We have reached rivalry week, which is the best week of the year in our glorious sport. Whether it’s the Iron Bowl, Egg Bowl or Clean, Old Fashioned Hate, the impact of this weekend’s results will resonate within houses divided, individual states and the college football world as a whole.
Alabama travels to Auburn to take on the Tigers in Jordan-Hare Stadium in the Iron Bowl — 10 years after the infamous “Kick Six” that knocked the Crimson Tide out of the BCS National Championship race and vaulted the Tigers into the SEC Championship Game and beyond.
Elsewhere, Georgia will get a chance to tune up for the SEC title game just one mile up the road from Mercedes-Benz Stadium when it takes on rival Georgia Tech at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta. The Bulldogs are riding high as they extended their winning streak to 28 games, and quarterback Carson Beck has orchestrated a late-season charge as a dark horse Heisman Trophy contender.
And, of course, there’s the Egg Bowl between Ole Miss and Mississippi State on Thanksgiving night. You never know if chaos will ensue … or if a player will pretend to pee like a dog and lose the game as a result.
Let’s take a spin around the conference and make picks in this week’s edition of SEC Smothered and Covered.
Appetizer: What will Florida do?
The Gators are in an interesting spot one win from bowl eligibility. They will start backup quarterback Max Brown against No. 5 Florida State … which will also start backup quarterback Tate Rodemaker. Go ahead and drop a massive shoulder shrug emoji in the headline of this game preview because it’s impossible for anybody to know what will happen.
Brown played well coming off the bench for the injured Graham Mertz with 98 yards of total offense in the Week…