After several big games on Saturday, things come back down to earth with a somewhat muted midweek schedule. There are still some games to keep an eye on, but for the most part, there is less intrigue over the three days of games than we've had in the past.
GAME OF THE MIDWEEK
Alabama at LSU, Wednesday, 9 p.m. ET, SEC Network
Winning three straight games against the top half of the SEC is not an easy thing to do, but Alabama's going to try on Wednesday after having defeated Texas A&M and Florida in consecutive games. The last team with a chance to do so was South Carolina, which beat A&M and LSU before falling to Kentucky over the weekend.
With both of these teams squarely on the bubble, each could really use this victory. The Tide probably needs it more since it's a newcomer to the bubble scene, but the Tigers are in precarious tournament position too. In short, this is a game that the league office would probably prefer it if it wasn't happening. In any event, it's a good test to See Who Wants It More. The bubble is a zero sum game: to win at it, you have to hurt someone else.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16
South Carolina at Missouri, 7 p.m. ET, SEC Network
Mizzou finally picked up its second conference win of the season over Tennessee on Saturday, which means the team kind of fulfilled its periodic quota. Carolina is the only SEC team above .500 in road games (really), so it doesn't even have some kind of potentially glaring danger here.
Florida at Georgia, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN
Losing at home to Alabama on Saturday stung for Florida, but it wasn't much of a setback. Dropping one to Georgia in any sport never feels good, though.
Ole Miss at Texas A&M, 9 p.m. ET, ESPNU
Here is where we find out if the Aggies' recent swoon was a result of having a bunch of road games in a cluster or if its a sign of the team falling apart. They've generally been lights out at home, but Ole Miss's .500 road record is the second-best in the conference (yes, really). The Rebels aren't pushovers, but they haven't broken through against the top of the conference either. This game is a great test to see where TAMU truly is at.
Vanderbilt at Mississippi State, 9 p.m. ET, SEC Network
The Commodores are already in iffy bubble shape, and losing this one would be a disaster. MSU has been playing better than its record would indicate of late, so Vandy can't afford to sleepwalk through this one.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17
Auburn at Arkansas, 7 p.m. ET, SEC Network
A couple of weeks ago, things were looking up for the Hogs. They beat Texas A&M, nearly won at Florida, and hammered Tennessee. But then last week, they somehow lost to Mississippi State by five touchdowns and didn't come close to beating Ole Miss either. The Razorbacks need to win games like this one against Auburn to avoid playing with or against Auburn during the first round of the conference tournament.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18
Tennessee at Kentucky, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN
I'm not sure if there is a lot of hope for the Vols in this one. Yes, I know that they came from 21 down to beat the Wildcats not long ago. However UT's only win away from home came at Mississippi State, and UK is a perfect 14-0 at home. Also, Kentucky looking to avenge that loss will probably ward away any lapses in focus. It's most likely not about whether UK will win but rather by how much.