We’re in the home stretch here in the SEC, and it’s time to start sorting out the championship race. Missouri is still in the lead in the East and is not in jeopardy this week, but cannot afford another slip up. Meanwhile, Alabama faces their first serious challenge since A&M. With bigger goals on the horizon, the typical Alabama slip up would cost them a chance at the national title. Lots on the line this weekend in the SEC.
Vanderbilt @ Florida
Here is the thing most thought they would never see: this is a must win game for Florida. The Gators must beat Vanderbilt to make sure they make it to the post season. With only one guaranteed win to go along with South Carolina and Florida State, Vandy represents the best chance to secure a bowl game. The problem is that Florida just isn’t very good right now. They have been ravaged by injuries (add another offensive tackle to the growing list), and their offense is pedestrian. The Commodores may be catching the Gators at the right time. After beating Georgia, they have to like their chances. Vandy 23-17.
Appalachian State @ Georgia
Georgia is starting to get healthy for their stretch run. Getting another breather with Appalachian State is a scheduling gift. The goal in this game is to get the W and get out without any more injuries. Georgia wins.
Mississippi State @ Texas A&M
Mississippi State finally makes it to the traditional SEC afternoon match-up. Unfortunately, they get to do it by taking a trip to College Station to face Johnny Football. The Aggies have only lost games at home since joining the SEC, but there is little threat of that happening here. After an emotional week for MSU quarterback Dak Prescott, he will have a great game against the porous defense of the Aggies, but Johnny Football is just too much for this State defense. Texas A&M 52-38.
Arkansas @ Ole Miss
It is rough in the Natural State. Arkansas has yet to win a conference game and avoiding that zero is going to be a tall task. The Hogs just are not a very good team, and they seem to be getting worse as the season goes on. It will be interesting as they take on Ole Miss, who is one of the more confident teams in the league. The Rebels win going away, but the story will be how Arkansas plays. This team is on the verge of packing it in for the remainder of the season. Ole Miss wins.
Auburn @ Tennessee
This could be a bit of a trap game for Auburn. Riding high with only one loss and looking ahead to Georgia next week could be a problem. Tennessee isn’t as talented as Auburn, but the Vols fight to the end. They will not give up, and if Auburn doesn’t come out rolling, the Vols could catch them slipping. Auburn may be a little flat, but that will wear Tennessee down in the second half and have it all on the line in the South’s Oldest Rivalry. Auburn 38-24.
Missouri @ Kentucky
There is good news and bad news in this game. The good news for Missouri is that they may get quarterback James Franklin back. The bad news is people will be subjected to watching Kentucky play football. No slip up for Missouri here. Missouri beats down Kentucky.
LSU @ Alabama
Once upon a time this was the “Game of the Century.” While it doesn’t carry that much weight today, it still could be an impactful game in the BCS race. LSU comes into this contest with two three-point losses, one to an undermanned Ole Miss team. Unlike the LSU teams appearing in this match-up in the past, this team is severely limited on the defensive side of the ball. Through the season, the Tigers have been carried by a high powered, but inconsistent offense. Alabama appears to be the most complete team in the league; however, the Tide has showed some signs of vulnerability on defense. The Tigers have a chance because of their offense. Even at their worst, the combination of Mettenberger, Beckham, and Landry will be able to move the ball and score points against this Alabama secondary. The problem is the LSU defense. The secondary has been shaky, but has evened out a little. The real issue is the front seven. Their inability to stop the run is going to be an issue against Alabama’s rushing attack. Alabama being able to run the ball will open up AJ McCarron and that group of wide receivers. LSU normally plays well against Alabama and will make it a game, but in the end the defense will put up a score that they will not be able to recover from. Alabama 31-23.
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