This weekend of college football, which started Thursday, is big-boy football. Three teams ranked in the top six play top-15 teams and by the time you read this, two of them will have been decided (Oregon-Stanford and Oklahoma-Baylor).
The most anticipated matchup of the weekend is LSU vs. Alabama. The Tigers had a major letdown against Ole Miss two weeks ago and pretty much blew their shot at a national title. They still are good enough to win this game, but it's a lot to ask on the road.
This game is really about one player: Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron. What does this guy have to do to get a little love (and I'm not talking from Katherine Webb)? All he's done is win two national titles, has Alabama in prime position for a third and is the model of consistency.
Sure, he doesn't have the flash of a Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston, but there isn't a quarterback in the nation I'd rather have under center right now. This showdown versus LSU will be his "coming out party" for getting some Heisman love. McCarron shows up in big games, and this is as big as it gets in the regular season.
The Seminoles leapfrogged Oregon in the BCS standings, but that's largely irrelevant. There's a lot of football to be played and being No. 2 matters only heading into the last weekend of the season. Winston is still a legit Heisman contender, but the Seminoles will need to run the table and Alabama or Oregon will need to falter for him to win it.
>> Guess who is ranked in the top 10 right now? The Auburn Tigers. That's right, the same team that went 3-9 last year, including 0-8 in the SEC. This week they head to Rocky Top to take on a Tennessee Volunteers team that is a freaking roller coaster.
The last time the Vols were at home, they upset 11th-ranked South Carolina. Since then they've been smoked on the road by Alabama and Missouri. Who knows which Tennessee team will show up, but this is a game Auburn cannot afford to lose.
The Tigers are in perfect position to make a BCS bowl game and, dare I say it, contend for a national title. Assuming they get past Tennessee, they've got a home game versus Georgia, which is completely winnable, and then a colossal matchup against bitter rival Alabama. A one-loss SEC team that beats Alabama will have some street cred, and losses by other teams at the top of the rankings could have Auburn sitting pretty.
>> Congratulations to the Duke Blue Devils, who are bowl eligible for the second consecutive season. Yes, Duke has a football team.
>> There's a huge game in Orlando this weekend as Central Florida takes on Houston. The Golden Knights are ranked 21st and face a Cougars team that is 7-1 and is averaging 41 points per game. A victory here plus taking care of business the rest of the season could have UCF in a BCS bowl.
>> The Miami Hurricanes unfortunately lost star running back Duke Johnson in their game versus Florida State. They've got four winnable games remaining, but Johnson was their workhorse and this team won't be the same.
>> Watch out for Wisconsin. The Badgers have two losses, even though only one of them should count, and after this weekend's game versus BYU they've got a manageable schedule. They could easily run the table and finish the regular season 10-2. I would not want to play this team in a bowl game.
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