As you consider what it would take for Oklahoma to not win easily against West Virginia, and it would take quite a bit, Saturday might be a better opportunity to worry not about college football, but more trifling matters.
You’d be better served to worry if Jalen Hurts will turn the ball over or if Hurts will win the Heisman.
You maybe, just maybe, should worry about if two SEC teams will get in the playoffs and if a one-loss Oregon team will be a playoff contender.
Here’s the deal: 1. You’re not going to worry about whether Oklahoma will win the game. And here are 19 other predictions about Saturday’s college football schedule.
It appears Austin Kendall will get the start for WVU against the Sooners. Kendall was hurt last week, but he’s expected to be healthy for Saturday. Kendall is a nice, feel-good sorta story. Kendall’s most-notable moment at OU came when he was inexplicably asked about Ohio State. Strange, considering he wasn’t going to be a factor in the game. Either way, that’s in the past. 2. You’ll still cheer for him. 3. You won’t feel sorry for him when he throws a first-half interception for an Oklahoma touchdown, though.
4. Oklahoma scores on its first two drives. 5. And has another shutout in the first quarter. 6. And covers the first-half number of 21.5 and the full-game number of 32.5. Why? 7. No Hurts turnovers this week. Take the Sooners here. It’s an easy cover.
Meanwhile, in Stillwater, doesn’t it kind of feel like the Cowboys are playing for their season? It does to me. The last time we saw them, they were turning the ball over and over and over against a below-average Texas Tech team. All signs point toward the Cowboys covering the 3.5 against an untested and undefeated Baylor team. In addition, the rest of the public seems to be thinking the same thing. Something around 80 percent of betting money is on the Cowboys.
It seems very “square” to go with the Cowboys here, but it just makes too much sense. 8. Gundy will have this team playing much better, meaning they won’t have a turnover in the first half and 9. Spencer Sanders will have at least two first-half passing touchdowns. Baylor hasn’t seen anything close to this kind of offense the Cowboys have. Take OSU. 10, Cowboys cover this one and get back on track. Now, next week, when OSU plays at Iowa State? Well, that’s another story.
In Lubbock, Texas Tech is getting seven points against a resurgent Iowa State team. That’s too many points. Tech got blown out at Oklahoma, but should have beaten Baylor. 11. Take the Red Raiders to play Iowa State down to the final whistle. You know that means, right? 12. It means, Iowa State beats Oklahoma State next week in Ames, Iowa, in a bounce-back game for the Cyclones.
In Austin, Texas is in trouble. 13. No, Texas isn’t going to lose to Kansas, but yes, 14. Kansas will cover the number. Yes. Gimme the 21.5 points. This is a terrible spot for the Longhorns, who aren’t “back.” Their season is over as far as making the playoff or winning a title. They also have a bunch of injuries and will have to figure out what Kansas is going to do offensively. 15. Kansas is going to have some surprises. The Hawks have a new offensive coordinator and are coming off a bye week. Texas has no clue what Kansas is going to throw at them.
Let’s go national …
Temple has been a team to watch this season. Somehow the Owls lost to Buffalo this season, despite beating a ranked Maryland team, Georgia Tech and a ranked Memphis team. Temple is 5-1 and now is getting 8.5 points at SMU? The Ponies are ranked No. 25 and have had a nice season, including a win against TCU. 16. The 8.5 points is too many. Go with Temple here.
Penn State is home against Michigan is getting nine points, but who has Penn State beaten? The Nittany Lions were kind of lucky to win at Iowa last week and the reason the number is nine is because the thought is Michigan is terrible. The Michigan offense isn’t good, and they’ll have problems against the PSU defense, but if you’re thinking about Penn State, you should probably parlay it as a money line play. 17. the nine points is too many.
At Washington, the Oregon Ducks have a chance to put themselves back in the playoff picture. Sort of. Washington is getting points at home and Oregon hasn’t been good on the road – 3-9 in the past 12 and Washington is 19-1 in its last 20 home games. That’s a good combo if you like the Huskies. 18. You should. Take the Husky points.
And how bout a few Friday night plays?
19. Take Pitt giving four points on the road at Syracuse.
Hold your nose, but Northwestern is going be right there at the end of this game against Ohio State. 20. Watch the Bucks sit on the ball and just try to get next to week’s game against unbeaten Wisconsin healthy. It won’t be pretty, but take the Cats and the 27.5.