Florida is out.
Georgia is out.
South Carolina (8-2, 6-2) is done.
Which means it’s all up to Missouri.
The eighth-ranked Tigers (9-1, 5-1) are in control of the SEC East, but they can’t slip the next two weeks against either No. 24 Ole Miss or No. 9 Texas A&M.
One loss and they’re done, and the SEC East would go to the 12th-ranked Gamecocks, who edged the Tigers 27-24 in that wild OT game on Oct. 26.
The Tigers have proven they can win big games. They have proven they can overcome adversity. They have proven they can win on the road.
That said, I don’t see Missouri winning both of its next two games.
Knocking off Ole Miss this weekend is doable, although the Rebels have won four straight, a streak that started with their upset of LSU a month ago.
Missouri was off Saturday and playing pretty well before the day of leisure, although the past two wins have been blowouts of Tennessee and Kentucky.
Let’s say Missouri wins that one, it’s the season-ending game vs. Texas A&M that could prove to be the problem and open the door for the Gamecocks.
We all know about Johnny Manziel and his ability to damage any defense. If he gets going and Mike Evans again proves to be uncoverable (not really a word, but fits him perfectly), the Aggies will win and ruin Missouri’s dreams.
Which means South Carolina, which finishes with Coastal Carolina and Clemson, will play the Iron Bowl winner — more on that game later this week — for the SEC title.
Missouri has had an incredible season. It won’t come with a trip to Atlanta.
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