BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU and Southern host conference games, while the Saints travel to the west coast to face a former division rival.
Can LSU beat Alabama, will Southern win number six in a row, and will the Saints hit the .500 mark?
Let's get to it.
No. 1 Alabama (8-0) at No. 13 LSU (5-2)
Can LSU beat Alabama? Most say no. The Tide comes to Baton Rouge with a dominant offense and defense so it would seem likely they would win, but something is happening in Tiger Town. There is a new attitude. Leonard Fournette is rested and ready to go. Ready to put behind him the 31-yard nightmare of 2015. LSU will get hit with adversity, but this time the Tigers will handle it and take down the Tide.
LSU 24, Alabama 23
Texas Southern (3-5) at Southern (5-2)
Southern's win streak is now at five in a row. The Jags are tied for first with Grambling in the SWAC West standings. Texas Southern has lost three in a row and is 1-4 on the road this season. On the other hand, Southern is 2-0 at home and have scored a combined 113 points in A.W. Mumford Stadium. Make it six in a row for the Jaguars.
Southern 43, Texas Southern 20
Saints (3-4) at 49ers (1-6)
The Saints offense is clicking on all cylinders and the 49ers have no defense. The Saints defense is improving each week and the 49ers have no offense. Saints win one on the west coast and stay in the playoff hunt.
Saints 35, 49ers 23
No. 10 Nebraska (7-1) at No. 6 Ohio State (7-1)
Nebraska is looking to bounce back from a 23-17 defeat to Wisconsin in overtime. Ohio State beat Northwestern 24-20 in a very unimpressive performance. I would pick the home team in this one whether it was in Lincoln or Columbus. It's in Columbus, advantage Buckeyes.
Ohio State 20, Nebraska 17
No. Texas A&M (7-1) at Mississippi State(3-5)
Texas A&M averages 38 points a game, State gives up 31. The Aggies are too much for a Mississippi State squad that has struggled this season.
Texas A&M 49, Mississippi State 24
No. 11 Florida (6-1) at Arkansas (5-3)
Florida is in control of the SEC East and a win against Arkansas will make it tough on Kentucky or Tennessee to catch the Gators, that is until Arkansas beats them Saturday night in Fayetteville.
UPSET OF THE WEEK: Arkansas 30, Florida 20
Vanderbilt (4-4) at No. 9 Auburn (6-2)
Auburn is on a roll and its run game is too much for the Vanderbilt defense. The Tigers have won five in a row and will make it six against Vandy, staying in the hunt for an SEC Championship and possible playoff berth.
Auburn 38, Vandy 17
The Jimbo Fisher Watch:
No. 22 Florida State (5-3) at North Carolina State (4-4)
The Seminoles lost a heartbreaker to Clemson, 37-34, and Jimbo was not happy with the officiating and let everyone know it. NC State lost a heartbreaker to Clemson as well, missing a game-winning field goal to end regulation and falling 24-17 in OT. Who can bounce back? Won't be pretty, but FSU will.
FSU 27, NC State 24
The Jim Mora Jr Watch:
UCLA (3-5) at No. 15 Colorado (6-2)
Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen is out for the rest of the season and the Buffaloes control their own Pac-12 title destiny. Buffaloes win number seven against UCLA.
Colorado 27, UCLA 19
LAST WEEK: 6-3, OVERALL RECORD: 54-27