Florida just clinched the SEC East again and will face Alabama in Atlanta – SB Nation
The SEC East is a debacle of biblical proportions. It’s the worst power conference division in college football for a second year in a row, sitting opposite the best. It has one apparently good team, one potentially OK team, and a smorgasbord of dead weight that includes both down powers and perennial bottom-feeders.
There’s good news, though: It’s almost over.
No. 23 Florida plays LSU on Saturday in Baton Rouge. If the Gators win, they’ll clinch the East in their final league game.
If they lose, there’s a pretty good chance they get caught by No. 19 Tennessee, which used to be the favorite before an epic meltdown in the middle of the conference schedule knocked it off course.
Here’s the relevant portion of the SEC standings, right now. Remember, each team plays an eight-game conference schedule:
The SEC Here’s how this can go from here:
1. Florida beats LSU on Saturday (1 p.m. ET, SEC Network), and the Gators play Bama in Atlanta for the second year in a row. That would give Florida six conference wins. Tennessee can only get five.
2. Florida loses to LSU, and suddenly, things start to look pretty good for Tennessee.
The Vols beat the Gators on Sept. 24, coming back from a huge first-half hole to snap an 11-game slide in their series. That means Tennessee has the head-to-head tiebreaker, and if Florida loses, that makes things awfully interesting.
Tennessee hosts Missouri this week (3:30 p.m. ET, CBS). Mizzou might be full of nice guys, but the Tigers are 3-7 and have just one SEC win.
The next week, Tennessee travels to Nashville to play Vanderbilt, the only team bad enough to lose to