Week 9 in the SEC: What to watch for

Georgia and Florida are having a little get together in Jacksonville on Saturday. Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

A few things to keep an eye on this weekend in the SEC:

Rivalry renewed: Florida and Georgia meet Saturday in Jacksonville in their annual rivalry game (the schools no longer refer to it as The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party; that doesn't mean we can't). The programs are at different places. The Gators, the defending SEC East champs, are the lone team in the division with one conference loss; Georgia lost three of its past four games before its bye last week.

Another big ground game for Auburn? Auburn just finished running all over Arkansas for more than 500 rushing yards, whereas Ole Miss gave up 311 rushing yards to LSU, including 284 by Leonard Fournette. While Auburn doesn't have a running back of Fournette's caliber, it does have an impressive running game. Whether Ole Miss can slow it down will be worth watching. These are two teams going in different directions.

Tennessee healing up: The Volunteers were pretty banged up following consecutive losses to Texas A&M and Alabama and sorely needed an off week, which came last week. Several injured players are back at practice this week, including starting linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr., who has been out since Week 3 and will play vs. South Carolina. Cornerback Cam Sutton is still out, and the Vols will be without running back Alvin Kamara for a couple of weeks. Also worth watching is how South Carolina handles elite defensive end Derek Barnett with two true freshmen at quarterback: Jake Bentley and Brandon McIlwain.

Piling up the points in Columbia? When Kentucky and Mizzou meet, the game has the potential to be quite a high-scoring affair. Missouri has allowed at least 40 points in each of its past three games, including 51 to Middle Tennessee State last week. Kentucky scored 40 vs. Missisippi State last week. Making matters tougher for Mizzou is the fact that they lost two key defensive players, linebacker Michael Scherer and defensive lineman Terry Beckner Jr., to injuries.

A pair of nonconference tilts: Mississippi State and Texas A&M both suffered road losses last week, to Kentucky and Alabama, respectively, but return home to face nonconference competition. The Bulldogs host Samford, and the Aggies host New Mexico State.