SEC East: Updating the scenarios

October 28, 2013 

Oct 26, 2013; Columbia, MO, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier watches from the sidelines during the second half against the Missouri Tigers at Faurot Field. South Carolina won 27-24.

DENNY MEDLEY — USA Today Sports

The race is getting complicated, but here’s the simplest view:

MISSOURI

The only team that controls its destiny, the Tigers have remaining SEC games vs. Tennessee, Kentucky, Ole Miss and Texas A&M. Wins against East foes UK and Tennessee leave the Tigers in good shape. The outcomes against A&M and Ole Miss could matter, or they might not depending on the number of teams and which teams they are tied with.

USC

USC is the only team with the head-to-head tiebreaker against Missouri. USC needs to beat Mississippi State and Florida, have Georgia lose to Florida on Saturday and have Missouri lose another game. USC and Mizzou would be the only teams left with two SEC losses, giving the Gamecocks the tiebreaker.

GEORGIA

If Georgia wins its remaining SEC games against Florida, Kentucky and Auburn, there could be a three-team tie between two-loss Missouri, USC and Georgia. In the head-to-head, all three are 1-1. The next tiebreaker is the divisional record — so it matters who Missouri’s second loss is against.

FLORIDA

Florida needs to beat Georgia and USC, have Missouri lose two more games and hope for a miracle. Even then, most tiebreakers will work against the Gators.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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