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The state of Michigan is the epicenter for ’s Week 7 slate. The annual rivalry between Michigan State and Michigan is always a must-see matchup. However, the stakes are even higher in 2015. The Spartans and Wolverines are playoff contenders, and the winner of this game will position itself as Ohio State’s biggest threat in the . Michigan State has won six out of the last seven in this series, but the Wolverines are favored at home. Outside of Ann Arbor, Ohio State hosts Penn State in another one of the Big Ten’s top matchups. There’s no shortage of defensive talent in this game, but will Penn State’s offense consistently move the ball against the Buckeyes? Elsewhere in the Big Ten this Saturday, Iowa hits the road to take on Northwestern, Minnesota hosts Nebraska, Wisconsin should have an easy win over Purdue, and Indiana meets Rutgers in a critical game for both team’s postseason hopes. 

 

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Big Ten Week 7 Game Power Rankings & Predictions

 

1. Michigan State at Michigan

Date: Saturday, Oct. 17 at 3:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN

Spread: Michigan -8

 

Predictions for Michigan State at Michigan

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2. Penn State at Ohio State

Date: Saturday, Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ABC

Spread: Ohio State -17

 

Predictions for Penn State at Ohio State

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Mitch

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David

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Braden

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3. Iowa at Northwestern

Date: Saturday, Oct. 17 at Noon ET

TV Channel: ABC/ESPN2

Spread: Iowa -2.5

 

Predictions for Iowa at Northwestern

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4. Nebraska at Minnesota

Date: Saturday, Oct. 17 at 3:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN2

Spread: Minnesota -2

 

Predictions for Nebraska at Minnesota

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Braden

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5. Rutgers at Indiana

Date: Saturday, Oct. 17 at 3:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Big Ten Network

Spread: NL

 

Predictions for Rutgers at Indiana

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6. Purdue at Wisconsin

Date: Saturday, Oct. 17 at Noon ET

TV Channel: Big Ten Network

Spread: Wisconsin -23.5

 

Predictions for Purdue at Wisconsin

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Braden

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Big Ten Week 7 Predictions: Michigan-Michigan State Rivalry Showdown, Penn State Visits Ohio State
Post date: Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 11:00
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Conference play is the theme for the ’s Week 7 schedule. After holding off Miami last Saturday, Florida State looks to remain unbeaten with Louisville visiting Tallahassee. The Cardinals were on bye last Saturday but have won two in a row after a 0-3 start. Georgia Tech looks to break into the win column in conference play after a 0-3 start in league action. The Yellow Jackets host Pittsburgh in a critical game for both teams in terms of positioning within the Coastal Division. Elsewhere in the ACC this weekend, Miami looks to rebound from a two-game losing streak in a home matchup against Virginia Tech. Boston College takes its struggling offense and stout defense to Death Valley to take on Clemson, North Carolina hosts Wake Forest and Syracuse travels to Virginia.

 

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ACC Week 7 Game Power Rankings & Predictions

 

1. Louisville at Florida State

Date: Saturday, Oct. 17 at Noon ET

TV Channel: ESPN

Spread: Florida State -7

 

Predictions for Louisville at Florida State

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2. Pittsburgh at Georgia Tech

Date: Saturday, Oct. 17 at 12:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN3

Spread: Georgia Tech -3.5

 

Predictions for Pittsburgh at Georgia Tech

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3. Virginia Tech at Miami

Date: Saturday, Oct. 17 at 3:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPNU

Spread: Miami -6

 

Predictions for Virginia Tech at Miami

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4. Boston College at Clemson

Date: Saturday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPNU

Spread: Clemson -15.5

 

Predictions for Boston College at Clemson

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5. Wake Forest at North Carolina

Date: Saturday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN3

Spread: North Carolina -17

 

Predictions for Wake Forest at North Carolina

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6. Syracuse at Virginia

Date: Saturday, Oct. 17 at 3:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN3

Spread: Virginia -7

 

Predictions for Syracuse at Virginia

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ACC Week 7 Predictions: Florida State-Louisville, Miami and Georgia Tech Look for Rebound Win
Post date: Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 10:30
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The ’s Week 7 slate should be among the best from Power 5 conferences in this weekend. The action kicks off on Thursday night with UCLA visiting Stanford in a potential preview of the Pac-12 Championship. The Bruins lost to Arizona State in Week 5 and need a win against the Cardinal to keep pace with Utah in the South Division. Speaking of the Utes, coach Kyle Whittingham’s team has a chance to put some distance in the division race with a matchup against Arizona State this weekend. It was a busy week for news at USC, and interim coach Clay Helton faces a tough assignment with a trip to Notre Dame on Saturday night. Oregon travels to Washington in a critical game for both teams in reaching bowl eligibility, while Arizona visits Colorado and Washington State hosts Oregon State.

 

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Pac-12 Week 7 Game Power Rankings & Predictions

 

1. UCLA at Stanford

Date: Thursday, Oct. 15 at 10:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN

Spread: Stanford -6.5

 

Predictions for UCLA at Stanford

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2. USC at Notre Dame

Date: Saturday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: NBC

Spread: Notre Dame -6.5

 

Predictions for USC at Notre Dame

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Mitch

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Braden

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3. Arizona State at Utah

Date: Saturday, Oct. 17 at 10 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN

Spread: Utah -6.5

 

Predictions for Arizona State at Utah

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Mitch

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4. Oregon at Washington

Date: Saturday, Oct. 17 at 10:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN2

Spread: Washington -2.5

 

Predictions for Oregon at Washington

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Braden

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5. Arizona at Colorado

Date: Saturday, Oct. 17 at 9 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Fox Sports 1

Spread: Arizona -8

 

Predictions for Arizona at Colorado

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6. Oregon State at Washington State

Date: Saturday, Oct. 17 at 4 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Pac-12 Networks

Spread: Washington State -8

 

Predictions for Oregon State at Washington

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Pac-12 Week 7 Predictions: Utah Hosts Arizona State, UCLA and USC Look for Road Wins
Post date: Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 10:00
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There’s a sharp divide in the ’s Week 7 slate. Four games appear on the schedule this Saturday, but two matchups are predicted to be one-sided affairs, while Baylor-West Virginia and Oklahoma-Kansas State are the only two games drawing much in the way of national attention. The Mountaineers have lost two straight after a 3-0 start, but coach Dana Holgorsen’s team knocked off Baylor in Morgantown last season. Oklahoma was upset by Texas last weekend and has a tricky road trip to Kansas State this Saturday. The Wildcats came up short in its upset bid against TCU last weekend and enters Week 7 on a two-game losing streak.

 

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Big 12 Week 7 Game Power Rankings & Predictions

 

1. Oklahoma at Kansas State

Date: Saturday, Oct. 17 at Noon ET

TV Channel: Fox Sports 1

Spread: Oklahoma -4.5

 

Predictions for Oklahoma at Kansas State

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2. West Virginia at Baylor

Date: Saturday, Oct. 17 at Noon ET

TV Channel: FOX

Spread: Baylor -21.5

 

Predictions for West Virginia at Baylor

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Braden

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3. TCU at Iowa State

Date: Saturday, Oct. 17 at 3:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ABC

Spread: TCU -20

 

Predictions for TCU at Iowa State

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4. Texas Tech at Kansas

Date: Saturday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN2

Spread: Texas Tech -31

 

Predictions for Texas Tech at Kansas

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Big 12 Week 7 Predictions: West Virginia Visits Baylor, Kansas State Looks for Upset Over Oklahoma
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The is home to two of ’s biggest showdowns for Week 7. Alabama heads to College Station to take on Texas A&M in a must-win game for coach Nick Saban’s team. After a defeat against Ole Miss earlier this year, the Crimson Tide can’t afford two losses in the SEC West or playoff picture. The Aggies are 5-0, but Alabama is this team’s biggest test so far in 2015. The other huge matchup this weekend in the SEC takes place in Baton Rouge. LSU hosts Florida in a meeting between two unbeaten teams and a potential preview of the SEC Championship in December. How will the Gators respond without starting quarterback Will Grier? Elsewhere in the SEC for Week 7, Ole Miss steps out of conference for a trip to Memphis, Georgia hosts Missouri, South Carolina begins the post-Steve Spurrier era with a home game against Vanderbilt, and Kentucky takes on Auburn on Thursday night. Mississippi State finishes non-conference play with a visit from Louisiana Tech.

 

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SEC Week 7 Game Power Rankings & Predictions

 

1. Alabama at Texas A&M

Date: Saturday, Oct. 17 at 3:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: CBS

Spread: Alabama -4

 

Predictions for Alabama at Texas A&M

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2. Florida at LSU

Date: Saturday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN

Spread: LSU -9.5

 

Predictions for Florida at LSU

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Mitch

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Braden

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3. Ole Miss at Memphis

Date: Saturday, Oct. 17 at Noon ET

TV Channel: ABC/ESPN2

Spread: Ole Miss -10.5

 

Predictions for Ole Miss at Memphis

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Mitch

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David

Fox

Braden

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45-31-41-3141-24

 

4. Missouri at Georgia

Date: Saturday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: SEC Network

Spread: Georgia -16

 

Predictions for Missouri at Georgia

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Mitch

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David

Fox

Braden

Gall

30-13-24-1431-21

 

5. Auburn at Kentucky

Date: Thursday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN

Spread: Auburn -2.5

 

Predictions for Auburn at Kentucky

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Mitch

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Fox

Braden

Gall

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6. Vanderbilt at South Carolina

Date: Saturday, Oct. 17 at 4 p.m. ET

TV Channel: SEC Network

Spread: South Carolina -3

 

Predictions for Vanderbilt at South Carolina

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Mitch

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Braden

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7. Louisiana Tech at Mississippi State

Date: Saturday, Oct. 17 at Noon ET

TV Channel: SEC Network

Spread: Mississippi State -13.5

 

Predictions for Louisiana Tech at Mississippi State

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Mitch

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Braden

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SEC Week 7 Predictions: Alabama-Texas A&M Showdown, Florida Visits LSU
Post date: Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 09:00
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Week 7 of the 2015 season kicks off with three games on Thursday night, including a top 25 showdown between UCLA and Stanford and a meeting in the SEC between Auburn and Kentucky. Four games are scheduled for Friday night, including an intriguing matchup in the Mountain West with Boise State visiting Utah State. Saturday’s slate is filled with meaningful matchups and key conference games. The Noon slate kicks off with Iowa visiting Northwestern, while Ole Miss plays at Memphis. The afternoon games feature two of the weekend’s biggest matchups. Texas A&M hosts Alabama, and Michigan State looks to remain unbeaten with a trip to Ann Arbor to play rival Michigan. The night slate features USC-Notre Dame, Florida-LSU and Penn State-Ohio State.

 

Which teams will come out on top in every FBS game for Week 7? Athlon's editors predict the winners for every game this week:

 

College Football Week 7 Predictions
 

Steven

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Mitch

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David

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Braden

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Mark

Ross

Auburn at

Kentucky

WKU at

North Texas

UCLA at

Stanford

Cincinnati at

BYU

Houston at

Tulane

Boise State at

Utah State

UNLV at

Fresno State

USF at 

UConn

Tulsa at

East Carolina

UCF at 

Temple

Georgia State at

Ball State

Buffalo at

Central Michigan

Western Michigan at

Ohio

Eastern Michigan at

Toledo

San Diego State at 

San Jose State

Nevada at

Wyoming

Bucknell at 

Army

Boston College at 

Clemson

Louisville at

Florida State

Missouri at

Georgia

Pittsburgh at

Georgia Tech

Virginia Tech at

Miami

Michigan State at

Michigan

Wake Forest at

North Carolina

Vanderbilt at

South Carolina

Syracuse at

Virginia

Iowa at

Northwestern

Purdue at 

Wisconsin

Marshall at

FAU

West Virginia at

Baylor

TCU at

Iowa State

Texas Tech at

Kansas

Oklahoma at

Kansas State

Florida at

LSU

Ole Miss at

Memphis

Nebraska at 

Minnesota

Louisiana Tech at

Miss. State

Alabama at

Texas A&M

FIU at 

MTSU

Arizona at 

Colorado

Arizona State at

Utah

Northern Illinois at

Miami, Ohio

Oregon at 

Washington

Oregon State at

Washington State

Akron at

Bowling Green

Rutgers at

Indiana

Charlotte at

Old Dominion

Kent State at

UMass

Idaho at 

Troy

Air Force at

Colorado State

New Mexico State at

Georgia Southern

UTSA at

Southern Miss

Appalachian State at

ULM

Hawaii at

New Mexico

USC at

Notre Dame

Penn State at

Ohio State

UL Lafayette at

Arkansas State

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Teaser:
Predictions for Every College Football Game in Week 7
Post date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 13:15
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The start of ’s 2015-16 bowl season is still two months away, but it’s never too early to take a peek at the potential matchups this postseason.

 

The bowl season is bigger and better than ever with 41 matchups, starting on Dec. 19 with five games. The postseason concludes on Jan. 11 with the national championship, while the playoff semifinals are on Dec. 31 this year.

 

The post-Week 6 bowl projections are a mixture between picks for the next few weeks, how things would look if the season ended today, and the results from the first six weeks of action. Expect several changes over the next two months.

 

College Football's Post-Week 6 Bowl Projections
BowlDateTie-InProjection
AutoNation CureDec. 19Sun Belt vs.
American

 East Carolina vs.

Appalachian State 

Gildan New MexicoDec. 19C-USA vs.
MW

 San Jose State vs.

MTSU   

Royal Purple
Las Vegas
Dec. 19MW/BYU vs.
Pac-12

Oregon vs.

BYU 

Raycom Media
Camellia
Dec. 19MAC vs.
Sun Belt

 Arkansas State vs.

Ohio 

R+L Carriers
New Orleans
Dec. 19C-USA vs.
Sun Belt

 UL Lafayette vs.

Southern Miss 

Miami BeachDec. 21American vs.
C-USA

 Houston vs.

WKU 

Famous Idaho PotatoDec. 22MAC vs.
MW

Bowling Green vs.

Colorado State 

Boca RatonDec. 22American vs.
MAC

 Toledo vs.

Temple 

SDCCU PoinsettiaDec. 23Mountain West vs.
Army

San Diego State vs.

Washington* 

GoDaddyDec. 23

MAC vs.

Sun Belt

 Georgia Southern vs.

Northern Illinois 

Popeyes BahamasDec. 24

C-USA vs.

MAC

 Western Michigan vs.

Louisiana Tech 

HawaiiDec. 24American vs.
BYU/MW

 Utah State vs.

Tulsa 

St. PetersburgDec. 26C-USA vs. 
American

Cincinnati vs.

Marshall 

Hyundai SunDec. 26ACC/ND vs.
Pac-12

USC vs.

NC State 

Zaxby's Heart of
Dallas
Dec. 26Big 12 vs.
C-USA

Rice vs.

Indiana* 

New Era PinstripeDec. 26ACC/ND vs.
Big Ten

 Northwestern vs.

Pittsburgh   

IndependenceDec. 26ACC/ND vs.
SEC

Virginia Tech vs.

Missouri 

Foster FarmsDec. 26Big Ten vs.
Pac-12

California vs. 

Minnesota 

MilitaryDec. 28ACC/ND vs.
American

 Navy vs.

Duke 

Quick LaneDec. 28ACC/ND vs.
Big Ten

 Nebraska vs.

Georgia Tech 

Lockheed Martin
Armed Forces
Dec. 29MW vs.
Big Ten

Air Force vs.

Illinois   

Russell AthleticDec. 29ACC/ND vs.
Big 12

 Louisville vs.

Oklahoma State 

NOVA Home 

Loans Arizona

Dec. 29

C-USA vs. 

Mountain West

 Nevada vs.

South Alabama* 

AdvoCare V100
Texas
Dec. 29Big 12 vs.
SEC

 Texas Tech vs.

Mississippi State 

BirminghamDec. 30American vs.
SEC

Memphis vs.

Arkansas 

BelkDec. 30ACC/ND vs.
SEC

 North Carolina vs.

Tennessee 

Franklin American
Music City
Dec. 30ACC/ND/Big Ten vs.
SEC

 Miami vs.

Georgia 

National University
Holiday
Dec. 30Big Ten vs.
Pac-12

 UCLA vs.

Wisconsin 

OutbackJan. 1Big Ten vs. 
SEC

 Iowa vs.

Florida 

Buffalo Wild Wings
Citrus
Jan. 1Big Ten vs.
SEC

 Michigan State vs.

Texas A&M  

TaxSlayerJan. 2ACC/ND/Big Ten vs.
SEC

 Penn State vs.

Ole Miss 

AutoZone LibertyJan. 2Big 12 vs. 
SEC

 Kansas State vs.

Kentucky 

Valero AlamoJan. 2Big 12 vs.
Pac-12

Oklahoma vs.

Arizona State 

CactusJan. 2Big 12 vs. 
Pac-12

 West Virginia vs.

Arizona 

    
Chick-fil-A PeachDec. 31At-large vs.
At-large

Florida State vs.

Notre Dame 

FiestaJan. 1At-large vs.
At-large

 Utah vs.

Boise State  

RoseJan. 1Big Ten vs.
Pac-12

Stanford vs.

Michigan 

SugarJan. 1SEC vs.
Big 12

 TCU vs. 

LSU 

    
CottonDec. 31Playoff
Semifinal

 Ohio State vs.

Clemson 

OrangeDec. 31Playoff
Semifinal

 Alabama vs.

Baylor 

National ChampionshipJan. 11Cotton Bowl Winner vs.
Orange Bowl Winner

 Ohio State vs.

Alabama 

* Indicates an at-large selection. Conference not projected to have enough bowl-eligible teams to fulfill the conference alignment. 

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’s coaching carousel is already in motion. Five FBS head coaching positions are open prior to Week 6 and several more are expected to change coaches by the end of the season. With the carousel moving fast, it won’t be long before athletic directors gauge the interest level of coaches or coordinators and setup interviews for the open position.

 

As with any coaching search, all programs are looking for the next big hire. Whether it’s a big-name coach or a rising star, programs with a coaching vacancy want to hit a home run in the hiring process. Who are some of the rising stars in the coordinator ranks expected to be in the mix for head coaching jobs later this year? Here are some names to watch. 

 

College Football's Top 10 Coordinators on the Rise

 

1. Brent Venables, Defensive Coordinator, Clemson

Despite losing several key contributors and returning only two starters, Clemson’s defense hasn’t missed a beat in 2015. That’s largely due to the coaching ability of Venables, who was a key hire for coach Dabo Swinney in 2012. The Tigers ranked third in the ACC in scoring defense from 2012-13 under Venables’ direction but led the conference in fewest points allowed in 2014. Additionally, Clemson finished first nationally in total defense, limiting opponents to just 260.8 yards per game and 4.03 yards per play. Through five games this season, the Tigers are holding opponents to 4.48 yards per play. It’s only a matter of time before Venables is hired as a head coach at a Power 5 program. 

 

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2. Doug Meacham, Co-Offensive Coordinator, TCU

Meacham’s arrival in 2014 was a big reason why TCU emerged as a playoff contender last season and is in the mix once again in 2015. The Horned Frogs averaged only 25.1 points a game in 2013 but jumped to 46.5 last season and 51 per contest in 2015. Prior to joining Gary Patterson’s staff at TCU, Meacham called the plays at Houston in 2013 and worked as an assistant for Mike Gundy at Oklahoma State from 2005-12.

 

3. Mike Norvell, Offensive Coordinator, Arizona State

Norvell has experienced a fast rise through the assistant ranks. After working for one season as a graduate assistant at Central Arkansas in 2006, Norvell was hired by Todd Graham at Tulsa in 2007 and worked with the Golden Hurricane until 2010. The Texas native followed Graham to Pittsburgh in 2011 and to Arizona State in 2012. Norvell has called the plays since coming to Tempe, and the Sun Devils never finished lower than third in scoring offense within the Pac-12 from 2012-14.  

 

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4. Lincoln Riley, Offensive Coordinator, Oklahoma

Riley is a Mike Leach and Air Raid disciple, and despite the sluggish showing against Texas in Week 6, the first-year coordinator is off to a fast start at Oklahoma. The Sooners are averaging 37 points per game and 6.4 yards per play in 2015. The Texas native worked at Texas Tech under Leach from 2007-09 and was hired by Ruffin McNeill at East Carolina prior to the 2010 season. The Pirates had a prolific offense under Riley, including a No. 2 rank in the American Athletic Conference in 2014 by averaging 35.8 points per game. Riley is just 32 years old and is stock will only increase over the next few seasons.

 

5. Kendal Briles, Offensive Coordinator, Baylor

After Philip Montgomery left Baylor to be the head coach at Tulsa, Briles was handed the keys to a high-powered Ferrari. While his father – Art Briles – is instrumental in the Bears’ offense, this unit is thriving under Kendal’s direction. Through five games, Baylor is averaging 64.2 points a game and ranks first nationally by averaging 9.1 yards per play. The Texas native has worked as an assistant with the Bears since 2008 and is regarded as one of the Big 12’s top recruiters.

 

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6. Dave Aranda, Defensive Coordinator, Wisconsin

Aranda isn’t getting a ton of national attention, but he’s clearly one of the top defensive coaches in the Big Ten. Under his direction, Wisconsin’s defense ranked as one of the Big Ten’s best in 2013-14. The Badgers finished second in scoring defense in back-to-back years and are second in the conference in 2015 by limiting opponents to just 11.5 points per game. Aranda was hired by Gary Andersen at Wisconsin and was retained by new coach Paul Chryst this offseason. Prior to the last three years with the Badgers, Aranda worked as the defensive signal-caller at Hawaii and Utah State and also spent three years as a graduate assistant at Texas Tech from 1999-01. 

 

7. D.J. Durkin, Defensive Coordinator, Michigan

Michigan’s defense has led the way in coach Jim Harbaugh’s first season. Durkin is the mastermind behind the Wolverines’ aggressive group and the Ohio native has guided this unit to three consecutive shutouts. Through six games, Michigan is giving up just 6.3 points per game and 3.1 yards per play. Prior to taking over in Ann Arbor, Durkin called the plays for a standout defense at Florida (2013-14) and worked under Harbaugh at Stanford from 2007-09.

 

8. Barry Odom, Defensive Coordinator, Missouri

After three years calling the defensive signals at Memphis, Odom returned to a familiar place: Missouri. The Oklahoma native played with the Tigers from 1996-99 and later coached under Gary Pinkel in Columbia from 2003-11. Memphis showed dramatic improvement under Odom and limited opponents to 19.5 points per game in 2014. So far, Odom has picked up where former coordinator Dave Steckel left off, as the Tigers lead the SEC in scoring defense (13.5), rank third in sacks (17) and are giving up just 4.1 yards per play. 

 

9. Bob Shoop, Defensive Coordinator, Penn State

It’s not unreasonable to think Shoop is the nation’s most underrated defensive coordinator. The Pennsylvania native was on James Franklin’s staff at Vanderbilt from 2011-13 and guided a defense that ranked No. 2 in the SEC with 5.1 yards per play allowed in 2013. Shoop followed Franklin to Penn State and coordinated a defense that allowed just 18.6 points per game in 2014. Shoop has head coaching experience on his resume, spending three seasons at Columbia from 2003-05.

 

10. Jason Candle, Offensive Coordinator, Toledo

Candle isn’t as big of a name as some of the other coaches on this list, but the former Mount Union player is one of the top coordinators in the Group of 5 ranks. Candle joined Matt Campbell’s staff as a receivers coach in 2009 and worked in that role until 2012 when he was promoted to offensive coordinator. The Rockets averaged at least 30 points a game from 2012-14 and led the MAC in 2014 by recording 6.6 yards per play. Prior to joining Campbell’s staff at Toledo, Candle worked at Mount Union as an assistant from 2003-08. He’s also regarded as an excellent recruiter.

 

Other Power 5 Names to Watch

 

Chris Ash, Co-Defensive Coordinator, Ohio State

Geoff Collins, Defensive Coordinator, Florida

Josh Conklin, Defensive Coordinator, Pittsburgh

Scott Frost, Offensive Coordinator, Oregon

David Gibbs, Defensive Coordinator, Texas Tech

Jeremy Pruitt, Defensive Coordinator, Georgia

Mike Sanford, Offensive Coordinator, Notre Dame

Kalani Sitake, Defensive Coordinator, Oregon State

Jake Spavital, Offensive Coordinator, Texas A&M

 

Other Group of 5 Names to Watch

 

Kevin Clune, Defensive Coordinator, Utah State

Eddie Gran, Offensive Coordinator, Cincinnati

Tyson Helton, Offensive Coordinator, WKU

Todd Orlando, Defensive Coordinator, Houston

Nick Rolovich, Offensive Coordinator, Nevada

Bryant Vincent, Offensive Coordinator, South Alabama

Marcel Yates, Defensive Coordinator, Boise State

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Midweek action returns on Tuesday night, as Arkansas State travels to Mobile to take on South Alabama in the second Sun Belt game for both teams in 2015. This matchup marks the first of back-to-back Tuesday night contests for the Red Wolves, while the Jaguars only play one pre-Thursday matchup this season.

 

Arkansas State was picked by some to win the Sun Belt this season, and this team has faced its share of ups and downs so far. The Red Wolves lost by 49 at USC in the opener but gave Missouri all it could handle the following Saturday before losing 27-20. Blake Anderson’s team earned wins over Missouri State and Idaho and also dropped a 37-7 game to Toledo on Sept. 26. Injuries to a few key players have played a role in Arkansas State's record so far.

 

South Alabama’s resume is similar to its conference foe, as the Jaguars were handled in losses to Power 5 opponents Nebraska and NC State and knocked off Gardner-Webb and San Diego State. South Alabama opened conference play on Oct. 3 with a win over Troy (24-18). While the Red Wolves were picked by some to win the Sun Belt, the Jaguars were projected to finish in the middle of the league. Coach Joey Jones faced a significant rebuilding effort in 2015 with just five returning starters.

 

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Arkansas State owns a 3-0 series edge over South Alabama. The Red Wolves won last year’s meeting 45-10 in Jonesboro but two of the matchups were decided by a touchdown or less.

 

Arkansas State at South Alabama

 

Kickoff: Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN2

Spread: Arkansas State -4.5

 

Three Things to Watch

 

1. Arkansas State Quarterback Fredi Knighten

All signs point to Knighten returning to the starting lineup after missing the last three games due to a groin injury suffered in the 27-20 loss to Missouri. Knighten struggled against USC and Missouri, managing only 183 passing yards in two games and a completion percentage of 41.3. However with nearly a month off from game action, Knighten should be close to full strength and should resemble the player that passed for 3,277 yards and 24 scores and rushed for 779 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. The senior will test a South Alabama defense giving up 35.8 points per game in 2015.

 

2. Turnovers and Red Zone Performance

With a close game anticipated, an edge in turnovers or red zone scores could be the difference. Both teams have struggled with giveaways in 2015. Arkansas State is tied for eighth in the Sun Belt with a minus-five margin, while South Alabama enters this game with a minus-three total. The level of competition has factored into these totals, but both teams have to do a better job taking care of the ball on Tuesday night. Additionally, which team can score seven instead of three inside the red zone? South Alabama ranks last in the Sun Belt with a 71.4 conversion rate, while Arkansas State is ninth with a 77.8 mark.

 

3. Battle of Running Backs

The Sun Belt is home to some of the top running backs in the Group of 5 ranks, including Georgia Southern’s Matt Breida, UL Lafayete’s Elijah McGuire, Appalachian State’s Marcus Cox and New Mexico State’s Larry Rose III. And on Tuesday night, Arkansas State’s Michael Gordon or South Alabama’s Xavier Johnson will have a chance to showcase their talent. Gordon finished fifth in the Sun Belt last season with 1,100 rushing yards, while Johnson recorded 438 yards on 81 attempts. After starting the year behind Terrance Timmons and Tyreis Thomas on the depth chart, Johnson has climbed to the No. 1 spot. The sophomore has impressed through the first five games, averaging 6.4 yards per carry on 64 attempts. Both teams are giving up their share of yardage on the ground, so Johnson and Gordon could be in for huge performances.

 

Final Analysis

 

Midweek college football is never a bad thing, and this matchup has potential to be an entertaining game thanks to the offenses. Arkansas State’s offense is capable of putting up points in a hurry, and South Alabama can match with the steady play of quarterback Cody Clements and an athletic group of skill players. If Knighten is at full strength, he should be the difference in this game.

 

Prediction: Arkansas State 31, South Alabama 24
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coach Steve Spurrier has decided to retire, ending an illustrious coaching career in the SEC. During his tenure with the Gamecocks, Spurrier went 86-49, which included three consecutive seasons of 11 wins from 2011-13. Prior to his stint at , Spurrier was 122-27-1 at Florida and 20-13-1 at Duke. And Spurrier wasn’t just a successful coach - he won the 1966 Heisman Trophy as a quarterback with the Gators.

 

Needless to say, Spurrier’s departure is a huge loss for the and South Carolina. Spurrier owns the only seasons of more than 10 wins in school history and helped to raise the bar in Columbia.

 

Who will replace Spurrier at South Carolina? Here’s 10 names to watch.

 

10 Coaches to Watch in South Carolina's Search to Replace Steve Spurrier

 

Dino Babers, head coach, Bowling Green

Behind a high-powered offense, Babers has emerged as one of the top Group of 5 coaches over the last two seasons. Despite losing starting quarterback Matt Johnson to a season-ending injury in the first game of 2014, the Falcons still won the MAC East and finished 8-6 last year. Bowling Green is off to a 4-2 start in 2015 and already has wins over two Power 5 programs – Purdue and Maryland. Babers has a wealth of experience as an assistant, including stops at UCLA, Texas A&M, Arizona, Pittsburgh and Baylor under Art Briles. He also has a two-year stint at Eastern Illinois (19-7) on his resume.

 

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Matt Campbell, head coach, Toledo

Campbell is regarded as one of college football’s top rising stars and also one of the youngest in the coaching ranks. The 35-year-old coach is 31-13 at Toledo, and the Rockets are off to a 5-0 start in 2015. Additionally, Toledo is ranked No. 22 prior to Week 7 and has wins over Power 5 programs in Iowa State and Arkansas. The Ohio native played at the ultra-successful Mount Union program from 1999-02 and later worked as an assistant at Bowling Green and Toledo prior to taking over the head coach role after Tim Beckman left for Illinois.

 

Mark Dantonio, head coach, Michigan State

It’s hard to see Dantonio leaving Michigan State for South Carolina. However, it’s worth mentioning Dantonio has ties to this program as a defensive back for the Gamecocks from 1976-78 under Jim Carlen. Dantonio is one of the nation’s top coaches and is 81-31 during his tenure at Michigan State. Prior to taking over in East Lansing, Dantonio went 18-17 at Cincinnati, worked as an assistant under Jim Tressel at Ohio State from 2001-03 and Michigan State under Nick Saban from 1995-00. Dantonio isn’t likely to leave East Lansing, but South Carolina has to at least inquire.


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P.J. Fleck, head coach, Western Michigan

Fleck is only 11-19 in three seasons at Western Michigan, but the arrow is clearly pointing up on his tenure with the Broncos. After a 1-11 mark in his first season, Fleck is 10-8 and guided the program to an 8-5 finish in 2014. The Illinois native worked as an assistant at Rutgers, Northern Illinois and in the NFL with the Buccaneers before taking over at Western Michigan. While Fleck is young and still learning on the job, he would have no trouble energizing the fanbase and is an outstanding recruiter.

 

Justin Fuente, head coach, Memphis

Fuente is a rising star in the coaching ranks and should have plenty of suitors if he’s interested in leaving Memphis. In three years with the Tigers, Fuente is 22-20 and guided the program to a 10-3 record in 2014. Last season’s 10-win mark was the best record in school history and included a share of the American Athletic Conference title. Fuente’s accomplishments at Memphis are even more impressive when you consider the mess former coach Larry Porter left behind after a 3-21 record from 2010-11. Prior to taking over in Memphis, Fuente worked as an assistant at TCU under Gary Patterson from 2007-11.

 

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Tom Herman, head coach, Houston

Herman is going to draw plenty of interest from Power 5 programs at the end of the 2015 season. He’s only in the first year of his tenure at Houston, but the Cougars are off to an impressive 5-0 start. Additionally, Herman was a key cog in Ohio State’s national championship run last season. Despite losing the top two quarterbacks on the roster, the Buckeyes’ offense remained on track with Cardale Jones and scored at least 42 points in each of the final three games. Herman also has stops on his resume as an offensive coordinator at Iowa State, Rice and Texas State.

 

Chad Morris, head coach, SMU

Morris is just 1-5 in his first season at SMU, but the overall outlook for the program is trending up with this rebuilding project and there are signs of life after six weeks. Prior to SMU, Morris was one of the nation’s top assistant coaches at Clemson. From 2011-14, Morris called the plays for the Tigers and coordinated some of the nation’s top offenses. Clemson ranked in the top 10 nationally for scoring offense from 2012-13. Morris also has a one-year stint as Tulsa’s play-caller on his resume (2010) and was a head coach in the high school ranks from 1994-09.

 

Rich Rodriguez, head coach, Arizona

Rodriguez could be a name that generates interest in the USC and Maryland searches, so the West Virginia native could have plenty of suitors after Arizona’s final game on Nov. 21. Rodriguez is 30-16 with the Wildcats and is coming off his best year in Tucson after winning the Pac-12 South title in 2014. Rodriguez had a failed run at Michigan (15-22) but went 60-26 as West Virginia’s head coach from 2001-07. Additionally, he’s no stranger to the state of South Carolina after a two-year stint as Clemson’s offensive coordinator from 1999-00. While Rodriguez is mentioned here, it’s worth noting he has a good job at Arizona and now has a roster full of his recruits. Taking over at another school would require a rebuilding effort and a transition to his scheme. For a variety of reasons, that didn’t work well at Michigan.

 

Kirby Smart, defensive coordinator, Alabama

It’s only a matter of time before Smart is hired as a head coach at a Power 5 program. He’s well-versed in life in the SEC, as Smart played at Georgia as a defensive back from 1995-98 and coached as an assistant at LSU, Georgia and Alabama. Smart was promoted to defensive coordinator with the Crimson Tide in 2008 after Kevin Steele left for Clemson. Nick Saban has a huge role in Alabama’s defense, and with Smart at the controls, this unit never finished lower than third in the SEC in scoring defense from 2008-14. One potential drawback for Smart: He has never been a head coach at the FBS level.

 

Brent Venables, defensive coordinator, Clemson

Not only is Venables one of the nation’s top assistant coaches, but he also coordinates a defense for South Carolina’s biggest rival – Clemson. If the Gamecocks think Venables is the right coach to replace Spurrier, it’s also an interesting way to hurt your rival. Venables played at Kansas State under Bill Snyder from 1991-92 and joined the program as a graduate assistant in 1993. After working as an assistant with the Wildcats, Venables was hired on Bob Stoops’ first staff at Oklahoma in 1999 and stayed in Norman until 2011. Venables has been a key piece in Clemson’s recent success and coordinated a defense that was arguably the nation’s best last season.

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has terminated coach Steve Sarkisian just 18 games into his tenure as the program’s head coach. The move to terminate Sarkisian’s contract comes one day after the second-year coach was placed on leave. The Trojans went 12-6 under Sarkisian’s watch and are 3-2 through five games in the 2015 season.

 

This is an important hire for athletic director Pat Haden. By the start of the 2016 season, will be on its third coach in four years. Lane Kiffin’s tenure ended during the 2013 season, with Clay Helton and Ed Orgeron working as the interim coaches for the remainder of the season. Who will replace Sarkisian at USC? Here are some names to watch in Haden’s search:

 

10 Coaching Candidates to Replace Steve Sarkisian at USC

 

Pat Fitzgerald, head coach, Northwestern

It would take a lot for Fitzgerald to leave Northwestern. After all, he’s a former linebacker with the Wildcats and has worked in the program as a coach since 2001. Fitzgerald took over at Northwestern in 2006 and is 65-54 as the program’s head coach. The Wildcats went to five consecutive bowl games from 2008-12 and finished with a 10-3 mark in 2012. Northwestern is not an easy job, but Fitzgerald has proven he can consistently win at an academic power. 

 

James Franklin, head coach, Penn State

Franklin was reportedly in the mix when Steve Sarkisian was hired after the 2013 season. Could he get another phone call from USC this year? As a Pennsylvania native, Penn State is an attractive long-term job, but USC is arguably one of the top-five coaching destinations in the nation. Franklin went 24-15 at Vanderbilt and guided the Commodores to three consecutive bowl appearances. Through 19 games at Penn State, Franklin is 12-7 and off to a 5-1 start in 2015. The Nittany Lions are coming off NCAA scholarship sanctions, so depth has been an issue and a challenge for this coaching staff. 

 

Justin Fuente, head coach, Memphis

Fuente has significantly improved Memphis’ program after inheriting a mess from former coach Larry Porter. The Tigers went 3-21 under Porter’s watch from 2010-11 and showed immediate progress with a 4-8 mark in Fuente’s first season (2012). Memphis finished 10-3 with a No. 25 finish in the final Associated Press Top 25 poll last season, and Fuente has a 22-20 career record over the last four years. Prior to taking over as the Tigers’ head coach, Fuente worked from 2007-11 as an assistant under Gary Patterson at TCU. Fuente’s stock is on the rise once again this season.

 

Tom Herman, head coach, Houston

Herman is one of college football’s top rising stars in the coaching ranks, and it’s only a matter of time before he gets an opportunity to run a Power 5 program. The California native worked his way through the coaching ranks as an assistant at Sam Houston State and a play-caller for Texas State, Rice and Iowa State before landing at Ohio State in 2012. Herman’s coaching ability was on display with the Buckeyes last season, as the offense never missed a beat despite starting its No. 3 quarterback (Cardale Jones) after injuries to J.T. Barrett and Braxton Miller. Houston is 5-0 under Herman’s direction so far, including a non-conference win at Louisville.

 

Chip Kelly, head coach, Philadelphia Eagles

Full disclosure: This is a longshot. However, Kelly’s name is going to pop up in the rumor mill throughout this coaching search and USC would be wise to at least inquire. Kelly went 46-7 in four years at Oregon, including an appearance in the 2010 national championship. Under Kelly’s direction, the Ducks finished three times in the top five of the final Associated Press poll. Kelly is 22-16 with the Eagles but is 2-3 after five games. If things don’t work out this year in Philadelphia, would Kelly consider a return to the college ranks?

 

Dan Mullen, head coach, Mississippi State

Mullen is a former Urban Meyer assistant and has steadily improved Mississippi State’s program since taking over in 2009. After a 5-7 mark in his first year, Mullen has guided the Bulldogs to five consecutive winning seasons. Additionally, last year’s 10-3 record was just the third season of double-digit victories in program history. Prior to taking over at Mississippi State, Mullen worked with Meyer as an assistant at Bowling Green, Florida and Utah. The SEC West isn’t getting any easier – is Mullen interested in a move up the program hierarchy in college football?

 

Rich Rodriguez, head coach, Arizona

Outside of a three-year stint at Michigan, Rodriguez has been a successful coach at a high level at both of his FBS coaching stops. From 2001-07, Rodriguez went 60-26 at West Virginia, including three consecutive seasons of double-digit wins. The West Virginia native left Morgantown for Michigan and went 15-22 in three seasons before his dismissal following the 2010 campaign. Rodriguez landed at Arizona prior to the 2012 season and guided the Wildcats to back-to-back 8-5 records before a 10-4 finish last year with a Pac-12 South title. This isn’t necessarily important for this hire, but Rodriguez has experience in the Pac-12 and is winning at a high level within the conference.

 

Bob Stoops, head coach, Oklahoma

Stoops might be a better fit for our longshots category, but is he ready for a change of scenery? Stoops ranks No. 2 among coaches in tenure at his current job and is 172-45 during his career with the Sooners. Oklahoma won at least 10 games in all but two seasons from 2000-13 and has never won fewer than seven contests under Stoops’ tenure. The Sooners also won the 2000 national championship and finished nine times in the top 10 of the final Associated Press poll. USC is an elite job – would Stoops be willing to listen?  

 

Kevin Sumlin, head coach, Texas A&M

Sumlin’s name popped up in USC’s last coaching search. Is there any interest on either side to rekindle that conversation? Sumlin already has a good job at Texas A&M, and the Aggies have invested a lot of money in facilities and stadium improvements since joining the SEC. Texas A&M went 11-2 in Sumlin’s first season (2012) and has a 33-11 record in his tenure. Prior to taking over in College Station, Sumlin went 35-17 at Houston, including a 12-1 mark in 2011. He also has experience on his resume from stops at Oklahoma, Purdue and Minnesota as an assistant. 

 

Kyle Whittingham, head coach, Utah

Whittingham might be the nation’s most underrated coach. The former BYU linebacker is 90-43 after taking over the program from Urban Meyer on a full-time basis in 2005. Whittingham also guided the program on a successful transition from the Mountain West to the Pac-12. Utah recorded its first winning conference record (5-4) last season since joining the league in 2011 and is off to a 5-0 start in 2015. Sure, Whittingham isn’t the flashiest or biggest name out there, but he’s a proven winner and a solid all-around coach. 

 

Three Longshots

 

Jack Del Rio, head coach, Oakland Raiders

Del Rio has ties to the program as a former USC player and reportedly interviewed for the job back in 2013. Would Del Rio be willing to leave after just one year as Oakland’s head coach to guide the USC program? It’s a longshot, especially when you consider the Trojans would be better off hiring someone with collegiate head coaching experience.

 

Jeff Fisher, head coach, St. Louis Rams

As we mentioned with Jack Del Rio, USC would be wise to hire a coach with FBS experience. Fisher played his college ball at USC but has not coached on the college level.

 

Bryan Harsin, head coach, Boise State

Another rising star, but he’s coaching at his alma mater.

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Northwestern is dipping into its past this Saturday. The Wildcats will wear retro uniforms against Iowa, which are inspired by their 1995 team.

 

The 1995 team was one of the most successful in program history, as Gary Barnett guided Northwestern to a 10-2 mark and an appearance in the Rose Bowl.

 

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USC coach Steve Sarkisian will take an indefinite leave of absence. Athletic director Pat Haden announced the news on Sunday afternoon.

 

Offensive coordinator Clay Helton will serve as the interim coach in Sarkisian’s absence. Helton previously served as the program’s interim coach in the 2013 Las Vegas Bowl.

 

The reason for Sarkisian’s leave of absence was not revealed, but the second-year coach revealed earlier this offseason he would seek treatment after an incident at the “Salute to Troy” booster event. Additionally, Haden indicated Sarkisian was "not healthy" during Sunday's press conference.

 

Sarkisian’s absence is indefinite and it’s uncertain when he will return to the program.

 

The Trojans are 3-2 headed into Week 7 and play at Notre Dame on Saturday night.

 

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coach Randy Edsall was dismissed on Sunday, ending a five-year run in College Park with a 22-34 record. Offensive coordinator and former New Mexico head coach Mike Locksley will work for the rest of 2015 as the interim coach. The Terrapins are off to a 2-4 start this season. Edsall guided Maryland to back-to-back bowls in 2013-14 but started his tenure with a 2-10 mark and was never a popular hire among the fanbase.

 

While Maryland is in a tough division (Big Ten East), there are plenty of positives about this job. The facilities are improving, and this program has support from Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank as a booster.

 

Who will Maryland target as Edsall’s replacement? Here’s a list of names to watch in this coaching search:

 

17 Coaches to Watch in Maryland's Search to Replace Randy Edsall

 

Dino Babers, head coach, Bowling Green

Maryland got a glimpse of Babers’ coaching ability earlier this season, as Bowling Green defeated the Terrapins 48-27 on Sept. 12. Babers gathered a wealth of experience as an assistant prior to taking over at Eastern Illinois in 2012. In two years with the Panthers, Babers accumulated a 19-7 record and two FCS playoff appearances. Babers went 8-6 in his first year at Bowling Green (2014), and despite losing starting quarterback Matt Johnson after the opener, still managed to win the MAC East. The Falcons are 4-2 through six games and have two wins over Power 5 opponents (Purdue and Maryland). After spending four years under Art Briles at Baylor, it’s no surprise Babers has emerged as one of the top offensive-minded coaches from the Group of 5 ranks.

 

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Matt Campbell, head coach, Toledo

Campbell is regarded as one of college football’s top rising stars in the coaching ranks. The 35-year-old coach is 31-13 at Toledo, the Rockets are off to a 5-0 start in 2015 and enter Week 7 ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. The Ohio native played at the ultra-successful Mount Union program from 1999-02 and later worked as an assistant at Bowling Green and Toledo prior to taking over the head coach role after Tim Beckman left for Illinois. 

 

P.J. Fleck, head coach, Western Michigan

Fleck is the youngest coach in the FBS ranks and is in his third season as Western Michigan’s head coach. The Illinois native was a prolific receiver during his college tenure at Northern Illinois and spent two seasons in the NFL with the 49ers. Fleck made stops at Northern Illinois, Rutgers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before taking over in Kalamazoo. Through three seasons, Fleck is 11-19 at Western Michigan. However, this program has made significant improvement since a 1-11 record in 2013 and played in a bowl last season. Fleck isn’t short on energy or enthusiasm and is also regarded for his ability to recruit.

 

Scott Frost, offensive coordinator, Oregon

If Maryland wants to be the Oregon of the East Coast, why not hire a rising star in the assistant ranks from the program in Eugene? Frost took over as the Ducks’ play-caller after Chip Kelly for the NFL and guided Oregon’s offense to a No. 1 rank in the Pac-12 in scoring from 2013-14. Prior to coordinating the high-powered offense in Eugene, Frost worked as a wide receivers coach with Oregon from 2009-12 and had a two-year stint at Northern Iowa. The Nebraska native has no head coaching experience, but his ability to generate high-powered offenses is intriguing. 

 

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Justin Fuente, head coach, Memphis

Fuente has significantly improved Memphis’ program in just four seasons on the job. After working from 2007-11 at TCU under Gary Patterson, Fuente was hired at Memphis and inherited a mess from former coach Larry Porter after a 3-21 mark from 2010-11. The Tigers immediately improved to 4-8 in Fuente’s first season and finished 10-3 with a No. 25 finish in the final Associated Press Top 25 poll last year. If he’s ready to leave Memphis, Fuente will have no shortage of suitors this offseason.

 

Tom Herman, head coach, Houston

Herman was one of the nation’s top assistants at Ohio State, and the Cincinnati native is off to a 5-0 start as Houston’s head coach. Prior to stops with the Buckeyes and the current stint with the Cougars, Herman worked as an assistant at Iowa State, Rice, Texas State and Sam Houston State. Herman’s coaching ability was on full display last year when Ohio State was forced to use its third-string quarterback (Cardale Jones) after injuries to Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett and still won the national championship. Through five games this year, Houston is averaging 46.4 points per game. Herman will have no shortage of suitors in the next couple of years.

 

Mark Hudspeth, head coach, UL Lafayette

Considering Hudspeth’s two head coaching jobs came at North Alabama and UL Lafayette, he’s more likely to jump at an opportunity in the same region. However, Hudspeth’s name shouldn’t be overlooked in Maryland’s search. The Mississippi native went 66-21 at North Alabama and is 37-18 through five years at UL Lafayette. Hudspeth has transformed the Ragin’ Cajuns into a consistent bowl team and Sun Belt title contender. Prior to taking over in Lafayette, Hudspeth worked as an assistant for two years at Mississippi State under Dan Mullen. 

 

Pete Lembo, head coach, Ball State

Lembo has been a successful head coach at three different jobs, recording a 111-59 record over the last 15 years. After stops at Lehigh and Elon in the FCS ranks, Lembo was hired at Ball State and brought immediate improvement to the program. The Cardinals won 25 games from 2011-13 and dipped to 5-7 in a rebuilding year last season. Lembo wouldn't be a big-name hire like some of the other coaches on this list, but he is a proven winner and would be a sharp hire.

 

Doug Meacham, offensive coordinator, TCU

Meacham was arguably the best coordinator hire last year. TCU’s offense averaged only 25.1 points per game in 2013 but jumped to 46.5 in 2014 under Meacham’s play-calling. The Texas native also spent one season at Houston as the offensive coordinator, worked from 2005-12 at Oklahoma State and also made stops as an assistant at Samford, Henderson State and Jacksonville State. He’s never been a head coach in the collegiate level.

 

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Mike Norvell, offensive coordinator, Arizona State

It’s only a matter of time before Norvell is hired as a head coach at a Power 5 program. The 33-year-old play-caller has been on a fast rise through the assistant ranks and has spent time with coach Todd Graham at each of his last three stops. Norvell worked with wide receivers at Tulsa from 2007-10 and as a co-offensive coordinator with Pittsburgh in 2011. Under Norvell’s direction, Arizona State averaged at least 36 points per game from 2012-14.

 

Frank Reich, offensive coordinator, San Diego Chargers

Reich has ties to the program as a former Maryland quarterback, but he’s never worked as a head coach on the FBS level or in the NFL. Reich was hired as a NFL assistant in 2008 with the Colts and has steadily worked his way through the ranks. The New York native worked for one year at Arizona (2012) and was hired by Mike McCoy in 2013 with the Chargers.

 

Matt Rhule, head coach, Temple

Temple has made considerable progress under Rhule’s watch and emerged as one of the top Group of 5 programs in 2015. The Owls are 5-0 and defeated Rhule’s alma mater (Penn State) in the opener. After a 2-10 record in Rhule’s first season, Temple is 11-6 over its last 17 games and is the favorite to win the American Athletic Conference’s East Division in 2015. Prior to taking over as Temple’s coach, Rhule worked as an assistant with the Owls under Al Golden and Steve Addazio, spent a year with the Giants (2012) and had short stints at UCLA and Buffalo. Rhule’s offenses at Temple have struggled, but the Owls have been one of the best in the AAC on defense over the last two years.

 

Lincoln Riley, offensive coordinator, Oklahoma

Riley is a Mike Leach disciple and is well versed in the Air Raid offense. The Texas native spent time as a full-time assistant at Texas Tech under Leach from 2007-09 and was hired by Ruffin McNeill at East Carolina prior to the 2010 season. The Pirates had a prolific offense under Riley, including a No. 2 rank in the American Athletic Conference in 2014 by averaging 35.8 points per game. Riley has made a significant impact in his first season at Oklahoma, as the Sooners average 37 points per game in 2015.

 

Rich Rodriguez, head coach, Arizona

Rodriguez has a good job at Arizona and is coming off a 10-4 record with a Pac-12 South title last season. Needless to say, it would take a a lot for Rodriguez to leave Tucson. Additionally, Rodriguez has a couple of recruiting classes under his belt in Tucson and plenty of talent to implement his scheme on offense. As Rodriguez found out at Michigan, it’s not easy to rebuild or start from scratch with a new scheme or identity. Prior to his three-year stint at Michigan, Rodriguez went 60-26 at West Virginia.

 

Mike Sanford, offensive coordinator, Notre Dame

Sanford might be a year or two away from taking his first head coaching gig, but the former Boise State quarterback is a rising star in the assistant ranks. The Virginia native started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at UNLV in 2005 and remained in that role until 2007. After two years with the Cardinal, Sanford spent time at Yale (2009) and WKU (2010) and returned to the Cardinal in 2011. He called the plays for Boise State in 2014, guiding the Broncos’ offense to an average of 39.7 points per game. Sanford is in his first year at Notre Dame, helping to guide an offense that averages 7.2 yards per play.

 

Greg Schiano, former Tampa Bay/Rutgers coach

Schiano has been out of coaching since he was fired at the end of the 2013 season with Tampa Bay. However, it seems likely he will resurface in the college ranks in the near future. In 11 seasons as the head coach at Rutgers, Schiano guided the Scarlet Knights to a 68-67 record and six bowl appearances. Schiano inherited a program at the bottom of the Big East and transformed Rutgers into a consistent winner. He’s also familiar with recruiting on the East Coast.

 

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Brent Venables, defensive coordinator, Clemson

Venables is regarded as one of the nation’s top defensive coordinators and is ready for an opportunity to run his own program. The Kansas native played for two seasons for Bill Snyder in Manhattan from 1991-92 and joined the assistant coach ranks with the Wildcats in 1993. Venables was hired as Oklahoma’s co-defensive coordinator in 1999 and remained in Norman until 2011. Under Venables’ direction, Clemson has ranked among the nation’s best on defense. The Tigers ranked first nationally in fewest yards per play allowed last season (4.03), and despite losing several key performers off last year’s group, Clemson still has one of the top defenses in the ACC.

 

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Sonny Dykes, head coach, California

Dykes was hired to get the Golden Bears back on track after Jeff Tedford was dismissed after the 2012 season. Dykes went 1-11 in his debut with California, but the Golden Bears are 10-8 over the last two seasons and rank among the nation’s best on offense. Conversations about Dykes’ long-term outlook have popped up recently, as he has just two years remaining on his original five-year deal.

 

Al Golden, head coach, Miami

Golden is on the hot seat at Miami, so a mutual parting might be in order this offseason. Golden is 31-24 with the Hurricanes but helped Temple improve from a 1-11 team in 2006 to a program that recorded 17 wins from 2009-10. The former Penn State tight end has ties to the East Coast, as he’s from New Jersey and has stops as an assistant at Virginia, Boston College and with the Nittany Lions. 

 

Chip Kelly, head coach, Philadelphia Eagles

Let's get this out of the way. Kelly’s name is going to pop up in the rumor mill for the open Power 5 jobs this offseason. However, he’s not leaving the NFL after 2015. 

 

Lane Kiffin, offensive coordinator, Alabama

Kiffin in the same division as Jim Harbaugh, James Franklin and Urban Meyer? Sign us up. Kiffin’s tenure at USC ended after a 3-2 start in 2013, but he’s going to get another chance as a head coach. Kiffin has a 35-21 career record from his time with the Trojans and one year at Tennessee. Kiffin has excelled as Alabama’s play-caller for the last two seasons, guiding the Crimson Tide offense to an average of 36.9 points per game in 2014. 

 

Mike Leach, head coach, Washington State

Leach and Maryland booster Kevin Plank are reportedly close friends, so there’s plenty of familiarity here. However, Leach did not get the job after Ralph Friedgen was let go after the 2010 season.

 

Dan Mullen, head coach, Mississippi State

Mullen is unlikely to leave Mississippi State for Maryland, but he’s an intriguing off-the-radar name to watch. The SEC West isn’t getting any easier and consistent success in Starkville (just three seasons of more than nine wins in program history) has been difficult.

 

Tommy Tuberville, head coach, Cincinnati

Tuberville has been a successful coach at four different FBS jobs – Ole Miss, Auburn, Texas Tech and Cincinnati. He’s recorded a 151-87 overall record in that span and has only four losing seasons in 19 years as a head coach. Tuberville isn’t flashy, but he’s a proven winner. Is Maryland looking for a splashier hire? 

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Week 6 of the season is in the books. The weekend slate provided plenty of highlights, big plays, standout performances and surprises. Saturday’s action started with Texas’ upset over Oklahoma, and the afternoon slate didn’t disappoint with Tennessee’s thrilling fourth-quarter win over Georgia. And on Saturday night, Alabama held off Arkansas, Florida State won its sixth in a row over Miami and Utah knocked off California.

 

With another weekend of action in the books, it’s time to hand out the hardware to honor the best of the best from Week 6. Here’s a look at Athlon Sports’ picks for the offensive, defensive, coordinator, freshman and unsung hero from Week 6:

 

College Football Week 5 Awards

 

Offensive Player of the Week: Joshua Dobbs, QB, Tennessee

Dobbs turned in one of his best overall performances of his Tennessee career, accounting for 430 total yards and five scores in the 38-31 win over Georgia. After the Volunteers trailed 24-3 in the first half, Dobbs guided the offense to 28 unanswered points and recorded the game-winning score with just under six minutes to go in the fourth quarter. 

 

Defensive Player of the Week: Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State’s defense was on the field for 98 plays against West Virginia but managed to hold the Mountaineers to just 4.5 yards per play. The performance of Ogbah was a huge reason why the Cowboys found a way to win in Morgantown, as the junior recorded eight tackles (one for a loss), one sack and two forced fumbles. Ogbah also scored on a fumble recovery for the first touchdown of the game.

 

Freshman of the Week: Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas

Texas stepped up on defense in Week 6, holding Oklahoma’s high-powered offense to just 17 points and 4.3 yards per play. The win over the Sooners was one of the biggest for coach Charlie Strong in his tenure with the Longhorns. Jefferson is one of the building blocks for this defense, as the true freshman delivered in the clutch by recording six tackles (two for a loss) and two sacks against Oklahoma.

 

Coordinator of the Week: Pete Kwiatkowski, Defensive Coordinator, Washington

Defense led the way in Washington’s 17-12 upset over USC on Thursday night. Kwiatkowski and a young defense limited the Trojans to 5.1 yards per play and 1 of 13 on third-down conversions. The Huskies were relentless in pressuring USC quarterback Cody Kessler, recording five sacks and 11 tackles for a loss. Additionally, Washington forced three turnovers.

 

Unsung Hero of the Week: Luke Falk, QB, Washington State

Falk was a strong candidate for offensive player of the week honors after Washington State’s 45-38 double-overtime win at Oregon. The sophomore gashed the Ducks’ secondary for 505 passing yards and five scores. He also added one rushing score in the upset win in Eugene.

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Numbers and statistics are a huge part of . Every Sunday, reading updated box scores and stats is like Christmas for fans and media members. Some stats like total offense and total defense are overrated, but each help paint a picture for a team or particular game.

 

Whether the stats are historic, advanced or just an observation from a box score, Athlon Sports brings the most intriguing, important, historic and bizarre stats from around the weekend of college football action:

 

10 Amazing College Football Stats from Week 6

 

100-0: Before Week 6, Oregon’s Record With a 10-Point Lead Since 2005

Oregon’s struggles in the post-Marcus Mariota era continued in Week 6, as the Ducks lost 45-38 in double overtime to Washington State. The defeat against the Cougars was already Oregon’s third loss of the year, which is the most for this program since the 2009 season. Additionally, this was the program’s first loss when leading by 10 or more points in its last 100 games. That’s only part of the bad news for the Ducks. With six games left – including road trips to Arizona State and Stanford – Oregon is in real danger of missing out on a bowl in 2015.

 

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6: Consecutive Wins by Florida State Over Miami

It wasn’t easy, but Florida State continued its recent dominance over in-state rival Miami on Saturday night with a 29-24 win in Tallahassee. The victory marked the Seminoles’ sixth consecutive victory over the Hurricanes. Florida State has won nine out of the last 11 in this series and has claimed four out of the last five against Florida. 

 

21: Deficit Faced by Tennessee in First Half of Win Over Georgia

Tennessee’s troubles in the second half of games have been well documented this season. But on Saturday, the Volunteers reversed that trend, overcoming a 21-point deficit late in the first half to trail the Bulldogs 24-17 at halftime and eventually win 38-31. After losing its first three games to Power 5 opponents this year, Tennessee desperately needed a good showing on Saturday. The 21-point rally was the third-largest comeback in program history.

 

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71: Rushing Yards Allowed by Clemson Against Georgia Tech

Clemson’s defense returned only two starters and faced a significant rebuilding effort this preseason. However, the Tigers haven’t missed a beat in 2015. In Saturday’s 43-24 win over Georgia Tech, Clemson held the Yellow Jackets’ option attack to just 71 rushing yards on 42 attempts. The 1.69 yards per carry mark was the lowest by Georgia Tech since 2008 when it managed only 79 yards on 47 attempts against Gardner-Webb. Through five games, the Tigers are holding opponents to 16.6 points a contest and 4.5 yards per play. Coordinator Brent Venables is one of the nation’s top assistant coaches and has quickly reshaped Clemson’s defense into one of the best in the ACC once again.

 

5: Interceptions by California QB Jared Goff Against Utah

California’s Jared Goff has been one of the nation’s top quarterbacks through the first six games of 2015, but the junior had his hands full against Utah’s defense on Saturday night. Goff tossed a career-high five picks in the 30-24 loss and finished with 340 passing yards on 25 completions. Prior to Saturday night’s game, Goff never tossed more than three interceptions in a single contest and threw nearly as many picks (five) as he had all of 2014 (seven).

 

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313: Rushing Yards by Texas in Win Over Oklahoma

Second-year coach Charlie Strong picked up a huge 24-17 victory over Oklahoma on Saturday. After a 1-4 start, the Longhorns needed positive momentum in order to make a run at a bowl game. Mission accomplished. The 2015 Red River Rivalry was largely decided by the play on the trenches. The Longhorns rushed for 313 yards against the Sooners, which was the program’s highest mark under Strong and the most since Aug. 31, 2013.

 

4: Losses by USC coach Steve Sarkisian to Double-Digit Underdogs

Thursday night’s loss to Washington was another disappointing defeat for USC under second-year coach Steve Sarkisian. The Trojans are 12-6 under Sarkisian’s watch and 1-2 in Pac-12 games so far this season. For a team picked by some to make the College Football Playoff, a 3-2 record after five games ranks among the nation’s biggest disappointments. Additionally, there’s a concerning trend developing for Sarkisian. Of his six losses with USC, four of those occurred when the Trojans were a double-digit favorite.

 

97-0: Combined Scores of Michigan’s Last Three Games

The Wolverines recorded their third consecutive shutout on Saturday with a 38-0 victory over Northwestern. Michigan’s defense was dominant all over the box score once again, limiting the Wildcats to 2.9 yards per play and just 2 of 13 on third-down attempts. The Wolverines have not allowed a point in their last three games and have surrendered only 14 over their last five matchups. Michigan’s defense ranks first nationally by limiting opponents to just 6.3 points per game.

 

59: Portland State’s Margin of Victory Over North Texas

A FCS team beating a FBS team occasionally happens early in the season, but Saturday’s win by Portland State over North Texas was especially noteworthy. The Vikings’ 59-point margin of victory is the biggest by a FCS team over a FBS program. The 59-point loss by the Mean Green cost coach Dan McCarney his job shortly after the game ended.

 

12: Combined Points Allowed by Boston College in Last Games – Both Losses

Wake Forest’s 3-0 victory over Boston College on Saturday produced plenty of interesting tidbits from the box score and crazy last-minute highlights. The Eagles and Demon Deacons traded fumbles in the final minute, with Boston College unable to get a play off before the clock hit zero on the Wake Forest one-yard line. Not only was the ending bizarre, these two teams combined for just 412 yards on 127 plays, 23 first downs and 18 punts. The Eagles have one of the ACC’s top defenses and have allowed only 12 points in their last two games – both defeats. With injuries sidelining quarterback Darius Wade and running back Jon Hilliman, Boston College is averaging only 2.3 points per game through three ACC contests in 2015.

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Week 6 of the season is officially in the books. And as usual, the weekend slate of games didn’t disappoint. Florida State, Utah, TCU and Tennessee made critical stops late in the fourth quarter to preserve a win, while Oklahoma was knocked from the ranks of the unbeaten after a loss to Texas.

 

Miss anything from Week 6? Here’s 25 must-see plays, moments or post-game celebrations from the weekend of action:

 

25 Must-See Moments from College Football's Week 6 Games

 

1. Washington State upsets Oregon in Eugene, wins again on Saturday night with postgame tweet:

 

2. Rutgers ends game against Michigan State by spiking the ball...on fourth down:

 

3. TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin connects with receiver Josh Doctson for game-winning score:

 

4. Miami's fourth-down pass falls incomplete, giving Florida State 29-24 win: 

 

5. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is tired of the term "Clemsoning":

 

6. Baylor's 400-pound tight end LaQuan McGowan scores a touchdown against Kansas:

 

7. Texas coach Charlie Strong goes crowd surfing and dons gold cowboy hat after win against Oklahoma:

 

8. Utah deflects pass on fourth down to hold off California:

 

9. Security guard makes a perfect tackle to keep Tennessee fan off field after Volunteers beat Georgia:

 

10. Weekly play to remind everyone how awesome LSU running back Leonard Fournette is:

 

11. UCF makes a huge mistake on a kickoff return:

 

12. Nebraska loses another heartbreaker as Wisconsin connects on last-second field goal:

 

13. Maryland coach Randy Edsall goes off on the media after loss to Ohio State:

 

14. Minnesota running back Shannon Brooks has incredible touchdown run:

 

15. Ohio State WR Braxton Miller jukes Maryland defender:

 

16. Miami and Florida State have a minor tussle before kickoff:

 

17. Arkansas running back Alex Collins destroyed in pass protection:

 

18. West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen was not happy with his team and turnovers in the first half against Oklahoma State:

 

 

19. Florida State mocks "Fire Al Golden" banners in victory tweet:

 

20. Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson is very excited about a 3-0 win!:

 

 

21. Western Michigan running back Jarvion Franklin trucks Central Michigan defender:

 

22. Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell makes a one-handed catch:

 

23. LSU gets lucky with this touchdown pass:

 

25. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier had trouble with a headset wire:

 

25. Eastern Michigan's entrance nearly ended in disaster:

 

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Don’t mention the term “Clemsoning” around coach Dabo Swinney. The term “Clemsoning” came about after the program had trouble meeting preseason expectations or losing a game it was supposed to win. Some would also say a disappointing performance in a game also applies to the “Clemsoning” term.

 

On Saturday, Clemson improved to 5-0 with a 43-24 victory over Georgia Tech, but that wasn’t the biggest tidbit of postgame news from Death Valley.

 

Instead, coach Dabo Swinney had quite the postgame rant when asked about the “Clemsoning” term. Frankly, he's tired of hearing about it. 

 

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It’s rare to see LSU in a different uniform other than its white jerseys and yellow pants. However, the Tigers are switching up their look for Saturday’s home game against South Carolina.

 

Due to recent flooding in South Carolina, the game was moved from Columbia to Baton Rouge earlier this week. The Gamecocks are wearing all-white and considered the home team on Saturday afternoon, so LSU can’t wear its normal white tops for this game. Instead, the Tigers are breaking out the purple jerseys. But that’s not all: LSU is also going with an alternate white helmet.

 

According to LSU’s media relations, this is the first time in the modern era the Tigers will wear this combination:

 

 

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and renew their bitter rivalry on Saturday night, as the Hurricanes head to Tallahassee looking to snap a five-game losing streak to the Seminoles. Every matchup between Florida State and Miami is critical for bragging rights and recruiting within the state of Florida, but the storylines extend beyond just the normal rivalry component.

 

The Hurricanes are 3-1 after a loss to Cincinnati last Thursday, and fifth-year coach Al Golden is squarely on the hot seat. Under Golden’s direction, Miami is 31-23 over five seasons, including a disappointing 6-7 record last season. The Hurricanes are still looking for their first appearance in the ACC Championship Game since joining the conference in 2004. Considering the level of talent within the program and a favorable division (Coastal), Miami should be able to win at a high level. Golden needs more than just six wins in 2015 to avoid the hot seat, but a victory over Florida State would help Miami build momentum for the second half of the season.

 

The vibe is significantly different in Tallahassee. Coach Jimbo Fisher has guided Florida State to three consecutive ACC titles, a national championship in 2013 and recorded at least 12 victories every year from 2002-14. While Miami is a program dealing with uncertainty, the Seminoles are set for a run at the ACC title once again in 2015. And who knows, with a young roster, Florida State could be among the nation’s best teams next season.

 

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Miami leads the all-time series with Florida State at 31-28. Additionally, the Hurricanes own a 14-9 edge in games played in Tallahassee. However, the recent trend in this series clearly favors the Seminoles. Florida State has won eight out of the last 10 games, including last season’s 30-26 thriller in Sun Life Stadium.

 

Miami at Florida State

 

Kickoff: Saturday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ABC

Spread: Florida State -9

 

Three Things to Watch

 

1. Florida State Running Back Dalvin Cook

With new quarterback Everett Golson still finding his footing in Fisher’s offense, the Seminoles are building their offense around running back Dalvin Cook. The sophomore has 570 rushing yards and six scores on 66 attempts this season, including 266 yards against USF. However, Cook’s status for Saturday’s game is uncertain after a hamstring injury suffered against Wake Forest. In a positive development for the Seminoles’ ground game, the sophomore was back at practice on Wednesday and Thursday. However, Fisher has yet to officially declare the sophomore ready to go for Saturday night’s game. Cook’s health is critical for Florida State, as the sophomore is a big-play threat (8.6 ypc) and backup Mario Pender is out due to a collapsed lung. If Cook is unable to go, the Seminoles will turn to Johnathan Vickers and Jacques Patrick at running back. Regardless of whether Cook is at full strength or Vickers and Patrick handle the bulk of the carries, Florida State should be able to move the ball on the ground against Miami. The Hurricanes rank No. 10 in the ACC in rush defense, giving up 4.5 yards per carry and 149 yards per game. Those numbers are even more concerning for Miami when you consider the opponents so far – Bethune-Cookman, FAU, Nebraska and Cincinnati – aren’t as talented as Florida State’s rushing attack.

 

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2. Miami Quarterback Brad Kaaya Against Florida State’s Secondary

Everett Golson has been solid for Florida State so far, but the edge at quarterback in this game goes to Miami. Sophomore Brad Kaaya was sharp as a true freshman last season and is only getting better in 2015. Kaaya has completed 86 of 140 passes for 1,094 yards and five touchdowns in four games. However, Florida State’s defense is the best this Miami team has played so far in 2015. In last year’s matchup, Kaaya threw for 316 yards and two touchdowns but only completed 47.1 percent of his passes. Will Kaaya have a similar performance on Saturday night? The Seminoles boast one of the nation’s top cornerbacks in the nation in Jalen Ramsey and have surrendered just one passing play of 30 yards or more this season. Can Kaaya find ways to generate big plays against Florida State’s defense? While the Seminoles have only eight sacks through four contests, this defensive line will be the best Miami has played so far. Kaaya isn’t particularly mobile, so it’s critical for the offensive line to protect their sophomore signal-caller and allow opportunities for this offense to attack downfield.

 

3. Turnovers

Last year’s matchup was decided by just four points and another close one is expected on Saturday night. And with any close game, turnovers could play a huge role in the outcome. Miami is plus-nine in turnover margin through four games, while Florida State is plus-six. These two teams have combined for just three lost turnovers this season. Can the Seminoles get another mistake-free game from quarterback Everett Golson? Or can the Hurricanes’ defense – which has struggled this season – force Golson into a couple of mistakes?

 

Final Analysis

 

This is stating the obvious, but the stakes are high for both teams on Saturday night. Florida State needs a win to keep pace with Clemson in the Atlantic Division and continue its dominance over the Hurricanes. For Miami, it’s all about snapping a five-game losing streak to the Seminoles. Additionally, a win over Florida State would help Golden move off the hot seat. And as usual when these two teams play, there are huge opportunities to score points on the recruiting trail. After losing to Cincinnati last week, what type of performance will the Hurricanes deliver? Is this team on the verge of another collapse? Or is Golden capable of rallying this team and scoring a huge victory in this rivalry? The guess here is Florida State continues its recent dominance in this series. While Kaaya is the best quarterback in this game, the Seminoles are better on defense and should have Cook available at running back. Kaaya keeps the Hurricanes in this game, but Florida State’s offensive line and ground attack does just enough to earn win No. 6 in a row over Miami.

 

Prediction: Florida State 27, Miami 20
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Saturday’s meeting in Lincoln between and was billed in August as one of the Big Ten’s must-see matchups and potentially an elimination game for the West Division. That preseason storyline hasn’t quite panned out as expected, but there’s still plenty of time for the Badgers and Cornhuskers to climb back into the West Division title picture. Both teams are 0-1 in conference play after losing last Saturday and an 0-2 start would be tough to overcome in a division that features surprising 5-0 teams in Northwestern and Iowa.

 

These two programs were tied together in the offseason with the arrival of new coaching staffs. Nebraska’s Mike Riley is off to a 2-3 start, but the Cornhuskers lost all three of their games by five points or less. On the other sideline, Paul Chryst returns to Madison after a three-year stint at Pittsburgh. The Badgers are 3-2, with losses coming against Alabama and Iowa. 

 

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An 0-2 start in Big Ten play by either program doesn’t necessarily eliminate that team from winning the division. However, an 0-2 start likely requires a perfect record the rest of the way. It’s hard to call Saturday’s game a must-win situation for either team, but Nebraska could use some positive momentum after three crushing losses in 2015.

 

Wisconsin owns a 5-4 edge in the all-time series against Nebraska. The Badgers won last season’s meeting 59-24. However, the Cornhuskers have won all three meetings in Lincoln.

 

Wisconsin at Nebraska

 

Kickoff: Saturday, Oct. 10 at 3:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ABC/ESPN2

Spread: Nebraska -1.5

 

Three Things to Watch

 

1. Nebraska’s Defense

The Blackshirts are off to a sluggish start. Through five games, Nebraska is giving up 6.1 yards per play, has surrendered 10 plays of 40 yards more and ranks last in the Big Ten in pass defense. While this unit is transitioning to a new scheme under coordinator Mark Banker, injuries have been problematic. The defensive line will be shorthanded on Saturday, as Freedom Akinmoladun, Kevin Maurice and Kevin Williams are all out due to injury. Defensive tackle Vincent Valentine does have a chance to return from a high ankle sprain, and end Jack Gangwish is slated for a bigger role after playing limited snaps against Illinois due to an elbow injury. The injury problems for Banker’s defense continues for the back seven, as linebacker Josh Banderas and cornerback Daniel Davie are expected to miss Saturday’s game. While this unit has allowed its share of yardage, the Cornhuskers are limiting the damage. Nebraska’s defense ranks fourth in the Big Ten in red zone and third-down defense. Considering the injuries on this side of the ball, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Wisconsin have success moving the ball. Can the Cornhuskers hold the Badgers to three points and generate stops in the red zone?

 

2. Tommy Armstrong Versus Joel Stave

Quarterback play is always under the spotlight and magnified in close games, but it’s even more critical with some of the question marks surrounding Tommy Armstrong and Joel Stave. The Badgers are normally one of the Big Ten’s top rushing teams. However, Wisconsin is only averaging 167.8 yards per game (ninth in the Big Ten). Star running back Corey Clement is sidelined due to injury, and the offensive line is also dealing with a few ailments. Stave has benefitted the most from Chryst’s return on offense, throwing for 1,064 yards and seven scores in Wisconsin’s first five games. Top receiver Alex Erickson may return for the Badgers after missing snaps in last Saturday’s contest against Iowa due to a concussion. Getting Erickson back in the mix is huge for Stave, as he has 26 of the team’s 98 catches. On the Nebraska sideline, Armstrong is looking for a bounce back performance after completing 10 of 31 passes for 105 yards against Illinois last Saturday. The Badgers have been stingy against the pass this year, holding opponents to a 54.5 completion percentage. But the junior quarterback does have a potential ace up his sleeve, as receiver De’Mornay Pierson-El is slated to see more snaps on offense after returning from a preseason foot injury in the loss against Illinois. Both teams have been steady against the run. Saturday’s game could be decided by which quarterback makes the most throws in the clutch.   

 

3. Turnovers

Neither team has much margin for error on Saturday. With a close game anticipated, one or two plays might swing the game in one program’s direction. Of course, that’s where Nebraska has struggled this year. The Cornhuskers lost to BYU on a Hail Mary touchdown pass on the final play of the game, was defeated by Illinois on a last-second touchdown toss and was dropped in overtime on the road in Miami. Considering little separates these two teams, it’s important for Wisconsin and Nebraska to minimize the mistakes. The Cornhuskers are minus-four in turnover margin, while the Badgers are in the plus-one category. After coming up short with three games on the line so far this year, will Nebraska erase some of the bad feelings from its 2-3 start with a play in the clutch on Saturday afternoon? And if the Badgers play a mistake-free game, establish the run and allow Stave to get into third-and-manageable situations, this team should be in good position to exit Lincoln with a victory.

 

Final Analysis

 

This one is a tossup. Wisconsin is the better defensive team, but Nebraska has the edge on offense. How much can Pierson-El handle this week? If he’s healthy, the junior is a significant downfield threat and a weapon on special teams for the Cornhuskers. After not closing the door on BYU or Illinois, will Saturday be the moment Nebraska breaks through with a close win? The guess here is yes. Armstrong does just enough through the air and on the ground, while the defense limits the Badgers’ ground attack to put Stave in several third-and-long situations. The Cornhuskers' struggles against the pass are well documented this season. Will Stave have enough help from the supporting cast to exploit the defense? This one may come down to the final possession. 

 

Prediction: Nebraska 24, Wisconsin 20
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Week 6 of the 2015 season starts on Thursday night with SMU visiting Houston and USC hosting Washington. Two games dot the schedule on Friday, including a key ACC matchup between NC State and Virginia Tech. But as usual, the action picks up on Saturday with a slew of important games. Oklahoma-Texas meet in their annual rivalry matchup at noon ET on Saturday, followed by key conference contests between Clemson and Georgia Tech, Georgia-Tennessee, Northwestern-Michigan and Wisconsin-Nebraska in the 3:30 p.m. ET time slot. The night slate kicks off with Arkansas-Alabama and continues with Oklahoma State visiting West Virginia, California taking on Utah, TCU traveling to Kansas State and Miami visiting Florida State. 

 

Conference Predictions for Week 6 

 

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College Football Week 6 Predictions
 

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SMU at

Houston

Washington at

USC

Southern Miss at

Marshall

NC State at

Virginia Tech

Oklahoma State at

West Virginia

Duke at

Army

Georgia Tech at

Clemson

Miami at 

Florida State

Maryland at 

Ohio State

Indiana at

Penn State

South Carolina at

LSU

Illinois at 

Iowa

Baylor at 

Kansas

NMSU at

Ole Miss

Oklahoma vs.

Texas

UTEP at

FIU

MTSU at

WKU

Tulane at

Temple

C. Michigan at

W. Michigan

Virginia at 

Pittsburgh

TCU at

Kansas State

UMass at

Bowling Green

Miami, Ohio at

Ohio

Rice at

FAU

Wake Forest at

Boston College

Akron at

E. Michigan

Kent State at

Toledo

Northwestern at

Michigan

Navy at

Notre Dame

Minnesota at 

Purdue

Syracuse at

USF

Georgia at

Tennessee

Wisconsin at 

Nebraska

Iowa State at

Texas Tech

App. State at

Georgia State

Ball State at

Northern Illinois

UConn at 

UCF

Troy at 

Miss. State

Oregon State at

Arizona

Portland State at

North Texas

Washington State at

Oregon

ULM at 

Tulsa

Arkansas at

Alabama

La. Tech at

UTSA

Texas State at

UL Lafayette

Boise State at

Colorado State

New Mexico at

Nevada

Florida at

Missouri

East Carolina at 

BYU

Michigan State at

Rutgers

San Jose State at

UNLV

California at

Utah

Colorado at

Arizona State

Wyoming at

Air Force

Utah State at

Fresno State

San Diego State at

Hawaii

Arkansas State at

South Alabama (Tues)

 

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The is home to one of ’s most intriguing matchups for Week 6. California travels to Salt Lake City for a key conference contest against Utah. The Utes are undefeated and ranked among the best in the nation. However, coach Kyle Whittingham’s team will have a tough time slowing down the Golden Bears’ high-powered offense. Outside of the California-Utah showdown, there’s not a lot of intrigue in the other four Pac-12 games. Three of the matchups are double-digit point spreads, and the line on Oregon State-Arizona is unsettled due to the health of Wildcats’ quarterback Anu Solomon. 

 

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Pac-12 Week 6 Game Power Rankings & Predictions

 

1. California at Utah

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Oct. 10 at 10 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN

Spread: Utah -7

 

Predictions for California at Utah

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2. Washington at USC

Date and Kickoff Time: Thursday, Oct. 8 at 9 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN

Spread: USC -17

 

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3. Washington State at Oregon

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Pac-12 Networks

Spread: Oregon -17

 

Predictions for Washington State at Oregon

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4. Colorado at Arizona State

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Oct. 10 at 10 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Pac-12 Networks

Spread: Arizona State -15

 

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5. Oregon State at Arizona

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Oct. 10 at 4 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Fox Sports 1

Spread: Arizona -8.5

 

Predictions for Oregon State at Arizona

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The has an intriguing slate of games scheduled for Week 6. A defensive struggle is expected in Ann Arbor, as Michigan hosts Northwestern. The Wolverines and Wildcats are two of the Big Ten’s top teams through Week 6 and both are ranked after a combined 9-1 start. Outside of the Michigan-Northwestern showdown, Wisconsin travels to Nebraska for a critical game in the West Division. Indiana nearly upset Penn State last Saturday, and the Hoosiers should have a good shot at defeating the Nittany Lions in Week 6. However, will quarterback Nate Sudfeld and running back Jordan Howard return to full strength after missing time last week? Elsewhere in the Big Ten, Illinois visits Iowa, Maryland travels to Ohio State, Purdue hosts Minnesota and Michigan State plays at Rutgers. 

 

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1. Northwestern at Michigan

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Oct. 10 at 3:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Big Ten Network

Spread: Michigan -7.5

 

Predictions for Northwestern at Michigan

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2. Wisconsin at Nebraska

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Oct. 10 at 3:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ABC/ESPN2

Spread: Nebraska -1.5

 

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3. Indiana at Penn State

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Oct. 10 at Noon ET

TV Channel: ESPN2

Spread: Penn State -8

 

Predictions for Indiana at Penn State

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4. Illinois at Iowa

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Oct. 10 at Noon ET

TV Channel: ESPNU

Spread: Iowa -11

 

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5. Maryland at Ohio State

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Oct. 10 at Noon ET

TV Channel: Big Ten Network

Spread: Ohio State -33

 

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6. Minnesota at Purdue

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Oct. 10 at 3:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN

Spread: Minnesota -3

 

Predictions for Minnesota at Purdue

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7. Michigan State at Rutgers

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Big Ten Network

Spread: Michigan State -14

 

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The ’s marquee matchups last Saturday turned into one-sided affairs. Alabama easily handled Georgia, while Florida upset Ole Miss in surprising fashion. Will Week 6 bring any surprises to the league? Tennessee is looking to get back on track after losing its last three games against Power 5 teams this year. The Volunteers have struggled in the second half of all three losses, and Georgia is another tough opponent for Butch Jones’ team. The Bulldogs were dominated by Alabama, but a win in Knoxville would keep Mark Richt’s team in the East Division title picture. Elsewhere in the SEC, Arkansas travels to Tuscaloosa to take on Alabama, Florida visits Missouri and LSU hosts South Carolina. Ole Miss and Mississippi State should secure easy wins in non-conference play.

 

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SEC Week 6 Game Power Rankings & Predictions

 

1. Georgia at Tennessee

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Oct. 10 at 3:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: CBS

Spread: Georgia -3

 

Predictions for Georgia at Tennessee

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31-27-31-2031-28

 

2. Arkansas at Alabama

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN

Spread: Alabama -16.5

 

Predictions for Arkansas at Alabama

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3. Florida at Missouri

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: SEC Network

Spread: Florida -5

 

Predictions for Florida at Missouri

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4. South Carolina at LSU

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Oct. 10 at 3:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: TBA

Spread: LSU -19.5

 

Predictions for LSU at South Carolina

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38-13-35-1034-20

 

5. Troy at Mississippi State

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Oct. 10 at 4 p.m. ET

TV Channel: SEC Network

Spread: Mississippi State -30.5

 

Predictions for Troy at Mississippi State

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45-13-38-1034-13

 

6. New Mexico State at Ole Miss

Date and Kickoff Time: Saturday, Oct. 10 at Noon ET

TV Channel: SEC Network

Spread: Ole Miss -43.5

 

Predictions for New Mexico State at Ole Miss

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