Heading into Week 6 of the college football season, the three teams that still hold perfect records — No. 19 Kansas, No. 18 UCLA and No. 8 Tennessee — face significant challenges to their impeccable campaigns. I’m here.
With the help of special guest Jeff Schwartz, RJ Young analyzed the trio’s chances of staying undefeated in the latest edition of his podcast, The Number One College Football Show.
Can Kansas, UCLA and Tennessee go undefeated?
RJ Young and Jeff Schwartz join forces to preview the biggest matchup of Week 6 of the college football season.
No. 17 TCU (4-0) Number 19 Kansas (5-0)
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Kansas was one of the sport’s pleasant surprises in the first half of the season, as the school known for basketball appears to have made a leap forward on the ballpark under the guidance of head coach Lance Leipold.
But what’s a little lost in the well-deserved hype around Kansas heading into this game is that TCU is also putting together an impressive season.
In fact, the Horned Frogs not only beat Oklahoma 55-24, they also rank second in the nation in both offensive scoring (48.5 points per game) and offensive total (549.5 yards per game). Not bad for Sonny Dykes, his first-year coach and team in transition.
“The levee is a traditional Mike Leach raid. [offense], that’s what he wants to do,” Schwartz said. I went from not doing this attack to doing this attack at full power. And now they’re getting the best of both worlds. I have.
“I think TCU is slightly better on defense,” he continued. “…For me, if I think both offenses are pretty good, it will make a big difference. I will take TCU to win this game.”
Young said he thinks TCU’s pass rush will be key.
“If they let [Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels] On the ground, it’s going to be a long day for Kansas,” he said.
TCU Horned Frog
No. 11 Utah (4-1) vs. No. 18 UCLA (5-0)
3:30 PM ET (FOX and FOX Sports App)
UCLA made its way into the rankings after an impressive win over Washington in Week 5. Defending the Pac-12, Utah, his champion, has been dominant and has been an interesting matchup since his stunning loss in Florida in Week 1.
“This game is really tough,” Schwartz said.
The Bruins have plenty of veteran playmakers, including fifth-year quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson, receiver Jake Bobo, and running back Zach Charbonnet, but the Utes have a defensive edge to counter them. Talented. In particular, Ute cornerback Clark Phillips will be key, Schwartz said.
“If Clark Phillips travels with Bobo, can UCLA throw the ball offensively if that’s not your option right now? That’s my concern for the Bruins,” Schwartz said. “If they get centralized, they have to run the ball and defend DTR, but I think this offense won’t move the ball. … Phillips is legal. First-round draft pick. Last weekend, He had three interceptions. He can play.”
“I’m leaning a little bit towards Utah,” he continued. “In the end, I think Utah did enough to win this game. did.”
Young said the contest could be important to racing the Pac-12 Championship, so he found the matchup very interesting.
“I believe the winner of this game will qualify for the Pac-12 Championship Game,” he said. “It basically means that either Oregon or USC is the other team. It’s suddenly a really, really attractive conference.”
No. 8 Tennessee (4-0) Number 25 LSUs (4-1)
The Volunteers are a high-flying powerhouse under quarterback Hendon Hooker, a Heisman Trophy contender who has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 16 straight games.
The Vols pass 365.8 yards per game, second on the FBS, the highest of all Power 5 teams, and 11.25 averaging over 10 yards per pass for two Power 5 teams (Ohio State ).
Still, LSU is by no means an easy place to play, and the Tigers might also have been undefeated had their game-tying extra point not been blocked in their season opener loss to Florida State. According to Schwartz, the Tigers remain a mystery.
“I don’t know what an LSU is,” he said. “I know what Tennessee is. They’re pretty good. Now they’re on the road again. I don’t know if they’re looking to Alabama. [on Oct. 15].
“I’m leaning on Tennessee here. I think they’re the better team. I don’t know what LSU is. That’s a concern for me.”
Young pointed to potential factors that may motivate Voles not to preempt a matchup with Bama.
“They’ve lost to LSU in their last five meetings,” he said. “This feels like the first opportunity for them to end that trend. Doing it on the road and not at home like they did against Florida is good for their spirit and the spirit of their fans.” I think we will do more.”
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