BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Ole Miss shocked Alabama 23-17 in Oxford and Mississippi State manhandled Texas A&M 48-31 in Starkville. You could say the Tide in the SEC West has shifted to the state of Mississippi.
Hugh Freeze of Ole Miss and Dan Mullen of Mississippi State have guided their respective teams into the thick of the fight for the SEC West Division title and contenders for the four-team National Championship playoff picture.
The 3rd ranked Bulldogs will have the home field advantage for the second consecutive week, hosting 2nd ranked Auburn in Starkville at Wade Davis Stadium Saturday afternoon at 2:30.
It's the national game of the week, with national implications hinging on the outcome.
If Mississippi State can kick another SEC team to the sidelines, it would be a 3rd straight upset victory.
The Auburn Tigers are coming off a dominating performance, blasting LSU 41 to 7, in the worst performance ever for a Les Miles coached team.
The winner remains in the hunt for the national playoffs.
Mullen said,"We're playing even a better team this week. We're going to have to play better this week then we did last week. The only way that's going to happen is we work harder in practice. We work harder in everything that we do and I think we become a better football team."
3rd ranked Ole Miss has another big game Saturday night at 8, a date with 14th ranked Texas A&M. The high-flying Rebels are 5 and 0 for the first time since 1962 and looking to extend that streak to six games in College Station.
Rebels senior quarterback Bo Wallace said,"At the end of the day that is what it's all about. We're right in the thick of things, right in the SEC West going on the road in a hostile environment is why you go to school here."
It won't get any easier... the SEC West Division is brutal and both Ole Miss and Mississippi State have a number of big games remaining, including the Egg Bowl on November 29th in Oxford. That game could decide the SEC West Division championship. Stay tuned.
It was announced on Monday that Ole Miss safety Trae Elston has been suspended for the first half of Saturday's game against Texas A&M after kicking Alabama running back Kenyan Drake after he broke his leg.