NCAA Games of the Week: Texas looking to upset the Sooners

By Nathan Hiatt,

Sports Blogger,

@NATE_HIATT

No. 17 Michigan at Indiana (11 a.m., Saturday, ABC)

In the fourth night game in history at The Big House, the Wolverines had possibly the worst result imaginable. Then-No. 7 Michigan lost 14-10 to in-state rival Michigan State, which was unranked. The pouring rain was an issue in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but the Wolverines had their chances. Quarterback John O’Korn, who replaced injured Wilton Speight, threw three interceptions, and the running backs fumbled twice. Michigan hasn’t had a problem defensively this season. It allowed the Spartans two first downs in the second half, but the offense couldn’t capitalize. With his team playing on the road Saturday against the Hoosiers, Jim Harbaugh needs his offense to make improvements and bounce back strong, especially if Michigan wants to contend in the Big 10.

Prediction: Michigan 33, Indiana 16

Georgia Tech at No. 11 Miami (FL) (2:30 p.m., Saturday, ABC)

Last weekend and for the first time since 2009, the Miami Hurricanes defeated Florida State. The Hurricanes won 24-20, thanks to wide receiver Braxton Berrios and a clutch touchdown with less than 20 seconds left. However, the Seminoles are diminished on offense. Starting quarterback Deondre Francois suffered a season-ending injury against Alabama in the first game of the season. Its defense is challenging, but Florida State hasn’t been the same without Francois. Playing against Georgia Tech, Miami will have its toughest challenger thus far. The Yellow Jackets have freshman quarterback TaQuon Marshall running their triple-option attack to perfection. If Miami wants to remain undefeated after Saturday, it must contain Marshall, who rushed for 249 yards and five touchdowns in his collegiate debut against Tennessee.

Prediction: Georgia Tech 41, Miami (FL) 31

No. 12 Oklahoma vs. Texas (2:30 p.m., Saturday, ESPN)

(O’Colly File Photo)

The marquee matchup of the weekend might be the Red River Showdown. Texas and Oklahoma will play in the 112th edition Saturday at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. In the summer, there was buzz about this game because it would be Bob Stoops against new Texas coach Tom Herman. However, Lincoln Riley replaced Stoops. But, that buzz for the Red River Rivalry is still there. Last weekend, Iowa State shocked the world when it defeated Oklahoma in Norman. With TCU beating Oklahoma State a couple weeks before, the Big 12 went into chaos. TCU and Texas are the only two unbeaten teams in conference through two games. No one really knows who will make the Big 12 Championship Game because the Sooners and Cowboys are looming.  If it wants a good result, Texas must use its improving defense to key on and contain Heisman-contending quarterback Baker Mayfield along with his explosive tools on offense. Herman coached at Houston last season and upset the Sooners, though. Can he do it again?

Prediction: Oklahoma 45, Texas 44

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