Every week there seems to be another game on the schedule that has major implications on what teams will qualify for the College Football Playoff. Saturday’s SEC matchup between No.3 Auburn and No.4 Ole Miss takes a backseat to no contest that has been dubbed the “game of the week” in 2014.
With one loss in the country’s toughest conference, both teams make a strong case to be in contention for the national title. One more defeat, however, likely ends their chances of winning it all.
Mississippi State sits atop the SEC West with no losses, and Alabama has one defeat on their schedule. The loser of Saturday’s contest will go to fourth place in the division and out of contention to reach the SEC Championship Game.
Ole Miss was victorious in their biggest game to this point, beating Alabama, who was ranked No.1 in the USA Today Coaches Poll at the time. The Rebels, though, were beaten by LSU last week.
Auburn failed when they took the national spotlight.In a matchup of the No.2 and No.3 teams in the country. The Tigers couldn’t keep pace with Mississippi State, losing 38-23. It was one of just two times this season that Auburn hasn’t scored at least 41 points.
It won’t be easy for the Tigers to crack 40 points against Ole Miss. The Rebels come into Saturday’s game with the nation’s best scoring defense, allowing 10.5 points per game.
Auburn has the No.15 scoring offense in the country. They rank 10th with 281 rushing yards per game.
Start Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: ESPN
Live Online Stream: WatchESPN
Point Spread: Ole Miss by 1.5 points
Over/Under: 53 points
Prediction: Auburn over Ole Miss, 20-17