Red River Showdown in college football

The Oklahoma Sooners go undefeated into Week 6. What ambitious colleges like the Texas Longhorns, Florida State Seminoles, North Carolina Tar Heels and LSU Tigers failed to do made the Kentucky Wildcats surprising, and also played undefeated in the middle of the season. The big showdown on this game day is expected in Red River Rivalry when the Sooners meet the Longhorns. In the further course of the college football night, a couple of inconspicuous duels await, which are particularly appealing from the draft perspective.

North Carolina Tar Heels are the clear favorites going into the fight against Florida State. In Kentucky and Oklahoma, bookmakers see only a narrow advantage. So who’s going to make the next upset when NFL scouts travel the country chasing the best talent?

# 6 Oklahoma Sooners vs. # 21 Texas Longhorns

18:00 on October 9, 2021

Cotton bowl

Dallas, Texas

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Last week, the Texas Longhorns defeated TCU Horned Frogs 32-27 and continued their winning streak. It should be similarly rich in points on Saturday in the Cotton Bowl. The Red River Showdown is being held for the 117th time. Longhorns leads the record through all time with 62 wins. The Sooners, however, were able to win 15 of the 22 matches of the new millennium.

Last year, the match ended 53-45 in extra time. Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler contributed 260 yards and four touchdowns on the ground and through the air. Rattler faced pressure in the most important match of the year for the fans and did not let the approaching defenders disturb him, especially in times of crisis.

Against the defense Linebacker DeMarvion Taught he must deliver his best game of the year. The former defensive back has created quite a bit of unrest in opposing backfields over the past two years. An offensive line that is not nearly as dominant as previous years will have their hands full so that Sooners’ crucial running game can unfold against Overshown and the linebacking corps.

One way might be to pick up flexible H-backs Jeremiah Hall, Brayden Willis and Austin Stogner. They can force the convict to go into passing coverage more often and then provide leeway for running games.

If the ball changes sides, Longhorns will face a much better equipped defense than previous years. In particular, the defensive line around Perrion Winfrey and edge-rusher Nik Bonitto will put pressure on inexperienced quarterback Casey Thompson and test the offensive line.

Winfrey may not have been fondly remembered by Longhorn fans as he blocked the crucial field goal, making an overtime possible in the final meeting. One likes to see Winfrey do stunts, where defensive coordinator Alex Grinch also includes the agile Nik Bonitto. Both are extremely athletic for their respective positions. Texas will have a hard time against this defense.

That’s why DeMarvion Overshown is the most important player in Longhorn’s defense and the key to success. He needs to get the coals out of the fire to Texas and stop Spencer Rattler’s attack with his men. If the Longhorns can do that, they definitely have a chance to win the game. Then there may be rematch in the Big12 Championship Game. Otherwise, Texas is anything but back in the big concert.

Florida State Seminoles @ North Carolina Tar Heels

21.30 on October 9, 2021

Kenan Stadium

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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“We’ve seen a reaction, we’ve seen a tough fight and a great effort there, even when adversity has emerged, but we are not done with it,” Florida State head coach Mike Norvell said after last weekend’s victory. . The first victory of the season.

The North Carolina home team really did not cover themselves with glory in the first few weeks and did not live up to the high expectations. For both teams, it is no longer about the ACC title. At least the dream is far away. But the moral, as described by Norvell, is what both coaches want to see in the match between the Seminoles and the Tar Heels.

North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell brings a special zipper to his throws and is therefore accurate, especially on short lanes. In addition, he is surprisingly mobile. It becomes necessary again behind a hole offensive line. Seminole edge rusher Jermaine Johnson looking forward to boosting his remarkable 5.5 sack count this season. The transfer from the SEC appears to have found its home in Florida State. Here he can finally show that he mainly hurries from the three-point position and manages his matchups not necessarily with speed, but above all with technique and strength. Sam Howell will be on guard and will show NFL scouts that he is still entitled to the first round of the next draft.

After the opening defeat, Tar Heels’ high hopes were gone. Now it’s time to dump her and move on. Despite many departures from the previous year in the NFL, the clear favorite then had to win over Florida State. Maybe North Carolina’s race for the ACC Championship Game is not over yet. That would definitely help Sam Howell’s draft share.

LSU Tigers @ # 16 Kentucky Wildcats

1:30 on October 10, 2021

Kroger Mark

Lexington, Kentucky

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The undefeated Kentucky Wildcats await the LSU Tigers Saturday night at Kroger Field. The Tigers are 3-2 and go to Lexington after a narrow loss to Auburn. One of the surprises of college football awaits this season. Despite many unavoidable turnovers, the Wildcats sit at a record 5-0. But they are anything but invincible, and therefore fans can look forward to a supposedly unobtrusive duel in the SEC with the potential for a great showdown.

A great matchup awaits the NFL scouts. LSU edge rusher Ali Gaye is tall and has a huge range in his game. His duel with offensive tackle Darian Kinnard is therefore observed. Also hugely built, Kinnard is surprisingly athletic and agile.

Kinnard will have to keep his matchup Gaye at bay, especially for Kentucky quarterback Will Levis. His upside is astronomically high due to his special physical abilities. But he has to prove over the next few weeks that he is cognitively up in the game at a higher level. Only then will NFL teams fall in love with him. Some tests in the SEC are still awaiting, and a lucrative bowl game at the end of the season is enticing, too. More performances against first-class defense like the previous weeks, and his rating is through the roof.

LSU may have the greater talent, but Kentucky already defeated the Florida Gators last week and is entering the fight with confidence. The Wildcats like to run the ball, and that’s where the Tiger’s weakness has been for weeks. If Kentucky reveals them again at LSU, they are actually going into the 6-0 season.

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