The chase for the national championship in college football is winding down. Bowl matchups will be revealed Sunday, but first we have an exciting round of conference title games to entertain us this weekend.
The official College Football Playoff doesn’t begin for another month, but Georgia’s first game of the playoff takes place Saturday, when the Bulldogs head to Atlanta to take on LSU in the SEC Championship Game. If Georgia fails to win, it will be eliminated from the CFP.
Rivalry Week is alive and well in the SEC with some good ol' fashioned grudge matches guaranteed to delight football fans and bettors alike. Join BetAmerica columnist Nick Roush as he digs into some of the top games on the menu including the Iron Bowl, the Egg Bowl, the Governor's Cup and the Battle Line Rivalry.
The penultimate week of the regular season is typically the one week where every SEC school schedules the softest opponent possible. Known colloquially as SoCon Saturday, it essentially gives SEC schools a bye week to prepare for their season-ending rivalry games. Even though there are still more FCS games than conference games, we still have three significant SEC games on the slate.
College basketball is just getting started, but there have already been a few early surprises. The most shocking news comes from the SEC, where Florida, Kentucky and Texas A&M have all been exposed.
Since Ed Orgeron took over the head coaching duties at LSU, this SEC West rivalry game has been decided by five points or fewer, and the Bayou Bengals have won the last two. Quarterback Joe Burrow is dead set on extending that streak at Tiger Stadium on Saturday.
Based on the preseason odds board, the SEC was a two-horse race between Alabama and Georgia, but now we have a few more contenders.
South Carolina shook up the college football world last week with its defeat of Georgia at Sanford Stadium as 21-point underdogs. What’s even more impressive? The Gamecocks did it after starting quarterback Ryan Hilinski left the game in third quarter with a knee injury. Can they strike gold again this Saturday against No. 9 Florida?
Not many people were giving Florida any chance of beating Auburn at home when the Tigers came to The Swamp as 3-point favorites, but the Gators silenced all critics with a 24-13 win. Florida's legitimacy is just one of the important lessons we learned from a busy Week 6.
Not only is Saturday's Auburn-Florida game a top-10 matchup, but each team is considered the main threat to knock off the stalwarts at the top of their respective SEC divisions.