After the Michigan Wolverines’ loss to MSU last weekend, they need to react quickly in their weeklong buffer until they hit the road to play at Penn State next weekend.
First, a clash against the Indiana Hoosiers, who beat the Wolverines in 2020 for the first time in 24 seasons. Let’s take a look at the game and the other top matches on the schedule in this week’s “How To Watch” section.
Flames of Liberty @ # 15 Ole Miss Rebels
- Date and hour : Saturday, November 6, 12 p.m. ET
- Channel: SECN
- Site: Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi
- Time: 61 degrees and clear
- Line of bets: Ole Miss -19.5, WHERE : 68
It is by far the most intriguing game of the day for me for several reasons. Hugh Freeze disgraced Ole Miss in 2018 after the NCAA discovered his program offered money to rookies. Freeze helped rebuild Ole Miss into the top three twice during her five-year stint. Now he’s returning to his old playing field after taking over from Liberty in 2019. Since then he’s gone 25-8 with two bowl wins.
But there is more to the drama of coaching. Two of the best quarterbacks in the country also face off in this battle that promises highly explosive offenses. Liberty quarterback Malik Willis has been mentioned as a potential among the top five picks in the NFL Draft. He leads the Flames in passing yards (1,986) and rushing yards (684) with 30 total touchdowns this year. Now Willis hasn’t played an SEC defense this season (though Ole Miss isn’t to be sneezed at, allowing 428.1 yards per game), so this will likely be his biggest opportunity to show he’s worthy of. all the hype.
Meanwhile, Ole Miss Quarterback Matt Corral is enjoying her own season. Another potential top pick in the NFL Draft, Corral has 2,202 passing yards this season, good enough for No. 15 in the country. He also leads his team in rushing yards (519) and has 25 touchdowns for just two interceptions this season.
The game is neither won nor lost as a quarterback, especially when the talent differential should be high enough. But this is the main reason to tune in to this game which should have a bunch of electric games by two renowned players in college gaming.
Other best games from the start: No. 10 Wake forest @ North Carolina, # 6 Ohio state @ Nebraska, # 23 SMU @ Memphis.
No. 12 Auburn Tigers @ N Â° 13 Texas A&M Aggies
- Date and hour : Saturday, November 6, 3:30 p.m. ET
- Channel: SCS
- Site: Kyle Field in College Station, Texas
- Time: 68 degrees and clear
- Line of bets: Texas A&M -4.5, WHERE : 49
A few weeks ago, it looked like the Aggies season was falling apart. Then they upset Alabama, the best team in the country, and the program seems reinvigorated. In the meantime, they’ve rolled over South Carolina and Missouri and are now looking to prove their points more against Auburn this week.
Auburn has lost only to the top 25 opponents this season: Penn State and Georgia. If he beats Texas A&M, he should thank them for dominating Alabama earlier in the season. The Tigers will still have their fate in their hands with a clash with the Crimson Tide coming up with a chance to win the SEC West Division. There could be massive implications in this one.
Other key matches of the afternoon: No. 5 Michigan State @ Purdue, No. 11 Oklahoma State @ West Virginia, # 22 Penn State @ Maryland.
No. 9 Michigan Wolverine against the Indiana Hoosiers
- Date and hour : Saturday, November 6, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Channel: FOX
- Site: Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
- Time: 50 degrees and clear
- Line of bets: Michigan -19.5, WHERE : 51
The Hoosiers had very high expectations this season after a surprise 6-1 Big Ten record a season ago that saw them in the top 10 for the first time in 51 years. With quarterback Michael Penix Jr. returning to the helm, many felt they could repeat. Instead, they’re 2-6 and Penix Jr. had more interceptions (7) than touchdowns (4) before sustaining an injury that will keep him sidelined the rest of the year. .
The Hoosiers have had a tough schedule this season. Five of those six losses came at the hands of an opponent who was ranked in the top five at some point this season. Now they have to face a strong team in the Wolverines.
After a devastating loss to Michigan State last weekend, the program is looking to bounce back against an opponent it should beat. The Hoosiers offense has been in disarray throughout the season. Not only was that horrible, but the running game didn’t even go over 1,000 yards as a unit in eight games. Their defense is also ranked 106th in the country, allowing an average of 31.6 points per game. Michigan is heavily favored in this game and for good reason. If they don’t have a hangover from last week’s loss, they should take out the helmets against a bad Indiana team.
Other flagship games of the evening slate: Boise State @ No. 25 Fresno State, No. 7 Oregon @ Washington