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The SEC weekend scheduled features three games matching ranked teams. The SEC weekend scheduled features three games matching ranked teams.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The exhibition season is (mostly) over. It’s time to begin  thinning the herd for the annual December trip to Atlanta.

If you’re trying to decide who is legitimate and who is not in the Southeastern Conference football divisional races, this weekend will help.

Why? There are three SEC games matching ranked opponents spaced from 3:30 p.m. until about 11 Saturday:

Alabama, No. 13, visits No. 8 Georgia at 3:30 p.m. Ole Miss, ranked third, travels to Gainesville for a game with unbeaten and 25th ranked Florida at 7 p.m. Mississippi State, No. 21, challenges No. 14 Texas A&M in College Station at 7:30 p.m.

Buckle that chinstrap.

TOP THREE TEAMS

1. Ole Miss (4-0) – Rule of thumb: Always go with the team that embarrasses a Nick Saban defense, especially when that team does it in Tuscaloosa.

2. Georgia (4-0) – Mark Richt’s team has won all four games by 17 points or more. If the Bulldogs do that to Alabama Saturday, they’ll join the national playoff debate.

3. Louisiana State (3-0) – The Tigers have a great chance to be 7-0 cruising into November. Those last four games? Don’t ask.

BEST QUARTERBACK

Kyle Allen, Texas A&M – Some fans are howling for freshman Kyler Murray to take the starting job for the Aggies, but Allen leads the SEC in touchdown passes (11). He also shredded Arkansas by completing 75 percent of his throws for an average of nearly 13 yards per completion.

BEST RUNNING BACK

Leonard Fournette, LSU – Even Herschel Walker says he is a fan of the mammoth sophomore. Les Miles doesn’t like it, but Fournette has already started a legitimate dialogue about the folly of the NFL rule against sophomores heading to the pros.

Note to the Chicago Bears (the team mostly likely to have the first pick in 2016): Fournette is ready. Fight for him.

BEST OVERALL PLAYER

Fournette, LSU – Are you starting to think that I could watch this guy play every weekend. Well, I could.

BEST FRESHMAN

Christian Kirk, Texas A&M, receiver – Two touchdown receptions against Arkansas. Four on the season. More than 110 yards per game in receiving yards. At least four catches every game. A punt return of 79 yards.

Buy.

REMEMBER THIS NAME

Greyson Lambert, Georgia, quarterback -- Lambert’s emergence is inconvenient for SEC snobs who look down their playbooks at Atlantic Coast Conference football because Lambert couldn’t hold the first-team job at Virginia.

But he transferred to Georgia before this season, won the job in fall camp and he’s played like a champion for Mark Richt. Credit Lambert with seven touchdown passes, no interceptions and a completion percentage of better than 76 percent.

Now he has to do it again this week against Alabama because I have not forgotten Lambert threw more interceptions (11) than touchdowns (10) for UVa last season.

COACH WHO NEEDS A HUG

Gus Malzahn, Auburn – Coach of the highest-ranked team (6th) to tumble all the way out of the polls. Malzahn has already made a quarterback change, but it is his defense (the one Will Muschamp was supposed to fix) that ranks last in the SEC in yards allowed per game.

GAME OF THE WEEK

Alabama at Georgia – If Alabama loses, the Crimson Tide are officially eliminated from the national championship debate. If Georgia loses, Bulldogs’ fans will start mumbling all those things they like to mumble about Mark Richt.

The game opened at pick ‘em, but Georgia is now favored by 2.

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