Desperate teams as SEC football tournament approaches | Mizzou Sports
Missouri has only three games left in the regular season. Three chances to save his playoff hopes and advance to the SEC 10-team tournament in Orange Beach, Alabama.
The Tigers aren’t the only team whose bubble looks like it could collide with a pin. Missouri were 13th in the SEC heading into Friday’s game against No.6 Arkansas, which ended in a 6-1 loss. Kentucky sits at the bottom of the conference, winless in the SEC game and almost no hope of rallying to make the tournament. Mississippi State and LSU, the latter of which was ranked fifth, round out the bottom four in the conference.
Texas A&M, which held 10th place on Friday, drew 1-1 with Alabama. The Aggies travel to Starkville, Mississippi, to face Mississippi State in a crucial game for both sides. The Bulldogs need points to get to Orange Beach, and there won’t be a better time or opponent to take them than A&M.
As for the Tigers, they also have two big games this week. Hosting Mississippi’s No.18 on Thursday at this point in the season and needing points is less than ideal for coach Stefanie Golan’s side, as the Rebels have won four in a row. Missouri’s best point-scoring chance comes Sunday in Lexington, Ky., Against current conference bottom feeders. Both teams need a win to maintain any chance of qualifying for the SEC tournament.
All 14 teams play Thursday. Elsewhere in the playoff push, LSU hosts South Carolina and Kentucky hosts Alabama. The heavyweight bout is Arkansas’ No.6 against No.23 Auburn, with both teams aiming for the top seed in the conference tournament. The other games are Florida vs. Georgia and No.10 Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt.
Each team is also scheduled to play on Sunday, with Missouri’s Kentucky game being where the biggest stake is at stake. Auburn heads to Mississippi for a ranked game, with Vanderbilt vs. Texas A&M receiving nationwide television treatment. LSU goes to Florida, South Carolina plays Alabama, Arkansas plays Mississippi State, and Tennessee plays Georgia.
Some teams risk seeing their elimination bubble burst this week. With Missouri facing Kentucky on Sunday, that could be the end of one of those teams’ hopes. The Tigers still have their work cut out for them, even though they get three points at Lexington. The same goes for all the teams in and around this 10th place. The race to “Reach the Beach” ends in style.