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. 

 

Record: 

Thomas: 18-9 (2-1)

Meredith: 20-7 (2-1)

Jaxson: 19-8 (2-1)

Liam: 8-3 (1-2)

 

#4 Oklahoma (9-0) @ #18 Baylor (7-2)

Saturday, Nov. 13, @ 10 a.m. on FOX 

 

Thomas

Oklahoma’s season has a startling resemblance to the average college student during finals week: Unstable, inconsistent, constantly on the verge of implosion yet somehow holding it together. Baylor hasn’t been perfect this season, but they’re the best team Oklahoma has seen so far and they’re good enough to deal the Sooners a devastating loss. Sloppy turnovers and defensive breakdowns from OU will revive Baylor’s hopes of a Big 12 championship as the Bears roll to a 35-23 victory.

 

Meredith 

Oklahoma has been getting a bad rap lately for its mistakes, but continues to be a strong and undefeated team even if their wins haven’t always been convincing. Baylor, also a team with many imperfections this season, has played relatively well despite some easy mistakes. With Pat Fields for the Sooners being nominated for the Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year, I believe the bar is set that Oklahoma has leadership qualities that will guide them to a tenth win this weekend. OU wins 31-27.

 

Jaxson 

Despite that number four ranking and the undefeated record, the Sooner’s season thus far has been lackluster. They’ve eked out wins against Tulane, Kansas State and West Virginia. With the pre-season Heisman favorite Spencer Rattler unhappy with the way his season is going and the inconsistent play on both sides of the ball, the Sooners are going to be in for a rude awakening when they visit the Baylor Bears. Baylor wins this Big XII showdown, 35-14. 

 

Liam

Oklahoma has a perfect record so far, but everyone knows they are far from a perfect team. Baylor has two losses so far but has high-quality wins, so they should be able to point out Oklahoma’s weaknesses and finally put a dent in their record. I am excited to see one of Baylor’s star players, running back Abram Smith, prove once and for all that Oklahoma can be beat. Oklahoma loses their undefeated record, 35-42.

 

Idaho (3-6) @ #3 Montana State (8-1)

Saturday, Nov. 13, @ 1 p.m. in Bobcat Stadium 

 

Thomas 

As long as the Cats keep the form they’ve shown all season, Idaho should be no issue. The Vandals’ defense is miserable and their offense only shows up against weak opponents. As the Cats continue to rack up wins, they only seem more focused. The Bobcats will show up ready to defend their home turf and will blow out Idaho, 63-10.

 

Meredith 

I’ll admit at the beginning of the season I was a little nervous about our team taking the field after a year off, but the Cats have certainly demonstrated they came to play and win this year. With an extremely solid defense, the Cats pulled off a win and showed Eastern Washington exactly who the Bobcats are. This weekend, be prepared for another amazing win as the team takes on Idaho. Cats kill their opponents, 52-10.

 

Jaxson 

I said last week that if the Cats beat Eastern Washington it would put the rest of the country on notice. In Brent Vigen’s first season, he has brought a new level of success to this already successful Bobcat football team. The Cats are undefeated against all FCS opponents and are now a top-three team. Now with the struggling Vandals from Idaho coming to town, the Cats will look to extend their winning streak to eight. The Cats aren’t just going to beat Idaho, they will dominate them with a stifling defense, strong run and pass defense and a special teams unit with freshman kicker Black Glesnar and freshman punter Bryce Leighton. Cats win BIG, 55-7. 

Liam

I can’t see any way Montana State loses this game. The Vandals are probably nervous about playing us on Saturday, with the Cats’ defense having performed so well this season. The Eagles, who at the time had the best offense in the nation, were only able to gain 314 yards, the lowest by 123 yards this season. If the Cats play the way they have been this season, the Vandals will be lucky to score any points at all. Cats dominate, 35-7.

Purdue (6-3) @ #6 Ohio State (8-1)

Saturday, Nov. 13, @ 1:30  p.m. on ABC

 

Thomas 

 

Purdue is the David of the Big 10 and Ohio State is the last Goliath standing. After vanquishing then-ranked #2 Iowa in week seven and at-the-time #3 Michigan State last week, the Boilermakers should terrify Ohio State despite a 6-3 record. Oddsmakers have Ohio State winning by 20, which seems silly since Purdue is a top-notch season-ruiner (they even ruined their own season with losses to Minnesota and Wisconsin). I guess they don’t take vibes into account. Purdue wins 30-24, ending the Buckeyes’ championship dreams.

 

Meredith 

Purdue has been a decent team this year, and with some pretty strong wins under their belt they can successfully say they’ve had a good season. This could definitely be a game similar to when Texas A&M beat Alabama, and I didn’t see the win coming. However, Ohio State will meet expectations this weekend and win. As much as it pains me to say it, Purdue lost to Wisconsin and I’m doubtful Wisconsin could beat Ohio State. Sorry Wisconsin family, but I just think Ohio State has been a powerhouse this season and they will win against Purdue. OSU 31-Purdue 17.

 

Jaxson 

Purdue knows how to win the biggest games against the best teams. They have beaten two top-ranked teams this season. They beat then ranked #2 Iowa and last week defeated the #3 ranked Spartans. So, entering this week, Ohio State should take the Boilermakers seriously. With that said, Ohio State is a completely different beast. The players and coaching staff are used to playing in the biggest games (the Buckeyes have made the playoffs four out of the past six seasons). With that experience and home-field advantage, the Buckeyes will come out on top. Ohio State escapes a scare and wins, 35-24. 

 

Liam

Purdue is looking pretty good, especially since coming off a startling upset against Michigan State. On top of that, their quarterback Aidan O’Connell has been playing great recently. Unfortunately for Purdue, I believe Ohio State is too much of a powerhouse for the team to handle. Ohio State has only lost to Oregon this year and has kept great momentum through the season. Ohio State will be victorious, 28-21.