Shocking disappointments and better-than-expected performances are anticipated each weekend in the wild world of college football. Even if everyone knows they are coming, guessing when and where they will happen is difficult.
The USA TODAY Sports college football staff — Jace Evans, Paul Myerberg, George Schroeder, Erick Smith, Eddie Timanus and Dan Wolken — weigh in with some bold predictions for Week 7 of the college football season:
Oklahoma is going to blow out Texas in the Red River Rivalry. Neither team has won by more than 16 points in this game since OU hammered the Longhorns in both 2011 (55-17 win) and 2012 (63-21 win). But that could change Saturday as a Texas defense that sits 126th in FBS in passing yards allowed per game goes up against the high-flying Sooners, piloted this year by top Heisman Trophy contender Jalen Hurts. Add in that this is the most competent Oklahoma has looked on defense in years – against admittedly not the strongest competition out there – it could be a long day for the Longhorns if Sam Ehlinger is not able to go score-for-score with Hurts and Co.