A week ago, the Southeastern Conference looked as though it had finally been vanquished.
While the sports nation focused its attention on Auburn’s miraculous play at Jordan Hare Stadium and the dramatic ending between Michigan and Ohio State; in the middle of the nation, the Missouri Tigers continued to do what they have done all season, win.
After having their season saved on one of the most improbably finishes in college football history; the Auburn Tigers are just one win away from becoming the SEC Champion and possibly playing for the BCS Championship Game.
The frustration of Florida’s fading season was evident on coach Will Muschamp’s bandaged and bloodied right hand. The third-year Gators coach took questions after his team’s fifth-straight loss, a 19-14 defeat to No. 11 South Carolina on Saturday night, with two fingers bandaged and a third knuckle bloodied after he struck a chalk board at halftime.
The Southeastern Conference is once again dominating the Bowl Championship Series standings and hopes to get two teams into major bowls. Still, multiple teams are jockeying for prime bowl position and others are simply hoping to qualify for the postseason.
Barring a complete collapse against the Auburn Tigers, the Alabama Crimson Tide is likely headed back to Atlanta for the SEC Championship in early December. Who the Crimson Tide will play from the SEC East may not be decided until the final week of the regular season.
With Florida effectively eliminated from contention in the SEC Eastern Division race, the focus of the Southeastern Conference will be on Columbia, Missouri and a former head coach at UF, Steve Spurrier.
The Southeastern Conference eastern division championship used to go through Gainesville or Athens, Georgia, but this year after two big division victories; the road to the SEC Championship goes through Columbia. Not Columbia, South Carolina, but rather Columbia, Missouri.
It may rank as the craziest weekend in recent Southeastern Conference history. Five conference teams in the Top 25 lost in league play Saturday, including three defeated by unranked opponents.
A look at five things to watch in the Southeastern Conference during Week 7 of the season.