Auburn QB Nick Marshall has a tough test against a Mississippi State team that knocked off Texas A&M last week.
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The hierarchy of the vaunted SEC West division saw a major shift last week as Alabama and Texas A&M – two favorites to represent the SEC in the new college football playoffs – lost to Mississippi State and Ole Miss on the road. Auburn was the only major contender that held its ground in the division, dominating LSU 41-7.
With 5 great teams that have collectively gone 29-2 in the first six weeks, at least two more of them are guaranteed to lose this when Auburn faces Mississippi State and Texas A&M faces Ole Miss. It is very likely that the winners of those games will firmly establish themselves the teams to beat as college football enters its mid-way point.
Here are the 5 teams with the most to prove in week 7:
Ole Miss – The Rebels proved they could beat one of the SEC’s best in their home state of Mississippi. But now they head into College Station to face a very angry (and likely vengeful) Texas A&M squad.
Auburn – After seeing the high-powered Texas A&M fall to the Bulldogs in Mississippi, the Tigers need to wonder if a similar fate awaits them as they begin a stretch of 5 games against some of the toughest teams in college football.
TCU – Beating Oklahoma in Texas was the biggest win the school has achieved since joining the Big XII. But now they face an offensive explosion against Bryce Petty and the Baylor Bears – a team that has thoroughly dismantled every opponent this season.
Arizona – Beating Oregon helped put the entire Pac-12 title up for grabs. The question is: can they repeat that performance against a USC team which always seems to find a way to beat teams that appear better than them?
Oregon and UCLA – Both teams are high-octane offenses led by future NFL QBs. This is the kind of game similar to Barkley vs. Luck in 2012 that can alter the trajectories of teams and the QBs once they declare for the NFL.