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Week 13 College Football Schedule, Predictions, Previews, Scores, Lines

Week 13: College Football Schedule, Predictions, Previews, Scores, Lines

Predictions for ACC Week 13 Games:

Friday, November 24

Miami vs. Boston College – 12:00 ABC Prediction: Miami -8.5, Over 48.5

Saturday, November 25

Kentucky vs. Louisville – 12:00 ABC Prediction: Louisville -7, Over 50.5

Pitt vs. Duke – 12:00 ACC Network Prediction: Duke -6, Over 42.5

Wake Forest vs. Syracuse – 2:00 CW Network Prediction: Syracuse -2.5, Over 44.5

Virginia Tech vs. Virginia – 3:30 ACC Network Prediction: Virginia Tech -2.5, Over 52.5

Florida State vs. Florida – 7:00 ESPN Prediction: Florida State -6.5, Over 51.5

Georgia vs. Georgia Tech – 7:30 ABC Prediction: Georgia -23, Over 60.5

North Carolina vs. NC State – 8:00 ACC Network Prediction: North Carolina -2, Over 55.5

Clemson vs. South Carolina – 7:30 SEC Network Prediction: Clemson -7, Over 52.5

Current Record: Straight Up: 74-28 Against the Spread: 55-45-2 Point Total: 71-27-3

Predictions for American Athletic Conference Week 13 Matchups:

Memphis vs. Temple – 12:00 ESPN2 Prediction: Memphis -11.5, Over 65.5

UTSA vs. Tulane – 3:30 ABC Prediction: Tulane -3, Over 52.5

Saturday, November 25

Navy vs. SMU – 12:00 ESPN2 Prediction: SMU -20, Over 45.5

Florida Atlantic vs. Rice – 1:00 ESPN+ Prediction: Rice -5, Over 48.5

Tulsa vs. East Carolina – 2:00 ESPN+ Prediction: East Carolina -3, Over 44.5

UAB vs. North Texas – 2:00 ESPN+ Prediction: North Texas -3, Over 72.5

Charlotte vs. USF – 7:30 ESPNU Prediction: USF -5.5, Over 56.6

Current Record: Straight Up: 81-23 Against the Spread: 51-49-3 Point Total: 62-42

Predictions for Big 12 Week 13 Schedule:

TCU vs. Oklahoma – 12:00 FOX Prediction: Oklahoma -11, Over 63.5

Texas Tech vs. Texas – 7:30 ABC Prediction: Texas -13.5, Over 53.5

Saturday, November 25

Houston vs. UCF – 12:00 FS1 Prediction: UCF -13.5, Over 61.5

BYU vs. Oklahoma State – 3:30 ABC Prediction: Oklahoma State -17.5, Over 56.5

West Virginia vs. Baylor – 7:00 FS1 Prediction: West Virginia -6.5, Over 57.5

Kansas vs. Cincinnati – 7:30 ESPN2 Prediction: Kansas -6, Over 57.5

Iowa State vs. Kansas State – 8:00 FOX Prediction: Kansas State -11.5, Over 48.5

Current Record: Straight Up: 72-23 Against the Spread: 47-47-1 Point Total: 51-44

Predictions for Week 13 in the Big Ten Schedule:

Iowa vs. Nebraska – 12:00 CBS Prediction: Iowa -1, Over 26.5

Penn State vs. Michigan State – 7:30 NBC Prediction: Penn State -20, Over 41.5

Saturday, November 25

Ohio State vs. Michigan – 12:00 FOX Prediction: Michigan -4, Over 47.5

Indiana vs. Purdue – 12:00 BTN Prediction: Purdue -2.5, Over 49.5

Northwestern vs. Illinois – 3:30 BTN Prediction: Illinois -5.5, Over 47.5

Wisconsin vs. Minnesota – 3:30 FS1 Prediction: Wisconsin -1.5, Over 41.5

Maryland vs. Rutgers – 3:30 BTN Prediction: Maryland -2, Over 45.5

Current Record: Straight Up: 85-14 Against the Spread: 56-38-5 Point Total: 60-38-1
Reference:

https://collegefootballnews.com/schedules/college-football-schedule-predictions-game-previews-scoreboard-lines-week-13

Pac-12's Top Teams Aiming to Break CFP Dry Spell

Pac-12’s Top Teams Aiming to Break CFP Dry Spell

Utah safety Sione Vaki, celebrating his touchdown with Landen King, is chasing a playoff spot in a competitive Pac-12 season.

The Pac-12 faces a tough challenge as it enters its final season in the current format. Next year, 10 Pac-12 schools will disperse across three other Power Five conferences. However, before this transition, the conference is striving to end a six-year College Football Playoff drought. To achieve this, the Pac-12 must confront its own competitive depth.

Thanks to strong out-of-conference performances, the Pac-12 boasts four teams with either zero or one loss, matching only the SEC in this regard. The key difference is that in the Pac-12, these top teams are still set to face each other, starting with the clash between No. 8 Oregon (6-1) and No. 13 Utah (6-1) this Saturday.

The Utes are also scheduled to go up against No. 5 Washington (7-0) in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, the Ducks and Huskies have already faced off, and both are slated to play against No. 11 Oregon State (6-1) later in November. Oregon State handed Utah its sole loss.

Additionally, No. 24 Southern California will have consecutive matches against the Huskies and Ducks in early November, even though the Trojans (6-2) are currently considered less likely to contend.

Ideally, the Pac-12, like any other conference, hopes for a conference title game that is likely to send its winner to the playoff. Realistically, this requires two teams with no more than one loss each, a challenging task when the best teams must navigate a challenging path to reach the championship game.

Balance and depth make for an exciting regular season, but ultimately, it’s the powerhouse teams that stand out and secure a spot in the playoff.

Key Matchup: No. 8 Oregon at No. 13 Utah

Utah’s Kyle Whittingham has made a strong case for Pac-12 and national coach of the year, keeping the two-time conference champions in contention despite injuries and a developing offense. The Utes were formidable against USC last week, and it’s clear that Utah won’t relinquish its Pac-12 crown easily. The Ducks will be a formidable opponent, but it’s apparent that they will have to fight hard for victory.

Prediction: Oregon 28-20

Other Highlighted Games:

  • No. 1 Georgia vs. Florida: Georgia is favored in this match-up, having won five of the last six games at the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.

Prediction: Georgia 41-20

  • No. 3 Ohio State at Wisconsin: This game is significant for both teams, especially for Wisconsin as they aim to win the final version of the Big Ten West before the conference realignment in 2024.

Prediction: Ohio State 31-14

  • No. 20 Duke at No. 18 Louisville: This game is crucial for both teams’ chances in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Prediction: Louisville 21-18

  • No. 6 Oklahoma at Kansas: Oklahoma aims to maintain its winning streak against Kansas, who are hoping for the return of their starting quarterback.

Prediction: Oklahoma 49-34

The weekend features several other intriguing match-ups between ranked teams and FBS opponents, offering college football fans an exciting slate of games.

Bo Nix, Oregon’s quarterback, crosses the goal line for a touchdown in the opening half of an NCAA college football clash on October 21, 2023, in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo Credit: Andy Nelson/AP)

Chiefs' Bolton Has Surgery for Fractured Wrist

Chiefs’ Bolton Has Surgery for Fractured Wrist

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Nick Bolton underwent wrist surgery in Los Angeles this week, leaving his playing status uncertain. Head coach Andy Reid revealed that it remains unclear whether Bolton will end up on injured reserve or how long his absence will be.

Fortunately, the surgery did not require the insertion of any metal support, which could expedite Bolton’s return to the field. The young linebacker had already missed three games this season due to an ankle injury.

Reid expressed optimism about Bolton’s recovery, saying, “That was a positive going forward with him. We just have to kind of check and see going forward.”

Bolton, a second-round pick in the 2021 draft, has emerged as one of the league’s premier playmaking linebackers, boasting 180 tackles, two sacks, and two interceptions in the previous season. His injury occurred during the Chiefs’ 31-17 victory over the Chargers while making a tackle.

In Bolton’s absence, former Chargers linebacker Drue Tranquill has stepped up impressively. Tranquill, signed almost as an afterthought in free agency, has showcased his intelligence, experience, and athleticism. He has effectively taken over as the leader of the Chiefs’ defense, accumulating 36 tackles in the first seven weeks of the season and contributing with sacks in the last two games.

To further bolster the Chiefs’ defense, pass rusher Charles Omenihu has returned from his six-game suspension. Omenihu’s presence adds flexibility to the defense, giving defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo more options to apply pressure.

Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones is confident about the future, saying, “I think our best game is ahead of us. We’re building chemistry across the defensive line, and having Charles in there, everyone being able to move around, I think it’s a plus for our D-line.”

In unrelated news, Reid discussed the situation of wide receiver Justyn Ross, who was charged with misdemeanor domestic battery and criminal damage to property. Ross, 23, was released on $2,500 bond and is due back in court on December 4. Ross has had a limited role with the defending Super Bowl champions this season, with just three catches for 34 yards in their first seven games. General manager Brett Veach and law enforcement officials are monitoring the situation.

Reid commented, “All situations are different, obviously. The law enforcement part of it, you listen to what the real details went on, and then you keep open communication.” He added, “Other than that, I really don’t have any information for you other than what we have gathered.
Reference:

https://www.fultonsun.com/news/2023/oct/26/chiefs-bolton-undergoes-surgery-on-fractured-wrist/

NFL Numbers: Chiefs and Eagles' Fast Starts Increase Likelihood of Rare Rematch

NFL Numbers: Chiefs and Eagles’ Fast Starts Increase Likelihood of Rare Rematch

Kansas City and Philadelphia are setting the stage for a possible Super Bowl rematch, as both teams have started the season strong, with six wins out of their first seven games, placing them at the top of the NFL standings. This marks only the sixth time in NFL history that the previous season’s Super Bowl contestants have held the best record in the league as they enter Week 8 or later.

The last occurrence was back in the 2000 season when the Titans and Rams, both at 8-2, shared this distinction as they headed into Week 12. However, neither of these teams made it to the Super Bowl that year, with the Titans losing in the divisional round and the Rams falling in the wild-card round.

In 1993, the Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys also achieved this feat, finishing the season tied for the best record at 12-4 after their Super Bowl matchup the previous year. Interestingly, they faced each other again in the Super Bowl that season, with the Cowboys successfully defending their championship, marking the only time in NFL history when the same two teams met in back-to-back Super Bowls.

The Kansas City Chiefs secured a three-game lead in the AFC West by defeating the Chargers. This is only the fourth time in the last decade that such a lead has been established after seven weeks. The Chiefs, with Patrick Mahomes as their quarterback, have been exceptionally dominant within their division, boasting a 29-3 record against division opponents, a remarkable .906 winning percentage.

Patrick Mahomes is also making history with six career games in the regular season or playoffs, where he’s thrown for at least 400 yards and four touchdowns. Only Peyton Manning (nine) and Dan Marino (eight) have accomplished this feat more times in NFL history.

On the other side, the Philadelphia Eagles reached a 6-1 record by defeating the Miami Dolphins. Notably, wide receiver A.J. Brown extended his streak to five consecutive games with at least 125 yards receiving, joining Calvin Johnson (2012) and Pat Studstill (1966) for the longest such streaks in NFL history.

In a separate note, Washington’s Sam Howell continues to experience an alarming rate of sacks, being brought down six times in a game against the Giants. He has now been sacked at least four times in every game this season, only one short of the longest such streak since the merger, which is currently held by Deshaun Watson (2018-19), Jeff George (1997-98), and Blake Bortles (2014-15). Howell’s 40 sacks through seven games rank second since the merger, trailing only David Carr’s 43 in 2002, which set the NFL record for sacks that season.

Maxx Crosby’s impressive streak of consecutive defensive snaps for the Las Vegas Raiders was halted. He had played 267 consecutive snaps before leaving the field for two kneel downs at the end of a game against the Bears. Crosby’s three-game streak was the longest for a defensive lineman since Chandler Jones achieved five straight games for the Arizona Cardinals in 2017.

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick reached a significant milestone by earning his 300th regular-season victory, joining Don Shula (328) and George Halas (318) as the only coaches in NFL history to achieve this milestone. When considering coaching wins, including the postseason, Belichick currently trails Shula 347-331. He has also lost 170 games, which is eight fewer than Tom Landry, the coach with the most losses in NFL history.

The game between the Chicago Bears and the Las Vegas Raiders featured two undrafted quarterbacks. Rookie Tyson Bagent, who played at Division II Shepherd University, emerged victorious over veteran Brian Hoyer. This was the first game with two undrafted starting quarterbacks since Nick Mullens and San Francisco defeated Case Keenum and Denver in 2018. Hoyer’s losing streak as a starter extended to 13 games, making it the eighth longest such streak since the merger. Notably, Bagent became the 106th quarterback to win a start more recently than Hoyer, ending the game. This also pushed Hoyer into second place for the most franchises started for in his career, with eight, just one behind Ryan Fitzpatrick’s record.
Reference:

https://www.newstribune.com/news/2023/oct/26/nfl-numbers-fast-starts-by-chiefs-eagles-raise-chance-of-rare-rematch/

Chiefs and Eagles' Lightning-Fast Beginnings Spark Talk of an Unprecedented Super Bowl Rematch

Chiefs and Eagles’ Lightning-Fast Beginnings Spark Talk of an Unprecedented Super Bowl Rematch

In a captivating twist, Kansas City and Philadelphia are positioning themselves for a rare Super Bowl rematch. Both the Chiefs and the Eagles boast remarkable records, each claiming victory in six out of their first seven games, consequently sharing the pinnacle spot in the NFL rankings.

This occurrence marks only the sixth instance where the two Super Bowl contenders from the previous season are neck and neck in the race for the league’s top position, entering Week 8 or beyond. The most recent parallel development of this nature was witnessed during Week 12 of the 2000 season, when the Titans and Rams both stood at 8-2. Curiously, neither of these teams ultimately advanced to the Super Bowl, as the Titans succumbed in the divisional round, while the Rams fell short in the wild-card round.

In 1993, history repeated itself when the Buffalo Bills and the Dallas Cowboys finished the season with identical records of 12-4. This remarkable scenario unfolded just a year after their previous Super Bowl showdown. Fate had it that they would face off once more in the Super Bowl that season, and the Cowboys emerged as champions, marking the only instance in which the same two teams met in back-to-back Super Bowl seasons.

Fast-forward to the present, and the Kansas City Chiefs have taken a commanding three-game lead in the AFC West after their victory over the Chargers. This marks only the fourth time in the last ten seasons that such a lead has been established after seven weeks.

Kansas City has been making a significant mark in their division, securing wins against both Denver and the Chargers, boasting a remarkable 29-3 record against division rivals with Patrick Mahomes at the helm. Mahomes’ outstanding .906 winning percentage within the division is unparalleled, surpassing Dak Prescott’s .800 record for the Dallas Cowboys against the NFC East.

Patrick Mahomes, at the young age of 28, added another feather to his cap by achieving his sixth career game in the regular season or playoffs with at least 400 yards passing and four touchdowns. His name now ranks alongside legends like Peyton Manning, who has nine such games, and Dan Marino, who accomplished this feat eight times in NFL history.

Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Eagles soared to a 6-1 record by defeating the Miami Dolphins 31-17. A.J. Brown, their star receiver, continued his remarkable performance streak with five consecutive games of at least 125 yards receiving. This achievement ties him with football greats Calvin Johnson (2012) and Pat Studstill (1966) for the longest streaks in NFL history.
Reference:

https://www.americanfootballinternational.com/fast-starts-by-the-chiefs-and-eagles-raise-the-possibility

Deion Sanders Responds to SNL Skit with His Favorite Impressions

Deion Sanders Responds to SNL Skit with His Favorite Impressions

In early October, Deion Sanders, the head coach of the Colorado Buffaloes, witnessed Keenan Thompson’s spot-on impersonation of himself during a Saturday Night Live skit. As time passed since the skit aired, Sanders had the opportunity to reflect on the portrayal and identify who, in his opinion, captured his essence best.

“I’m a fan of Keenan. Let’s make that clear,” Sanders expressed. “I have great admiration for him and what he’s contributed to the world of comedy. I had the honor of hosting Saturday Night Live in the past, and those moments were unforgettable. However, the person who truly nails my character is Lou Young. It’s not easy to admit, but Lou is exceptionally talented. Shilo’s imitation is decent.”

Shilo Sanders, Deion’s son and the starting safety for the Colorado Buffaloes, often takes the opportunity to imitate his father. While Deion acknowledges that Shilo’s portrayal is “alright,” his personal favorite is Lou Young. Nonetheless, Keenan Thompson’s rendition is also commendable, and Deion Sanders appreciates the effort.

Deion Sanders also shared his perspective on the ongoing issue of sign-stealing, a prominent topic in college football. Recent allegations against Michigan had sparked extensive debate on the matter. Sanders, however, offered a unique viewpoint.

In the world of college football, deciphering an opponent’s play signals is a common practice aimed at gaining an edge. Sanders acknowledged this aspect of gamesmanship. Yet, Coach Prime introduced a different angle to the discussion. He emphasized that having knowledge of an opposing team’s playbook, even in its entirety, doesn’t guarantee success. Ultimately, the ability to execute plays effectively remains the determining factor.

“Everyone is seeking an advantage,” Sanders emphasized during his press conference on Tuesday. “Teams are looking for any edge they can find. They could have the entire game plan handed to them, but they still have to stop it.”

Drawing on his experience as a two-sport sensation in the NFL and MLB, Deion Sanders noted a distinction between the two sports when it comes to anticipating plays. In baseball, having foreknowledge of a breaking ball makes it easier to make contact and get on base. It all boils down to the bat connecting with the ball.
Reference:

https://www.on3.com/college/colorado-buffaloes/news/deion-sanders-reacts-to-snl-skit-best-impressions/

Watch Army vs. UMass Live: Stream, CBS Sports Channel Finder, Odds

Watch Army vs. UMass Live: Stream, CBS Sports Channel Finder, Odds

The 2023 college football season rolls on with CBS Sports Network bringing you six thrilling games for Week 9. The week commenced on Tuesday night, featuring a Conference USA showdown where New Mexico State triumphed over Louisiana Tech with a score of 27-24. Wednesday evening, the spotlight shone on conference newcomer Jacksonville State, which dominated FIU, securing a 41-16 victory.

After a brief two-day respite, Saturday promises a jam-packed schedule. At noon Eastern Time, Army West Point hosts UMass in a battle of independents. Following that, there are two in-state rivalries. Ohio takes on Miami (Ohio) in a MAC clash during the afternoon, and No. 19 Air Force, one of the nine remaining undefeated FBS teams, clashes with Colorado State in a Mountain West showdown in the early evening.

The night concludes with another bout of Mountain West action as Nevada, fresh off snapping the nation’s longest losing streak in Week 8, squares off against New Mexico.

CBS Sports Network has your back throughout Week 9’s games. In the meantime, catch up on viewing details, key storylines, betting odds, and more for each matchup.

UMass at Army

  • Date: Saturday, Oct. 28
  • Time: Noon
  • Location: Michie Stadium, West Point, New York
  • TV: CBS Sports Network [Channel finder]
  • Live stream: CBSSports.com | Mobile: CBS Sports App (Free)
  • Spread: Army -10

UMass and Army are both eager to break their losing streaks. UMass, after a 63-0 loss at Penn State in Week 7, had a much-needed bye in Week 8. Army, on the other hand, hasn’t scored since Week 6, following a 19-0 loss to Troy and a 62-0 loss at LSU. Army’s triple-option offense faces a UMass defense struggling against the run, surrendering an average of 224.9 rushing yards, ranking third-to-last among all FBS defenses this season.

Miami (Ohio) at Ohio

  • Date: Saturday, Oct. 28
  • Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
  • Location: Peden Stadium, Athens, Ohio
  • TV: CBS Sports Network [Channel finder]
  • Live stream: CBSSports.com | Mobile: CBS Sports App (Free)
  • Spread: Ohio -7

Miami (Ohio) and Ohio, both 6-2, clash in a potentially preview of the MAC Championship Game. Ohio excels at stopping the run, holding opponents to just 81.4 rushing yards on average, ranking ninth overall in the FBS. However, Miami suffered a setback with quarterback Brett Gabbert undergoing season-ending surgery.

No. 19 Air Force at Colorado State

  • Date: Saturday, Oct. 28
  • Time: 7 p.m. ET
  • Location: Canvas Stadium, Fort Collins, Colorado
  • TV: CBS Sports Network [Channel finder]
  • Live stream: CBSSports.com | Mobile: CBS Sports App (Free)
  • Spread: Air Force -11.5

Air Force’s impressive 7-0 record features the nation’s top rushing offense and second-best rushing defense. They continue to dominate on the ground and have shown promise in the passing game. Colorado State’s defense struggles, giving up 466.7 total yards on average, while their run game falters, averaging just 79.7 rushing yards per game.

New Mexico at Nevada

  • Date: Saturday, Oct. 28
  • Time: 10:30 p.m. ET
  • Location: Mackay Stadium, Reno, Nevada
  • TV: CBS Sports Network [Channel finder]
  • Live stream: CBSSports.com | Mobile: CBS Sports App (Free)
  • Spread: Nevada -1.5

Nevada has had a tough season, despite their recent win against San Diego State. Their offense averages only 15.7 points per game, and their defense allows 468.7 yards, ranking second-to-last in the FBS. New Mexico’s defense faces similar struggles, with opponents averaging 421.4 yards and 32.6 points, but their offense performs better, averaging 29.9 points per game.
Reference:

https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/army-vs-umass-live-stream-how-to-watch-online-cbs-sports-network-channel-finder-odds/

Urban Meyer Praises Utah's Kyle Whittingham: Among 'College Football's Best Coaches' Now

Urban Meyer Praises Utah’s Kyle Whittingham: Among ‘College Football’s Best Coaches’ Now

While college football’s most renowned coaches are often found in Tuscaloosa, Athens, Ann Arbor, and Columbus, there’s a rising star in Salt Lake City worth acknowledging – Kyle Whittingham of Utah football.

Former college football head coach Urban Meyer recently heaped praise on Whittingham during an episode of ‘Urban’s Take with Tim May.’ Meyer remarked, ‘I’ve said many times Kyle Whittingham is one of the best coaches in college football. Now he’s the best. He’s the best coach in college football.’

Whittingham’s coaching prowess has come into the limelight, especially given his remarkable job steering Utah football to victories, even in the absence of their injured quarterback, Cam Rising. Despite quarterback challenges, the Utes secured an impressive 34-32 win against the much-hyped USC Trojans on the road, marking Utah football’s sixth victory of the season and third in conference play.

Whittingham’s ability to keep Utah football competitive was exemplified by their triumph over the Trojans in hostile territory.
Reference:

https://clutchpoints.com/utah-football-news-urban-meyers-on-best-coach-college-football-today

Ponies Maintain Strong Position in National Rankings

Ponies Maintain Strong Position in National Rankings

Mustangs Sustain Impressive Form as Season Nears Conclusion, Maintaining High Rankings

DALLAS — SMU continues its exceptional run as the 2023 season approaches its end. The Mustangs hold strong positions in multiple national rankings, featuring prominently in the United Soccer Coaches, Top Drawer Soccer, College Soccer News, and NCAA RPI polls.

The Ponies currently rank 4th in NCAA RPI and according to the United Soccer Coaches standings. Top Drawer Soccer has SMU consistently at the 5th spot, maintaining their position from week nine. College Soccer News has witnessed the Mustangs’ rise, with the team moving up from the 3rd to the 2nd rank.

Guided by Coach Kevin Hudson, the Mustangs have amassed an impressive record of 99-39-17. Coach Hudson is on the cusp of celebrating his 100th career victory.

This year, the Mustangs hold an overall record of 10-1-2, securing seven shutout victories, including one against the then 25th-ranked Oral Roberts. SMU’s recent matches featured consecutive shutouts against FAU and Tulsa, with scores of 3-0 and 2-0, respectively.

Senior Cole Johnson’s exceptional performance earned him the AAC Goalkeeper of the Week title four times this season. SMU has garnered a total of 14 conference honors, which includes four Offensive Player of the Week awards, one Defensive Player of the Week award, and eight Honor Roll nods.

Washburne Stadium has become a fortress for the Mustangs, boasting a remarkable 15-1-2 overall record since its inaugural season in 2022.

SMU’s journey in the American Athletic Conference continues with an upcoming away game against UAB on Friday, set to kick off at 7 p.m. and will be live-streamed on ESPN+. The Mustangs will then return home on Wednesday, November 1, for Senior Night against Temple, with the kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.

Current Rankings:

  • College Soccer News: 2
  • United Soccer Coaches: 4
  • NCAA RPI: 4
  • Top Drawer Soccer: 5

Reference:

https://www.si.com/college/smu/football/smu-mustangs-kevin-hudson-mens-soccer

Booger McFarland: Michigan, Ohio State Unlikely to Both Reach College Football Playoff

Booger McFarland: Michigan, Ohio State Unlikely to Both Reach College Football Playoff

With the ESPN College Football Playoff reveal show just around the corner, the network’s panel of experts has been vigorously analyzing the intricate landscape of college football, anticipating their upcoming kickoff show. In a recent segment called ‘This or That,’ these experts tackled pivotal scenarios for this year’s College Football Playoff. Among these scenarios, former LSU star Booger McFarland was tasked with a challenging question: “Which is more likely: Michigan and Ohio State both making the College Football Playoff or missing it?”

McFarland confidently responded, “I’d say it’s more probable that they both miss. I believe Florida State will go undefeated, ensuring an undefeated ACC champion. Additionally, I see Washington achieving perfection, becoming an undefeated Pac-12 champion.”

This season, college football’s top teams have been in fine form. Florida State is on track for an ACC Championship game appearance and boasts an impressive non-conference victory over LSU in Week 1.

Washington stands as the lone undefeated team in the Pac-12, a conference widely recognized as one of the toughest this year.

If both Washington and Florida State maintain their impressive form, they could secure playoff spots as undefeated conference champions. Nevertheless, two slots would still remain. McFarland, however, hesitates to allocate these to two Big Ten teams and articulates his reasons.

“This would mean that if both Michigan and Ohio State make it, we’d have to exclude a team from the Big 12. I believe Oklahoma is heading for an undefeated season, and even if they stumble, a one-loss Big 12 champion may not be overlooked. And what about the powerful SEC? When you start weighing these scenarios, it seems more plausible that both Michigan and Ohio State will be left out rather than both being selected.”

While there is ample football yet to be played this season, the possibility of 2023 witnessing five undefeated conference champions looms large as the regular season wraps up. As McFarland indicated, if this transpires, it would be immensely challenging, perhaps even impossible, for two representatives from the Big Ten or any other conference to secure spots in the college football playoff this season.
Reference:

https://www.on3.com/news/booger-mcfarland-believes-greater-chance-michigan-ohio-state-both-miss-college-football-playoff-than-both-make/

Watch Jacksonville State vs. FIU Live: Stream, CBS Sports Network Channel, Odds

Watch Jacksonville State vs. FIU Live: Stream, CBS Sports Network Channel, Odds

CBS Sports Network’s Week 9 coverage of the 2023 college football season promises excitement with a lineup of six thrilling games. The action commenced on Tuesday as New Mexico State triumphed 27-24 over Louisiana Tech in a Conference USA showdown.

On Wednesday, the spotlight turns to FIU as they welcome Jacksonville State, an FBS newcomer, in what promises to be an exciting match.

After a brief hiatus, Saturday returns with a jam-packed schedule. At noon ET, Army West Point faces off against UMass, offering an intriguing clash between independent teams. Following that, fans can look forward to two in-state battles: Ohio takes on Miami (Ohio) in a MAC afternoon showdown, while the undefeated No. 19 Air Force heads to Colorado State for an exciting Mountain West matchup in the early evening.

The day concludes with more Mountain West action in the late-night slot, featuring Nevada, who recently broke the nation’s longest losing streak, squaring off against New Mexico.

Throughout Week 9, CBS Sports Network will be your guide, providing comprehensive coverage of each game. In the meantime, catch up on essential details such as viewing information, storylines, and betting odds to make the most of this thrilling football experience.
Jacksonville State at FIU

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 25 | Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Riccardo Silva Stadium – Miami, Florida

TV: CBS Sports Network – [Channel finder]

Live Stream: CBSSports.com | Mobile: CBS Sports App (Free)

Spread: Jacksonville State -8 | Will the Gamecocks Cover? Check SportsLine’s Week 9 Projections Here

In Week 8, FIU staged an incredible double-overtime win against Sam Houston, ending a three-game losing streak. However, they now confront the formidable Jacksonville State, which has had a remarkable 6-2 start in its inaugural FBS season. FIU’s defense has struggled throughout the season, ranking second-to-last in Conference USA and outside the top 100 nationally, allowing an average of 440.8 yards per game.

To secure another victory, the Panthers must find a way to contain Jacksonville State’s ground attack, as the Gamecocks excel in rushing, ranking second in the conference with 211.3 yards per game but struggle in passing, sitting at the bottom of the conference with 166.5 yards per game.
Army Hosts UMass

Date: Saturday, Oct. 28 | Time: Noon

Location: Michie Stadium – West Point, New York

TV: CBS Sports Network [Channel Finder]

Live Stream: CBSSports.com | Mobile: CBS Sports App (Free)

Spread: Army -10 | Will the Black Knights cover? Check out SportsLine’s Week 9 projections here

Article:

In a battle of struggling teams, UMass and Army are desperate to break their respective losing streaks. UMass, enduring a seven-game skid, suffered a brutal 63-0 loss to Penn State in Week 7 but found solace with a much-needed bye in Week 8. On the other hand, the Black Knights have failed to score since Week 6, succumbing to a 19-0 defeat against Troy and a resounding 62-0 loss to LSU over the past two weeks.

This Saturday, Army appears poised to rediscover their offensive rhythm as their triple-option attack faces off against a vulnerable UMass defense. The Minutemen have struggled mightily against the run, allowing an average of 224.9 rushing yards, ranking third-to-last among all FBS defenses this season. Will the Black Knights capitalize on this opportunity to put points on the board and end their drought? The answer lies in the upcoming clash at Michie Stadium.

Miami (Ohio) vs. Ohio

Date: Saturday, Oct. 28 | Time: 3:30 p.m. ET

Location: Peden Stadium – Athens, Ohio

TV: CBS Sports Network [Channel Finder]

Live Stream: CBSSports.com | Mobile: CBS Sports App (Free)

Spread: Ohio -7 | Will the Bobcats Cover? Check SportsLine’s Week 9 Projections

In a potential MAC Championship Game preview, two of the three teams leading the conference standings clash. Both the RedHawks and Bobcats sport impressive 6-2 records, each claiming six victories in their last seven games. Miami was on a blazing six-game winning streak before narrowly falling to Toledo in Week 8. Ohio’s key advantage in this matchup may be their staunch run defense, limiting opponents to a mere 81.4 rushing yards on average, ranking ninth in the FBS. Combined with the home-field advantage, Ohio is poised to improve to 7-2 overall and 4-1 in conference play. Miami, however, received unfortunate news with quarterback Brett Gabbert undergoing season-ending surgery midweek.

No. 19 Air Force vs. Colorado State

Date: Saturday, Oct. 28 | Time: 7 p.m. ET

Location: Canvas Stadium – Fort Collins, Colorado

TV: CBS Sports Network [Channel Finder]

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Spread: Air Force -11.5 | Will the Falcons Cover? Explore SportsLine’s Week 9 Projections

Air Force seems unstoppable, boasting a flawless 7-0 record after a Week 8 victory over Navy. The Falcons continue their ground dominance, leading the nation in rushing offense and possessing the second-best rushing defense. Even the passing game displayed life as quarterback Zac Larrier, returning ahead of schedule from a knee injury, completed the longest touchdown pass (94 yards) in school history against the Midshipmen. Air Force may thrive again against a Colorado State defense that ranks among the FBS’ weakest, allowing an average of 466.7 total yards. The Rams also struggle to establish their run, averaging just 79.7 rushing yards per game.

New Mexico vs. Nevada

Date: Saturday, Oct. 28 | Time: 10:30 p.m. ET

Location: Mackay Stadium – Reno, Nevada

TV: CBS Sports Network [Channel Finder]

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Spread: Nevada -1.5 | Will the Wolf Pack Cover? Check SportsLine’s Week 9 Projections

Nevada’s season hasn’t been characterized by beauty, including a scrappy 6-0 win over San Diego State in Week 8. The Wolf Pack welcomes any momentum from their first victory in over a year, yet an offense averaging just 15.7 points per game, combined with a defense allowing 468.7 yards on average (second-to-last in the FBS), is far from a winning formula. New Mexico has grappled with similar defensive issues, with opponents averaging 421.4 yards and 32.6 points against the Lobos. However, New Mexico’s offense, averaging 29.9 points per game, has prevented them from sinking to the level of struggles Nevada has endured.
Reference:

https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/jacksonville-state-vs-fiu-live-stream-how-to-watch-online-cbs-sports-network-channel-finder-odds/

Monday Night Football: Cousins Leads Vikings to 49ers' Second Consecutive Loss

Monday Night Football: Cousins Leads Vikings to 49ers’ Second Consecutive Loss

In Monday Night Football, San Francisco’s Christian McCaffrey shone, but it wasn’t enough. The Minnesota Vikings clinched a late victory with a 22-17 score at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. This loss marked the 49ers’ second consecutive defeat after an impressive 5-0 season start.

McCaffrey extended his scoring streak to 16 games, scoring his first touchdown with a 3-yard run just before halftime, leaving him trailing behind NFL record holder Lenny Moore, who scored in 17 straight games.

Just over a minute before halftime, McCaffrey’s touchdown narrowed the Vikings’ lead to three points. However, Jordan Addison turned a potential interception into a 60-yard score just before halftime, giving the Vikings a 16-7 lead after a missed extra point. It was Addison’s second touchdown of the night, following a 20-yard reception in the first quarter.

The Vikings attempted to push into the end zone from the 1-yard line in the third quarter, but the 49ers’ goal line stand held them to a field goal. Shortly after, McCaffrey ran in a 35-yard touchdown for his second of the night, cutting the lead to five points.

Despite a chance to take the lead after both teams exchanged field goals, Brock Purdy threw two costly interceptions to Camryn Bynum, securing the five-point victory for the Vikings.

Purdy went 21-of-30 for 272 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions, while McCaffrey contributed 45 rushing yards on 15 carries and 51 receiving yards on three catches. George Kittle recorded 78 yards on five catches.

Kirk Cousins had a strong performance, going 35-of-45 for 378 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Addison stood out with 124 yards and two touchdowns on seven catches, and T.J. Hockenson added 86 yards on 11 catches.

For live updates on the 49ers vs. Vikings matchup in Week 7 of “Monday Night Football,” follow Yahoo Sports for the latest news, highlights, and injury updates.

Reference

https://sports.yahoo.com/monday-night-football-49ers-vs-vikings-score-highlights-inactives-and-live-updates-004327090.html

https://sports.yahoo.com/monday-night-football-kirk-cousins-032247037.html

Ohio State Faces Ultimate Challenge Hosting Penn State

Ohio State Faces Ultimate Challenge Hosting Penn State

COLUMBUS — As the season reaches its midway point, Coach Ryan Day is still in the process of discovering the true identity of his No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes.

With an upcoming matchup against undefeated No. 7 Penn State (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten), both teams stand at 6-0, and the outcome of this game could significantly impact the rest of the season and the College Football Playoff landscape.

Day acknowledged that the Buckeyes’ identity is still taking shape, a sentiment he believes many teams across the nation share.

“We’re in the process of figuring out who we are as a team,” Day stated. “But now it’s time to step onto the field and take control of our season’s narrative.”

Penn State aims to break a six-game losing streak against the Buckeyes and gain an advantage in the Big Ten East, with a matchup against No. 2 Michigan looming for both teams.

Statistically, the Nittany Lions boast the nation’s top defense, while Ohio State’s defense also ranks in the top 10. Penn State’s notable victory came in Week 4 against then-No. 24 Iowa, where they secured a commanding 31-0 win. Ohio State’s signature win was a thrilling 17-14 triumph over then-No. 9 Notre Dame on September 23.

Both teams feature first-time starting quarterbacks, with Drew Allar leading Penn State and Kyle McCord at the helm for Ohio State. These young quarterbacks are gaining confidence with each passing week, and Day recognizes the heightened intensity of a game of this magnitude.

“In matchups like this, every play can be the difference-maker,” Day emphasized. “The stakes are high, and that’s what makes it exciting.”

HISTORIC RIVALRY

Ohio State has dominated this series, winning the last six games, with Penn State’s last victory occurring in 2016. This win helped propel Penn State to their only Big Ten championship under Coach James Franklin. The Nittany Lions’ last win in Columbus was in 2011.

Several of these matchups have been closely contested, with Ohio State staging comebacks in recent years. Last season, defensive end J.T. Tuimoloau had a standout performance, with two interceptions, two sacks, a forced and recovered fumble, and a tipped pass, leading the Buckeyes to a 44-31 win.

Franklin acknowledged the close contests and stressed the importance of winning in the fourth quarter and in one-possession games.

INJURY CONCERNS

Ohio State’s running backs have been dealing with injuries for the second consecutive season. TreVeyon Henderson and Miyan Williams missed the last game due to unspecified injuries, while Chip Trayanum suffered an injury during the game. Second-year back Dallan Hayden, originally intended for a redshirt season, stepped up with 76 yards and a touchdown in the win over the Boilermakers. Coach Day expressed optimism that the injured players may return for the Penn State game.

STINGY DEFENSE

The Nittany Lions boast the nation’s top defensive rankings, allowing an average of only 193.7 yards per game. They also lead in pass defense, pass efficiency defense, completion percentage, first downs allowed, sacks per game, and red zone attempts.

Reference

https://www.tribtoday.com/sports/local-sports/2023/10/buckeyes-host-penn-state-in-toughest-test-yet/

https://www.axios.com/local/columbus/2023/10/20/ohio-state-penn-state-college-football-game

Ohio State Faces Toughest Test as They Host Penn State

Ohio State Faces Toughest Test as They Host Penn State

At the midpoint of the season, Ohio State’s head coach, Ryan Day, admits he’s still discovering who his No. 3-ranked Buckeyes truly are. The upcoming matchup against the undefeated No. 7 Penn State Nittany Lions promises to provide more clarity and potentially reshape the College Football Playoff landscape for both Big Ten East rivals.

Day acknowledges that the Buckeyes’ identity remains a work in progress, a sentiment he believes extends to many teams nationwide. However, as they gear up for this crucial game, Day sees an opportunity to shape their season’s narrative and determine their true character.

Penn State, on the other hand, aims to break a six-game losing streak against Ohio State and assert dominance in the Big Ten East, with their eyes on the College Football Playoff. Notably, both teams still have to face No. 2-ranked Michigan in the near future.

From a statistical perspective, the Nittany Lions boast the nation’s top-ranked defense, while the Buckeyes’ defense also stands strong within the top 10. Each team has secured significant victories this season, with Penn State’s notable win against then-No. 24 Iowa and Ohio State’s thrilling victory over then-No. 9 Notre Dame.

One intriguing aspect of this matchup is the presence of first-time starting quarterbacks, Drew Allar for Penn State and Kyle McCord for Ohio State. Both quarterbacks have been steadily gaining confidence in their roles, and the stakes are high in a game that could be decided by a single play.

Ohio State’s recent dominance over Penn State, including several heart-pounding victories, adds an extra layer of intensity to this rivalry. The Nittany Lions are eager to turn the tide in their favor, particularly in tight, one-possession games.

In the lead-up to this critical showdown, Ohio State’s running backs are grappling with injuries, but there’s optimism that key players may return for the game. Meanwhile, Penn State’s defense has been nothing short of dominant, leading the nation in numerous defensive categories.

As these two college football powerhouses prepare to collide, all eyes are on Columbus, as fans anticipate a matchup that could redefine the season and determine the fate of both teams in the College Football Playoff race.

Reference

https://www.tribtoday.com/sports/local-sports/2023/10/buckeyes-host-penn-state-in-toughest-test-yet/

https://www.axios.com/local/columbus/2023/10/20/ohio-state-penn-state-college-football-game

Air Force vs. Navy Football: In-Depth Game Prediction and Preview

Air Force vs. Navy Football: In-Depth Game Prediction and Preview

Game Information

  • Date: Saturday, October 21
  • Game Time: 12:00 ET
  • Venue: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD
  • How To Watch: CBS
  • 2023 Record: Air Force (6-0), Navy (3-3)

Matchup Preview

Air Force vs. Navy Prediction Air Force, with a possible absence of starting QB Zac Larrier, relies on its formidable defense. The Falcons excel at stopping the run, allowing less than 115 yards per game and just 2.8 yards per carry. Navy’s strength is its ground game, but its passing defense has struggled.

The Air Force defense will maintain its dominance against the run. The Falcons’ offense is efficient on third downs, and they lead the nation in time of possession, giving them an edge.

Predicted Outcome

  • Air Force 27, Navy 13

Betting Line

  • Line: Air Force -10
  • Over/Under: 33.5

Confidence Level (ATS)

  • ATS Confidence: 3.5 out of 5

Must See Rating

  • Must See Rating: 3 out of 5

Additional Expert Picks

  • Check out Week 8 Schedule, Previews, Predictions and NFL Week 7 Experts Picks for more insights.

Reference

https://collegefootballnews.com/predictions/air-force-vs-navy-prediction-game-preview

https://www.actionnetwork.com/ncaaf/air-force-falcons-vs-navy-midshipmen-odds-picks-predictions-college-football-betting-preview-october-21

Athol Dominates Second Half, Tops Mahar 26-16 in Week 7 Football

Athol Dominates Second Half, Tops Mahar 26-16 in Week 7 Football

The Athol football team had eagerly anticipated their showdown with Mahar for nearly a year. After two losses to their rivals last fall, Athol was determined to avenge those defeats. The Bears led 14-10 at halftime, but Aidan Melanson’s two touchdown passes in the second half secured a 26-16 Intercounty League North victory for Athol on a rainy night at the Woodward Complex.

Bears coach Josh Talbot commented on the significance of the win, considering their losses to Mahar the previous year. They made crucial adjustments at halftime to turn the game around. Despite a late push from the Senators, Athol managed to maintain their lead, recovering an onside kick to secure the victory.

Mahar coach Percy Eady acknowledged the positives for his young team despite the loss, emphasizing the strong run game and their ability to respond to adversity. The game started with Athol taking an early lead due to a turnover, while Mahar answered with a field goal after a strong offensive drive. Another turnover allowed Mahar to take the lead, but Athol quickly responded with a kickoff return for a touchdown.

Both teams had their chances in the third quarter, but the game’s turning point came in the fourth when Melanson connected with Raydin Sousa for a long touchdown, extending Athol’s lead. Sawyer Lefsyk’s impressive rushing performance set up another Athol touchdown.

The game ended with Athol securing the victory, setting the stage for a rematch on Thanksgiving Day. Both teams showed promise, and the upcoming rematch promises an exciting and historic matchup.

Before the rematch, Athol will face Greenfield, while Franklin Tech will play against Mahar to conclude their regular seasons next Friday.

Reference

https://www.atholdailynews.com/Week-7-Football-Athol-takes-over-in-the-second-half-to-defeat-Mahar-26-16-52735934

https://www.espn.in/nfl/story/_/id/38697789/nfl-week-7-picks-schedule-fantasy-football-odds-injuries-stats-2023

Top College Football Betting Choices for Week 8: Michigan-Michigan State, USC-Utah, and More

Top College Football Betting Choices for Week 8: Michigan-Michigan State, USC-Utah, and More

Jerry Palm’s Top Betting Choices for the Upcoming Week

Week 8 presents intriguing matchups, with several games featuring ranked teams from the SEC and Big Ten. Last week saw No. 18 USC and No. 9 Oregon lose their undefeated status, but the consequences differ for each squad. Oregon’s loss in a conference clash against Washington may have left the Ducks with little room for error in the Pac-12 title race. Meanwhile, despite their loss to Notre Dame, the Trojans retain their unblemished record in Pac-12 play and control their destiny in the conference championship chase.

Another undefeated team is bound to stumble this week as No. 3 Ohio State hosts No. 6 Penn State in a pivotal Big Ten showdown. The ACC is the only other conference with multiple unbeaten teams: Florida State and North Carolina. Notably, the Seminoles and Tar Heels won’t cross paths during the regular season.

Every week, I take this opportunity to share my top picks for the upcoming weekend. Additionally, I provide an “upset of the week,” highlighting a team that’s an underdog by at least a touchdown but is my pick to win outright. Furthermore, I’ll offer predictions for other games involving potential College Football Playoff contenders. At this stage of the season, any major conference team that hasn’t suffered two losses still possesses CFP potential. Therefore, I’ll stick with the current top 12 teams in the AP Top 25 rankings.

Last week, I went 2-1 with my regular picks, improving my season record to 12-6. The upset special is still searching for its first successful prediction, but I have a strong sense that this week could be different, which is not always the case.

Week 8 Predictions

Michigan vs. Michigan State: In this classic rivalry showdown, No. 2 Michigan is a heavy favorite at -24.5 points against Michigan State. The Wolverines have been an unstoppable force, dominating their opponents week after week, with their last three victories coming by an impressive margin of 50-8. It’s difficult to envision the Spartans putting up a strong enough fight to match Michigan’s intensity. Prediction: Michigan -24.5

South Carolina at No. 20 Missouri: Mizzou has been one of the pleasant surprises of the season, boasting a 6-1 record after a recent victory against Kentucky. Meanwhile, South Carolina has struggled to maintain consistent wins. Last week, they came close to an upset against Florida but fell short, losing 41-39. Although the Gamecocks can be effective offensively, their defense leaves much to be desired. I believe Missouri has the potential to double this spread. Prediction: Missouri -7.5

Minnesota at No. 24 Iowa (Over/Under 32.5): Iowa secured the top spot in the Big Ten West with a hard-fought victory over Wisconsin last Saturday. The Hawkeyes play a gritty and effective brand of football. On the other hand, Minnesota, much like the rest of the Big Ten West, leans more towards the ugly side of the spectrum than the effective one. The over/under line has been steadily dropping for Iowa games, with this week’s total set at 32.5, four points lower than the previous week after a low-scoring game between the Hawkeyes and Badgers. I’m not ready to abandon the Iowa under trend just yet. Prediction: Under 32.5

Surprise Game of the Week No. 14 Utah vs. No. 18 USC (-7) USC is coming off a disappointing outing against Notre Dame, plagued by five turnovers. This week, they return home but are up against the formidable Utah defense, one of the nation’s best. Although Utah might still be without quarterback Cam Rising, they’ve managed well without him this season. Should Utah emerge victorious, it would mark their fourth consecutive win against USC. Prediction: Utah +7

Other Contenders for the College Football Playoff No. 1 Georgia at Vanderbilt (O/U 57) Prediction: Under No. 7 Penn State at No. 3 Ohio State (O/U 47) Prediction: Under Duke at No. 4 Florida State (-17.5) Prediction: Duke Arizona State at No. 5 Washington (-28) Prediction: Washington UCF at No. 6 Oklahoma (-19.5) Prediction: Oklahoma No. 8 Texas at Houston (-22.5) Prediction: Texas Washington State at No. 9 Oregon (-20) Prediction: Washington State Virginia at No. 10 North Carolina (O/U 56) Prediction: Over No. 17 Tennessee at No. 11 Alabama (-7.5) Prediction: Alabama

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Reference:

https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/college-football-picks-predictions-odds-michigan-michigan-state-usc-utah-among-best-bets-in-week-8/

Bob Asmussen's Winning Ways Propel Illini Back into West Race

Bob Asmussen’s Winning Ways Propel Illini Back into West Race

Champaign, Illinois – Luke Altmyer is proving his mettle in the realm of college football. Following Illinois’ nail-biting 27-24 victory over Maryland last Saturday, the Mississippi transfer can now boast two game-winning, two-minute drives to his name. Quite an achievement, considering Altmyer’s limited experience during his two seasons in Oxford, Mississippi.

During his tenure with Mississippi, comprising nine games with a single start, he threw for a modest 317 yards, accumulating three touchdown passes and three interceptions.

Since donning the Illini jersey, Altmyer has nearly quintupled his career passing statistics, accumulating an impressive 1,571 yards. While his touchdown-to-interception ratio remains in the negative (8:9), he still has five more games this season to reverse those numbers.

Seven games into his Illini journey, Altmyer has secured the trust and belief of both his coaches and teammates. Notably, he’s also growing more confident in himself, all with a touch of Southern humility.

Reflecting on his progress, Altmyer shared, “It’s been a learning experience. My first year truly playing in a challenging conference like the Big Ten has had its share of ups and downs. I don’t believe I’ve played my best yet; I think the best is yet to come. Each game, I feel like the pace is slowing down a bit, but it’s still a process, and I’m taking it one step at a time.”

In contrast to his time at Mississippi, where he played backup to two different starters, Altmyer is now the man in charge at Illinois, with no doubt about it.

Altmyer admitted, “I feel like every single rep is something new and something I have to get used to a little bit. I don’t feel like I’m quite there yet.”

Highlighting his recent accomplishments, Altmyer delivered a stellar performance in a high-pressure situation at Maryland. With the score tied at 24-24, Illinois initiated its final drive from their own 25-yard line with just one minute and 31 seconds remaining. Altmyer led a seven-play, 50-yard drive to set up the game-winning 43-yard field goal by Caleb Griffin as time expired.

When asked about his mindset during the drive, Altmyer explained, “Similar to the Toledo game, you’ve got to go down there and get a score or at least put Caleb in a position to make a field goal. Try to put the ball in the playmakers’ hands, whatever was called in that situation.”

One crucial play during the drive was a 29-yard completion to Casey Washington, backed by a 12-yard throw to Aidan Laughery, along with substantial runs by Altmyer and Kaden Feagin.

“I tried to just do my job and execute. We were put in great situations, and I’ve got a lot of great players around me,” Altmyer said.

Illinois frequently practices the two-minute drill, preparing for various scenarios. Altmyer noted, “Our coaches were fully prepared, and I think we were too.”

When the moment of truth arrived with Griffin lining up for the kick, Altmyer confessed, “I came off to the sideline and sat in a chair.” Did he watch? “I had my head down and I was peeking back and forth,” Altmyer admitted, citing it as nerves. But he was confident Griffin would make the kick.

He was particularly pleased to see the crowd’s silence, acknowledging, “It’s cool to take the air out of the stadium. It was cool to see our fans react the way they did and the way they showed up for us. It really meant a lot.”

Altmyer’s trust in Griffin’s ability to convert the kick was unwavering. “Everybody on our sideline had so much trust in him to do it,” he emphasized.

The victory over Maryland helped ease the sting of the four losses Illinois endured in the first half of the season. Altmyer expressed his satisfaction, saying, “It was definitely a good feeling after a few losses to get a win against a really good team. A 5-1 football team in the Big Ten on the road was great.”

However, Altmyer remains focused on improvement and not taking winning for granted. He’s already preparing for the upcoming game against Wisconsin, a strong opponent.

This weekend’s matchup against Wisconsin marks Altmyer’s eighth start for Illinois (3-4, 1-3 Big Ten). It will also be his first homecoming game at the school.

Altmyer has relied on a veteran group of wide receivers, including Isaiah Williams and Pat Bryant, who rank first and 16th, respectively, in the Big Ten in catches. Casey Washington has also made significant contributions.

Altmyer praised his receiving corps, saying, “Those three have been there and done that. It started as soon as I got here in January, working so hard on the weekends and throughout the week. In spring, summer, and fall camp, we’ve developed such a chemistry. Their confidence gives me confidence too.
Reference:

https://www.news-gazette.com/newsletter/content/sports/illini_football/bob-asmussen-altmyer-shows-a-winning-touch-as-illini-get-back-in-west-race/article_87acdbfc-2ef4-58dc-814e-4c7eabe2ef7a.html

Amid SEC Highlights: Rece Davis Illuminates Potential Upside in Brock Bowers' Injury and the Prospects for the Georgia Bulldogs

Amid SEC Highlights: Rece Davis Illuminates Potential Upside in Brock Bowers’ Injury and the Prospects for the Georgia Bulldogs

Georgia’s fortunes took a significant hit when star tight end Brock Bowers suffered an ankle injury, but according to college football analyst Rece Davis, there could be a silver lining to this setback.

During the Bulldogs’ recent victory over Vanderbilt, standout tight end Brock Bowers sustained an ankle injury, which led to the disheartening announcement on Monday that he would be sidelined for 4-6 weeks following tightrope surgery on the ankle. This news is not only a blow to the reigning national champions but also dims the Heisman Trophy prospects of Bowers, who has been a strong contender for the title of the best player in college football.

While Bowers’ absence may appear to be a cause for concern, Rece Davis, the college football analyst, actually envisions a potential positive outcome in this situation.

Davis stated, “When they emerge on the other side and he returns, hopefully to full health, they might have developed other offensive weapons. Although it has been invaluable for Carson Beck to rely on Brock Bowers as a security blanket, with Bowers absent, he will need to find alternative targets. Perhaps, by the time they reach the SEC Championship Game, they may have a couple of new options. While it’s undeniably a setback because Bowers is a standout player and the linchpin of their offense, I’m not overly worried about the replacements in the pipeline.”

Given Georgia’s depth and the expectation that the Bulldogs can reload and compensate for Bowers’ absence, there is hope that they will continue to perform at a high level.
Reference:

https://www.si.com/college/mississippistate/football/rece-davis-sees-possible-silver-lining-georgia-tight-end-brock-bowers-injury

Preview of Week 8 in College Football: Insights from Vegas Odds

Preview of Week 8 in College Football: Insights from Vegas Odds

By Case Keefer (contact)

Wednesday, October 18, 2023 | 2 a.m.

Penn State’s place in college football history hangs in the balance as two distinct eras approach a conclusion, marked by the Nittany Lions’ absence from the national spotlight.

In 1998, the Bowl Championship Series National Championship Game was introduced to college football, and many believed that Penn State would quickly become a perennial contender. However, over the 16-year history of the event, the Nittany Lions never made an appearance. Similarly, since the inception of the four-team College Football Playoff in 2014, Penn State has never secured a spot, leaving them with one last opportunity before the impending expansion and conference realignment next year.

The silver lining is the 2023 squad, arguably Penn State’s strongest in a quarter-century. With an unblemished 6-0 record, both straight-up and against the spread, they have a chance to prove their worth in the upper echelons of college football. The pivotal test comes this Saturday, as they face Ohio State as 4-point underdogs, the shortest spread they’ve seen at Ohio Stadium since 2008 during Coach Joe Paterno’s final Big Ten championship season.

This season’s Big Ten landscape appears to be a three-team battle, with Michigan leading the pack at +135, Ohio State at +215, and Penn State at +315. Considering Michigan or Ohio State’s six-year stranglehold on the Big Ten title, Penn State’s climb to the top of the betting board is a notable achievement. But the Nittany Lions have their sights set on more.

A crucial matchup awaits against Michigan on November 11, just two games after the Ohio State showdown this weekend. These games may be the key to ensuring that Penn State doesn’t go 25 consecutive years without a shot at a national championship. Considering their impressive performance in the first half of the season, Penn State remains a strong contender.

Continue reading for insights on every Football Bowl Subdivision game in Week 8. Picks are categorized into three confidence levels: ‘plays,’ ‘leans,’ and ‘guesses.’ The provided lines are the best available in Las Vegas at the time of publication. The season’s record for game predictions stands at 177-192-8, with 47-49-1 for ‘plays,’ 55-61-2 for ‘leans,’ and 75-83-5 for ‘guesses.

Key Matchups

Penn State vs. Ohio State (+4) – Over/Under: 47: The spotlight is on Ohio State’s defense, often overshadowed by concerns about their offense. They now potentially possess one of the nation’s best defenses. Penn State’s impressive offensive stats may face a challenge against Ohio State’s disruptive defensive unit. Prediction: Ohio State -4.

UCF vs. Oklahoma (+20) – Over/Under: 65: UCF appears to be a ‘buy-low’ team after a three-game losing streak marred by injuries. With improved health and peak talent, they’re set to give any opponent a run for their money. Prediction: UCF +20.

Washington State vs. Oregon (+20.5) – Over/Under: 62: Oregon, coming off a devastating loss to Washington, faces the challenge of bouncing back. The spread appears slightly inflated and influenced by Washington State’s recent struggles, but they’ve demonstrated the ability to keep up in high-scoring games. Prediction: Washington State +20.5.

Tennessee vs. Alabama (+8.5) – Over/Under: 49.5: Alabama has admirably navigated roster issues during a five-game winning streak, but their offense ranks 63rd in the nation for expected points added (EPA) per play. They may lack the explosiveness to secure a comfortable victory against capable opponents, and Tennessee could keep the game competitive. Prediction: Lean toward Tennessee +8.5.

Ole Miss vs. Auburn (-6.5) – Over/Under: 56.5: Ole Miss, known for their high-flying offense, faces an Auburn team with a slower pace and offensive limitations. Auburn’s recent performance against LSU, a team Ole Miss defeated last month, suggests a favorable matchup. Prediction: Play Ole Miss -6.5.

Michigan vs. Michigan State (-23.5) – Over/Under: 48: Michigan State has historically troubled Michigan, but this year’s talent gap appears significant. Prediction: Play Michigan -23.5.

Duke vs. Florida State (+14) – Over/Under: 49: Duke’s quarterback, Riley Leonard, may play through an ankle injury. The point spread seems fair, though slightly high for Duke without Leonard. If he plays, it could be a closer game. Prediction: Lean toward Duke +14.

Utah vs. USC (+7) – Over/Under: 56: USC’s offense is struggling and must face Utah’s experienced defense. Although the spread appears accurate, USC’s recent lackluster performances raise concerns. Prediction: Guess Utah +7.

These matchups promise excitement and intrigue, as teams battle it out on the gridiron, with the potential for unexpected outcomes and thrilling plays.

Significant Matchups

New Mexico State vs. UTEP (-3.5) – Over/Under: 48.5: UTEP, despite a challenging season, recently found their first cover in a Football Bowl Subdivision game. Their revamped offense, led by new quarterback Cade McConnell, adds unpredictability for opponents. New Mexico State, on the other hand, has dominated weaker teams like Florida International and Sam Houston in recent weeks. Prediction: Play UTEP +3.5.

Mississippi State vs. Arkansas (+6.5) – Over/Under: 48.5: Arkansas, plagued by injuries, faces a high asking price. The game aligns with Mississippi State’s preferred slower pace, making it their prime opportunity for a conference victory. With the advantage of a bye week for extra preparation, they aim to capitalize. Prediction: Play Mississippi State +6.5.

Boston College vs. Georgia Tech (-4.5) – Over/Under: 58.5: Georgia Tech, ranked 48th nationally in EPA per play, faces Boston College, ranked 88th. Most metrics favor Georgia Tech, indicating they should be closer to a touchdown favorite. Prediction: Play Georgia Tech -4.5.

Baylor vs. Cincinnati (+2.5) – Over/Under: 50.5: Baylor, despite a less-than-ideal resume, welcomes back quarterback Blake Shapen, who missed significant playing time. Cincinnati has received ample respect in the betting market, but their only FBS cover came against a struggling Pittsburgh team. Prediction: Play Baylor +2.5.

UTSA vs. Florida Atlantic (-3.5) – Over/Under: 60: Florida Atlantic’s offense is showing promise under new quarterback Daniel Richardson, which was somewhat expected given the influence of Tom Herman’s coaching. UTSA’s defense has struggled, providing Richardson with an opportunity to further shine. Prediction: Play Florida Atlantic +3.5.

Texas Tech vs. BYU (+4.5) – Over/Under: 52: Texas Tech faces challenges on the road, particularly at higher elevations, as evidenced by their loss to Wyoming in the season’s early weeks. They might also contend with a third-string quarterback, as Behren Morton could be a gametime decision. BYU appears to have an edge in this matchup. Prediction: Play BYU +4.5.

Additional Selections

Plays:

  • Utah State (+4.5) against San Jose State
  • Georgia Southern (-16.5) versus UL Monroe

Leans:

  • Houston (+24) against Texas
  • Miami (+3.5) versus Clemson
  • Wisconsin (-2.5) at Illinois
  • UNR (+14) against San Diego State
  • Northwestern (+12) at Nebraska
  • Tulane (-20) against North Texas
  • SMU (-19.5) at Temple
  • Kent State (+7) against Buffalo
  • Ball State (+4.5) versus Central Michigan
  • Bowling Green (-7.5) against Akron
  • Hawaii (pick’em) at New Mexico
  • Rutgers (-4.5) at Indiana
  • Pittsburgh (+2.5) against Wake Forest
  • North Carolina (-23.5) versus Virginia
  • Miami (Ohio) (+2) against Toledo
  • Eastern Michigan (+12.5) at Northern Illinois
  • Minnesota (+4) at Iowa
  • Washington (-26.5) against Arizona State
  • Charlotte (+7) at East Carolina
  • Marshall (+4) against James Madison
  • Western Michigan (+17) at Ohio

Guesses:

  • Old Dominion (+6.5) against Appalachian State
  • Memphis (-5.5) at UAB
  • Coastal Carolina (-10) against Arkansas State
  • Connecticut (+2) against South Florida
  • Colorado State (+8) at UNLV
  • Georgia State (+3) at Louisiana
  • Tulsa (-3) against Rice
  • Air Force (-10.5) at Navy
  • Kansas State (+6.5) against TCU
  • South Carolina (+7) at Missouri
  • Florida International (+5.5) at Sam Houston
  • Stanford (+17) at UCLA
  • Army (+30.5) at LSU

These picks provide a comprehensive view of the diverse matchups in college football, covering a wide range of teams and spread possibilities. Each game holds the potential for thrilling moments and surprising results.
Reference:

https://lasvegassun.com/blogs/talking-points/2023/oct/18/college-football-odds-picks-week8-penn-state/