Predictions: Utah-TCU highlight weekend
As the college football season enters the stretch drive, let's take a look at the local teams in our area and predict some games. Here goes:
TCU at Utah (2:30 p.m., CBS College Sports): It's BCS No. 3 (TCU) against BCS No. 5 (Utah). And both teams have defenses ranked in the top-10 in the country. Don't look for a bunch of scoring, though both offenses are underrated. TCU lost at Utah in 2008, ending any chances of a BCS bowl appearance. No doubt Gary Patterson has reminded his team of that. Turnovers will decide this one. TCU is the better team, if you ask me. But Utah plays well at home and would like nothing better than to solidify its BCS position. Prediction: TCU 24, Utah 17
Baylor at Oklahoma State (103.3 FM, FSN, 11:30 a.m.): This is a battle of two of the top teams in the Big 12 South. Both are ranked in the top 25 and both have seven wins. The winner gets a leg up with Oklahoma in the division. Baylor is playing with a lot of confidence, but the Cowboys are at home. I'll go with the Pokes in this one. Prediction: Oklahoma State 38, Baylor 27
Oklahoma at Texas A&M (6 p.m.): The Aggies certainly played better last week as quarterback Ryan Tannehill passed for 449 yards against Texas Tech. The junior was 36-for-50 and played with confidence. The Aggies will need that kind of solid outing again versus the Sooners, whose only loss was to Missouri. Something tells me A&M keeps this close, but I'll take the Sooners. Prediction: Oklahoma 31, Texas A&M: 28
Missouri at Texas Tech (7 p.m., ABC/ESPN): The Red Raiders are in big need of a turnaround, dropping to 4-4 on the season. The Tigers, dropped from the ranks of the unbeaten, will certainly be motivated. Prediction: Missouri 34, Texas Tech 21
SMU at UTEP (8:05 p.m.): The Mustangs are 5-4 overall, but 4-1 in Conference USA and still hold hopes of playing for a conference championship. These are the types of road games SMU has to win in order to do that. And I think they will on Saturday. Prediction: SMU 31, UTEP 21
Texas at Kansas State (7 p.m., ESPN2): The Longhorns are coming off a loss at home to Baylor and could use a bounce back performance. I think they get it in Manhattan. Prediction: Texas 27, Kansas State 21
103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS
Play Podcast Kirk Herbstreit joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss Bob Stoops' recent comments about the SEC and the pending college football playoff, what appears to be an unpredictable Big 12 in 2013, how the Aggies will handle expectations and more.
Play Podcast Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin talks about the improvements being made to Kyle Field, what those improvements will to for the program, the success of last year, Johnny Manziel's offseason and the expectations for the Aggies in 2013.
Play Podcast Scott Van Pelt and Ryen Russillo talk about Texas A&M's decision to expand its stadium and say although the Aggies had a fantastic year, the school must also be careful not to overextend its resources based on a single hot stretch.
Play Podcast Baylor head coach Art Briles joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss what kind of player the Cowboys are getting in Terrance Williams.
Play Podcast Arlington and Texas A&M product Luke Joeckel, the potential No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft, joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Richard Durrett to discuss the draft, coaches and advice from his dad.
Play Podcast Florida Gulf Coast athletic director Ken Kavanagh joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss his school's Cinderella story and playing in the Sweet 16 at Cowboys Stadium.
Play Podcast Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby joins Fizsimmons & Durrett to discuss Cowboys Stadium as a venue, the state of Big 12 basketball, the new 2014 college football format, why there's no hurry to have a Big 12 football championship and much more.
Play Podcast Jay Bilas joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the remaining 16 teams in the NCAA tournament, the intrigue surrounding the Northwest Region and the excitement over FGCU, even though a similar story happens every year.