NCAA Football: Week 14 Game Rankings
So, without any further ado, let's take a look at the monumental games that headline Week 14:
5. #21 Texas A&M (8-3) at #5 Missouri (10-1) - 7:45 PM ET, ESPN
Missouri's path to an SEC title game appearance against Alabama or Auburn is quite simple -- beat Texas A&M on Saturday. That task doesn't look at tough as it once was after Les Miles and LSU proved last week that Johnny Manziel and the Aggie offense can be stopped. It was the first time this season that A&M failed to score at least 41 points, so perhaps the Tigers are catching them at the right time. Holding A&M to 10 points in back-to-back weeks is highly unlikely, but Missouri's defense should be good enough to slow down this uptempo attack and take a little pressure off of James Franklin and the Tiger offense.
4. #22 UCLA (8-3) at #23 USC (9-3) - 8 PM ET, ABC
The more Ed Orgeron wins, the harder it is for Pat Haden to go in a different direction at head coach. Orgeron has done everything he can possibly do to try and win this job....except for beat rival UCLA. He'll have a chance to do that on Saturday, and should the Trojans walk out victorious, I can't see anyone other than Orgeron being hired as the permanent head coach. It would be USC's sixth straight win and the program would have all the momentum in the world. What else could you ask for if you're Haden?
3. #6 Clemson (10-1) at #10 South Carolina (9-2) - 7 PM ET, ESPN2
Most people dismissed Clemson as a true contender after the beating they took from Florida State. But all they've done is blow teams out since that point. They'll play a South Carolina team that is looking to make its way to the SEC championship, but will first need a little help from Texas A&M. A Missouri loss guarantees the Gamecocks the Eastern division crown and a trip to Atlanta for the title game. Clemson has lost four in a row in this rivalry, so expect them to come out with a chip on their shoulder in this one as they look to end the streak.
2. #3 Ohio State (11-0) at Michigan (7-4) - 12 PM ET, ABC
Michigan has done nothing as of late that makes me feel confident that they can somehow win this game. But, for whatever reason, I think the Wolverines have a chance here. Their offense has been horrendous, but the defense hasn't been all that bad. If they can force a turnover early and gain some momentum right out of the game, they may make things interesting for a while. It's still hard to see Ohio State losing this game, however, it may be closer than the experts think.
1. #1 Alabama (11-0) at #4 Auburn (10-1) - 3:30 PM ET, CBS
And it all comes down to this. The national championship picture could change dramatically with an Auburn win over the Crimson Tide, so to say that there's a lot on the line in this edition of the Iron Bowl would be a massive understatement. The winner wins the SEC West and earns a spot in the SEC title game against South Carolina or Missouri. But the bigger issue at hand is Auburn's potential chance of jumping an undefeated Ohio State should they win this game and the SEC championship. Let's not get ahead of ourselves though -- Alabama is still the king in college football. And until someone proves worthy of dethroning them, picking against the Tide is not something I'm willing to do.
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