College Football Preview: Can Anyone Dethrone #1 LSU?

This past weekend of college football was quite the rollercoaster, from the low of Tua Tagovailoa’s season-ending injury to the high of Oklahoma’s incredible come-from-behind victory. Can Alabama rebound from the loss of their All-American QB? Can Oklahoma wiggle their way into the playoffs? Will Jalen Hurts be able to catch Joe Burrow in the Heisman hunt? All these questions and more will be addressed this weekend on Sling.

#8 Penn State Nittany Lions (9-1) vs #2 Ohio State Buckeyes (10-0)
Noon ET on FOX
The Nittany Lions survived a late push from Indiana to win 34-27, despite a shaky day from Sean Clifford, who was 11-for-23 for 179 yards and a touchdown. Justin Fields worked just a half-day this past Saturday, connecting on 15 of 19 for 305 yards and four TDs and rushing three times for another 30 yards before handing off to his backups in the Buckeyes’ 56-21 win over Rutgers. Bad news for Penn State: defensive stud Chase Young returns from his suspension this week.

Western Carolina Catamounts (3-8) vs. #5 Alabama Crimson Tide (9-1)
Noon ET on ESPN
The Cats are coming off a 31-13 defeat at the hands of the Samford Bulldogs, as QB Tyrie Adams completed just 13 of 29 for 181 yards and a touchdown. With their title hopes already on shaky ground, the Tide beat Mississippi State 38-7, but lost QB Tua Tagovailoa for the season to a dislocated hip. Tagovailoa completed 14 of 18 for 256 yards and two TDs before getting knocked out of the game. He undergoes surgery on Monday.

Boston College Eagles (5-5) vs #16 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (8-2)
2:30pm ET on NBC
It’s the almost-annual Holy War, as the nation’s only DI football-playing Catholic universities face off yet again, with Notre Dame leading the series 14-9. Newly minted Eagles starting QB Dennis Grosel ran out of time last week as BC fell 38-31 to Florida State after tying the game at 24-all with with 2:33 to play. The Irish stomped Navy 52-20 as Chase Claypool pulled in seven passes for 117 yards and four touchdowns.

Arkansas Razorbacks (2-8) vs #1 LSU Tigers (10-0)
7pm ET on ESPN
The Razorbacks have dropped seven straight, most recently falling two weeks ago, 45-19, to Western Kentucky, as all three Arkansas QBs failed to complete half their passes, combining to go 9 of 26 for 87 yards and two interceptions. Presumptive Heisman winner Joe Burrow had another monster day in leading the Tigers to a 58-37 win over Ole Miss, completing 32 of 42 for 489 yards and five touchdowns, though he also threw a pair of picks.

TCU Horned Frogs (5-5) vs #9 Oklahoma Sooners (9-1)
8pm ET on FOX
Jonathan Song’s fourth field goal of the day came in the fourth quarter and proved to be the game winner as TCU bested Texas Tech 33-31. With the Sooners down 28-3 in the second quarter, QB Jalen Hurts tightened his chin strap and got down to business. Hurts engineered an epic comeback win, completing 30 of 42 for 297 yards and four touchdowns and carrying the ball 27 times for 114 yards, en route to a 34-31 win over then #10 Baylor.

Stats courtesy SRCFB

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