Thanksgiving and Rivalry Week are upon us, even though not too long ago, Kentucky was kicking off against Ball State on a 90-degree September opener. Teams have gone through ups and downs in the rankings throughout the year. Missouri’s done nothing but climb, climb, and climb as they’ve put together one of the best seasons in their young SEC history,
South Carolina slipped down to the basement but now sits just a Palmetto Bowl win away from a bowl bid and a middle-of-the-pack finish, Tennessee’s 6th-place spot’s a bit lower than preseason expectations, and lo and behold, Georgia is undefeated again.
What’s at stake in the season’s rivalrous finale? A lot—in fact, more than usual. South Carolina needs to beat Clemson in the Palmetto Bowl to reach six wins and bowl eligibility, Florida needs to topple undefeated Florida State in the Sunshine Showdown to hit six victories, and finally, Mississippi State’s season will all come down to the Egg Bowl Thursday night!
We could have three more bowling SEC teams or no more, and it’ll all depend on some of the biggest rivalries in football to decide it. Of course, let’s not forget the most important rivalry game for our purposes—the Governor’s Cup at noon.
Let’s get into these power rankings:
SEC Football Power Rankings Week 13
Win of the Week: Missouri
And here the Tigers are again, with a game-winning field goal against a desperate Florida team taking Mizzou to 9-2 and 5-2 in the conference. Florida went up one with 1:36 left but the Tigers worked quick, got downfield, and had the last word with five seconds left. Their season reminds me a lot of TCU’s last year, except that they aren’t undefeated.
Gold Stars: None
Nothing really stood out on the scoreboard, though Georgia winning by 28 in Knoxville isn’t a super easy thing to do, but it’s Georgia, so it’s not a surprise.
Rotten Eggs: AUBURN
What a disaster! What a catastrophe! What on earth happened against New Mexico State on The Plains! As 25.5-point favorites, the Auburn Tigers lost at home to the New Mexico State Aggies, who had never beaten an SEC team before and have only had seven winning seasons since 1972! Not only that, they beat Auburn by 21!!! The Tigers were on a three-game winning streak, and it was even a three-game SEC winning streak, and it was all erased just like that. Eugh!
Achievement Unlocked: Worst loss by an SEC team all year
Congratulations, Auburn. You earned it.