No.7 LSU (9-2, 5-2 SEC) at Arkansas (4-7, 2-5)
Where: Fayetteville, Ark., Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium
When: 2:30 p.m.
Theblitz: After suffering a scare in their final home game of the season, the LSUTigers should come out ready to go in this one. Even after giving up 35 pointsto Donte Moncrief and the Ole Miss offense, LSUs defense still ranks top-10 inthe country and should be able to contain the No. 88 scoring offense nationally especially one that kills itself with turnovers. The Razorbacks are playingfor little other than pride, while the Tigers have a BCS bowl bid potentiallyon the line. Its unlikely Les Miles will need another inspired (and hilarious)post-game speech to media members.
Georgia Tech (6-5) at No. 3 Georgia (10-1, 7-1)
Where:Athens, Ga., SanfordStadium
The blitz: In terms of nationalimportance, this game could not mean less to Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jacketsalready clinched a spot in the ACC title game thanks to Miamis self-imposedbowl ban, and, at 6-6, are simply playing for a more respectablemiddle-of-the-pack bowl. But for Georgia, everything is at stake, as theBulldogs are two wins away from playing for the BCS title. A week removed fromfacing Georgia Southerns triple-option attack, Georgias 18th-rankedscoring defense should not be overmatched or confused by much. And points arenever a problem against Paul Johnsons defense. So its really a matter ofavoiding injuries before the upcoming matchup with Alabama in the SEC titlegame.
Kentucky (2-9, 0-7) at Tennessee (4-7,0-7)
Where: Knoxville, Tenn., Neyland Stadium
When: 12:21 p.m.
The blitz: Its a shame this game took place so late in theseason, because it could have provided an SEC win to bank on for both now-formercoaches, Joker Phillips and Derek Dooley, each of whom were fired beforelogging a conference win this season. The Volunteers will have an interim coachon the sidelines for this one (Jim Chaney), and his team might just get a winagainst the toothless Wildcats offense. Kentucky is playing much more inspiredthan Tennesee even carrying Phillips off the field after last weeks win but as long as Tyler Bray gets back on track, the Volunteers offense will betoo explosive.
Vanderbilt (7-4, 5-3) at Wake Forest(5-6)
Where:Winston-Salem, N.C.,Groves Stadium
The blitz:James Franklin has done one of the best jobs in thecountry this season, transforming Vanderbilt into an seven-win team already, soperhaps its fitting he travels to play another headman (Jim Grobe) who knows somethingabout getting the most out of limited resources. The 2012 season has not beenkind to the Demon Deacons, and the Commodores balanced attack and disciplineddefense does not spell out better news. Vanderbilt receiver Jordan Matthews hasbeen a matchup nightmare even for SEC opponents 101.64 receiving yards pergame, 12th nationally so expect his quarterback, Jordan Rodgers,to find him early and often. Vanderbilt gets its sixth straight win.
No. 4 Florida (10-1, 7-1) at No. 10 Florida State (10-1)
Where:Tallahassee, Fla., DoakCampbell Stadium
The blitz: Put this rivalry game right there withGeorgia-Georgia Tech, Alabama-Auburn and Notre Dame-USC in terms of BCSimplications. Both Florida schools still have a shot at the national title,especially if the No. 1 Irish are upset in Los Angeles Saturday. At No. 4 inthe BCS standings, Florida has the best shot at the crystal ball, but has not playedwell offensively of late. Safe to say, the Gators performances againstLouisiana-Lafayette and Jacksonville State will not suffice in keeping up withthe 14th-ranked offense. So can Florida lean on its defense oncemore?
Pick:Florida State, 24-21
Auburn(3-8, 0-7) at No. 2 Alabama (10-1, 6-1)
Where: Tuscaloosa, Ala., Bryant-Denny Stadium
The blitz: Lets be honest here, nobody expects this one tobe close. It will be surprising If this is even a three-score game at halftime,as the Auburn Tigers have struggled to score on practically everyone, much lessNick Sabans defense. With the Crimson Tides renewed season Sabans teamneeds just two wins to play for the national title the home team will nottake this one lightly. Barring uncharacteristic turnovers (like against TexasA&M), this one should be over quickly.
Pick: Alabama, 38-9
MississippiState (8-3, 4-3) at Ole Miss (5-6. 2-5)
Where:Oxford, Miss., Vaught-HemingwayStadium
The blitz: For the first timein years, the Egg Bowl features two intriguing teams, as Ole Miss revival andMississippi States ongoing consistency under Dan Mullen continues. If bothcoaches stay put, this could be the first in a long line of interestingend-of-the-season rivalry games in Mississippi. The Rebels offense wasclicking on most cylinders versus LSU last week, but was unable to close thegame out with the upset. Mississippi State is not LSU, but the Bulldogs secondarywill present quarterback Bo Wallace and his receivers with plenty resistance (4th-bestturnover margin in the country). LaDarius Perkins versatility out of thebackfield (10 total touchdowns) will be the key for Mullens squad to pullthrough.
Pick: MississippiState, 31-24
No.12 South Carolina (9-2, 6-2) at No. 11 Clemson (10-1)
Where:Clemson, S.C.,Memorial Stadium
When: 7 p.m.
The blitz:A Tigers home game at not-the-real Death Valley,according to Steve Spurrier should provide all the emotional backdrop neededfor a hard-fought rivalry game. The real question: Who is going to stop TajhBoyd? With a flurry of offense in the closing weeks of the season, Boyd now has41 total touchdowns and is the second-rated quarterback nationally, hoppingright back into the mix for a wide-open Heisman race. This could be hissignature moment, as long as he can avoid the dynamic pass rush of endsJadaveon Clowney and Devin Taylor. South Carolinas offense has (as expected)not been the same without star running back Marcus Lattimore, even being heldto just seven points through three quarter against Wofford, so can quarterbackConnor Shaw muster enough firepower to keep this rivalry firmly in the grasp ofthe Gamecocks?
Missouri(5-6, 2-5) at No. 9 Texas A&M (9-2, 5-2)
Where:College Station, Texas, Kyle Field
When: 7 p.m.
The blitz: Thisgame is on the radar for one reason and one reason only: Johnny Manziel. As thefreshman who is second in the country in total offense and has 38 touchdowns onhis resume looks to make Heisman history, he wont find himself on the nationalstage for his final game before voting takes place, so hell need to make itextra special against an underwhelming Tigers defense which has allowed 79combined points over the past two games. The other conference newcomers havenot had similar success as Texas A&M in its inaugural SEC season, and thatis not likely to change as coach Kevin Sumlin surges forward with his NationalCoach of the Year campaign.
Pick: Texas A&M,45-20