No. 8 Auburn vs. Georgia highlights SEC matchups this week
Here are some things to watch in Week 11 of the Southeastern Conference football season:
GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 8 Auburn at Georgia: The Tigers still control their own destiny in the SEC Western Division with three weeks left to go this season, but they didn't look great in a 23-16 victory over Vanderbilt last week. Georgia is the latest Eastern Division team to see if it can shake up the league's power structure, which has obviously tilted to the West this fall. The Bulldogs are coming off a last-second win at Kentucky.
MATCHUP OF THE WEEK: South Carolina coach Will Muschamp vs. Florida: Muschamp went 28-21 in four years as Florida's coach but got fired in 2014. Now he returns to Gainesville with an opportunity to damage his former team's hopes of defending its SEC East title. This isn't the first time a former Florida coach has gone to South Carolina and had to face the Gators. Steve Spurrier led South Carolina to a 30-22 victory over Florida in 2005, the first time he faced the team he had coached from 1990-2001. South Carolina lost 17-16 in 2006 the first time Spurrier coached against the Gators in Gainesville.
NUMBERS GAME: No. 1 Alabama's 10-0 victory over LSU was its 13th straight win over a ranked team, the third-longest such streak in history. Southern California beat 16 straight ranked teams from 2002-05, and Oklahoma won 15 straight over Top 25 foes from 1973-75. ... Mississippi State's Nick Fitzgerald has rushed for at least 100 yards in five games, including the last three in a row. The only Football Bowl Subdivision quarterback with more 100-yard rushing performances this season is Louisville's Lamar Jackson with six. ... Auburn, No. 19 LSU and South Carolina have all held each of their opponents below 30 points. The only other FBS teams to do that are No. 2 Michigan, No. 4 Washington and No. 6 Ohio State. ... Tennessee is trying to beat Kentucky for the 31st time in their last 32 meetings. Kentucky's only win over Tennessee during that stretch was a 10-7 decision in 2011. Kentucky hasn't beaten Tennessee in Knoxville since 1984.
UPSET WATCH: Arkansas is at home and a 7+-point underdog against LSU, even though the Razorbacks looked much-improved in a win against Florida and the Tigers are coming off an emotional loss to top-ranked Alabama. Florida hosts South Carolina as an 11+-point favorite, but the Gators are coming off the Arkansas loss and still dealing with several key injuries, including at quarterback.
IMPACT PERFORMER: Vanderbilt linebacker Zach Cunningham leads the SEC with 94 tackles and has made some huge plays with games on the line. Cunningham made 19 tackles in a 17-16 upset at Georgia last month and clinched the victory by stopping Isaiah McKenzie on a fourth-and-1 play. Last week, Cunningham produced one of the most spectacular plays of the season when he figured out the snapper's cadence and leaped over the line of scrimmage to block a field goal late in the fourth quarter of a 23-16 loss at Auburn. ''If you can find a better defensive player in the SEC or in college football, show him to me,'' Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason said.
AP Sports Writers Steve Megargee in Knoxville, Tennessee, and David Brandt in Jackson, Mississippi, contributed to this story.
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