NCAA Week 6 Early Lookahead: It’s Red River Showdown Time!

Friday, September 28, 2018 12:56 PM UTC

Friday, Sep. 28, 2018 12:56 PM UTC

Here’s a quick look at some interesting Week 6 college football matchups, all of which SBR will have covered in one way or another.

Tulsa at Houston, Thursday

5Dimes summer line: NA

Is it me, or has the Thursday night ESPN schedule this season been really lame!? It’s back to the American Athletic Conference this week. Tulsa isn’t any good. Houston is decent, but there is one reason to watch this game: Cougars defensive tackle Ed Oliver. He should be a legitimate Heisman candidate, but no defensive player is going to win that again in my lifetime. Oliver could well be the top overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft, though, as he’s being compared to Aaron Donald.

Houston and Tulsa were former Southwest Conference and Conference USA foes before moving into the American. The Cougars lead the series 23-19 but lost last year 45-17. The Golden Hurricane scored 38 second-half points. Oliver had nine tackles and half a sack. Look for SBR’s preview of this Monday.

Indiana at No. 4 Ohio State

5Dimes summer line: NA

Could be a massive letdown game for the Buckeyes off their mega-clash Saturday against No. 9 Penn State in the Big Ten Game of the Year. OSU again will be without start defensive end Nick Bosa – another potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 draft -- due to surgery to fix a core muscle injury that sidelined him the past two games. He might be done as a collegian.

Shoot, you might see the Buckeyes sleepwalk through this one, Oct. 13 vs. Minnesota, Oct. 20 at Purdue and Nov. 3 vs. Nebraska and then wake up Nov. 10 at Michigan State. Indiana did what it often does of late: win all its non-conference games vs. a weak schedule. Then, there’s usually a rude awakening in the Big Ten. Former IU coach Kevin Wilson is now on the Ohio State staff as a co-offensive coordinator.

The Hoosiers have beaten the Buckeyes just nine times in 87 meetings (four ties). Ohio State’s last loss in the series was way back on Oct. 8, 1988. Last year, the Nuts rolled 49-21 in the season opener. The Hoosiers led 14-13 at halftime but lost a 23rd straight in the series.

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ESPN has exercised a six-day hold for Clemson-Wake Forest, Florida State-Miami, and Notre Dame-Virginia Tech. Start times will be determined by this weekend's games; available slots are 3:30p on ESPN, 3:30p on ABC, and 8p on ABC

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Florida State at No. 16 Miami

5Dimes summer line: Canes -8

The Seminoles have been colossal disappointments under first-year coach Willie Taggart, and their chances to win the ACC Atlantic Division already are gone. It’s a good thing Taggart got a rich long-term deal because many fans already want him fired. Take it easy, the guy is a good coach. Maybe Jimbo Fisher left the cupboard bare.

Miami is on extra rest after routing visiting North Carolina on Thursday for its fourth straight victory since a season-opening loss to a very good LSU team. The Hurricanes have only two home games left after this but in theory should be unbeaten in the conference – assuming a win here, although at Boston College on Oct. 26 could be tough – when they visit Virginia Tech on Nov. 17.

Last year, UM ended a seven-game losing streak to FSU with a thrilling 24-20 win in Tallahassee. Malik Rosier drove Miami 75 yards in nine plays late in the fourth quarter, throwing a 23-yard touchdown pass to Darrell Langham with 6 seconds left for the win. FSU had taken the lead on an Auden Tate 20-yard TD catch from James Blackman with 1:24 to go. Blackman is now backup to Deondre Francois, and Rosier has recently lost his job to redshirt freshman N’Kosi Perry.

No. 18 Texas vs. No. 6 Oklahoma

5Dimes summer line: OU -12

This gets a vs. instead of an “at” because it’s the annual Red River Rivalry or Shootout or Showdown or whatever they call it these days from the neutral-site Cotton Bowl in Dallas. It truly is a neutral site, too, because even though it’s in Texas it’s 50-50 fan support. One half of the stadium will be burnt orange and the other crimson.

The Sooners look like clearly the Big 12’s best team again and QB Kyler Murray is among the Heisman favorites – could OU have back-to-back Heisman winners? It should be noted that Oklahoma’s only challenge so far was away from home: a 37-27 win at Iowa State on Sept. 15. You never really know what you will get from Texas. The team that lost to Maryland or the one that beat USC and TCU?

Oklahoma has won the past two and six of the past eight in the series. Each of the past four have been decided by a touchdown or less. It was 29-24 Sooners a year ago. Looked like it would be a blowout with OU up 20-0 with just over three minutes left in the first half. Texas took a 24-23 lead on a Sam Ehlinger 8-yard TD run with eight minutes in the game, but Baker Mayfield soon after hit Mark Andrews on a 58-yard TD pass for what would prove to be the winning score. That was the first Texas-OU matchup since 1947 with both coaches (Tom Herman and Lincoln Riley) leading their teams for the first time.

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