4. Alabama Crimson Tide
Opponent: Texas A&M | Time: Saturday, Oct. 8, 8 p.m. ET | ALA -23.5
Based on what we’ve seen from Texas A&M this season, the offense in particular, the truth of the matter is that the Aggies deserved to be nearly 24-point underdogs against the top-ranked team in college football.
Jimbo Fisher’s team deserved to be underdogs in last year’s matchup, though — and we know how that ended up. The concerns about the A&M offense are warranted given that they’ve struggled to put points on the board consistently. But up until the Mississippi State loss last week, the defense remained stout.
While Alabama seemingly unlocking Jahmyr Gibbs is scary, Bryce Young appears to still be banged up and I remain skeptical of the Crimson Tide wide receiver corps. If Texas A&M can find a way to do anything on offense, I think they can, at the very least, keep this game close.
3. TCU Horned Frogs
Opponent: at Kansas | Time: Saturday, Oct. 8, Noon ET | TCU -7
The most unlikely matchup of undefeated Big 12 teams when we were coming into the season, TCU travels to Lawrence — with College GameDay in attendance — to battle Kansas. And there’s no doubt that the Horned Frogs have looked the part at every turn, most recently thoroughly dismantling Oklahoma last week.
Having said that, one of the big worries about both of these undefeated teams, as we look at their overall future prospects, is the defenses. While the basic stats of 22.0 and 24.0 points allowed per game may not fully indicate that, TCU gave up 34 to SMU while Kansas has given up 27 or more points three times.
That makes this anyone’s game as both of these offenses have been absolutely humming. I expect a shootout in this matchup and one that Kansas could come out on top in to keep their improbable and magical run going.