Week 6 is likely to do as much to shake up the SEC standings as it will do to alter the college football rankings. Two of the three match-ups of ranked teams feature SEC schools clashing — Florida visiting LSU, Auburn heading to Arkansas — and the in-conference ramifications of those games are almost as important as the national consequences. But Oklahoma and Texas have their own in-conference showdown, too.
Here's what's at stake in Week 6.
No. 1 LSU vs. No. 17 Florida, 3:30 p.m.
If LSU wins: The Tigers keep on keeping on, and steam towards a November showdown with Alabama that could decide the SEC West, SEC, and national title.
If Florida wins: The Gators get a huge scalp, but do little to change the SEC East race. Florida's loss to Alabama didn't prevent the Gators from controlling their own destiny in the division — even a loss to LSU is unlikely to prevent that — but every other team in the division still controls its own destiny, even in the event of a Gators win.
No. 3 Oklahoma vs. No. 11 Texas, noon
If Oklahoma wins: Oklahoma's still got the fast track to a BCS National Championship Game appearance, and will have dispatched a second top-11 team on the season.
If Texas wins: The Longhorns, suddenly, look like national title contenders. A win over Oklahoma sets up a possible de facto Big 12 Championship Game for Texas next week against Oklahoma State in Austin; win that, and the 'Horns would have a commanding lead in the Big 12, with only Kansas State and Baylor able to keep pace. Texas would still need to play Kansas State, and at Texas A&M and Baylor, but the Longhorns would set themselves up for a surprising run from unranked to BCS glory with a win today.
No. 10 Arkansas vs. No. 15 Auburn, 7:00 p.m.
If Arkansas wins: The Razorbacks keep their outside chance of winning the SEC West by running the table alive.
If Auburn wins: The resilient Tigers would find themselves in fantastic shape to make noise in the SEC West. Essentially, this game is sort of an SEC West elimination game: winner keeps playing, loser looks Cotton Bowl-bound.
No. 13 Georgia Tech vs. Maryland, noon
If Georgia Tech wins: The nation's highest-scoring team keeps its run to an ACC crown blemish-free. The Yellow Jackets get both Clemson and Virginia Tech at home.
If Maryland wins: The ACC Coastal Division looks like a complete mess. Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech would be one-loss teams that could still control their own destinies, but Duke might be the only team without a loss in the division. And Duke lost to Richmond.
No. 14 Nebraska vs. Ohio State, 8:00 p.m.
If Nebraska wins: The Cornhuskers can still run the table, make the first-ever Big Ten Championship Game, and potentially win the Big Ten title.
If Ohio State wins: The Buckeyes could still, improbably, win the Big Ten. It would take fing the year on an eight-game winning streak that would include Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan (possibly twice) as vanquished foes, but it would be possible.