It’s a huge week in the SEC for marquee games, #4 LSU travels down to the swamp to face the #10 Florida Gators and #5 Georgia travels up to #6 South Carolina to battle the Gamecocks. The entire SEC east race will be completely repainted and reshaped all while the top ranked Tide sits at home and watches. In all this weekend we have five games being played between ranked teams.
Here are my Top Ten Games of Week 6:
10. Louisiana Monroe @ Middle Tennessee – Saturday - 2:30pm CST – ESPN 3
It’s not always about the ratings and these two teams have proven just that this season. La-Monroe knocked off Arkansas, took Auburn to overtime and gave Baylor all they wanted. Middle Tennessee had a bad start, but last week knocked off Georgia Tech. They might not be BCS or ranked teams, but I think this will be one of the better matchups of the day.
9. Auburn vs. Arkansas – Saturday – 11:00am CST – ESPN 2
The winner of this game will get a chance to reset their season and try to make a run at a bowl berth. At 1-3 and 1-4 both of these teams are desperate for a reset. Auburn has the edge playing at home and coming off a bye week, plus their riding the momentum of the close game versus LSU. Statically looking at it Auburn has one of the worst offenses in the SEC and Arkansas has one of the worst Defenses…. so which unit steps up?
8. Texas A&M @ Ole Miss – Saturday – 6:00pm CST ESPNU
Ole Miss on offense and Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel have been two of the biggest surprises in the SEC this season. Last week Ole Miss went into Tuscaloosa and played tough for four quarters and they will be looking to carry that toughness over into Oxford for a very big matchup with A&M. A win for the Rebels will put them on a path towards the post season and that’s a path no one saw coming before the season.
7. #9 Notre Dame vs. Miami – Saturday – 6:30pm CST Alabama’s 13
Notre Dame is off to one of its most impressive starts in recent memory. Miami got beat down by Kansas State, but outside of that game the Hurricanes have found away to win. Notre Dame is at home and the better team, but I think Miami plays them close.
6. #17 Oklahoma @ Texas Tech – Saturday – 2:30pm CST ESPN 2
Tommy Tuberville and his Red Raiders are undefeated but still unranked. This hasn’t been really talked about because Texas Tech really hasn’t played anyone beside Iowa State. Oklahoma has been a very disappointing team, but this is a must win for the Sooners if they wish to stay alive in the conference race. I think we will know a lot more about these two teams after this game.
5. #2 Oregon vs. #23 Washington – Saturday – 9:30pm CST ESPN
Washington played spoiler last week versus Stanford, but can the Huskies pull off back to back upsets? I say no, but that’s why they play the game. I think the Huskies will put up a fight and QB Keith Price can keep them in most games, but Oregon’s speed and with the game being played at Oregon will be a little much for the Huskies.
4. #12 Ohio State vs. #21 Nebraska – Saturday – 7:00pm CST - ABC
Ohio State is clearly the best team in the BIG10, but they are on probation, and are playing for pride this season. Nebraska I think is the second best and more than likely will end up with a berth in the Rose Bowl. Nebraska was down by 17 points last week in the second half, but found away to come back and win the game, but they need to get out in front early if they want to have a chance at winning this game. The Horse Shoe is already a very difficult place to play and being at night will make it an even more electric environment.
3. #8 West Virginia @ #11 Texas – Saturday – 6:00pm CST - FOX
Heisman trophy leader Geno Smith will for the first time be under a very large microscope as he leads his mountaineers to their first ever BIG12 road game. Texas is also lead by a Heisman hopeful David Ash and with a win over West Virginia can officially announce to the rest of the college football world that the Longhorns are back.
2. #4 LSU @ #10 Florida – Saturday -2:30pm CST - CBS
One of the all time greatest college football games was the 2007 LSU versus Florida matchup that included the “Mad Hatter” Les Miles rolling the dice on 4th down after 4th down in an epic win that help lead LSU to the national title game. I think for LSU to enter the Swamp and come out with a win Miles will have to gamble and roll the dice some to get his offense moving. For Florida they need to pull out Auburns defensive game plan and shut down the LSU running attack. On offense they will need to establish their running game and hit a big play early to really hype up the Swamp.
1. #5 Georgia vs. #6 South Carolina – Saturday – 6:00pm CST - ESPN
Is this an SEC east playoff game? I think so. The Bulldog lost to South Carolina last year, but ended up winning the east, but this year things look even tighter and whoever wins will have a huge upper hand. Georgia seems a little more complete, but lost their leading wide receiver for the season. South Carolina has to keep Connor Shaw upright to protect his shoulder and needs to attack the defense that was exposed last week by Tennessee. I think this game will be played a little tight and close to the vest and will come down to witch ever team makes the least mistakes.
Alabama Tonight Sports Blogger - Patrick Pierce @Patrickp13