There are about 30 rivalry games on this week’s FBS schedule that began on Thanksgiving night. That means several trophies, cups and assorted pieces of hardware, including a gigantic axe (Minnesota and Wisconsin play for that), will be staying put or switching hands. Unfortunately, rivalry weekend means the regular season is coming to a close.
Georgia Tech at Georgia, noon, SEC Network
Bulldogs and Yellow Jackets fans are wondering what could have been, but neither team has been caught looking behind leading up to this game. Georgia has dominated the series under coach Mark Richt, winning five consecutive and 12 out of the past 13 games.
South Carolina at Clemson, noon, ESPN
Another rivalry that’s been dominated by one team lately. South Carolina has won five straight in this series and will have a strong chance to extend that streak if Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson can’t play with that bad knee. The Tigers might have to rely on their defense once again.
Florida at Florida State, 3:30 p.m., ESPN
The Gators are in a spectacular spoiler spot. It’s Will Muschamp’s last game and Florida State has struggled many weeks this season. Remember the last team to defeat the Seminoles? Yeah, that’s right. The Gators, in Tallahassee, two years ago.
Mississippi State at Ole Miss, 3:30 p.m., CBS
Mississippi State can still take the SEC West title, but needs to win and Auburn to bend iron and beat Alabama. The Bulldogs seem to be still focused on finishing in the top CFP top four, but the Rebels have struggled since that defeat at LSU, losing three of four after their 7-0 start.
Auburn at Alabama, 7:45 p.m., ESPN
The Tigers can’t win the West, but could sure damage Alabama’s plans, not only at winning the SEC title, but on a national scale. Auburn hasn’t played well this month. That won’t matter in the Iron Bowl, which has been a national semifinal the past five years, sending the winner to the BCS title game.