As it turns out, games in the two most lopsided current series in the SEC will be played this Saturday. In one matchup, one of the teams famously has won 30 in a row in the annual series. In the other – a division crossover affair – one team owns a 21-game streak, though the teams haven’t met since 2011.
Here’s a look at the longest current winning streaks in SEC series.
Note: We did not take into account vacated/forfeited games because once a game is played and a score is written down, that score remains forever, despite what the NCAA might say.
8. Georgia over Kentucky
LENGTH: 7 in a row.
ANNUAL SERIES: Yes. The teams meet November 18 in Athens.
THE SKINNY: The Bulldogs also have won 18 of the past 20 in the series. In those 20 games, Georgia has scored at least 40 points nine times and at least 27 14 times. UK’s last win in the series came in 2009 in Athens. The schools first met in 1939 and Georgia has dominated, with a 56-12-2 record against the Wildcats.
T-6. Auburn over South Carolina
LENGTH: 8 in a row.
ANNUAL SERIES: No. The teams do not meet this season.
THE SKINNY: The eight-game streak covers 1996-2014, and those are the only eight meetings between the teams since South Carolina joined the SEC in 1992. Before that, the last meeting had come in 1933. Two of the wins came in 2010, when Auburn won 35-27 during the regular season, then 56-17 in the SEC championship game.
T-6. South Carolina over Vanderbilt
LENGTH: 8 in a row.
ANNUAL SERIES: Yes. The teams meet October 28 in Columbia
THE SKINNY: The teams have met every season since the Gamecocks joined the SEC in 1992, and South Carolina owns a 21-4 advantage. Vandy’s most recent win came in 2008.
5. Alabama over Mississippi State
LENGTH: 9 in a row.
ANNUAL SERIES: Yes. The team meet November 11 in Starkville.
THE SKINNY: The current streak pales in comparison to Alabama’s 22 wins in a row over the Bulldogs from 1958-79. The most recent Mississippi State win over the Tide came in 2007. As for the current streak, the Bulldogs have scored more than seven points just twice during the nine seasons.
T-3. Alabama over Arkansas
LENGTH: 10 in a row.
ANNUAL SERIES: Yes. The teams meet October 14 in Tuscaloosa.
THE SKINNY: Arkansas’ most recent win in the series came in 2006, by one point. That was the last year of the Mike Shula era, and Nick Saban took over in ’07. Interestingly, that 2006 win ended a 12-season stretch in which Arkansas went 7-5 against Alabama. During the current streak, the Hogs have scored more than 20 points just twice.
T-3. Alabama over Tennessee
LENGTH: 10 in a row
ANNUAL SERIES: Yes. The teams meet October 21 in Tuscaloosa.
THE SKINNY: The Tide once won 11 in a row in the series (1971-81); the Vols won seven in a row from 1995-2001. Just two games during the current streak have been decided by fewer than 14 points and seven have been decided by at least 20.
2. Alabama over Vanderbilt
LENGTH: 21 in a row.
ANNUAL SERIES: No. The teams meet Saturday in Nashville.
THE SKINNY: This was an annual series from 1953-2002, but the teams have met just three times since, with the last matchup in 2011. The last time Vandy beat the Tide? It was 1984 – and that win snapped the Tide’s 14-game winning streak in the series.
1. Florida over Kentucky
LENGTH: 30 in a row.
ANNUAL SERIES: Yes. The teams meet Saturday in Lexington.
THE SKINNY: It’s the longest series winning streak in SEC history and the fourth-longest in an annual series in NCAA history; the longer ones: Notre Dame 43 in a row over Navy (1964-2006), Nebraska 36 in a row over Kansas (1969-2004) and Oklahoma 32 in a row over Kansas State (1937-68). Not only have the Gators won 30 in a row over the Wildcats, they also have won 36 of the past 37 meetings in the annual series. Kentucky’s last win in the series came in 1986.
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