let me just say that i have rarely wished i could be in the student section instead of covering a game. this was probably the best student section i've seen since my freshman year again alabama. students haven't been begging for neck all season and when they played it toward the end of the fourth, you almost felt that the game was over right there.
I'm not sure about other top 5 teams, but the last time LSU was this big of an underdog at home was 1997 (17.5 against No. 1 Florida). I think 14.5 is a lot in Death Valley, even for this Alabama team. I may be very wrong, but I think it'll be closer than 2 touchdowns against this LSU defense. Alabama is amazing, but I don't think they're unbeatable.
That is to say, I don’t think it’s supposed to be a knock on LSU. I think that people realistically know the game should be better than that, but it’s hard to select anything other than double digits when Alabama has blown every team out of the water. Tu’a still hasn’t played in a fourth quarter.
If Auburn can contain Holyfield and Swift, it should be in good shape to at least keep this one competitive. But after what those two did to Kentucky, I wouldn't be too optimistic. Also of note: UGA is 21-0 when it rushes for 150 or more over the last two seasons. Don't really see Auburn keeping the Dawgs under that clip today.
I think LSU is over the shock of the Bama game by now. This has been the case for the last three years with Orgeron as head coach: lose a heartbreaker to Bama and come out to have a really good game against Arkansas. This week seemed a little harder than other, like the hangover lasted a couple more days, but they'll be fine in my opinion.
For USC-UF, it had to be the consecutive runs from Jordan Scarlett where he ran over R.J. Roderick on a pair of big gains. Really set the tone for the 398 rushing yards. Or you can go with human troll Feleipe Franks shushing his home crowd on a pair of RD runs. For USC, definitely the Deebo Samuel 89-yard catch-and-run. Set up the field goal to push SC's lead to 17.
@chase I would argue that Auburn was spent after 2 games against UGA in 4 weeks on top of Bama. AU didn't really have much left in the emotional tank. But I see your point as well. It should still be a decent game, but I think LSU's O-Line paves the way for at least 200 rush yards against UCF
I think it'll be a pretty close game and I wouldn't want to face this LSU team after the 7-overtime loss to A&M. I would also have trust in the passing game if the o-line holds up. Burrow have proven he's solid when not running for his life every other snap. And i'm not sure i trust the o-line in pass protection or the run game.
Late to the bowl placement reaction party, but Mizzou fans are not very happy with being assigned to the Liberty Bowl. Got a lot of the words "disgraceful" and "disrespectful" on twitter to describe the SEC yesterday as it became clear. Projections had them in either Music City or Gator bowls throughout the week, but Memphis is drivable for fans so I don't really understand the fan outrage lol
Bennett, I'm interested to hear from you about this. If Auburn doesn't get Bryant, the feeling in the program is that Gus will go after the next big-name transfer (Khalil Tate, Jalen Hurts). Is that Mizzou's intention as well, or will they just roll with the guys on the roster if they whiff on Bryant?
I don't know about Tate or Hurts but the feeling is definitely that Odom would try to find a grad transfer. Otherwise, Drew Lock's successor will be either Taylor Powell or Micah Wilson. Both are quite bad. Taking the grad transfer route probably is infinitely better than either Plan B
Interesting, that's a smart approach by Malzahn. If this were any other year that wouldn't be the case with Auburn's offense, so it's weird for me to think about Missouri having an upper hand on that note. Whether good or bad, I also wonder if he considers things like Auburn having a more historically run-based offense, especially under Malzahn.
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