THIS WEEK'S GAME: The Tigers will likely end up in either the Cotton or the Capital One Bowl, depending on the outcome of the SEC championship game.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
QB Marcus Randall -- Randall, a fifth-year senior, saved his best for his final regular-season game. He started for the first time in five games and made the most of it, rushing 17 times for 79 yards and two touchdowns and completing 10 of 14 passes for 173 yards and two more touchdowns.
DE Marcus Spears -- Spears was chosen the SEC defensive player of the week after recording a team-high nine tackles with two sacks (-27 yards) against Arkansas. He also broke up a pass and added three quarterback pressures. Spears has nine sacks this season.
K Chris Jackson -- Jackson hasn't always inspired confidence in his kicking, but he took a big step in the right direction against Arkansas, kicking three field goals. He connected from 51 yards out and another from 46, and averaged 40 yards on two punts, earning SEC special teams player of the week.
The only players expected to miss the bowl game are the players already out for the season, including C Ben Wilkerson, WR Steve Mares and LB Dorsett Buckles. ... DB Daniel Francis will be limited during bowl practice by a sprained ankle. ... CB Mario Stephenson has been sidelined since early in the season but be available to play in dime situations in the bowl game.
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