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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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Week 10 of the 2015 season starts with six games on Thursday night, including Baylor visiting Kansas State. The Bears lost starting quarterback Seth Russell to a season-ending neck injury against Iowa State, and Thursday’s game will be the first start for true freshman Jarrett Stidham under center. Three matchups are slated for Friday, including Temple visiting SMU. Saturday’s schedule is filled with huge matchups throughout the day. Notre Dame plays at Pittsburgh in the first kickoff window, followed by Florida State-Clemson at 3:30 p.m. ET. The Tigers ranked No. 1 in the first College Football Playoff rankings, and the Seminoles are the toughest remaining team on their schedule. Two Big 12 unbeatens square off in Stillwater with TCU taking on Oklahoma State, while Iowa travels to Indiana to round out the key afternoon games. At night, the focus shifts to Tuscaloosa. Alabama hosts LSU in the best game of Week 10.  

 

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Which teams will come out on top in every FBS game for Week 10? Athlon's editors predict the winners for every game this week:

 

College Football Week 10 Predictions
 

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

David

Fox

Braden

Gall

Mark

Ross

Ohio at

BGSU

Baylor at

Kansas State

Arkansas State at

Appalachian State

Buffalo at

Kent State

Ball State at

Western Michigan

Mississippi State at

Missouri

Nevada at

Fresno State

Temple at 

SMU

Rice at

UTEP

BYU at

San Jose State

USF at 

East Carolina

Cincinnati at

Houston

Navy at 

Memphis

UConn at

Tulane

UCF at

Tulsa

UL Lafayette at

Georgia State

Akron at

UMass

Eastern Michigan at

Miami, Ohio

Idaho at 

South Alabama

NMSU at

Texas State

Colorado State at

Wyoming

NC State at

Boston College

Florida State at

Clemson

Vanderbilt at

Florida

Kentucky at

Georgia

Iowa at

Indiana

Syracuse at

Louisville

Virginia at

Miami

Rutgers at

Michigan

Duke at

North Carolina

Minnesota at 

Ohio State

Notre Dame at

Pittsburgh

Illinois at

Purdue

South Carolina at

Tennessee

Texas Tech at

West Virginia

Charlotte at

FIU

LSU at 

Alabama

Penn State at

Northwestern

Iowa State at

Oklahoma

TCU at

Oklahoma State

Arkansas at

Ole Miss

Auburn at

Texas A&M

Marshall at

MTSU

FAU at

WKU

Army at

Air Force

Stanford at

Colorado

California at

Oregon

UCLA at

Oregon State

Arizona at 
USC

Utah at

Washington

Arizona State at 

Washington State

Wisconsin at 

Maryland

North Texas at

Louisiana Tech

ULM at

Troy

Utah State at

New Mexico

Hawaii at 

UNLV

Old Dominion at

UTSA

Michigan State at

Nebraska

Kansas at

Texas

Toledo at 

C. Michigan

(Tuesday)

Kent State at

Ohio

(Tuesday)

 

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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 9 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 nine weeks of action. Expect several changes over the next two months.

 

College Football's Post-Week 9 Bowl Projections
BowlDateTie-InProjection
AutoNation CureDec. 19Sun Belt vs.
American

 Georgia Southern vs.

East Carolina 

Gildan New MexicoDec. 19C-USA vs.
MW

 Utah State vs.

Louisiana Tech 

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

 Washington State vs.

Boise State 

Raycom Media
Camellia
Dec. 19MAC vs.
Sun Belt

 Arkansas State vs.

Ohio 

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

 UL Lafayette vs.

Southern Miss 

Miami BeachDec. 21American vs.
C-USA

WKU vs.

Houston 

Famous Idaho PotatoDec. 22MAC vs.
MW

 Nevada vs.

Bowling Green 

Boca RatonDec. 22American vs.
MAC

 Toledo vs.

Temple 

SDCCU PoinsettiaDec. 23Mountain West vs.
Army

San Diego State vs.

Washington* 

GoDaddyDec. 23

MAC vs.

Sun Belt

 Appalachian State vs.

Northern Illinois 

Popeyes BahamasDec. 24

C-USA vs.

MAC

MTSU vs.

Western Michigan 

HawaiiDec. 24American vs.
BYU/MW

 BYU vs. 

Tulsa 

St. PetersburgDec. 26C-USA vs. 
American

Marshall vs.

USF 

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

 Pittsburgh vs.

Oregon 

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

 Rice vs.

Texas State* 

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

 Duke vs.

Wisconsin 

IndependenceDec. 26ACC/ND vs.
SEC

Virginia Tech vs.

Kentucky 

Foster FarmsDec. 26Big Ten vs.
Pac-12

Arizona State vs.

Minnesota 

MilitaryDec. 28ACC/ND vs.
American

 Navy vs.

NC State 

Quick LaneDec. 28ACC/ND vs.
Big Ten

 Miami vs.

Central Michigan* 

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

 Air Force vs.

California* 

Russell AthleticDec. 29ACC/ND vs.
Big 12

 Oklahoma State vs.

Florida State 

NOVA Home 

Loans Arizona

Dec. 29

C-USA vs. 

Mountain West

Colorado State vs.

Old Dominion 

AdvoCare V100
Texas
Dec. 29Big 12 vs.
SEC

Texas Tech vs.

Mississippi State 

BirminghamDec. 30American vs.
SEC

Cincinnati vs.

Auburn 

BelkDec. 30ACC/ND vs.
SEC

 North Carolina vs.

Tennessee 

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

Indiana vs.

Georgia 

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

 UCLA vs.

Northwestern 

OutbackJan. 1Big Ten vs. 
SEC

 Penn State vs.

Ole Miss  

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

 Michigan vs.

Florida 

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

 Louisville vs.

Texas A&M   

AutoZone LibertyJan. 2Big 12 vs. 
SEC

Kansas State vs.

Arkansas 

Valero AlamoJan. 2Big 12 vs.
Pac-12

Oklahoma vs.

USC 

CactusJan. 2Big 12 vs. 
Pac-12

 West Virginia vs.

Arizona 

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

Memphis vs.

Iowa 

FiestaJan. 1At-large vs.
At-large

 Notre Dame vs.

Utah 

RoseJan. 1Big Ten vs.
Pac-12

 Michigan State vs.

Stanford 

SugarJan. 1SEC vs.
Big 12

 LSU vs.

TCU 

    
CottonDec. 31Playoff
Semifinal

 Ohio State vs.

Baylor 

OrangeDec. 31Playoff
Semifinal

 Alabama vs.

Clemson 

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

 Ohio State vs.

Alabama 

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The Playoff Committee released its first top 25 rankings of the 2015 season on Tuesday night, featuring Clemson at No. 1 and LSU at No. 2. Ohio State checked in at No. 3 and Alabama 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. 3 Edition)
RankTeamRecord
1Clemson8-0
2LSU7-0
3Ohio State8-0
4Alabama7-1
5Notre Dame7-1
6Baylor7-0
7Michigan State8-0
8TCU8-0
9Iowa8-0
10Florida7-1
11Stanford7-1
12Utah7-1
13Memphis8-0
14Oklahoma State8-0
15Oklahoma7-1
16Florida State7-1
17Michigan6-2
18Ole Miss7-2
19Texas A&M6-2
20Mississippi State6-2
21Northwestern6-2
22Temple7-1
23UCLA6-2
24Toledo7-0
25Houston8-0

 

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is 7-0 and positioned to contend for the Group of 5 New Year’s Six bowl spot, but the Rockets have four challenging games remaining on their schedule, starting with Tuesday night’s showdown against Northern Illinois. The Huskies have set the standard for the rest of the teams in the MAC West with five consecutive division titles. Northern Illinois has claimed three out of the last four conference championships and won at least 11 games in each of the last five seasons.

 

The Rockets are 4-0 in league play this season, winning each league contest by at least 14 points. Northern Illinois lost at Central Michigan on Oct. 3, but coach Rod Carey’s team has rallied with three victories in league play. Both teams faced Power 5 opponents in the non-conference portion of their schedule, with Toledo knocking off Iowa State and Arkansas, while the Huskies fell just short (17-14) against Boston College and Ohio State (20-13).

 

Toledo leads the all-time series 29-13 over Northern Illinois. However, the Huskies have won the last five matchups against the Rockets. Toledo’s last victory in this series came in 2009.

 

Northern Illinois at Toledo

 

Kickoff: Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN2

Spread: Toledo -7.5

 

Three Things to Watch

 

1. Establishing the Run

The Huskies and Rockets are the MAC’s No. 1 and No. 2 teams in rushing offense this season. Northern Illinois leads the way at 217.5 yards per game, with the Rockets a close No. 2 at 213.1 a contest. 226-pound running back Joel Bouagnon is the go-to option for the Huskies and is the MAC’s leading rusher with 863 yards in eight appearances. Bouagnon has plenty of help, starting with quarterback Drew Hare (223 yards) and sophomore running back Jordan Huff (367 yards). The Rockets counter with arguably the deepest backfield in the MAC. Terry Swanson (590 yards) is the leading rusher, but Kareem Hunt (349 yards) is working his way back after missing two games earlier this year due to injury. Both teams have been solid at the point of attack this year, which makes the battle up front even more intriguing with the talent at running back. Toledo is giving up 3.6 yards per carry, but UMass (6.2) and Eastern Michigan (5.5) both had reasonable success in the last two games. Northern Illinois has not allowed more than 157 rushing yards to an opponent in its last three contests and limited Ohio State to 4.4 yards per carry in the 20-13 loss on Sept. 19.

 

2. Drew Hare vs. Phillip Ely

The MAC has a solid all-around group of quarterbacks in 2015, with most of the spotlight from the conference on Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson through Week 9. However, two other names that shouldn’t be overlooked in the national conversation square off on Tuesday night. Toledo’s Phillip Ely has rebounded from a season-ending injury in 2014 to throw 15 touchdowns and 1,734 yards through the first seven games. The senior has seven interceptions on 246 attempts but three of those came in the Rockets’ 51-35 victory over UMass. While Ely is more of the standard pocket passer, Hare brings mobility and dual-threat presence to the Northern Illinois’ offense. The junior has passed for 1,817 yards and 13 scores in eight games and ranks third on the team with 223 rushing yards. Hare averages 12 carries per game and could be counted upon for that number (or more) on Tuesday night. Even though both defenses have been involved in a couple of blowouts (inviting teams to throw more), the Rockets and Huskies both rank inside of the top three in the MAC in pass efficiency defense. However, this will be a huge test for both defensive backfields. Toledo’s receiving corps is headlined by three players with at least 22 catches, while Northern Illinois boasts one of the top receivers in the MAC this year in North Dakota transfer Kenny Golladay (673 yards, 14.6 ypc).

 

3. Mistakes

Three out of the last four matchups in this series were decided by a touchdown or less. One critical stat in Northern Illinois’ five-game winning streak against Toledo is the turnover margin. The Huskies won the turnover battle in three out of the last five games versus the Rockets, with one matchup (2014) ending in an even margin. Additionally, Northern Illinois has forced nine overall turnovers in this span and has lost only four. Toledo is averaging nine penalties a game, while the Huskies are flagged only 5.9 times per contest. If the Huskies can win the turnover battle and limit the penalties, coach Rod Carey’s team will have a good shot to earn win No. 6 in a row against Toledo.

 

Final Analysis

 

November is one of the best portions of the college football schedule. Midweek MAC games aren’t going to shape the national title race, but as previous years have showed, entertaining and high-scoring games should be expected. Northern Illinois has dominated Toledo in the win column in recent years, but the momentum in this series has shifted to the Rockets’ sideline in 2015. While both teams are solid defensively and limited big plays allowed this season, there’s too much firepower on Tuesday night for this game to be a defensive struggle. Toledo’s balanced attack, timely defense and home-field advantage are enough for the Rockets to move to 8-0 and stay alive for the Group of 5 bowl spot in the New Year’s Six.

 

Prediction: Toledo 38, Northern Illinois 30
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is off to a disappointing 3-6 start under new coach Mike Riley, and the program is coming off a surprising loss at Purdue on Saturday. Needless to say, the losses aren't sitting well in Lincoln.

 

While some are already calling for a coaching change, athletic director Shawn Eichorst is supporting his new coach. On Monday, Eichorst released a letter in support of Riley and thanking fans for support.

 

Below is the text of Eichorst’s letter to the Nebraska fan base:

 

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coach Frank Beamer has decided to retire after the 2015 season. Beamer is college football’s longest tenured coach, spending 29 years in Blacksburg. Under Beamer’s direction, the Hokies are 235-120-2 and won at least 10 games in every season from 2004-11. Additionally, Virginia Tech finished No. 2 nationally in 1999.

 

While this job isn’t as good as counterparts Florida State or Clemson, Virginia Tech is one of the top 25-30 coaching destinations. There’s good talent to recruit from in Virginia, and the fan support is strong. Who might replace Beamer on the Virginia Tech sidelines in 2016? Here are some names to consider:

 

10 Coaching Candidates to Replace Frank Beamer at Virginia Tech

 

Dino Babers, head coach, Bowling Green

Babers is a former Art Briles assistant excelling in his fourth year as a head coach. After two seasons at Eastern Illinois (19-7), Babers was hired at Bowling Green and is 14-8 since 2014. Despite losing starting quarterback Matt Johnson last year, the Falcons still won the MAC East and claimed a Camellia Bowl victory over South Alabama. Babers has a wealth of experience from stops as an assistant at Baylor, UCLA, Pittsburgh, Texas A&M and Arizona. 

 

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Matt Campbell, head coach, Toledo

Campbell is regarded as one of college football’s rising stars in the Group of 5 coaching ranks. In four full years with the Rockets, Campbell is 33-13 and has this program at 7-0 and ranked in the Associated Press poll entering Week 10 games. Prior to taking over as Toledo’s head coach, Campbell worked as an assistant with the Rockets under Tim Beckman and spent from 2007-08 at Bowling Green. The Ohio native played his college ball at Mount Union. 

 

Bud Foster, defensive coordinator, Virginia Tech

Foster has been rumored as the eventual successor to Beamer. However, will athletic director Whit Babcock look outside of the current staff for the next coach? Foster is one of the nation’s top defensive play-callers and has coached in Blacksburg since 1987. The Kentucky native has also worked as the Hokies’ defensive play-caller since 1995 and coached under Beamer at Murray State from 1983-86. Foster does not have any head coaching experience.

 

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Justin Fuente, head coach, Memphis

Fuente helped Memphis improve from one of the worst FBS programs to a top 25 team in just a few seasons. Larry Porter went 3-21 in two years with the Tigers and was fired after the 2011 campaign, leaving a mess for Fuente in 2012. However, Memphis improved to 4-8 in Fuente’s first year, finished 3-9 in a tougher league (American Athletic) in 2013, followed by a 10-3 mark in 2014. Additionally, the Tigers finished No. 25 in the final Associated Press poll last season, which was the first end-of-season ranking in program history. Memphis is one of the top Group of 5 programs this season at 8-0 and ranked No. 15 in the latest Associated Press poll. Fuente also spent four years as an assistant under Gary Patterson at TCU from 2007-11.

 

Pep Hamilton, offensive coordinator, Indianapolis Colts

Hamilton is a longshot for the Virginia Tech job, but the former Howard quarterback is due for an opportunity to be a head coach. He worked as an assistant in the NFL with the Jets, 49ers and Bears prior to joining Stanford’s staff in 2010. Hamilton coached with the Cardinal from 2010-12, including the last two seasons as the offensive play-caller. Hamilton was hired as the Colts’ coordinator in 2013 and has remained in that role over the last three years. 

 

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Tom Herman, head coach, Houston

Herman is in its first year as a head coach on the collegiate level, but the former Ohio State assistant will be a hot commodity this offseason. Herman has guided the Cougars to an 8-0 start and a No. 18 ranking after Week 9 in the Associated Press poll. Prior to taking over at Houston, Herman coached under Urban Meyer at Ohio State from 2012-14 and also had stops as an offensive coordinator at Iowa State, Rice and Texas State. Herman was one of the nation’s top assistants during his tenure with the Buckeyes and helped the program overcome the loss of quarterbacks Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett - and prepare Cardale Jones - to win last year's national championship.

 

Matt Rhule, head coach, Temple

Temple suffered its first loss of the 2015 season on Saturday night, but the defeat to Notre Dame doesn’t diminish how far this program has developed under Rhule. The Owls are 15-17 under Rhule’s direction and improved from two wins in 2013 to six in 2014. Temple is 7-1 this season and ranked in the Associated Press poll after Week 9. Rhule has spent most of his career on the East Coast, as he’s a former Penn State linebacker and was an assistant at Temple and with the Giants before replacing Al Golden after he left for Miami. Rhule is another coach on the rise from the American Athletic Conference.

 

Rich Rodriguez, head coach, Arizona

Rodriguez has a good job (Arizona), but the rumor mill keeps the former West Virginia coach in the mix for openings on the East Coast this year. In four seasons with the Wildcats, Rodriguez is 31-18 and guided the program to a Pac-12 South title in 2014. Rodriguez was a bad fit at Michigan and went 15-22 in three seasons with the Wolverines, but he had a successful run at West Virginia, leading the Mountaineers to 60 wins in seven years. Rodriguez has ties to current Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock.

 

Brent Venables, defensive coordinator, Clemson

Virginia Tech should be able to attract plenty of candidates with head coaching experience, but Venables is a name to remember from the assistant ranks. The Kansas native has coordinated one of the nation’s top defenses at Clemson and also spent time at Oklahoma from 1999-11. Under Venables’ direction, the Tigers led the nation by limiting opponents to just 4.03 yards per play in 2014. Despite returning only two starters this season, Clemson is holding opposing offenses to 17.6 points per game. Venables does not have any head coaching experience, but he’s ready for an opportunity to run a Power 5 program.

 

Matt Wells, head coach, Utah State

Wells coaches at his alma mater, so it will take a special job to pull him away from Utah State. In three years with the Aggies, Wells is 24-12 and is the frontrunner to win the Mountain West’s Mountain Division in 2015. Additionally, Utah State played for the conference title in 2013 and are 2-0 in bowl appearances under Wells’ direction. The 24 wins over the last three years are even more impressive when you consider the major injuries Utah State has suffered under Wells. He also has experience as an assistant from stops at Navy, Tulsa, New Mexico and Louisville.  

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Week 9 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 9. Here’s a look at Athlon Sports’ picks for the offensive, defensive, coordinator, freshman and unsung hero from Week 9:

 

College Football Week 9 Awards

 

Offensive Player of the Week: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson

Clemson’s perfect season and playoff hopes remained intact thanks to Watson’s huge performance against NC State. The sophomore completed 23 of 30 passes for 383 yards and five scores and added 54 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Watson has not tossed an interception over the last two games and has completed over 65 percent of his passes in four consecutive contests.

 

Defensive Player: Travis Feeney, LB, Washington

Washington thoroughly dominated Arizona for a 49-3 victory on Saturday night. The Huskies’ defense held an explosive Wildcats’ offense in check, limiting Arizona to just 3.8 yards per play and three points. Feeney was instrumental in Washington’s dominant effort, recording 11 tackles (4.5 for a loss), two sacks, one pass breakup and two forced fumbles.

 

Freshman of the Week: Kyler Murray, QB, Texas A&M

The Aggies were looking for a spark on offense after scoring just three points in last week’s loss against Ole Miss. Coach Kevin Sumlin decided to switch from Kyle Allen to Kyler Murray under center, and the true freshman delivered a huge performance in Saturday’s win over South Carolina. Murray completed 20 of 28 passes for 223 yards and one touchdown and rushed for 156 yards and one score. Murray’s 156 rushing yards marked the first time in school history a freshman quarterback has eclipsed the 100-yard mark on the ground.

 

Coordinator of the Week: Mike Yurcich, Offensive Coordinator, Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State improved to 8-0 thanks to a 70-53 shootout win at Texas Tech on Saturday. Yurcich’s offense led the way in the victory, gashing the Red Raiders for 662 overall yards and the highest-scoring mark of the season for the Cowboys (70 points). Oklahoma State averaged 8.4 yards per play and scored six touchdowns over the last seven offensive possessions.

 

Unsung Hero: Vernon Adams, QB, Oregon

A healthy Adams makes a big difference for Oregon’s high-powered offense. In Thursday night’s win over Arizona State, the Eastern Washington transfer completed 23 of 40 passes for 315 yards and four touchdowns. The stat line doesn’t show just how valuable Adams was in the victory, as he made several clutch plays – including a fourth-down touchdown pass in regulation – to guide Oregon to the 61-55 win.   

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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 9
 

8: Laterals Used by Miami to Score Game-Winning Touchdown Against Duke

The ending to Saturday’s Miami-Duke matchup will be remembered as one of the craziest finishes to a game in recent memory. After the Blue Devils took a 27-24 lead with less than 10 seconds left, the Hurricanes scored the game-winning touchdown by using eight laterals on the kickoff return, with Corn Elder eventually breaking free down the sideline for a 91-yard score. While a Miami player appeared to have his knee on the ground before a lateral, as well as a missed block in the back, the touchdown was upheld on replay. 

 

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123: Combined Points in Oklahoma State’s 70-53 Win Over Texas Tech

Saturday’s 70-53 thrilling victory by Oklahoma State over Texas Tech was the highest scoring game at the FBS level this season. The 123 combined points was also the fourth-highest scoring FBS game over the last 10 years. The Cowboys and Red Raiders combined for 61 first downs, 1,304 total yards and only eight punts.

 

3: 8-0 Big Ten Teams for the First Time Since 1903

Conference superiority is always a point of conversation among college football fans, and there’s no doubt the Big Ten is headed in the right direction since the end of the 2014 season. After nine weeks of action, the Big Ten has three 8-0 teams – Ohio State, Michigan State and Iowa. According to the Big Ten Network’s Dave Revsine, that’s the first time the conference has three 8-0 teams for the first time since 1903.   

 

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11: Completions by Florida QB Treon Harris in Last Two Games Against Georgia

Led by a strong defense and rushing attack, Florida earned its second consecutive victory over Georgia on Saturday. The Gators recorded a dominant 27-3 victory over the Bulldogs, with quarterback Treon Harris completing only 8 of 19 passes for 155 yards and one score. In the last two meetings against the Bulldogs (both victories), Harris has completed only 11 of 25 passes for 182 yards. Needless to say, the low completion totals won’t matter much to coach Jim McElwain. The only stat that matters to McElwain? Wins.

 

11: Turnovers by Notre Dame’s Offense in Red Zone Last Two Years

Notre Dame avoided Temple’s upset bid on Saturday night, using a 17-yard pass from quarterback DeShone Kizer to receiver Will Fuller with just two over minutes remaining to score a 24-20 victory. However, a glaring problem popped up once again for the Fighting Irish. The offense lost two turnovers in the red zone against the Owls, which increased Notre Dame’s total to 11 in that area over the last two years. The 11 turnovers is the most by any FBS team over the last two seasons. If the Fighting Irish want to contend for a playoff spot, giving away scoring opportunities inside the red zone simply can’t continue. 

 

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0: Georgia Rushing Touchdowns the Last Three Weeks

It’s no secret Georgia misses running back Nick Chubb. Over the last three games, the Bulldogs have recorded 354 rushing yards, averaging only 3.7 yards per carry. Additionally, Georgia does not have a rushing score over its last three games. The Bulldogs have watched their rushing yardage total (165 to 120 to 69) decline over the last three weeks. Quarterback play is a huge issue for Georgia right now, but coach Mark Richt and coordinator Brian Schottenheimer have to find a way to generate more production from the ground attack.

 

1961: Last Time Texas Was Shutout by an Unranked Opponent

Texas appeared to be on the right track after wins over Oklahoma and Kansas State, but the Longhorns took a step back on Saturday. For the first time since 1961, Texas was shutout by an unranked opponent. The Longhorns were blanked 24-0 by Iowa State on Saturday, as the offense generated only 204 total yards, completed 12 of 22 passes and crossed midfield just two times. At 3-5 overall, Texas needs to win three out of its last four – Kansas, at West Virginia, Texas Tech and at Baylor – just to make a bowl this year.

 

77: Career Rushing Touchdowns by Navy QB Keenan Reynolds

Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds inched closer to the record books in Saturday’s 29-17 victory over South Florida. The senior quarterback completed 3 of 9 passes for 16 yards and rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns on 26 attempts. The two rushing scores gave Reynolds 77 in his career, tying Wisconsin running back Montee Ball for the all-time record. The senior has 13 rushing scores this season and could break the record in the Week 10 showdown against Memphis. 

 

15 for 15: Cincinnati QB Gunner Kiel Completed All 15 Passes Against UCF

Injuries have prevented Cincinnati quarterback Gunner Kiel from building off last year’s season (31 TDs and 3,254 passing yards), but the junior has posted back-to-back 300-yard games and had a record-setting day against UCF on Saturday. Kiel completed all 15 of his passes for 319 yards and five touchdowns. The junior’s 15-for-15 performance was the most completions without an incompletion by a FBS player in the last 20 years. 

 

11: FBS Unbeatens Entering November

College football’s 2015 season has reached the final full month of action. And with just five overall weeks of games before the four playoff teams are decided, 11 unbeaten teams remain at the FBS level. The 11 unbeaten teams entering November is unusual. In 2013, eight teams had an unbeaten mark at the start of November and only three teams reached that level in 2014. 

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Week 9 of the  season is officially in the books. Saturday's slate of games was underwhelming on paper, but the Week 9 schedule produced plenty of crazy finishes and outstanding plays.

 

Miss anything from Week 9? 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 9 Games

 

1. Miami uses eight laterals to score game-winning touchdown against Duke:

But upon further review, this play should not have counted:

 

 

 

2. Washington State misses game-winning field goal, Stanford keeps playoff hopes alive:

 

3. Oregon scores on a crazy touchdown pass by QB Vernon Adams to send Thursday's game into overtime:

 

Oregon cornerback Arrion Springs intercepts Arizona State quarterback Mike Bercovici with the Sun Devils on the three-yard line and an opportunity to score (and win the game on a two-point play). 

 

4. Michigan stuffs Minnesota at goal line on final play to win 29-26:

 

5. Notre Dame holds off Temple's upset bid after interception by CB KeiVarae Russell:

 

6. Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly was not happy with assistant strength coach David Grimes:

 

7. TCU QB Trevone Boykin gets a high-five from West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen after scrambling for a first down:

 

8. New Mexico State breaks 17-game losing streak when a player intercepts a pass...with his feet:

 

9. ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit freaks out in the ABC television booth after some unwelcomed guests enter:

 

10. Deflected pass results in one of four interceptions for Georgia:

 

11. Florida State wide receiver Travis Rudolph destroys a Syracuse defender with a stiff arm:

 

12. Texas Tech receiver Jakeem Grant weaves his way through the Oklahoma State defense for a 90-yard gain:

 

13. Iowa tight end George Kittle makes a nifty one-handed catch:

 

14. Ole Miss defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche destroys an Auburn offensive lineman:

 

15. Minnesota with a couple of nice tributes to retired coach Jerry Kill:

16. NC State assistant Des Kitchings shoves Clemson QB Deshaun Watson:

And another Clemson win means another dance vine:

 

17. Penn State running back Saquon Barkley hurdles an Illinois defender for a touchdown:

 

18. Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell makes a nice over-the-shoulder touchdown catch:

 

19. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops gets into the Halloween spirit by wearing a Yoda mask and dancing after beating Kansas:

 

20. Yes...you are seeing this right: A dog dressed in a Jim Harbaugh costume:

 

And to close Week 9, a tip of the cap to Auburn equipment manager Clint Crumpton for his unique proposal:

 

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Crazy. That’s about the best way to sum up the ending to Saturday night’s Miami-Duke game.

 

After the Blue Devils scored a touchdown and a two-point conversion in the final minute to take a 27-24 lead, Miami scored on an improbable kick return to win 30-27. The Hurricanes used eight laterals to move the ball around the field, with Corn Elder eventually breaking free for the touchdown.

 

However, the ending wasn’t without controversy. A lengthy review ensued as the officials checked whether or not a knee was down or if any of the laterals were a forward pass. Despite some evidence to suggest a knee was down, as well as a block in the back – was it reviewed or not and eventually removed? – the referees confirmed the Miami touchdown, giving interim coach Larry Scott the victory.

 

Another Saturday, another crazy finish. 

 

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The East title and a trip to Atlanta is likely on the line this Saturday when and meet in Jacksonville for their annual rivalry matchup. While a month remains in the 2015 season, a quick look at the SEC East standings shows why this game is critical to earn a trip to Atlanta. The Bulldogs are 3-2 in conference action and should be favored in upcoming games against Kentucky and Auburn. The Gators are in better shape in SEC play, sporting a 4-1 record with remaining matchups against South Carolina and Vanderbilt. While an upset can’t be ruled out in November, all signs suggest the winner of this game on Saturday will win the SEC East.

 

Both teams are coming off bye weeks, and the off date came an ideal time for both programs. Georgia is still recovering from the loss of star running back Nick Chubb after a season-ending knee injury against Tennessee and is searching for more consistency at quarterback. Florida is also dealing with some quarterback news, as starter Will Grier was suspended prior to the Oct. 17 loss at LSU. Treon Harris is experienced and capable of leading this offense, but the bye allowed the sophomore to work a full complement of snaps with the No. 1 unit.

 

Georgia leads the overall series 49-41-2 over Florida. The Gators won last year’s matchup in surprising fashion (38-20), but the Bulldogs are 3-1 in the last four games in this series.

 

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Georgia vs. Florida (Jacksonville)

 

Kickoff: Saturday, Oct. 31 at 4:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: CBS

Spread: Florida -2.5

 

Three Things to Watch

 

1. Quarterback Play

Even though Georgia’s Greyson Lambert (16) has double the amount of career starts than Florida’s Treon Harris (eight), the edge at this position goes to the Gators. Harris was pressed into the starting role after Grier was suspended prior to the game against LSU and threw for 271 yards and two scores against the Tigers. The sophomore’s mobility is also a huge asset with Florida struggling to find consistency from its offensive line. Lambert edged Brice Ramsey in the fall for the starting job in Athens and has started all seven games. So far this season, Lambert has passed for 1,276 yards and nine touchdowns. However, his performance in SEC play leaves room for improvement. Lambert is averaging 197.8 passing yards in SEC games and struggled in matchups against Alabama, Vanderbilt and Missouri. Will Lambert be the only Georgia quarterback to take snaps on Saturday? There’s some intrigue in practice this week, as Ramsey or Faton Bauta gained momentum to see an increased role on Saturday. Could Bauta take the first snap against the Gators? It's a possibility. While both teams need production and timely passes out of their quarterbacks, limiting mistakes and preventing turnovers will be the top priority. Which team gets the most out of their signal-caller this week?

 

2. Establishing the Run

Even without Nick Chubb leading the way, Georgia has an advantage in talent at running back and on the offensive line against the Gators. Can the Bulldogs use it to their advantage? Georgia ranks second in the SEC by averaging 215.6 rushing yards per game this season, while Florida ranks 13th at 126.7 per contest. The Bulldogs’ offensive line has allowed only eight sacks, compared to 20 to the Gators. However, a similar storyline – Georgia’s running backs and offensive line were the advantage – played out last year in favor of Florida. The Gators gashed Jeremy Pruitt’s defense for 418 yards and five touchdowns, averaging a whopping 6.97 yards per carry. Have the Bulldogs found the right answers to slow down Florida’s offense? While Chubb is out, Georgia’s backfield still has plenty of options. Sony Michel (508 yards) is the No. 1 option, but Keith Marshall and Brendan Douglas will see carries. Florida’s defense ranks fifth in the SEC against the run, limiting opponents to just 116.6 yards per game. The battle in the trenches – and the ability to establish the run – is going to play a huge role in the outcome of this rivalry matchup. 

 

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3. Turnover Margin and Field Goals

Four out of the last five matchups in this series have been decided by one score. And all signs suggest another close game on Saturday, as the good folks in Vegas list this matchup slightly in favor of Florida (+2.5). With a close game anticipated, the small aspects of every game are going to add up in the win (or loss) column. There’s a lot of luck and good fortune involved with turnovers, but it’s noteworthy Florida has a plus-nine ratio this season, while Georgia is plus-one. Additionally, the Gators have lost just five turnovers in seven games this season. And with any close game, keep an eye on special teams. Florida kicker Austin Hardin may not be 100 percent, and coach Jim McElwain hosted tryouts for placekicking options during the bye week. On the other sideline, Georgia’s Marshall Morgan has connected on 9 of 13 attempts this year. 

 

Final Analysis

 

Points should be at a premium this Saturday. Both teams have question marks on offense at the quarterback position and concerns remain about the supporting casts, especially at Georgia after the loss of running back Nick Chubb. Can Florida replicate the rushing success it had last season against the Bulldogs? The guess here is yards and points on the ground will be tougher for the Gators to come by this season. Even though the rushing attack may not be as productive, Florida can win this game with its defense, mistake-free play by Harris under center and limiting turnovers. With Georgia missing its best player (Chubb) and uncertainty about how well Lambert/Bauta/Ramsey will perform against the Gators’ secondary, a slight lean goes to McElwain’s team. Florida takes a huge step forward in winning the SEC East by earning its second consecutive victory over Georgia.

 

Prediction: Florida 24, Georgia 20
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’s Week 9 Saturday slate just happens to fall on Halloween this year. Strange plays, weird outcomes and nightmares for coaching staffs are normal on any weekend during the year, but things may get a little strange on Oct. 31.

 

With the Halloween theme in mind, Athlon Sports has picked the 10 scariest players in college football this season. To most fans, goblins, zombies, Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, witches and skeletons cause sleepless nights or nightmares around Oct. 31. But what about coaching staffs preparing for a game? Here are the 10 player scariest players for any coaching staff to go against on a Saturday of action during the college football season.

 

College Football's 10 Scariest Players for 2015

 

Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

Bosa’s 2015 stats aren’t up to last year’s level. However, opposing offenses are frightened about Bosa’s presence off the edge, leading to frequent double teams and running plays to the other side of the field. Even if Bosa doesn’t reach double-digit sacks (just 3.5 in 2015), the junior still ranks as one of the scariest edge rushers for any offense to gameplan for this season.

 

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Trevone Boykin, QB, TCU

With the recent rise in offensive production and up-tempo attacks across the nation, defensive coordinators easily have the toughest job in college football. Big 12 defensive signal-callers have plenty of experience in slowing down high-powered offenses, but Boykin is on another level. The senior quarterback can slice through a secondary (2,927 yards and 28 scores) or gash the defense on the ground (524 yards and six touchdowns). How do you stop Boykin? That’s the big question the defensive staffs of TCU’s opponents have in the many sleepless nights of game preparation. 

 

Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State

Calhoun’s nickname is “Bane.” Need we say more? At 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds, Calhoun certainly has an impressive physical presence similar to Batman’s nemesis in the Dark Knight Rises. The senior has 112 tackles (39.5 tackles for a loss), 24.5 sacks and three forced fumbles in his career with the Spartans. 

 

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Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor/LaQuan McGowan, TE, Baylor

Baylor’s receiving corps is the best in college football. Coleman headlines this group (20.5 yards per catch) and is on pace (18 receiving touchdowns so far) to set the single-season touchdown record. But Coleman isn’t the only scary player in this unit. How about 410-pound tight end LaQuan McGowan? The senior isn’t out there just for his blocking, as the Texas native has one catch for 18 yards this year. For a 410-pound tight end/converted offensive lineman, McGowan has nimble feet and is not an ideal matchup for any defensive back trying to make a tackle.

 

Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State

Cook won’t play in Week 9 due to an ankle injury suffered against Georgia Tech, but the minor ailment shouldn’t put a damper on his season. The sophomore has 1,037 rushing yards and 11 scores, while catching 15 passes for 181 yards in seven games. LSU’s Leonard Fournette and Alabama’s Derrick Henry certainly have the edge in physical presence, but Cook has outstanding speed and elusiveness in the open field. He’s averaging 8.2 yards per carry and has three runs of 60 yards or more this season. 

 

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Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

As LSU’s matchup against Auburn showed this year, tackling Fournette is a risky proposition for any defender. At 6-foot-1, 230 pounds, the thought of Fournette in the open field with a crazy blend of speed and power is a scary picture for any defensive player. The New Orleans native is the frontrunner to win the Heisman Trophy after Week 8 and has 1,352 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns on 176 carries. 

 

Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

Garrett is arguably the nation’s best defensive player and a matchup nightmare for opposing offensive linemen, coaching staffs and quarterbacks. Sleepless nights are likely the norm when preparing for Garrett, as he has 37 tackles (13.5 for a loss), 8.5 sacks, one interception and four forced fumbles this season.

 

Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama

Similar to LSU’s Leonard Fournette, the thought of Henry in the open field with a full head of steam is downright terrifying. After all, Henry is 6-foot-3 and 242 pounds with excellent speed and strength. Through eight games in 2015, the Florida native has rushed for 1,044 yards and 14 scores. 

 

Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss

All signs point to Nkemdiche as a first-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, but until he departs for the next level, the junior will continue to wreak havoc on opposing offensive lines. Nkemdiche’s numbers aren’t huge – 17 tackles (5.5 for a loss) and 1.5 sacks this season – but that’s largely due to the focus of the offensive lines preventing the junior from dominating on the interior. He’s also used sparingly on offense, rushing for two touchdowns on four attempts and catching one pass for 31 yards and a score in 2015. 

 

Shawn Oakman, DE, Baylor

At 6-foot-9 and 275 pounds, Oakman is truly a physical specimen and a one-of-the-kind presence off the edge. Oakman has terrorized plenty of linemen and quarterbacks for Baylor, recording 17 sacks and over 40 tackles for a loss in the last three seasons. Oakman’s impressive physique following last year’s Cotton Bowl appearance against Michigan State.

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Thursday night’s Oregon-Arizona State ended in thrilling fashion, as the Ducks held off the Sun Devils for a 61-55 victory in the third overtime.

 

This crazy, high-scoring matchup featured several twists and turns, suspect play-calling by both teams, missed opportunities, questionable officiating and big-time plays in the clutch.

 

However, there’s one play that stands out among the rest. With Oregon facing a fourth-and-goal with less than 30 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Vernon Adams connected with Dwayne Stanford in one of the craziest plays of the season so far. The touchdown tied the game at 41 and sent the matchup into overtime.

 

Check out Adams’ insane touchdown pass to Stanford:

But that wasn’t the only clutch play late in the game. Oregon cornerback Arrion Springs intercepted Arizona State quarterback Mike Bercovici with the Sun Devils on the three-yard line and an opportunity to score (and win the game on a two-point play). 

Considering the back-and-forth scoring by both teams, crazy stats and plays, clutch performances and the thrilling finish, it’s safe to say this game will end up among the best overall games in college football this year.

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’s Week 9 slate features 53 games, starting with six matchups on Thursday night. With over 40 games on Saturday, it’s not easy being a college football fan. At times, there’s simply too much going on to stay on top of all of the action. Some time slots are often overloaded with too many good games, which creates dilemmas for fans or just casual viewers.

 

To help every fan or viewer for the weekend action, Athlon Sports has ranked every FBS game from must-see to must-miss for Week 9. We wouldn’t encourage you to miss any game, but it’s understandable you can’t catch every minute of action on Saturday. The game rankings take into account the overall importance of the matchup, record, ability to watch top players, rivalries or storylines.

 

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Here’s our ranking of the watchability for every college football game in Week 9:

 

Ranking the Watchability of Every Week 9 College Football Game

 

1. Georgia (5-2) vs. Florida (6-1) (Jacksonville)

Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 31 at 3:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: CBS

Line: Florida -2.5

 

Barring a surprising upset in November, this game should decide the winner of the SEC East. The Bulldogs are still trying to find the right mix on offense after losing running back Nick Chubb and managed only nine points in the win over Missouri. Florida is coming off its first loss of the year (at LSU), but the bye week came at an ideal time, as the offense has two weeks to help Treon Harris settle into the starting job after Will Grier’s suspension. The Gators ran for 418 yards against the Bulldogs in last season’s matchup. Considering the uncertainty for both teams at quarterback, winning the battle up front and on the ground will play a huge role in the outcome of this game.

Prediction: Florida

 

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2. Stanford (6-1) at Washington State (5-2)

Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 31 at 10:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN

Line: Stanford -11

 

Washington State is one of the nation’s biggest surprise teams going into the Week 9 slate. The Cougars started the year with a disappointing loss to Portland State, but coach Mike Leach’s team has rebounded and won key road tests at Oregon and Arizona. Stanford will be Washington State’s toughest opponent so far this year, and the winner of this matchup is set to take control of the Pac-12 North. The Cougars’ rush defense will be tested by Cardinal running back Christian McCaffrey and one of the nation’s top offensive lines. Slowing down McCaffrey is critical for Washington State’s defense, as Stanford can control the time of possession and line of scrimmage, limiting the opportunities for the Cougars’ passing attack.

Prediction: Stanford

 

3. Notre Dame (6-1) at Temple (7-0)

Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 31 at 8 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ABC

Line: Notre Dame -10.5

 

Temple football has experienced quite a journey over the last 15 years. The Owls were kicked out of the Big East, spent two years as a FBS independent, landed in the MAC for five seasons and then returned to the Big East in 2012. While this program has only two bowl appearances since 2009, Saturday’s primetime matchup and College GameDay in Philadelphia is a testament to how far Temple has developed as a program since 2005. While the Owls are capable of hanging with Notre Dame, pulling off the upset will require more from the offense (5.2 yards per play). The Fighting Irish simply has too much talent and firepower on offense for Temple.

Prediction: Notre Dame

 

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4. North Carolina (6-1) at Pittsburgh (6-1)

Date/Time: Thursday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN

Line: North Carolina -3

 

Just as everyone predicted in August, Thursday’s matchup between the Tar Heels and Panthers could decide the ACC’s Coastal Division. Of course, Duke will have a lot to say about the winner of this division in November. Can North Carolina’s improved defense find a way to slow down Pittsburgh receiver Tyler Boyd?

Prediction: North Carolina

 

5. Oklahoma State (7-0) at Texas Tech (5-3)

Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 31 at 3:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN

Line: Oklahoma State -3

 

Oklahoma State is a quiet 7-0, but the schedule difficulty for coach Mike Gundy’s team should pickup significantly over the next five weeks. The Cowboys have won six in a row over the Red Raiders and are a slight favorite on Saturday afternoon. The two-quarterback system of J.W. Walsh and Mason Rudolph has produced results (40.3 points per game) for Oklahoma State so far and is a tough challenge for Texas Tech’s struggling defense (40.1 points per game allowed). The Red Raiders average 61.5 points through four home contests this season. There should be no shortage of offensive fireworks on Saturday in Lubbock.

Prediction: Oklahoma State

 

6. Oregon (4-3) at Arizona State (4-3)

Date/Time: Thursday, Oct. 29 at 10:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN

Line: Arizona State -2.5

 

This is one of the toughest games to predict for Week 9. Having Vernon Adams at quarterback should make a big difference for the Ducks in the second half of the season, but the Sun Devils should have Demario Richard back at running back on Thursday night. That might be the difference in this game.

Prediction: Arizona State

 

7. USC (4-3) at California (5-2)

Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 31 at 3 p.m. ET

TV Channel: FOX

Line: USC -6

 

USC has won 11 in a row against California, and the Trojans can’t afford another loss in conference play. Behind quarterback Jared Goff, the Golden Bears have the firepower on offense to win this one. However, can California’s defense find a way to slow down Cody Kessler and JuJu Smith-Schuster? 

Prediction: USC

 

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8. Ole Miss (6-2) at Auburn (4-3)

Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 31 at Noon ET

TV Channel: ESPN

Line: Ole Miss -7

 

While all eyes in the SEC are focused on next week’s Alabama-LSU showdown, Ole Miss still controls its destiny in the West Division. The Tigers are showing signs of life on offense, but the Rebels win in Auburn for the first time since 2003.

Prediction: Ole Miss

 

9. Clemson (7-0) at NC State (5-2)

Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 31 at 3:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ABC/ESPN2

Line: Clemson -10

 

A road matchup one week before playing Florida State sounds like a perfect spot for Clemsoning, right? Wrong. The Tigers continue their march to the College Football Playoff with a victory in Raleigh. NC State has not defeated a FBS team with a winning record this year and lost by 15 in Virginia Tech and by seven at home against Louisville.

Prediction: Clemson

 

10. West Virginia (3-3) at TCU (7-0)

Date/Time: Thursday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Fox Sports 1

Line: TCU -14

 

West Virginia’s secondary could be shorthanded on Thursday night. That’s not an ideal scenario against TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin.

Prediction: TCU

 

11. Tennessee (3-4) at Kentucky (4-3)

Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: SEC Network

Line: Tennessee -8.5

 

Tennessee’s domination in this series is unlikely to end on Saturday night. The Wildcats are improving under third-year coach Mark Stoops, but the Volunteers pushed Alabama last week and appear to be over their second-half struggles. This matchup features two of the SEC’s top running backs in Tennessee’s Jalen Hurd against Kentucky’s Boom Williams.

Prediction: Tennessee

 

12. Arizona (5-3) at Washington (3-4)

Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 31 at 11 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Fox Sports 1

Line: Washington -4.5

 

This late-night matchup in Seattle is a tough game to get a read on. The status of Washington quarterback Jake Browning is uncertain due to a shoulder injury suffered in Week 7. Arizona is 2-3 in its last five games, has a struggling defense and a quarterback rotation between Anu Solomon and Jerrard Randall. Expect the Huskies to use a heavy dose of freshman running back Myles Gaskin against an Arizona defense allowing nearly 170 rushing yards per game.

Prediction: Arizona

 

13. Illinois (4-3) at Penn State (6-2)

Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 31 at Noon ET

TV Channel: ESPN2

Line: Penn State -5.5

 

Two of the Big Ten’s top quarterbacks – Illinois’ Wes Lunt and Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg – will be featured in this matchup. Interim coach Bill Cubit has the Fighting Illini in a good spot to make a bowl game but winning two in a row over the Nittany Lions won’t be easy.

Prediction: Penn State

 

14. Vanderbilt (3-4) at Houston (7-0)

Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN2

Line: Houston -12

 

Intriguing matchup between Houston’s dynamic offense (47.6 points per game) and Vanderbilt’s defense (4.8 yards per play). Even if the Commodores find a way to slow the Cougars’ offense, will Vanderbilt’s offense generate enough points?

Prediction: Houston

 

15. South Carolina (3-4) at Texas A&M (5-2)

Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 31 at Noon ET

TV Channel: SEC Network

Line: Texas A&M -16.5

 

South Carolina’s struggling defense (26.3 points per game allowed) should help Texas A&M’s offense (only three points last week) find a spark. Coach Kevin Sumlin opened up the quarterback battle after Kyle Allen struggled against Ole Miss, so there’s some mystery under center for the Aggies.

Prediction: Texas A&M

 

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16. Michigan (5-2) at Minnesota (4-3)

Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN

Line: Michigan -14

 

It’s been a tough week for Minnesota with head coach Jerry Kill resigning on Wednesday morning. The Golden Gophers will play hard for interim coach Tracy Claeys, but Michigan’s defense is the difference in this game.

Prediction: Michigan

 

17. Miami (4-3) at Duke (6-1)

Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPNU

Line: NL

 

The post-Al Golden era for Miami starts in Durham against Duke, as the Blue Devils look to remain unbeaten in conference play and keep pace with Pittsburgh and North Carolina. Adding to the overall uncertainty surrounding the Hurricanes is the health of quarterback Brad Kaaya. The sophomore is not expected to play due to a concussion suffered against Clemson.

Prediction: Duke

 

18. Syracuse (3-4) at Florida State (6-1)

Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 31 at Noon ET

TV Channel: ABC

Line: Florida State -20.5

 

This is an interesting spot for Florida State. The Seminoles are coming off a loss and can’t afford to look ahead to next week’s showdown against Clemson. Expect running back Dalvin Cook and quarterback Everett Golson to get back on track against a Syracuse defense giving up 27.1 points per game this year.

Prediction: Florida State

 

19. Colorado (4-4) at UCLA (5-2)

Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 31 at 3 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Pac-12 Networks

Line: UCLA -21

 

Colorado is showing progress under Mike MacIntyre and snapped a 14-game losing streak in Pac-12 games last Saturday at Oregon State. The Buffaloes nearly defeated UCLA in Boulder last year, but the Bruins are favored by three touchdowns. Even though the status of running back Paul Perkins and receiver Devin Fuller is uncertain due to injury, UCLA wins this one on the right arm of quarterback Josh Rosen.

Prediction: UCLA

 

20. Oregon State (2-5) at Utah (6-1)

Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Pac-12 Networks

Line: Utah -24

 

Old friends Kyle Whittingham and Gary Andersen meet for the first time on opposing sidelines since 2012. Utah is still in control of the Pac-12 South despite last week’s loss to USC. The Utes get back on track.

Prediction: Utah

 

21. Texas (3-4) at Iowa State (2-5)

Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Fox Sports 1

Line: Texas -6.5

 

The Longhorns are making a run at the postseason after back-to-back wins. Coach Charlie Strong’s team keeps the momentum going with a victory in Ames. Iowa State has a new play-caller (Todd Sturdy) and starter at quarterback (Joel Lanning), and both have their hands full against a Texas defense ranked No. 3 in Big 12-only games in scoring defense.

Prediction: Texas

 

22. Virginia Tech (3-5) at Boston College (3-5)

Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 31 at 12:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN3

Line: Virginia Tech -2.5

 

Points will be at a premium in a critical game for the bowl hopes of Virginia Tech and Boston College. The Eagles have won the last two meetings in this series.

Prediction: Virginia Tech

 

23. Georgia Tech (3-5) at Virginia (2-5)

Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 31 at 3 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN3

Line: Georgia Tech -6

 

Georgia Tech erased some of the disappointment from its slow start with last week’s upset over Florida State. Can the Yellow Jackets avoid a letdown against Virginia? The guess here is yes, as coach Paul Johnson’s team is poised for a strong finish to the 2015 season. 

Prediction: Georgia Tech

 

24. Louisville (3-4) at Wake Forest (3-5)

Date/Time: Friday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN2

Line: Louisville -11.5

 

Points will be at a premium in this matchup, as Louisville and Wake Forest rank near the bottom of the ACC in scoring. The Demon Deacons keep it close, but the Cardinals’ edge in offensive talent is too much.

Prediction: Louisville

 

25. Rutgers (3-4) at Wisconsin (6-2)

Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 31 at Noon ET

TV Channel: Big Ten Network

Line: Wisconsin -20.5

 

Despite a handful of injuries, Wisconsin is 6-2 and still has a chance to win the Big Ten’s West Division. Could running back Corey Clement return this week? The Badgers notch another victory on Saturday.

Prediction: Wisconsin

 

26. Maryland (2-5) at Iowa (7-0)

Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 31 at 3:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ABC/ESPN2

Line: Iowa -17

 

Running back Jordan Canzeri is not expected to play for Iowa, but the Hawkeyes’ backfield is in good hands with Akrum Wadley. Maryland’s offense has showed signs of life in its last two games. However, the problems on defense (175.6 rush yards per game allowed and 34.1 points per contest) are too much to overcome against the surging Hawkeyes.

Prediction: Iowa

 

27. Nebraska (3-5) at Purdue (1-6)

Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 31 at Noon ET

TV Channel: ESPNU

Line: Nebraska -10.5

 

Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong is questionable to play due to an injury, but the Cornhuskers should avoid another heartbreaker regardless of which signal-caller starts under center.

Prediction: Nebraska

 

28. South Florida (4-3) at Navy (5-1)

Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 31 at Noon ET

TV Channel: CBS Sports Network

Line: Navy -7

 

South Florida is quietly making progress under coach Willie Taggart, but this is a tough spot for the Bulls. While Houston, Memphis and Temple are getting all of the attention from the American Athletic Conference, Navy shouldn’t be overlooked at 3-0 in league play.

Prediction: Navy

 

29. Louisiana Tech (5-3) at Rice (4-3)

Date/Time: Friday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Fox Sports 1

Line: Louisiana Tech -12.5

 

A critical game for the top spot in Conference USA’s West Division. Louisiana Tech running back Kenneth Dixon could have a huge night against Rice’s rush defense (205.3 yards per game).

Prediction: Louisiana Tech

 

30. Oklahoma (6-1) at Kansas (0-7)

Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 31 at 3:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Fox Sports 1

Line: Oklahoma -39

 

The only question about this one is how much Oklahoma’s margin of victory is.

Prediction: Oklahoma

 

31. San Diego State (5-3) at Colorado State (3-4)

Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 31 at 3:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: CBS Sports Network

Line: San Diego State -3.5

 

The Aztecs have a commanding lead to win the Mountain West’s West Division, while Colorado State needs three wins over its final four to get bowl eligible in coach Mike Bobo’s first year. The Rams’ rush defense (107th nationally) will have a tough time slowing down San Diego State running back Donnel Pumphrey.

Prediction: San Diego State

 

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32. Tulsa (3-4) at SMU (1-6)

Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 31 at 4 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPNEWS

Line: Tulsa -3.5

 

This matchup features two first-year coaches (Philip Montgomery, Tulsa and Chad Morris, SMU) who specialize in offense. This could be one of the highest-scoring games of Week 9.

Prediction: Tulsa

 

33. East Carolina (4-4) at UConn (3-5)

Date/Time: Friday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPNU

Line: East Carolina -7

 

The Pirates fell short in their upset bid over Temple last week, largely due to the offense posting a season-low of 14 points. UConn needs this one to keep its bowl hopes alive.

Prediction: East Carolina

 

34. Tulane (2-5) at Memphis (7-0)

Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. ET

TV Channel: CBS Sports Network

Line: Memphis -31.5

 

Tulane’s defense may provide a few headaches in the first quarter for Memphis’ high-powered offense early, but the Tigers cruise to an easy win.

Prediction: Memphis

 

35. Tennessee-Martin (4-2) at Arkansas (3-4)

Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 31 at 4 p.m. ET

TV Channel: SEC Network

Line: NL

 

A win here helps Arkansas get back to .500 and in good shape to push for a bowl game in November.

Prediction: Arkansas

 

36. Air Force (4-3) at Hawaii (2-6)

Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 31 at 10:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: CBS Sports Network

Line: Air Force -7

 

Air Force’s offense posted 458 rushing yards in last week’s win over Fresno State. That’s bad news for a Hawaii defense giving up 228.8 per game this year. A loss by the Rainbow Warriors will clinch their fifth consecutive losing season.

Prediction: Air Force

 

37. UCF (0-8) at Cincinnati (4-3)

Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 31 at Noon ET

TV Channel: ESPNEWS

Line: Cincinnati -27

 

Danny Barrett steps in as UCF’s interim coach after George O’Leary retired on Sunday. Cincinnati’s explosive offense easily wins this one.

Prediction: Cincinnati

 

38. Boise State (6-2) at UNLV (2-5)

Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 31 at 3:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPNU

Line: Boise State -20

 

Boise State isn’t in the driver’s seat to win the Mountain Division but every win over conference opponents keeps the pressure on Utah State.

Prediction: Boise State

 

39. FIU (4-4) at FAU (1-6)

Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 31 at 3:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: American Sports Network

Line: FIU -2.5

 

Shula Bowl XIV is a critical one for both teams. FIU can move closer to bowl eligibility with a win, while FAU looks to snap a three-game losing streak and build momentum in this series after losing three out of the last four to the Panthers.

Prediction: FIU

 

40. Central Michigan (4-4) at Akron (3-4)

Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN3

Line: Central Michigan -3.5

 

Can Akron’s defense (5.2 yards per play allowed) find a way to slow down Central Michigan quarterback Cooper Rush?

Prediction: Central Michigan

 

41. Texas State (2-4) at Georgia Southern (5-2)

Date/Time: Thursday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPNU

Line: Georgia Southern -21

 

Last week’s defeat at Appalachian State was Georgia Southern’s first loss in Sun Belt play. The Eagles get back on track this week.

Prediction: Georgia Southern

 

42. WKU (6-2) at Old Dominion (3-4)

Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 31 at Noon ET

TV Channel: FSN

Line: WKU -24

 

Beating WKU was already a challenge, but the assignment got even tougher last week when Old Dominion lost quarterback David Washington due to an injury. Hilltoppers win big.

Prediction: WKU

 

43. UMass (1-6) at Ball State (2-6)

Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 31 at 1 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN3

Line: Ball State -2.5

 

Hopes were high for a rebound year for UMass and Ball State after losing records in 2014. Instead, both teams are fighting just to avoid their seventh loss in Week 9.

Prediction: UMass

 

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44. UTEP (3-4) at Southern Miss (5-3)

Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 31 at 2:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Fox College Sports

Line: Southern Miss -24

 

Southern Miss’ turnaround has been an under-the-radar storyline in 2015. The Golden Eagles won four games from 2012-14 but will reach bowl eligibility with a victory over the Miners on Saturday.

Prediction: Southern Miss

 

45. Wyoming (1-7) at Utah State (4-3)

Date/Time: Friday, Oct. 30 at 10:15 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN2

Line: Utah State -28

 

The Aggies have experienced the best (+7) and the worst (-4) of turnover margin the last two weeks. Expect Matt Wells’ team to rebound after losing to San Diego State last Friday.

Prediction: Utah State

 

46. ULM (1-6) at UL Lafayette (2-4)

Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 31 at 5 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN3

Line: UL Lafayette -11.5

 

UL Lafayette has won six out of the last seven meetings against their in-state rival.

Prediction: UL Lafayette

 

47. Western Michigan (4-3) at Eastern Michigan (1-7)

Date/Time: Thursday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: CBS Sports Network

Line: Western Michigan -20

 

Eastern Michigan is improving under second-year coach Chris Creighton, but the Broncos’ high-powered offense will be too much for the Eagles.

Prediction: Western Michigan 

 

48. Marshall (7-1) at Charlotte (2-5)

Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 31 at 3:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: FSN

Line: Marshall -19.5

 

The Thundering Herd have been hit by injuries to a few key players this year but enter Saturday’s matchup at Charlotte on a six-game winning streak.

Prediction: Marshall 

 

49. Georgia State (2-4) at Arkansas State (4-3)

Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN3

Line: Arkansas State -18.5

 

The Red Wolves have won three in a row and a victory over Georgia State sets up a huge showdown next Thursday at Appalachian State.

Prediction: Arkansas State

 

50. Troy (2-5) at Appalachian State (6-1)

Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 31 at 3:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN3

Line: Appalachian State -24

 

Troy pounded New Mexico State 52-7 last week. However, the challenge for the Trojans is tougher this week, as Appalachian State is the best team in the Sun Belt.

Prediction: Appalachian State

 

51. Idaho (3-4) at New Mexico State (0-7)

Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 31 at 8 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN3

Line: Idaho -5.5

 

Idaho is trying for its first three-game winning streak since 2009, but top receiver Dezmon Epps is suspended indefinitely due to an off-field incident.

Prediction: Idaho

 

52. Buffalo (3-4) at Miami, Ohio (1-7)

Date/Time: Thursday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN3

Line: Buffalo -7

 

Two game features two promising coaches – Chuck Martin, Miami (Ohio) and Lance Leipold, Buffalo – but the Bulls have a significant advantage on Thursday. The RedHawks average only 14.4 points per game, while Buffalo’s offense features steady quarterback Joe Licata and a solid group of skill players.

Prediction: Buffalo

 

53. UTSA (1-6) at North Texas (0-7)

Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. ET

TV Channel: American Sports Network

Line: UTSA -9.5

 

The winner of this game should avoid finishing in the cellar of Conference USA’s West Division.

Prediction: UTSA

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’s coaching carousel took a surprising turn on Wednesday, as coach Jerry Kill resigned due to health reasons. Kill went 29-29 in five seasons with the Golden Gophers and guided the program to three consecutive bowl appearances from 2012-14. Prior to taking over in Minneapolis, Kill went 23-16 at Northern Illinois and 55-32 at Southern Illinois.

 

Kill was regarded as one of the Big Ten’s top coaches and will be tough to replace. Defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys will serve as the team’s interim coach for the remainder of 2015.

 

While Minnesota isn’t Ohio State or Michigan, this is a good job with upcoming facility improvements in the easier of the Big Ten’s divisions (West). Who might replace Kill on the Minnesota sidelines in 2016? Here are some names to watch:

 

10 Coaches to Watch in Minnesota's Search to Replace Jerry Kill

 

Chris Ash, co-defensive coordinator, Ohio State

Ash does not have head coaching experience, but he’s made an impact at each of his stops an assistant. Additionally, the Iowa native is familiar with what it takes to win in the Big Ten, working from 2010-12 at Wisconsin and spending time as a co-defensive coordinator on Urban Meyer’s staff at Ohio State since 2014. Ash is regarded as an excellent defensive backs coach and is considered one of the rising stars in the assistant ranks.

 

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Dave Aranda, defensive coordinator, Wisconsin

Aranda is a coordinator many Minnesota fans know from his stint at Wisconsin, and the California native is ready for a chance to run a Power 5 program after a successful run as a defensive play-caller for the Badgers. Under Aranda’s direction, Wisconsin has fielded one of the Big Ten’s top defenses. The Badgers finished second in the conference in scoring defense from 2013-14 and are allowing just 11.1 points per game in 2015. Aranda also has stops on his resume from stints at Hawaii, Utah State and Houston. He has never been a head coach at the collegiate level.

 

Craig Bohl, head coach, Wyoming

This is a bit of a longshot. Bohl would be a tough sell to some in Minneapolis after a 5-15 record at Wyoming. However, his record with the Cowboys is largely due to a complete roster rebuild and injuries. Prior to the last two seasons at Wyoming, Bohl guided North Dakota State to a 104-32 record from 2003-13. During Bohl’s tenure, the Bison won three consecutive FCS national championships and lost only two games from 2011-13. The Nebraska native also spent time as an assistant with the Cornhuskers from 1995-02.

 

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Troy Calhoun, head coach, Air Force

Calhoun’s name was in the rumor mill for the Minnesota job in 2010. Could Calhoun’s name resurface once again? The former Air Force quarterback has guided the Falcons to a 63-47 record during his stint in Colorado Springs. Calhoun has seven bowl appearances in eight years and is on track to guide the program to another postseason trip in 2015. Needless to say, it would take a lot for Calhoun to leave his alma mater.  

 

Matt Campbell, head coach, Toledo

Campbell is widely regarded as one of college football’s rising stars in the coaching ranks. The 35-year-old coach is 33-13 during his tenure at Toledo and has the Rockets at 7-0 and poised to challenge for the top bowl spot among Group of 5 teams in 2015. Prior to taking over at Toledo after Tim Beckman left for Illinois, Campbell was an assistant at Bowling Green and Mount Union. He also played at Mount Union from 1992-02. It’s only a matter of time before Campbell has the opportunity to run a Power 5 program.

 

Tracy Claeys, interim coach/defensive coordinator, Minnesota

Claeys will have a live job interview over the next five games as Minnesota’s interim coach. And he’s been in this position before, as Claeys was the head coach for seven of the Golden Gophers’ games in 2013, recording a 4-3 mark while Kill took a leave of absence. Claeys worked under Jerry Kill as an assistant since 1995 and was the defensive coordinator during stops at Emporia State, Southern Illinois, Northern Illinois and with the Golden Gophers. Claeys has no experience as a full-time head coach outside of the seven games in 2013.

 

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D.J. Durkin, defensive coordinator, Michigan

Durkin is another one of college football’s rising stars in the assistant ranks. The Ohio native was hired by Jim Harbaugh at Michigan after a five-year stint at Florida, including the last two seasons as the Gators’ defensive coordinator. Prior to working in Gainesville, Durkin spent 2007-09 at Stanford under Harbaugh and from 2005-06 at Bowling Green. Under Durkin’s direction this season, the Wolverines are limiting opponents to just 9.3 points per game and 3.5 yards per play. While Durkin isn’t a big name, he’s been a successful coordinator and assistant at each job and is highly regarded among other coaches.

 

P.J. Fleck, head coach, Western Michigan

Fleck is the youngest coach at the FBS level and is 13-19 during his tenure at Western Michigan. The Broncos went 1-11 in Fleck’s debut but are 12-8 over the last two seasons. The former Northern Illinois’ receiver also spent one year on Kill’s staff in DeKalb (2009) as an assistant. Fleck also has stops as an assistant at Rutgers and the Buccaneers on his resume. Fleck is regarded as an outstanding recruiter and isn’t short on energy.

 

Willie Fritz, head coach, Georgia Southern

Fritz might not register on Minnesota’s radar in this search, but the Georgia Southern coach could pop on the radar for any openings in the Big 12 this offseason. In two years with the Eagles, Fritz has a 14-5 record and guided the program to a 9-3 mark last season in its first on the FBS level. Prior to Georgia Southern, Fritz went 40-15 at Sam Houston State and 97-47 at Central Missouri.   

 

Pete Lembo, head coach, Ball State

Lembo’s stock slightly faded with Ball State’s 7-13 record over the last two years. However, the Cardinals are in rebuild mode, and Lembo has a strong track record of success. Lembo’s overall record at Ball State is 32-26, featuring two bowl appearances from 2012-13. Prior to Ball State, Lembo guided Elon to a 35-22 record in five seasons and Lehigh to a 44-14 mark in five years from 2001-05. Lembo is a sharp coach and would be a good fit in the Big Ten.

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Week 9 of the 2015 season kicks off with a busy Thursday slate. Six games dot the schedule, including North Carolina traveling to Pittsburgh for a key ACC Coastal Division showdown, while TCU hosts West Virginia and Oregon plays at Arizona State. The action continues on Friday night with four games, including Wake Forest hosting Louisville. Saturday’s schedule isn’t overloaded with top 25 must-see matchups. However, as last weekend showed, the quiet weekends always produce intriguing games. The annual meeting between Georgia and Florida in Jacksonville is one of the weekend’s top games, as the winner of this rivalry should take control of the SEC East. Oklahoma State-Texas Tech, Notre Dame-Temple and Stanford-Washington State are just a few of the top contests to watch in Week 9.

 

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Which teams will come out on top in every FBS game for Week 9? Athlon's editors predict the winners for every game this week:

 

College Football Week 9 Predictions
 

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North Carolina at

Pittsburgh

West Virginia at

TCU

Western Michigan at

Eastern Michigan

Texas State at

Georgia Southern

Buffalo at 

Miami, Ohio

Oregon at 

Arizona State

Louisville at

Wake Forest

East Carolina at

UConn

Louisiana Tech at

Rice

Wyoming at

Utah State

Notre Dame at

Temple

Tulane at 

Memphis

Tulsa at 

SMU

Central Michigan at

Akron

Troy at

Appalachian State

UMass at

Ball State

ULM at

UL Lafayette

Boise State at

UNLV

Virginia Tech at

Boston College

Miami at 

Duke

Syracuse at 

Florida State

Tennessee at

Kentucky

Clemson at

NC State

Illinois at 

Penn State

Nebraska at 

Purdue

Georgia Tech at

Virginia

Marshall at

Charlotte

WKU at

Old Dominion

UCF at

Cincinnati

USF at

Navy

UT Martin at

Arkansas

Ole Miss at

Auburn

Vanderbilt at

Houston

Maryland at

Iowa

Texas at

Iowa State

Oklahoma at

Kansas

South Carolina at

Texas A&M

Oklahoma State at

Texas Tech

Rutgers at

Wisconsin

UTEP at

Southern Miss

Oregon State at 

Utah

USC at 

California

Colorado at

UCLA

Arizona at

Washington

Stanford at

Washington State

Georgia vs.

Florida

FIU at

FAU

SDSU at

Colorado State

UTSA at

North Texas

Georgia State at

Arkansas State

Michigan at 

Minnesota

Idaho at

NMSU

Air Force at

Hawaii

Northern Illinois at

Toledo 

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Baylor’s Playoff hopes took a hit this week, as quarterback Seth Russell was lost for the year due to a neck injury suffered in the win against Iowa State. Russell was one of the nation’s top quarterbacks so far this season, throwing for 2,104 yards and 29 scores and rushing for 402 yards and six touchdowns.

 

There’s no doubt Russell is going to be missed. After all, Baylor’s upcoming slate is the toughest portion of its 2015 schedule. However, while Russell is a big loss, the Bears have a talented option at quarterback in true freshman Jarrett Stidham.

 

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Stidham has completed 24 of 28 passes for 331 yards and six touchdowns in limited action this season. How can Stidham keep Baylor in the mix for a shot at a national championship? Here are five reasons to believe the Bears can still reach the Playoff this season:

 

5 Reasons Baylor Can Make the CFB Playoff With Jarrett Stidham

 

1. Jarrett Stidham... Baylor’s Most Talented QB Since Robert Griffin III

Even though Russell was one of the nation’s top quarterbacks this season, Stidham may have more overall talent. The recruiting rankings back this line of thinking, as the true freshman was No. 38 in the 2015 247Sports Composite and was regarded as a four-star recruit. By comparison, Russell ranked No. 723 overall and was a three-star recruit. Recruiting rankings aren’t everything, but Stidham has more raw talent. How quickly can he harness that talent as the starter?

 

2. The Supporting Cast is the Best in the Big 12

Stidham now has the keys to a high-powered offense and plenty of help in the form of the Big 12’s best supporting cast. Baylor’s offensive line was considered the best in the conference going into 2015, and so far, this group has lived up to the preseason hype. The Bears have allowed only six sacks and average 6.9 yards per carry. This unit also grades high in . Running back Shock Linwood leads the Big 12 with 974 rushing yards and nine touchdowns and averages a healthy 8.1 yards per carry. Additionally, the receiving corps is the best in college football, led by junior Corey Coleman (18 TDs, 20.5 yards per catch). There’s more than enough talent here to help insulate a new starter at quarterback from having to do it all in his first few starts.

 

3. History of Art Briles’ Quarterbacks at Baylor

Briles is one of the top offensive coaches in the nation. Since 2011, Baylor has not finished below second in the Big 12 in scoring offense. The Bears lead the nation with an average of 8.4 yards per play this season and have 21 plays of 40 yards or more. Strong quarterback play is at the heart of Baylor’s offensive fireworks under Briles, developing a reputation as a “plug-and-play” system under center. Will that hold true with Stidham at the controls? Here’s the strong track record of Baylor quarterbacks under Briles:

 

YearQuarterbackCompletionsAttemptsYardsPass TDsINTCompletion PercentagePasses 40+
2010Robert Griffin III3044543,5012286714
2011Robert Griffin III2914024,2933767521
2012Nick Florence2864644,309331361.626
2013Bryce Petty2504034,2003236225
2014Bryce Petty2704283,85529763.121

 

4. Time to Prepare

While 28 passes isn’t enough of a sample size, Stidham’s limited statistics are impressive. He’s completed 24 of 28 attempts for 331 yards and six touchdowns. Additionally, Stidham’s 11.8 yards-per-attempt average is slightly more than Russell’s (10.5). Again, limited sample size, but the numbers are noteworthy. While Baylor would like Stidham to have more experience, he does have a week to prepare for Kansas State (Nov. 5) and has a few extra days (Nov. 14) to get ready for Oklahoma. With extra time to prepare for his first two starts, that’s a huge advantage for Stidham and a good way for Baylor to get him acclimiated into the starting lineup before a road date at Oklahoma State on Nov. 21 – and of course the Nov. 27 trip to TCU.

 

5. Lack of Experience Worked for Ohio State Last Year

Every team, season and case study is different, but there’s an interesting trend among teams in the national championship or playoff and experience at quarterback. From 1998-2013, 12 first-year quarterbacks played for the national title. And last year, Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones had just two starts under his belt prior to the national championship versus Oregon. Additionally, Alabama made the playoff with a first-year starter (Blake Sims). Trends and track records won’t necessarily hold up every season. However, with the skill talent Baylor has in place, along with a defense that is capable of making timely plays, creating havoc around the line of scrimmage and getting stops in the red zone, Stidham doesn’t have to be an All-American quarterback. With the talent at receiver, the Bears need Stidham to be a point guard and distribute the ball effectively, limit mistakes and produce a few big plays each game. That seems reasonable for a quarterback most recruiting sites considered one of the best in the 2015 signing class. 

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The start of ’s 2015-16 bowl season is just under two months away, but it’s never too early to take a peek at the potential matchups this postseason.

 

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

 

The post-Week 8 bowl projections are a mixture between picks for the next few weeks, how things would look if the season ended today, and the results from the first six weeks of action. Expect several changes over the next two months.

 

College Football's Post-Week 8 Bowl Projections
BowlDateTie-InProjection
AutoNation CureDec. 19Sun Belt vs.
American

 Georgia Southern vs. 

Tulsa 

Gildan New MexicoDec. 19C-USA vs.
MW

Colorado State vs.

Rice 

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

Washington State vs.

Boise State 

Raycom Media
Camellia
Dec. 19MAC vs.
Sun Belt

 Arkansas State vs.

Ohio 

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

 UL Lafayette vs.

MTSU 

Miami BeachDec. 21American vs.
C-USA

 Houston vs.

WKU 

Famous Idaho PotatoDec. 22MAC vs.
MW

Nevada vs. 

Northern Illinois 

Boca RatonDec. 22American vs.
MAC

 East Carolina vs.

Western Michigan  

SDCCU PoinsettiaDec. 23Mountain West vs.
Army

San Diego State vs.

California* 

GoDaddyDec. 23

MAC vs.

Sun Belt

 Appalachian State vs.

Toledo 

Popeyes BahamasDec. 24

C-USA vs.

MAC

Bowling Green vs.

Marshall 

HawaiiDec. 24American vs.
BYU/MW

 Temple vs. 

BYU 

St. PetersburgDec. 26C-USA vs. 
American

USF vs.

FIU 

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

 North Carolina vs.

Oregon 

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

 Southern Miss vs.

Kansas State 

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

 Pittsburgh vs.

Nebraska 

IndependenceDec. 26ACC/ND vs.
SEC

Georgia Tech vs.

Missouri 

Foster FarmsDec. 26Big Ten vs.
Pac-12

Arizona State vs.

Northwestern 

MilitaryDec. 28ACC/ND vs.
American

 NC State vs.

Navy 

Quick LaneDec. 28ACC/ND vs.
Big Ten

 Miami vs.

Illinois 

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

Indiana vs.

Air Force 

Russell AthleticDec. 29ACC/ND vs.
Big 12

 Florida State vs.

Oklahoma State 

NOVA Home 

Loans Arizona

Dec. 29

C-USA vs. 

Mountain West

 Utah State vs.

Louisiana Tech 

AdvoCare V100
Texas
Dec. 29Big 12 vs.
SEC

Texas Tech vs.

Mississippi State 

BirminghamDec. 30American vs.
SEC

 Auburn vs.

Cincinnati 

BelkDec. 30ACC/ND vs.
SEC

 Duke vs.

Tennessee 

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

 Arkansas vs.

Penn State 

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

 UCLA vs.

Wisconsin 

OutbackJan. 1Big Ten vs. 
SEC

 Georgia vs.

Michigan 

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

 Ole Miss vs.

Iowa 

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

 Louisville vs.

Texas A&M  

AutoZone LibertyJan. 2Big 12 vs. 
SEC

Texas vs.

Kentucky 

Valero AlamoJan. 2Big 12 vs.
Pac-12

Oklahoma vs.

USC 

CactusJan. 2Big 12 vs. 
Pac-12

 West Virginia vs.

Arizona 

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

Memphis vs. 

Florida 

FiestaJan. 1At-large vs.
At-large

 Notre Dame vs.

Utah 

RoseJan. 1Big Ten vs.
Pac-12

Stanford vs. 

Michigan State 

SugarJan. 1SEC vs.
Big 12

 TCU vs.

LSU 

    
CottonDec. 31Playoff
Semifinal

 Ohio State vs.

Baylor 

OrangeDec. 31Playoff
Semifinal

 Alabama vs.

Clemson 

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

 Ohio State vs.

Alabama 

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coach Al Golden was fired on Sunday, one day after the Hurricanes suffered the worst loss in program history in a 58-0 defeat against Clemson. Golden worked for five years as Miami’s head coach, posting a 32-25 record in that span. Additionally, the Hurricanes were 17-18 under Golden’s watch in ACC play and only had one season of more than seven victories.

 

Tight end coach Larry Scott will serve as the program’s interim coach for the final five regular season games (and potentially a bowl game).

 

Who will replace Golden at Miami? Here are 10 names to watch.

 

10 Coaches to Watch in Miami's Search to Replace Al Golden

 

Rob Chudzinski, assistant coach, Indianapolis Colts

Chudzinski has ties to Miami but has never worked as a head coach on the collegiate level. The Ohio native played as a tight end with the Hurricanes from 1986-90 and started his coaching career in the program from 1994-95 as a graduate assistant. Chudzinski was later promoted to tight ends coach in 1996 and eventually called the plays for the Hurricanes from 2001-03. From 2004-15, Chudzinski worked in the NFL, including the 2013 season as Cleveland’s head coach.

 

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Mario Cristobal, offensive line coach, Alabama

Cristobal is a name many around the Miami program are familiar with, as the Alabama offensive line coach is a former Hurricane player and assistant. Cristobal played at Miami in the early 1990s and later worked as an assistant from 2004-06 in Coral Gables. Additionally, Cristobal was a head coach at FIU from 2007-12, recording a 27-47 record in that span. While the overall record at FIU wasn’t overly impressive, Cristobal inherited a mess and guided the Panthers to back-to-back bowl games in 2010-11.

 

Butch Davis, former Miami coach

Davis is a popular name among many in the Miami fanbase to replace Golden. However, just how realistic is Davis as a candidate considering his tenure at North Carolina ended with a NCAA scandal? Davis is one of the most qualified candidates on this list, as he worked as an assistant at Miami from 1984-88 and later served as the program’s head coach from 1995-00. Davis went 51-20 with the Hurricanes and 28-23 with North Carolina from 2007-10. He has not coached since his tenure ended in Chapel Hill in 2010.

 

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Justin Fuente, head coach, Memphis

Fuente will be one of the top names to watch in the coaching carousel this offseason. In four seasons with the Tigers, Fuente has guided Memphis to a 24-20 record, including a 17-3 mark over the program’s last 20 games. Fuente’s turnaround at Memphis is even more impressive when you consider the state of the program after two seasons (3-21) under Larry Porter from 2010-11. Does Miami have the necessary resources (money) to pursue Fuente?

 

Tom Herman, head coach, Houston

Similar to Justin Fuente, Herman is another coach expected to draw a lot of interest from Power 5 programs this offseason. Herman is 7-0 in his first season with the Cougars, which is led by one of the nation’s most explosive offenses (47.6 points per game). Prior to taking over at Houston, Herman worked under Urban Meyer as Ohio State’s offensive coordinator (2012-14) and was arguably the nation’s best assistant in 2014. The Buckeyes lost starting quarterbacks J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones, yet the offense never missed a beat with Cardale Jones under center on the way to the national championship. Herman also has stops as an offensive coordinator at Iowa State, Rice and Texas State.

 

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Doc Holliday, head coach, Marshall

Holliday wouldn’t be a big-name hire, but there are plenty of reasons for Miami to be interested. The West Virginia native is regarded as an outstanding recruiter – the type of coach Miami would need to win battles for players in South Florida against Florida State and Florida. Holliday also has ties to the state of Florida after working on Urban Meyer’s staff in Gainesville from 2005-07. Marshall is 47-26 under Holliday’s watch, including a 30-6 mark over the last three seasons.

 

Rich Rodriguez, head coach, Arizona

Rodriguez already has a good job at Arizona, but his name is likely to pop up other coaching searches this offseason. He's 31-17 in four years with the Wildcats and won the South Division title last season. Additionally, Rodriguez went 60-26 at West Virginia and 15-22 before he was fired at Michigan. There's no question Rodriguez is one of the nation's top 25 coaches and is a proven winner. However, with other jobs (Virginia Tech?) likely to open, Miami will have to pay big to land Rodriguez. Do the Hurricanes have enough resources? 

 

Greg Schiano, former Rutgers/Tampa Bay head coach

Schiano is another Miami assistant who could surface as a candidate for this job. The former Rutgers and Tampa Bay head coach has been out of football since he was fired from the Buccaneers at the end of the 2013 season. Schiano went 68-67 with the Scarlet Knights and guided the program to five consecutive bowl appearances from 2005-09. Schiano worked as Miami’s defensive coordinator from 1999-00.

 

Mark Stoops, head coach, Kentucky

Stoops is another former Miami assistant who could be targeted in this coaching search. The Ohio native is 11-20 in three years with Kentucky, but the Wildcats have showed marked improvement under his watch. After a 2-10 record in Stoops’ debut, Kentucky won five games in 2014 and is on track to make the program’s first bowl trip since 2010. Stoops started his coaching career in 1990 as a graduate assistant at Iowa and later worked as an assistant at USF, Wyoming and Houston before coaching defensive backs with the Hurricanes from 2001-03. After the three-year stint at Miami, Stoops worked as the defensive coordinator at Arizona and Florida State.

 

Brent Venables, defensive coordinator, Clemson

If Miami is willing to consider assistants for this job, Venables has to be near the top of the list. He’s regarded as one of the top assistants in the nation and certainly knows his way round the ACC after spending the last four years at Clemson. Venables played at Kansas State under Bill Snyder from 1991-92 and joined the program as a graduate assistant in 1993. After working as an assistant with the Wildcats, Venables was hired on Bob Stoops’ first staff at Oklahoma in 1999 and stayed in Norman until 2011. Venables has been a key piece in Clemson’s recent success and coordinated a defense that was arguably the nation’s best last season.

 

Longshots

 

P.J. Fleck, head coach, Western Michigan

Fleck is the youngest coach on the FBS level, but it’s only a matter of time before he moves up the coaching ladder and has an opportunity at a Power 5 program. The former Northern Illinois receiver is regarded as an excellent recruiter and has brought steady improvement to Western Michigan since 2013. After a 1-11 record in his first season, Fleck guided the Broncos to an 8-5 mark last year and a 4-3 start in 2015. For a program needing energy and the ability to recruit against Florida State and Florida, Fleck is a potential fit in Coral Gables.

 

Lane Kiffin, offensive coordinator, Alabama

Kiffin will eventually get a chance to be a head coach once again. However, Miami seems like a longshot.

 

Chuck Pagano, head coach, Indianapolis Colts

Pagano has ties to the program as a former assistant, but he hasn’t coached on the collegiate level since 2007. He’s also on the hot seat with the Colts and would be more likely to stay in the NFL ranks.

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