After watching some of the big name schools lose last weekend, this weekend’s slate of games will have a lot of fans on the edge of their seats as conference play is slowly but surely coming to a close.
Lets break down some of the weekend’s best match ups.
Texas A&M Aggies (6) vs. Alabama Crimson Tide (1)
The sixth-ranked Aggies head to Tuscaloosa to take on the Crimson Tide in one of the biggest match ups in college football this season. The Aggies are coming off of a massive win over the undefeated Tennessee Volunteers in College Station a couple of weeks ago.
As for the Crimson Tide, they have been absolutely dominant this season. They have dominated all of their opponents offensively, scoring no less than 34 points in seven football games.
— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) October 21, 2016
Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts has been one of the most surprising players in the entire country this season, and that has to do with his development under Alabama Offensive Coordinator Lane Kiffin.
Texas A&M quarterback Trevor Knight has been very impressive since transferring from Oklahoma, but in order for the Aggies to pull off the upset on the road this weekend, Knight will have to play nearly perfect to have this scenario happen.
Prediction: Alabama 49 – Texas A&M 35
The Aggies will show success in the passing game, due to having very tall wide receivers and Alabama having shorter cornerbacks, but ultimately, the Crimson Tide just have way too much fire power on offense. Lane Kiffin has called plays perfectly all season long and as of right now, it looks like Alabama could be cruising to another playoff birth. Expect a shootout in Tuscaloosa this weekend.
Arkansas Razorbacks (17) vs. Auburn Tigers (21)
The Razorbacks head to The Plains to take on an Auburn Tiger team that many thought wouldn’t play well this season. The Tigers have struggled since 2013, when they made their incredible run to the BCS National Championship, where they loss on a last-second touchdown pass to the Florida State Seminoles.
The Razorbacks have been impressive this season, as they have some key wins over teams like Texas A&M, with arguably the biggest win coming against the TCU Horned Frogs, breaking up their home winning streak, which was the longest winning streak in the entire country. The Razorbacks are a physical team when running the ball, and they have been lucky enough to recruit big offensive and defensive lineman in order to block for the running backs and quarterback Austin Allen.
The Tigers are still playing their fastball style of offense, trying to move the ball up the field as quickly and as efficiently as possible, and that could show the Razorbacks some trouble.
What are Auburn’s 3 biggest challenges vs Arkansas? @LaurenSisler & I discuss.
My biggest 1 was the sun in my eyes https://t.co/iIcMmTHGjV
— Tom Green (@Tomas_Verde) October 20, 2016
Prediction: Arkansas 17 – Auburn 14
This game will be closer and very low scoring than what people are expecting. Arkansas is way too physical of a team for Auburn to handle, but don’t be surprised if this game is a defensive chess match between both teams.
Ole Miss Rebels (23) vs. LSU Tigers (25)
The Rebels travel to Death Valley to take on the Tigers of LSU, and this match has a lot on the line for both programs. The Rebels have three losses on the season, all to teams ranked extremely high in the AP Poll, and with another loss, that will put them as an unexpected four-loss team on the season. If you would have told me at the beginning of the season that Ole Miss would have four losses before Halloween weekend, I would have said you were crazy.
The LSU Tigers have looked impressive under Interim Head Coach Ed Orgeron. The Tigers have shown a lot of improvement since Coach O has been at the helm for the purple and gold, and as long as he is in control of this program, he will have his team focused and ready to go.
LSU anticipates having healthier offensive line vs. Ole Miss https://t.co/oXrlATRbWm
— SEC Football (@SECfootball) October 21, 2016
Let’s also not forget the Tigers defense has stepped up immensely since Les Miles was ousted from the head coaching position. The Tigers have outscored their last two opponent’s 87-10 under Orgeron, which is very, very impressive.
Prediction: LSU 34 – Ole Miss 32
The Rebels have what it takes to hang in the ballgame, especially with one of the best quarterbacks in the entire country in Chad Kelly, but with a red hot LSU team that is firing on all cylinders and looking like a brand new team, there is no way the Tigers will lose this game. Especially since the Tigers are playing at home under the lights in front of over 100,000 fans.