No. 6 Florida and Tennessee are set to square off for the 50th time in a series usually simply called the "Third Saturday in September," and the Southeastern Conference rivals are trending in opposite directions. On Saturday afternoon at legendary Neyland Stadium, the visiting Gators (7-1, 7-1 SEC) -- winners of five straight since losing to Texas A&M -- can clinch the SEC East with a victory against the Volunteers or a Georgia loss against winless Vanderbilt. A division title would be the Gators' first since 2016, which would send them to Atlanta on Dec. 19 for the SEC Championship Game, likely against undefeated and top-ranked Alabama.
Fresh off a 200-plus-yards rushing game from their third-string running back, the No. 15 Oklahoma State Cowboys (6-2, 5-2 Big 12) will take their Big 12 title hopes into Fort Worth, Texas, to meet the TCU Horned Frogs (4-4, 4-4) on Saturday. In his first career start, Dezmon Jackson ran for 235 yards and three touchdowns on 36 carries, and the Cowboys needed every bit of the offense in defeating visiting Texas Tech, 50-44. Jackson's opportunity developed because 2019 consensus All-American Chuba Hubbard (3,459 yards rushing in 33 career games) and LD Brown were out with injuries.
One could say that No. 5 Texas A&M's normally high-powered offense was a lot like the weather in last week's game against LSU -- all wet. Texas A&M hopes to look more like itself when it travels to Auburn on Saturday in search of an authoritative win that will keep it in the hunt for a spot in January's College Football Playoff semifinals. At 6-1, the Aggies need to win out and hope for someone in front of them to lose.