— SATURDAY No. 19 Missouri vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
(Big 12 title game at K.C.)
8 p.m. ET, ABC
Judging by how they’ve done against the other high-powered spread offense teams in the Big 12 (losses to Oklahoma State, Texas and Kansas), the Tigers don’t seem to stand much of a chance against the best of the bunch. The Sooners have scored at least 61 points in their last four games, capped off with back-to-back impressive victories over Texas Tech and Oklahoma State.
Don’t expect the torn ligaments in his non-throwing hand or the soft cast used for protection to affect Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford as he’s had all week to get used to it.
With Missouri’s pass defense ranked last in the Big 12 and 116th nationally, there’s no reason not to expect that the Sooners will approach their national-best scoring average of 53.3 points.
Bouncing back from a disappointing performance in last Saturday’s 40-37 loss to Kansas, Tiger quarterback Chase Daniel will fare better than he did in last season’s Big 12 title game, but this loss to the Sooners will be even worse than that 38-17 decision in San Antonio.
To the acrimony going, we’ll go with the same score that Texas topped Missouri with on Oct. 18, which seems just about right.
South Florida at West Virginia
8 p.m. ET, ESPN2
On the heels of their habitual slumber during the early portion of conference play, the Bulls “improved” to 2-4 in the Big East with last Sunday’s 17-13 victory over Connecticut. USF held Husky star Donald Brown, the nation’s leading rusher, under 100 yards for only the second time this season (West Virginia was the other team able to do so).
But, we’ve got a hunch that versatile Mountaineers quarterback Pat White will find a way to get loose and electrify the home crowd one last time to lead West Virginia to its eighth victory of the season, which is five more than that team in Ann Arbor, for those of you keeping track of such things.
No. 13 Cincinnati at Hawaii
11:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2
The last time these two teams were seen on the field at Aloha Stadium they were participating in a postgame brawl that lasted for five minutes before coaches and the Honolulu Police Department were able to restore order among the players and some fans. The Warriors won that hard-hitting contest 20-19 in 2002.
This rematch features the Orange Bowl-bound Bearcats taking a huge detour on their way to South Florida. If Cincinnati isn’t focused enough to handle this run of good fortune, it’ll become the latest in a long line of teams that went to Honolulu with more pleasure than business on their minds and got upset.