Chip Brown’s take
I try to go to another big game in college football once a year, when Texas is not playing. So I'm looking forward to seeing and feeling all the rivalry and tradition surrounding that game.
Growing up, I always loved watching the USC-UCLA game, especially in the Rose Bowl, which is one of my favorite places in the world.
Whether it was Ronnie Lott, Junior Seau, Keyshawn Johnson or Carson Palmer of USC or Freeman McNeil, Troy Aikman, Ken Norton Jr., Kenny Easley or Anthony Barr of UCLA, this game always seems to feature big-time players making big-time plays.
This year, USC's headliners include QB Cody Kessler (29 TDs, 3 INTs), RB Javorius Allen (1,184 yards rushing, 5.5 ypc, 8 TD) and WR Nelson Agholor (82 catches, 1,079 yards, 10 TDs). And for UCLA, it's obviously QB Bret Hundley (17 TDs, 4 INTs) and RB/LB Myles Jack.
I've been to Texas-OU, Texas-Texas A&M, Alabama-LSU, Michigan-Ohio State, Michigan-Michigan State and Michigan-Notre Dame. Now, I want to see how USC-UCLA does it.
William Wilkerson’s take
The best game of the weekend at either the high school or college level to me is the Allen vs. DeSoto tilt at AT&T Stadium at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
But I’m going to have to go with the Euless Trinity vs. Plano West game at AT&T Stadium at 5 p.m. in terms of which game Texas might be most interested in keeping an eye on during its bye week.
Trinity, of course, features longtime UT offensive line commitment Patrick Vahe. Out of all the players in Texas’ class right now I think Vahe could be one of the first to make an impact next season.
Plano West features top running back Soso Jamabo who Texas went to visit earlier this week. He’s an absolute tank of a back who has rushed for 2,097 yards and 42 touchdowns this season. Let that sink in. He also has 13 catches for 229 yards and three scores.
There’s a lot to be excited about in that game, including a ton of young products that Texas is surely to keep an eye on.
Jason Higdon’s take
There are not very many intriguing games across the country in my opinion this weekend. The one game I am curious to see is Missouri/Tennessee. The Vols have played a much better brand of football lately. Missouri is coming off a big road win last week at Texas A&M. Missouri needs wins against Tennessee and Arkansas to win the SEC East and make a trip to the Georgia Dome.
Bulldog fans are 100% confident Missouri will lose on of their last two ball games sending the Bulldogs back to the dome by way of a tiebreaker. Of course, they were confident the Aggies were going to win last weekend. Will Bulldog fans really be singing Rocky Top Saturday night? And what kind of an impact, if any, could a loss have on the recruits both UT’s are fighting for?
Greg Powers’ take
Most Impressive Player
My radar has been tuned in to the potential Allen (Texas) High vs. DeSoto (Texas) High matchup since the beginning of the year and now this weekend the game is finally here.
This is probably the biggest game of the year in Texas preps and it will be kicking off a quadruple header in Cowboy Stadium on Saturday. The winner is the odds on favorite to take home the 6A-D1 state title.
If Allen can win it will stay in line to win its third straight championship, and could end up on top of the Scout prep football rankings, but DeSoto will put up a fight behind the return of four-star quarterback Tristen Wallace, who returned from a broken ankle last week to rush for 183 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Coppell (Texas) High. Allen will counter with Texas A&M pledge Kyler Murray, who will leave the Eagles as a prep legend, one of the best to ever lace up his cleats in the Lone Star State.
Annabel Stephan’s take
Both the Aggies and the Bears are vying for many of the same recruits, and with A&M's season fizzling, Auburn win aside, all eyes are on Baylor as they continue their quest of back-to-back conference titles.
The Longhorns are also coming off of a big win versus the Cowboys in Stillwater, and though Texas lost to Baylor earlier in the season, it seems as if this November Texas team is a different one than what we saw in early October.
That being said, the final score will be of interest, in my opinion, to Texas fans, especially since the game will be on Baylor's home turf. Obviously Baylor should win the game, but who would have thought Kansas would put up a season high 30 points on other conference favorite TCU last week? Exactly. As we see every week, anything can happen in the Big 12.
Nick Castillo’s take
Most Impressive Player
There aren’t a lot of good games on the college football slate this weekend. So I’ll go with a high school game.
The Colony Cougars vs. Mesquite Poteet Pirates
There are two big recruits Texas is after who play for Poteet: outside linebackers five-star Malik Jefferson and four-star DeAndre McNeil.
This is a big week for Jefferson who is expected to release his top schools list. The Longhorns should be on Jefferson’s list as they’ve been recruiting him hard.
Additionally Texas is interested in his teammate McNeil. McNeil enjoyed his official visit on Nov. 8 and the Longhorns hope to be in the running for his services.
If I’m Texas, Mesquite Poteet’s game this weekend would be the game to watch.
Poteet takes on The Colony in the Cotton Bowl on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Gabe Brooks' take
If I'm Texas, I'm keeping an eye on Mesquite Poteet's Class 5A Division II second-round playoff against The Colony at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Cotton Bowl.
Malik Jefferson and DeAndre McNeal both play for Poteet.
Those two guys are major targets for Texas as National Signing Day approaches. Both will make their commitments Dec. 19, while Jefferson will enroll early.
Landing even one of them would be a big deal for Texas, considering how highly sought after both guys are. Landing both would be a significant recruiting coup that would send a statement to all other schools that the Charlie Strong Longhorns are here to stay on the recruiting trail.
Poteet, which beat Dallas Woodrow Wilson 36-0 in the first round, will be favored in Saturday's game. If Poteet wins, it'll face a tall order regardless in the third round; the Pirates face the winner Mansfield Timberview and Ennis, who are both rolling right now and have been among the state's best in 5A all season.
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