Football

Inside the SEC 11.01.14

Three to watch

No. 3 Auburn at No. 4 Mississippi, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Think of this as an elimination game for either the Tigers (6-1, 3-1 SEC) or Rebels (7-1, 4-1) in the top four of the college football playoff rankings. Auburn has beaten Ole Miss 26 of their last 31 meetings.

Arkansas at No. 1 Mississippi State, 7:15 p.m. (ESPN2)

Probably not a good time for the Razorbacks (4-4, 0-4) to break a 12-game SEC losing streak. The Bulldogs (7-0, 4-0) will have a healthy quarterback Dak Prescott, who said he’s OK after injuring his foot last week against Kentucky.

Tennessee at South Carolina, 7:30 p.m. (SEC Network)

A shoulder injury could prevent Volunteers quarterback Justin Worley (Rock Hill Northwestern) from playing against his home-state Gamecocks (4-4, 2-4) at Williams-Brice Stadium. But coach Butch Jones said if Worley progressed throughout the week, the coach wouldn’t rule Worley out. Otherwise, it will be either Nathan Peterman or Joshua Dobbs for Tennessee (3-5, 0-4).

Observations

• Todd Gurley’s suspension is nearly over for Georgia. He will sit out Saturday’s game against Florida and next week against Kentucky before the NCAA allows him to return after accepting more than $3,000 for autographed memorabilia and other items over a two-year period. Freshman Nick Chubb, Gurley’s replacement, has run for 345 yards in the two game’s in which he has replaced Gurley.



• Tennessee surprised South Carolina 23-21 last season. The Gamecocks, who don’t have much left to play for this season, will certainly remember that.



• Vanderbilt’s game against Old Dominion was made possible when the Monarchs dropped a previously scheduled game against Charlotte to make room for the Commodores.



Number to know

21.0 Average margin of defeat by Arkansas against last 13 ranked teams.

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