What’s good this Saturday?

Published 3:00 pm Friday, September 6, 2019

Saturday’s slate of college football features the two biggest games of our young 2019 season: Texas A&M (12) at Clemson (1) and LSU (6) at Texas (9).

Last season, the Aggies hosted Clemson and took the Tigers down to the wire, ultimately losing 28-26. I imagine coach Jimbo Fisher remembers that night not-so-fondly. Now he has the opportunity to win the biggest game of his career at Texas A&M.

Texas A&M winning this game has no implications on the SEC West or winning the SEC Championship. It really has no implications on whether the Aggies make the College Football Playoffs. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter much at all. Nothing that happens within these 60 minutes will make or break Texas A&M’s season. If the Aggies win, they are launched upwards in the rankings and become the new media darlings for the foreseeable future. If they lose… well, of course they would lose—it’s Clemson, people! The Aggies are a wild, rambunctious wild card. That has to be terrifying for the Tigers.

Email newsletter signup

Clemson has looked a little shaky for the first five or six games the past few seasons, even on its own turf. Texas A&M is going to hit them in the mouth, quickly. Jimbo has coached against Dabo Swinney for too many years. This is going to turn into a bar brawl like it has so many times before. Most of the time, it came down to who had the better quarterback. That goes to Clemson this Saturday. Tigers will win, but everyone will be thinking that’s not the last we’ll be seeing of Texas A&M.

LSU heads to Austin, Texas, for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff on ABC. The primetime lights will be bright, and Texas will bask in the burnt orange glow when all is said and done. Both teams seem pretty equal on paper. Texas’s wide receiver corps will need to step up to help quarterback Sam Ehlinger when he needs to take a break from getting clobbered on all the keep-and-runs Tom Herman will call, and that will be tough against LSU’s pass-hating secondary, but I think LSU will make too many little mistakes to win it.

Not to mention… Matthew McConaughey is the ESPN College GameDay guest picker. That guy brings the Longhorn mojo with him every time he’s at a Texas sporting event. I admit I can be a little superstitious at times, but there’s no denying McConaughey is a darn warlock when it comes to his alma mater. I’m sorry, I just can’t pick against Texas here. They are going to get the job done. I can feel it.

Other interesting games to keep an eye on:

Vanderbilt heads to Purdue for a noon kickoff. The Commodores may just be the second best team in the SEC East. I expect them to trample the Boilermakers with running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn, and I have a feeling they will score a lot of points. Fans of the colors black and gold are in for some eye candy, at least.

BYU comes to Tennessee at 4 p.m. Uh-ooooohhh! No game is safe for the Vols after the Georgia State incident! Also, an article was shared with me that said Bainbridge’s own Roman Harrison might get some playing time. When that beast is finally let loose, Tennessee’s win probability will skyrocket.