The Late Shift: Three SEC Games Kicking Off at 7 p.m.

Scott Cunningham

We don't necessarily have time at his point go through each of the games individually, so we'll handle Georgia-Auburn, Mississippi State-LSU and Vanderbilt-Ole Miss one post

Georgia Bulldogs vs. Auburn Tigers, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2
The stakes of this game are pretty simple. The Dawgs simply need to win to go to Atlanta for a likely SEC Championship Game match-up with Alabama -- maybe -- while a loss would give the SEC East to Florida, despite the Gators needing a series of late-game heroics and lucky breaks to defeat Lousiana-Lafayette.

And as much as people might want to make this about the tendency of rivalry games to generate upsets -- no, not here. Auburn is not a good enough team to beat Georgia if the Tigers were playing their best football of the year and the Bulldogs were playing their worst, and Georgia has shown over the last two years that they don't implode in division-clinching games. Maybe at other points in the season, but not in the games they need to punch their tickets to Atlanta.

Besides, this Auburn team looks to have quit. I'll be surprised if this one is that close. Georgia 41, Auburn 20

Mississippi St. Bulldogs vs. LSU Tigers, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN
This has a chance to be the more interesting game, even though it's questionable just how much it matters in the standings. LSU is coming in after having lost to Alabama in heartbreaking fashion at home last week; meanwhile, Mississippi State is looking to prove that its hot start early in the year was a sign of a good team and not a fluke from an early schedule.

The problem is that they're playing LSU in Baton Rouge at night, and the Tigers have been a completely different team in that environment -- even more so than usual. Mississippi State is probably still a pretty decent team, and the Tigers might take awhile to get going in this one. But once they do, I think LSU pulls away. LSU 37, Mississippi State 24

Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Mississippi Rebels, 7 p.m. ET, ESPNU
So, who woulda thunk at the beginning of the season that either of these teams could clinch their spot in the postseason with a win here? And that, if Ole Miss can pull of the win in this one, both teams could be headed to a bowl if Vanderbilt can put away a couple of teams that are probably worse than the Dores?

That's exactly where we are. Both teams have five wins, but Ole Miss ends the season at LSU and at home in the Egg Bowl, while Vanderbilt finishes up against Tennessee and at Wake Forest. Homefield advantage and higher stakes gives Ole Miss just enough of an edge in motivation. Ole Miss 34, Vanderbilt 31

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