NCAA Games of the Week: Trio of SEC games highlight Week 11

Ali Guidoum

Sports Blogger

@theozoneonline

 

TCU at Baylor, 2:30 p.m. Saturday on Fox

After a stunning loss at the hands of Texas last week that crushed Baylor’s hopes of a College Football Playoff berth, the focus has switched over to a Big 12 Championship for the Bears. Baylor looks to bounce back as it hosts TCU. The Bears return home where they are 14-2 and score an average margin of 27 points per game. They face a shaky TCU team that has dropped three of its past four games and continue to have quarterback issues as starting quarterback, Kenny Hill was benched after throwing his 10th interception of the season. I think the Bears will avenge their loss and win this game easily.

Baylor 34, TCU 17

 

Texas A&M at Mississippi State, 11:00 a.m. Saturday on SEC Network

After a surprise College Football Playoff rankings placed Texas A&M at No. 4, the Aggies look to prove to everyone why they belong there. The Aggies travel to Mississippi State to take on the Bulldogs, who are coming off a win over Stanford. Texas A&M is a 13-point favorite, and it could be much worse. The Aggies’ balanced offense finds ways to get into the end zone every game, but it’s their defense that solidifies who they are. This one could get ugly fast.

Texas A&M 45, Mississippi State 24

 

Florida at Arkansas, 2:30 p.m. Saturday on CBS

The Gators travel to Arkansas to take on the Razorbacks on Saturday. Although Arkansas hasn’t beaten Florida since joining the SEC in 1992, many feel that things are about to change. Florida has all the momentum, coming of a 24-10 win over rival Georgia last week, and look to keep it going Saturday. The Razorbacks are coming off of their bye week, so they’ve had plenty of time to see what their opponent is capable of. Upset alert is all over this one.

Arkansas 27, Florida 20

 

Nebraska at Ohio State, 7:00 p.m. Saturday on ABC

The No. 6 Buckeyes face another tough test against the No. 9 Cornhuskers on Saturday. A College Football Playoff berth is well alive for both teams. Although Ohio State has been struggling, and Nebraska lost its first game last Saturday, this is going to be a battle between both teams. It’s either a win or go home for both of these one-loss teams. It is going to be a close one

Ohio State 27, Nebraska 21

 

Alabama at LSU, 7:00 p.m. Saturday on CBS

A hot LSU team hosts Alabama on Saturday.  (Haskell Whittington, Flickr)

A hot LSU team hosts Alabama on Saturday.
(Haskell Whittington, Flickr)

This is the matchup almost everyone has been waiting for all year after a disappointing game last season where LSU running back Leonard Fournette was held to 33 rushing yards against the Crimson Tide. Since LSU coach Les Miles was fired, the Tigers have won three straight games, and Fournette has been the healthiest he’s been all season. Alabama looks to repeat as national champions, but first it has to leave Death Valley with a win over one of its biggest rivals. Alabama has won each of its last five matchups against the Tigers, but with a new coach and a rejuvenated team in Baton Rouge, we might have a different outcome. Although Alabama is a seven-point favorite, this game should be much closer and live up to expectations.

Alabama 20, LSU 16

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