During Week 7 of the SEC football season, the race for the Georgia Dome should start to become a little clearer. By the end of this week there will be teams with two losses, putting them deep in a hole and possibly out of the picture. A couple of intriguing games like the Ole Miss Rebels at Texas A&M Aggies and Georgia Bulldogs at Missouri Tigers are on the docket, but only one game features two realistic contenders going head-to-head.
By my predictions so far, both of these teams will enter this game with one conference loss already in the books. This means this game becomes must-win for both teams if they want to have a shot at staying in their respective division races.
The Tigers are going to have a rough go in this game. They have two-week stretch of road games against the Auburn Tigers the week before and then this game against the Gators. The Auburn game will no doubt be a physical one, as both teams will feature strong running games which will probably beat up the Tigers before they get to The Swamp.
Meanwhile, the Gators will be coming off a game with an improved Tennessee Volunteers team, but they should be the clear favorite in that game and win easily. Thus, the Gators will probably have the edge when it comes to being banged up entering this game.
Les Miles is replacing a boatload of stars in 2014, making his team very young and inexperienced. On the other side, Will Muschamp made a great hire in Kurt Roper to get the best out of Jeff Driskel, and the Gators will have a deep, physical defense. The Tigers are not out of this game, but an upset will be very difficult.
At the end of the day, the Gators’ experience and home-field advantage will be too much for Miles and the Tigers to overcome. Florida wins in a close game, setting themselves up well in the Eastern division. The Tigers will have to hope for some upsets along the way to get them to the Dome.
Final: Florida 24 LSU 20