It is the final week in the regular season of college football. The season has sped by and now comes the championship push. Realistically, there are three teams that have a shot to make the BCS Championship game, with a hand full more fighting for a BCS bowl berth. Along with bowl jockeying, there will be a few coaches trying to save their jobs. Even if it plays out to plan, this will be an eventful weekend.
LSU @ Arkansas
Arkansas has officially lost their only hope to play in a bowl game. Now, it is all about pride for the Hogs, something they have struggled to play for throughout the season. Now comes LSU, who still has hopes of playing in a BCS game. The Tigers have gone through a bit of a role reversal. In the past three games the offense has really turned it on, especially quarterback Zach Mettenberger. On the flip side, the vaunted Tigers defense has been leaking yards; they allowed 310 passing yards to Ole Miss Quarterback Bo Wallace. The defense now has to deal with Tyler Wilson and Biletnikoff semi-finalist Kobi Hamilton. If LSU can get an early lead, Arkansas has shown they will give up, which is especially true with no postseason. However, if LSU gives up some big plays and Arkansas gets some confidence, it could be a long day for the Tigers.
Georgia Tech @ Georgia
The time is now for Georgia. The Bulldogs are two wins away from playing for the national title. While Alabama is the team everyone is talking about, the Bulldogs cannot look ahead. Georgia Tech has been mediocre at best this year, but the option attack is always difficult for teams that rarely see it. The Yellow Jackets would love nothing better than to spoil Georgia’s party before it gets started, but Georgia has been coming on strong lately, especially on defense. Dawgs get it done.
Kentucky @ Tennessee
Both of the head coaches in this game have already met their fate. The difference is Joker Phillips stayed on to see his team finish the season. The Vols are Dooley-less. These are probably the two worst teams in the SEC East, maybe even the conference. This game decides who will reside in the cellar alone.
The winner gets the elusive SEC “W.” Tennessee is ready to end this nightmare season, and they will…without a SEC win.
Vanderbilt @ Wake Forest
Wake Forest is looking for their elusive sixth win that would get them to a bowl. Unfortunately for the Demon Decons, they suck at scoring, allow more points, and generally rank towards the bottom of the nation in yards allowed. All good news for Vanderbilt, who has won five games in a row. Vandy rolls.
Auburn @ Alabama
Not much to say about this game. Auburn, no matter how many points they scored last week, is just awful. The only hope Auburn has is if the players care enough about Gene Chizik to play for him, because clearly his job is on the line. Even if they did, Alabama is just better than lowly Auburn. There will be no revenge for Toomer’s Corner this year.
Ole Miss @ Mississippi State
Since the beginning of Dan Mullen’s tenure, Mississippi State has never lost the Egg Bowl to Ole Miss. It has been the staple of the Mullen era for the Bulldogs. While they have struggled with the top tier of the SEC West, beating “The School Up North” has become a constant, and the Rebels know it. Not only is Ole Miss playing for state pride, but the Rebels need this win to become bowl eligible. These Rebels do not need the extra motivation; they have been physically outmanned in most league games, but have fought to the end, most notably at LSU. This game will be really close, but the Rebels will end a three year losing skid to the Bulldogs.
31-24 Ole Miss
South Carolina @ Clemson
This game will be worth it just for the quips from the two coaches. Steve Spurrier and Dabo Swinney have traded barbs through the off season, all leading up to this game. Clemson is heading to the ACC Championship game, but a win over the Gamecocks will only help bolster their strength of schedule.
South Carolina is one of a host of SEC teams in the top ten of the BCS with an outside chance of a BCS bowl, but they must take care of the Tigers first. South Carolina will need everything out of their scary good defensive line to disrupt the explosive Tigers. The Gamecocks will have chances on offense, but they have struggled against good teams. This one should be close going into the fourth quarter. South Carolina will have to capitalize on mistakes caused by their defense to get it done.
31-28 South Carolina
This is the season finale for the freshman sensation Johnny Football. Definitely a tale of two seasons; Missouri came into the conference expecting to be competitive right away, thanks to an experienced quarterback and coach. A&M was breaking in a new coach, offensive system, and a new starting quarterback. The results have been a complete 180. James Franklin has battled injuries and inconsistency all year. Nothing has really changed about Gary Pinkel; he just doesn’t have the athletes along both lines to compete just yet. For A&M Johnny Manziel and Kevin Sumlin are a match made in Aggie heaven. With the way these teams have trended, A&M is just more SEC ready than Missouri and that will hold true in this game.
48-33 Texas A&M
Florida @ Florida State
This in-state rivalry is all about BCS aspirations. Sitting at number four in the BCS, Florida is guaranteed a BCS bowl with their current position, but if the chips fall right, the Gators could find themselves in the BCS title game. For Florida State the title game is a loftier goal, but with one loss, a win over Florida will get them into better position. Both of these teams boast legit defenses, but Florida State has the advantage, simply because they have one. All season the Gators have been, at best, a one dimensional offensive team with no passing game to speak of. To add to their offensive ineptness, the Gators could be without starting quarterback Jeff Driskel. While Driskel struggles to move the team through the air, he was able to move the chains with his feet as need be. The Gators will sorely miss that extra production. The Gators defense will keep them in the game, but the Gators will not be able to match the Seminoles offensive production.
24-13 Florida State
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