Gators control SEC East after South Carolina loses

It’s been a while since this was true: It’s late in the SEC schedule and Florida has the Eastern Division in its grasp.

That’s the case after the Gators’ 31-17 win at Vanderbilt tonight, coupled with South Carolina’s loss at LSU.

Here is how the division standings look now:

Missouri and Kentucky are eliminated. Tennessee and Vanderbilt will join them with one more loss or one more Florida win.

That leaves the Gators, South Carolina and Georgia in the hunt. Florida gets a chance to bury the other two over the next two weeks. They get the Gamecocks at home on Saturday and follow with the Georgia game in Jacksonville.

REMAINING SCHEDULE

Florida: vs. South Carolina, vs. Georgia in Jacksonville, vs. Missouri South Carolina: at Florida, vs. Tennessee, vs. Arkansas Georgia: at Kentucky, vs. Florida in Jacksonville, vs. Ole Miss, at Auburn

If Florida beats South Carolina, the Gamecocks will be two games back with two to play. The Gators would own the tie-breaker if those two schools finish deadlocked, though the equation would be more complicated if there is a three-way tie with Georgia.

If South Carolina wins, it will basically erase its recent loss at LSU. Florida and the Gamecocks would have the same record, and South Carolina would own the head-to-head tie-breaker.

Originally posted here: Gators control SEC East after South Carolina loses



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