Florida can clinch SEC East with win vs. LSU on Saturday
Here are some things to watch in Week 12 of the Southeastern Conference football season:
GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 21 Florida at No. 16 LSU: These two teams finally are meeting six weeks later than expected and at a different site than anticipated. The threat of Hurricane Matthew delayed the scheduled Oct. 8 Florida-LSU matchup in Gainesville. After the teams debated on how they'd make this game up, the matchup was rescheduled for this Saturday in Baton Rouge. Florida can clinch its second straight SEC East title with a victory, but the Gators head into this game as 13 +-point underdogs. This game features two of the nation's strongest defenses. Florida is ranked second nationally in pass efficiency defense and fifth in scoring defense. LSU is seventh in scoring defense. Both starting quarterbacks - LSU's Danny Etling and Florida's Austin Appleby - are Purdue transfers.
MATCHUP OF THE WEEK: Missouri WR J'Mon Moore vs. Tennessee CB Cam Sutton: We're going on the assumption that these two players will be lining up against each other for at least part of Saturday's game. Moore has 47 catches for 743 yards and eight touchdowns, and he ranks third in the SEC in yards receiving per game. He's coming off a two-touchdown performance against Vanderbilt. Sutton, a team captain and four-year starter, returned last week from a fractured right ankle that sidelined him for six games and broke Tennessee's record for career passes defended.
NUMBERS GAME: Alabama has been ranked No. 1 in 33.8 percent of the 133 games coached by Saban. ... LSU has beaten Florida each of the last three years. That represents LSU's longest winning streak in this series since the Tigers beat the Gators four straight times from 1977-80. ... Austin Peay, the Football Championship Subdivision team facing Kentucky this week, has lost 26 consecutive games and 44 of its last 45. Austin Peay's only win since the start of the 2013 season was a 20-13 victory over Murray State on Oct. 18, 2014. ... Tennessee's Derek Barnett has recorded 10 sacks each of the last three seasons. His 30 career sacks are two shy of Reggie White's school record.
UPSET WATCH: Vanderbilt is a 10-point underdog at home against Ole Miss. The Commodores have struggled this season, but have kept most of their games close. They also have a very good defense that will face Ole Miss quarterback Shea Patterson, who is making just his second career start. ... Florida is a 13+-point underdog at LSU despite the fact the Gators are playing for the SEC's Eastern Division title.
IMPACT PERFORMER: Patterson: The Ole Miss quarterback was stellar in his first career start, leading the Rebels to a come-from-behind win against Texas A&M on Saturday. Patterson threw for 338 yards, two touchdowns and one interception and also ran for 64 yards. It's been a tough season for Ole Miss, which is just 5-5 after starting the season with high expectations, but Patterson's emergence gives the program some hope moving forward.
AP Sports Writers Steve Megargee in Knoxville, Tennessee, and David Brandt in Jackson, Mississippi, contributed to this story.
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