Miami Coach Mark Richt, more lucky than good this season? (Wilfredo Lee/AP)

Beginning this week, all rankings are taken from the College Football Playoff poll.

Saturday, Nov. 4

Time Game TV
Noon Baylor at Kansas MASN2
Noon No. 7 Penn State at No. 24 Michigan State Fox
Noon No. 9 Wisconsin at Indiana ABC
Noon No. 14 Auburn at Texas A&M ESPN
Noon Florida at Missouri ESPN2
Noon Western Kentucky at Vanderbilt ESPNU
Noon U-Mass. at No. 16 Mississippi State SEC Network
Noon Kansas State at Texas Tech Fox Sports 1
Noon Illinois at Purdue Big Ten Network
Noon East Carolina at Houston CBS Sports Network
12:20 Syracuse at Florida State WDCA-20 (in D.C. area)
2 Virginia State at Virginia Union NBC Sports Washington Plus (in D.C. area)
3 Georgia Tech at Virginia NBC Sports Washington (in D.C. area)
3:30 Duquesne at Liberty MASN (in D.C. area)
3:30 South Carolina at No. 1 Georgia CBS
3:30 Wake Forest at No. 3 Notre Dame NBC
3:30 No. 4 Clemson at No. 20 N.C. State ABC
3:30 No. 21 Stanford at No. 25 Washington State Fox
3:30 No. 6 Ohio State at Iowa ESPN
3:30 No. 15 Iowa State at West Virginia ESPN2
3:30 South Florida at U-Conn. ESPNU
3:30 Maryland at Rutgers Big Ten Network
3:30 Army at Air Force CBS Sports Network
4 No. 5 Oklahoma at No. 11 Oklahoma State Fox Sports 1
4 Mississippi at Kentucky SEC Network
4 Coastal Carolina at Arkansas SEC Network
7 Nevada at Boise State ESPNU
7 Colorado State at Wyoming CBS Sports Network
7:15 Texas at No. 8 TCU ESPN
7:15 No. 18 Central Florida at SMU ESPN2
7:30 Southern Miss at Tennessee SEC Network
7:30 Minnesota at Michigan Fox
8 No. 19 LSU at No. 2 Alabama CBS
8 No. 13 Virginia Tech at No. 10 Miami ABC
10 Oregon at No. 12 Washington Fox Sports 1
10:30 San Diego State at San Jose State ESPNU
10:45 No. 22 Arizona at No. 17 USC ESPN
10:45 BYU at Fresno State ESPN2

The Penn State-Michigan State winner will keep its Big Ten East Division title hopes alive, on the off chance that Ohio State falters twice. The loser probably can start planning its trip to a lesser bowl game. Both teams are coming off gutting road losses last weekend, with the Nittany Lions surrendering a 15-point fourth-quarter lead to Ohio State and Michigan State falling in three overtimes at Northwestern. Nittany Lions Coach James Franklin cited his team’s lack of explosive plays as a reason for Saturday’s loss: Apart from Saquon Barkley’s 97-yard kickoff return for a score to open the game and his 36-yard touchdown run a little later, Penn State wasn’t able to do much on offense. Barkley gained only eight yards on his 20 other carries and now gets a Spartans defense that held him to 14 yards on 12 carries last season. . . .

Matt Campbell has Iowa State ranked for the first time since 2005 and in the top 15 for the first time since 2002. Off the field, the Cyclones might just be a top 10 team in the politeness rankings, based on the locker room sign photographed by Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports (though the sign appears wholly cribbed from a similar one at Oklahoma State).

Anyway, the Cyclones visit West Virginia, and for the fifth time this season they’re an underdog in the eyes of the boys in the desert. Iowa State has covered the spread in four of those games and won the last three outright (two against teams then ranked in the top 5). Under Coach Dana Holgorsen, the Mountaineers have won just three of their past 20 games against ranked teams and one of their past 11 (earlier this season against Texas Tech, then barely in the rankings at 24th). If the Cyclones very politely score another “upset,” don’t be surprised. . . .

Unbeaten Miami has won its past four games by a combined 18 points, its most recent victory by five over a truly bad North Carolina team. Yet Coach Mark Richt seemed unconcerned about all that heading into the Hurricanes’ two-game, season-deciding stretch against Virginia Tech on Saturday and Notre Dame on Nov. 11. “I don’t think it really matters,” Richt said, per the Associated Press. “I think if we win, we’ll move up. My guess is if we win every one by one, we’ll be in the deal.” And that’s undoubtedly true, but beating the Hokies by one would seem to be a whole lot more difficult than beating the Tar Heels by five. Virginia Tech, which for comparison’s sake beat North Carolina by 52 points on Oct. 21, has held its opponents to a 24 percent success rate on third down, ranking third in the nation. The Hurricanes, on the other hand, convert third downs at only a 31 percent clip (only 11 teams in the country are worse). If Miami continues to struggle keeping its drives going, it probably won’t “be in the deal” any longer.

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