Crystal ball: Aggies over Cowboys

September, 23, 2011
We've arrived at Week 4 of the college football season and we've got a few interesting games this weekend. The headliner here and nationally, in my opinion, is the battle of top-10 teams in College Station as Texas A&M takes on Oklahoma State.

Here's a look at our crystal ball for this week:

Portland State at TCU, 1 p.m.: The TCU defense had some issues in the first half against Louisiana-Monroe last week, but got things figured out in the second half to look more like the Frogs defense many expect. Portland State won't be afraid to air it out, so the TCU secondary needs to be ready. I'll bet Gary Patterson has reminded his defense of that first half last week. I don't think they'll have problems this week. TCU 48, Portland State 13

Oklahoma State at Texas A&M, ABC (Ch. 8), 2:30 p.m.: This should be a great one with two top-10 teams fighting it out in College Station. We know the Cowboys can score, but can they handle the Aggies' strong ground game? I think the Aggie defense will do enough to slow down Oklahoma State a bit, but expect a high-scoring game. Texas A&M 38, Oklahoma State 33

Rice at Baylor, 6 p.m.: The Bears are playing with a lot of confidence and they are at home. This shouldn't be a problem. Baylor 42, Rice 10

Indiana at North Texas, 6 p.m., ESPN3: In four key categories -- passing yards, rushing yards, points for, points against -- the Mean Green are 101st or worse. Despite that, something tells me they hang around with Indiana, who could be looking ahead to next week's game with Penn State. But the Hoosiers will get it done. Indiana 27, UNT 24

Nevada at Texas Tech, 6 p.m.: The Red Raiders are more than 2 touchdown favorites, but they better not look past Nevada. It will be about stopping the run for Texas Tech as the Wolf Pack are 7th in the country in rushing. Tech's offense, though, will be too much. Texas Tech 38, Nevada 28

LSU at West Virginia, 7 p.m., ABC (Ch. 8): The Mountaineers would love to make a statement against the Tigers at home in what should be a great atmosphere. But LSU will be the best defense West Virginia will see all season. LSU's offense isn't prolific, but it doesn't have to be with LSU's defense. LSU 24, WVU 17

Arkansas at Alabama, 2:30 p.m., CBS (Ch. 11): The top-2 teams in the SEC are Alabama and LSU. And both are terrific at home. Arkansas should make this interesting for a while, but Alabama is too dominant at the skill positions and they are too good at home. Alabama 34, Arkansas 20

Missouri at Oklahoma, 7 p.m., FX: Missouri can run the ball and if they can control the clock, they could stay in this game. But I can't figure out how they stop the Sooners. Oklahoma 42, Missouri 30

Florida State at Clemson, 2:30 p.m., ESPN: Auburn is not the same team that won the BCS Championship, but it's still a huge win for Clemson and one they can build off of heading into this week. FSU lost a tough game at home to Oklahoma. Clemson remains one of the toughest places to play in college football and the momentum gained from last week will carry over. Clemson 28, FSU 24
Richard Durrett joined in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.



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