#8 Oklahoma vs #21 Texas
The storyline heading into this game is how will the Longhorns react after the shocking loss to UCLA last week? Garret Gilbert is still learning as a quarterback, and this will be his most important start he has made thus far in his career. Look for Fozzy Whittaker and Tre' Newton to be carrying the ball more then usual early on in this game. Now as for Gilbert Mac Brown will most likely ease him into the game with some short passes. That will open things up for there big play WR Malcolm Williams.
The key for Oklahoma is simple, keep the offense moving and limit you mistakes. A mixed attack of running and passing will beat this Texas team. Look for Landry Jones to connect with his favorite target Ryan Broyels, who looks to add to his TD total which stands at 4. Dimarco Murray's ability to run the football will also keep this Texas D honest, which will make defensive coordinator, Will Muschamp's job harder. There are going to be many points scored in this game, but in the end Oklahoma has to much fire power.
#7 Florida @ #1 Alabama
Florida has been having some Offensive issues to say the least. Execution has been there problem. Bad snaps, wrong route running, interceptions, and fumbles have all been problems. Now they walk into Alabama coming off a blowout win over Kentucky, with a possible solution to these woes. His name is Trey burton. This 6,2 freshman can really run the football. He ran for 6 TD's against Kentucky, and this ability may be able to keep this hungry Alabama defense at bay. Of course he cannot win this game alone, he is going to need some help from John Brantley, the original starting quarterback. He has thrown for 6 touchdowns and 1 interception, but has been inconsistent. Success will not come easy tonight, but I believe Brantley will play well, and make this game very respectable.
Now for the raining Champions. They nearly escaped Arkansas. This defense has never looked better. They forced Ryan Mallet to throw 3 interceptions. Mark Baron has really emerged as the leader of this defense to me. He had 2 interceptions against Penn State, and just seems to be in the right place at the right time to make good plays, Next comes the offense. Greg McElroy needs to improve. Throwing 2 interceptions against a weak Arkansas defense will not cut it. He needs to start finding Julio Jones and Marquis Maze more. The running back tandem of Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson is the highlight of this offense, that is why they will win this game.-Josh Neighbors