NCAA Games of the Week: Stillwater shootout

Ali Guidoum

Sports Blogger

@theozoneonline

 

USC at Washington, 6:30 p.m. Saturday on Fox

The Trojans headnto Seattle to take on the undefeated Huskies. USC quarterback Sam Darnold has proven to be a great passer. During USC’s five-game winning streak, he has thrown for 18 touchdowns and only three interceptions, but his ability to scramble and keep the play alive has been a big part of the team’s success. As for the Huskies quarterback Jake Browning has placed his name in Heisman talks, coming off a six-touchdown game against Cal. He looks to continue his hot play with that lethal offensive, including its top receiver, John Ross. Ross has been targeted 20 times inside of the red zone and 10 of those have gone for a touchdown. The Huskies are at home, where they have yet to lose all season, and USC is coming into a hostile environment where the Huskies have won by an average of 36 points per game.

Washington 45, USC 23

 

Texas Tech at Oklahoma State, 2:30 p.m. Saturday on FS1

Oklahoma State and Texas Tech feature high-flying offenses that'll compete Saturday. (Devin L. Wilber, O'Colly)
Oklahoma State and Texas Tech feature high-flying offenses that’ll compete Saturday.
(Devin L. Wilber, O’Colly)

The Red Raiders make their way to Stillwater on Saturday. The Cowboys jumped five spots to No. 13 in the College Football Playoff Rankings after their victory against Kansas State last Saturday. The Cowboys have scored over 42.2 points per game since their lost to Baylor and have also improved defensively. Quarterback Mason Rudolph is having a tremendous year, along with wide receiver James Washington, but it’s been true freshman Justice Hill who has emerged as one of the Cowboys’ go-to players. Hill has rushed for 663 yards on 137 attempts, including four touchdowns. On the other hand, Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes has thrown for over 3,886 passing yards and 31 touchdowns. This electrifying Red Raider offensive averages 43 points per game. Look for this game to be an offensive shootout as the Cowboys look to keep their hopes for a Big 12 championship alive.

 OSU 52, Texas Tech 44

 

Michigan at Iowa, 7:00 p.m. Saturday on ABC

This game figures to be the most exciting of the weekend. Iowa is coming off a 27-point loss to Penn State, and Michigan is coming off a 56-point victory over Maryland. Michigan is on pace to become 10-0 for the first time since 2003. This might be the Wolverines best team since they won the national championship in 1997. Michigan’s defense has been the story of the team. Saturday was the fourth time that it held its opponent to eight points or less. If Iowa wants to stand a chance, it must stop the Wolverines’ offense, which is no easy task. Michigan also has stud player Jabrill Peppers, who is in Heisman talks, and can pretty much do anything on the field. This might not be pretty and could go downhill fast for Iowa.

Michigan 45, Iowa 13

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