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The SEC Watchability Rankings: Week 8

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So, it’s Week 8 of the college football season. After a pretty raucous week, this weekend’s action is... well, it’s a little short on intense action. At least in the SEC. Nevertheless, let’s take a look at this weekend’s games and rank ‘em on watchability.


6. Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs. Arkansas Razorbacks

Why It’s Here: Arkansas isn’t that great and neither is Tulsa. The Razorbacks rank 72nd in S&P+ while the Golden Hurricane are 93rd. You can pretty much piece it together there. This should result in a win for Arkansas if they play up to snuff.

5. Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Tennessee Volunteers

Why It’s Here: The dead body joke has probably run its course but this should be a comfy win for the Tide and not super watchable as a result. Tennessee did give Georgia a scare in Athens two weeks ago and, yes, they did beat Auburn last week, too. But playing the Tide is a completely different scenario. So I can’t imagine anything super interesting happens here.

4. Memphis Tigers vs. Missouri Tigers

Why It’s Here: Points. Simply that. There will probably be plenty of offense in this game and that, in itself, makes it watchable from an entertainment perspective. Darrell Henderson is one of the best players you might not know about. He could have a big day against the weak Tigers defense. Will Mizzou lose on Homecoming or will it be a happy weekend for the Tigers? You just never know.

3. Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Kentucky Wildcats

Why It’s Here: Kentucky is back in action for the first time since they took their first loss. The Wildcats host Vanderbilt in an SEC East clash that has some implications for UK. They need to keep pace with the Florida Gators, who suddenly looks like they’re in prime position to overtake the East. Considering they hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over them, they’ll need to hope they don’t get down to two losses.

2. Auburn Tigers vs. Ole Miss Rebels

Why It’s Here: Is Auburn’s season on the brink? Their chances of doing anything legitimate are probably gone now after they fell to Tennessee last week. And given that the Washington Huskies lost to the Oregon Ducks, their best win took a pretty hefty hit, as well. Ole Miss has the potential to play spoiler and ruin Auburn’s season. Although it will be tough against a typically stout Auburn D.

1. Mississippi St. Bulldogs vs. LSU Tigers

Why It’s Here: Well, it’s the only Top 25 matchup in the SEC this weekend. So this was an easy choice. LSU is on the heels of a dominant win over the previously second-ranked Georgia Bulldogs. This week, they welcome Mississippi State to town, as the Bulldogs will try to knock the Tigers off. The trick is, it’s a night game in Baton Rouge. Those don’t always go so well for the visitors.