A few things to talk about after Week 8 of the SEC season, including next week's biggest games and which teams will be out of the running for a bowl berth
Who's your pick for the Cocktail Party? Georgia's coming off a game in which they just beat Kentucky in Lexington. Florida is emerging from one of the most yardless blowouts in the history of organized football. The game is in Jacksonville, we all know Mark Richt's reputation against Florida (though he won last year) and any South Carolina fan can tell you that the Gators are a really good team. So do they wrap up the SEC East or is there one last upending event in the division race?
Does Mississippi State stand a chance against Bama? The Bulldogs are undefeated as they head to Tuscaloosa for what could be a Top 10 matchup when the game kicks off. Alabama spent Saturday turning the Third Saturday in October into a punchline, while State struggled with Middle Tennessee for the first half before pouring on 35 unanswered points in the second half. The Tide plays the other three ranked SEC West teams in the next three weeks and could have the division clinched by Nov. 10 -- sooner if Texas A&M loses again.
What do you make of South Carolina? The Gamecocks destroyed Georgia in Columbia a couple of weeks ago, narrowly lost to LSU in Baton Rouge last week and then imploded against Florida on Saturday. They should be favored in their next three games and maybe at Clemson in the year-ender. But what do the twin losses mean for Spurrier's legacy in Columbia, and has the Gamecocks' window for an SEC or national title during his tenure closed?
Name the best quarterback in the SEC right now. Johnny Football had a terrible day against LSU, Jeff Driskel threw four touchdowns but attempted only 11 passes, Aaron Murray topped 400 against Kentucky and AJ McCarron piled up more than 300 yards against Tennessee. So who would you grab as your signal-caller if you were drafting a college football team right now?
Who isn't going bowling? Kentucky is the first team out of the postseason, which really shouldn't surprise anyone. Who else isn't going to be playing after the calendar turns to December? The teams who haven't clinched bowl eligibility yet: Texas A&M (5-2), Ole Miss (4-3), Vanderbilt (3-4), Missouri (3-4), Tennessee (3-4), Arkansas (3-4) and Auburn (1-6).