LSU head coach Les Miles has a golden opportunity with a home game against Ole Miss this weekend.
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After falling to 0-2 in the SEC with losses to Mississippi State and Auburn, the LSU Tigers became an afterthought in the SEC and the college football standings altogether. But a close win over Florida plus a dominating win over Kentucky has the Tigers back on track and with a 6-2 record in the SEC. Of all the teams that might be poised to pull the big upset over a top 10 team this week, LSU has easily the best chance: A grinding rushing attack, a pretty decent defense and some of the best coaching in football.
If there was one team in college football that had to be chosen as an upset pick this week, it would definitely be the Tigers.
Here are the 5 college football teams with the most to prove in Week 9:
LSU – They opened the door for Mississippi State to reach the top of the FBS mountain. Can they slam it shut and pull the upset against the incredible Ole Miss defense?
USC – The Trojans had a record breaking performance last week that elevated them back into the top 25. A win over #19 Utah would give them more credibility as they continue to bump shoulders with UCLA, Arizona and Arizona State for a piece of the Pac-12 South.
West Virginia – Beating Baylor at home proved that West Virginia belongs in the Big XII, but if they want to be a real contender they need to beat another Big XII contender on the road against Oklahoma State.
Oklahoma State – Speaking of the Cowboys, that road loss to TCU made them look extremely exposed and vulnerable for the other Big XII contenders to potentially take advantage of. Only if they manage to beat West Virginia will people find them a credible challenger for the title in November.
Auburn – South Carolina is the kind of trap game that can expose the flaws of a team if the Tigers make even one mistake. Head coach Gus Malzahn can’t get ahead of himself and needs to focus on the Gamecocks – because Steve Spurrier has a habit of pulling off the upset at the most inopportune times.