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Here’s all you need to know from Week 8 in the SEC

Kentucky kicker Austin MacGinnis (99) converts the game-winning field goal against Mississippi State at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky., on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. Kentucky won, 40-38.
Kentucky kicker Austin MacGinnis (99) converts the game-winning field goal against Mississippi State at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky., on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. Kentucky won, 40-38. TNS

It’s starting to become a trend. Saturday was rather disappointing for Mississippi’s SEC members. Mississippi State needed to win at Kentucky to help pad its bowl resume. Ole Miss once upon a time kicked Ed Orgeron to the curb. Saturday it was Coach O who gave the Rebels the boot. Entering Week 9, both programs have major issues. Once considered locks for bowl season, both teams will have to hustle to qualify for the post-season. The rivalry is already pretty calm, right? Can you imagine if bowl bids are on the line Nov. 26 when MSU visits Ole Miss for the Egg Bowl?

Winner of the Week

LSU 38, Ole Miss 21: Saturday night in Death Valley was the first real test for the (interim) Ed Orgeron Era at LSU and the former Rebel coach passed with flying colors. He can pretty much thank Leonard Fournette for the dominating victory. Injured for much of the season, Fournette was a man amongst boys. All the star running back did was rush for 284 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries.

Loser of the Week

Kentucky 40, Mississippi State 38: The Bulldogs looked like they were going to snap their losing streak. Then UK started driving — and MSU fans know how things turned out. After the 40-38 loss, MSU sits at 2-5 overall and 1-3 in the SEC with Samford, Texas A&M, Alabama, Arkansas and Ole Miss remaining. MSU can still make a bowl game, but Saturday’s last-second loss hurts. Bad.

Star player

RB Leonard Fournette (LSU): Hard not to be Fournette, right? The lead running back set LSU’s school record with 284 yards. The total is also good enough for 10th in SEC history.

Statistically speaking

56-3: So, who saw Auburn absolutely annihilating Arkansas? The Hogs just defeated Ole Miss and seemed to have bounced back after their loss to Alabama. Apparently not. Auburn remains one of the hottest teams in the SEC right now with a trip to Oxford on Saturday.

Pollsters

Associated Press: No. 1 Alabama, No. 9 Texas A&M, No. 14 Florida, No. 15 Auburn, No. 18 Tennessee, No. 19 LSU. Receiving votes: Arkansas.

USA Today/Amway Coaches Poll: No. 1 Alabama, No. 10 Texas A&M, No. 12 Florida, No. 17 Auburn, No. 18 Tennessee, No. 19 LSU. Receiving votes: Arkansas, Ole Miss.

SEC contenders

1. Alabama (8-0)

2. Texas A&M (6-1)

3. Florida (5-1)

Relegation zone

12. Mississippi State (2-5)

13. South Carolina (3-4)

14. Missouri (2-5)

Game to watch

Auburn at Ole Miss (6:15 p.m., SEC Network): This is probably the wimpiest schedule all season. Heading into the year, many thought an un-ranked Auburn would visit a Top 15 Ole Miss. As it turns out, the roles are reversed. The Tigers are currently riding a four-game winning streak, while the Rebels have lost their last two.

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