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Games To Watch: Week 6

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The Illini are back at it after a bye week. Here’s what else we’ll be watching this weekend.

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Texas Longhorns vs Oklahoma Sooners, 11:00, FOX

Oklahoma v Texas
Texas QB Sam Ehlinger is improving by the game.
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The Red River Rivalry. This is up there with some of the best rivalry games in all of college football. Oklahoma has beaten Texas three of the last five times, including the last two — but four of those five games were won by a touchdown or less.

This game is the Big 12 football version Braggin’ Rights: Bordering states competing for recruits, played at a neutral site with fans literally split down the middle of the stadium.

Dual-sport athlete Kyler Murray is lighting the college football world on fire — his arm is bigger than Baker Mayfield’s and he’s proving to be just as elusive so far in the opening month of the season.

LSU Tigers @ Florida Gators, 2:30, CBS

Florida v Mississippi State
Gators QB Feleipe Franks has 12 touchdown passes.
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It’s safe to say that both the LSU Tigers and Florida Gators have surpassed expectations this season. Florida is 4-1 including two road SEC wins at Tennessee and at Mississippi State.

Quarterback Feleipe Franks has seen monumental improvement this year compared to last under new offensive-minded head coach Dan Mullen. Through five games, Franks already has more touchdown passes this season (12) than he had in eleven games last season (nine).

Ohio State quarterback transfer Joe Burrow is tearing it up in the SEC. He has six touchdown passes, no interceptions has already has over 1,000 yards through the air. LSU’s road win at Auburn a few weeks ago solidified this team as a serious contender moving forward.

Florida State Seminoles @ Miami Hurricanes, 2:30, ABC

North Carolina v Miami
Miami QB N’Kosi Perry figures to start against Florida State.
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Florida State has won eight of the last ten against the Miami Hurricanes, but historically these games are very tight and often come down to the last drive. Under current Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher, Florida State was far superior to the ‘Canes and Gators — the ‘Noles owned the Sunshine State.

Now that Fisher has left for College Station and Florida is adjusting to a new system all over again, Miami has the best team in the state of Florida in 2018. The ‘Canes have an extra day of rest too as they completely outplayed North Carolina last Thursday night, winning 47-10 in PrimeTime on ESPN.

The ‘Noles barely beat a weak Louisville team on the road last Saturday.

Kentucky Wildcats @ Texas A&M Aggies, 6:00, ESPN

South Carolina v Kentucky
Kentucky RB Benny Snell leads the SEC in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns.
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Even if Kentucky were to lose the rest of their games this season, this has been some magical run for the Wildcats. Kentucky is ranked, beat Florida for the first time in 300 years [actually its 32 years] and they are led by a running back who looks like someone Alabama would have.

Benny Snell Jr. is no stranger to SEC competition having rushed for over 1,000 yards and at least 13 touchdowns in each of his last two seasons in Lexington. His start to 2018, and Kentucky’s unprecedented success has the nation talking about Big Blue Football Nation for the first time in... ever?

Texas A&M has fought through a difficult schedule and Kyle Field is one of the best environments in the country. This should be a douzy. Strangely enough, this is the first time Kentucky and Texas A&M are playing since the 1950’s.