With just two weeks left in the regular season of college football play, multiple teams are making a push to claim their spot in the final four of the playoffs. Many teams are only playing for pride at this point, as they already lost multiple games and ruined their chance to play for the national championship.
This week is deciding factor for multiple teams, as many play for a chance to compete for a conference championship and possibly the national championship.
Let’s dive on in this week’s match ups in college football:
Florida Gators (21) vs. LSU Tigers (16)
Many eyes will be on this contest on Saturday.
The Florida Gators travel to Baton Rouge to take on the Tigers in Death Valley after having to reschedule the game in October due to Hurricane Matthew.
The Gators come off of a convincing 20-7 victory over the South Carolina Gamecocks in The Swamp, ruining former Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp’s homecoming to Gainesville.
Purdue transfer quarterback Austin Appleby stepped in as the starter last week for the Gators, due to Luke Del Rio having an injured shoulder, and he really turned a lot of heads after playing poorly near the middle of the season.
— Trump by 90 (@TheBuckComander) November 16, 2016
Austin Appleby completed 81% (17-of-21) of his pass attempts today. Fifth all-time in the #Gators record books.
— Nick de la Torre (@NickdelaTorreGC) November 12, 2016
Unfortunately for the Gators, the teams has a plethora of injuries and beating the Tigers might be out of reach.
LSU’s offensive game is strong, thanks to the powerful running back duo of Leonard Fournette, who will be a first round draft pick in next year’s NFL Draft, and Derrius Guice, who comes off of a 200-yard performance against the Arkansas Razorbacks.
The Gators have had a hard time stopping Leonard Fournette the past three seasons, and to add Guice to the mix makes it almost impossible to contain the duo in the backfield.
If you don’t know much about Leonard Fournette, you will after seeing this video of him running over an Ole Miss defender.
Leonard Fournette just killed another man https://t.co/MXH1hKH5d2
— The Football Bible™ (@TheFBBible) November 18, 2016
Luckily for the Gators, they are going against Purdue quarterback transfer Danny Etling, who is a former teammate of Florida quarterback Austin Appleby. Etling is not a mobile threat in the pocket. However, Etling has been dynamite for the Tigers since Les Miles was fired and interim head coach Ed Orgeron took over at the helm, leading the tigers to a 4-1 record since Miles’ dismissal.
Florida’s run defense will be put to the test this weekend against LSU, and stopping Leonard Fournette will be a key to victory pic.twitter.com/T9ZqwoM2Xg
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 17, 2016
LSU 20 – Florida 10
Florida is too injured to stand a chance against the Tigers. Defensive back Marcus Maye and linebackers Jarrad Davis and Alex Anzalone are injured, and the trio are Florida’s top three tacklers.
Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice must be licking their chops at thought of how hurt this Florida defense is, and it’s safe to predict the Tigers will end Florida’s hopes of clinching the SEC East.
Missouri Tigers vs. Tennessee Volunteers
After last week’s thrashing of the Kentucky Wildcats, the Tennessee Volunteers have picked up some steam with the last couple weeks of college football among us.
The Volunteers are fighting for a spot to go to Atlanta, and it’s pretty simple.
“Just win, baby,” as former Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis would say.
Really, it’s that simple for the Volunteers to go to Atlanta, if they just take care of their business.
Though they need Florida to slip up against the Tigers, it is very likely that will happen, due to Florida having multiple starters out with injuries, and Tennessee should be able to take advantage of this opportunity.
Mizzou has had a season to forget, only winning three games and missing out on bowl eligibility for the second time since joining the SEC.
In order for the Tigers to pull the upset on the Volunteers, quarterback Drew Lock will have to play a near-perfect game in Neyland Stadium, which is going to be a hard thing to do in front of over 100,000 screaming fans.
— Sport News (@Sport_News01) November 15, 2016
— Brad Reynolds (@Brad_Reynoldss) November 18, 2016
Tennessee 45 – Missouri 14
Lets be honest, the Tigers don’t stand a chance. The Vols are extremely injured as of right now on both sides of the ball, but fortunately for them, Mizzou is equally as bad. Tennessee’s SEC East dreams will stay alive this week after a convincing victory on Rocky Top and after a Florida loss in Baton Rouge.