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Alabama head coach Nick Saban and LSU Head coach Les Miles meet again, this time with both teams as front-runners for the national championship.
The marquee game of November 5th is what I am calling the T-Town Throwdown, with Alabama and LSU meeting in Tuscaloosa. In a battle of what will very likely be the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the nation, the winner of this game should have no difficulty getting through the rest of the schedule.
Alabama will have to travel to a disappointing Mississippi State team the next week, then host Georgia Southern before the Iron Bowl in Auburn. Auburn's two biggest weak spots are tackling and consistency at the QB position, the two very things you can't afford to have against the Crimson Tide. The running game should be able to break tackles consistently, and the defense is so punishing that anything but excellence at the QB position normally means a loss.
As for LSU, they will play Western Kentucky after Alabama. After that, the Tigers will play Ole Miss, possibly the worst team in the SEC West, before ending the regular season at home against Arkansas, who has been inconsistent throughout the year, especially on the road.
Since the winner of this game will likely go undefeated and move on to the SEC Championship Game, the opponent there will either be Georgia or South Carolina, with Florida lurking. Both of these teams beat Florida in the regular season, and with the injuries that have plagued the Gators, that probably wouldn't be much of a game. Georgia is at a down point in their program, and although there is a wave of impressive talent coming in, it isn't up to snuff with the years of top notch talent LSU and Alabama have, and the same goes for South Carolina.
Long story short, all signs point to the winner of this game being champions of the SEC and the easy choice for an invitation to the national championship game in New Orleans.