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Scanning the SEC: Auburn-LSU Rivalry Resumes

Checking on Saturday's football action around the conference.

The SEC can claim the last six BCS national champions, and the SEC West is responsible for four of those.

Two of those title schools will meet Saturday in Auburn -- the host Tigers, and visiting LSU.

And when the Bayou Bengals won their title in 2007, the game with Auburn that season was seen as perhaps the catalyst for the title.

Many remember the dramatic third-down play late in the game, when LSU QB Matt Flynn threw into the end zone for a score that lifted LSU to a crucial win. Play it safe? Nah.

(The play is included in the attached video, and appears at about the eight-minute mark.)

This season, LSU is 3-0 and No. 2 in the AP poll, and Auburn (1-2, 0-1) has struggled. Still, it's at Auburn, so stay tuned. It's on ESPN at 6 p.m.

In other key games involving SEC teams Saturday:

VANDERBILT (1-2, 0-1) AT GEORGIA (3-0, 1-0), 7:45 p.m., ESPN2: This begins a stretch of three straight games vs. SEC East foes for the unbeaten Bulldogs. Georgia is No. 5 in the latest AP Poll, trailing only Alabama and LSU among SEC teams in the rankings. However, Vanderbilt hasn't been the pushover in recent years that it was a generation ago. Stay tuned.

MISSOURI (2-1, 0-1) AT SOUTH CAROLINA (3-0, 1-0), 3:30 p.m., CBS: This one is huge for UGA fans. The Bulldogs already have beaten Missouri, and they must face the Gamecocks and Steve Spurrier in two weeks.

The remaining SEC schedule for Sept. 22 (all times Eastern):

Ole Miss (2-1) at Tulane (0-2), noon, FSN

Kentucky (1-2) at Florida (3-0, 2-0), 12:21 p.m.

Florida Atlantic (1-2) at Alabama (3-0, 1-0), 5 p.m.

Rutgers (3-0) at Arkansas (1-2, 0-1), 7 p.m., ESPNU

South Alabama (1-2) at Mississippi State (3-0, 1-0), 7 p.m.

South Carolina State (1-2) at Texas A&M (1-1, 0-1), 7 p.m., FSN

Akron (1-2) at Tennessee (2-1, 0-1), 7:30 p.m., CSS

Material from the SEC office was used in this report.

 



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