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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

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/

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

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

Wyoming vs. Boise State: Odds, Promo Codes, Spread, Over/Under - Oct 28 Preview

Wyoming vs. Boise State: Odds, Promo Codes, Spread, Over/Under – Oct 28 Preview

In a showdown between Mountain West Conference (MWC) rivals, the Boise State Broncos (3-4) will clash with the Wyoming Cowboys (5-2) on October 28, 2023, at Albertsons Stadium. The Broncos are currently favored by 5 points, and the over/under for the game stands at 49 points.

Here, we delve into the odds, spreads, and notable betting trends for the upcoming Wyoming vs. Boise State matchup, sourced from various sportsbooks.

Wyoming vs. Boise State Game Information

  • Date: Saturday, October 28, 2023
  • Time: 5:30 PM ET
  • Channel: Fox Sports 2
  • Live Stream: Catch the action on Fubo
  • City: Boise, Idaho
  • Venue: Albertsons Stadium
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Wyoming vs. Boise State Odds, Spread, Over/Under Here’s a look at the odds, spread, and over/under from different sportsbooks.

  • BetMGM: Boise State (-5) | Total: 49 | Boise State Moneyline: -200 | Wyoming Moneyline: +165
  • FanDuel: Boise State (-5.5) | Total: 48.5 | Boise State Moneyline: -210 | Wyoming Moneyline: +172

Week 9 Odds

  • BYU vs Texas
  • Houston vs Kansas State
  • Georgia State vs Georgia Southern
  • Georgia vs Florida
  • Oklahoma vs Kansas
  • Oregon vs Utah
  • Tulane vs Rice
  • Syracuse vs Virginia Tech
  • Pittsburgh vs Notre Dame
  • Florida State vs Wake Forest
  • Purdue vs Nebraska
  • West Virginia vs UCF
  • Florida Atlantic vs Charlotte
  • Indiana vs Penn State
  • Duke vs Louisville
  • South Carolina vs Texas A&M

Wyoming vs. Boise State Betting Trends

  • Wyoming boasts a 4-1-1 record against the spread (ATS) this season.
  • When playing as underdogs of at least 5 points, the Cowboys hold a perfect ATS record of 4-0.
  • Boise State has only covered the spread in one game this season.
  • The Broncos have failed to cover the spread when favored by 5 points or more this season, with a 0-3 record in such situations.

Wyoming 2023 Futures Odds

OddsPayout
To Win the National Champ.+$100,000
To Win the MWC+$700
Reference:

https://www.wyomingnewsnow.tv/sports/betting/2023/10/28/wyoming-vs-boise-state-college-football-odds-spread-over-under/

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]

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

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]

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

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/

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

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/

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/

Kansas Football: Lance Leipold Nominated for the Bear Bryant Coach of the Year Award

Kansas Football: Lance Leipold Nominated for the Bear Bryant Coach of the Year Award

Kansas Football Coach Lance Leipold Named for 2023 Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award

Lance Leipold, head coach of Kansas football, has earned a place of distinction as one of the 26 college football coaches featured on the prestigious 2023 Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award watch list. This marks Leipold’s second consecutive appearance on the list, demonstrating his consistent excellence in the field of coaching.

Now in its 38th year, the Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award, presented by the American Heart Association, is a coveted accolade given each January. It recognizes head coaches who contribute significantly to improving the sport for both athletes and fans. The award is a testament to their grit, integrity, and their successful approach to coaching and life, both on and off the field.

Leipold finds himself among an elite trio of Big 12 coaches selected for the watch list, alongside Steve Sarkisian of Texas and Brent Venables of Oklahoma. Under Leipold’s guidance, the Jayhawks have achieved a remarkable 5-2 record this season, positioning themselves for a potential back-to-back appearance in bowl games, contingent on securing at least one more win among their remaining five games.

Leipold’s tenure has been marked by significant milestones. For the first time in over a century, the team has commenced two consecutive seasons with a remarkable 4-0 record. Notably, the Jayhawks have earned recognition in both the Associated Press’ Top 25 Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll on two occasions this year.

While the competition for the prestigious award is undoubtedly fierce, with esteemed peers also on the watch list, Leipold’s nomination stands as a testament to the incredible transformation he has brought to the Kansas football program. His impact has elevated the team to unprecedented heights, garnering well-deserved attention in the college football world.

The recipient of the Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award will be unveiled during an awards ceremony presented by Marathon Oil on January 10, 2024. The winner will be determined by the votes of the National Sports Media Association, the Bryant Awards’ Executive Leadership Team, and the Bryant Family.

Reference:
https://throughthephog.com/2023/10/18/kansas-football-lance-leipold-named-bear-bryant-coach-year-watch-list/

Scouting Report and Prediction for Penn State vs. Ohio State Football Clash

Scouting Report and Prediction for Penn State vs. Ohio State Football Clash

Penn State Football’s Remarkable Streak Faces Ohio State Challenge

Penn State football has been on an impressive 11-game winning streak, led by their head coach, James Franklin. Their last loss? It came at the hands of the Ohio State Buckeyes, the team they are set to face this Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State has been a perennial thorn in the side of the Nittany Lions, consistently presenting a tough challenge.

Last year’s encounter at Beaver Stadium mirrored many of their previous matchups since Franklin took the helm. Penn State put up a strong fight against Ohio State, pushing them deep into the second half, only to falter under pressure, make critical errors, and ultimately succumb.

However, there’s a key difference this time around. Penn State’s defense is poised to be the strongest unit on the field this Saturday, potentially delivering one of the most significant victories in James Franklin’s tenure.

Pass Rush Dominance with Chop Robinson and Adisa Isaac The Buckeyes have been middling in the Big Ten when it comes to protecting their rookie quarterback, ranking 8th with 10 sacks allowed. Their traditionally dominant offensive line has shown vulnerabilities and is yet to face the relentless pass-rush pressure they will encounter on Saturday.

Chop Robinson and Adisa Isaac headline a defensive unit that leads the nation in sacks, averaging 4.5 per game. This defense is versatile and multi-faceted, often deploying three rush-ends simultaneously, led by Robinson, who is a projected first-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. Linebackers Abdul Carter and Curtis Jacobs add to the pressure Ohio State’s QB, Kyle McCord, will face. McCord may struggle to find enough time and, more critically, the comfort and stability needed to connect with his elite receivers.

Penn State’s defensive strength is on an upward trajectory, with impressive depth in their defensive line, featuring standout backup ends like Amin Vanover and Dani Dennis-Sutton, along with a steadily disruptive inside presence.

Strong Run Support: Abdul Carter and Curtis Jacobs

Last year, the Lions faced significant challenges in the run game when pitted against Ohio State in the fourth quarter and Michigan throughout the entire game. Assignment breakdowns played a major role in these struggles. However, under the guidance of coordinator Manny Diaz, this defensive unit has made remarkable progress. In the last 11 games, they’ve proven their mettle against a range of opponents, with key contributors such as the agile Carter and Jacobs leading the charge.

The upcoming matchup against Ohio State poses a unique opportunity for Penn State. They have shown a remarkable improvement in their run defense, currently ranking as the best in the nation, allowing a mere 72.5 yards per game. Ohio State, on the other hand, is dealing with a slew of injuries among their top three tailbacks: TreVeyon Henderson, Miyan Williams, and Chip Trayanum. With the likes of Carter, Jacobs, and Kobe King in the linebacker corps, the Lions should hold up well against Ohio State’s depleted backfield.

On the other side of the ball, Penn State boasts what could be the nation’s best trio of cornerbacks in Kalen King, Johnny Dixon, and Daequan Hardy. Their exceptional skills have translated to a top national ranking in passing yards allowed, giving up just 121.2 yards per game. This will be crucial as they face Ohio State’s challenging passing game, especially with tight end Cade Stover presenting matchup issues that require the linebackers and safeties to provide adequate support.

The matchup becomes even more intriguing when you consider Ohio State’s dynamic receiving duo, Marvin Harrison and Emeka Egbuka. Harrison, in particular, is known for his playmaking abilities and had a standout performance against the Lions last year. Nevertheless, the Lions’ cornerbacks have shown significant improvement and, when paired with an effective pass rush, have the potential to contain the Buckeyes’ passing threats.

In conclusion, the stage is set for a thrilling showdown. It’s a game that could mark a turning point for Penn State, and their recent defensive prowess suggests they’re up to the task. In this highly anticipated clash, our prediction leans toward Penn State, with a final score of 24-17.

Frank Bodani, who covers Penn State football for the York Daily Record and USA Today Network, can be reached at [email protected]. For updates, follow him on X, formerly known as Twitter, @YDRPennState.

Reference:

https://sports.yahoo.com/penn-state-football-vs-ohio-083716772.html

Penn State vs. Ohio State Preview, Brock Bowers' Injury, and Prospects of Collective Bargaining for Student Athletes

Penn State vs. Ohio State Preview, Brock Bowers’ Injury, and Prospects of Collective Bargaining for Student Athletes

Dan Wetzel, Ross Dellenger, and Sports Illustrated’s Pat Forde delve into this weekend’s most intriguing Big Ten clash between Ohio State and Penn State, followed by a comprehensive discussion on various college football updates.

In a high-stakes matchup, both Ryan Day and James Franklin are vying for a victory to keep their playoff aspirations alive. The guys contemplate which coach is under greater pressure. James Franklin seeks that elusive signature win at Penn State, and defeating Ohio State this season could provide precisely that. Ryan Day, on the other hand, is grappling with mounting pressure following two consecutive losses to Michigan. A defeat against Penn State could potentially jeopardize his standing with Buckeye fans.

Saturday features a rematch of one of last season’s most electrifying games, as Tennessee goes head to head with Alabama once again. However, the dynamics have shifted, with both teams expected to prioritize defense over high-scoring affairs. The stakes are particularly high for Alabama, given their lofty expectations, and Nick Saban is determined not to suffer a second consecutive loss to the Volunteers.

Georgia’s star tight end, Brock Bowers, sustained an injury in the recent game against Vanderbilt. Bowers is scheduled for ankle surgery in the hope of making a swift return before the College Football Playoff.

Meanwhile, South Carolina’s coach, Shane Beamer, faced an injury of his own over the weekend. He inadvertently injured his foot after a close loss to Florida.

The conversation shifts to Dabo Swinney, who has expressed his discontent with the immense expectations placed on the Clemson football team. Swinney challenges the notion that teams are labeled as losers if they don’t maintain an undefeated record. He suggests that a down-year could help alleviate the pressure on the Clemson bandwagon. Ironically, Dabo’s past successes seem to be contributing to his current challenge.

The episode also touches on the 10th Congressional NIL hearing that occurred on Tuesday, with Ross providing insights from his attendance. The crew discusses the potential for collective bargaining for student athletes, a concept supported by Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick. They examine the advantages and drawbacks of considering student athletes as employees and the significance of this issue being discussed in Congress.

To wrap up the podcast, the hosts share the remarkable discovery of the world’s spiciest pepper, ‘Pepper X,’ and explore the potential consequences of consuming it.

Timestamps: 1:00 – Spotlight on the Big Ten with Penn State vs. Ohio State 20:54 – Anticipating the Tennessee vs. Alabama matchup 27:20 – Brock Bowers’ injury and his recovery timeline 32:32 – Shane Beamer’s foot injury 34:25 – Dabo Swinney’s perspective on Clemson football expectations 37:40 – Insights from the 10th Congressional NIL hearing in Washington, D.C. 1:05:40 – Unveiling the new world record for the hottest pepper, ‘Pepper X’
Reference:
https://sports.yahoo.com/
https://24ssports.com/

Florida State vs. Duke: Betting Information - Promo Codes, Odds, Spread, and Over/Under for October 21st

Florida State vs. Duke: Betting Information – Promo Codes, Odds, Spread, and Over/Under for October 21st

Florida State vs. Duke: A Showdown of College Football Titans

By Data Skrive

Published: Oct. 17, 2023, 9:29 PM CST | Updated: 40 minutes ago

![Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis (13) looks for a receiver during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Syracuse, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)(APMedia)](Image Link)

In what promises to be an electrifying clash, the undefeated No. 4 Florida State Seminoles (6-0) with the seventh-ranked scoring offense in the nation will take on the formidable No. 16 Duke Blue Devils (5-1) with the fourth-ranked scoring defense on Saturday, October 21, 2023. The Seminoles are heavily favored by 13.5 points, and the over/under for this game is set at 49 points.

For a comprehensive overview of odds, spreads, over/unders, and more from various sportsbooks for the Florida State vs. Duke matchup, continue reading this article.

Florida State vs. Duke Game Information

  • Date: Saturday, October 21, 2023
  • Time: 7:30 PM ET
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Week 8 Odds

Explore more exciting Week 8 matchups:

  • UCF vs Oklahoma
  • Memphis vs UAB
  • Southern Miss vs South Alabama
  • Penn State vs Ohio State
  • Texas vs Houston
  • Rice vs Tulsa
  • Air Force vs Navy
  • Minnesota vs Iowa
  • Oklahoma State vs West Virginia
  • Mississippi State vs Arkansas
  • SMU vs Temple
  • Wisconsin vs Illinois
  • New Mexico State vs UTEP
  • North Texas vs Tulane
  • Washington State vs Oregon
  • James Madison vs Marshall
  • Tennessee vs Alabama

Florida State vs. Duke Betting Trends

  • Florida State boasts a 4-2-0 record against the spread this season.
  • The Seminoles have covered the spread twice (2-2 ATS) when playing as at least 13.5-point favorites.
  • Duke has a commendable 4-1-0 ATS record this year.

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Former Monaco head Coach Philippe Clement named Rangers Manager.

Former Monaco head Coach Philippe Clement named Rangers Manager.

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Rangers have named Philippe Clement as their new manager, signing him to a three-and-a-half-year deal. The 49-year-old, a former Belgium defender, takes over from the dismissed Michael Beale. Clement, previously with Monaco, left the Ligue 1 club after 18 months. Rangers’ chairman, John Bennett, praised the selection process, which culminated in Clement becoming the 19th manager for the Scottish Premiership club. Clement, expressing his excitement for the role, is eager to achieve success at Rangers. The new management team will meet the playing squad soon, with the task of closing the gap on Celtic.

Reference: https://sports.yahoo.com/philippe-clement-rangers-appoint-former-101239479.html

Reference: https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/67080993

Watch the San Diego State vs. Hawaii showdown live! Find the online streaming details and locate the CBS Sports Network channel.

Watch the San Diego State vs. Hawaii showdown live! Find the online streaming details and locate the CBS Sports Network channel.

Week 7 on CBS Sports Network brings you seven thrilling matchups across five days. The action kicks off at noon with a MAC face-off between Eastern Michigan and Kent State. Later, Army West Point takes on Troy in West Point, New York. The Mountain West takes center stage for the evening games, with Air Force battling Wyoming and Hawaii hosting San Diego State in a late-night showdown.

From Murfreesboro, Tennessee, to Honolulu, Hawaii, CBS Sports Network has your Week 7 covered. Here are the key storylines and details for the upcoming games:

San Diego State at Hawaii

  • Date: Saturday, Oct. 14
  • Time: 11 p.m.
  • Location: Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex, Honolulu
  • TV: CBS Sports Network [Channel Finder]
  • Live Stream: CBSSports.com | Mobile: CBS Sports App (Free)
  • Spread: San Diego State -6 | Will the Aztecs cover? See SportsLine’s Week 7 projections here.

San Diego State, coming off a bye week, is eager to halt their four-game losing streak after a promising 2-0 start to the season. The team has struggled defensively, conceding an average of 439.7 yards per game. In Week 5, they suffered a significant setback, falling 49-10 to Air Force. This marked the third time in four games that San Diego State scored 10 points or fewer. If their offense doesn’t find its rhythm on Saturday, they could face a tough challenge against a Rainbow Warriors team known for its strong passing game. Hawaii ranks 30th in the FBS, averaging 278.7 passing yards per game.
Reference

www.cbssports.com

Breaking News: Washington's Impressive Victory Catapults Them Up Yahoo's Top 10 Rankings!

Breaking News: Washington’s Impressive Victory Catapults Them Up Yahoo’s Top 10 Rankings!

In an unexpected turn of events, Iowa has emerged as a dominant force in the race for the Big Ten West crown and remains a contender in the College Football Playoff. Despite struggling with one of the nation’s weakest offenses, the Hawkeyes stand at an impressive 6-1 midway through the season, seizing control of their destiny after a hard-fought 15-6 victory over Wisconsin. While offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz faces pressure to increase scoring, the team refuses to be bogged down by such trivial matters.

Although the Hawkeyes have yet to break into our Top 10, they are steadily making their presence felt. Notable shifts in our rankings include Big Blue’s breakthrough, Alabama’s resurgence, and the Huskies’ remarkable ascent following their electrifying triumph over Oregon.

Oklahoma Sooners

  • This week: Bye
  • Next week: vs. UCF
  • Best win: vs. Texas
  • The Sooners boast one of the nation’s most formidable defenses, ranking among the top two teams in turnovers forced. Additionally, they maintain an impressive offensive yardage average, surpassing all but five competitors. Their standout victory against Texas and a commanding 30-point average margin further solidify their claim to the top spot.

Florida State Seminoles

  • This week: Won 41-3 vs. Syracuse
  • Next week: vs. Duke
  • Best win: vs. LSU
  • Even without the towering Johnny Wilson, Florida State showcased their offensive prowess in a resounding 41-3 victory over Syracuse. A diverse arsenal of talent, including quarterback Jordan Travis, wide receiver Keon Coleman, and running backs Lawrance Toafili and Trey Benson, propelled the Noles to victory. While Homecoming beckons at Doak Campbell Stadium, they face a formidable Duke squad.

Washington Huskies

  • This week: Won 36-33 vs. Oregon
  • Next week: vs. Arizona State
  • Best win: vs. Oregon
  • Coach Kalen DeBoer emphatically asserted his team’s toughness in the postgame conference, dispelling any doubts about their physicality. The Huskies demonstrated resilience, strength, and determination in a thrilling showdown against the Ducks. Although challenges persist in areas like defense and the running game, quarterback Michael Penix Jr. spearheads one of the nation’s most potent passing attacks.

Ohio State Buckeyes

  • This week: Dominant 41-7 victory against Purdue
  • Next week: Faces Penn State in a highly anticipated matchup
  • Best win: Impressive performance at Notre Dame
The Buckeyes displayed a focused performance, not losing sight of their impending clash with the Nittany Lions. Their suffocating defense and signs of offensive improvement were evident. QB Kyle McCord and WR Marvin Harrison Jr. showcased a formidable connection. The question remains: can OSU’s offense penetrate Penn State’s sturdy defense, which has consistently held opponents below 16 points?

Georgia Bulldogs

  • This week: Secured a 37-20 win against Vanderbilt
  • Next week: Enjoy a bye week before facing tough challenges
  • Best win: A convincing victory against Kentucky
The game against Vanderbilt proved to be more competitive than anticipated, with the Commodores narrowing the lead in the final minutes. This game was a testament to the competitive spirit of Nashville. The Bulldogs, led by QB Carson Beck, need to tighten up their performance as they head into a challenging stretch against teams like Florida, Ole Miss, Missouri, and Tennessee.

Penn State Nittany Lions

  • This week: Demolished UMass with a 63-0 victory
  • Next week: Face Ohio State in a pivotal top-10 clash
  • Best win: A significant triumph against Iowa
The Nittany Lions’ schedule has set them up favorably for the anticipated showdown in Columbus. Following a bye week, they faced UMass, showcasing their dominant defense. Ohio State’s offensive struggles this season might just open the door for a potential upset.

North Carolina Tar Heels

  • This week: Earned a hard-fought 41-31 victory against Miami
  • Next week: Prepare to take on Virginia
  • Best win: A solid victory against South Carolina
QB Drake Maye’s four touchdowns against Miami highlighted the Tar Heels’ ability to put up points. They are poised to enter a home game against Duke with an impressive 9-0 record, proving that Tobacco Road rivalries are not exclusive to basketball.

Texas Longhorns

  • This week: Enjoyed a bye week
  • Next week: Face a challenging matchup against Houston
  • Best win: A remarkable victory at Alabama
The Longhorns face a crucial week in Texas. Their hopes for a CFP title hinge on a flawless run, which includes a pivotal clash against Houston. The Cougars, despite being newcomers to the Big 12, demonstrated their mettle with a dramatic win over West Virginia. Can they sustain their momentum?

Alabama Crimson Tide

  • This week: Secured a hard-fought 24-21 win against Arkansas
  • Next week: Enjoy a bye week to regroup
  • Best win: A crucial victory against Ole Miss
Although the Crimson Tide are not without their flaws, Nick Saban’s team boasts a five-game winning streak and firm control of their path to the SEC championship game. While the offense still has room for improvement, the defense proved its mettle by limiting Arkansas to just 250 yards of total offense.

Michigan Wolverines

  • This week: Dominated with a 52-7 win against IndianaNext week: Face a tough challenge against Michigan StateBest win: A notable victory against Rutgers
Jim Harbaugh’s team has finally broken into our Top 10. However, it’s worth noting that the Wolverines have faced one of the easiest schedules in the country in the first half of the season. While their victory against Rutgers is commendable, it’s a reminder that they face tougher challenges ahead, including a matchup against Michigan State.

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