You know, we’re on quite the run here in our fair state. Fourth straight week we’ve got the second- or third-biggest game in college football. On Oct. 26, OU-Texas Tech was trumped only by Oregon-UCLA. On Nov. 2, OSU-Tech was trumped only by Miami-Florida State. On Nov. 7-9, OU-Baylor was trumped only by Stanford-Oregon and Alabama-LSU. This week, it’s OSU-Texas, trumped only by Georgia-Auburn.
Let’s get to the predictions:
OSU at Texas: Cowboys 38-28. An OSU victory would set up a defacto Big 12 title game in Stillwater.
Iowa State at OU: Sooners 35-7. The Sooners could really use a rout. Anything less will only inflame the disgruntled.
Baylor vs. Texas Tech at Arlington: Bears 62-24. I might be off on this one. Baylor might win by more.
TCU at Kansas State: Wildcats 31-12. This would have been a much closer game had it been played six weeks ago. Not now.
West Virginia at Kansas: Jayhawks 24-23. Upset special. The Mountaineers are smarting from their near-upset of Texas. Sometimes, that makes a team play poorly.
Georgia at Auburn: Tigers 25-23. Gus Malzahn is bucking for national coach of the year, though Art Briles is in the way.
Florida at South Carolina: Gamecocks 29-14. OU fans who think their program has slipped, just look at Florida.
Alabama at Mississippi State: Crimson Tide 31-10. OU fans who think their program has slipped will respond, just look at Alabama.
Kentucky at Vanderbilt: Commodores 33-14. James Franklin has done a great job at Vandy. Will he stay?
Troy at Ole Miss: Rebels 49-11. Whatever happened to Troy? Used to be the terror of the Sun Belt?
Washington at UCLA: Bruins 38-35. The Pac-12 certainly provides some wild showdowns. Sort of reminds me of the Big 12 of a few years ago.
Stanford at Southern Cal: Cardinal 24-21. Ed Orgeron won three SEC games in three seasons coaching Ole Miss. Now he’s won four Pac-12 games in six weeks as SC’s interim coach.
Utah at Oregon: Ducks 59-21. Sorry, Utes. Bad break on scheduling.
Washington State at Arizona: Wildcats 45-20. I always thought ‘Zona should have hired Mike Leach.
California at Colorado: Golden Bears 30-20. How many people will be at this game? 30,000? 20,000?
Oregon State at Arizona State: Sun Devils 38-30. Another Pac-12 shoot-out. There are two or three every week.
Georgia Tech at Clemson: Tigers 33-24. Brent Venables will earn his paycheck this week, coordinating against the Rambling Wreck option.
Miami at Duke: Blue Devils 37-14. Duke’s road to the Coastal Division title is clear. Win out — Miami, followed by road games games at Wake Forest and North Carolina — and hope Clemson beats Georgia Tech.
Syracuse at Florida State: Seminoles 42-14. Jameis Winston, we hardly knew thee.
Maryland at Virginia Tech: Hokies 29-25. What a screwy team, Virginia Tech.
North Carolina State at Boston College: Eagles 30-21. Rough first year for Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren, who is 3-6.
North Carolina at Pitt: Panthers 27-24. Pitt coach Paul Chryst is mentioned as a possible Bo Pelini successor at Nebraska.
Michigan State at Nebraska: Cornhuskers 19-14. Upset special. Sometimes, something like a Hail Mary can change a season. Win this game, and the Cornhuskers become the front-runners of the Big Ten’s M&N Division
Michigan at Northwestern: Wildcats 26-21. Michigan is spiraling toward mediocrity. After this, the Wolverines go to Iowa and host Ohio State.
Indiana at Wisconsin: Badgers 48-32. Kevin Wilson is coaching fabulously, but it’s not going to get the 4-5 Hoosiers into a bowl. Ohio State also remains on the schedule.
Ohio State at Illinois: Buckeyes 42-27. I’d take Baylor straight up over Ohio State.
Purdue at Penn State: Nittany Lions 31-10. The us-against-the-world mentality is gone from Happy Valley. Now it’s just reality.
Cincinnati at Rutgers: Scarlet Knights 18-17. Big Ten ball is about to get worse.
Houston at Louisville: Cardinals 45-26. Why is Teddy Bridgewater still in Heisman contention?
Central Florida at Temple: Golden Knights 31-21. UCF is headed to either the Fiesta or the Sugar bowls. Deal with it.
Memphis at South Florida: Bulls 19-17. Hard to believe, but not so long ago, South Florida was ranked No. 2 in America. 2007.
Connecticut at SMU: Mustangs 51-21. UConn should consider dropping football. I’m serious.
Marshall at Tulsa: Thundering Herd 47-17. Thursday night. Can you imagine TU’s problems trying to get people to come to Chapman Stadium.
Alabama-Birmingham at East Carolina: Pirates 33-31. Ruffin McNeill has proven to be a solid coach.
Louisiana Tech at Rice: Owls 24-22. Both need some help to get back into Conference USA West Division content.
Florida International at Texas-El Paso: Miners 27-26. It’s 1,971 miles from Miami to El Paso.
Florida Atlantic at Southern Miss: Golden Eagles 24-21. Todd Monken gets his first win!
Idaho State at Brigham Young: Cougars 58-0. Independence isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
South Alabama at Navy: Midshipmen 28-14. Keep an eye on South Alabama. OSU plays USA in the upcoming seasons.
Colorado State at New Mexico: Rams 26-21. An Interstate 25 rivalry.
Wyoming at Boise State: Broncos 35-31. I miss Boise State as a national power. I really do. For instance, Fresno State might make the Fiesta Bowl, where it would play Baylor or OSU or Texas. Wouldn’t it be much more fun if it was Boise State?
San Jose State at Nevada: Spartans 42-30. I’m a big Mountain West Conference fan, but it has its dud matchups.
San Diego State at Hawaii: Aztecs 27-20. And here’s another.
Last week: 36-9. Season: 403-120.