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Johnny Manziel is the leader in the Heisman race. A big game against LSU could cinch his second straight trophy. (Source: Texas A&M Media Relations) Johnny Manziel is the leader in the Heisman race. A big game against LSU could cinch his second straight trophy. (Source: Texas A&M Media Relations)
Bo Wallace and Ole Miss could derail Missouri's championship drive and make the Rebels the team of the future in the SEC. (Source: Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics) Bo Wallace and Ole Miss could derail Missouri's championship drive and make the Rebels the team of the future in the SEC. (Source: Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics)
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(RNN) - It's the week before Thanksgiving, and the pressure builds in the SEC football universe. Things are getting good as we cruise toward a finale that will be as crazy as Toronto's mayor.

Is it too early to talk about next week? Heck, no. Next week, Alabama plays Auburn in the biggest Iron Bowl in generations.

Auburn has a bye week. So does Alabama, but it has to show up Saturday and play Chattanooga. Don't be surprised if the Moccasins rack up yards, score and stuff against the Tide. Chances are good that Nick Saban has spent the week preparing his defense for Auburn's read option and stressing to defensive backs that you bat fourth-down interceptions to the ground.

As has become tradition, Couch Potato will not ignite partisan chat room weasel-swine into vituperative responses to his predictions of game outcomes that might go against their narrow, pathetic worldviews.

Instead, we will quote Monte Python and the Holy Grail. A great, great movie.

French Soldier: You don't frighten us, English pig dogs. Go and boil your bottoms, you sons of a silly person. I blow my nose at you, so-called "Arthur King," you and all your silly English K-nig-hts.

Mississippi State at Arkansas

12: 12 ET, SEC TV

Mississippi State needs two wins to become bowl eligible. If this isn't one of them, punch up "I'll Be Home for Christmas" on the Starkville Sonic jukebox.

Minstrel: [singing] When danger reared its ugly head, he bravely turned his tail and fled.

Texas A&M at LSU

2:30 p.m. ET, CBS

Johnny Manziel, the only man alive who can win his second straight Heisman Trophy this year, rolls into Baton Rouge with a chance to seal the deal if he can be amazing against LSU's overrated defense. The Aggies have two losses – both to those pesky teams from Alabama . J.F. Football put up more than 40 points in both of those, so it wasn't his fault.

Five or six hundred yards at Tiger Stadium should do it.

But wait.

LSU is toting a badly stomped booty from that fiasco in Tuscaloosa two weeks ago, and that adds up to three losses to date, meaning the Tigers are on the brink of firmly establishing themselves as a second-tier team.

Another concern: Texas A&M is the cool school right over the state line in Texas, and all those good old boys in Louisiana might decide to go play over yonder if the spiral continues.

Zach Mettenberger, last seen crawling off the Bryant-Denny turf like a Saving Private Ryan extra, along with Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry can do terrible things to the egregious Aggie defense.

This one's important.

Black Knight: It's just a flesh wound.

Vanderbilt at Tennessee

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Can the Commodores make it two straight over Tennessee? Everybody knew Butch Jones had a long road when he took the wheel, but like wow. He needs a win here just to keep the possibility of a bowl game and a break-even season alive.

Tim: Well, that's no ordinary rabbit.

King Arthur: Ohh.

Tim: That's the most foul, cruel, and bad-tempered rodent you ever set eyes on!

Missouri at Ole Miss

7:45 p.m. ET, ESPN

Missouri is still in the hunt to win the East Division and earn a journey to distant Atlanta to play either Alabama or Auburn. A win in that game means that a trip to the national championship game is not out of the question.

And if lighting struck and the Tigers got to play the staggeringly overrated Ohio State, Columbia, MO, officials might be planning a really big parade in January.

If you had predicted that this time last year, they'd have put you in an institution.

James Franklin is back from a shoulder injury, which means Missouri is a much better team. A national championship caliber team… maybe.

Ole Miss has regained its equilibrium after Alabama made the Rebels wear leotards and sing show tunes. The turnaround is continuing for this young team, and a win over a No. 8 ranked team would grease the rails. A trip to a swell bowl and all kinds of pressure about the new challenger in the SEC West would begin.

King Arthur: Cut down a tree with a herring? It can't be done. 

The other ones: Coastal Carolina at South Carolina; Georgia Southern could make things worse than they already are at Florida; Kentucky visits bewildered and heartsick Georgia for Aaron Murray's final home game; and as mentioned earlier, Chattanooga comes to Alabama.

Tim: I WARNED you, but did you listen to me? Oh, no, you KNEW, didn't you? Oh, it's just a harmless little BUNNY, isn't it?

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