Houston @ Cincinnati--will Greg Ward play?
Ohio @ Tennessee---how will the Vols handle the big guys on the line, and the experience that this team brings? WIll they do just enough to win, or will they actually play a 4 quarters football game?
Florida St @ Louisville---maybe the game I'm most interested in watching this week. 2nd big time opponent for the Noles. And Louisville has the phenomenal offense led by Lamar Jackson. Should be a great game and I have no idea whether Louisville can keep the score close. But I think it comes down to the last 3 minutes
Oregon @ Nebraska--this could be entertaining. NU let Wyoming stay around for 3 quarters last week and then blew them out. But can they keep up with the Ducks speed? But Oregon doesn't have the defense they've been able to muster in recent years. Will NU wear them down. I've seen several predict the Huskers win this game
Miss St @ LSU--Tigers @ 16 point favorites, but I'm not sure LSU will score 16 points with their anemic offense. If MSU gets any stops, taking the points makes sense. Of course, without Prescott, their offense is also pretty ratty. So it could be a really low scoring game. I'd take the points but expect LSU to win
A&M @ Auburn--visitors are 4-0 since A&M joined the SEC in this game, both straight up and against the spread...I think that's what I heard. So you'd think it would be A&M this week. And Auburn is a 4 pt favorite I think. It comes down to the ability to convert 3rd down plays and keep drives going. Auburn's defense played well vs Clemson 2 weeks ago. As did A&M's vs UCLA. I think that's where it's won, conversions of 3rd downs. A&M's experience at QB may be the difference
Mich St @ Notre Dame--Irish can't afford to lose this game. Kizer is the starter and his performances to date have been really solid. Spartans have to find a way to defend that offense. And MSU has only had one game so far, a lackadaisical win over Furman. Will they be ready for the atmosphere of the Irish campus after a two year hiatus in the series. I think the Irish win it and cover.
Ohio St @ Oklahoma--Sooners need a win at home big time. Of course, they've already played Tom Herman's team, and he's still the architect of the Buckeyes offense they currently use. But the bad news is that the UH offense shredded OU at times, especially the 2nd half. Will they have that corrected? And will the Sooners be able to keep Baker Mayfield upright and protected? He didn't have much time to throw vs UH two weeks ago. I think the Buckeyes make OU a 1-2 team this week but hope that Boomer Sooner somehow upholds the flag of the Big XII.
USC @ Stanford--USC won big last week, after losing big vs Bama. I don't think they have the team yet to beat Stanford. To do so, they have to control McCaffrey and Bryce Love, who will be back this week. Big play offenses will be problems for the Trojans. And Stanford can grind it out, and then all of a sudden, McCaffrey's on his way to the end zone.
Texas @ California---because the Horns play late on the West Coast, I get to enjoy a full day of watching football again. Horns rested 5 nicked up starters on offense last week against UTEP. They all will play this week. Cal's defense isn't as bad as Texas Tech's but they'll need to find a way to harness the RBs that Texas will throw at them...3 guys really...Foreman, Warren and frosh Kyle Porter. All 3 are big time and explosive capabilities. Buechele has been newcomer of the week both weeks in the XII this year. He's had solid performances for a true freshman. And Heard is now a top line WR, with 2 TD catches and another where he was tripped up by the defensive back at the one. He's getting open and Buechele is hitting him perfectly, along with the other receivers. I think Texas wins this by 10
Bama @ Ole Miss--how long with the Rebels hang around, in the Grove. For me, the key statistic is that Ole Miss has beaten Bama two years in a row. How long has it been since Saban lost to the same team three straight years? That's a question because I don't know, but I don't expect it to happen this year.