Florida at LSU
Will Tebow play or not? That is the question for Gators fans far and wide this week as the #1 team in the country travels to Baton Rouge to take on the #4 Tigers. LSU has lived on starting and stopping through the first 5 games (all wins) having finally found the running game last week against Georgia. Florida waxed the chumps on their schedule with relative ease (save a tussle with Lane Kiffin’s Volunteers), but lost their emotional leader, Tebow, two weeks ago in a blowout at Kentucky when the signal caller suffered a concussion. The game vs. Tennessee displayed Florida’s lack of developed playmakers to take the place of Louis Murphy and Percy Harvin and just how much they rely on Tebow to carry it all. LSU has been so Jekyll & Hyde it’s hard to predict which team will show. The defense certainly improved last week for the Tigers and the playmakers on that team will give this vaunted Florida defense a serious test. We’ve yet to see either team live up to the hype. Florida has plenty to prove as they head into the meat of the schedule and LSU needs a big win to keep things on the right track. I might be delusional, but I believe if LSU can pull it all together this week, it should be enough to get the win over the Gators. LSU 24, Florida 23.This game is televised on CBS at 7 p.m.
Alabama at Ole Miss
The Rebels were the preseason darling to knock off the Tide and take the SEC West division by storm. So far, that storm has barely blown leaves off the lawn. Alabama is the most complete team in the conference (if not the country) and it’s not even close. Only a team as loaded as Alabama could play what adds up to a quarter worth of football and still win on the road in the conference by 18 points (Alabama defeated Kentucky 38-20 last week). Alabama’s offense has moments of narcolepsy, but the defense is more than enough to cover for it. Ole Miss will throw the kitchen sink at Alabama as Houston Nutt’s bunch tries to right the ship. However, it won’t be nearly enough to unseat Alabama this week. Alabama 34, Ole Miss 13. This game is televised on CBS at 2:30 p.m.