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Checking In On The Race For the SEC East

Kentucky gets a chance to rest up this weekend and prepare for a major showdown with Auburn that could have major implications on the SEC. Why is that? Well this weekend and next are going to go a long way in deciding who is going to represent the East in Atlanta. If Kentucky beats Auburn and can get a little bit of help from their friends then they should be sitting pretty for the back half of the season. While we all enjoy the bye-week let’s take a look at tomorrow’s games and how they can shape the race for the East:

Florida (3-0) @ Missouri (1-1) : 7:30 pm on the SEC Network

The last two meetings between the Tigers and Gators saw Mizzou winning by a combined score of 78-30. Granted, this year’s version of the two teams are very different. The Gators’ defense has looked like one of the best in the nation the past three weeks and their offense has shown that they are capable, if not overly impressive. Florida’s October will decide if they return to the top of the SEC East. They passed the test against Ole Miss but their games @Missouri, @LSU, and in Jacksonville against Georgia will decide their fate.

Missouri on the other hand has been a team trying to find their identity and freshman Drew Lock will be taking the reins for tomorrow’s game. With a win Missouri would insert themselves into the East race once again. Their remaining SEC schedule sends them to Georgia, Vandy, and Arkansas with home games against Mississippi State and Tennessee. If they can beat Florida 6-2 is a real possibility.

Georgia (2-1) @ Tennessee (0-2): 3 p.m. on CBS

This game has quickly become a must-win for the Vols after blowing a 13 or more lead in each of their last three games.  Coming into the year UT was touted as a contender for the SEC East but if they drop this one to UGA then that dream is over. Especially when you factor in that their next game is at Alabama.  It isn’t crazy to think that the Vols could be 2-5 when they make the trip to Lexington on the 31st. The Bulldogs have won 5 in a row over the team in the throw-up orange, in all  likelihood it will be six tomorrow.

Following Tennessee, the Dawgs move on to play Missouri, Florida (neutral), Kentucky, and @Auburn. If Kentucky is going to leapfrog UGA they will probably need to win on the road in Athens. That’s a tall task.

 

So let’s say Kentucky beats Auburn next Thursday, the SEC standings could look like this at the halfway point of the season:

Georgia (3-1)

Florida (3-1)

Kentucky (3-1)

Missouri (2-1)

Tennessee (0-3)

South Carolina (0-4)

Vanderbilt (0-2)

 

 

 

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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6 Comments for Checking In On The Race For the SEC East



  1. Eric Redmon
    9:44 pm October 9, 2015 Permalink

    Get er Done



  2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Toppers
    9:51 pm October 9, 2015 Permalink

    Cats will win the east. Watch!



  3. datDguy
    10:07 pm October 9, 2015 Permalink

    This cat fanatic is going to switch allegiances to Mizzou and Tenn this weekend. Would love to see GA with 2 losses and Florida with their first loss and the Kats sitting in 2nd place.



  4. Jeffrey
    10:49 am October 10, 2015 Permalink

    Can’t see Mizzou beating UF this season



  5. Virginia Cat
    12:10 pm October 10, 2015 Permalink

    Unless you think we can beat Georgia on the road, which is about the tallest order imaginable, the best we can finish is 6-2, so….Florida and Georgia would both have to lose 3 games, for us to win the East. The first tiebreaker is head-to-head, and the second is record within the division.



  6. leo howard
    12:31 pm October 10, 2015 Permalink

    yuk will be lucky to win 5 games,patrick towles is a terrible qb,had to go in ot to beat eku