If, prior to the season started, you had Minnesota and Penn State getting into Saturday’s sport with nary a loss between them, I salute you. In the event you had stodgy ol’ LSU getting into Saturday’s sport in opposition to Alabama as a workforce with one of the dominant and entertaining offenses within the land, please take me along side you to Vegas in your subsequent travel. In the event you had Clemson going undefeated however by some means no longer within the Faculty Soccer Playoff best 4 in this day and age, I want to subscribe in your publication.
|Midday||Maryland at No. 1 Ohio State||Fox|
|Midday||No. four Penn State at No. 17 Minnesota||ABC|
|Midday||Vanderbilt at No. 10 Florida||ESPN|
|Midday||Texas Tech at West Virginia||ESPN2|
|Midday||East Carolina at No. 25 SMU||ESPNU|
|Midday||Florida State at Boston Faculty||ACC Community|
|Midday||Western Kentucky at Arkansas||SEC Community|
|Midday||Purdue at Northwestern||Large Ten Community|
|Midday||Massachusetts at Military||CBS Sports activities Community|
|Midday||No. 12 Baylor at TCU||Fox Sports activities 1|
|12:30||Georgia Tech at Virginia||NBC Sports activities Washington (in D.C. space)|
|2||Fayetteville State at Winston-Salem State||NBC Sports activities Washington Plus (in D.C. space)|
|three||Stanford at Colorado||Percent-12 Community|
|three:30||New Hampshire at James Madison||MASN (in D.C. space)|
|three:30||No. 2 LSU at No. three Alabama||CBS|
|three:30||Southern Cal at Arizona State||ABC|
|three:30||No. 16 Kansas State at Texas||ESPN|
|three:30||Louisville at Miami||ESPN2|
|three:30||Illinois at Michigan State||Fox Sports activities 1|
|three:30||No. 19 Wake Wooded area at Virginia Tech||ACC Community|
|three:30||Connecticut at No. 20 Cincinnati||CBS Sports activities Community|
|three:30||UAB at Southern Mississippi||NFL Community|
|four||No. 18 Iowa at No. 13 Wisconsin||Fox|
|four||New Mexico State at Mississippi||SEC Community|
|7||Missouri at No. 6 Georgia||ESPN|
|7||Appalachian State at South Carolina||ESPN2|
|7||Washington State at California||Percent-12 Community|
|7||Utah State at Fresno State||CBS Sports activities Community|
|7:30||No. five Clemson at N.C. State||ABC|
|7:30||Liberty at BYU||ESPNU|
|7:30||No. 15 Notre Dame at Duke||ACC Community|
|7:30||Tennessee at Kentucky||SEC Community|
|Eight||Iowa State at No. nine Oklahoma||Fox|
|10:15||Wyoming at No. 22 Boise State||ESPN|
|10:30||Nevada at San Diego State||ESPN2|
Minnesota is Eight-Zero for the primary time since 1941 and has accomplished its best possible Related Press score (No. 13) since 2004, however Penn State gained’t be handicapped at quarterback just like the Gophers’ most up-to-date fighters: Minnesota confronted mostly backups in wins over Illinois, Nebraska, Rutgers and Maryland, and Nittany Lions quarterback Sean Clifford has been steady with 20 touchdown passes and only three interceptions this season. Solving Penn State’s rushing defense also will be a tougher task for a Minnesota offense that’s averaging more than 200 yards per game on the ground. The Nittany Lions are allowing a national-best 1.99 yards per carry. And while ESPN’s “College GameDay” shunned the biggest college football game in Minneapolis in decades in favor of LSU-Alabama, this one still looms large: It’s the first Big Ten game featuring two teams that are at least 8-0 since No. 1 Ohio State beat No. 2 Michigan in November 2006. …
TCU stands in the way of Baylor’s second-ever 9-0 start, but the Horned Frogs have major issues at quarterback: Max Duggan and Michael Collins suffered injuries last weekend against Oklahoma State, and two others signal-callers have transferred out of the program in the past two weeks. That leaves preferred walk-on Matthew Downing, a Georgia transfer, as the only healthy quarterback on the roster.
LSU-Alabama is the first regular season matchup between No. 1 and No. 2 teams since 2011 … kind of. The Tigers and Crimson Tide occupy the first two spots of the AP poll but are No. 2 and No. 3 in the College Football Playoff poll. No matter, there’s still a whiff of “Game of the Century” on this one, with the winner getting the inside track to the SEC title game and maintaining its status in the CFP race. The biggest question is the status of Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who suffered a high-ankle sprain against Tennessee on Oct. 21 and hasn’t played since. Crimson Tide Coach Nick Saban would only say this week that Tagovailoa has practiced some over the past two weeks (Alabama is coming off its open date), and AL.com reported Wednesday that he will return against the Tigers. However, ESPN ran audio Thursday of Saban telling Tagovailoa in follow this week that he wouldn’t permit him to play till he may beat Saban in a footrace, and “it ain’t shut but.” Whether or not Saban simply was once busting Tagovailoa’s chops is unclear. The Tigers, in the meantime, will probably be lacking a key element of its protection in senior linebacker Michael Divinity Jr., who introduced this week he was once leaving the workforce for private causes. Divinity leads the Tigers in sacks this season.
There was once a minor hue and cry from sure upcountry spaces this week about Clemson’s No. five place within the preliminary Faculty Soccer Playoff ratings, the primary time a protecting nationwide champion has been disregarded of the highest 4 within the 12 months’s first CFP best 25. However there’s numerous season left to play, and there’s numerous causes to suppose the Tigers will probably be again within the playoff when the mud settles. That’s solely depending on Clemson going undefeated, and that continues Saturday evening with the Tigers heavy favorites in opposition to North Carolina State in Raleigh, the place the Wolfpack have outscored 4 fighters 125-39 this season. In fact, the ones 4 fighters had been the directional easiest of North Carolina (each East Carolina and Western Carolina), Ball State and a totally disappointing Syracuse workforce. Redshirt freshman Devin Leary, the Wolfpack’s 3rd beginning quarterback this season, will make his 2d profession get started. The primary, in remaining weekend’s blowout loss at Wake Wooded area, was once no longer just right: 17 for 45, two interceptions.
Don’t fear, Clemson. You’re making the Faculty Soccer Playoff when you cross undefeated.
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