College Football – What to Watch For in Week 8

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College Football – What to Watch For in Week 8

  1. Another Showdown in Ft. Worth – TCU may be the biggest surprise team of the 2022 season as they’ve now climbed to #8 in the AP Poll in Sonny Dykes first season. After coming off an incredible 4th quarter comeback win over Oklahoma State the Horned Frogs are rewarded with another challenge as #17 Kansas State comes in town. The Wildcats have won 3 straight games in Big 12 play featuring a dominant rushing offense led by QB Adrian Martinez who has already rushed for 546 yards and 9 scores. The keys for TCU in this game is going to be to maximize red zone possessions, limit Kansas State’s sustained drives, and make the Wildcats plat from behind. If this game turns into a rock fight time of possession battle the edge favors Kansas State and their 8th ranked rushing attack.
  2. Pivotal Game For Texas – Last week Texas edged out a win against Iowa State in a game that Texas teams in years past likely would have lost. The avoidance of losing the trap game behind them, the Longhorns now face their toughest Big 12 test of the season to date as they head to Stillwater to take on #11 Oklahoma State. I’m focused on the Oklahoma State defense and how they choose to scheme the Texas offense. Do they play drop-8 coverage and force the Horns to run the ball in a similar fashion to Iowa States strategy? Or do the Cowboys bring pressure in an attempt to get after Quinn Ewers? Either way, the winner of this game remains in the drivers seat in the Big 12 chase while the loser is potentially out of the running for good with 2 conference losses.
  3. Tulane is Ranked.. – Yes, the Tulane Green Wave are ranked in the AP top 25 for the first time since 1998. Coming off a 2-10 2021 season Tulane was picked near the bottom of the American Conference pre-season projections by most everyone. Fast forward half a season and Tulane finds themselves among the favorites for the AAC title along with Cincinnati and Memphis. The lone blemish on the schedule was a shocking home loss to Southern Miss, but Tulane is perfect in conference play so far. Tulane faces off against Memphis this week as the Tigers are coming off back to back heartbreaking losses to Houston and East Carolina. Tulane should win this game convincingly, but I would expect we see Memphis’ best effort in an attempt to get their season back on schedule.

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