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Will this be the best football weekend in SEC history? Will this be the best football weekend in SEC history?
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Tony Barnhart knows Southeastern Conference football the way I know college basketball. His Twitter handle -- @MrCFB – attests to his love of the game.

This is what Barnhart wrote about the weekend ahead in the SEC:

"This Saturday shapes up as one of the best days of football this conference has ever seen with three teams in the Top 15 facing three teams in the top six:"

Mr. Tony is correct.

Three games that match teams ranked in the Top 6 against opponents ranked in the Top 15. Two of those games feature an unbeaten team against another unbeaten.

Alabama at Ole Miss. Shepard Smith of Fox News, a proud Mississippi graduate, told Paul Finebaum of the SEC Network that if the Rebels defeat Alabama "it would be the biggest win in school history and Oxford would explode."

I can't dispute that.

Texas A&M at Mississippi State? Starkville might not explode if the Bulldogs back up their win over LSU by beating the Aggies, but the scene would be worth a video or two.

LSU at Auburn? Most years this would be the best game on the calendar this weekend. Not Saturday.

Kentucky is primed for a step-into-the-spotlight moment against South Carolina Saturday night in Lexington. The Wildcats opened as a 10-point underdog. The number is now 5. If the Wildcats beat the Gamecocks the season narrative changes at Kentucky.

Florida at Tennessee is an excellent yardstick game. The only snoozer of the day is Vanderbilt at Georgia.

Should be fun. And it should also shake, rattle and roll the way we look at the teams.


1. (1 last week) Texas A&M (5-0) – The Aggies didn't look like the best team in the league against Arkansas – until it mattered.

2. (2) Auburn (4-0) – The combined record of Auburn's next four opponents is 20-3. Plenty of chances to become No. 1 -- or No. 8.

3. (3) Alabama (4-0) – How did this happen, Nick Saban? The Crimson Tide play four of their next five games on the road?

4. (4) Mississippi State (4-0) – The 12th ranked Bulldogs are one win (Texas A&M) away from the Top 10 and two wins (Auburn) away from the Top 5.

5. (5) Mississippi (4-0) – The folks in Oxford haven't been this excited since Manning (Archie, not Eli) was the quarterback.

6. (7) Georgia (3-1) – The Todd Gurley Heisman Express should roll against Vanderbilt.

7. (8) Louisiana State (4-1) – Is this the time for Michigan to make a final push for Les Miles? Seems like it.

8. (10) Missouri (4-1) – The Tigers' reward for their surprise victory at South Carolina is a week off to prepare for Georgia.

9. (9) Arkansas (3-2) – In a world where quarterbacks rule, Bret Bielama is developing the SEC's best running game.

10. (6) South Carolina (3-2) – If the Gamecocks lose in Commonwealth Stadium Saturday night, their season is over.

11. (12) Kentucky (3-1) – If the Wildcats win in Commonwealth Stadium Saturday night, their season is going to get really crazy.

12. (11) Tennessee (2-2) – Does it say more about the Vols or Florida that Tennessee is favored by 2 1/2 over the Gators in Knoxville?

13. (13) Florida (2-1) – Will Muschamp needs to start winning games, especially games like this one.

14. (14) Vanderbilt (1-4) – The James Franklin mojo is going, going, gone in Nashville.

SOURCE: Dr. Bo's Vast College Football Knowledge.

MR. TOUCHDOWN – GROUND DIVISION (SEC backs with the most TDs)

1. Jonathan Williams, Arkansas halfback, 8 touchdowns

2. Todd Gurley, Georgia halfback, 7

3. Kenyan Drake, Alabama halfback; Alex Collins, Arkansas halfback; Russell Hansbrough, Missouri halfback, 6.

6. Cameron Artis-Payne, Auburn halfback 5.

7. Sony Michel, Georgia halfback; Jaylen Walton, Mississippi halfback; Josh Robinson, Mississippi State halfback; Tra Carson, Texas A&M halfback,; Dak Prescott, Mississippi State, quarterback; Leonard Fournette, LSU halfback; Kenny Hilliard, LSU halfback; Trey Williams, Texas A&M halfback, 4.


TOUGHEST SCHEDULE (ranked by Jeff Sagarin's computer formula)

1. Tennessee (ranked #3 in the country.)

2. South Carolina (5)

3. Arkansas (8)

4. Georgia (13)

5. Missouri (20)

6. Vanderbilt (27)

7. Auburn (35)

8. Florida (46)

9. Mississippi (57)

10. Alabama (67)

11. Texas A&M (70)

12. Louisiana State (106)

13. Mississippi State (120)

14. Kentucky (127)

SOURCE: Jeff Sagarin computer rankings.

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