It’s that time of year again where the thermostats are being turned up, students are introducing themselves to the library for the first time in the semester, and turkeys start to look over their shoulder; all of which means one thing: Fall play in D1A is winding down. Last weekend saw the Indiana crowned as Big Ten Champions, the Rocky Mountain Conference finish their season and the Mid-South ended their conference play for the fall (Mid-South conference play will resume at the beginning of February).
While, most of the D1A conferences go into hibernation the Red River Conference is just waking up. This weekend sees three games being played with two Top 20 teams from Red River in action: #20 LSU hosting Arkansas, #16 Baylor visiting TCU and Texas A&M welcoming Oklahoma to College Station.
Arkansas opens up their season with a test early on, facing the tigers. LSU is coming off a bye week following their opening week rout of Houston. Despite their formidable opponent Arkansas will be feeling confident about their chances after having played #7 Arkansas State closely in a 19-31 loss two weeks ago. LSU will be attempting to continue their hot start and head into the Thanksgiving break with a perfect start to their season. It is shaping up as if it could be an interesting with the contest up in the air until the final minutes.
#16, and reigning conference champions, Baylor will kick their season off this weekend against an up and down TCU. TCU after being drubbed in their first match of the year against Texas, were able to recover nicely and secure a 20-0 win over Houston. They will want to carry that form through to this weekend against Baylor. Baylor on the other hand will be to come out strong and make a statement that they are still the team to beat in the Red River Conference. After an up and down preseason including a comprehensive victory over Texas State, but then a 28-point loss to Texas; with this inconsistency Baylor will be wanting to start their campaign off on the right foot.
In the final game of the weekend Texas A&M, coming in off a massive 45-14 win over Texas, will seek another win of goliathan proportions against Oklahoma. Oklahoma is coming off a forgettable start to their season losing at the hands of Texas Tech 53-0. This weekend does not appear to make things any better for them. The good news for Oklahoma is that the parity within the Red River conference seems to be high with results swinging 180 degrees from week to week. It will be a captivating encounter that will be a hopefully serve as a good indicator as to where each team lies.