Now that I have recovered from my Halloween party on Saturday night, I will look ahead to two key SEC games this coming Saturday. First I have to say I won’t post any pictures or tell you what my close friend and fellow blogger Chris Johnson and his girlfriend were dressed as just in case either of their current or future employers read this.
As a Gamecocks fan I have to say: Florida, you suck for blowing that game against Georgia. Ok, now I feel better (both from my hangover and for getting that off my chest).
There will be many games played this coming weekend but none more important than two in the SEC. Face it people, the SEC is dominating college football. Not just because it has produced the last 5 National Champions, it also currently has 6 teams ranked in the BCS standings including 4 in the top 10.
Both marquee games will be in primetime and if neither one of these games makes it to Daniel Guys most intriguing games blog this coming Friday then something is wrong with him.
The 9th ranked South Carolina Gamecocks travel to #7 Arkansas. The Razorbacks escaped Vanderbilt with a victory when the Vandy kicker missed a field goal that would make Olindo Mare proud. Meanwhile the Gamecocks strolled into Knoxville and let Tennessee fans know that times have changed and they need to get used to USC beating them with a 14-3 victory. A Gamecocks win all but assures them another spot in Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game and will catapult them further up the national and BCS rankings keeping their hopes of BCS Bowl alive. However a Razorback win helps them keep pace in the top-heavy SEC West. Although they are still 1 game back the Razorbacks could make a BCS Bowl game if the SEC Champion is in the BCS Title game and is from the SEC West, much like last year when they went to the Sugar Bowl because Auburn was playing for the national championship. I believe South Carolina has what it takes to win this game and will do so 27-17.
As good of a game as that is, nothing get bigger than #1 LSU taking on #2 Alabama. The whole world will be watching as the Tigers take on the Crimson Tide in the 46th time a #1 has faced a #2. This game not only gives the winner a better shot at the SEC West title but it also impacts the national championship picture. If LSU loses a close one in Alabama voters may allow them a shot at a rematch if they both win out and Stanford and Oklahoma State lose. However a blowout puts LSU in the same boat as Arkansas hoping for an at-large BCS Bowl bid. If Alabama wins they will rise to the #1 spot and control their own destiny. I think the Crimson Tide defense to too much for LSU to handle having given up only 55 total points in 8 games (for all of you Clemson fans that doesn’t quite equal a touchdown per game, meaning they are pretty good) and Alabama will win the game 28-14.
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