Fresh off its first win over a ranked Big Ten foe since 2006, Indiana heads to the Horseshoe to take on Ohio State. Check out Kyle’s preview here. If you need a reminder on everything that’s loathsome about OSU, check out the Hater’s Guide.
The biggest news this week is of course Hurricane Matthew tearing through Haiti and now heading towards parts of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. Most notably, LSU/Florida has been cancelled. Games such as Florida State/Miami are still tentatively on, but that of course could change based on the storm.
In addition to IU at Ohio State (3:30 PM, ESPN), these are the games you should be watching this week.
Texas at #20 Oklahoma (Noon, FS1)
Oklahoma's defense is bad! But Texas' is even worse, as the Longhorns' D barely cracks the top 100 of the S&P+ rankings. The Red River Rivalry will definitely feature a ton of points. Charlie Strong probably needs another win over the Sooners to save his job for the second straight season, but his defense doesn't look capable of making that happen.
Prediction: Oklahoma 45, Texas 31
#9 Tennessee at #8 Texas A&M (3:30 PM, CBS)
Tennessee will be in the featured SEC on CBS game for the third week in a row, and it will also be the third time this year that "College Gameday" will be broadcasting from a Tennessee game. The Vols are somehow still undefeated after completing comeback after comeback through the season’s first five weeks. If Tennessee gets off to yet another slow start, it’ll be extremely tough to come back against the Aggies while playing in front of the 12th Man. Texas A&M’s 13th ranked rushing offense should be able to protect any second-half lead.
Prediction: Texas A&M 38, Tennessee 31
#1 Alabama at #16 Arkansas (6 PM, ESPN)
The owner of a Fayetteville pizzeria has promised to give away 1,000 free pizzas if Arkansas can upset the Crimson Tide. I think we all know who this promotion is supposed to motivate.
As much fun as it would be to see Bret Bielema eat his weight in pizza, I would expect Arkansas to start fast before Alabama slowly wears the Hogs down in the second half.
Prediction: Alabama 33, Arkansas 27
#5 Washington at Oregon (7:30 PM, FOX)
In an odd role reversal for these teams, Washington’s national title hopes are on the line while Oregon is relegated to trying to play spoiler. Brady Hoke’s defense has been getting abused all season, and could be in trouble again trying to slow down Jake Browning. Expect lots of points; Washigton has scored 35 or more in every game, while Oregon hasn’t scored fewer than 32 points all year.
Prediction: Washington 49, Oregon 40
#23 Florida State at #10 Miami (8 PM, ABC)
If this game actually ends up being played Saturday night, it’ll be interesting to see whether or not Miami is able to justify its lofty ranking. The Hurricanes have yet to trail this season, one of only two FBS teams (Boise State is the other) to hold that distinction. Dalvin Cook and Co. will offer Mark Richt his biggest test so far, but Miami should be to handle the challenge.
Prediction: Miami 37, Florida State 34