There will be no LSU football this weekend, which means you must adjust your attention to some of the other teams playing. The Tigers are 7-0, but there are plenty of important contests across the country that could hold ramifications on LSU’s season.
Take a look at the list of games that could hold important consequences for the Tigers within the SEC and around the country. Here’s who you should support on Halloween:
Ole Miss at Auburn, noon E.T. – Root for Auburn. Outside of Alabama and LSU, Ole Miss possesses the biggest threat to the SEC West title. The Rebels are 3-1 in SEC play, but beat Alabama earlier in the season. A loss to fledgling Auburn wouldn’t kill Ole Miss’ SEC championship chances, but it would give LSU a bit more breathing room if it takes care of its own business against Alabama next weekend. Go Tigers, but not quite Geaux Tigers.
South Carolina at Texas A&M, noon E.T. – Root for South Carolina. Texas A&M has an uphill climb to make it to the SEC championship game, but the outside chance still remains. A loss to the Gamecocks would essentially end A&M’s title hopes and could result in a deflated Aggies team entering Baton Rouge, La. on the final weekend of the season.
UGA at Florida, 3:30 p.m. E.T. – Root for UGA. The SEC East is a mess outside of Florida. The No. 11 Gators took the Tigers to the wire a couple weeks ago in Death Valley. LSU and Florida would rematch in the SEC championship game if the season ended today. UGA is a mess, but can still get to the SEC title game if it knocks off the Gators. UGA would be a much less formidable opponent than Florida.
Clemson at NC State, 3:30 p.m. E.T. – Root for NC State. This is looking down the road and getting speculative, but it will be tough for a one- or two-loss ACC champion to make the College Football Playoff. Clemson (7-0) represents the conference’s best chance to get back in the playoff, but that could change with a loss to NC State. The Wolfpack are 5-2, but haven’t beaten anybody respectable. A one-loss LSU team that wins the SEC would likely get into the playoff over a one-loss ACC champion.
Notre Dame at Temple 8:00 p.m. E.T. – Root for Temple. Notre Dame does not hold a conference affiliation and can be the one team that throws a monkey wrench into the playoff bracket. Notre Dame is 6-1 and its one loss came on the road against Clemson. The Fighting Irish play a top-notch schedule and would likely get into the playoff if it runs the table. Notre Dame could take a spot away from a one- or two-loss SEC champion (which is a possible scenario). The Owls play great defense, but they have only beaten a top 10 team once in program history.
Stanford at Washington State, 10:30 p.m. E.T. Root for Washington State. The PAC 12 has been a jumbled mess, with most of the teams beating each other up. Stanford holds the conference’s best shot to make the playoff. The Cardinal dropped their first game of the year to Northwestern, but have dominated the rest of their schedule since. Utah also has an outside shot to get to the playoff, but last week’s embarrassing loss to USC might have killed its chances. A Stanford loss could mean no PAC 12 team in the playoff, which could give LSU some leeway.