All times EDT
Saturday, Oct. 14
|Noon||Kansas at Iowa State||MASN2|
|Noon||No. 17 Michigan at Indiana||ABC|
|Noon||South Carolina at Tennessee||ESPN|
|Noon||Florida State at Duke||ESPN2|
|Noon||No. 24 Texas Tech at West Virginia||ESPNU|
|Noon||U-Conn. at Temple||ESPNews|
|Noon||BYU at Mississippi State||SEC Network|
|Noon||No. 6 TCU at Kansas State||Fox Sports 1|
|Noon||Rutgers at Illinois||Big Ten Network|
|Noon||Eastern Michigan at Army||CBS Sports Network|
|3:30||Villanova at James Madison||MASN|
|3:30||No. 10 Auburn at LSU||CBS|
|3:30||Georgia Tech at No. 11 Miami||ABC|
|3:30||Baylor at No. 14 Oklahoma State||Fox Sports 1|
|3:30||Purdue at No. 7 Wisconsin||Big Ten Network|
|3:30||No. 12 Oklahoma vs. Texas in Dallas||ESPN|
|3:30||Northwestern at Maryland||ESPN2|
|3:30||Vanderbilt at Mississippi||SEC Network|
|3:30||Akron at Western Michigan||CBS Sports Network|
|3:45||No. 25 Navy at Memphis||ESPNU|
|4||Houston at Tulsa||ESPNews|
|4||Colorado at Oregon State||Pac-12 Network|
|7||East Carolina at No. 22 Central Florida||CBS Sports Network|
|7||Texas A&M at Florida||ESPN2|
|7:15||Arkansas at No. 1 Alabama||ESPN|
|7:30||Missouri at No. 4 Georgia||SEC Network|
|7:30||No. 9 Ohio State at Nebraska||Fox Sports 1|
|7:30||Cincinnati at No. 18 South Florida||ESPNU|
|8||Utah at No. 13 USC||ABC|
|8||No. 21 Michigan State at Minnesota||Big Ten Network|
|9||UCLA at Arizona||Pac-12 Network|
|10:15||Nevada at Colorado State||ESPN2|
|10:30||Boise State at No. 19 San Diego State||CBS Sports Network|
|10:45||No. 5 Washington at Arizona State||ESPN|
|11||Oregon at No. 23 Stanford||Fox Sports 1|
Go ahead and bet against Kansas State as a home underdog. Over the previous four seasons, Bill Snyder’s team has gone 6-1 against the spread when the visiting team is favored, and now the Wildcats are six-point underdogs to TCU in the Little Apple. The Horned Frogs are unbeaten but have given up at least 24 points in each of their last three games against teams (SMU, Oklahoma State and West Virginia) that rank in the top 13 nationally in terms of yards per game. Kansas State isn’t nearly as potent, as it leads only Baylor in terms of Big 12 total offense. . . .
While we’re on the subject of gambling, the boys in the desert have set the over-under total for the Texas Tech-West Virginia game at 76, second only to UCLA-Arizona this weekend. The Red Raiders, ranked for the first time since 2013, actually had more rushing yards (313) than passing yards (290) in last week’s demolition of Kansas, just the second time they’ve done that in a game since 2000. . . .
This year’s Red River Rivalry between Oklahoma and Texas lost a little bit of its luster last weekend when the Sooners were upset by Iowa State, but still, it’ll be interesting to see how first-year coaches Lincoln Riley and Tom Herman handle the pressure of the rivalry at the Cotton Bowl. It’s the first time both teams will meet with new coaches since 1947. Herman beat Oklahoma last year while still coaching at Houston, and Riley will hope to avoid becoming the first Sooners coach since 1999 (Bob Stoops’s first season) to lose consecutive regular season games. . . .
Mark Richt is 14-2 all-time as an NCAA head coach against Georgia Tech, with all but one of those games coming while he was in charge at Georgia. Seven of the nine wins have come with Paul Johnson on the Yellow Jackets’ sideline, but things could be a little trickier on Saturday: The Hurricanes will face Georgia Tech without running back Mark Walton, who’s out for the season with an ankle injury. The Yellow Jackets also are averaging nearly 400 rushing yards per game and are a blown fourth-quarter lead against Tennessee away from being undefeated. . . .
One of these days this season — maybe? — we are going to get a prime-time Saturday lineup that’s filled with great-on-paper games. This is not that Saturday. Utah-USC might be the best of the bunch this weekend. The Trojans have forced 15 turnovers this season, the Utes 14 (though they didn’t force any in last weekend’s loss to Stanford, snapping their streak of 19 straight games with a takeaway). USC forced three of them in last week’s win over floundering Oregon State, and quarterback Sam Darnold brushed off his early-season struggles with 316 passing yards and three touchdown passes. Still, he’s thrown at least one interception in every game this season. . . .
Stay up late to catch Boise State-San Diego State, if only to watch Aztecs running back Rashaad Penny, who leads the nation in all-purpose yards and is second in rushing yards one season after another San Diego State running back, Donnel Pumphrey, was tops nationally in that category.
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