Welcome back to Thursday Thoughts, the segment where I take a look at 3 college football games from the upcoming weekend, and make my predictions on how the game will play out! Last week I picked Stanford over Washington, Michigan over Wisconsin, and Clemson over Louisville. As that was the first week of this segment, my overall record for the season stands at 2-1, and I’m ready to take on 3 new games for this weekend!
The first game I’ll take a look at is perhaps the best game of the weekend, as number 1 ranked Alabama heads to Fayetteville to take on the 16th ranked Arkansas Razorbacks. This game has all the makings of a classic SEC showdown, as Arkansas may be one of the few teams on the Tide’s schedule that is able to match them physically. Rawleigh Williams and Devwah Whaley give the Hogs a fantastic one-two punch at running back, and quarterback Austin Allen has been touted by Saban himself as one of the best players on the team. However, I don’t think the offensive power of Arkansas will be enough to stop one of the best all around teams in the nation in the Tide.
My Prediction: Alabama 37-24
Saturday marks the 111th time Texas and Alabama will play for the Red River Showdown, and this may be one of the most desperate meetings of all time. Both teams enter the week 2-2, and in dire need of a momentum-swinging win. Oklahoma began the season ranked 3rd overall behind the arm of Heisman candidate Baker Mayfield, and the legs of one of the nation’s top running back duos in Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon. The Playoff hopefuls season was quickly dashed with a loss to Houston in the opening game, and again two weeks later to Ohio State. Texas finds itself in a similar spot, after starting the season strong with a win against Notre Dame and UTEP before falling to both Cal and Oklahoma state in the following contests. I see Oklahoma as the more complete team at this point, and I think they leave the Cotton Bowl as the victors in this barnburner.
My Prediction: Oklahoma 41-35
Last but not least, the Michigan Wolverines leave the state of Michigan for the first time this season in their surprisingly late road game debut. 5 straight games in The Big House has left Michigan 5-0 for the first time since 2013, however last week marked their first win against a top 10 team since 2008. Harbaugh’s first big time win has pushed Michigan to the brink of elite, but their offense showed definite weakness against Wisconsin’s stout defense. I doubt Rutgers, a team which as allowed an average of 32.4 PPG so far, will be able to compete with the Wolverines, even at home. Wolverines walk away from this one the big time winners, and Jabrill Peppers gets his first interception since he was in high school.
My Prediction: Michigan 42-10
So how close do you think I will be? Only time will tell, but we’re in for a great weekend of football action!