We’ve got four games today featuring two ranked teams that are set up to carry the day. While I wouldn’t suggest Los Angeles Rams fans limit themselves to those games, they’re stacked with NFL talent that sets up fine matchups of NFL-caliber to assess.
#6 Oklahoma Sooners (5-0) at* #11 Texas Longhorns (4-1)
12pm ET/9am PT, FOX
* - Game to be played at the Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas
The Red River Rivalry. Nothing better. And nothing more chaotic!
Already, the two teams have gotten into two skirmishes pre-game, the latter of which prompted referees to warn every player of both teams so that now any unsportsmanlike conduct penalty will results in an ejection.
A lot to like here from the NFL perspective especially from the offenses and especially from OU, but I’m interested in UT’s defense here. The Sooners have been practically unstoppable when they have the ball. Texas has been horrendous against the pass, but they’ve actually been pretty stout up front against the run. If UT can bottle up RB Trey Sermon and get a big performance out of S Brandon Jones (who might play himself into Round 1 range), we might finally get to see what OU Head Coach Lincoln Riley and QB Jalen Hurts do when they’re actually faced with some opposition.
#1 Alabama Crimson Tide (5-0) at #24 Texas A&M Aggies (3-2)
3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT, CBS
Yes, A&M’s the only two-loss ranked team in the country (though they might not be the best two-loss team in the country...). Easy to understand why when their losses are to #2 Clemson and #12 Auburn. They’ve got their hands full trying to play the home underdog against Bama who are 17-point favorites. A&M’s been fine on defense. It’s the offense that has looked short for task which is a bit surprising given the talents they have in QB Kellen Mond, WR Kendrick Rogers and WR Quartney Davis.
Bama’s Bama. They’re stacked all over. First-rounders all over the place. QB Tua Tagovailoa, WR Jerry Jeudy, WR Henry Ruggs III, DT Raekwon Davis, LB Dylan Moses, S Xavier McKinney, CB Trevon Diggs and LT Alex Leatherwood could all go in the first 32 picks of the 2020 NFL Draft. Their schedule isn’t terribly tough, so if they get past A&M here they’re looking at #5 LSU in a month and #12 Auburn to end the regular season.
#10 Penn State Nittany Lions (5-0) at #17 Iowa Hawkeyes (4-1)
7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT, ABC
Maybe the best NFL matchup today is Penn St. EDGE Yetur Gross-Matos against Iowa LT Tristan Wirfs. First-rounder on first-rounder potential. This could be a ROUGH game to watch though. Same for next week when PSU takes on Michigan who gave Iowa their only loss in a (very much not) thrilling 10-3 contest.
#7 Florida Gators at #5 LSU Tigers
8pm ET/5pm PT, ESPN
Florida’s front seven is one of the best in the country helping power a defense that is sixth in the nation in points allowed averaging just 9.5 points for their opponents. EDGE Jabari Zuniga and EDGE Jonathan Greenard are possibly the best pass rushing tandem in college football. With CB C.J. Henderson behind them, it’s very easy to see why UF are so stout on defense.
LSU is LSU-talent wise. What’s different is that LSU has their Sean McVay in Joe Brady, a 30-year old savant who worked for the New Orleans Saints the last two seasons and has seemingly transformed the LSU offense into something that looks like a 21st century offense which, if you’ve watched LSU for the last 20 years, IS NOT NORMAL. Much like Alabama, LSU is absolutely stacked with NFL talent all over. Today’s about how they deal with UF’s defensive front, but they’ve still got Auburn and Bama to come even if they hold out at home tonight.
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