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This is the biggest game of the year thus far & the SEC West championship is basically on the line. A win by Mississippi St. shuts the door on everyone else in the conference. Even if the Bulldogs lose at home to Ole Miss in the final week of the season, they’ll still win the West. A win by the Tide opens up all sorts of possibilities. An Alabama wins opens up the possibility of a 4-way tie for 1st in the West if Alabama loses at home to Auburn. If you assume the Tide win at home after beating Mississippi St., then a win here locks up the division for Alabama. This is a big game for Dak Prescott too. A loss here means he’d lose the Heisman to Marcus Mariota. A win here & he’s still in the race.
This is Florida’s St.’s last real test if you believe they’ll win out in Tallahassee against Boston College & Florida in the final 2 weeks of the season. Miami-FL isn’t a bad football team. They are 6-3 but their 3 losses have come on the road to Nebraska, Louisville & Georgia Tech. That trio has a combined record of 23-6. The Canes are 5-0 at home & on a 3-game winning streak. I’m trying to figure out ways for Miami to deal the upset & really they’ll need to play extreme ball controlled offense behind RB Duke Johnson. If Miami can avoid the turnovers & Johnson has a huge day then Miami should be able to stay close where anything could happen. Then again, lots of teams this year have played FSU close. They’ve all lost.
The battle for the B1G West! Minnesota could still play a role but their last 3 games come against Ohio St., Wisconsin & Nebraska so let’s assume the Gophers are out. This is actually a really cool game highlighted by two RBs who should be Heisman candidates. Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin has 1501yds/7.6ypc/19TD in his 9 games while Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah has racked up 1250yds/6.7ypc/17TD in his 9 games. Both teams have really good rush defenses as well so it will be tough sledding for both squads. What I like most about this game is that I think either team could potentially upset Ohio St. in the B1G Championship game although I’m not sure if Wisconsin or Nebraska could get into the playoffs.
This game is overshadowed a bit by MS State/Alabama, but there is a lot on the line here. Auburn has to keep winning to hold out any hope for an SEC West championship. Georgia is in an entirely different conundrum. If they can beat Auburn they’ll wind up 6-2 in the East which means any Missouri loss gives the Dawgs the East title. On the other hand, a loss by Georgia means that they’ll need Missouri to lose 2 of their last 3 just to get both teams to 5-3. UGA beat Mizzou 34-0 so they own the tiebreaker. Florida is also still in the mix & Georgia lost to them. It’s not a MUST win for Georgia theoretically but they need to treat as such. I’m rooting for massive chaos so here’s hoping Auburn wins.
I still love any game that Arkansas is playing because I still think the Razorbacks have a big time upset in them. Amazingly enough, Arkansas has yet to win an SEC game during Bret Bielema’s tenure as HC. Last year the Hogs were 3-9 but lost all 8 SEC games. This year Arkansas is 4-5 & still has a shot to become bowl eligible but they are 0-5 in the SEC giving Bielema an 0-13 record in the SEC to start his career! LSU’s loss to Alabama last week ended their dim hopes of an SEC West title so it’ll be interesting to see how the Tigers bounce back against an Arkansas team that will be amped up to play. Will LSU be able to win a road game against a good team that doesn’t bring them any closer to the playoffs?
The last game of any significance for Ohio St., unless the Buckeyes were to lose in STUNNING fashion at home against either Indiana or Michigan. Give a lot of credit to Urban Meyer for understanding style points. Ohio St. doesn’t have the schedule to garner a 2nd glance & their one loss is a head scratcher that brings them down. With that said, the Buckeyes have averaged 51.3PPG in their last 7 games (all wins) & just put 49pts on Michigan St. in East Lansing. In those 7 wins, QB JT Barrett has completed 68.3% of his passes for 1711yds/23TD/3INTs & ran for 462yds/7TD. He could generate some Heisman buzz if he keeps winning games. Another blowout for the Buckeyes would really help them.
You could think a game would have this much importance considering Texas is 5-5 (4-3) & Oklahoma St. is 5-4 (3-3)! Neither team is going to play any role in the Big XII race, BUT this game has huge significance because the winning will attain bowl eligibility status. After this game Texas only has a home data against TCU remaining. Oklahoma St plays their final 2 games on the road against Baylor & Oklahoma so really this the last winnable game for either team. Unless they pull off a MAJOR upset in the next couple of weeks, this game will decide which of these 2 teams gets to the postseason. I think getting bowl eligible in his first year in Austin would be pretty special for Charlie Strong.
Both of these teams are bowl eligible & with Michigan St. losing to Ohio St. last week, you would think the Spartans are completely out of it. A couple of things make this game interesting though. Michigan St. could be right back to winning the B1G East if Minnesota or Michigan can somehow pull off upsets over Ohio State. On the other hand, Maryland has a chance to finish 2nd in the conference should they beat Michigan St. in College Park. Oddly enough I think this could potentially damage Ohio St. should the Terps win. At best Michigan St. would be a 9-3 team should they lose. While that is great, it doesn’t sound as good as 10-2 with losses to Ohio St. & Oregon. I want to see Sparty bounce back.
This could be a HUGE game if Texas A&M has a letdown performance after going into Auburn and getting a HUGE road upset over War Eagle 41-38 last week! Should Missouri win this game, they’ll have a road game against Tennessee & a home date with Arkansas that could turn Mizzou into a 10-2 squad that wins the SEC East! On the other hand, Missouri could easily lose all 3 games & if Georgia loses to Auburn, then the Florida Gators will be SEC Champions! I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see A&M win this game. Remember that the Aggies have quite a bit to play for. They are 7-3 & if they win out & win their bowl, they’ll end the year with 10 wins at 10-3. That is amazing consider they lost Manziel.
The Ol’ Ball Coach against his alma mater! How bad are things in South Carolina? The Gamecocks have lost their last 4 SEC games and are 1-4 in their last 5! The only win came against Furman! I though Spurrier was going to stick it to Tennessee last week, but SC lost 45-42 in Columbia! Now SC needs to win 2 of their last 3 to get bowl eligible meaning they need to win a road game against either Florida or Clemson! Who knows if that will happen! As to the Gators, they still have the East to play for! It’s very possible for Georgia & Missouri to lose this week. If the Gators win they’ll be 5-3 in the SEC! Can Florida actually fire Will Muschamp if he wins the East? What if he wins the SEC Championship?
A big game for Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets have to be kicking themselves at the moment. They are sitting at 8-2 with their two losses coming against Duke & North Carolina by a combined 11 points. The loss to Duke was in Atlanta & has the Jackets collectively 2 games behind the Blue Devils for the ACC Coastal. If if GT was 10-0 the road wouldn’t easy. They’d still have Clemson & Georgia to end the season but you never know. They could still win the Coastal if Duke drops 2 more games which is possible I suppose against UNC & Virginia Tech. Oddly enough Clemson is still in the race in the Atlantic. If Florida St. loses to Miami-FL & Boston College then Clemson wins the Atlantic!
I’m an Irish homer so obviously this game has meaning to me specifically. Northwestern has dropped 4 straight games & haven’t won a road game since Week 5 of the season! I don’t expect that to change anytime soon so I would think ND should pick up their 8th win to get to 8-2, but at the same time you never know with the Wildcats. They did manage to upset Wisconsin, beat Penn St., & they can argue they should have beaten Minnesota. They’ll play tough which should tell us a little about Notre Dame. Hopefully the Irish can bounce back after a tough loss to Arizona State, but what I’d like to see more than anything is a turnover free day by Everett Golson. ND has 19 TO this year & Golson is responsible for 53 of them!
With the Vols win over South Carolina last week, Tennessee improved to 4-5 which means they don’t have to win out to get bowl eligible which is what I initially suspected would happen at the beginning of the year. With the season finale against Vanderbilt, it seems as if Tennessee should see a bowl game this year! With Kentucky they need just 1 more win out of their 2 remaining to get the bowl eligibility. At 5-5, the Wildcats can almost taste the postseason but their final 2 games are on the road against Tennessee & Louisville. UT’s other game is against Missouri so this game is akin to Oklahoma St./Texas in that the winner here probably gets a bowl bid while the loser doesn’t.
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November 14, 2014 - Posted by | Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Big Games, Clemson, Florida, Florida St., Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, LSU, Maryland, Miami-FL, Michigan St., Minnesota, Mississippi St., Missouri, Must See Games, Nebraska, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio St, Oklahoma St., South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Texas AM, Week 12, Wisconsin

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