Mandatory Credit: Photo by Eric Gay/AP/Shutterstock (13400651j) Texas running back Bijan Robinson (5) runs against UTSA during an NCAA college football game, in Austin, Texas UTSA Texas Football, Austin, United States – 18 Sep 2022
- Red River Rivalry – For the first time since 1998 neither Oklahoma or Texas are ranked coming into the Red River Rivalry. A key for both teams remains the status for their respective quarterbacks, and whether one or both will play. The troubling issue for Oklahoma however was on the defensive side of the ball, which gave up over 650 yards of total offense to TCU a week ago. If Quinn Ewers plays and can mimic even close to what he displayed against Alabama in week 2 this should be advantage Texas, but this rivalry game produces some of the most unlikely finishes year in and year out. It is also likely a must win for both teams (it may already be too late for OU) if either is to have a chance at getting to the Big 12 championship in December.
- TCU at Kansas – On a weekend that has the Red River Rivalry and A&M at Alabama, it’s only fitting for College Gameday to be on campus in Lawrence for a battle of two undefeated Big 12 teams in TCU and Kansas. By all accounts Kansas likely should have lost last week as Iowa State missed 3 field goals, including two off the right upright, but the Jayhawks escaped with a win. TCU on the other hand manhandled Oklahoma from start to finish knocking Sooner Quarterback Dillon Gabriel out of the game in the process. What I’m most intrigued by in this game is whether TCU can slow down Kansas QB Jalon Daniels on the ground. If they can make Daniels one dimensional and force him to throw down the field the Horned Frogs should come away with the win in Lawrence.
- How Real is LSU? – The Bayou Bengals were less than stellar but still got the road win against Auburn last Saturday in a game that the Tigers (Auburn) gave away with late turnovers. This week presents a brand new challenge as the nations top offense comes to town with Heisman darkhorse QB Hendon Hooker at the helm. LSU’s wins over Mississippi State and Auburn in conference play were far from perfect, but this week will require the best from the Tigers on both sides of the ball. If this turns into a track meet Tennessee likely wins by multiple scores. LSU is also robbed a bit by this game being an 11am kick as opposed to the night game LSU fans had hoped for. If LSU does come away with a win they would be the clear #2 in the SEC west and ahead of schedule for Brian Kelly in his first year.