Oklahoma State making a move and more
The Oklahoma State Cowboys have been flying under the radar all season, enjoying the shadow of the TCU Horned Frogs and the Baylor Bears. TCU and Baylor are both expected to finish either in or right on the cusp of the College Football Playoff, with the Oklahoma Sooners following close behind.
Yet, there is another team coming to the light in Oklahoma State. The Cowboys are ranked No. 14 in the country and host the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday, perhaps the worst college football team in the history of the sport. Oklahoma State is currently 6-0, winning the last three games by a combined 12 points.
The question now is whether Oklahoma State is really going to stick around and perhaps force its way into the playoff picture, or will it falter into oblivion? The Cowboys should pound on Kansas at Boone Pickens Stadium, and has an excellent chance of taking down the Texas Tech Red Raiders on the road. Then, the hard part begins.
The Cowboys will then play the No. 4 Horned Frogs on Nov. 7 at home, aiming to earn its first win over a ranked team this season. That contest will be the first of three ranked opponents in the final four weeks, with Baylor coming on Nov. 21 and Oklahoma the following Saturday. The good news for the Cowboys? All three of those games are at home.
The No. 3 Utah Utes struggled to beat the No. 20 California Golden Bears on Saturday night, despite quarterback Jared Goff throwing five interceptions. Utah now goes on the road to take on the USC Trojans, who despite going through a coaching staff change has plenty of talent to make a run at an upset.
The Trojans have Cody Kessler at quarterback, and are coming off a near upset in South Bend against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. USC is a solid team that is building its entire season around the role of spoiler. The game will be national televised on FOX, giving the youngsters in Southern California even more inspiration to take down the Utes at the L.A. Coliseum.
Surviving at No. 1
The Ohio State Buckeyes have been anything but impressive throughout the first two months of the season, but they have remained the top-ranked team in the country. The undefeated defending national champions will likely be at the No. 1 spot for another week, despite having to go on the road.
Why? Because the Rutgers Scarlet Knights are the opponent. Ohio State is likely to roll past the Scarlet Knights, and will continue its march toward the playoffs. The next time the Buckeyes play a ranked team will be the first time this season, when they face the Michigan State Spartans on Nov. 21 at The Horseshoe.