Spotlight is bright on SEC



The Southeastern Conference has played significant games every week for the past six seasons.

This week might be bigger than any of the others.

Yes, the league that has won five consecutive national championships and had a regular-season matchup dubbed “The Game of the Century” earlier this month has as many meaningful games this weekend as any weekend in recent years.

In addition to Arkansas vs. Louisiana State University, which will help determine the Western Division race, the league has renowned rivalries on tap, long winning streaks at stake and plenty of postseason implications on the line.

The No. 3 Razorbacks and the top-ranked Tigers get the weekend started Friday with a game that has turned out to be as relevant to the conference and national championship pictures as the much-hyped LSU-Alabama game three weeks ago.

LSU can secure a spot in the SEC title game with a victory. The Razorbacks need to win and have Auburn upset No. 2 Alabama the following day to definitely reach Atlanta.

No. 13 Georgia and No. 14 South Carolina have just as much to play for Saturday.

The Bulldogs (9-2), the SEC East champs who have a chance to wreak havoc on the national championship picture next weekend in Atlanta, have won nine in a row and are looking to maintain that momentum against Georgia Tech.

The Gamecocks (9-2) already have made school history by winning nine games in consecutive years for the first time.

They can add to that accomplishment by winning a third consecutive game against rival Clemson for the first time since 1970, and by winning 10 games for just the second time in school history (1983).

Tennessee, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt all need wins to become bowl eligible.

The Volunteers (5-6) play at Kentucky (4-7), Mississippi State (5-6) plays host to Mississippi and Vanderbilt (5-6) is at Wake Forest.

Florida (6-5) plays host to Florida State.