This weekly series offers a dive into some of the biggest games of college football around the country. Follow along as the Exponent ‘experts’ offer our analysis of the upcoming weekend’s slate of games, featuring some of the most storied NCAA football programs alongside the weekly Cats’ game. Don’t be afraid to pull up in the comments and tell us when we drop the ball, we don’t bite.
Thomas: 8-4 (2-1)
Meredith 8-4 (3-0)
Jaxson 8-4 (3-0)
#5 Oklahoma (5-0) vs #22 Texas (4-1) (+4.5)
Saturday, Oct. 9 @ 10 a.m. on ABC
Oklahoma and Texas have both developed a pattern common to good-but-not-great FBS teams: they’re able to run up the score on truly weak teams but they struggle to pull away from middling opponents. Neither of these squads has what it takes to win a national championship but they’re good enough to make this an exciting rivalry matchup. This will be a high-scoring game and Texas will spoil Oklahoma’s undefeated record. Score: Longhorns 48 - Sooners 35
Oklahoma has remained undefeated this season with the stats demonstrating the team’s power and domination. Ranked #6 overall, Oklahoma has the chance to pull off yet another win, continuing an undefeated streak. Despite this, the Longhorns and Steve Sarkisian have certainly exemplified their ability to move the ball down the field with a high scoring offence. Both teams have an opportunity to take home a giant win, the Longhorns could end a winning streak and the Sooners could continue strong. It could be close, but it’ll be a Sooner win. Score: Oklahoma 32 - Longhorns 28
The Red River Showdown is a staple of college football, pitting two of the biggest teams in the Big 12 against one another in Dallas. The Longhorns and Sooners have been mildly unimpressive thus far. With two high-powered offenses, both teams have shown an ability to run up the scoreboard. With a Heisman candidate under center and a coach who has shown an ability to bring his team to victory on the national stage, the Sooners will roll on and win this in a shootout. Boomer Sooner, Oklahoma 51 - Texas 41.
#3 Penn State (5-0) @ #4 Iowa (5-0) (-2.5)
Saturday, Oct. 9 @ 2 p.m. on FOX
This is unquestionably the game of the week for college football. In theory, these are two of the best teams in the nation. In practice, I doubt that either will win the Big 10 or make it to the college football playoff. Penn State has faced a tougher schedule so far, and I think they’ll be better prepared than Iowa. Penn State wins this game, but don’t expect the Nittany Lions to go undefeated. Score: Penn State 24 - Iowa 20
Grab the chips, your favorite drink and find an emotional support buddy because the time has come for two powerhouse teams to take the field. Penn State is a team to beat this year. The Hawkeyes are also undefeated this season and beat the Nittany Lions 41-21 in 2020. However, Penn State is 17-13 in their previous matchups with Iowa in the past. This game will be close, in fact it could go any direction. My eyes will be glued to the screen, and I say the Hawkeyes will fly over Penn State. Score: Iowa 28 - Penn State 24
This matchup is sure to be one of the biggest and most meaningful games of the 2021-22 college football season and will potentially have ramifications in deciding which Big 10 team gets to play for the national championship. Penn State and Iowa have both been impressive early on this season with both squads picking up wins against ranked opponents. Penn State’s defense has stout and their offense continues to churn out big plays. For those reasons, the Nittany Lions will play spoilers on the road in Iowa City. Hawkeyes lay an egg and fall to the Nittany Lions of Pennsylvania, 27-17.
Cal Poly (1-4) @ #10 Montana State (4-1) (-29)
Saturday, Oct. 9 @ 2 p.m. in Bobcat Stadium
The Cats rolled through another Big Sky opponent on Saturday while Cal Poly got stomped for a fourth consecutive week. To be fair, the Mustangs have faced some tougher Big Sky opponents in Montana and Weber State but they’re clearly not on the same level as the Cats. The Bobcats’ win streak will continue this week against yet another unimpressive Big Sky opponent. Score: Cats 45 - Mustangs 13
The Bobcats are on fire. With another victory, the Cats have continued to exhibit their skill and desire to play. Cal Poly beat San Diego 28-10 in their only win of the season while MSU crushed UCSD with little to no remorse. Cal Poly will be competitive because every team is, but the Cats will continue to impress the Big Sky Conference with their undeniable strength. With a defense that puts other offenses to shame and an offense that puts defenses to shame, the Cats will come out on top once more. Score: MSU 48 - Cal Poly 10
It sure was a great week to be Bobcat last week. The Cats picked up another home victory and continued their four game winning streak. Now, with the Mustangs of Cal Poly coming to town for the annual homecoming game the Cats will look to repeat their success, and repeat they will. The Bobcat offense will dominate the ground and air game as the defense thwarts the Mustangs’ already struggling offense. Cats corral the Mustangs and make it five wins in a row, 51-10.