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Week 12 of the 2015 season starts on Wednesday night with two matchups from the MAC. Northern Illinois looks to move one step closer to a MAC West title in a key conference game against Western Michigan. Central Michigan also travels to Kent State on Wednesday night. The pre-Saturday action continues on Thursday with East Carolina at UCF and ULM at Texas State, followed by two intriguing matchups on Friday night in Cincinnati at USF and Air Force at Boise State. The Saturday slate features six matchups between top 25 teams, with the biggest taking place in Columbus between Ohio State and Michigan State. Outside of the Big Ten, the Big 12 is in the spotlight once again. TCU plays at Oklahoma and Oklahoma State hosts Baylor in two of the week’s most important matchups. The SEC’s Week 12 slate is light on standout contests, but LSU-Ole Miss and Mississippi State-Arkansas headline the schedule.

 

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Which teams will come out on top in every FBS game for Week 12? Athlon's editors predict the winners for every game this week:

 

College Football Week 12 Predictions
 

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Central Michigan at

Kent State

Western Michigan at

Northern Illinois

East Carolina at 

UCF

ULM at

Texas State

Cincinnati at

USF

Air Force at

Boise State

Fresno State at

BYU

Houston at

UConn

Tulane at

SMU

Memphis at

Temple

Navy at

Tulsa

Buffalo at

Akron

South Alabama at

Georgia State

NMSU at

UL Lafayette

Nevada at

Utah State

Wake Forest at

Clemson

FAU at

Florida

Chattanooga at

Florida State

Georgia Southern at

Georgia

Charlotte at

Kentucky

Indiana at

Maryland

Georgia Tech at

Miami

Syracuse at

NC State

Michigan State at

Ohio State

Michigan at 

Penn State

Louisville at

Pittsburgh

Citadel at

South Carolina

Duke at

Virginia

North Carolina at

Virginia Tech

WKU at

FIU

North Texas at

MTSU

Rutgers at 

Army

Miami, Ohio at

UMass

Charleston Southern at

Alabama

Mississippi State at

Arkansas

Idaho at

Auburn

Purdue at

Iowa

West Virginia at

Kansas

Iowa State at

Kansas State

Illinois at

Minnesota

Tennessee at

Missouri

TCU at 

Oklahoma

Baylor at

Oklahoma State

LSU at

Ole Miss

Texas A&M at

Vanderbilt

Northwestern at

Wisconsin

Arizona at

Arizona State

UCLA at

Utah

Louisiana Tech at

UTEP

USC at

Oregon

Washington at

Oregon State

California at

Stanford

Colorado at

Washington State

Old Dominion at

Southern Miss

Colorado State at

New Mexico

Rice at

UTSA

Notre Dame vs.

Boston College

San Diego State at

UNLV

San Jose State at

Hawaii

Bowling Green at

Ball State 

(Tuesday)

Ohio at 

Northern Illinois

(Tuesday)

 

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Post date: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 13:00
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The  Playoff Committee released its third set of top 25 rankings of the 2015 season on Tuesday night. Clemson remained No. 1 for the third straight week in a row, followed by Alabama at No. 2, Ohio State at No. 3 and Notre Dame at No. 4. 

 

The committee will meet each week until the end of the season, releasing rankings on Tuesday night until the final reveal on Dec. 6 for the last top 25 and playoff announcements.

 

While the weekly rankings are critical in gauging where teams stand in early November, it’s important to remember last year’s top 25 featured Mississippi State at No. 1 and Ohio State – the team that won it all in 2014 – ranked No. 16.

 

Needless to say, this poll will look significantly different in early December.

 

College Football Playoff Committee Top 25 Rankings (Nov. 17 Edition)
RankTeamRecord
1Clemson10-0
2Alabama9-1
3Ohio State10-0
4Notre Dame9-1
5Iowa10-0
6Oklahoma State10-0
7Oklahoma9-1
8Florida9-1
9Michigan State9-1
10Baylor8-1
11Stanford8-2
12Michigan8-2
13Utah8-2
14Florida State8-2
15LSU7-2
16Navy8-1
17North Carolina9-1
18TCU9-1
19Houston10-0
20Northwestern8-2
21Memphis8-2
22Ole Miss7-3
23Oregon7-3
24USC7-3
25Wisconsin8-2

 

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is on the verge of winning its sixth consecutive MAC West title, but the Huskies still have work to do, starting with Wednesday night’s showdown against . Northern Illinois, Western Michigan and Toledo enter Week 12 action tied atop the West Division at 5-1 in league play. The Rockets play at Bowling Green on Tuesday night, while Central Michigan still has faint MAC West title hopes at 4-2 in league play.

 

Northern Illinois enters this matchup riding a five-game winning streak, which included a 32-27 victory at Toledo on Nov. 3. The Huskies survived a late rally by Buffalo last week to win 41-30. Injuries have hit coach Rod Carey’s team hard since November, as starting quarterback Drew Hare suffered a torn Achilles in the win over Toledo. In addition to Hare’s season-ending injury, receiver Tommylee Lewis suffered an ankle injury against the Rockets and missed last week’s game against Buffalo. He’s questionable to play against Western Michigan on Wednesday night.

 

Western Michigan’s overall record is just 6-4 entering Week 12, but coach P.J. Fleck’s team has faced a challenging schedule. The Broncos played Michigan State and Ohio State – two of the nation’s best teams – in the non-conference portion of their schedule, along with a road trip to Georgia Southern (one of the top teams in the Sun Belt). Western Michigan also played Bowling Green – the MAC East champion this season – and still has road tests remaining at Northern Illinois and Toledo. The Broncos started 1-3 but won five in a row before last week’s loss at Bowling Green.

 

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Western Michigan owns a 23-17 lead in the all-time series against Northern Illinois. However, the Huskies have won the last six matchups against the Broncos.

 

Western Michigan at Northern Illinois

 

Kickoff: Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN2

Spread: Northern Illinois -3

 

Three Things to Watch

 

1. Northern Illinois QB Ryan Graham

Drew Hare’s season-ending Achilles injury was a huge blow to Northern Illinois’ offense. In nine games, Hare threw for 1,962 yards and 14 touchdowns and added 252 yards and a score on the ground. Graham was pressed into action after Hare’s injury and has played well in his first extended action. The redshirt freshman completed 9 of 12 passes for 132 yards and one score in the 32-27 win over Toledo and threw for 190 yards and two touchdowns on 15 completions against Buffalo. Depth at the quarterback position is a concern for Northern Illinois, but coordinator Bob Cole has utilized Graham on 28 runs so far, recording 119 yards over the last two games. With a strong supporting cast and steady offensive line, Graham does not have to win this game on his own. The redshirt freshman needs to simply match his production and play from the last two games, limit his mistakes and take care of the ball. When Graham throws, standout Kenny Golladay (15.7 yards per catch) will be the top target. Graham and the rest of the Huskies’ offense should have opportunities to make plays against a Western Michigan defense allowing 5.8 yards per play in conference contests.

 

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2. The Running Backs

This Wednesday night matchup features a couple of the MAC’s best at running back. Northern Illinois’ Joel Bouagnon leads the conference with 110.6 rushing yards per game, while Western Michigan’s rushing attack is a three-man rotation. Redshirt freshman Jamauri Bogan leads the way for the Broncos, averaging 76.4 yards per game. Bogan has recorded back-to-back 100-yard efforts and seems to have supplanted Jarvion Franklin as the go-to back for Fleck. Franklin rushed for 1,551 yards and 24 scores last season but has only 43 yards on 11 carries over the last two games. And when Franklin or Bogan needs a rest, LeVante Bellamy has showed big-play ability (7.7 yards per carry) in limited snaps. How will both teams handle the battle up front? In conference games, it’s a virtual draw. The Broncos rank fourth in the MAC by allowing 142.3 yards per game, while the Huskies are fifth at 147 per contest. 

 

3. Northern Illinois’ Secondary vs. Western Michigan’s Passing Attack

It’s a matchup of strength versus strength when the Western Michigan passing offense takes on Northern Illinois secondary. The Huskies are No. 1 in the MAC in pass efficiency defense, while the Broncos rank third in the conference in passing offense. Quarterback Zach Terrell ranks third in the MAC by averaging 265.1 yards per game and has tossed 23 scores to just seven picks this season. Terrell has plenty of help from his supporting cast, which includes two receivers headed for All-MAC honors in Corey Davis (69 catches) and Daniel Braverman (90 catches). The junior has only one interception over his last six games, but that total will be put to the test against an opportunistic Northern Illinois’ secondary. The Huskies have intercepted 17 passes and are led by a strong group of candidates for All-MAC honors, including safety Marlon Moore and cornerbacks Shawun Lurry and Paris Logan. This unit has allowed only seven passes of 30 or more yards in conference games this season. Can the Huskies continue their streak of opportunistic play? Or will the Broncos find a few cracks in the secondary for big plays?

 

Final Analysis

 

Northern Illinois has set the standard for the rest of the teams in the MAC West. And at 5-1 in league play, the Huskies are on the doorstep of another trip to Detroit. Western Michigan is a program on the rise under Fleck and needs a win in DeKalb to keep its division title hopes alive. There are reasons to like the Broncos’ chances at an upset. However, it’s hard to pick against a team that has experience in situations like this one, and the Huskies – while not flashy or as dynamic on offense as Western Michigan – can win with defense, limiting mistakes and a strong rushing attack. The Broncos come close, but Northern Illinois moves closer to the West Division title with a tight victory on Wednesday night.

 

Prediction: Northern Illinois 31, Western Michigan 30 
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The start of ’s 2015-16 bowl season is less than 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.

 

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The post-Week 11 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 11 weeks of action. Expect several changes over the next few weeks.

 

College Football's Post-Week 11 Bowl Projections
BowlDateTie-InProjection
AutoNation CureDec. 19Sun Belt vs.
American

Georgia Southern vs.

Tulsa 

Gildan New MexicoDec. 19C-USA vs.
MW

New Mexico vs.

Rice 

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

 UCLA vs.

Boise State 

Raycom Media
Camellia
Dec. 19MAC vs.
Sun Belt

Appalachian State vs.

Toledo 

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

UL Lafayette vs.

Southern Miss 

Miami BeachDec. 21American vs.
C-USA

WKU vs.

Temple 

Famous Idaho PotatoDec. 22MAC vs.
MW

 Utah State vs.

Ohio 

Boca RatonDec. 22American vs.
MAC

Cincinnati vs.

Bowling Green 

SDCCU PoinsettiaDec. 23Mountain West vs.
Army/MAC

San Diego State vs.

Akron 

GoDaddyDec. 23

MAC vs.

Sun Belt

Arkansas State vs.

Northern Illinois 

Popeyes BahamasDec. 24

C-USA vs.

MAC

MTSU vs.

Western Michigan 

HawaiiDec. 24American vs.
BYU/MW

BYU vs.

California* 

St. PetersburgDec. 26C-USA vs. 
American

USF vs.

Marshall 

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

Washington State vs.

NC State 

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

 Washington* vs.

Louisiana Tech 

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

Pittsburgh vs.

Indiana 

IndependenceDec. 26ACC/ND vs.
SEC

 Duke vs.

Colorado State* 

Foster FarmsDec. 26Big Ten vs.
Pac-12

Oregon vs.

Nebraska 

MilitaryDec. 28ACC/ND vs.
American

Navy vs.

Miami 

Quick LaneDec. 28ACC/ND vs.
Big Ten

 Central Michigan* vs.

South Alabama* 

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

 Air Force vs.

Arizona State* 

Russell AthleticDec. 29ACC/ND vs.
Big 12

 TCU vs.

North Carolina 

NOVA Home 

Loans Arizona

Dec. 29

C-USA vs. 

Mountain West

 Old Dominion vs.

Nevada 

AdvoCare V100
Texas
Dec. 29Big 12 vs.
SEC

Texas Tech vs.

Texas A&M 

BirminghamDec. 30American vs.
SEC

Memphis vs.

Auburn 

BelkDec. 30ACC/ND vs.
SEC

Virginia Tech vs.

Mississippi State 

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

Georgia vs.

Penn State 

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

Wisconsin vs.

Utah 

OutbackJan. 1Big Ten vs. 
SEC

Arkansas vs.

Northwestern 

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

 Michigan vs.

LSU 

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

 Louisville vs.

Ole Miss 

AutoZone LibertyJan. 2Big 12 vs. 
SEC

 West Virginia vs.

Tennessee 

Valero AlamoJan. 2Big 12 vs.
Pac-12

Baylor vs. 

USC 

CactusJan. 2Big 12 vs. 
Pac-12

Kansas State vs.

Arizona 

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

 Florida State vs.

Michigan State 

FiestaJan. 1At-large vs.
At-large

Houston vs.

Notre Dame 

RoseJan. 1Big Ten vs.
Pac-12

Stanford vs.

Iowa 

SugarJan. 1SEC vs.
Big 12

Oklahoma State vs.

Florida 

    
CottonDec. 31Playoff
Semifinal

 Alabama vs.

Oklahoma 

OrangeDec. 31Playoff
Semifinal

 Ohio State vs.

Clemson 

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

 Ohio State vs.

Alabama 

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Bitter rivals and meet on Tuesday night for the 80th time in program history with plenty at stake in this MAC matchup. The Falcons clinched the MAC East title in last week’s win over Western Michigan, and coach Dino Babers’ team needs to win out to have a shot at finishing as the top Group of 5 team and for an opportunity to play in a New Year’s Six bowl. Toledo rebounded from a disappointing loss to Northern Illinois on Nov. 3 by defeating Central Michigan 28-23 last week. The Rockets are still alive for the MAC West title but have to win out and need a loss by the Huskies in conference action.

 

Thanks to rising stars at head coach, both of these teams have generated national headlines during the 2015 season. Under the direction of Matt Campbell, Toledo defeated Power 5 opponents Iowa State and Arkansas and ranked No. 24 in the first playoff committee rankings. Bowling Green knocked off Maryland and Purdue in non-conference matchups and nearly defeated Memphis (44-41). Coach Dino Babers is one of the nation’s top offensive minds and could be a candidate for openings at the Power 5 level this December.

 

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Bowling Green leads the all-time series at 39-36-4. However, the Rockets have won five consecutive meetings against the Falcons. Three of the last four meetings between these two programs were decided by a touchdown or less. These two teams play annually for the I-75 Trophy, which replaced the Peace Pipe as the trophy awarded to the winner of this matchup in 2011.

 

Toledo at Bowling Green

 

Kickoff: Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN2

Spread: Bowling Green -7

 

1. Toledo’s Rushing Attack

Bowling Green’s “Falcon Fast” offense is one of the best in the nation. The Falcons rank fourth nationally by averaging 45.4 points per game, 12th with an average of seven yards per play and tied for first with 26 plays of 40 yards or more. Quarterback Matt Johnson is the MAC’s top quarterback and one of the most efficient nationally (36 TDs to four interceptions). What exactly does the Bowling Green offensive totals have to do with Toledo’s ground attack? The gameplan should be simple for the Rockets on Tuesday night. Keeping the Falcons off the field and limiting possessions are a priority. Toledo has the necessary pieces in place to control the pace of the game, as this team averages 216.2 rushing yards per game. Running back Kareem Hunt has recorded back-to-back 100-yard efforts and has plenty of support from Terry Swanson (seven yards per carry). Bowling Green’s defense has struggled to stop the run at times, surrendering 168.6 yards per game this season. Additionally, the Falcons allowed six rushing scores and 504 yards in their last two contests. In order for Toledo to win on Tuesday night, Hunt and Swanson have to get on track and the offensive line has to control the line of scrimmage.  

 

2. Bowling Green’s Explosive Offense

As mentioned above, the numbers on Bowling Green’s offense are staggering this season. The Falcons put a significant amount of pressure on opposing defenses by taking (and connecting) on deep shots downfield, while running back Travis Greene (105.7 ypg in MAC contests) is capable of making defenders miss at the line of scrimmage and turning five-yard gains into big plays. Babers’ offense can hurt defenses in a variety of ways, which is a nightmare for opposing teams to gameplan and stop. How can Toledo slow down the Falcons’ offense? The Rockets’ defense could use help from their offense to control the tempo and overall pace of the game. But when Toledo’s defense is on the field, it has to eliminate the big plays and make Bowling Green drive the length of the field. The Rockets have allowed 13 passing plays of 30 yards or more this season and gave up 349 passing yards in last week’s win over Central Michigan. This defense has been solid up front this year, limiting rushers to 3.3 yards per carry and generating 21 sacks. Getting pressure on Johnson and forcing this offense into third-and-long situations are two areas to watch for Toledo on Tuesday night.

 

3. Toledo QB Phillip Ely

While most of the pregame attention is focused on Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson, Toledo’s Phillip Ely shouldn’t be overlooked. The Alabama transfer suffered a season-ending leg injury last year and has rebounded with a strong 2015 campaign (2,192 yards, 18 TDs). The senior didn’t have a standout performance against Northern Illinois (1 TD, 2 INT) but rebounded to throw for 322 yards and two touchdowns against Central Michigan last Tuesday. The Falcons are 58th nationally in pass efficiency defense but has been susceptible to big plays (nine of 40 yards or more allowed). Ely has a solid group of weapons at his disposal, including Cody Thompson (20.5 ypc) and Alonzo Russell (28 catches for 482 yards). The success of Toledo’s offense starts on the ground. However, Ely will have his opportunities to shine on Tuesday night. After throwing five combined picks against UMass and Northern Illinois, Ely threw zero on 39 attempts against Central Michigan. That’s the type of performance Toledo needs from its quarterback on Tuesday night.

 

Final Analysis

 

Tuesday night’s meeting in Bowling Green could be a preview of the MAC Championship in early December. Of course, Toledo has some work to do in order to win the West Division, starting with this matchup against the Falcons. In last year’s game, the Rockets ran for 325 yards and four touchdowns. Running back Kareem Hunt gashed Bowling Green for 265 yards on 30 attempts. That’s the best-case scenario for Toledo on Tuesday night – establish the run, control the time of possession and eliminate the big plays allowed on defense. While Hunt will get his yardage, stopping Bowling Green quarterback Matt Johnson and a talented group of receivers won’t be easy. This one should go back-and-forth, but the Falcons have too much firepower at home.

 

Prediction: Bowling Green 41, Toledo 38
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Week 11 of the  season is in the books. The weekend slate provided plenty of highlights, big plays, standout performances and surprises. 

 

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 11. Here’s a look at Athlon Sports’ picks for the offensive, defensive, coordinator, freshman and unsung hero from Week 11:

 

College Football Week 11 Awards

 

Offensive Player of the Week: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma

Oklahoma took a step forward in the race to win the Big 12 and potentially a spot in the College Football Playoff with a 44-34 victory at Baylor on Saturday night. Mayfield led the way for the Sooners’ offense, completing 24 of 34 passes for 270 yards and three scores. He also added 76 yards and one touchdown on the ground. Mayfield also made one of the biggest plays of the game by scrambling in the pocket on third-and-goal with less than five minutes remaining, eventually hitting H-back Dimitri Flowers for a seven-yard score. The touchdown toss to Flowers gave the Sooners a 10-point lead and ended Baylor’s hopes of an unbeaten season.

 

Defensive Player of the Week: Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama

Alabama’s defense turned in another dominant effort on Saturday, forcing nine sacks and holding Mississippi State to just six points and 4.5 yards per play. Allen led the way for the Crimson Tide’s dominant effort in the trenches, recording three sacks, seven tackles (three for a loss) and one forced fumble. The junior was also a big reason why Mississippi State rushed for just 89 yards on 42 attempts.

 

Coordinator of the Week: Robb Smith, Defensive Coordinator, Arkansas

For the second year in a row, Arkansas is finishing the season as one of the hottest teams in the nation. The Razorbacks earned their fourth consecutive victory by defeating LSU 31-14 in Baton Rouge on Saturday night. Both sides of the ball delivered for coach Bret Bielema, but Smith’s defense found the right gameplan to contain running back Leonard Fournette (91 yards) and limited the Tigers to just 14 points. Additionally, Smith’s defense forced two turnovers, five sacks and eight tackles for a loss. Only three of LSU’s 11 drives spanned longer than 50 yards.

 

Freshman of the Week: Jalin Moore, RB, Appalachian State

With standout running back Marcus Cox sidelined due to a few nagging injuries, the Appalachian State coaching staff turned to Moore to handle the ground attack. The redshirt freshman gashed Idaho’s defense for 244 rushing yards on 27 attempts, which led the way for a Mountaineers’ ground attack that recorded 401 overall yards. The 244 rushing yards by Moore set an Appalachian State freshman record.

 

Unsung Hero: Kyle Postma, QB, Houston

Houston’s unbeaten season, American Athletic Conference title chances and opportunity to play in a New Year’s Six bowl was hanging in the balance after starting quarterback Greg Ward suffered an ankle injury in the first half against Memphis. However, due to Postma’s performance, coach Tom Herman’s team rallied for a 35-34 over the Tigers and improved to 10-0 this season. Postma completed 21 of 33 passes for 236 yards and one score and added 49 yards and one touchdown on the ground. The sophomore also delivered in the clutch, leading Houston on a nine-play, 77-yard drive to score the game-winning touchdown with less than two minutes remaining.  

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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 11

 

15: Consecutive 100-Yard Performances by Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott

Ohio State’s offense is still putting all of the pieces together to make a run at the national championship. While coach Urban Meyer is looking for more consistency from his quarterbacks and offensive line, this unit continues to lean on the steady play of Elliott. In Saturday’s 28-3 win over Illinois, Elliott recorded 181 yards and two touchdowns on 27 attempts. The 181-yard effort extended Elliott’s streak of consecutive 100-yard games to 15 and moved the junior to third all-time on Ohio State’s career rushing list behind Eddie George and Archie Griffin.

 

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125: North Carolina Sets Program Record With Points Scored Over Last Two Games

The Tar Heels aren’t getting much national respect at 9-1, but coach Larry Fedora’s team is quietly building an impressive resume. North Carolina has scored 125 points over its last two games – blowout victories over Duke and Miami – which is the best-two game mark in program history. In addition to the 59 points scored against the Hurricanes, North Carolina recorded 487 overall yards, forced two turnovers and held Miami without a score on its first 10 drives.

 

7: Games by Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield of At Least Four TDs in 2015

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is making a strong case for Heisman votes and All-America honors this season, as the junior has been a big reason for the Sooners’ offensive improvement in 2015. Mayfield has scored at least four touchdowns in seven games this season, including four overall scores in Saturday night’s 44-34 victory over Baylor. The seven games of at least four touchdowns in a single contest are tied with TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin for the most in the nation this year.

 

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81: Career Rushing Touchdowns by Navy QB Keenan Reynolds

Navy senior quarterback Keenan Reynolds entered the NCAA record book during Saturday’s easy 55-14 victory over SMU. Reynolds rushed for four touchdowns and 137 yards on 14 carries and completed 2 of 9 passes for 81 yards and one score. The senior now has 81 career rushing touchdowns, which surpassed Wisconsin’s Montee Ball (77) for the all-time record. Reynolds will have a chance to add to this total over the next few weeks, as Navy takes on Tulsa in Week 12, followed by a trip to Houston on Black Friday. The Midshipmen also have the annual battle against Army on Dec. 12 and could play in the American Athletic Conference title game on Dec. 5.

 

9: Sacks by Alabama in Saturday’s Win Over Mississippi State

A week after a huge victory against LSU, there was some concern in Tuscaloosa about a letdown performance at Mississippi State. Alabama’s defense quickly put an end to those concerns in a dominant effort in Starkville. This unit held the Bulldogs to just 4.5 yards per play (a season low for Dan Mullen’s team) and forced nine sacks. Prior to Saturday’s game, Mississippi State allowed only 13 sacks all season. The nine recorded sacks were the most by an Alabama defense since 1998.

 

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1994: Georgia Tech’s Last Season of a .500 or Worse Record in ACC

Virginia Tech’s 23-21 victory at Georgia Tech on Thursday night likely ended the Yellow Jackets’ bowl hopes. At 3-7, coach Paul Johnson’s team needs to beat Miami and Georgia to close out the regular season and hope 5-7 teams are needed to fill bowl tie-ins. If the Yellow Jackets do not play in a postseason matchup, this program’s run of 18 consecutive seasons with a bowl game will end. Additionally, Georgia Tech’s remarkable run of consistency within the ACC is also slated to end this year. This program will suffer its first record of .500 or worse in conference games for the first time since 1994.

 

3: Night-Game Losses by LSU in Last Two Seasons

Tiger Stadium is one of college football’s best venues and toughest places to play for opposing teams. However, the home-field advantage at night hasn’t been as intimidating for opponents in the last two seasons. LSU has lost three night games over the last two seasons, including Saturday's 31-14 defeat against Arkansas. According to the Advocate, the Tigers are now 48-6 under coach Les Miles in night games at home. Three of those losses took place in the last two seasons.

 

47.6: Oregon’s Average Points in Last Three Games

A healthy Vernon Adams at quarterback makes a huge difference for Oregon’s offense. The Ducks scored 38 points and averaged a healthy 9.1 yards per play in Saturday night’s upset victory over Stanford. Adams suffered a finger injury in the opener against Eastern Washington and was clearly not at full strength against Michigan State or Utah. However, over the last three games, Adams has showed why he was an impact transfer for this offense. The senior has guided Oregon to an average of 47.6 points per game in its last three contests and completed 10 of 12 passes against the Cardinal for 205 yards and two touchdowns.

 

15: Consecutive Games With a Rushing Touchdown by Alabama RB Derrick Henry

With three efforts of 200 or more yards over his last four games, Alabama running back Derrick Henry has emerged as the frontrunner in the Heisman Trophy race. The junior recorded 204 yards and two scores on 22 attempts (9.3 ypc) in the convincing 31-6 victory over Mississippi State on Saturday. Henry has now scored a rushing touchdown in 15 consecutive games, which is the longest active streak in the nation. Additionally, the junior’s 15-game run is the longest in the SEC over the last 20 years.

 

118: Wins by Gary Pinkel at Missouri Since 2001

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel capped an emotional week with a 20-16 victory over BYU Saturday night, which improved the Tigers to 5-5 overall this year. Missouri needs a victory in one of its two remaining games (Tennessee or at Arkansas) to play in a bowl. Due to health reasons, Pinkel announced his intentions to retire at the end of the season on Friday. The 63-year-old coach was arguably one of the nation’s most underrated coaches and is the winningest coach in Missouri history at 118 career wins.

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Week 11 of the  season is officially in the books. With the playoff and bowl picture coming into focus, there were no shortage of critical games or must-see matchups on Saturday. And the weekend slate produced its share of crazy moments, wild finishes and big plays.  

 

Miss anything from Week 11? Here are 25 must-see plays, moments or post-game celebrations from the weekend of action:

 

25 Must-See Moments from College Football's Week 11 Games

 

1. Paris tributes take place from several college football teams and players: 

 

2. Marshall pays tribute to the victims of the 1970 plane crash:

3. Mississippi State honors fallen teammate Keith Joseph Jr.:

 

4. Missouri coach Gary Pinkel caps emotional week with win over BYU (and celebration):

 

5. Two of the nation's top quarterbacks - Connor Cook (Michigan State) and Trevone Boykin (TCU) - leave games with minor injuries:

6. Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield seals victory over Baylor with late touchdown:

 

7. Oregon stops Stanford's two-point play to score upset victory:

 

8. Alabama running back Derrick Henry and receiver Calvin Ridley score on big plays in easy win over Mississippi State:

Nick Saban also ended up with a cut on his face during the game:

 

9. Arizona receiver Nate Phillips makes game-winning touchdown catch to stun Utah in overtime:

 

10. Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds breaks the NCAA career record for most rushing touchdowns:

 

11. Houston remains unbeaten after Memphis misses field goal:

Cougars also win Twitter on Saturday night with this tweet after Baylor's defeat to Oklahoma:

 

12. Michigan scores on final play of regulation against Indiana to force overtime. Wolverines eventually win 48-41:

13. West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen crowd surfs after win against Texas:

 

14. North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams celebrates a touchdown against Miami:

 

15. Georgia defensive back Rico McGraw is injured after congratulatory slap from a coach:

16. LSU scores bizarre touchdown on deflected pass. However, Tigers dominated by Arkansas:

17. Maryland's punter took his frustration out after a bad punt on the bench:

 

18. Boise State nearly scores on last-second lateral play in loss against New Mexico:

 

19. Washington State knocks off UCLA on last-second touchdown pass from Luke Falk to Gabe Marks:

 

20. Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer celebrates win over Georgia Tech:

21. This official was not happy with the cheerleaders or band during the Central Michigan-Toledo matchup:

 

22. Ohio State defensive lineman Joey Bosa destroys an Illinois offensive lineman:

23. UCLA, South Carolina, ULM and Iowa used new (and awesome) alternate uniforms for Week 11:

 

24. Notre Dame defensive lineman Sheldon Day and his mom shared a cool moment on senior day:

25. Former Nebraska coach Bo Pelini (now at Youngstown State) exploded at the officials on Saturday:

 

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coach Gary Pinkel is resigning due to health reasons effective at the end of the 2015 season. Pinkel was one of the nation’s most underrated coaches during his 15-year run in Columbia. During his tenure with the Tigers, Pinkel went 118-71 and claimed back-to-back SEC East titles in 2013-14. Pinkel also went 73-37-3 at Toledo from 1991-00.

 

Pinkel was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in May and had treatments during May and June. According to a release from the school, Pinkel is “not doing poorly and that this is a manageable disease.”

 

There’s no question Pinkel will be missed at Missouri. This job isn’t easy. In a recent expert poll by Athlon Sports, . There’s plenty of potential though, as Pinkel went 23-5 overall from 2013-14 and guided the program to three seasons of at least 10 wins from 2007-10. Needless to say, Pinkel set the bar high for the next coach.

 

Who might be the next coach at Missouri? Here are seven names to watch:

 

Seven Coaching Candidates to Replace Gary Pinkel at Missouri

 

Dino Babers, head coach, Bowling Green

Babers was a long-time assistant that finally got his chance to be a head coach in 2012 at Eastern Illinois. Over the last four years, Babers has emerged as one of the nation’s top offensive minds and is a coach poised to make the jump into the Power 5 ranks. After recording a 19-7 mark at Eastern Illinois from 2012-13, Babers has led Bowling Green to a 16-8 record in two seasons. The Falcons won the MAC East in 2014 despite losing star quarterback Matt Johnson to a season-ending hip injury in the opener. And with Johnson back at the controls this year, Bowling Green is a perfect 6-0 in the MAC, defeated Purdue and Maryland in non-conference games and ranks fourth nationally with an average of 45.4 points per game. Babers is a former assistant under Art Briles, which helped to shape his background on offense, as well as stops as an assistant at Texas A&M, UCLA, Arizona and Pittsburgh.

 

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Matt Campbell, head coach, Toledo

Hiring a coach from Toledo worked out well for Missouri when it brought Pinkel to Columbia in 2001. Could the school turn to another Toledo coach in this coaching search? Campbell is 34-14 with the Rockets and is poised for his best season after an 8-1 start in 2015. Toledo also picked up victories against Power 5 opponents in Arkansas and Iowa State this year. The 35-year-old coach also has stops on his resume from stints as an assistant at Bowling Green and Mount Union. Campbell is ready for the chance to run a Power 5 program. 

 

P.J. Fleck, head coach, Western Michigan

Fleck is 15-20 in his third season at Western Michigan, but the former Northern Illinois’ receiver has brought marked improvement to the Kalamazoo program. After a 1-11 mark in Fleck’s first season (2013), the Broncos are 14-9 over the last two years and have a chance to win the MAC’s West Division in 2015. Fleck is also regarded as an excellent recruiter and also has stops on his resume from stints with the Buccaneers and Rutgers. At 34-years-old, Fleck is the nation’s youngest coach.

 

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Justin Fuente, head coach, Memphis

Fuente is expected to generate interest from several schools this offseason. Virginia Tech, South Carolina and Miami are three schools expected to gauge Fuente’s interest and other top 25-30 jobs could open by December. Fuente has transformed Memphis into a top 25 program after inheriting a team that won three games under Larry Porter’s direction from 2010-11. Fuente’s first team showed marked improvement (4-8) in 2012 and finished 3-9 in the program’s debut in the American Athletic Conference. The Tigers took a huge step forward in 2014, finishing 10-3 with a No. 25 rank in the final Associated Press poll. Memphis is 8-2 this season and spent four weeks as a ranked team in the Associated Press poll before losing to Navy in Week 10. Current Missouri defensive coordinator Barry Odom worked for three years under Fuente at Memphis.

 

Tom Herman, head coach, Houston

Similar to Memphis’ Justin Fuente, Herman will be contacted by several schools this offseason to gauge his interest in an opening at a Power 5 job. Herman is 10-0 in his first season as Houston’s head coach, guiding the Cougars to a No. 13 ranking in the latest Associated Press poll. Prior to taking the top spot in Houston, Herman worked as Ohio State’s offensive coordinator from 2012-14 and held the same position at Iowa State (2009-11), Rice (2007-08) and Texas State (2005-06). Herman also has ties to the program, as he was hired at Houston by current Missouri athletic director Mack Rhoades.

 

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Barry Odom, defensive coordinator, Missouri

Odom is a former Missouri player and rejoined Gary Pinkel’s staff after a three-year stint at Memphis calling the defensive signals for Justin Fuente from 2012-14. The Tigers showed significant improvement on defense under Odom’s direction, limiting opponents to just 4.7 yards per play in 2014. While Missouri is likely to finish 2015 with a losing record, Odom’s defense certainly isn’t the problem. The Tigers rank second in the SEC in scoring defense and are holding opponents to 4.3 yards per play. Odom worked from 2009-11 under Pinkel as an assistant coach and also worked on the staff from 2003-08 as a football operations assistant. Odom does not have any previous head coaching experience. 

 

Matt Rhule, head coach, Temple

Rhule played under Joe Paterno at Penn State from 1994-97 and has spent most of his coaching career on the East Coast. Would the Pennsylvania native be interested in a SEC job or could he hold out for an opening in the Big Ten or ACC? Although Rhule is content at Temple, Power 5 programs will come calling. The Owls are 16-18 under his watch, including an 8-2 mark in 2015. Temple is the frontrunner to win the American Athletic Conference’s East Division and nearly knocked off Notre Dame on Oct. 31 this season. If the Owls win their remaining regular season games (two) and claim the conference championship or a bowl victory, Rhule’s team will surpass the program’s highest win total mark (10 in 1979).

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The is on the outside looking in of the ’s Playoff after the Nov. 10 rankings release, but the news isn’t all bad for the conference, as and have a chance to make an impression on the committee Saturday night in Waco. The Big 12 schedule wasn’t intentionally backloaded, but this league features a handful of the best games in the nation over the next four weeks, with the Sooners and Bears at the center of most of those matchups.

 

Heading into Week 11, Baylor does not have a victory against a team with a winning record. However, the month of November represents an opportunity for the Bears to impress. After Saturday’s game against Oklahoma, Baylor still has games against Oklahoma State and TCU, followed by the season finale versus Texas. Despite losing quarterback Seth Russell to a season-ending neck injury, coach Art Briles’ team won 31-24 at Kansas State last week. The offense is in good hands with true freshman quarterback Jarrett Stidham, but the performance of the defense is likely to determine whether this team can finish 12-0 and reach the playoffs.

 

While the Bears entered the season as the co-favorite with TCU to win the Big 12 title, Oklahoma opened 2015 looking to rebound after an 8-5 mark last year. Bob Stoops made changes to his coaching staff get the program back on track. Rising star Lincoln Riley was hired to call the plays, and three other new assistants joined the staff. The moves have paid off for Stoops, as Oklahoma is 8-1 and is in the mix to climb in the rankings and contend for a playoff spot. The lone defeat for the Sooners this season came at the hands of rival Texas in early October.

 

Oklahoma has a 21-3 all-time series edge against Baylor. However, the Bears have won two in a row against the Sooners and three out of the last four meetings.

 

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Oklahoma at Baylor

 

Kickoff: Saturday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ABC

Spread: Baylor -2.5

 

Three Things to Watch

 

1. Baylor QB Jarrett Stidham

Stidham earned high marks in his first start. The true freshman replaced the injured Seth Russell prior to last week’s game against Kansas State and torched the Wildcats for 419 yards and three touchdowns on 23 completions. For the season, Stidham has completed 47 of 61 passes for 750 yards and nine scores. Additionally, the talented true freshman has yet to throw an interception and averages 12.3 yards per attempt. While Stidham has been impressive, the schedule is going to get tougher. Saturday night’s matchup against Oklahoma is the true freshman’s toughest opponent so far this year, as the Sooners rank No. 1 in the Big 12 in pass efficiency defense and have allowed just six passing touchdowns so far in conference matchups. Only one opponent (Tulsa – 427 surpassed more than 260 yards through the air against Oklahoma. The Golden Hurricane’s 427 yards is notable, as former Baylor assistant Philip Montgomery is in his first season as Tulsa’s head coach. The Sooners’ secondary also has reinforcements on the way. Standout Zack Sanchez returns to the lineup after missing two games due to an ankle injury. Sanchez’s return comes at an ideal time. Stidham is throwing to the nation’s No. 1 receiving corps, headlined by explosive junior Corey Coleman (20.3 ypc), Jay Lee (21.9 ypc) and KD Cannon (16.8 ypc). Even though Oklahoma’s secondary is having a standout 2015 season, stopping Baylor starts up front. The Sooners lead the Big 12 with 33 sacks generated, but the Bears have a protective wall in front of Stidham, giving up just nine sacks this season. The true freshman was in clear control of the offense last Thursday, made decisive reads and showcased the talent that made him top 50 prospect in the 2015 signing class. How will he perform against a tougher defense?

 

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2. Oklahoma’s Rushing Attack

The best way to slow down Baylor’s offense is to simply keep them off the field. The Bears are fifth in the Big 12 against the run and surrendered a season high of 258 yards against Kansas State last week. Standout defensive tackle Andrew Billings suffered an ankle injury against West Virginia on Oct. 17 and is getting closer to 100 percent, which should help the interior of this defense. Last week’s struggles against the run are a bad sign for Baylor with Oklahoma’s offense coming to Waco. The Sooners struggled early in the year to get a push from their offensive line and managed only 67 yards in a loss against Texas. However, ground game has progressed in recent weeks, recording at least 232 yards in each of the last four games. Samaje Perine (806 yards) is the headliner, but Joe Mixon (6.65 yards per carry) and quarterback Baker Mayfield all contribute to the ground attack. Can Oklahoma match Kansas State’s success last week? If the Sooners can, that’s a big problem for the Bears.

 

3. Preventing Big Plays in the Passing Game

With both offenses averaging over 45 points per game, this should be a high-scoring affair. It’s unlikely either defense can deliver a shutdown performance on Saturday night, which is why both units need to eliminate the big plays. Oklahoma will challenge Baylor at the point of attack with Perine and Mixon, with Mayfield spreading the ball to an improved group of receivers. Sterling Shepard and Dede Westbrook are the primary targets for Mayfield, but Durron Neal and Mark Andrews, along with Mixon out of the backfield will contribute. The Sooners rank fifth in the Big 12 with 19 passing plays of 30 yards or more, but this unit jumps to first in plays of 60 yards or more. The potential is there to take any play to the house for six points. The same theory applies on the Baylor sideline. Stidham is confident in this offense and has a strong supporting cast to lean on. In addition to a deep receiving corps and standout offensive line, running back Shock Linwood leads the Big 12 with 1,046 yards. Both defenses will bend and yield yardage. However, it’s critical for both units to not allow 15-yard gains to become 60-yard touchdowns. Oklahoma has allowed only nine plays of 30 yards or more, while Baylor has surrendered 19. Which team can prevent the big play on Saturday night?

 

Final Analysis

 

The Big 12 might be college football’s most intriguing conference for the month of November. Some of the best remaining games are in this league, and Saturday night’s matchup between Oklahoma and Baylor shouldn’t disappoint. Both teams are going to land their share of punches and points on the scoreboard. The Sooners’ ground attack presents a big challenge for the Bears after struggling to stop the run in Manhattan last Saturday. The secondary is also limiting big plays, which is critical with Baylor receiver Corey Coleman looming this weekend. While optimism should be high in Norman for the upset, the Bears connect on one big play in the fourth quarter to remain unbeaten.

 

Prediction: Baylor 45, Oklahoma 41
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seized control of the SEC West with a victory over LSU last week, but the Crimson Tide still have obstacles to navigate, starting with a trip to Starkville to take on on Saturday afternoon. Alabama’s win against the Tigers, along with an Ole Miss loss to Arkansas cleared the way for coach Nick Saban’s team to win the SEC West once again. Mississippi State is also in the mix to win the SEC West, but its scenario to take the No. 1 spot in the division is a little complicated.

 

The Crimson Tide ranked No. 2 on Tuesday night’s College Football Playoff rankings release and could unseat Clemson for No. 1 overall depending on what transpires over the next four weeks of action. Since losing to Ole Miss 43-37 in mid-September, Alabama has dominated against Georgia, Texas A&M and LSU and posted conference wins over Tennessee and Arkansas. On the other sideline, Mississippi State quietly landed at No. 17 in the latest rankings, as the Bulldogs have gained momentum behind a four-game winning streak. Coach Dan Mullen had to replace several key starters from last year’s team but managed a quick rebuild behind senior quarterback Dak Prescott.

 

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Alabama leads the all-time series against Mississippi State 77-18-3. The Crimson Tide have won seven in a row against the Bulldogs. Mississippi State’s last win in this series was in 2007.

 

Alabama at Mississippi State

 

Kickoff: Saturday, Nov. 17 at 3:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: CBS

Spread: Alabama -8

 

Three Things to Watch

 

1. Avoiding a Letdown

Alabama has a tough assignment on Saturday afternoon, as the Crimson Tide have to find a way to match the intensity and energy displayed in last week’s matchup. After a showdown between top-five teams, can Alabama rekindle that energy on the road after a physical affair against LSU? In each of the last two seasons, the Crimson Tide have played Mississippi State the week after a game against LSU. Alabama won 25-20 in Tuscaloosa last season and claimed a 20-7 slugfest victory over the Bulldogs in 2013. While Mississippi State may not be as strong of a team as it was last season, the Crimson Tide cannot afford to show up in Starkville with a flat performance. The Bulldogs are hungry for the upset and could spoil Alabama’s national and SEC title hopes with a win. Last week’s game against LSU was arguably the biggest of the season for the Crimson Tide. Fast forward to Saturday and Mississippi State is in the same position. Will Alabama match the Bulldogs energy and avoid a letdown on Saturday afternoon?

 

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2. Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott

It’s no secret the SEC’s best quarterback resides in Starkville. Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott is having an outstanding senior campaign, throwing for 2,351 yards and 18 touchdowns to just one interception. He also leads the team with 418 rushing yards and seven scores. Prescott isn’t a one-man show, but he drives the Mississippi State offense and is the key to the upset hopes on Saturday afternoon. The senior has to continue to limit mistakes and use his mobility to escape the nation’s best front seven. Additionally, he needs a little help from his supporting cast. The Bulldogs are dealing with a few ailments to their offensive line, but this unit has allowed just nine sacks in five SEC games. Prescott can spread the field with one of the SEC’s best receiving corps, including De’Runnya Wilson (eight touchdowns) and Fred Ross (51 catches). The rushing attack will be under the spotlight, as Prescott needs more help from Brandon Holloway (220 yards), Ashton Shumpert (174 yards) and Aeris Williams (164 yards) out of the backfield. Prescott might be the most valuable player in this game. He’s capable of carrying Mississippi State to the upset and is a tough matchup for Alabama’s defense with his dual-threat ability. After all, dual-threat quarterbacks have provided the most headaches for Nick Saban's defense in recent years. The Crimson Tide is going to focus on Prescott. Will the supporting cast step up in this matchup? Just how far can the senior quarterback carry Mississippi State on Saturday afternoon?

 

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3. Battle in the Trenches

On paper, this area is where Alabama has an advantage over Mississippi State. The Crimson Tide has the best front seven in the nation on defense, and the offensive line is among the best in the SEC. Alabama’s rush defense ranks second nationally, limiting opponents to 75.8 yards per game. Additionally, this group wreaks havoc at the line of scrimmage with 29 sacks and 60 tackles for a loss. The offensive line has experienced a few ups and downs so far this year but is coming off a standout performance against LSU. The front five led the way for the Crimson Tide to rush for 250 yards and three touchdowns on 55 attempts last week. Stopping the run has been a challenge at times for Mississippi State this season and this defense faces another test against Alabama running back Derrick Henry. The Bulldogs rank 10th in the SEC by giving up 167.7 rushing yards per game. This unit surrendered 215 yards on the ground to Missouri last week, while LSU recorded 266 back in September. However, the numbers are better for coordinator Manny Diaz in terms of per carry totals. Mississippi State is allowing only 3.9 yards per rush and just 2.7 inside of the red zone. Even if Prescott finds rushing lanes or makes a few big throws against Alabama’s secondary, it won’t matter if Mississippi State struggles to keep the pass rush away from its senior quarterback. Additionally, the Bulldogs have to find a way to slow down Henry and force quarterback Jake Coker to win this game with his arm.

 

Final Analysis

 

There are factors working in Mississippi State’s favor on Saturday afternoon. The atmosphere, a potential letdown by Alabama and senior quarterback Dak Prescott all provide hope for the Bulldogs. However, will a huge performance from Prescott be enough to score the upset? Probably not. As good as the senior quarterback is, the other pieces for Mississippi State have to step up. The defense has to shut down Henry, force a couple of turnovers and get help from the supporting cast. That’s a lot to ask. Sure, Alabama may not be as fired up for this game as it was last week. However, there’s an edge in talent on the Crimson Tide sideline. History is also in Alabama’s favor. In the last seven matchups between these two teams (all Crimson Tide wins), Mississippi State has scored more than 10 points one time. Alabama starts slow but takes control in the second half to move one step closer to winning the SEC West.

 

Prediction: Alabama 27, Mississippi State 20
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The College Football Playoff selection committee’s top 25 rankings are the biggest source of discussion and criticism among fans and media after their release on Tuesday nights. While the rankings are important to show where teams stand relative to the other contenders, as well as how the committee is evaluating different teams, it’s important to remember that the top 25 is going to change significantly by Dec. 6.

 

With four weeks of games remaining, college football is due for a few upsets. Which teams could play spoiler and end the playoff hopes of some of the leading contenders after Week 10? Here are five teams to watch the rest of 2015: 

 

5 Teams That Could Play Spoiler to CFB Playoff Contenders

 

Michigan (7-2)

High expectations surrounded Jim Harbaugh’s return to Ann Arbor, and the first-year coach has the Wolverines sitting at 7-2 and in position to play in one of college football’s top bowl games. Michigan should be favored in upcoming matchups against Indiana and Penn State, with the regular season finale at Ohio State looming large. Assuming the Buckeyes defeat Illinois on Nov. 14 and Michigan State on Nov. 21, coach Urban Meyer’s team will take a 31-game winning streak in Big Ten play to Ann Arbor. The Wolverines are a work in progress on offense with an average of 5.4 yards per play in Big Ten matchups, but the defense leads the conference by holding opponents to just 11.9 points a game. Harbaugh’s defense also leads the Big Ten in fewest third-down conversions allowed and ranks third nationally in rush defense. After losing three in a row to the Buckeyes, Michigan will be hungry to spoil the season of its bitter rival. 

 

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Mississippi State (7-2)

The Bulldogs were picked by most to finish last in the challenging SEC West, but coach Dan Mullen has relied on the right arm and legs of senior quarterback Dak Prescott to guide Mississippi State back in contention for a 10-win season. Prescott is the SEC’s top quarterback, throwing for 2,351 yards and 18 scores and rushing for 418 yards and seven touchdowns through nine games. Prescott needs more help from his rushing attack and offensive line, but the senior has one of the SEC’s top receiving corps. Coordinator Manny Diaz returned to Starkville after four years away and has helped Mississippi State’s defense reload after returning only three starters. The Bulldogs are giving up 5.2 yards per play and rank fourth in the conference by holding opponents to 17.2 points a game. It’s a longshot, but Mississippi State is still alive in the SEC West title picture. To keep those slim West Division title hopes alive, the Bulldogs have to upset Alabama on Saturday. The Crimson Tide are coming off a huge win in a physical affair against LSU and have to quickly refocus for a tricky road trip to Starkville. A win by Mississippi State on Saturday would have huge implications in the playoff picture.   

 

North Carolina (8-1)

The Tar Heels have reeled off eight wins in a row after losing to South Carolina 17-13 in the season opener. Coach Larry Fedora’s team is in control of the Coastal Division and could clinch this Saturday with a win, combined with a Duke victory over Pittsburgh. As usual, the offense is a strength under Fedora. North Carolina ranks second nationally with an average of 7.6 yards per play, quarterback Marquise Williams is second in the ACC with 297.2 total yards per game, and freshman running back Elijah Hood is having a standout season with 813 yards and 11 scores in nine games. While the offense is explosive, the difference in North Carolina’s run at the Coastal title in 2015 is its defense. The addition of new coordinator Gene Chizik has paid huge dividends for Fedora’s team, as this unit has made significant strides. The Tar Heels are limiting ACC opponents to 5.3 yards per play, down from 6.3 in 2014. Additionally, Chizik’s defense has surrendered only 11 plays of 30 yards or more. With an explosive offense and an improving defense, North Carolina could give Clemson trouble in the ACC Championship. 

 

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Texas (4-5)

The final Saturday in the regular season shouldn’t be short on drama as teams make their final pitch to the committee for a playoff spot. If – and it’s a big if – Baylor can run the table in November and defeat Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and TCU, the Dec. 5 matchup against Texas could determine whether or not coach Art Briles’ team makes the playoff or just misses for the second year in a row. On paper, Baylor should be a heavy favorite against Texas. However, coach Charlie Strong and coordinator Vance Bedford have experienced some success in slowing down the high-powered Bears’ offense. In 2013, the Longhorns limited Baylor to 30 points and 5.5 yards per play (third-lowest mark of the season). Last year, Texas held the Bears to 28 points and just 4.7 yards per play. The personnel is different for the Longhorns’ defense, but this unit has not allowed more than 234 passing yards in each of its last four games. Additionally, Texas can control the pace of the game with an offense averaging 227.8 rushing yards per game in Big 12 contests. It’s a long shot, but the season finale could determine whether or not the Longhorns go to a bowl. If that’s the case, Texas will have plenty of motivation on Dec. 5 in Waco.  

 

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UCLA (7-2)/USC (6-3)

The Pac-12 South title is a three-team race with three weeks remaining until Championship Saturday. Utah is the clear favorite at 5-1 in league play, but USC and UCLA are both positioned to make a run at 4-2. The Trojans also own a critical tiebreaker over the Utes thanks to a head-to-head win on Oct. 24. The Bruins will have their shot at Utah on Nov. 21 in Salt Lake City, followed by a road test at USC on Nov. 28. For USC or UCLA to play spoiler, it needs some help. Utah has to lose once – UCLA on Nov. 21 is the most-likely outcome – and the Bruins or Trojans have to win out and play Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship. If the Cardinal defeats Notre Dame on Nov. 28, there’s a good chance for David Shaw’s team moves to No. 4 in the committee rankings. While Stanford would be favored over UCLA and USC, both teams would have revenge on their mind after losing to the Cardinal already in the regular season. 

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Week 11 of the 2015 season starts with two games on Wednesday night, including an intriguing matchup in the MAC between Bowling Green and Western Michigan. The midweek portion of the schedule continues on Thursday, as Virginia Tech travels to Georgia Tech in a critical game for the bowl hopes of both teams. On Friday, USC looks to stay alive for the Pac-12 South title with a trip to Colorado. Week 11’s Saturday slate isn’t as intriguing as last week’s, but there are plenty of must-see matchups and games that will affect the playoff picture. The first round of games on Saturday features NC State at Florida State and Ohio State visiting Illinois. The action continues into the 3:30 slate with No. 1 Clemson playing at Syracuse and Mississippi State at Alabama. The night portion of Week 11’s schedule features Memphis at Houston, Arkansas at LSU and Oklahoma versus Baylor.

 

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Which teams will come out on top in every FBS game for Week 11? Athlon's editors predict the winners for every game this week:

 

College Football Week 11 Predictions
 

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Iowa State

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’s offseason coaching carousel is already shaping up to be one of the busiest in recent years. Nine FBS coaching jobs are open as of Nov. 11, and the turnover won’t stop at the top. With several openings at the head coach level, the turnover and changes will continue into the assistant ranks. Coordinator changes should be active this offseason in every conference, and the pressure is already starting to build on a handful of play-callers.

 

Reprots have already surfaced about job security for Texas A&M offensive coordinator Jake Spavital, as the Aggies have slumped on offense in recent weeks. Additionally, Georgia’s Brian Schottenheimer is under scrutiny after the Bulldogs scored 12 combined points in games against Missouri and Florida.

 

Here are five coordinators on the hot seat with four weeks left in the 2015 season:

 

5 Coordinators on the Hot Seat

 

Brian Knorr, Defensive Coordinator, Indiana

Defense has been a longstanding issue for the Hoosiers. Since 2008, Indiana has ranked 10th or worse in the Big Ten in yards per play and points allowed. Just how much of a struggle has defense been for the Hoosiers recently? In 2013, Indiana gave up 41.9 points per game (Big Ten-only matchups) in 2013 and surrendered 7.4 yards per play. Regardless of how explosive Indiana’s offense is, reaching bowl eligibility in the Big Ten East is almost impossible with those numbers allowed on defense. Knorr joined Kevin Wilson’s staff in 2014 and you have to look hard to find improvement. The Hoosiers are giving up 6.6 yards per play and 41 points in league matchups this season. Additionally, this unit has been susceptible to the big play. Indiana has allowed 14 plays of 40 yards or more and 11 of 50 yards or more.

 

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Don Pellum, Defensive Coordinator, Oregon

Pellum inherited big shoes to fill when he was promoted to defensive coordinator prior to the 2014 season. The long-time assistant replaced Nick Aliotti after he retired following the 2013 campaign and has experienced his share of ups and downs in his first opportunity to call the defensive signals at Oregon. The statistical totals of the Ducks’ defense are always skewed due to their up-tempo, high-powered offense, and Pellum’s group held opponents to a respectable 5.5 yards per play in 2014. However, there were signs of trouble, as Oregon ranked 12th in the Pac-12 in third-down defense and relied on takeaways (34) to stem the offensive momentum of other teams. The Ducks lost a handful of key players from last year’s unit and have struggled so far in 2015. Oregon ranks last in the Pac-12 in points allowed (37.2 per game), yards per play (6.1) and ninth in red-zone defense. Considering the track record of continuity in Eugene and turnover in personnel this season, Pellum is likely to call the defensive signals once again in 2016. However, this defense has to show improvement next year, especially as the offense looks for a replacement for Vernon Adams at quarterback.

 

Brian Schottenheimer, Offensive Coordinator, Georgia

Schottenheimer’s arrival was met with plenty of skepticism last January. So far, the first-year coordinator has done little to ease those concerns. The Bulldogs rank eighth in the SEC in scoring offense and averaged less than five yards per play in three out of their last five conference matchups. This unit has struggled to produce big plays, recording only eight plays of 40 yards or more through nine contests. The loss of star running back Nick Chubb was a huge setback to Georgia’s offense, but inconsistency at quarterback and a lack of proven receivers limited the explosiveness and production of this group. The Bulldogs have only one touchdown pass and tossed five picks in their last three games. While Schottenheimer didn’t inherit the SEC’s best offense and lost this team’s best player (Chubb), it’s fair to wonder if he’s the right hire for 2016 and beyond in Athens. 

 

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John Shoop, Offensive Coordinator, Purdue

Third-year coach Darrell Hazell is only 6-27 in three years at Purdue, but he’s expected to return in 2016. Hazell inherited a rebuilding project when he was hired in 2013 and progress has been hard to come by the last three seasons. Assuming Hazell returns, would he be forced to make staff changes? Shoop has a wealth of experience as a coordinator, including 2007-11 at North Carolina and in the NFL with the Bears from 2001-03. However, the Boilermakers’ offense has struggled under his watch, averaging only 22 points in Big Ten games this season. Purdue is also averaging 4.8 yards per play in 2015 and finished with a 4.6 mark in 2013 and a 4.95 total in 2014. Some perspective is needed on Shoop’s job, as the Boilermakers are rebuilding and this staff didn’t inherit a ton of proven talent. However, in a win-now mentality, Hazell may have to reconsider his offensive staff before a make-or-break 2016 campaign.

 

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Jake Spavital, Offensive Coordinator, Texas A&M

Spavital was considered a rising star when he was hired at Texas A&M in 2013. The Oklahoma native was hired by Kevin Sumlin to tutor the quarterbacks after two years working under Dana Holgorsen at West Virginia (2011-12). Spavital spent 2013 as a co-offensive coordinator and was promoted to play-caller prior to the Chick-fil-A Bowl against Duke. In Spavital’s debut, the Aggies averaged 7.96 yards per play and scored 52 points in the 52-48 win over Duke. Spavital’s job was tougher in 2014 with the departure of Johnny Manziel, receiver Mike Evans and standout tackle Jake Matthews to the NFL. However, Texas A&M averaged only 5.3 yards per play in league games last season and finished 10th in the SEC in red zone offense (conference-only matchups). This year has been much of the same for Spavital, as the Aggies average just 21.5 points and 5.3 yards per play in league games. Both of those totals are the lowest mark under Sumlin’s watch. Considering the skill talent in College Station, along with two talented quarterbacks (Kyler Murray and Kyle Allen), Texas A&M should have one of the SEC’s best offenses. Spavital needs to find a way to get this offense back on track in November. 

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The start of ’s 2015-16 bowl season is less than 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.

 

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The post-Week 10 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 10 weeks of action. Expect several changes over the next few weeks.

 

College Football's Post-Week 10 Bowl Projections
BowlDateTie-InProjection
AutoNation CureDec. 19Sun Belt vs.
American

Tulsa vs.

Georgia Southern 

Gildan New MexicoDec. 19C-USA vs.
MW

Rice vs.

New Mexico 

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

 Boise State vs.

Arizona State 

Raycom Media
Camellia
Dec. 19MAC vs.
Sun Belt

 Appalachian State vs.

Toledo 

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

 Southern Miss vs.

UL Lafayette 

Miami BeachDec. 21American vs.
C-USA

Temple vs.

WKU 

Famous Idaho PotatoDec. 22MAC vs.
MW

 Utah State vs.

Central Michigan 

Boca RatonDec. 22American vs.
MAC

Cincinnati vs.

Bowling Green 

SDCCU PoinsettiaDec. 23Mountain West vs.
Army

 San Diego State vs.

Ohio* 

GoDaddyDec. 23

MAC vs.

Sun Belt

 Arkansas State vs.

Western Michigan 

Popeyes BahamasDec. 24

C-USA vs.

MAC

MTSU vs.

Northern Illinois 

HawaiiDec. 24American vs.
BYU/MW

 BYU vs.

Washington* 

St. PetersburgDec. 26C-USA vs. 
American

USF vs.

Marshall 

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

Oregon vs.

Pittsburgh 

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

Louisiana Tech vs.

Buffalo* 

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

 Wisconsin vs.

Duke 

IndependenceDec. 26ACC/ND vs.
SEC

Virginia Tech vs.

Colorado State* 

Foster FarmsDec. 26Big Ten vs.
Pac-12

 Nebraska vs.

Washington State 

MilitaryDec. 28ACC/ND vs.
American

NC State vs.

Navy 

Quick LaneDec. 28ACC/ND vs.
Big Ten

Illinois vs.

Miami 

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

Indiana vs.

Air Force 

Russell AthleticDec. 29ACC/ND vs.
Big 12

 Florida State vs.

TCU 

NOVA Home 

Loans Arizona

Dec. 29

C-USA vs. 

Mountain West

 UTEP vs.

Nevada 

AdvoCare V100
Texas
Dec. 29Big 12 vs.
SEC

Texas Tech vs.

Texas A&M 

BirminghamDec. 30American vs.
SEC

Memphis vs.

Kentucky 

BelkDec. 30ACC/ND vs.
SEC

 Miss. State vs.

North Carolina 

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

 Georgia vs.

Penn State 

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

 Northwestern vs.

UCLA 

OutbackJan. 1Big Ten vs. 
SEC

 Michigan vs.

Ole Miss 

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

 Tennessee vs.

Michigan State 

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

Arkansas vs.

Louisville 

AutoZone LibertyJan. 2Big 12 vs. 
SEC

 Auburn vs.

West Virginia 

Valero AlamoJan. 2Big 12 vs.
Pac-12

 Oklahoma State vs.

USC 

CactusJan. 2Big 12 vs. 
Pac-12

Kansas State vs.

California 

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

 Florida vs.

Notre Dame 

FiestaJan. 1At-large vs.
At-large

 Houston vs.

Utah 

RoseJan. 1Big Ten vs.
Pac-12

Stanford vs. 

Iowa 

SugarJan. 1SEC vs.
Big 12

 LSU vs.

Oklahoma 

    
CottonDec. 31Playoff
Semifinal

 Ohio State vs.

Baylor 

OrangeDec. 31Playoff
Semifinal

 Clemson vs. 

Alabama 

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

 Ohio State vs.

Alabama 

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The Playoff Committee released its second top 25 rankings of the 2015 season on Tuesday night. Clemson remained at No. 1 for the second week in a row, followed by Alabama at No. 2, Ohio State at No. 3 and Notre Dame at No. 4. 

 

The committee will meet each week until the end of the season, releasing rankings on Tuesday night until the final reveal on Dec. 6 for the last top 25 and playoff announcements.

 

While the weekly rankings are critical in gauging where teams stand in early November, it’s important to remember last year’s top 25 featured Mississippi State at No. 1 and Ohio State – the team that won it all in 2014 – ranked No. 16.

 

Needless to say, this poll will look significantly different in early December.

 

College Football Playoff Committee Top 25 Rankings (Nov. 10 Edition)
RankTeamRecord
1Clemson9-0
2Alabama8-1
3Ohio State9-0
4Notre Dame8-1
5Iowa9-0
6Baylor8-0
7Stanford8-1
8Oklahoma State9-0
9LSU7-1
10Utah8-1
11Florida8-1
12Oklahoma8-1
13Michigan State8-1
14Michigan7-2
15TCU8-1
16Florida State7-2
17Mississippi State7-2
18Northwestern7-2
19UCLA7-2
20Navy7-1
21Memphis8-1
22Temple8-1
23North Carolina8-1
24Houston9-0
25Wisconsin8-2

 

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brings its high-powered “Falcon Fast” offense to Kalamazoo on Wednesday night for a key conference matchup against . This contest features two of the best teams in the MAC, as the Broncos and Falcons are the only remaining unbeatens in league play entering Week 11. While both teams have a lot of work remaining, this Wednesday night showdown is a potential preview of the MAC Championship in Detroit in early December.

 

The two coaches in this game – Bowling Green’s Dino Babers and Western Michigan’s P.J. Fleck – are widely regarded as rising stars. Babers is 15-8 in two seasons with the Falcons, while Fleck is 15-19 in his third season with the Broncos. Both coaches are on track to have their best overall team of their tenure in 2015. Western Michigan has a five-game winning streak, which includes a 54-7 blowout win over Ball State last Thursday. Bowling Green scored wins over Maryland and Purdue earlier this year, with its only losses coming at the hands of Tennessee (59-30) and Memphis (44-41).

 

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Bowling Green holds a 31-18-3 series edge over Western Michigan. The Broncos defeated the Falcons 26-14 in last season’s matchup.

 

Bowling Green at Western Michigan

 

Kickoff: Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN2

Spread: Bowling Green -3

 

Three Things to Watch

 

1. Bowling Green’s “Falcon Fast” Offense

Bowling Green’s high-powered offense is one of the best in the nation, averaging 45.9 points a game this season. Can Western Michigan find a way to slow down prolific quarterback Matt Johnson and a deep group of skill players? No team has managed to hold the Falcons under 30 points in a game this season, and this offense has scored at least 48 points in each of the last four contests. Johnson is the catalyst for the attack, passing for 3,686 yards and 33 scores in nine games. The senior is efficient (70.5 completion percentage) and doesn’t make mistakes (three interceptions). Johnson has plenty of help at receiver in the form of Roger Lewis (64 catches), Ronnie Moore (54), Gehrig Dieter (49) and Ryan Burbrink (43). While Bowling Green’s offense loves to throw (fourth nationally with 401 attempts in 2015), there’s balance on the ground with Travis Greene and Fred Coppet. Western Michigan will have its hands full against the Falcons, but Fleck’s defense has limited MAC opponents to 20.2 points a game this season. However, there are signs of concern for the Broncos. This unit is giving up 5.7 yards per play and has surrendered 17 passing plays of 30 yards or more. Additionally, the Broncos have recorded only 10 sacks in nine games. Bowling Green’s offensive line has struggled at times (25 sacks allowed), which should create opportunities for Western Michigan to get pressure on Johnson. But if the Broncos struggle to generate a pass rush and give up big plays in the secondary, Bowling Green will have no trouble equaling its season average in points per game (45.9).

 

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2. Western Michigan’s Ground Attack

Bowling Green’s offense is the best in the MAC, but Western Michigan is also capable of lighting up the scoreboard. The Broncos rank second in the MAC with an average of 38 points per game, headlined by the steady play of quarterback Zach Terrell and a trio of talented running backs. Jarvion Franklin (660 yards) leads the team in rushing, but Jamauri Bogan and LeVante Bellamy have seen an increased workload in recent weeks. Bogan leads the team with nine rushing scores, while Bellamy (40 carries) averages 8.2 yards per rush. Bowling Green has experienced its share of issues against the run, giving up 164.6 yards per game. In last week’s victory over Ohio, the Falcons surrendered 299 yards and three scores on the ground. Time of possession is a meaningless statistic to most coaches. However, that total could be critical on Wednesday night. Western Michigan has the offensive line and talent at running back to control the pace of the game, limiting the opportunities for the Bowling Green offense. And when the ground attack has success, it sets up opportunities for Terrell to attack downfield on throws to Daniel Braverman and Corey Davis.

 

3. Turnover Margin

Even if Western Michigan establishes its ground attack and wins the time of possession battle, it still needs a few breaks to slow down Bowling Green’s offense. With that in mind, the turnover battle will be critical to monitor. The Falcons have the MAC’s best turnover margin at +11, while the Broncos are minus-two. However, in conference-only games, the totals look better for Western Michigan at plus-seven. Bowling Green has lost only five turnovers all season, which only adds to the difficulty of slowing down the “Falcon Fast” attack. The Broncos need to win this statistical category on Wednesday night.

 

Final Analysis

 

Expect plenty of fireworks in Kalamazoo on Wednesday night. Bowling Green and Western Michigan own the MAC’s top scoring offenses, and there’s no shortage of skill talent in this matchup. Starting fast and establishing the flow of the game is critical for both teams. The Broncos want to establish the run and control the time of possession to limit the plays and opportunities for the Falcons. On the other sideline, Bowling Green would prefer to start fast and force Western Michigan to go away from its ground attack. Both teams will land their share of big plays in this game. This one goes back-and-forth until the fourth quarter, but Bowling Green quarterback Matt Johnson seals the victory with a late scoring drive.

 

Prediction: Bowling Green 41, Western Michigan 38
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With only three weeks left in the regular season, Tuesday night’s matchup between and should play a key role in shaping the final MAC West standings. Four teams have a shot at winning the West Division, with Toledo, Northern Illinois and Central Michigan each having one loss in conference play. Western Michigan is unbeaten in league action. Considering the Rockets and Chippewas already have one loss within the MAC, Tuesday night’s matchup could be an elimination game to stay alive for a trip to Detroit in early December.

 

Toledo is coming off its first loss of the season after a 32-27 defeat at the hands of Northern Illinois. While the loss knocked the Rockets out of the top 25 rankings, coach Matt Campbell’s team has compiled a solid resume. Toledo scored two huge non-conference wins, defeating Arkansas in Little Rock and Iowa State in the Glass Bowl in September. Additionally, the Rockets defeated the favorite (Arkansas State) to win the Sun Belt title. Central Michigan is off to a 5-4 start under new coach John Bonamego. The Chippewas enter Tuesday night’s matchup with wins in four out of their last five games. Additionally, Bonamego’s team played well in losses against Oklahoma State (24-13), Syracuse (30-27) and Michigan State (30-10). 

 

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Toledo owns a 22-18-3 series edge over Central Michigan. The Rockets have won five in a row against the Chippewas.

 

Toledo at Central Michigan

 

Kickoff: Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN2

Spread: Toledo -4

 

Three Things to Watch

 

1. Toledo’s Rushing Attack

Toledo recorded 291 rushing yards and two scores in last week’s loss against Northern Illinois. Kareem Hunt appears to be over an early-season injury, gashing the Huskies for 140 yards and two touchdowns. While Hunt could be the MAC’s best overall running back, he has plenty of help in the form of Terry Swanson (7.5 ypc), Damion Jones-Moore and Marc Remy. Central Michigan’s rush defense ranks fourth in the MAC by limiting opponents to 135.1 yards per game. However, the Chippewas struggled to stop Western Michigan (215 yards) and Northern Illinois (211) earlier this season. The Rockets have rushed for at least 238 yards in each of their last five games. Can Central Michigan find a way to slow down the Toledo rushing attack?

 

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2. Central Michigan QB Cooper Rush

Overall pass defense numbers isn’t the best indicator of how well a team’s secondary is performing. With that in mind, let’s note Toledo ranks 10th in the MAC in pass defense but is second in pass efficiency defense. A deeper look at those totals shows some signs of concern for coach Matt Campbell. The Rockets have allowed six passing scores in the last two games and gave up 17.3 yards per completion in last week’s loss to Northern Illinois. Additionally, Toledo’s pass defense numbers are skewed. The Rockets faced Ball State, Kent State and Eastern Michigan – all ranked ninth or worse in the MAC in passing offense. This unit will be challenged once again on Tuesday night, as Central Michigan’s passing attack averages 296.2 yards per game behind quarterback Cooper Rush. The junior is completing 69 percent of his passes, has only eight interceptions on 335 attempts and has passed for 300 yards in three out of his last four games. Rush likes to spread the ball to a deep group of skill players, with Jesse Kroll (43 catches) as the top option. However, expect to see Anthony Rice (41 catches), Mark Chapman, Corey Willis and tight end Ben McCord targeted frequently on Tuesday night. The Chippewas rank last in the MAC in rushing offense, so it’s up to Rush and the passing attack to keep the chains moving against Toledo.

 

3. Protecting the Passer

The previous sections highlighted the importance of Toledo running back Kareem Hunt and Central Michigan quarterback Cooper Rush, but neither player will have any success on Tuesday night if the offensive line struggles to win the battle at the point of attack. The Chippewas have allowed 20 sacks (eighth in the MAC), while the Rockets have allowed only two sacks this season – both against Northern Illinois. Toledo quarterback Phillip Ely has tossed five picks over the last two games, and if the Chippewas can get pressure, the secondary will have opportunities to create turnovers. However, generating a pass rush has been an issue for Central Michigan. Through nine games, the Chippewas have recorded only 10 sacks. By comparison, Toledo has 19 in eight contests. After allowing two sacks last week, can the Rockets tighten their pass protection on Tuesday night? Keep an eye on how well the offensive lines perform in this key conference matchup.

 

Final Analysis

 

As mentioned above, it’s fair to count this contest as an elimination game in the MAC West standings. There are plenty of scenarios still in play, but the loser of this matchup is going to have a tough time finishing No. 1 in the West Division. Plenty of fireworks should be expected in Mount Pleasant. The winning team in this series has recorded at least 38 points in each of the last six matchups. Toledo didn’t take care of the small things in last week’s game. The small errors led to the Rockets’ first loss of the season. How will they rebound on the road? The guess here is Campbell’s team gets back on track. Central Michigan keeps this one close well into the fourth quarter, but the Rockets have better balance on offense and a slight edge on defense. Toledo wins and keeps its MAC West title hopes alive.

 

Prediction: Toledo 34, Central Michigan 27
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Week 10 of the  season is in the books. The weekend slate provided plenty of highlights, big plays, standout performances and surprises. 

 

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 10. Here’s a look at Athlon Sports’ picks for the offensive, defensive, coordinator, freshman and unsung hero from Week 10:

 

College Football Week 10 Awards

 

Offensive Player of the Week: Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama

The Alabama-LSU showdown was the weekend’s most anticipated matchup, but thanks to Henry and the Crimson Tide offensive line, Saturday night’s contest in Tuscaloosa ended in a convincing 14-point win for Nick Saban’s team. Henry rushed for 210 yards and three scores on 38 carries against the Tigers, which included 78 yards on the game’s final drive to seal the win. The junior’s totals are even more impressive when you consider LSU was limiting opponents to just 93.7 rushing yards per game entering Saturday night’s matchup.

 

Defensive Player of the Week: Gionni Paul, LB, Utah

Paul might be the best defensive player . The senior turned in another dominant performance on Saturday night, recording nine tackles (two for a loss), two sacks and one interception in Utah’s 34-23 victory over Washington. Paul also returned a fumble 54 yards for a score in the second quarter. The senior should get strong consideration for Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honors in December.

 

Coordinator of the Week: Glenn Spencer, Defensive Coordinator, Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State’s surrendered 663 yards and 29 points to TCU, but the box score doesn’t tell the whole story about the clutch performance of Spencer’s defense. The Cowboys limited the Horned Frogs to just nine first-half points, forced four turnovers, ended two drives on fourth-down stops and broke up six passes. Every time TCU started to build momentum on offense, Oklahoma State’s defense made a play. Spencer’s aggressive gameplan worked to perfection, and the Cowboys limited the Horned Frogs to just 1.7 points per offensive possession – the stat Spencer cares the most about.  

 

Freshman of the Week: Jarrett Stidham, QB, Baylor

Stidham earned high marks in his first start for the Bears. With Seth Russell sidelined for the remainder of 2015 with a neck injury, Baylor’s playoff hopes could hinge on how well Stidham performs. In a 31-24 win at Kansas State, Stidham completed 23 of 33 for 419 yards and three scores. He also added one rushing touchdown. Even though Thursday night was only one start, Stidham’s performance showed why Baylor’s offense won’t miss a beat the rest of the year. 

 

Unsung Hero of the Week: Brandon Allen, QB, Arkansas

Bret Bielema’s Razorbacks are known for their ground attack and massive offensive line, but on Saturday, the passing game carried the team to a 53-52 victory in overtime at Ole Miss. Allen threw for a career high 442 yards and recorded six passing scores against the Rebels in the upset road win. Additionally, Allen scored the game-winning two-point conversion on a one-yard rush in overtime. Allen is often overlooked in the conversation among best quarterbacks in the SEC. However, the senior is quietly making a strong case for all-conference honors this season. 

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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 10

 

5: Unbeatens That Lost in Week 10

Eleven teams entered November with an unbeaten record. After one week of action, that number was nearly cut in half. Five teams with a perfect record prior to Week 10 – Toledo, Michigan State, TCU, LSU and Memphis – lost on Saturday. That drops the number of unbeatens to six entering Week 11 – Houston, Ohio State, Iowa, Clemson, Oklahoma State and Baylor.

 

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31: Rushing Yards by LSU RB Leonard Fournette Against Alabama

LSU running back Leonard Fournette entered Saturday night’s matchup averaging 193.1 rushing yards per game, 7.7 yards per carry and the clear frontrunner to win the Heisman Trophy. However, Alabama’s defense won the battle in the trenches and suffocated the Tigers’ ground attack. Fournette finished with only 31 yards and one touchdown on 19 attempts. 18 of the sophomore’s yards came on one carry and the other 17 attempts never resulted in a rush longer than four yards.

 

29: Ohio State’s Big Ten Winning Streak Extends to 29 Games

Ohio State tied a national record for the most consecutive conference victories after a 28-14 win over Minnesota on Saturday. The Buckeyes have won 29 conference games in a row, which ties Florida State’s record (1992-95) for the longest streak in college football history. Under coach Urban Meyer, Ohio State is a perfect 29-0 in regular season matchups against Big Ten teams. Ohio State should be heavily favored against Illinois in Week 11 to break Florida State’s 29-game conference win streak.

 

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3: SEC QBs Coached by Dan Mullen With At Least 100 Career Touchdowns

Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott eclipsed 100 career touchdowns in Thursday’s 31-13 win over Missouri. Prescott is the sixth SEC quarterback to reach 100 career touchdowns. Three of those signal-callers – Prescott, Tim Tebow and Chris Leak – played under Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen. Mullen tutored Tebow and Leak while he was at Florida. Georgia’s Aaron Murray, Florida’s Danny Wuerffel and Tennessee’s Peyton Manning are the other three quarterbacks to reach 100 career touchdowns.

 

42.7: Average YPC by Oklahoma State WR James Washington Last Two Games

The Big 12 is home to some of college football’s best receivers. Baylor’s Corey Coleman, TCU’s Josh Doctson and Oklahoma’s Sterling Shepard take most of the spotlight, but Oklahoma State has a star on the rise in Washington. The sophomore has nine receptions over the last two contests (Texas Tech and TCU) and recorded 384 yards and five touchdowns in that span. Washington has averaged 42.7 yards per catch in the last two weeks, with his five scores in those games spanning an average of 64 yards.

 

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1968: Last Time Florida Won While Scoring Single Digits

Florida’s win over Vanderbilt wasn’t pretty. However, the Gators did just enough to earn a 9-7 victory against the Commodores, clinching a trip to Atlanta and the SEC East title in coach Jim McElwain’s first season. Defense is a strength for Florida, but the offense struggled once again, recording only 258 yards and nine points in the win over the Commodores. The nine points scored by Florida in Saturday’s win represented the first time since 1968 the Gators won while scoring in the single digits.

 

3: Arkansas Ties School Record With Three Consecutive Games of at Least 50 Points

Arkansas wasn’t necessarily pegged as a high-scoring offense in the preseason, but coach Bret Bielema’s group tied a school record by scoring 53 points in the overtime win over Ole Miss on Saturday. The Razorbacks have scored at least 50 points in three consecutive games, tying a record set in 1916. Earning a fourth consecutive game of 50 or more points will be a challenge, as Arkansas takes on LSU in Week 11.

 

17: Consecutive Wins by Nebraska in Night Games at Memorial Stadium

Nebraska knocked Michigan State from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 39-38 upset on Saturday night. The ending of the game wasn’t without controversy, as receiver Brandon Reilly went out of bounds and did not appear to be forced out, yet scored on a 30-yard pass from quarterback Tommy Armstrong. The score was upheld after a review, which allowed Nebraska to earn a one-point win and earn its 17th consecutive victory in night games at Memorial Stadium.

 

524: North Carolina QB Marquise Williams Sets School Record for Total Yards

North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams recorded one of the top individual performances from Week 10 in a 66-31 victory over Duke. The senior set the school record for most total yards (524), passing yards (494) and yards per completion (21.48) in the win over the Blue Devils. The senior has six passing scores and zero interceptions over the last two games, which were critical matchups (at Pittsburgh and Duke) in North Carolina's bid to win the Coastal Division.

 

24: Consecutive Games With a Touchdown Pass by WKU QB Brandon Doughty

WKU quarterback Brandon Doughty continued his prolific 2015 season with 273 yards and four passing scores in a 35-19 win over FAU. Doughty has passed for a touchdown score in 24 consecutive games, which is tied with TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin for the longest streak in the nation. Doughty has five games of four or more passing touchdowns this season and leads the nation with a 72.7 completion percentage.  

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Week 10 of the  season is officially in the books. Considering the crazy finishes, big-time showdowns and upsets, Saturday's slate of games might be the best weekend of action so far this year. 

 

Before examining some of the top moments from Week 10, it's important to highlight what transpired in Missouri on Saturday night. The , and in response to the ongoing Concerned Student 1950 protest,  will not participate in football activities until school president Tim Wolfe resigns. Expect to hear more about this situation this week.  

 

Miss anything from Week 10? Here are 20 must-see plays, moments or post-game celebrations from the weekend of action:

 

20 Must-See Moments from College Football's Week 10 Games

 

1. Nebraska upsets Michigan State on a controversial touchdown (was this receiver forced out of bounds or not?):

 

 

2. Arkansas uses crazy lateral return to stay alive, then scores on two-point conversion to beat Ole Miss:

 

 

While Ole Miss came up short in the win column, the Oxford police department won Twitter on Saturday with this tweet:

 

Oops...Arkansas coach Bret Bielema didn't mean to say this in the postgame press conference:

 

3. Alabama dominates LSU to take control of SEC West:

 

4. Oklahoma State uses big plays on offense and defense to knock TCU from the ranks of the unbeaten:

5. Clemson running back Wayne Gallman sends Death Valley into a frenzy with this touchdown to seal the win over Florida State:

 

 

 

The weekly Dabo Swinney post-game celebration:

 

6. Washington State with some quality trolling against Arizona State after this week's stealing signs controversy:

 

7. Baylor wide receiver Corey Coleman has huge day against Kansas State:

 

8. Georgia's Keith Marshall and Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott showed how to properly deliver a stiff arm:

 

9. A pass from Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg hit a referee in the face:

 

10. Rutgers made Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh very angry:

 

11. USC running back Ronald Jones records impressive touchdown run against Arizona:

 

12. North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams uses flea flicker to connect with receiver Ryan Switzer:

 

13. Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard goes airborne for this key touchdown against Indiana:

 

14. North Carolina's mascot Rameses found a nice snack on the sidelines:

 

15. Northern Illinois receiver Kenny Golladay makes a one-handed touchdown grab against Toledo:

 

16. Bowling Green wide receiver Gehrig Dieter made an awesome catch in Wednesday night's win over Ohio:

 

17. Florida unveils new alternate helmets in sloppy win over Vanderbilt:

 

18. A very small crowd witnessed Akron playing at UMass:

 

19. This was an interesting moment shared by two West Virginia players:

20. UCF receiver Tre'Quan Smith made this awesome catch in a losing effort against Tulsa:

Bonus: Minnesota honors former coach Jerry Kill with a new helmet sticker:

 

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The stakes are high Saturday night in Tuscaloosa, as and meet for the third time in five years ranked as top-five teams. In the first release of the College Football Playoff Committee’s Top 25 rankings, the Crimson Tide checked in at No. 4, while the Tigers ranked No. 2. Considering the 2015 rankings, recent history between these two teams, SEC, Heisman and national title implications on the line, this matchup between Alabama and LSU is one of the most important (and must-see) games of the 2015 season.

 

Although this meeting between SEC goliaths is critical in the conference and national title landscape, both teams still have work to do in order to finish in the top four. Alabama ranked as the top one-loss team in Tuesday night’s release, but the Crimson Tide do not control their own destiny in the West Division. Ole Miss defeated Alabama 43-37 in September and has the inside track to win the West Division. LSU still has to play the Rebels, Arkansas and Texas A&M in November. And of course, there’s the SEC Championship in December. While this game is important, neither team can afford to see this matchup as the final statement before the playoff games.

 

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There’s also another storyline in play on Saturday night. LSU running back Leonard Fournette is the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy with five weeks of games remaining. If Fournette has a huge outing against one of the top defenses in the nation, how much of a cushion would that provide him in the Heisman race?

 

Alabama has a three-game winning streak against LSU and three out of the last four matchups were decided by a touchdown or less. Alabama also leads the all-time series at 49-25-5. Additionally, these two teams have set the standard in the SEC in recent years. Four out of the last six SEC titles have been claimed by Alabama or LSU.

 

LSU at Alabama

 

Kickoff: Saturday, Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. ET

TV Channel: CBS

Spread: Alabama -6.5

 

Three Things to Watch

 

1. Derrick Henry, Leonard Fournette and the Matchup in the Trenches

It’s unlikely Alabama’s Derrick Henry and LSU’s Leonard Fournette are on the field at the same time on Saturday night, but this is easily one of the most-hyped battles between two running backs in recent years. Henry and Fournette are two of the most physically gifted players in the nation and take the top two spots in the SEC in rushing yards per game. Fournette averages 193.1 per contest and has scored 15 times on the ground, while Henry ranks second at 130.5 per game. While both players are two of the nation’s best in terms of raw talent, the success for both starts up front in the trenches. LSU’s offensive line is one of the best in the nation, headlined by standout tackles Vadal Alexander and Jerald Hawkins. This unit has cleared the way for LSU rushers to average 6.7 yards per carry and allowed only eight sacks through seven contests. Alabama’s front five isn’t as strong, but this group isn’t far behind. The Crimson Tide average 4.5 yards per rush and allowed 13 sacks in eight contests. Left tackle Cam Robinson has been dealing with a knee injury for part of the season and has not performed up to preseason expectations. The bye week before this game should help Robinson recover, but right tackle Dominick Jackson is dealing with a high ankle sprain. It’s no secret both offenses rely on the run to setup the pass. But how much running room can the Tigers and Crimson Tide find on Saturday night? LSU is No. 2 in the SEC against the run (93.7 yards per game), while Alabama is No. 1 (78.5 yards per game). Which team wins the battle in the trenches is likely to emerge as the winner on Saturday night.

 

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2. Quarterback Play

As we mentioned in the previous section, both teams prefer to use the run to setup the pass. While winning the battle in the trenches and gaining yardage on the ground is critical, both quarterbacks have to make plays on Saturday night. With the depth and talent in the trenches, it’s difficult to envision a team imposing its will over another up front on Saturday night. If that holds true, then making plays on first down to get into manageable second or third-down situations, as well as making timely plays is critical. Which quarterback steps up on Saturday night? LSU’s Brandon Harris is averaging only 156.9 yards per game, but the sophomore seems to be getting better with each snap. Additionally, Harris does not have an interception this season and has connected on eight plays of 40 yards or more (tied for second in the SEC). Alabama’s Jake Coker has attempted 96 more passes than Harris this year but has tossed seven picks and does not have a touchdown in his last two games. But Coker has completed at least 68.8 percent of his throws in each of the last four contests and made several clutch throws against Tennessee. In addition to the quarterbacks, both teams need their receivers to get separation against talented defensive backfields. True freshman Calvin Ridley is Alabama’s go-to option (45 catches), while LSU counters with two deep threats in Malachi Dupre (18.9 ypc) and Travin Dural (17.8 ypc).

 

3. Special Teams

History and the Vegas line suggest the margin of victory will be around a touchdown or less. With that in mind, the small things – turnovers, special teams and third down/red zone conversions – should be play a huge role in the outcome. But the special teams are especially worth noting, as Alabama kicker Adam Griffith has connected on four straight attempts after missing two against Arkansas. Griffith is just 10 of 16 for the season. LSU kicker Trent Domingue has made all nine attempts so far in 2015. Considering the strength on defense for both teams and the limited possessions (both teams over 32 minutes in time of possession), every scoring opportunity must be capitalized. Punts and field position are two under-the-radar areas to watch, as LSU’s Jamie Keehn averages 39.7 yards per punt, while Alabama’s JK Scott 43.3 per kick in 2015.

 

Final Analysis

 

Points will be at a premium on Saturday night. No, we aren’t expecting a repeat of the 9-6 defensive slugfest from 2011, but it’s hard to envision one team scoring more than 27-30 points (barring overtime). Expect the defenses and ground attacks to control the flow of the game. However, both offenses need plays from their quarterbacks. Can Brandon Harris continue to deliver big plays and no mistakes? Or will Jake Coker pickup where he left off against Tennessee? The guess here is Fournette and Henry are slowed a bit by the defenses, while Coker connects with Calvin Ridley on a couple of clutch plays in the second half to give Alabama just enough for the victory. One stat to keep an eye on: Turnovers. The Crimson Tide have forced 17 this year, while the Tigers have forced nine. In a close game, small things like field position, field goals and turnovers add up. LSU has the necessary ingredients to win on the road, but Alabama wins this one in the fourth quarter.

 

Prediction: Alabama 24, LSU 20
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The ’s most anticipated showdown of 2015 takes place on Saturday afternoon, as travels to in a matchup to decide the champion of the Atlantic Division. These two teams have claimed the last six Atlantic titles and four consecutive ACC Championships. But the stakes are higher than just the ACC title. Clemson ranked No. 1 in the first College Football Playoff rankings, while Florida State checked in at No. 16 and has a lot of work to do in order to return to the playoffs after losing to Georgia Tech.

 

Although these two teams are the class of the ACC in 2015, the path to this matchup hasn't been easy. Florida State lost several key members – including quarterback Jameis Winston – from a team that went 27-1 from 2013-14.  The Seminoles have reloaded behind sophomore running back Dalvin Cook and a host of other young players, but enter Saturday’s game with uncertainty at quarterback and a host of injuries on both sides of the ball. One of the biggest differences between these two teams? The loss column. Florida State dropped a last-second decision to Georgia Tech in Week 8, while the Tigers are unbeaten. Clemson also had its share of personnel concerns entering the season – and similar to the Seminoles – has managed to reload. Despite returning only five starters, the Tigers have been dominant. Out of Clemson’s eight wins, only two were decided by 14 points or less. Sophomore quarterback Deshaun Watson is a Heisman candidate, and the defense is limiting opponents to just 4.4 yards per play.

 

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Florida State owns a 20-8 series edge over Clemson. The Seminoles have dominated this series in recent years, claiming five out of the last seven matchups, including a 51-14 win the last time these two teams met in Death Valley.

 

Florida State at Clemson

 

Kickoff: Saturday, Nov. 7 at 3:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ABC

Spread: Clemson -12

 

Three Things to Watch

 

1. Florida State’s Injury Report and the Quarterbacks

This matchup is coming at a bad time for Florida State. A handful of key players are on the injury report, including quarterback Everett Golson, running back Dalvin Cook and linebacker Terrance Smith. Running back Mario Pender has missed five games in a row but was cleared to play on Thursday afternoon. However, defensive tackle Nile Lawrence-Stample is a game-time decision, and right tackle Derrick Kelly is listed as out on the injury report. Golson's health and Cook’s injury and status are the biggest question marks leading up to this matchup. If Golson doesn’t go (or Fisher chooses to keep him No. 2 on the depth chart), Sean Maguire will make his second start of the year. In last week’s win over Syracuse, Maguire threw for 348 yards and three scores. The Clemson secondary and defensive front will present a significantly tougher challenge than Syracuse, but the live snaps were a good opportunity for Maguire to build confidence. Golson's mobility would be a huge asset against an aggressive Clemson defense and he has experience in road environments. The senior is doing a good job of minimizing mistakes (one interception) but is only averaging eight yards per pass attempt. Cook’s health is arguably the biggest concern for Florida State. The dynamic sophomore has represented 1,218 of Florida State’s 4,096 yards this season, averages 8.2 yards per rush and topped 200 yards in wins over Miami and USF. In order to have a shot, the Seminoles need Cook to be at full strength. However, there’s also the quarterback question to answer. Will Fisher go with Golson? Or did Maguire show enough in last week’s start to make a switch?

 

2. Battle in the Trenches

There are a lot of similarities between Florida State and Clemson in the trenches. On the defensive side of the ball, both teams are stocked with athletic and aggressive edge rushers, while also possessing 300-pound active tackles on the interior. The Seminoles are led by DeMarcus Walker (six sacks) up front, while Derrick Nnadi and true freshman Josh Sweat are two other players on the rise. This group has generated 18 sacks through eight games – one more than this unit had all of 2014. Stopping Clemson starts at the point of attack. Can Florida State pressure Watson on passing downs and stop running back Wayne Gallman on early downs? Clemson’s offensive line had to replace four starters this offseason, but this unit has improved over the course of the season and has allowed 12 sacks through eight games. When the Seminoles have the ball, their young offensive line is going to be challenged by Clemson’s defensive front. End Shaq Lawson is one of the top defensive linemen in the ACC this year, while true freshman Christian Wilkins (52 tackles) and junior Kevin Dodd (4.5 sacks) join as major contributors. Florida State’s offensive line is a bigger work in progress than Clemson’s unit. The Seminoles have allowed 17 sacks in eight games, and this unit struggled to open rushing lanes against Georgia Tech (2.9 ypc) and Boston College (2.9). With four starters in this group in the freshman or sophomore ranks, Florida State’s offensive line is learning on the job. After playing Boston College and Louisville – two strong defenses in the front seven – the Seminoles should be better prepared for this matchup. However, it’s still a tough assignment in a hostile environment. 

 

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3. Wide Receivers

It’s no secret Florida State’s Jalen Ramsey and Clemson’s Mackensie Alexander are two of the nation’s top cornerbacks. How will the quarterbacks and receivers approach this battle? Will Clemson stay away from Ramsey and attack Marquez White (who is also having a good season)? Even if Ramsey and White deliver lock-down performances, other defensive backs have to emerge against a dangerous group of receivers. The Tigers are led by Artavis Scott (47 catches), while Deon Cain (20.1 ypc), Charone Peake, Hunter Renfrow and Ray-Ray McCloud join as key targets. Florida State’s receiving corps features three players over 30 catches, with Travis Rudolph (six touchdowns, 35 receptions) the top player in 2015. Kermit Whitfield, Jesus Wilson and tight ends Ryan Izzo and Mavin Saunders all contribute. Expect to see the receivers and defensive backs each land their share of plays in this game. The battle between these two units may not get the attention of Cook, Golson or Watson, but there are plenty of intriguing one-on-one matchups to monitor on Saturday afternoon.

 

Final Analysis

 

It’s rare to see Florida State listed as a double-digit underdog. However, coach Jimbo Fisher’s team has a tough assignment coming on Saturday. The Seminoles are talented, but the depth chart is filled with youth. 2015 is not Florida State’s year to contend for a playoff spot. 2016? That’s a different story. Everything about this matchup suggests a convincing win for Clemson. The Tigers have scored 50 points in back-to-back games, while the defense is wreaking havoc around the line of scrimmage once again and limiting opponents to 4.4 yards per play. Florida State won’t go quietly, but even if the Seminoles stay within striking distance in the third quarter, it’s tough to envision a scenario where this team pulls off the upset. Needless to say, Florida State has to win the turnover battle and catch a few lucky breaks to win in Death Valley. It’s possible. However, Clemson is playing like the best team in the nation. That’s a lot to overcome.

 

Prediction: Clemson 34, Florida State 24
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With 128 FBS teams and over 85 players on every roster, it’s easy for some talented prospects to slip through the cracks nationally. There’s no doubt about the talent or the amount of spotlight on LSU’s Leonard Fournette, TCU’s Trevone Boykin, Baylor’s Corey Coleman or Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, but there other plenty of under-the-radar performers this season. 

 

With that in mind, Athlon Sports set out to look at 15 players having an underrated season or the best players no one is talking about prior to Week 10. 

 

15 Best CFB Players No One is Taking About in 2015

 

Steven Daniels, LB, Boston College

The struggles of Boston College’s offense are no secret. However, even with an offense managing only 18.3 points per game, the Eagles are still holding opponents to 13.3 points a contest and 3.7 yards per play. Daniels is one of the leaders for Boston College’s defense, recording 67 tackles (14 for a loss), six sacks, one interception and two pass breakups. He’s a lock for first-team All-ACC honors this December.

 

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Tyler Ervin, RB, San Jose State

Most college football fans would be able to guess LSU’s Leonard Fournette and Florida State’s Dalvin Cook as the No. 1 and No. 2 leading rushers in the nation. However, No. 3 (Ervin) is a bit of a surprise. Ervin is having a career year for the Spartans, averaging 144.9 yards per game in 2015. Additionally, the senior has rushed for 12 scores through eight contests and caught 30 passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns. Ervin rushed for 300 yards in a win over Fresno State and 263 in a 31-21 victory over New Mexico.

 

Dan Feeney, OL, Indiana

Indiana’s offensive line is quietly one of the better groups in the Big Ten. Feeney and fellow senior Jason Spriggs are the anchors up front for coach Kevin Wilson, as this duo helps the Hoosiers average 180.6 rushing yards per game and allowed only 10 sacks through eight matchups. Feeney has started all eight games for Indiana this season and has 32 career starts.

 

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Jakeem Grant, WR, Texas Tech

Most of the attention on Big 12 receivers usually revolves around the prolific Corey Coleman at Baylor or TCU’s Josh Doctson. While Doctson and Coleman are putting together first-team All-America seasons, Grant is quietly amassing some big totals for coach Kliff Kingsbury. The senior leads all Big 12 players with an average of 189.6 all-purpose yards per game and has 69 catches for 952 yards and five scores this season. With remaining games against West Virginia, Kansas State and Texas, Grant will have plenty of opportunities to add to those totals in November.

 

Marquis Haynes, DE, Ole Miss

Tackle Robert Nkemdiche headlines the Ole Miss’ defensive front, and there’s no shortage of talent in the trenches in the SEC. However, it’s time to pay attention to what Haynes is doing in Oxford. The sophomore leads the team with 11 tackles for a loss and 7.5 sacks, while also recording 29 tackles and two forced fumbles. In SEC games, Haynes has recorded five sacks, which is tied with LSU’s Lewis Neal and Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett for the top spot in the conference.

 

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Brian Hill, RB, Wyoming

Hill is a key cog in second-year coach Craig Bohl’s rebuilding effort at Wyoming. The sophomore leads all running backs in the Mountain West with 1,262 yards through nine games, averages a healthy 6.2 yards per carry and ranks sixth nationally with an average of 140.2 yards per game. Hill’s 387 all-purpose yards against Fresno State was the most in the nation by any player in a single game last season.

 

Desmond King, CB, Iowa

King was picked as a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, but the junior still isn’t getting enough attention for his performance. King has played in all eight games for the Hawkeyes, recording 36 tackles and seven pass breakups. Additionally, King has recorded seven interceptions, which is tied for the most in the nation. Having a lockdown corner like King is a big reason why Iowa has allowed only three passing scores in Big Ten games this season.

 

Tyler Matakevich, LB, Temple

Matakevich is the heart and soul of an underrated Temple defense, and a player that deserves consideration for postseason All-America honors. The senior leads the Owls’ defense with 78 tackles (eight for a loss) and has also recorded four sacks, five interceptions and four pass breakups. Matakevich recorded at least 100 tackles in each of his first three seasons and is on pace to hit that mark once again in 2015.

 

Nick Mullens, QB, Southern Miss

Todd Monken inherited a major rebuilding project at Southern Miss. However, the third-year coach has the Golden Eagles at 6-3 and bowl eligible, largely due to an offense ranked second in Conference USA with an average of 35.7 points per game. Mullens has made steady improvement as a player over the last three seasons and is in the midst of a career year. The junior has 2,890 passing yards and 25 scores in 2015 and eclipsed over 300 passing yards in two games (Nebraska and Mississippi State) against Power 5 teams this season. Mullens also boasts a healthy 64.1 completion percentage.

 

Gionni Paul, LB, Utah

Paul is quietly putting together a strong resume for Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honors. The senior leads the Utah defense with 75 tackles (10 for a loss) and has also recorded one sack, two picks and two forced fumbles in eight games in 2015. Paul is a sideline-to-sideline presence for the Utes and helps to anchor the Pac-12’s best run defense (113.1 yards per game).

 

Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville

Linemen in a 3-4 scheme will never record monster stats, as their job is usually to plug the gap and allow the linebackers to make plays. But in Rankins’ case, he’s been an active presence for Louisville’s defense around the line of scrimmage, recording 37 stops (7.5 for a loss), four sacks and returned a fumble 46 yards for a touchdown. He’s also a big reason why Louisville is limiting opponents to an average of 3.1 yards per carry this year.

 

Jarran Reed, DL, Alabama

Reed is another 3-4 lineman that deserves more attention. The 6-foot-4 lineman has the necessary beef to stuff the run at 313 pounds but also has the right amount of quickness to be a factor in wreaking havoc around the line of scrimmage. Reed has 39 stops (3.5 for a loss), one sack, two pass breakups and five quarterback hurries this season. He’s an underrated part of Alabama’s elite defense.

 

Larry Rose III, New Mexico State

The Sun Belt quietly has a nice collection of running backs, which includes UL Lafayette’s Elijah McGuire, Georgia Southern’s Matt Breida and Appalachian State’s Marcus Cox. Rose III is another rising star at running back, as the sophomore ranks second in the conference with 1,083 yards and 10 rushing scores through eight games. He also has two 200-yard games this season and recorded 1,102 yards as a true freshman in 2014.

 

Mike Warren, RB, Iowa State

Warren was picked as a breakout candidate for the Cyclones this season and has delivered in a big way for coach Paul Rhoads. Despite recording only nine carries in the first two games of 2015, the redshirt freshman is second in the Big 12 with 954 rushing yards. Warren has eclipsed at least 126 yards in five out of his last seven games. 

 

Anthony Walker, LB, Northwestern

Northwestern’s defense has emerged as one of the Big Ten’s best in 2015. The Wildcats are holding opponents to 17.6 points a game and 4.5 yards per play, while only giving up one play of 40 yards or more. Walker’s breakout season is one of the driving forces behind this group’s improvement, recording 67 tackles (first on the team), one sack and two fumble recoveries. The sophomore’s 10.5 tackles for a loss are tied for fifth among Big Ten defenders.

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The Playoff Committee released its first rankings of the 2015 season on Tuesday night, creating a firestorm of criticism on social media and around the internet this week. Clemson topped the rankings at No. 1, followed by LSU, Ohio State and Alabama to round out the top four. The Crimson Tide at No. 4 was easily one of the biggest points of contention by many fans and media members after Tuesday’s rankings release.

 

While the rankings are good for television and discussion, there’s one valuable tidbit to keep in mind – rankings generally sort out over time. In last year’s first rankings release, Mississippi State, Auburn and Ole Miss – three teams that missed the playoff at the end of 2015 – were in the top four. Additionally, Ohio State ranked No. 16.

 

While the outrage and debate over rankings is good for college football, there are plenty of remaining games that will have an impact on the playoff. Let’s forget about the upcoming clashes between Alabama-LSU, Michigan State-Ohio State and Baylor-TCU and focus on 15 potential upsets that could shake up the rankings the rest of 2015. These may not happen, but this should provide a good detail of why the season and playoff rankings are far from complete.

 

Week 10

 

Notre Dame at Pittsburgh

Notre Dame went 3-1 under Brian Kelly against Pat Narduzzi when he was the defensive coordinator at Michigan State. Narduzzi is off to a good start (6-2) in his first season with the Panthers and has a few extra days to prepare after playing last Thursday against North Carolina. Can Pittsburgh’s defense (22.1 points per game allowed) find a way to slow down the Fighting Irish’s offense? If Notre Dame knocks off Pittsburgh, it should be 10-1 headed into the Nov. 28 game at Stanford.

 

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Florida State at Clemson

It’s rare to see Florida State listed as a double-digit underdog. However, that’s the task facing coach Jimbo Fisher’s team on Saturday. Winning in Death Valley is going to be a challenge for the Seminoles, especially with a handful of injuries to key players on both sides of the ball. However, this is Clemson’s toughest remaining opponent, and Florida State has won four out of the last five in this series.

 

TCU at Oklahoma State

The Big 12’s schedule is back-loaded this season. TCU faces the top three teams in the Big 12 in November, starting with a trip to Stillwater on Nov. 7. Oklahoma State (8-0) hasn’t faced the toughest of schedules, but the Cowboys will present problems for the Horned Frogs on both sides of the ball. Oklahoma State is 2-1 against TCU since it joined the Big 12.

 

Week 11

 

Arkansas at LSU

Alabama-LSU is usually a black-and-blue, heavyweight matchup. If LSU beats Alabama, matching up against Arkansas’ massive offensive line and running back Alex Collins will be a challenge.

 

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Alabama at Mississippi State

Same theory on Arkansas-LSU applies to Alabama-Mississippi State. Regardless of which team wins, both programs are going to have trouble matching the intensity and physical nature of the Week 10 matchup in Tuscaloosa. Last year’s meeting between Mississippi State and Alabama was decided by only five points. Starkville is a potential trap for the Crimson Tide.

 

Week 12

 

LSU at Ole Miss

Lost in the Alabama-LSU debate within the SEC West is Ole Miss. The Rebels control their own destiny within this division thanks to a victory over the Crimson Tide in September. Ole Miss won the last matchup in Oxford against the Tigers and lost by only three in Baton Rouge last season. With a defensive line led by Robert Nkemdiche and rising star Marquis Haynes off the edge, the Rebels have enough talent up front to slow LSU running back Leonard Fournette.

 

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Baylor at Oklahoma State

The projected top three teams in the Big 12 – Oklahoma, TCU and Baylor – all visit Stillwater in November. The Bears’ last trip to Oklahoma State (2013) didn’t go so well in a 49-17 defeat. This matchup comes at bad time for Baylor too, as it's one week before the anticipated showdown at TCU.

 

California at Stanford

The Golden Bears have lost five consecutive matchups in this rivalry. But there’s plenty of hope for the Golden Bears. Stanford gave up 354 passing yards against Washington State, and its secondary will be tested by California quarterback Jared Goff. This matchup is also one week before the potential playoff elimination game against Notre Dame. The Cardinal can’t afford to look ahead.

 

Week 13

 

Ole Miss at Mississippi State

If Ole Miss beats Arkansas and LSU, it will likely need a victory over rival Mississippi State to clinch the SEC West. It’s the last home game for standout quarterback Dak Prescott. Don’t count out the Bulldogs from defeating their in-state rival in the Egg Bowl.

 

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Ohio State at Michigan

Urban Meyer versus Jim Harbaugh. That’s more than enough in terms of must-see value for this matchup. But there’s plenty of other intrigue with this game. Ohio State takes on Michigan State the week prior, making this matchup in Ann Arbor one of the toughest two-game stretches for any team in the nation. Is Michigan the team that ends Ohio State's unbeaten season?

 

Iowa at Nebraska

Barring a few major injuries, Iowa should be favored to win each of its last four games. Nebraska is in the midst of a disappointing debut under new coach Mike Riley, but the Cornhuskers could salvage some pride by playing spoiler with a win over Iowa on Nov. 27.

 

Notre Dame at Stanford

Both teams have tough opponents to overcome before this game, but the odds suggest Stanford and Notre Dame will enter their matchup on Nov. 28 at 10-1. But here’s the worst-case scenario for both teams: What happens if Notre Dame loses to Pittsburgh and then knocks off Stanford? It’s hard to see either team making the playoff in that scenario. 

 

Week 14

 

ACC Championship: Clemson/Florida State vs. Coastal Champion

With a month of games remaining, it’s hard to project which teams will end up in the conference title game. However, it’s safe to assume either Clemson or Florida State will represent the Atlantic. The Coastal Division is a wide-open race, with North Carolina owning an edge over Pittsburgh and Duke. Let’s assume the winner of Florida State/Clemson wins out until this game. A loss to North Carolina/Duke/Pittsburgh would certainly knock that team out of the playoff picture.

 

SEC Championship: Florida vs. Ole Miss/Alabama/LSU

As mentioned above, it’s important to keep in mind Ole Miss controls its destiny in the SEC West. While the Rebels haven’t looked as strong as Alabama or LSU on a weekly basis, coach Hugh Freeze’s team has a shot to play in Atlanta. But here’s a nightmare scenario for the SEC. If Florida loses to Florida State and beats the SEC West champion in Atlanta, could the SEC get left out of the playoff picture? It sure seems that way.

 

Big Ten Championship: Iowa vs. Michigan State/Ohio State

The Hawkeyes could be 12-0 and out of the top four on the final Saturday of action. However, a win over Michigan State or Ohio State would be enough to vault coach Kirk Ferentz’s team into the top four. Iowa would be an underdog in this matchup. But anything can happen in a one-game scenario.

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