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November 6, 2013

Tigers holding all the marbles for destiny of SEC East

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COLUMBIA, Mo. —

Tennessee has lost to all of the SEC East contenders. The Volunteers lost 34-31 to Georgia in overtime at home, beat South Carolina 23-21 at home and lost 31-3 last week to the Tigers. So who’s best?

“I’d have to say Missouri, just them being the last ones we played,” Vols offensive tackle Ja’Wuan James said. “They had a great defensive line, a pretty good offense. I see Missouri doing good things in the East.”

The Crimson Tide are the two-time defending national champions and they’ve been No. 1 all year, on track for a fourth BCS championship game in five years. They’re the class of the conference that’s won seven consecutive BCS titles.

Georgia stayed alive by beating Florida last week and quarterback Aaron Murray said he’s taken just a peek at the various scenarios.

“You can’t stress about, ‘We need them to lose, we need them to lose,”’ Murray said. “That’s the crummy part of not being in control of our own destiny. But right now we’ve just got to take care of our own business and win the rest of our games and just hope and pray they lose, but don’t freak out and stress out about it because that’s going to affect us.”

South Carolina handed Missouri its lone loss in double-overtime at Columbia, Mo., rallying from a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter. The cleanest route to the title game: Beat Florida at home in its league finale on Nov. 16 combined with losses by Missouri and Georgia. The Gamecocks are off this week and play at home next week against Florida.

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