U.S. columnists Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden discuss ten topics of interest from this week’s college football game list:
1. Will Texas fight Rice?
Bohls: Not even for a single series. I’ll be absolutely stunned if the Horns don’t come out in flames from start to finish. If not, Steve Sarkisian might be wondering if he bought a round-trip ticket to Tuscaloosa. That’s a statement Saturday and Texas must respond to last week’s humiliation in Arkansas with an emphatic home win in the order of, say, 48-17.
Gold: No, because the Horns have a good dose of dismissal at the start of the season and understand that some really tough games are approaching. They will gather around quarterback Casey Thompson and hand the Owls a 41-17 loss.
2. Who will have the best statistics line: Casey Thompson of Texas or Zach Calzada of Texas A&M?
Bohls: I go with Thompson’s statistical line; his whole career is ready. If he wants to secure the job permanently, he must produce 320 passing yards and three touchdowns and another 40 running yards and a score. Calzada will greatly improve on last week’s impromptu performance and will make big numbers in New Mexico with a 250-yard distance and two touchdown passes, though the Aggies will go wild with their career.
Gold: Thompson is dynamic with his feet and will find some nice lanes to run in the fight, so I hope his line is bigger. He will throw 275 yards and a couple of touchdowns as he rushes for another. Calzada will throw a TD against New Mexico, but the 38-14 victory will be dominated by A&M runners.
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3. Do you think Urban Meyer says there would be no way to take on the job at USC?
Bohls: In this rare case, yes. He would be excoriated nationally for leaving the Jaguars so quickly, even if it was a bad fit for Jacksonville. I think Meyer will understand that, but he will finally decide that his style works best in college and then he will go back to that level. Michigan, perhaps? We, boy.
Gold: I never say never with this guy. He’s a college coach by trade, so I won’t be surprised if the Trojans make a real career after spending 2021 with interim coach Donte Williams.
4. Which team in the top 25 will be upset this week?
Bohls: He came out with a member, but I say Indiana will position itself and stop Cincinnati’s way to the college football playoffs with a 27-24 victory. The Hoosiers are 1-1, but they’ve been totally awesome, so here’s Michael Penix Jr’s chance to prove he’s the same guy who exploded on the scene last season and Indiana showed a fantastic Bearcats team that is not quite ready for prime time.
Gold: BYU’s No. 23 is a handful at home and will eliminate Arizona’s No. 19 state with a late field goal.
5. Which FCS team will eliminate an FBS team this week?
Bohls: There will be none. Surely you don’t expect Oregon to have a disappointment and let Stony Brook, a 42-point necessity, scare the world. I like the Delaware Blue Hens and their runner Dejoun Lee, but Rutgers enjoys his rebirth too much to let go.
Gold: Murray State played very well in the first half against Cincinnati last week and will drop Bowling Green for a touchdown.
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6. Does Florida have a chance against Alabama in the swamp?
Bohls: Zero. Maybe less. The problems of the Gators quarterbacks make this game a bad start to the season for an opponent as formidable as Alabama, even if the first year of red shirt Anthony Richardson had a big impact on a very limited action the last week. This match will end in the third quarter. Watch the game of the tide.
Gold: I’d like to say yes after seeing Richardson make his best save for Vince Young with 115 yards on four gates against South Florida, but the Tide seems like a team willing to flee and hide from the rest of the country. They are 20 points better than Florida and will prove it on Saturday.
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7. Isn’t Iowa State, which was chosen to finish second in the Big 12, as good as we think in July?
Bohls: I think it’s safe to say. Cyclones coach Matt Campbell had the best idea of this quickly or risked severely damaging his national reputation as possibly the next Matt Rhule. You may just train better as a perpetual loser. He needs to greatly improve his team’s performances quickly to maintain Iowa State’s status as a top-tier Big 12 team.
Gold: The general feeling was that Brock Purdy, who was once again the most experienced quarterback in the league, would make the Cyclones an attractive choice to fight Oklahoma for the conference crown, but Purdy has yet to throw a touchdown pass during the first two games. He’s struggling, as is runner Breece Hall, who fell late near his own end zone against Iowa. Cyclones have talent, but they don’t live up to that talent. The second place is for the dam.
8. After the layoffs of Randy Edsall and Clay Helton, which coach now has the hottest seat?
Bohls: I think it’s very, very hot in Baton Rouge. After last year’s 5-5 season at LSU and an internal Title IX investigation on campus, Ed Orgeron can’t afford disastrous seasons. I don’t think I would survive going from 7 to 5.
Gold: Scott Frost’s last name belies the warmth of the back because the Huskers are below average at best. Saturday’s road trip to Oklahoma will do nothing to alleviate the frustrations of Texas-like Nebraska fans as they wish for the days when their Huskers were national players.
9. With four new teams, how should the Big 12 cope with the Texas-Oklahoma situation?
Bohls: As it is. Expand, expand, expand. Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby would have to take up arms and force the Longhorns and Sooners to pay the full amount of their merchandise and earn more than $ 80 million per piece or offer $ 100 million if they want to skate in 2023. According to sources, there is little chance that they will join the SEC next year, even if they want to leave immediately. Smart for the Big 12 to grow four and even smarter if it continues to increase its numbers and invites Memphis, UNLV, Boise State and Tulane to enter new TV markets before the AAC counterattacks with its own invitations. Bowlsby can’t think so much about a pie cut into too many pieces as about a strong conference with solid members and a viable future, even if the Big 12’s annual takeover of about $ 37 million is halved.
Gold: Why not milk this year more or less for all it’s worth and play as a 14-team league until those big dogs head east? It would create some real excitement at the conference and give old members a chance to stick it to the Horns and Sooners while pocketing a good coin and increase the chances of the league maintaining its Power Five status.
10. Which coach would you like to meet and what would you ask?
Bohls: Well, since I’ve met them all except Knute Rockne: Bear Bryant, Joe Paterno, John McKay, Tom Osborne, you name them, because I’m old, I’ll pick Woody Hayes. I would ask him if he thinks the players are too soft these days. And how the upper letter goes.
Gold: I would love to sit down with the late Paul “Bear” Bryant and ask him about the 1970 USC loss and the dominance of runner Sam “Bam” Cunningham – who died on September 7 – and why it took this performance to persuade him to fully integrate his team with black athletes when he and other legends like Darrell Royal of Texas could have done so much earlier.