I’ve never been to Oklahoma. I stayed in Texas for a few days once and didn’t do anything that was authentically “Texas,” unless you count badly two-stepping and bossing a Mexican around. And yet as long as I’ve been a college football fan I have been fascinated by the rivalry between the University of Texas and the University of Oklahoma. I think I first found it interesting that they always play at the state fairgrounds in Dallas, with the fans splitting the tickets 50-50, rather than one school having a home field advantage. Other than that, it has everything that makes a rivalry great. It has history (interesting fact: the rivalry dates back to before Oklahoma was even a state). The two schools have GREAT fight songs. They share a long, irregular border. There’s live mascots.
So even though the options on TV aren’t as great this week, I’m still pumped that it is Red River Rivalry week. All lines courtesy of covers.com
Maryland at Georgia Tech: Georgia Tech’s option attack looks like it is clicking on all cylinders. Like I said last week, even with all of the hype given to Clemson I think the Jackets could be the ACC’s best team. Maryland hasn’t looked great on either side of the ball. Again, I really hate betting against my own team, but this is the guy tasked with stopping the option:
Georgia Tech -14.
Florida at Louisiana State: UNDER 41. At this point in the season I usually like to stay away from over/unders, the people in Vegas have an uncanny ability to calculate these things once they’ve had a chance to get to know the teams. But you can usually find an SEC game that is going to be offense-challenged. Maybe I’m getting suckered, but this total seems too high.
Kansas at Oklahoma State: OVER 73. Echo what I said above about possibly being suckered, but there’s always a Big 12 game where the defenses take the night off and the total gets destroyed. And it usually involves Oklahoma State.
Missouri at Kansas State: Wow, a lot of Big 12 games this week, huh? The Wildcats broke my heart, and the hearts of an entire nation, with their thrilling come from behind victory over RGIII and Baylor last week. They’re undefeated and on an emotional high. Which is the perfect time for Missouri (who, like Texas A&M, may also be on a Big-12 middle finger tour) to come into Manhattan and crush their dreams. I could be picking this one out of a desire for vengeance for RGIII. Missouri -3.5.
Texas Christian at San Diego State: Aztecs QB Ryan Lindley is a guy not many people have heard of, but he’s been quietly climbing draft rankings on the nerdy websites that track that kind of thing. TCU is coming off a tough loss and now have to go on the road, I don’t think they can handle it. San Diego State +3.5.
FREE MONEY LOCK OF THE WEEK: Oklahoma at Texas (at the Texas state fairgrounds): Aside from being one of the best rivalries in all of sports, it is also the only thing keeping the Big-12 from becoming a mid-major conference. This year it has national championship implications as both teams need to stay undefeated to have a shot at the BCS title game. Both teams have great offenses: Oklahoma is led by “how is this guy still in college” award winner Landry Jones. Texas dumped a terrible QB and now run a very efficient two-headed monster. This one will come down to whoever has the ball last, so I don’t see Oklahoma being able to win big. Texas +10.5.
Last week: 2-3-1
Season total: 15-14-1