The showdown that’s been THE showdown in major college football for the last 3 years happens this week when #1 Alabama (8-0) travels to #5 LSU (7-1) for an SEC slugfest among heavyweight fighters in Death Valley.
When it comes to national championships, look to the SEC, and here’s why:
In 2006 Florida won the national title. In 2007 it was LSU. In 2008 Florida repeated as national champion for the 2nd time in 3 years. In 2009 Alabama took home the title. In 2010 it was Auburn. In 2011 Alabama repeated as national champion for the 2nd time in 3 years.
Florida was in the hunt until the Gators were upset by Georgia last week. Should Alabama beat LSU on-the-road, their likely opponent for the SEC title could easily be Georgia if the Bulldogs and win the rest of their games.
Two other contests Saturday feature AP Top 25 teams: #2 Oregon (8-0) travels to #18 Southern California, and #24 Arizona travels to #25 UCLA in two Pac 12 games. The rest of the Top 25 teams face unranked opponents and will win if they know what is good for them.
Only 6 teams remain unbeaten after 9 weeks of play. They include #1 Alabama (8-0), #2 Oregon (8-0), #3 Kansas State (8-0), #4 Notre Dame (8-0), #6 Ohio State (9-0) and #12 Louisville (8-0).
Florida, Oregon State, Mississippi State, Rutgers and Ohio were all upset and lost for the first time last week.