Oklahoma has made the decision that everyone knew they needed to make: Caleb Williams will be starting for the Sooners this weekend. I am as shocked by this as anyone – I picked Spencer Rattler to win the Heisman, but just like Trevor Lawrence, Williams is just too good to keep off the field. I think Williams will play well, and I doubt the Sooners will face much adversity against TCU, but eventually, I suspect Williams will have a bad day, and if the opponent takes advantage, OU may actually face a situation where they need Rattler to save them.
As for their rival, Texas must pick up the pieces after that collapse in the Red River Shootout and take on undefeated Oklahoma State. Can the Longhorns pull it together? I say yes – Sark is a good coach. That being said, I don’t know if the talent across the board is where it needs to be in Austin yet, so a Cowboy victory is not a crazy thought.
Oregon is a team to keep an eye on this weekend. Their opponent, Cal, is not formidable, but the Ducks have lost running back CJ Verdell for the season, and in their first game without him, they were upset by Stanford. The Cardinal has been Jekyll & Hyde this season, but it may be the spark that keeps Oregon running may be lost with Verdell.
A lot is on the line in Chestnut Hill on Saturday. NC State holds the lead in the ACC Atlantic, but now must go on the road to face the Boston College Eagles. BC is still without Phil Jurkovec, but backup Dennis Grosel has proven to be a competent player, and Zay Flowers can burn a defense. I really don’t know who will win this game, but before the season, I picked BC because they had the home field advantage. We have already seen State lay an egg on the road, and it might happen again.
While many thought Cincinnati’s date with UCF this weekend might be the most likely place the Bearcats could take a loss in conference, the Golden Knights are without their starting quarterback Dillon Gabriel, and all you need to do is look at the line for this game to understand the experts don’t think highly of Gus Malzahn’s crew without Gabriel. It looks like the Bearcats will cruise in this one, but the line is huge.
How about Sparty? 6-0 and facing an Indiana team that just doesn’t have the 2020 mojo anymore. The big games loom, but what a job Mel Tucker has done in East Lansing!
I am writing this on a Wednesday, and as of this moment, Coach O still has a job, but Jon Gruden doesn’t. I can’t really wrap my head around that at this moment. I do know that Florida should win against the Bayou Bengals this weekend, but I also wouldn’t be surprised at all if LSU rises up and gets a home win.
Off their massive upset against Alabama, the Aggies must hit the road to Missouri. This is one of those classic let down spots following an emotional weekend – can Jimbo get his team up again? I wouldn’t be shocked if Mizzou pushes A&M.
In related news, I would like to extend my sincerest condolences to Coach Mike Leach and all of Cowbell Nation for being the team that must host Alabama after that loss in College Station. I’ll pour one out for ya.