McNeese State (9-0, 8-0 Southland)
This Week: @ Lamar
The Cowboys look to come off their bye week and try to complete their perfect season against Lamar in Beaumont this weekend. That rainout worked out way better for the Cowboys than it did for the Tigers.
Mississippi State (7-3, 3-3 SEC)
This Week: @ Arkansas
The Bulldogs played Alabama tight for a quarter until a Cyrus Jones 69 yard punt return (nice) broke the seal, then Mississippi State didn't stand a chance. 300 yards of passing and 20 first downs wasn't enough to keep chase with Alabama. Now, much like LSU, the Bulldogs draw Arkansas a week after throwing their bodies at Bama.
Auburn (5-5, 2-5 SEC)
This Week: Idaho
The Tigers fell behind in the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry series after dropping a 20-13 contest to the equally disappointing Georgia Bulldogs. Isahiah McKenzie's 53 yard punt return ended up being the difference, as the only answer Auburn could manage was a 38 yard field goal with just north of a minute remaining, thanks in large part to two Auburn fumbles in their penultimate and preceding possessions.
Syracuse (3-7, 1-5 ACC)
This Week: @ NC State
This week's 37-27 loss to #1 Clemson makes the Orange's 7th straight loss, a streak that LSU started. The game was actually in reach for Syracuse up until a Clemson 42 yard field goal with just south of 7 minutes to go put the game past two possessions, a hole Syracuse was unable to climb out of.
Eastern Michigan (1-10, 0-7 MAC)
This Week: @ Central Michigan
The Factory churned out another loss this week, this time 28-17 to UMass. And they said the Rust Belt was dead.
South Carolina (3-7, 1-7 SEC)
This Week: The Citadel
The Gamecocks were eliminated from postseason play with a 24-14 loss at home to rival Florida. Just like Auburn and Syracuse, South Carolina had a chance late until Florida scored a touchdown at the two minute junction to put the game out of reach for the Gamecocks.
Florida (9-1, 7-1 SEC)
This Week: Florida Atlantic
The Gators held on to their outside (very outside) title shot with their starving off of the Gamecock upset bid. After FAU, Florida draws Florida State and Alabama in the SEC Championship, which is an awfully big hurdle to tackle. They're basically playing a playoff to get into the playoff.
Western Kentucky (8-2, 6-0 C-USA)
This Week: FIU
The Hilltoppers were on a bye this weekend and draw FIU in Miami. Should they clear the Panthers and they hold up their end, a winner take all C-USA East showdown will occur in Bowling Green, Kentucky when the 9-2 (6-1 conference) Marshall Thundering Herd visit WKU on the last week of the year. Winner of that game hosts the C-USA championship game, because there's no set location for their conference championship game.
Alabama (9-1, 6-1 SEC)
This Week: #SECSoConChallenge
After outclassing Mississippi State across the board to all but lock up the SEC West, Alabama plays host to noted powerhouse Charleston Southern before going to the plains. Alabama, setting the pace for excellence in scheduling, as ever. Personally, I think Charleston Southern can hold off Alabama's upset bid because South Carolina has produced Toro y Moi, Aziz Ansari, and uh, well Aziz counts as two people because Master Of None is so good. And so is Toro y Moi. Only the best insight here at ATVS.
CSU by 16
Arkansas (6-4, 4-2 SEC)
This Week: Mississippi State
Yeah it was an ugly trophy, but dammit I wanted that Boot. You can read more about the game elsewhere on the site, now isn't the time for me to start a rant.
Ole Miss (7-3, 4-2 SEC)
This Week: LSU
Ole Miss got a bye to lick their wounds following the overtime loss to Arkansas and is rested up heading to their home match with LSU, which is just great.
Texas A&M (7-3, 3-3 SEC)
This Week: @ Vanderbilt
The Aggies ripped Western Carolina 41-17, and for the most part seemed settled on highly touted freshman Kyler Murray, who did throw for three touchdowns, but did give the ball away twice. The Aggies have Vanderbilt to fool around with before going to Death Valley.