KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE - NOVEMBER 13: Hendon Hooker #5 of the Tennessee Volunteers runs with the ball while being tackled by Channing Tindall #41 and Travon Walker #44 of the Georgia Bulldogs in the third quarter at Neyland Stadium on November 13, 2021 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Tennessee and Georgia face off in an AP Top-2 matchup highlighting Week 10 In College Football.

On Tuesday, the first College Football Playoff rankings were released.  The top 4 were Tennessee, Ohio State, Georgia and Clemson.

SHOWDOWN IS SET BETWEEN GEORGIA AND TENNESSEE, 3:30pm CBS

SEC Nation and College GameDay are both head to Athens for the Top-2 matchup between Tennessee and Georgia. This is the third Top-5 matchup at Sanford Stadium. It’s also the first Top-3 matchup between SEC East teams since the divisions were created in 1992.

This is the 53rd No. 1 vs No. 2 matchup in the history of the AP Poll. The first since LSU’s 46-41 win at Alabama in 2019. The No. 1 team holds a 29-21-2 advantage in the all-time series. It’s the sixth 1 vs 2 matchup between SEC teams but the first that doesn’t involve Alabama (2008 and 2009 SEC championship games against Florida, 2019 and 2011 – twice – against LSU).

Tennessee has lost 12 straight games against AP No. 1 opponents since beating Auburn in 1985. The Vols are 2-14 all-time against top-ranked opponents (the other win was against LSU in 1959).

This is the eighth time that a pair of SEC teams have met with both teams entering the game with 8-0 or better records. Tennessee won its only previous such game (1998 vs Arkansas) while Georgia lost its only previous instance (1971 vs Auburn).

ALABAMA AND LSU SQUARE OFF IN CRUCIAL SEC WEST MATCHUP, 7:00pm ESPN

Alabama and LSU are meeting as ranked opponents for the 30th time. It’s the most frequent ranked matchup in SEC history and the fourth-most frequent in FBS.

Alabama is 27-8-2 (.757 winning percentage) in Baton Rouge since Tiger Stadium opened in 1924. The best record of any team to make at least 10 trips to the stadium (Tennessee is second at 9-4-2, a .667 winning percentage).

The winner won’t clinch a spot in the SEC championship game, but it will definitely have the inside track to Atlanta.

Florida at Texas A&M, Noon ET on ESPN and ESPN-SWFL

Texas A&M has won three of the five meetings between the schools. Since the Aggies joined the SEC, all three meetings have been decided by three or fewer points: Texas A&M won 41-38 in 2020 and 19-17 in 2017 after Florida won 20-17 in 2012 (A&M’s first game as an SEC member).

Both teams are just 1-4 in SEC play this season. Its the Aggies worst start to conference play since 1984 (lost five of first six SWC games) and the Gators worst start to SEC play since 1979 (finished 0-6).

Freshman Conner Weigman threw for 338 yards and four touchdowns in his first start against Ole Miss. That’s the most passing yards by a true freshman in Texas A&M history. He also snapped the Aggies’ streak of 24 straight games against FBS opponents without throwing for 300 yards.

I will have my big Florida State-Miami preview tomorrow along with several other games.

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