NCAA Games of the Week: OSU, Baylor collide in teams’ first Big 12 showdown

Matt McClain

Sports Blogger


Week 3 brought us some great games. Ohio State dominated Oklahoma in Norman.. The Sooners’ rival, Oklahoma State, beat Pittsburgh after a long rain delay that featured student water pong. Lamar Jackson and Louisville beat Florida State to a pulp for one of the worst losses by a second-ranked team ever. These are the games in Week 4 with the most intriguing matchups.

Georgia at Ole Miss, 11 a.m. Saturday on ESPN

The Georgia Bulldogs come in undefeated, while the Rebels have a blemished 1-2 record. The contest should be more competitive than records show, though. Georgia is led by running back Nick Chubb. Chubb has totaled 365 yards and three touchdowns. The Rebels’ leader is quarterback Chad Kelly. Kelly has thrown for 953 yards and 10 touchdowns but has struggled in the clutch. Ole Miss has blown two 20-plus point leads in its two losses. I think the advantage lies with Ole Miss. The home-field advantage and superior quarterback play is the main reason I’m picking the Rebels.

Ole Miss 38, Georgia 28

Wisconsin at Michigan State, 11 a.m. Saturday on Big Ten Network

This one is going to be a classic Big Ten game. It will be decided in the trenches. Both teams look almost identical on offense, but the defenses are where the teams differ. Wisconsin scores 31 points per game, and MSU scores 32 points per game. Wisconsin, however, allows 13.7 points per game, but MSU allows 20.5 points per game. That’s an extra score allowed every game by the Spartan defense. Both teams have faced one formidable opponent. Wisconsin has played LSU, and MSU has squared off against Notre Dame. It’ll be a close one, but I give the edge, again, to the home team.

MSU 20, Wisconsin 17

Florida at Tennessee, 2:30 p.m. Saturday on CBS

Neither team has played an opponent of significant stature. Tennessee looked lost against Appalachian State but dominated Virginia Tech and Ohio. Florida played Massachusetts, Kentucky and North Texas. The Gators have allowed 14 points all season, but they played lackluster offenses. A key connection is the Tennessee pitch-and-catch combination of quarterback Josh Dobbs and wide receiver Josh Malone. Tennessee has lost 11 games in a row against Florida, and I think that streak comes to an end.

Tennessee 35, Florida 31

After a record-setting performance by quarterback Mason Rudolph against Pittsburgh, Oklahoma State travels to Baylor on Saturday for its first Big 12 game. (Devin L. Wilber, O'Colly)
After a record-setting performance by quarterback Mason Rudolph against Pittsburgh, Oklahoma State travels to Baylor on Saturday for its first Big 12 game.
(Devin L. Wilber, O’Colly)

Oklahoma State at Baylor, 6:30 p.m. Saturday on FOX

The Cowboys bounced back from their loss against Central Michigan with a victory over Pittsburgh. Baylor continued to roll over its cupcake schedule with a victory against Rice. This will be a shootout, and quarterback play will be the deciding factor. OSU quarterback Mason Rudolph set the school record last week for passing yards in a game, but Seth Russell is no slouch. I think the Cowboys will prevail in a close game.

OSU 48, Baylor 42

Arkansas at Texas A&M, 8 p.m. on ESPN

Both teams come in to this primetime matchup undefeated. Arkansas has two close wins against TCU and Louisiana Tech. Texas A&M had a close call against UCLA but rolled over Prairie View A&M and Auburn. Texas A&M is listed as the home team, but the game will be played at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. I think Arkansas has the offense to keep up with quarterback Trevor Knight and the Aggies, but the defense won’t be able to stop them. I think Texas A&M wins the game handily.

Texas A&M 52, Arkansas 41

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