The college football teams high in the BCS standings will receive inspired performances from every opponent they face from this point on.
Remaining focused and disciplined each week will be an extremely difficult challenge for the players in these programs, but they must continue to rise to the occasion if they hope to be playing in a marquee Bowl Game at the end of the season.
This is the point in the season where the top teams must continue surging in order to reach their goals.
Here are the ranked teams that will have success this weekend, despite facing difficult matchups.
No. 1 Alabama over No. 15 Texas A&M
Both the Crimson Tide and the Aggies are coming off of their most important victories of the season.
A.J. McCarron’s late touchdown pass to T.J. Yeldon lifted the Tide over LSU in Death Valley, while Johnny Manziel continued his fantastic freshman season and led Texas A&M to a dominant victory over Mississippi State on the road.
While the Bulldogs do boast a stout defense, Manziel is about to find out that Alabama poses an entirely different challenge. The Tide’s defense will be far too disciplined and aggressive for Manziel to find success.
McCarron will ensure that the offense continues to execute and Alabama will roll to its third straight victory over a ranked SEC team.
No. 14 Stanford over No. 11 Oregon State
This battle will likely decide who is the Pac-12’s second-best team.
While neither team is likely to represent the North division in the conference championship game due to No. 3 Oregon’s dominance, these two schools have enjoyed successful seasons and would greatly improve their résumés with a win in this contest.
The Beavers will discover that Palo Alto is a difficult place to play, and that the Cardinal defense is capable of clamping down on their offense. Stanford has allowed just 20 points in the previous three games.
The Cardinal have beat their last three opponents, and they will keep their winning streak alive in front of an elated home crowd.
No. 7 LSU over No. 21 Mississippi State
The Tigers are surely fuming after coming so close to knocking off Alabama last weekend.
Les Miles’ team will be extremely motivated, and this does not bode well for the Bulldogs, who are coming off of a demoralizing defeat to Texas A&M.
There is nothing going Mississippi State’s way right now, and that will not change when they have to travel to Death Valley to take on an angry LSU team. The Tigers’ dominant defense will be all over the Bulldogs in this game.
Zach Mettenberger will continue building on his fine performance against Alabama, and LSU will win this one in a blowout.