Friday, October 11, 2013

Best Game for 10/12

Noon Game
No. 12 Oklahoma Sooners vs. Texas Longhorns (12:00 on ABC)
The Red River Rivalry has lost a bit of its luster this year with Texas's season in the toilet. Still, whenever these programs get together for this annual game at the Cotton Bowl, its well worth watching. Texas lost big time last year and with this season full of turmoil, Mack Brown could be coaching for his job. I don't see how Texas wins this game, but the more interesting element of this game could be seeing if Mack is fired before getting on the team bus if it is another blowout.

Afternoon Game
No. 17 Florida Gators @ No. 10 LSU Tigers (3:30 on CBS)
This is easily the best game of the day. Florida has been a much better team since Tyler Murphy took over for the injured Jeff Driskel. But what I'm honestly more interested in is the battle of Florida's cornerbacks against LSU's wide receivers. This year, LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger has made huge strides, and no small part of it is because of his receivers. Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. have combined for 77 catches and 7 touchdowns on the year. But they will be going up against the best corner tandem in Marcus Roberson and Loucheiz Purifoy, both consensus first round picks this upcoming draft. Death Valley is probably the toughest venue to play in, and I have a feeling LSU will put enough pressure on Murphy to force him into mistakes. I got LSU 21-17.

Evening Game
No. 2 Oregon Ducks @ No. 16 Washington Huskies (4:00 on Fox Sports 1)
Washington played Stanford incredibly well in Palo Alto this past week. While Keith Price did throw one pick, he made up for it with two touchdowns and 350 yards in the air. Huskies running back Bishop Sankey was also very imposing, rushing for two touchdowns and 125 yards on 27 carries. They will need to repeat that kind of production against Oregon to have any chance of pulling off the upset. Oregon has plenty of speed to take over this game from the kick off and possess plenty of game changers on defense. I think Washington can put up points on Oregon, but I don't think they can match them. Oregon has too much talent and they'll avoid the upset, 42-33.

Night Game
No. 9 Texas A&M Aggies @ Ole Miss Runnin' Rebels (8:30 on ESPN)

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