Last week, we discovered a few things. Firstly, LSU may be a top 10 team (I still don’t think they are a top 5 team) for reasons I’ll discuss in a little bit (as their game against Florida is definitely the game of the week.) Secondly, the U is a 10 win team as they have already finished up their hardest games. Thirdly, I’m still wondering what happened to Cal. They did this a few years ago; remember when they were ranked second in the country then pretty much lost out to finish 6-6? They looked like a top 10 team early on, but I think they might not be able to recover from their collapse this season. They have looked like a bottom feeder the last two weeks, and while they have some solid talent, I think they will be mediocre from here on out, especially since they already know that they have no shot at getting to a BCS game. Anyway, for my top 5 games of the week:
Nebraska @ Missouri
I’m excited for a few years from now, when this game could be a battle of the Gabberts: Blaine for Missouri, and his brother Tyler at QB for Nebraska (Tyler is a HS senior headed to Lincoln next season.) However, this is a game of top 25 teams now, and while its probably still unfathomable to the Nebraska faithful that they don’t steamroll Mizzou every year, that’s the new reality for the Cornhuskers. Missouri has been a big surprise on the back of Blaine Gabbert, and I expect another win for the Tigers this week. The matchup of the great Missouri offense against the tough Nebraska defense should be a lot of fun to watch.
Missouri 24, Nebraska 17
Georgia @ Tennessee
An absolute must win for both. Tennessee already has three losses, Georgia has two. Tennessee’s season is lost with a loss, and considering how much talking Lane Kiffin did in the offseason, he can’t get away with it just because it’s his first season. Georgia is definitely the better team of the two, especially since Tennessee’s offense is barely an offense, but going to Neyland Stadium is never easy, and Tennessee is still pretty competitive on the defensive side of the ball. However, I really can’t pick against Georgia here. Too much on the line, and too much of a need for a W at this point of the season. The Bulldogs get the revival they need.
Georgia 20, Tennessee 13
Alabama @ Ole Miss
Remember when Ole Miss was a top 5 team? That once happened? Oh wait, it was two weeks ago. Okay, so we all know they never should have been ranked that high, but if they want to prove something, they will use this home game to knock off the Tide. Easier said than done, as Alabama has looked phenomenal this season. Jevan Snead really needs to turn it around for the Rebels if they want to be one of the better SEC teams, but playing the Alabama defense isn’t the best recipe for that. Bama is simply the more complete team, but this one will be close.