College Football Week 11

In Entertainment by Tanner Allen

After a thrilling week, week 11 has some big-time match ups in store for college football fans.

Not only are there some key match ups in the SEC, but the Big 12 and Pac 12 have a couple of intriguing match ups as well.

Lets take a look what’s on tap:

LSU Tigers (19) vs. Arkansas Razorbacks

The LSU Tigers are coming off of a disappointing 10-0 loss to No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide. The Tigers need to bounce back against the Razorbacks, who won the last two years against the Tigers.

The Arkansas Razorbacks are 3-3 in their last six games, with their most recent win over the Florida Gators 31-10 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Arkansas struggled until they played the Gators, and after winning, it looks like the Hogs could be a team that can run the table at the end of the season.

After losing to Alabama, LSU is ready to dig deep and break their two-game losing streak over Arkansas.

Impact Players

LSU Running Back Leonard Fournette

After getting shut down by a stout Alabama defense, Fournette has to bounce back with a big game for the Tigers.

Fournette is one of the most dominant forces in college football, and if he isn’t able to take advantage of a poor Arkansas rush defense, then the Tigers will be in trouble, as quarterback Danny Etling has been mediocre all season.

Arkansas Quarterback Austin Allen

Allen’s fresh off of one of his best performances on the season, after dismantling the best defense in the SEC last weekend in the Florida Gators. He has to go against one of the best defensive back units in college football and it will be a tall task for him to accomplish.

If Allen is able to work in play-action passing to throw off the LSU defense, the Razorbacks should have a lot of success on offense and should put enough points on the score board to win the game for the third consecutive year.

Projection

LSU 20 – Arkansas 17

This game is almost too close to call, but Fournette will take advantage of the Arkansas rush defense, which is statistically one of the worst units in the SEC. Etling will be sit comfortably behind his offensive line and will be able to deliver the ball to his wide receivers to pull off a big win on the road against a team that haven’t been able to defeat the last two seasons. The streak ends on Saturday.

South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Florida Gators (22)

This match up is extremely crucial for the Florida Gators if they hope to make a push to represent the SEC East for the SEC Championship.

The Gators were destroyed against the Arkansas Razorbacks and need a win.

The Gamecocks come off a two-game winning streak and former Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp is looking to play spoiler in his homecoming to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

True freshman quarterback Jake Bentley has been a spark for the Gamecocks offense and has stepped up to the plate in SEC competition, upsetting the Tennessee Volunteers and defeating the Missouri Tigers.

Impact Players

Florida Quarterback Austin Appleby

Appleby had an amazing first half against the Tennessee Volunteers earlier in the season, before the Gators gave up and were trounced in the second half, only having eight total yards of offense in the third quarter of that game.

Appleby struggled against a Vanderbilt Commodore defense a week later, only putting up 13 points. Appleby needs to manage the game and make smart decisions against an aggressive South Carolina defense, who hopes to become bowl eligible with two more wins.

The entire South Carolina defense

It’s hard to list just one player because this Gamecock defense will need to play as a whole unit to try and make the Gators one dimensional.

The Gators will more than likely rely on the running game, and if the Gamecocks stop Florida’s rushing attack, then they should see a lot of success and hold Florida to a low score to keep South Carolina in the ballgame.

Prediction

Florida 17 – South Carolina 16

Expect nothing less than a low scoring, defensive battle in The Swamp. The Gators are without some key players on defense, but with players that have stepped into some of the roles in the spring, Florida will put enough pressure on the true freshman quarterback to force some mistakes into the Florida secondary this weekend.

About the Author

Tanner Allen

Tanner is a senior at the University of Florida and is studying telecommunications. He covers Florida Gator football for InsideTheGators.com, affiliated with Rivals.com and the Yahoo! Sports Network.