A Pink River runs by way of it. Effectively, when you’re Texas and Oklahoma headed to the SEC.
The 2 giants, which accounted for a big a part of the Large 12’s glory over time, get a large sendoff Saturday within the Cotton Bowl. The Longhorns and Sooners, respectively ranked No. 3 and No. 11 within the newest Energy Rankings, will battle with the winner not solely gaining the within observe to its final Large 12 title however to the School Soccer Playoff as nicely.
If you should be reminded, Texas has by no means been to the CFP. It has been nearly 4 seasons for OU. To this point in 2023, two of school soccer’s high tales are Steve Sarkisian turning across the ‘Horns in Yr 3 and Brent Venables’ rapidly turning round his Sooners in Yr 2.
Texas is 5-0 for the primary time since 2009. Oklahoma is the one workforce within the nation to common not less than 47 factors offensively and permit lower than 11 factors defensively. After which there’s the bitterness lingering throughout the OU program after final 12 months’s 49-0 skunking by the hands of UT.
Come for the turkey legs, keep for the fried ice cream on the Texas State Truthful in what ought to a 2024 tentpole sport.
In different Energy Rankings chatter:
Is it time to open up the Is-Georgia-really-No. 1 dialogue? The Bulldogs have trailed by double digits in consecutive SEC video games for the primary time since 2016.
Welcome to the highest 15, Kentucky. Ray Davis’ 280 yards in opposition to Florida are the second-most ever in opposition to the Gators.
Alabama-Texas A&M this week seems to be like an elimination sport within the SEC West.
Notre Dame had its coronary heart ripped out in opposition to Ohio State however stays a playoff contender because the highest-ranked one-loss workforce after successful at Duke.
Largest Movers 12 Kentucky 10 Utah Rk Groups Chg Rcrd 1 Georgia Very unlikely showdown of the season? Kentucky involves Sanford Stadium this week with the SEC East lead at stake. The Dawgs higher not be wanting forward. They barely survived in opposition to an Auburn workforce that proved it may play. — 6-0 2 Florida State Bye. Take a deep breath, Seminoles, you have earned it. Up subsequent Virginia Tech, Syracuse and Duke, all at dwelling. Take a deeper breath. An undefeated common season seems to be greater than doable. — 5-0 3 Texas The Horns arrange Pink River by scoring the final 20 factors of the sport in opposition to Kansas. That is going to be good. Actually good. Oklahoma is far improved in all phases. You may need heard however Texas is again, too. — 5-1 4 Michigan On the final day of September, Michigan performed its first street sport. It did not matter. Because the calendar flips to October, the Wolverines simply get higher with age. The 38-point margin in opposition to Nebraska was the biggest of the season. The protection had the audacity to permit its third landing of the season. 1 6-0 5 Ohio State Bye. Ryan Day took benefit of the off week to go antiquing with Lou Holtz. Day elbowed Lou out of the best way for the very best bargains as a result of, know, Day is extra bodily. 1 5-0 6 Washington The Huskies’ consideration wandered late in opposition to Arizona, however we’re not going to carry that in opposition to them. With a bye developing, the countdown begins for the Oregon sport in two weeks. You’ll be able to really feel the hate from right here. — 5-0 7 Oregon Colorado should not really feel unhealthy. Or perhaps it ought to. Oregon beat Stanford by the precise rating it clocked CU, 42-6. The Geese get two weeks to arrange for what is likely to be the Pac-12 sport of the 12 months at Washington. — 5-0 8 Notre Dame You may say Notre Dame wanted a … prayer. Sam Hartman supplied it with a 17-yard first-down scramble on fourth-and-16. That stored alive a 10-play, 95-yard scoring drive to win at Duke with 31 seconds left. Marcus Freeman can breathe once more. 1 5-2 9 Penn State After a halftime tie in opposition to Northwestern, the Nittany Lions outscored the Wildcats 31-3 within the second half. Since shedding to Ohio State final season, Penn State has gained 10 in a row, all by double digits for the primary time in 110 years. Guess who looms in two weeks? (Ohio State, duh.) 1 5-0 10 USC The sideline world has formally develop into unhinged when Marshawn Lynch stood on the USC sideline carrying a No. 21 Trojans jersey. In different information, Caleb Williams threw a career-high in landing passes (six) to beat Colorado. — 6-0 11 Oklahoma Pink River prep could not have gone higher. Dillon Gabriel continued an All-America(-like) season. The protection slipped within the first half in opposition to Iowa State, however when averaging nearly half 100 per sport, who cares? 5 6-0 12 Alabama Bama isn’t solely again, it has an id. In flicking apart Mississippi State, Nick Saban determined to pound Jase McClellan and depend on a collection of designed runs with QB Jalen Milroe. Bama has made a mid-course correction. In a wide-open SEC West, do not depend it out. 1 5-1 13 Kentucky Someplace, Florida is in search of items of its shattered desires on the bottom. Ray Davis made the Gators his daddy by dashing for that career-high 280 yards and 4 TDs. A showdown with Georgia is subsequent. 12 5-1 14 Washington State Bye. What would you do in case your livelihood was threatened by realignment? God blessJake Dickert for talking out. Maintain bringing the warmth. You are proper about all the pieces. It has been painful to look at what has occurred to the Cougars and Beavers. 1 4-1 15 Oregon State Bear in mind this identify: Silas Bolden. The Oregon State WR scored dashing and receiving to shock Utah. The Utes had been giving up 51 yards dashing per sport; they bought gashed for 227 in opposition to the Beavers. Amaze your pals with this stat: Oregon State is 14-4 in its final 18 video games; Alabama is 15-3. 3 5-1 16 Ole Miss Wow did Lane Kiffin want that one over LSU. All it took had been 711 complete yards, essentially the most by Ole Miss in its SEC historical past. For the primary time in 25 years, the Rebels amassed 300 yards dashing and passing. Oh, and the LSU win in all probability saved the season after the debacle in opposition to Alabama. 3 5-1 17 North Carolina Bye. UNC legal professionals spend the week on a working trip poring over the ACC grant of rights another time to see if there’s a means out. On a extra critical notice, there isn’t a cause the Tar Heels should not be 9-0 heading into the Duke sport on Nov. 11. 3 5-0 18 Tennessee The obliteration of South Carolina confirmed what the Vols may be. Six sacks of Spencer Rattler. Joe Milton III threw for 239 yards. Bye this week earlier than taking part in Texas A&M, Alabama and Kentucky in consecutive weeks. 1 4-1 19 Duke There was no disgrace in shedding to Notre Dame. There was a variety of ache — each bodily and psychological. Notre Dame transformed a last-minute landing to win it. Then Blue Devils QB Riley Leonard fumbled, bought damage and finally left the sector on crutches. 5 4-1 20 Miami (FL) Bye. The Texas A&M win seems to be higher by the day. The Aggies took care of enterprise in opposition to Arkansas to maneuver again into the Energy Rankings. Georgia Tech is subsequent. 1 4-1 21 Missouri Brady Cook dinner is likely to be essentially the most underrated SEC QB. After dispatching Vanderbilt, he has thrown a conference-record 348 passes with out an interception. The child has a brass set — and a fairly good arm. Sellout this week vs. Jayden Daniels and LSU at Faurot Subject. 2 5-1 22 Utah Enjoying with out Cam Rising lastly bought to the Utes. Nate Johnson accomplished solely 8 of 23 passes, and the offense was held to three.1 yards per play in opposition to Oregon State. After being pulled, Johnson apologized on social media as one does. 10 4-1 23 Louisville You should not need to be instructed Jeff Brohm was the right match for the Cardinals. They gutted out a 3-point win at NC State to develop into an element within the ACC. The Wolfpack blew a 10-point lead at dwelling. NR 6-0 24 Maryland What a time to be a Tagovailoa. Tua is ruling the NFL. Taulia leads the Large Ten in yards and landing passes. The Terps are 5-0 for the primary time since 2011. We’ll see actually fast if all of it is for actual. Ohio State is subsequent. NR 5-1 25 Fresno State The Group of 5 entrance runner gained its 14th in a row in taking good care of Nevada. The successful streak is the second-longest in class historical past and the second-longest within the nation. NR 5-1
Out: LSU, Colorado, Kansas