Overview of the 13th week of the Southeast conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK
Auburn (5–6, 2–5) at No. 8 in Alabama (9–2, 5–2, No. 8 CFP).
In a week filled with many traditional rivalries, the Iron Bowl stands out. A trip to the Southeastern Conference title game isn’t at stake, but there’s a lot of drama in store for both teams. The Crimson Tide only made it out of the college football playoffs once in its first six years of existence until 2022. Losing this could see Alabama miss out on the New Year’s Six. Alabama’s two losses yielded a total of four points. Alabama is led by Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Bryce Young, who has passed for 2,664 yards with 24 touchdowns and six interceptions. Over the past two weeks, Auburn has won against Texas A&M and Western Kentucky. The Tigers and interim coach Carnell Williams are looking to defeat Alabama for just the third time in nine games. Tigers quarterback Harkes Hunter ran for 100 or more yards in both wins. He also rushed for a touchdown and passed 20 yards to Coy Moore.
Mississippi State (7-3, 3-4) No. 20 Mississippi (8-3, 4-3)
The Egg Bowl on Thanksgiving night should be interesting, if only for side shots of Mississippi State coach Mike Leach and Ole Miss Lane Kiffin. The Bulldogs lead the SEC with 549 pass attempts. No one else in the league has scored 400 points this season. Mississippi State quarterback Will Rogers is averaging 303 offensive yards per game to lead the SEC. Ole Miss relies on his running game and rookie Quinshon Judkins, who leads the league with 1,385 yards and 16 touchdowns. The streak between state rivals has been tight, with each school winning 15 of the last 30 meetings. The Rebels come out with a two-game winning streak.
Mississippi State junior Emmanuel Forbes leads the SEC with six interceptions, double that of anyone else this season. Forbes brought back three of them for touchdowns, raising his FBS record to six. He has received 14 picks in his career and is an active leader among FBS players. Forbes had return touchdowns with interceptions against Texas A&M, Kentucky and East Tennessee State. Against Aggie, Forbes also blocked a punt that was returned for a touchdown.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Florida has gone 434 games without relegation, a streak dating back to 1988 and a 16-0 loss to Auburn. … Arkansas quarterback Chris Abrams-Drain shares the SEC lead with 11 assists. … Georgia scored 59 of 61 balls within the opponent’s 20-yard line. It leads the country by 97%. … Kentucky running back Chris Rodriguez tied the high school mark in his 19th 100-yard game last week. … LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels passed 3,000 yards of total offense last week, becoming the fourth player in school history to do so in a season.
No. 9 Tennessee (9-2, 5-2) needs to keep his head straight so his loss to South Carolina doesn’t hurt them twice at Vanderbilt (5-6, 2-5). The Commodores are on a two-game winning streak and would like to add the Vols to their success. Tennessee will be without QB star Hendon Hooker, who tore his left ACL in South Carolina and ended the year.
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