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(RNN) – The year's biggest game lived up to its hype and then some. The SEC East will be decided this week, and the West could be won as well.
Here's a look at three games from Week 10 and what they mean going forward followed by a look at three big games from next week and the impact they will have.
Week 10 recap:
Texas A&M 38, Mississippi State 13
Texas A&M has made quite a splash in its SEC debut. The main reason is Johnny Manziel, who threw for 311 yards (one more yard than Mississippi State's entire offense) and added 129 yards rushing on top of that.
Mississippi State has suffered two crushing losses on consecutive weeks after starting the season 7-0. This was an important game for the Bulldogs, but their loss coupled with Alabama's win over LSU has virtually eliminated them from SEC Championship Game contention.
Georgia 37, Ole Miss 10
There were concerns about Georgia having a letdown following its win over Florida, because it has been known to be flaky at times, but the Bulldogs look re-energized and more focused than ever to earn a berth in the championship game. One more win and they will do just that.
Ole Miss is one win away from being bowl eligible, though getting that win won't be easy. The Rebels (5-4, 2-3) haven't fared well against ranked teams, and they have two more left on the schedule in LSU and Mississippi State. Their best shot at bowl eligibility likely comes this week against Vanderbilt, but Vanderbilt has won three straight and is also one win away from bowl eligibility.
Alabama 21, LSU 17
All eyes were on Baton Rouge not only for its famed post-sunset atmosphere but also for the third meeting of these teams in two years. The game lived up to its billing and produced a more exciting finish than the previous two, and one of those went to overtime.
The win gave Alabama two straight wins in the three games versus the Tigers and the team that was ranked No. 1 at kickoff also won its second of three. Location seems to be everything in the series as of late, and not how you might think. At Alabama last year, LSU won in overtime and Alabama won in Baton Rouge on Saturday and down the road in New Orleans for last year's national championship in January.
Alabama maintained its inside track to the SEC championship and is one win away from clinching a berth. LSU needs a lot of helpand now hopes for a BCS at-large bid, which the Tigers will also need help to earn.
Games to watch in Week 11 (all times Eastern):
No. 15 Texas A&M at No. 1 Alabama, CBS, 3:30 p.m.
Alabama would clinch the SEC West crown with a win, but the Crimson Tide (9-0, 6-0) will have to stifle the conference's best offense to do it. The Aggies have the No. 4 scoring offense in the country, averaging 44 points per game, but they must face the only defense in the nation that holds opponents to a single-digit average.
Texas A&M harbors aspirations of playing for the conference championship as well, but even with a win over Alabama, the Aggies (7-2, 3-2) would need the Tide to lose to Auburn and have LSU lose another game. If Alabama were to lose, it could still win the West with a win over Auburn in two weeks.
No. 21 Mississippi State at No. 7 LSU, ESPN, 7 p.m.
Mississippi State's bowl position is dropping fast. The Bulldogs (7-2, 3-2) would be a candidate for the Cotton Bowl with a win over LSU, but be relegated to the Chick-Fil-A or Gator Bowl with a loss. LSU can't afford another loss or the Tigers (7-2, 3-2) would fall out of SEC title game contention and the BCS at-large race down to either the Cotton Bowl or Outback Bowl.
The numbers say that won't happen, especially if quarterback Zach Mettenberger continues his stellar play from the Alabama game. Mississippi State was gashed repeatedly by the running games of Texas A&M and Alabama, which are the top two in the SEC.
LSU's rushing attack is third in the conference, averaging 200 yards per game. Mississippi State's rushing defense is 11th in the conference, surrendering an average of 168 yards, and its passing defense surrenders an average of 10 yards more than LSU's offense has been averaging through the air.
No. 5 Georgia at Auburn, ESPN2, 7 p.m.
At first glance, this may not seem like an important game, and the outcome shouldn't be in any doubt, but the winner of this game will decide who plays for the SEC championship.
If you like Georgia, cheer for Georgia, because a win clinches the SEC East for the Bulldogs (8-1, 6-1). If you like Florida, cheer for the Tigers (2-7, 0-6) because an Auburn win puts Florida in the championship game.
The evidence that Georgia will stamp its ticket to Atlanta is overwhelming. Auburn ranks at or near the bottom of the conference in every statistical category, both offensively and defensively, while Georgia's offense ranks near the top and its defense is in the middle of the pack.
Particularly troubling numbers if you're a Tiger fan – or Gator fan – are Auburn's rushing defense and turnover margin. The Tigers are last in the SEC (96th nationally) in rushing defense and 13th in the conference (106th nationally) in turnover margin. Georgia is fifth in the conference in both.
Auburn has changed its quarterback for the third time this year and will start freshman Jonathan Wallace against the Bulldogs. Wallace made his first start last week against New Mexico State and threw for 164 yards. Auburn leaned on its running game against the Aggies, and that looks to be the Tigers' best option against Georgia.
Auburn is 11th in the SEC in rushing offense, averaging 143 yards per game. Georgia's defense surrenders 144 yards a game on the ground, ranking eighth in the SEC.
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