Games to watch: Week 15

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No. 9 Georgia at No. 25 Missouri
Dec. 12, 11 a.m. CT, SECN

The No. 9 Georgia Bulldogs travel to Columbia, Missouri, to face the No. 25 Missouri Tigers after their initial game on Nov. 14 was canceled due to COVID-19 cases and contact tracing.  While not much was expected from the Tigers this year after firing former head coach Barry Odom in the offseason, Missouri has come to rely on first-year starter Connor Bazelak, who is averaging over 277 yards in the past four games. While Missouri may be missing two key defensive players in junior cornerback Jarvis Ware and senior linebacker Tre Williams, the Bulldogs will have a challenge as the Tigers have a 4–1 home record. Their only loss? To No. 2 Alabama in Week Four. 

Wisconsin at No. 16 Iowa
Dec. 12, 2:30 p.m. CT, FS1

The Iowa Hawkeyes are looking to snap a four-game losing streak against the Wisconsin Badgers.The Badgers have had a whirlwind season. Three of the Badgers’ seven scheduled games have been canceled due to COVID outbreaks, both within the program and at opposing schools, making Wisconsin ineligible for the Big 10 Championship game. And last week, the Badgers lost to Indiana for the first time since 2002. Iowa, on the other hand, enters the game on a five-game win streak. Will the Hawkeyes continue their streak and get their first win over the Badgers since 2015?

 

No. 15 USC at UCLA
Dec. 12, 6:30 p.m. CT, ABC

It’s rivalry time in Southern California as the two Los Angeles Schools meet at the Rose Bowl. While Trojans enter the game undefeated at 4–0, they narrowly avoided upsets against Arizona and Arizona State before dominating Washington State last weekend.They will look to junior wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown, who tied the Pac-12 and program’s single-game record with four touchdown catches in the first quarter last weekend. UCLA is entering the game with a two-game win streak and is looking forward to fully returning junior starting quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson after missing the last two games due to contract tracing. 

No. 13 Coastal Carolina at Troy
Dec. 12, 2 p.m. CT, ESPN+

It’s time to put some respect toward the Chanticleers. In a whirlwind season, Coastal Carolina has responded to challenge after challenge. After COVID-19 protocols forced Liberty to cancel its game against Coastal Carolina, the BYU Cougars were quickly brought in as a replacement. The Chanticleers sent the Cougars packing back to Utah with a nail-biting 22–17 loss. Coastal Carolina is expected to compete in the Sun Belt Conference Championship next week after this week’s matchup against Troy. 

LSU at No. 6 Florida 
Dec. 12, 6 p.m. CT, ESPN

LSU won't be heading to a bowl game after announcing a self-imposed bowl ban for the season but they still have to travel to The Swamp to face No. 6 Florida Gators. The Tigers handily defeated the Gators 42-28 last year and left a bad taste in their mouths. This year, Florida will look to their explosive offense and Heisman-hopeful senior quarterback Kyle Trask and junior tight end Kyle Pitts to secure the win. The Gators will use this game as a final tune up before facing Alabama in the SEC Championship next week.