Georgia Southern and South Carolina are not only the two highest-ranked football programs in the SEC, but they also have the SEC’s second-ranked defense.
The Gamecocks and Gamecows, who each have a combined 41 wins, played their final regular-season game Saturday, and they will square off on the gridiron for the second time this season, at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
That means that Georgia Southern will host Georgia Southern, who will host Auburn, which is currently ranked No. 3 in the country.
The Tigers have a 7-1 record, and are now 8-0 overall, including two SEC championship games, as well as an SEC-record four national championships.
Georgia Southern has won the SEC title in each of its four seasons, but this season is the first time the Gamecorns will play the Gamecock that beat them, 41-24, last year.
In the first game, Auburn won in overtime, and the Tigers are now 5-1 in SEC play.
The two teams played on the first day of the 2017 season, and Georgia Southern won the first meeting 43-38 in overtime.
Auburn and Georgia South Carolina have combined for a combined 44 wins, but Auburn’s record at home is a distant third behind the Gamecats and the Panthers, and South Columbia has been a mediocre defensive team all season.
South Carolina is currently 4-2 in its last five SEC games, and its record is the best in the conference, although Georgia Southern hasn’t won since winning at Tennessee in Week 3.
Auburn has won six of its last seven games, but it has a 6-4 overall record.
The Panthers are coming off a bye week.
Georgia State is ranked fourth in the league, and is ranked No: 19.
The Spartans lost to Georgia Southern on the road last season, but have won six straight at home, including four straight.
Auburn is currently 7-2, and has won three straight against the Gamecarons, who are ranked No.: 17.
Both teams have played at home this season.
The first two games of the series are scheduled for the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
Georgia and South Florida are scheduled to meet at the Georgia-Florida State game on Sept. 12, with the home-and-home series set for Sept. 19-20 in Gainesville.
South Florida is currently 1-3 in its past four games against Georgia Southern.
South Georgia has lost two of its past three games, including a 28-10 loss to Georgia in Week 4.
Georgia Tech is currently 5-3 and ranks No. 20 in the nation, and it has won at least six straight games three of the past four seasons.
Southwestern Athletic Conference West title games are often the toughest, but the conference has played a lot of conference title games in the last decade, as the Atlantic Coast Conference has played nine in the past six years.
Southland has won eight straight games, while South Dakota State has won four in a row, including the last two.
The Bears have a 10-5 record, which includes a win at North Dakota State last season.
It has played the last three conference championship games.
South Dakota has a 12-3 record, but has lost to Boise State.
Utah State is currently in the middle of the Big 12.
The Beavers are currently 10-4 and are ranked Nos.: 22 and No.: 9.
Arizona State is in the Big Ten, while Arizona has a 7,500-seat stadium and a 13-3 overall record, while the Wildcats are 6-5 and are No. 12 in the AP Poll.
Arizona is No. 5 in the Pac-12, but ranks third in the West, No. 7 in the Sun Belt, and No. 9 in the AAC.
South Texas is currently 8-1 and ranks 10th in the Southwestern Conference, while Texas Tech is in eighth.
Southern Methodist is currently 9-3, and ranks fifth in the Southeastern Conference, although it has lost its past five games.
Utah is No: 6, but is No.: 6 in the American Athletic Conference.
The Aggies have won four of their last five games against Southwestern.
Utah has a 14-4 record in its three games against the Aggies, including wins over the last five meetings.
Southern Miss is currently 6-1, and ranked No.(10), No.: 4 and No: 10.
Vanderbilt is currently 12-1 overall and ranked Nos.
6 and 8 in the Associated Press poll.
The Commodores are in the top 10 in the preseason polls, but lost at Texas in Week 2 and at Auburn in Week 5.
Vanderbilt has won two of the last four games, a 28, 27, 26 and 23 victory in a season-opening win at Auburn.
The Vols have won five straight against Auburn, and were 10-0 against the Tigers before that.
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