(4-6, 3-7 ATS)
(9-1, 5-5 ATS)
The LSU Tigers have their sights set on the BCS. However, if they trip up against the Mississippi Rebels in college football betting action on Saturday afternoon, they are going to be in a ton of trouble heading into the season finale.
Ole Miss is just looking at the prospects of a bowl game. However, last week’s terrible loss at the Tennessee Volunteers on Rocky Top probably removed all hopes of playing into December, as it is going to take wins against both the Tigers and the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the Egg Bowl to get the job done. Things have fallen apart for HC Houston Nutt and company, as his team is losing in spite of the fact that it is averaging 405.2 yards per game. RB Brandon Bolden is searching for a 1,000 yard season in his third year in Oxford. The junior has had back to back 100+ yard games, as he has run for 249 yards on 30 carries in his last two games. He also has two TDs in his last three, accounting for six of his 14 total TDs in 2010. The defense is what cost the Rebs at the outset of the season against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks, and things just haven’t changed any. They have allowed at least 50 points in two of their last three duels and have given up at least 35 six times this year.
Save a seven point loss to the Auburn Tigers, it has been an awfully good season for the Bayou Bengals. This is the team that you are just always waiting to fall apart with an offense that just isn’t that good, but somehow, some way, HC Les Miles continues to find ways to win. Obviously, when you’re playing in the SEC, defense is crucial. This is one of the few teams in the country that hasn’t allowed even 30 points in a game this season. The Tigers rank No. 5 in the land in total defense at 273.1 yards per game and are No. 6 in scoring at 14.6 points per game. LSU is coming off of its best defensive showing of the year, a 51-0 shutout over the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks. On the other side of the ball, you’ll see plenty of RB Steven Ridley. He has 190 carries and 879 yards on the campaign with a total of nine TDs. Both QB Jordan Jefferson and QB Jarrett Lee are going to see playing time, but neither one has been particularly efficient in the air this year, as the two only have combined for five scores against nine INTs.
That win over the Alabama Crimson Tide two weeks ago really seemed to be the shot that the Tigers really needed to make a move on the BCS Championship just like they did a few years ago when they won the title with two losses. Ole Miss looks like a team that has given up on the season, and if the same team shows up that was romped by the Vols last weekend, a very similar final score will be the result in the Bayou.
College Football Free Pick: LSU Tigers -16