missouri Tigers (7-2, SEC 4-1, P5 0-1, MM 0-0, CC 3-0)

Missouri at Texas A&M 6:30pm CT / 7:30pm ET - SEC Network

Mizzou will have a few unexpected holes in the secondary against the Aggies on Saturday. Strong safety Braylon Webb will miss the first half after being called for targeting in the fourth quarter against Kentucky. Starting cornerback Aarion Penton was suspended indefinitely after an arrest for alleged marijuana possession. It was his his second arrest since March. Webb is third on the team in tackles and leads with four interceptions. Penton is second in interceptions with three AND has the most pass break-ups (7) and passes defensed (10).

Florida Gators (5-3, SEC 4-3, P5 0-0, MM 0-0, CC 1-0)

South Carolina at Florida 11:00am CT / 12:00pm ET - SEC Network

A bizarre story unfolded on Saturday as the Gators prepared to play Vanderbilt. After hearing that he would not be starting, Florida defensive lineman Leon Orr got on a bus back to Gainesville from Nashville on game day instead of coming off the bench as had been the norm. The senior later offered some apology Tweets with comments about needing to provide for his family. I am guessing he thinks he has a shot at the NFL. So sad. Orr had been arrested in 2012 on marijuana charges and later driving on a suspended license. He is no longer on the team.

Georgia Bulldogs (7-2, SEC 5-2, P5 1-0, MM 0-0, CC 1-0)

Auburn at Georgia 6:15pm CT / 7:15pm ET - ESPNESPN

Running back Todd Gurley will return from his four-game suspension for accepting compensation for signing his signature on memorabilia. Coach Mark Richt has made a questionable decision to start Gurley ahead of freshman Nick Chubb who filled in so admirably. EDITORIAL: I find no problem in Richt playing Gurley but it seems that he is sending the message that it is okay to screw over your team for selfish reasons. Chubb deserves the first series at the very least.

Arkansas Razorbacks (4-5, SEC 0-5, P5 1-0, MM 1-0, CC 2-0)

LSU at Arkansas 7:00pm CT / 8:00pm ET - ESPN2ESPN2

Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins may be two completely different running backs but the results are almost identical:

Jonathan Williams 137 877 6.4 10
Alex Collins 134 840 6.3 10
Vanderbilt Commodores (3-7, SEC 0-6, P5 0-0, MM 0-0, CC 3-1)

Vanderbilt has a bye.

The Commodores have a grand total of six rushing touchdowns on the season. Twelve individual SEC players have more than that total by themselves. Ralph Webb leads the team with three.

Kentucky Wildcats (5-5, SEC 2-5, P5 0-0, MM 0-0, CC 3-0)

Kentucky at Tennessee 3:00pm CT / 4:00pm ET - SEC Network

Bad news for Louisville is good news for UK. With the Wildcats looking for their sixth win for bowl eligibility and a likely loss at Tennessee this week, their last chance will be against the Cardinals on November 29. It was announced this week that Louisville quarterback Will Gardner is done for the season with a knee knee injury.

Alabama Crimson Tide (8-1, SEC 5-1, P5 1-0, MM 0-0, CC 2-0)

Mississippi State at Alabama 2:30 PM CT / 3:30 PM ET - CBS

By now, it should be no surprise to Crimson Tide fans that Alabama is number one in punting with 43.47 net yards per punt. Net yards factors in gains that an opposing team gets after the return. Additionally, a touchback would subtract 20 yards from the kick since the ball is placed at the 20 yard line. In other words, not only is JK Scott having a great year kicking but the coverage team is doing a good job as well.