Whose BCS Dreams Are To Be Crushed This Week And Why?
This Week's College Picks for 10-19: LSU Blasts Ole Miss And More
The Rebels are in the middle of one of the roughest stretches that any school in the country could endure. Their murderer’s row of opponents in recent weeks has included Alabama, Auburn, Texas A&M and the Texas Longhorns.
Things just got worse for the Rebels as the no. 6 and newly physical LSU Tigers will invade the Rebels battlefield on Saturday. General Freeze won’t be counting on Les Miles and LSU to feel any pity for Ole Miss as the Tigers are in the midst of their own SEC gauntlet of top 20 teams having faced Georgia, TCU, Florida and Auburn, with showdowns with Texas A&M and Alabama still looming.
Last week, the Tigers channeled the bruising physical teams from years past and physically defeated a very good Florida team, showing the nation that LSU is still an imposing and brutally physical team. It could be the young guys on the defensive are growing up, or maybe the entire team is starting to realize their true potential. Whatever the case is, don’t look for the Tigers to have a letdown this week. The Tigers have more than a plethora of lethal weapons in the artillery shed available to them, and any number of those will be more than the Rebels can bear.
The Rebels have certainly upgraded their team this year and have moved out of the cellar in the SEC West. The problem is that SEC West was and remains the best league in the country. Ole Miss simply won’t have enough bullets in the gun to take down the LSU Tigers.
LSU 45 -- Ole Miss 21
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Into the Fire: Arkansas at Alabama
If you are looking for a competitive game here, you should get to Tuscaloosa early as the best competition may be in the parking lot with the tailgate athletes before the game. The Hogs are jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire. The Old Ball Coach and South Carolina hung 50 points on them last week at Arkansas. A trip to Bryant-Denny Stadium and a date with Nick Saban and the Tide in midseason form likely won’t be a lot of fun. The Hogs' losing streak continues, and how.
Alabama 48 -- Arkansas 14
Clemson Drops Florida State
There will be two teams facing off with national title aspirations on the line along with the ACC crown, as the Florida State Seminoles trek North to the east coast version of Death Valley and the Clemson Tigers. There will be only one team leaving with those hopes still in tact.
The Tigers of Clemson have certainly proved their worth by taking down the healthy Georgia Bulldogs down early in the year at home. This is a game where they can state their case for half of a dance ticket to the big show -- the BCS National Title game.
Florida State has been surprisingly good this year, and Jameis Winston has had a remarkable freshman year as quarterback for the Seminoles thus far. A freshman quarterback, no matter how good, is going to struggle a bit in Death Valley. Florida State and Winston haven't had a test like Clemson yet. The Seminoles are not ready to pass this one and their title hopes will be laid waste in Death Valley.
Clemson 35 -- Florida State 21
Florida Travels to Missouri
The Gators were treated roughly last weekend by LSU and didn’t fare too well down on the Bayou. The newly golden Missouri Tigers, on the other hand, rode into Georgia and did much the same thing general Sherman did during the Civil War. He burned their hopes and dreams to the ground. While it was a landmark victory for the Tigers, it came with a heavy price. Catalyst and signal-caller James Franklin may be out for the year, and that spells a lot of trouble for a suddenly very vulnerable Missouri team.
The Gators' defense is possibly the nation's best and held a high-octane LSU offense 20-plus points below their SEC average last week. A backup freshman quarterback for Missouri is going to be properly welcomed to the SEC this week. A full strength Missouri team at home probably has enough Tigers in the tank to get the job done. The Tigers are not at full strength and will learn how a banged-up, depleted Georgia team felt last weekend as Florida will beat up the wounded Tigers and ruin their SEC title aspirations.
Florida 27 -- Missouri 17
Is UCLA For Real?: Bruins Invade Stanford
The question around the Pac 12 is just how good are the Bruins? The answer is much better than in previous years and building. When was the last time anyone could say UCLA was the dominant SoCal college football program? Despite their success, the Blue Bears are going against a Stanford team that is deep, talented and as well balanced as just about anyone in the country. The Trees will prevail.
Stanford 35 -- UCLA 24
Auburn rides into Johnny Football Country to face Texas A&M
What will Johnny Football pull out of his hat this week? The short answer is another win. The Gus Bus won’t be able to get out of College Station fast enough.
Look for Johnny Football to put up some Heisman-worthy highlights and kick start his Heisman re-election campaign into high gear. The good news is that this is likely the last time the Gus Bus and Auburn will be carjacked by Johnny Manziel or Kevin Sumlin as both will depart to greener pastures in the not-too-distant future. It doesn’t help Auburn this week though.
Texas A&M 56 -- Auburn 24
Does Grambling Forfeit or Play Jackson State?
In one of the most bizarre stories of the year, the entire Grambling State University Football team boycotted practice on Wednesday, citing their displeasure with the GSU administration over the firing of former NFL star, Grambling alumni and former head coach Doug Williams. Additionally, the players weren't happy with bus trips to Kansas City and last week's 16-hour, one-way trip to Indianapolis where the Tigers dropped their 15th straight game. Their relatively nearby Mississippi-based SWAC opponent Alcorn State flew to the game. The players say the administration is not supporting them to even a minimal level. Facts so far seem to lean that way.
The Grambling president and athletic director flew to each game. According to Grambling State sources, the Athletic Director purchased his own airline ticket.<>If the Tigers players choose to forfeit the game, there will be huge NCAA and Southwestern Conference Athletic Conference ramifications. If the Tigers choose to play, they will likely suffer another defeat to Jackson State. At issue here is the leadership and communication skills of the Grambling administration. Whether they forfeit the game or not, the credibility and abilities of the Grambling State University president and administration are seriously in question.
Jackson State 58 -- Grambling 7, or Jackson State 2 -- Grambling 0 (forfeit)