TYLER — College Football Games to Watch
Game 1: No. 16 Texas A&M (6-2, 3-2 in SEC) at No. 15 Mississippi State (7-1, 3-1, 11 a.m. (ESPN)
Todd’s take: The Aggies have a big chance to make a statement in the SEC with a victory on the road Saturday in Starkville. This should be a tougher test than A&M’s game at Ole Miss (tight win) and Auburn (blowout win) but the Bulldogs remain the biggest unknown in the conference. Mississippi State jumped out to a 7-0 start against a weak schedule. Then the Bulldogs ran into the NFL’s 33rd team, top-ranked Alabama, and got destroyed 38-7. The Aggies looked great in a 63-21 pounding of Auburn. A&M does have to turn around one bad trend — the Aggies haven’t forced a turnover in three weeks while in the three games before hapless Auburn they turned it over 13 times. The Bulldogs have seven turnovers in eight games. You can’t lose the turnover battle on the road and win.
Game 2: Pittsburgh (4-4) at No. 3 Notre Dame (8-0), 2:30 p.m. (Ch. 5)
Todd’s take: Look who’s back in the national title hunt — the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. If you read this column last week or studied “Pick the Winners” on Thursday your’s truly called the Irish’s stunning upset of Oklahoma. Stunning in how Notre Dame physically dominated a very confident OU team. Definitely one of the season’s most exciting games and also one that lived up to the pre-game billing. It’s also always fun to see Big Game Bob — Bob Stoops — whining up a storm on the OU sideline. Here’s what we found out about the Golden Domers — QB Everett Golson can wing it, LB Manti Te’O is the best player in college football and should be the Heisman Trophy favorite (sorry Collin Klein) and Brian Kelly can flat out coach. Pitt is awful. Really I can’t believe the Panthers have won four games. The Irish have a clear path to 11-0 with a weak schedule the rest of the way before their final game against Southern Cal.