Sure, the power of the Southeastern Conference has been overplayed, but there are still a bunch of really good teams in the western division and they often play intense, entertaining games. Hate the SEC if you want, but you are only spiting yourself by not enjoying it.
No. 2 Alabama tries to avenge last season’s loss at Mississippi when the No. 15 Rebels come to Tuscaloosa on Saturday. Under Nick Saban, the Crimson Tide has won seven of eight games against teams that it lost to the season before – by an average of 21 points.
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No. 18 Auburn gets a shot at redemption at No. 13 LSU after dodging what would have been a historic upset last week.
”No, it makes no difference to me whatsoever,” LSU coach Les Miles said, dismissing last week’s Auburn struggles against FCS Jacksonville State.
Consider the SEC West a double-elimination tournament. The winner has had one loss each of the last three seasons as the strength of the division has spread. The losers of Saturday’s games aren’t out, but they are likely out of mulligans.
THURSDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
No. 11 Clemson (minus 6) at Louisville
Cardinals coach Bobby Petrino has never had a college team start 0-3 … CLEMSON 28-24.
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
No. 9 Florida State (minus 7 1/2) at Boston College
This ain’t Howard … FLORIDA STATE 31-21
No. 15 Ole Miss (plus 6 1/2) at No. 2 Alabama
About to learn a lot about two quarterbacks – Rebels’ Chad Kelly and Tide’s Jake Coker … ALABAMA 28-21.