Florida fans are tracking planes, our own Jon Reed is risking his life to broadcast live from TacAir, the GRUMORS are consuming us and there’s still football to be played this Saturday.
Let’s take a break from tracking flights and connecting people who may have the inside scoop on whatever coaching search concerns you like Charlie and Mac searching for Pepe Silvia:
Here are the SEC games to watch in Week 12:
KENTUCKY AT NO. 7 GEORGIA
3:30 P.M. ET; CBS; UGA -21.5
While’s Georgia’s dreams of winning the national championship this year aren’t up in smoke by a long shot, the ‘Dawgs were brought back down to Earth after a 40-17 loss to No. 10 Auburn last week.
With the SEC East all wrapped up, Kirby Smart’s minions will solely have to focus on getting back on track with the type of football that has gotten them this far: beating lesser-talented opponents into submission. Despite a solid 7-3 record so far under coach Mark Stoops this season, Kentucky is certainly that type of opponent when matched up with Georgia.
Last year, this game was decided by a game-winning Rodrigo Blakenship field goal as time expired for a 27-24 UGA victory in Lexington. Don’t expect to see any drama like that this time around, though.
Kentucky does have a running game that Georgia will have to respect. Watch to see the Bulldogs can contain Benny Snell Jr. and improve from allowing 237 yards on the ground to Auburn and return to its dominant defensive form.
Key players for Kentucky: RB Benny Snell Jr., LB Courntey Love
Key players for Georgia: RB D’Andre Swift, DE Jonathan Ledbetter
NO. 16 MISSISSIPPI STATE AT ARKANSAS
NOON ET; CBS; MSU -13
Last week, Mississippi State came *so* close to handing Alabama its first loss of the season and shaking up the College Football Playoff picture even more.
Unfortunately for Dan Mullen and his Bulldogs, the Tide prevailed after a Jalen Hurts’ game-winning touchdown pass to DeVonta Smith with 25 seconds left. Even though Mississippi State wasn’t able to pull off what would’ve been one of the best wins in school history, the Bulldogs proved that they are still one of the better teams in the conference.
Arkansas, on the other hand? Bret Bielema may be living on borrowed time after Wednesday’s news that Jeff Long is out as Arkansas’ athletic director. How soon could ‘ol “Bert” follow?
The Hogs are coming into this week following getting handled in Death Valley by LSU, so morale may not be too high in Fayetteville.
The most probable outcome is for a bitter Bulldogs squad to take care of the Hogs and knock them out of bowl contention.
Key players for Mississippi State: RB Aeris Williams, DB Mark McLaurin
Key players for Arkansas: QB Austin Allen, LB De’Jon Harris
UAB AT FLORIDA
4 P.M. ET; SEC Network; UF -10.5
So it turns out that Randy Shannon isn’t going to be able to salvage much of Florida’s season, it seems. Sitting at 3-6 with two games left on the schedule due to the Northern Colorado game being canceled due to Hurricane Irma, the Gators can try to end the season on a positive note by beating UAB and struggling in-state rival Florida State.
But, don’t think that Florida will have it easy when it takes on the UAB Blazers in their first season back the program was disbanded in 2014 for two seasons.
UAB is making the most out of being back on the field, sitting at second place in the C-USA West and is bowl-eligible at 7-3. Currently riding a three-game winning streak, the Blazers will be confident that they can drain the Swamp against a Florida team that would rather forget most of 2017.
Even though the Gators fought until the end against South Carolina, they still came up short due to offensive inefficiency and one of the most bizarre sequences in the history of football:
Florida also has a history of scary results against non-conference opponents in November, such as losing to then-FCS Georgia Southern in 2013 and having to take a 3-9 Florida Atlantic team into overtime in 2015.
Can the Blazers add to the Gators’ misery before they inevitably hire Chip Kelly and make all of our lives pain again?
Key players for UAB: WR Andre Wilson, CB Darius Williams
Key players for Florida: QB Feleipe Franks, CB C.J. Henderson
TEXAS A&M AT OLE MISS
7 P.M. ET; ESPN2; OLE MISS -2
Could this be the curtain call for Kevin Sumlin?
After getting back in the win column against New Mexico, Texas A&M will look to try and finish out its SEC slate strong against Ole Miss and LSU. However, with Sumlin’s near the top of many coaching hot-seat lists since the preseason, would yet another eight-win year — Sumlin’s fourth consecutive — be enough to buy him a seventh year in College Station?
Sumlin’s fate may be out of his hands, but the Aggies can try and earn him some insurance with a win against the Rebels.
Despite being without dynamic quarterback Shea Patterson for a month, the Rebels have found someone who is arguably as exceptional in Jordan Ta’amu. The junior college transfer from Hawaii has been been on fire lately, throwing for an average of 389.3 yards over the last three games to go with seven passing touchdowns and four on the ground.
To win, the Aggies’ defense will have to improve from its lackluster performances in its last two SEC games.
Tune in to this one if you want to see what could possibly be the final sighting of Sumlin on the A&M sideline.
Key players for Texas A&M: WR Christian Kirk, LB Otaro Alaka
Key players for Ole Miss: QB Jordan Ta’amu, DB C.J. Moore