SEC Week 11: Alabama, Florida Look To Clinch on Road

by Mark Everett Kelly | Dec 5, 2020 | College Football | 0 comments

As we enter December, I’d like to express my sincere gratitude to all who read and support us at World Wide Sports Radio Network.

While sports currently brings us together, I’d like to offer everyone my prayers and positive thoughts during this holiday season. With apologies to South Carolina, Arkansas, Missouri and Kentucky, this preview will feature only the games of national significance.

#5 Texas A&M, #6 Florida and #1 Alabama are all on the road this weekend. Alabama and Florida can each clinch their spot in the 2020 SEC Championship Game with wins.

SEC Week 11 Games of Significance
AwayHomeTIME (ET)
#5 Texas A&M (6-1)at Auburn (5-3)12:00 PM
#6 Florida (7-1)at Tennessee (2-5)3:30 PM
#1 Alabama (8-0)at LSU (3-4)8:00 PM

#5 Texas A&M (6-1) at Auburn (5-3), 12 PM EST

*For the second straight week, the CFB Playoff Committee failed to submit legitimate standings. The Aggies performance against LSU last week dropped them out of the top four. Kellen Mond & A&M’s offense registered a season-low 267 yards. Their 21-day layoff didn’t help, as 13 of their 17 offensive drives resulted in a punt or turnover.

Auburn hopes to play spoiler. The Tigers are a different team at home this season, going 4-0 and averaging 15 more PPG, 50 more YPG, and 40 more rushing YPG.

History – Auburn won the last three games overall in this series. Road teams are 7-1 in this matchup, with Auburn winning the only home game back in 2018. Seth Williams caught the GW TD from Jarrett Stidham with 1:41 remaining to give Auburn a 28-24 win.

Ranked Texas A&M teams are 1-4 in last five against Auburn.

The Last Time: Top-10 Aggies team played Auburn, #7 Texas A&M was upset by #22 Tigers, 45-41 against Johnny Manziel at College Station.

Auburn Tigers
2020 Offense Stats
Total Yards PG415.3376.5
Rush Yards PG180.3148

Seth Williams GW TD with 1:41 remaining in 2018 at Jordan-Hare Stadium, was the only victory for a home team in this series.

#6 Florida (7-1) at Tennessee (2-5), 3:30 PM EST

Heisman hopeful Kyle Trask and the Florida Gators travel to Leyland Stadium to take on Tennessee. Trask leads the nation with 34 TD passes. Only B.J. Symons of Texas Tech threw more TD (36) in his team’s first eight games than Trask has this season (2003). Florida can clinch their 13th SEC East Division title and first since 2016. The Gators & Alabama tied for the most division titles since the SEC expanded in 1992 (assuming Alabama wins the West on Saturday).

Most TD Passes, First 8 Games
CFB Since 2000
B.J. Symons, Texas Tech2003363,914
Kyle Trask, Florida2020342,810
Colt Brennan, Hawaii2006332,934
Anthony Gordon, Washington St.2019323,387

Kyle Trask made his first start replacing injured Felipe Franks in 2019 against Tennessee.

Since extending the nation’s longest win streak to eight games (2-0 in 2020) entering Georgia on October 10, nothing has gone right for Tennessee. Opponents have outscored Tennessee by 109 points (163-54) in their last nine halves. The Vols hope to avoid their longest losing streak since 1988 when they lost six straight to start the season.

Florida remained in the top four last week with their 34-10 win over Kentucky. The Gators control their destiny concerning the College Football Playoff. If they win out, they will receive one of the four spots.

Series: Gators are 14-1 in the last 15 games against Volunteers. 

#1 Alabama (8-0) at LSU (3-4), 8 PM EST

Alabama can win their 13th division title on Saturday when they complete their rescheduled matchup against the defending National Champions. The Tide waited 392 days and 9,420 hours by the time game-time starts to repay LSU for defeating them in Tuscaloosa.

Mac Jones threw a career-high five TD last week as the Tide completed stage one of their 2019 revenge tour, 42-13 against Auburn. Jones can strengthen his case for the Heisman Trophy, making his first career start against LSU.

Alabama QB Through 8 Games
Since 2018
Mac JonesTua TagovailoaTua Tagovailoa
Passing Yds2,7282,5842,066
Passing Yds PG341323258.3
Comp. Pct.76.270.969.7

Mac Jones 2020 statistics rival that of fan favorite Tua Tagovailoa’s staggering 2018 &19 numbers through eight games.

Series – Alabama: won eight of last nine against LSU, including four straight at Baton Rouge. Since losing his first game against the Tigers at Alabama, Head Coach Nick Saban has won 10 of 12.

Saban’s defense has held LSU scoreless in their last eight quarters (shut out LSU in each of their previous two visits to Tiger Stadium). They have not allowed a TD in their last 11 full quarters (doesn’t count holding them scoreless in an OT period in 2014).

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