Football Games To Watch This Weekend [Opinion]
The weekend is here…and that means FOOTBALL! Here are the games that I think will be the ones to watch:
#15 TEXAS (4-1) VS. #13 OKLAHOMA (3-1) 10 a.m. ABC
This year’s Red River Rivalry features two teams who each come in with a loss, but who both still have high hopes and dreams of a conference title in their sights. Texas lost a 48-45 shootout with West Virginia, but has finally found the consistency at quarterback they’ve been lacking since the departure of Colt McCoy. David Ash ranks third in the nation in pass efficiency and has thrown 11 touchdowns to just one interception this year. He’ll have an interesting matchup against an Oklahoma defense that ranks ninth in pass defense and did a nice job against Texas Tech last week, holding the nation’s seventh-best passing team to 271 passing yards, nearly 90 yards less than the Red Raiders’ average coming in to the game. Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones struggled with poor decision making and two turnovers in a Week Four loss to Kansas State, but rebounded with a good game last week. The Sooners will need another solid effort from him against Texas’ #6-rated scoring defense. Oklahoma has won the last two in this series and eight total during Bob Stoops’ 13-year tenure.
N.Y. GIANTS (3-2) AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (4-1) 2:25 P.M. FOX
This is the game of the week. New York is fueled by an explosive offensive attack that averages an NFC-best 429.2 yards per game. Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning has thrown for 1,579 yards, second-best in the NFL. The 49ers’ defense allows an NFL-best 13.6 points per game and ranks second against the pass with just 181.2 yards per contest. San Francisco is led by quarterback Alex Smith, the NFL’s top passer with a 108.7 rating. Despite having a reputation as one of the league’s best pass rushes, the Giants have recorded just eight sacks, tied for 24th.