SEC Week 9 viewer's guide: East stakes on the line in Jacksonville

After having two byes in three weeks, the Gators should be more than refreshed to face rival Georgia. Bill Frakes for ESPN

With Alabama and LSU both on bye weeks, our attention will turn to a pretty big rivalry game down near the St. Johns River. What a party it should be.

Kentucky at Missouri, noon ET, SEC Network

Don't look now, but the Wildcats are in position to make a bowl game for the first time since 2010. After a rough first month of the season, Kentucky has won three of its past four SEC games and is two wins away from getting six wins and snatching a bowl berth. On the other side, Missouri has been in free fall for weeks, losing to LSU and Florida by a combined 82-21 and getting stunned by Middle Tennessee 51-45 at home.

Florida vs. Georgia (in Jacksonville, Florida), 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS

After having two byes in three weeks, the Gators should be more than refreshed to face rival Georgia down at the World's Largest Outdoor, um, Party this weekend. Florida has an SEC East race to stay in, while Georgia has taken quite a few lumps in coach Kirby Smart's first season. Both of these teams need to find rhythm on offense, and the Bulldogs must shake off that devastating Homecoming loss to Vanderbilt.

Samford at Mississippi State, 3:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network

After losing three of its past four games, Mississippi State needs a win in the worst way. But the Bulldogs can't overlook Samford. After all, this is the same Mississippi State team that began the season with a crushing loss to South Alabama at home. There's no need to even write that this absolutely is a must-win for the Bulldogs, right?

Auburn at Ole Miss, 7:15 p.m. ET, SEC Network

Talk about two schools going in opposite directions. Ever since those final few seconds against LSU, these Tigers have been on a roll, winning four straight, with three of those victories coming by at least 24 points. Last week, Auburn destroyed Arkansas 56-3 with 543 rushing yards. Ole Miss, on the other hand, has lost two straight on the road and returns home licking its wounds. On the season, Ole Miss' defense has held opponents to under 400 yards just twice.

Tennessee at South Carolina, 7:15 p.m. ET, ESPN2

The Vols enter this game coming off a much-needed bye. This team was ravaged with injuries, but the good news is that four starters along the offensive line who were banged up against Texas A&M and Alabama should be healthy for Saturday's game. South Carolina inched by UMass last week and might have finally (maybe?) found its starting quarterback in true freshman Jake Bentley.

New Mexico State at Texas A&M, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU

The Aggies are coming off a tough 33-14 loss at Alabama but still have a lot to play for. No one would blame Texas A&M for dragging a little in this game, but Aggie players said after the Alabama loss they understand there's still a lot left in this season, so there's no time to feel sorry for themselves. Texas A&M will rebound this weekend and head into November with a chance to finish the regular season 11-1.