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2021-2022 cbhsports College Football 9/25 Preview

AP Top 6
1.Alabama 3-0 (1-0) Next Game: Southern Miss
2.Georgia 3-0 (1-0) Next Game: at.Vanderbilt
3.Oregon 3-0 (0-0) Next Game: Arizona
4.Oklahoma 3-0 (0-0) Next Game: West Virginia
5.Iowa 3-0 (0-0) Next Game: Colorado State
6.Penn State 3-0 (0-0) Next Game: Villanova

Key games this weekend (Rankings based off of AP Poll)
12.Notre Dame vs. 18.Wisconsin (Chicago) (Saturday, 12 PM ET, FOX)
ESPN’s College GameDay is headed to Chicago for Notre Dame-Wisconsin at Soldier Field. This game will be interesting as both need a win to prove that they are worthy of being considered for the College Football Playoff. Wisconsin has to avoid a loss as it would be their second, following a tough blow to Penn State in week one. Notre Dame has struggled to a 3-0 start with close calls against Florida State and Toledo before somewhat of an easy win against instate foe Purdue. Projected Score: Wisconsin 27, Notre Dame 23


9.Clemson at. NC State (Saturday, 3:30 PM ET, ESPN)
Let’s be honest, Clemson is far removed from their championship in 2019. Without now Jacksonville Jaguar QB Trevor Lawrence and his weapons such as now Jacksonville Jaguar RB Travis Etienne as well as now Cincinnati Bengal WR Tee Higgins, Clemson’s offense is sputtering with new starter DJ Uiagalelei under center. NC State will be a test, the toughest for the Tiger’s since their opening season loss to Georgia. This could be the Tiger’s best win to give itself a chance to get back into the College Football Playoff conversation. Projected Score: Clemson 24, NC State 20


7.Texas A&M vs. 16.Arkansas (Arlington) (Saturday, 3:30 PM ET, CBS)
Texas A&M will again be without starting QB Haynes King for this one. Zach Calzada will make his second consecutive start at the position and of course will be in the backfield with one of college football’s top running backs, Isaiah Spiller. Quality quarterback play is going to be needed so the ground attack by Spiller as well as potential first round pick DeMarvin Leal and the Aggie defensive line getting to Arkansas QB KJ Jefferson and putting the pressure on Arkansas. The Hogs have not been in a position like this in five years, not being ranked until last week since 2016 following a win over top-15 TCU. The Hogs beat Texas in week 2 and used that momentum to beat Georgia Southern on Saturday. KJ Jefferson’s passing game improved in game 3 for the hogs but much more will be needed out of his throws to beat the Aggies. Getting the ball to potential first round pick at wide receiver Treylon Burks is and will be more than necessary as he only as a single touchdown in 2021. Arkansas’ impressive run game includes that of the 240 pound KJ Jefferson as well as starting running back Trelon Smith, the team’s two leading rushers. Dominique Johnson, Raheim “Rocket” Sanders, and AJ Green make up the rest of Arkansas’ talented room. Arkansas’ defense has looked impressive and will need key contributions from the talented Grant Morgan, Bumper Pool, and Hayden Henry at linebacker as well as safety Jalen Catalon as well as the rest of the defense if the hogs are to go into Jerry’s World and get another program defining win two weeks after a huge win over Texas. Projected Score: Arkansas 31, Texas A&M 24

West Virginia at. 4.Oklahoma (Saturday, 7:30 PM ET, ABC)
Despite being ranked number one in many pre-season polls, Oklahoma has not looked the part. QB Spencer Rattler has not looked like the Heisman favorite everyone thought he was going to be. Running the ball against a talented West Virginia team is going to be what is needed for Lincoln Riley’s Sooners to beat the Mountaineers. West Virginia’s only loss came to Maryland to open things up and has since gone 2-0, including a win over top-15 ranked Virginia Tech. Thus, West Virginia should very well be a player in this year’s Big 12 and Oklahoma cannot overlook anyone as they head into Big 12 play, aiming for their seventh consecutive Big 12 title. Projected Score: Oklahoma 38, West Virginia 34

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