Alright so last week's college football schedule was sort of a dud. There weren't many games to get hyped up about before Saturday outside of UF vs. Auburn, which was a close game but was super weird with a lot of errors involved. Ohio State whooped up on Michigan State, LSU made Jordan Love look like, well, how you should have been viewing Jordan Love. And Michigan vs. Iowa ended at a score of 10-3.
But fear not, for this week we get a treat.
The week we get a taste of Rivalry Week midway through the season.
This week we get the Red River Rivalry.
Texas versus Oklahoma on a neutral site in the middle of October. It doesn't get much better than that this time of year. These are two of the most historic programs in the country. But more than just their accolades of the past, these are two teams that boast a ton of talent right now.
For the burnt orange, quarterback Sam Ehlinger is a guy who can make magic happen as a runner and a passer. Receivers Devin Duvernay and Collin Johnson both have NFL paths in their future. And on the flip side, the Texas secondary, led by safety Brandon Jones, will make life rough for most receivers in the Big 12.
For the Sooners, they're led by the man who seems to be the most coveted coach in American in Lincoln Riley. But it's not just Riley on the sidelines that makes OU hard to stop. Their quarterback Jalen Hurts ain't too shabby either -- and by that I mean he's really, really good. The Sooners currently have the No. 2 scoring offense in the country, and you can bet your bottom dollar that this one will be a high-scoring duel that just might get settled by who scores last.
In a game that is likely to go back-and-forth, score-for-score for all 60 minutes, one of these teams is going to need someone to step up and take over, to be the difference maker with skill and will.
If I had to bet on who that player would be, I'd put my money on Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb.
Going into this season, many people had CeeDee Lamb as either their top draft eligible wide receiver or something close to it. Such praise was well warranted. As a freshman and sophomore, Lamb continuously proved himself as one of the best pass catchers in the country. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound wide out displayed the total package of size, speed, strength, hands, quickness and mentality to be a No. 1 option in a passing attack. Last season he finished the year with 65 catches for 1,158 yards and 11 touchdowns.
This season has been even better.
Lamb currently has just 18 catches though five games, which, on pace, would not surpass his 65 from last year. However, he's doing more with those catches, as he already has 439 yards and seven touchdowns through just five games.
Lamb is doing some serious damage with yards after the catch. Against Texas Tech two week ago, he put up a career high 183 yards on seven catches with three of them ending in six points. Lamb is also sixth in the country with a yards-per-catch average of 24.39. In his previous two season his averages were in the 17 Y.P.C. range.
Lamb's mentality to take ever single catch to the house shows up every week.
If you ask me, Lamb is the total package. Though he's already shined plenty in 2019, Texas will be his biggest stage, and I expect him to show up and remind everyone who he was a top wide receiver going into the year, and how he might be even better than we thought he was at that point, too.