Some folks are calling this “Separation Saturday” in the SEC West.
“Showdown Saturday” might be more fitting.
No division in college football has ever had six ranked teams – five of them are undefeated — from one division playing each other on the same Saturday.
The SEC hasn’t seen a trio of games featuring ranked teams since 1993, according to STATS.
Of course, all three games are in this list, especially the two played in Mississippi.
Texas A&M at Mississippi State, noon Saturday, ESPN
These are the kind of games that destroyed Mississippi State last year. The Bulldogs lost to all five of the ranked teams on their schedule, but have already notched one of the most impressive victories this year by winning at LSU two weeks ago. Texas A&M was pushed to overtime last week, so will it have anything left?
Alabama at Ole Miss, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, CBS
This game must be a big deal. “College GameDay” is heading to The Grove for the first time for No. 3 at No. 11. Ole Miss played like it already had Bama on the brain in last week’s win over Memphis, while the Crimson Tide had an extra week to prepare. The Rebels must take care of the ball.
LSU at Auburn, 7 p.m. Saturday, ESPN
What a tough place for a freshman quarterback to make his first career start, but that’s exactly what LSU’s Brandon Harris will do at Jordan-Hare. He’s been spectacular in selected spots and the Tigers can’t afford a second SEC loss. Auburn might remember that its only regular-season loss last year was at LSU.
Miami at Georgia Tech, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPN2
Another undefeated team is in action Saturday, this one closer to home. Life hasn’t been easy for the Yellow Jackets, who likely would move into the Top 25 with a win over the Hurricanes. Miami fixed its defense in time to shut down Duke last Saturday, one week after being mauled by Nebraska, a bad sign for the Jackets.
Nebraska at Michigan State, 8 p.m. Saturday, ABC
The Cornhuskers have lost exactly four games every year that Bo Pelini has coached them, but unless disaster strikes, that streak should come to a halt this season. Nebraska already is 5-0 and there aren’t many likely losses on its schedule. This is one of them. Ameer Abdullah, the best back west of Todd Gurley, won’t find many holes against the Spartans.