The (LSU) win only means so much if you finish out strong. If we don’t finish out strong, it really doesn’t factor in, really. Just another win.” aj mccarron, Alabama QB
Arkansas at South Carolina
WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday.
WHERE: Williams-Brice Stadium (80, 250), Columbia, S.C.
LAST WEEK: Arkansas beat Tulsa, 19-15; South Carolina was idle.
RECORDS: Arkansas 4-5, 2-3 SEC; South Carolina 7-2, 5-2.
SERIES: Arkansas leads, 13-7.
LAST MEETING: Arkansas won 44-28 in 2011.
NOTES: Arkansas needs to win two of its last three games to become bowl-eligible. ... Arkansas has an eight-game winning streak against opponents from the SEC Eastern Division. ... Arkansas is fourth in the SEC in total offense (third in passing at 305 yards per game). ... Arkansas is giving up 414 yards a game in total offense, 12th in the conference. ... Junior RB Knile Davis could return from the hamstring injury that sidelined him against Tulsa. ... South Carolina is coming off an open week as it digests the loss of star RB Marcus Lattimore. Kenny Miles is expected to replace Lattimore. ... The South Carolina defense, one of the best in the country most of the season, was touched up for 472 yards against Tennessee, including 381 through the air.
Missouri at Tennessee
WHEN: 11:21 a.m. Saturday.
WHERE: Neyland Stadium (102, 455), Knoxville, Tenn.
TV: SEC Network.
LAST WEEK: Missouri lost to Florida; Tennessee beat Troy, 55-48.
RECORDS: Missouri 45, 1-5 SEC; Tennessee 4-5, 0-5.
SERIES: First meeting.
NOTES: Vols WRs Justin Hunter and Cordarelle Patterson have combined for 92 receptions, 1,423 yards and 11 touchdowns this season. ... Missouri’s defense has been solid this season, especially on third down. Opponents are converting 28.2 percent of third downs to rank eighth nationally. ... The Vols rank last in the SEC in total yards allowed at 483.1 per game. Last week’s 721 yards given up to Troy didn’t help.
Texas A&M at Alabama
WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
WHERE: Bryant-Denny Stadium (101, 821), Tuscaloosa, Ala.
LAST WEEK: Texas A&M beat Mississippi State, 38-13; Alabama beat LSU, 21-17.
RECORDS: Texas A&M 7-2, 4-2 SEC; Alabama 9-0, 6-0.
SERIES: Alabama leads, 3-1.
LAST MEETING: Alabama won 30-10 in 1988.
NOTES: The Aggies lead the SEC in total offense, scoring offense and rushing offense. ... Coach Kevin Sumlin’s teams have won 11 straight games away from home (five at Texas A&M this season and six at Houston in 2011). ... Texas A&M and Alabama have had common coaches in Bear Bryant, Gene Stallings and Dennis Franchione. ... The Crimson Tide has rushed for at least 150 yards in 46 straight games. ... Tide RB Eddie Lacy (ankle) didn’t practice Monday after being injured at LSU, but is probable.
Georgia at Auburn
WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday.
WHERE: Jordan-Hare Stadium (87, 451), Auburn, Ala.
LAST WEEK: Georgia beat Ole Miss, 37-10; Auburn beat New Mexico State, 42-7.
RECORDS: Georgia 8-1, 6-1 SEC; Auburn 2-7, 0-6.
SERIES: Auburn leads, 54-53-8.
LAST MEETING: Georgia won 45-7 in 2011.
NOTES: The Bulldogs need only a victory at struggling Auburn to win the division and punch their ticket to Atlanta for the SEC title game. ... Georgia QB Aaron Murray has 2,448 yards passing with 21 touchdowns and seven interceptions. ... Bulldogs RB Todd Gurley is coming off back-to-back 100-yard performances. Gurley has 857 yards rushing on 6.2 yards per carry and 11 TDs. ... True freshman QB Jonathan Wallace will again start for Auburn. For the season, he’s 16 of 26 passing for 297 yards and three Tds, with one interception. He’s rushed for 115 yards. ... Auburn’s secondary does not have an interception this season. LB Daren Bates has the team’s only interception. ... Auburn ranks 110th nationally in passing offense (161.8 yards per game), 98th in rushing (122.5 yards) and 119th in scoring (16.4 points).
Vanderbilt at Ole Miss
WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday.
WHERE: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium (60, 580), Oxford, Miss.
LAST WEEK: Vanderbilt beat Kentucky, 40-0; Ole Miss lost to Georgia, 37-10.
RECORDS: Vanderbilt 5-4, 3-3 SEC; Ole Miss 5-4, 2-3.
SERIES: Ole Miss leads, 47-37-2.
LAST MEETING: Vanderbilt won 39-7 in 2011.
NOTES: Vandy ranks 19th nationally in total defense, 14th in scoring defense, and third in passing defense. ... The Commodores are looking for their fourth straight win. ... Vandy RB Zac Stacy, who has had 142 carries for 752 yards, is the league’s fifth-leading rusher. ... The Commodores have won four of the past five in the series, including two in a row. ... Ole Miss Bo Wallace (shoulder) is probable.