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College Football Picks: UGA vs. ‘Bama and BYU’s tough test

Alabama quarterback Mac Jones (10) hands off to running back Najee Harris (22) during the second half of the team's NCAA college football game against Mississippi in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. Alabama won 63-48.

Alabama quarterback Mac Jones (10) hands off to running back Najee Harris (22) during the second half of the team’s NCAA college football game against Mississippi in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. Alabama won 63-48.

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The Southeastern Conference has the game of the week. The American Athletic Conference might have the most interesting set of games.

The marquee event of the college football weekend is No. 3 Georgia at No. 2 Alabama in a game that could very well be first of three meetings between the SEC superpowers. A conference title rematch in Atlanta would surprise no one and another meeting in the College Football Playoff would hardly be shocking.

The big uptick in offense in the SEC has made headlines during the first few weeks of the season, and no team is doing it better than Alabama. The Crimson Tide are averaging a gaudy 8.7 yards per play behind quarterback Mac Jones.

Georgia is one of the last remaining SEC teams that sort of looks like an old-school SEC team. Led by linebacker Monty Rice, the Bulldogs’ defense is tops in the nation, allowing 3.7 yards per play.

If Georgia can’t figure out a way to slow down Alabama, there probably isn’t one.

The undercard this week is lacking another matchup of ranked teams, but the AAC has some intrigue, starting Friday night with a nonconference game at Houston.

The Cougars finally opened their season last week. They were sloppy but still ran away from Tulane. Now No. 14 BYU comes to town. Those Cougars, led by quarterback Zach Wilson, rolled through their first three games before facing some four-quarter competition last week for the first time against UTSA.

It’s a good opportunity for both BYU and the American to raise their credibility in a year where the Power Five conferences are mostly playing among themselves.

As for Tulane, it doesn’t get any easier for the Green Wave this week with No. 17 SMU coming to New Orleans on Friday night.

On Saturday, No. 8 Cincinnati goes to Tulsa, where the Golden Hurricane are looking to spring another upset after beating UCF.

Maybe the most entertaining game of the day outside of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, will be played at Memphis. The Tigers and UCF have won the last three AAC titles and played some wildly entertaining games over the past few years. But both are coming off losses and another L this early would be tough to overcome in the conference race.

While neither team is ranked this week, it wouldn’t be surprising to see either or both eventually work their way back into the Top 25.

Note: LSU (plus 11 1/2) at No. 10 Florida is not included because the Gators are dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak and it’s unclear whether the game will be played.

The picks:

FRIDAY

No. 17 SMU (minus 6) at Tulane

Green Wave have played some odd games this year, blowing big leads and making big comebacks. If nothing

College football schedule today: Full TV coverage for Week 7 Power 5, top 25 games

College football’s Week 7 schedule has only one ranked matchup but boy, is it a doozie.

No. 2 Alabama will host No. 3 Georgia at 8 p.m. on CBS this Saturday — the teams’ first regular-season meeting since 2015. The SEC’s final two undefeated teams will face off in a contrast of styles as the Crimson Tide relies on its prolific offense to overcome Georgia’s suffocating defense.

While that’s the only meeting of top-25 teams on Saturday, there are other intriguing matchups, including Louisville at No. 4 Notre Dame, LSU at No. 10 Florida and No. 5 North Carolina at Florida State.

Here’s the full college football Week 7 schedule for every Power 5 and top-25 team, including TV schedule, scores and how to watch every game live:

MORE: Watch select NCAA football games live with fuboTV (7-day trial)

College football schedule Week 7: What games are on today?

Wednesday, Oct. 14

Game Time (ET) TV channel
Coastal Carolina at No. 21 Louisiana 7:30 p.m. ESPN, fuboTV

Friday, Oct. 16

Game Time (ET) TV channel
No. 17 SMU at Tulane 6 p.m. ESPN, fuboTV
No. 14 BYU at Houston 9 p.m. ESPN, fuboTV

Saturday, Oct. 17

Game Time (ET) TV channel
No. 1 Clemson at Georgia Tech Noon ABC, fuboTV
No. 8 Cincinnati at Tulsa Noon ESPN2, fuboTV
Pitt at No. 13 Miami Noon ACC Network, fuboTV
No .15 Auburn at South Carolina Noon ESPN, fuboTV
Kentucky at No. 18 Tennessee Noon SEC Network, fuboTV
Kansas at West Virginia Noon Fox, fuboTV
Louisville at No. 4 Notre Dame 2:30 p.m NBC, fuboTV
Duke at N.C. State 3:30 p.m. ESPN3
Ole Miss at Arkansas 3:30 p.m. ESPN2, fuboTV
LSU at No. 10 Florida 4 p.m. ESPN, fuboTV
No. 11 Texas A&M at Mississippi State 4 p.m. SECN, fuboTV
Virginia at Wake Forest 4 p.m. ACCN, fuboTV
No. 5 North Carolina at Florida State 7:30 p.m. ABC, fuboTV
No. 3 Georgia at No. 2 Alabama 8 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Boston College at No. 23 Virginia Tech 8 p.m. ACCN, fuboTV

How to watch, live stream college football games

The Week 7 games involving ranked teams will be broadcast live on national TV, with games appearing on ESPN, ESPN2, ABC, CBS, NBC and the SEC and ACC networks. Live streaming options include WatchESPN, CBS All Access, Peacock or fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.

College football scores Week 7

Wednesday, Oct. 14

Game
Coastal Carolina at No. 21 Louisiana

Friday, Oct. 16

Game
No. 17 SMU at Tulane
No. 14 BYU at Houston

Saturday, Oct. 17

Game
No. 1 Clemson at Georgia Tech
No. 8 Cincinnati at Tulsa
Pitt at No. 13 Miami
No .15 Auburn at South Carolina
Kentucky at No. 18 Tennessee
Kansas at West Virginia
Louisville at No. 4 Notre Dame
LSU at No. 10 Florida
Duke at N.C. State
Ole Miss at Arkansas
No. 11 Texas A&M at Mississippi State
Virginia at Wake Forest
No. 5 North Carolina at Florida State
No. 3 Georgia at No. 2 Alabama

A Grip on Sports: Yes, it’s nice to have college football back but basketball, that’s what we have been waiting for since March

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Some of us like college football. It’s a grand sport with cool Saturdays and all, but it isn’t No. 1 in our hearts. Nope, that ranking is reserved for college basketball. Packed gyms, longtime coaches, March Madness. We love college hoops. It’s college athletics at it’s finest. And it all begins, again, today.

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• Over off Hamilton. Out in Cheney. Down in Pullman and Moscow. The Inland Northwest’s four major college basketball teams can begin practice today. The season – read, games – starts in six weeks.

It is basketball that marks the beginning of the end of 2020 sports in a way. The NCAA Tournament’s cancellation in March made real to sports what everyone dreaded: COVID-19 was going to take a toll.

Sure, the NBA stopped playing first. But it was NCAA saying the tournament was off, a step that was irreversible, that crushed our dreams. The NBA finished its season, albeit a half-year later. The college seniors? They had to say goodbye to a silent arena.

Fast-forward to today. After months of trial-and-error, it seems we’ve found a way to return to practice (and on Nov. 25, games) safely. Either that or the powers that be in the sport have decided to damn the virus torpedoes and power ahead full speed.

So Corey Kispert and the Zags will take to the court. So will Isaac Bonton and the Cougars. Jenn and Leeanne Wirth, Kim Aiken Jr., Damen Thacker and others will try to finish an entire season in 2020-21. Hopefully it will happen.

• Baseball can break your heart. It’s true. And you don’t even have to be paying attention. You can be sitting in one place for hours and hours, watching your favorite team play like the cast of “The Sandlot,” give up, head out to a previous commitment and find out hours later they came this close to pulling off an incredible comeback.

Well, there are other ways to have your heart broken by the game, but that was my experience yesterday.

I was so disinterested for a while, I didn’t even know the final score. So when the Sports Center highlights came on, it was like watching it live. And hurt almost as much.

Darn you sports. Darn you baseball. Darn you Dave Roberts.

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WSU: Around the Pac-12 and college sports, everyone is excited Pac-12 football is coming back early next month, right? Sure we are. But the return of football doesn’t mean the Cougars and the rest of the conference will see the money return as well. … How did the conference’s return come about? Jon Wilner has a timeline of events. … Did you know Washington has only 10 scholarship seniors on its roster? (And eight juniors.) It will be OK if all the freshmen are as good as Sav’ell Smalls. … We’ve said it before, but the Huskies need to pick a quarterback. … Some freshmen are helping for Oregon. So could some cardboard cutouts.

Louisiana vs. Coastal Carolina odds, line: 2020 college football picks, predictions from model on 23-6 roll

The No. 21 Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns and the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers are both 3-0 on the season and the new Sun Belt rivals will go head-to-head on Wednesday night as the last two undefeated teams in the league. The game was originally scheduled for Saturday but was moved to Wednesday because of Hurricane Delta. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET at Cajun Field. Both teams began their seasons with upsets of Big 12 schools on the road as Louisiana beat Iowa State 31-14 and Coastal Carolina knocked off Kansas 38-23.

This is just the third meeting between these two programs with the Ragin’ Cajuns winning 48-7 last season and the Chanticleers winning 30-28 in 2018. This time around, the Ragin’ Cajuns are 7.5-point favorites, while the over-under for total points sits at 59 in the Louisiana vs. Coastal Carolina odds from William Hill. Before making any Coastal Carolina vs. Louisiana picks, check out the college football predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of over $4,200 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It is a sizzling 23-6 on top-rated picks through five weeks of the 2020 college football season, returning almost $1,300 in profit already. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Louisiana vs. Coastal Carolina. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college football odds from William Hill and trends for Coastal Carolina vs. Louisiana:

  • Louisiana vs. Coastal Carolina spread: ULL -7.5
  • Louisiana vs. Coastal Carolina over-under: 59 points
  • Louisiana vs. Coastal Carolina money line: ULL -280, CCU +240
  • ULL: The Ragin’ Cajuns have covered in five of their last six October games.
  • CCU: The Chanticleers have covered in six of their last seven on the road.

Why Louisiana can cover

Louisiana rode a dominant special teams performance to a season-opening win over Iowa State, who is now back up to No. 20 in the AP Top 25 after reeling off three consecutive wins following the loss to the Ragin’ Cajuns. Chris Smith had a 95-yard kickoff return for Louisiana in that win while Eric Garror added an 83-yard punt return for a touchdown later in the game.

And after gaining only 272 yards in that win over the Cyclones, the Ragin’ Cajuns offense has come to life in the past couple weeks. Louisiana is averaging 478.5 yards of total offense per game in wins over Georgia State and Georgia Southern. Running back Elijah Mitchell had 16 carries for 164 yards and two touchdowns when he last played against Georgia State on Sept. 19 and he’s expected to be back in the lineup after missing the Georgia Southern game with COVID-19.

Why Coastal Carolina can cover

The Chanticleers have enjoyed playing the underdog role this season, winning as six-point underdogs against Kansas

College football picks, odds for ACC in Week 7: How Mack Brown is handling rare pressure for North Carolina

For the first time since 1997, North Carolina is set to play a regular season game as a top-five team in the AP poll. The opponent then? Florida State. The coach? Mack Brown. 

The storylines are swirling as the Tar Heels and Seminoles get set to play in Saturday night’s ACC spotlight. The national hype of the game, which is also Mack Brown’s first meeting against his alma mater since that 1997 game, has been downgraded as a result of Florida State being far from the powerhouse it once was. But the level of excitement around Chapel Hill for this return to the top of the polls is significant — even if it’s not (yet) shared by Brown.

“Does [the No. 5 ranking] mean anything? No, not really,” Brown said Monday. “I’ve always told the players that until the College Football Playoff polls come out, probably be in November this year, that’s the first time I even look at the polls. Because that’s when everybody has a resume, we know who’s good and who’s not. We’ve got a few teams right now that everybody thinks are ‘great’ and then the rest of us are a lot alike.” 

Brown knows that North Carolina has a chance to be really good, but it’s not there yet, even admitting that the Tar Heels are a little “ahead of schedule” with this current level of success. The 2020 team is still inexperienced defensively, and against Virginia Tech needed the high-powered offense to have its best game of the season to close out the win and remain undefeated. 

While Brown is coaching up the current roster to make sure no one gets complacent with early season adoration, he’s also trying to accomplish bigger picture goals for the program. Establishing consistency over time is what Brown hopes to do for North Carolina here in his second stint with the school because he knows this No. 5 ranking can be a flash in the pan if it’s followed by a loss. There’s a perception that being ranked highly is an anomaly for the program, and in 2020, the Tar Heels aren’t to a point yet where they fit in with the rest of the neighborhood. 

“Right now when people put up the top five and they see the other four they say ‘yeah I got it’ and then they see North Carolina and they say ‘what are they doing in there, where’d that come from? Come on man, they’re not that good,'” Brown said. “We want it to be where they put us in there, we’ve earned that right. 

“And if we don’t play well we’ll be out fast. Other people drop a little bit if they don’t play well. That will not be our case, because I don’t think we’ve earned the right over time. Maybe we are, in the first three weeks, one of the top five teams in the country, but we haven’t been over time … We don’t have any lock on No.

College football should not expect full stadiums any time soon as COVID-19 likely to impact 2021 season

Dan Mullen was smacked upside the headset this week by COVID-19. Nineteen of his players tested positive the same week Florida’s coach advocated for his administration to allow fans to “pack The Swamp” this week against LSU to foster a “competitive advantage.” Never mind a packed stadium being antithetical to those players’ health — at least for now and probably for a while.

Despite Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis recent decree that stadiums can be filled to capacity, University of Florida officials have said they will continue to adhere to safety guidelines. College and professional teams across the state have as well. Mullen will have to find his competitive advantage elsewhere during a global pandemic.

Meanwhile, multiple medical professionals reached by CBS Sports say there indeed a long way to go before we’re sitting shoulder-to-shoulder in full stadiums again.

“I think we should assume that we’re going to be exactly where we are today 11 months from now, until proven otherwise,” said Dr. Michael Saag, UAB professor of medicine and infectious diseases.

Saag is referring to the beginning of the 2021 season, which is 10 ½ months away. Even with a COVID-19 vaccine, these medical professionals say an assumption that this is a one-and-done year for coronavirus inconvenience is misguided.

“The short answer is: Once a vaccine is developed and mass-administered, maybe next [football] season,” said Zach Binney, an epidemiologist at Emory University. “But that depends a lot on the competence of and logistics of a national vaccination itself.”

That is a huge undertaking, according to Dr. John Ervin, who is overseeing some of the nation’s most important COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials at the Center for Pharmaceutical Research in Kansas City, Missouri.

“Until we get a proven vaccine that works, it may be that this [coronavirus] is going to mutate,” Ervin said. “We may have to change to a different vaccine. I think we’re waiting until easily next year until we get on top of this. And then it really has to do with the acceptance of vaccinations. I pray to God that the anti-vaxxers [don’t grow].”

Ervin added that, in a best-case scenario, stadiums will be at capacity next fall. A vaccine could be ready by next year, but there are multiple issues at hand. In order to get back to filling stadiums, the vaccine needs to be widely distributed, and it needs to be determined not only who to let in to those stadiums but how.

Ervin pointed out that team may want to identify who has been vaccinated before admitting them into a stadium. If not, what’s the point stamping out COVID-19? A February soccer match in Italy has already been linked to being the event that spread the virus throughout the country.

“We don’t need more evidence to know [filling stadiums] is a bad idea,” Binney said. “And anyone who says, ‘But they’ll wearing masks,’ I’d encourage you to look at crowd shots of any SEC game this year. Take a deep breath and try saying [that]

College Football Picks: UGA vs. ‘Bama and BYU’s tough test

The Southeastern Conference has the game of the week. The American Athletic Conference might have the most interesting set of games.

The marquee event of the college football weekend is No. 3 Georgia at No. 2 Alabama in a game that could very well be first of three meetings between the SEC superpowers. A conference title rematch in Atlanta would surprise no one and another meeting in the College Football Playoff would hardly be shocking.

The big uptick in offense in the SEC has made headlines during the first few weeks of the season, and no team is doing it better than Alabama. The Crimson Tide are averaging a gaudy 8.7 yards per play behind quarterback Mac Jones.

Georgia is one of the last remaining SEC teams that sort of looks like an old-school SEC team. Led by linebacker Monty Rice, the Bulldogs’ defense is tops in the nation, allowing 3.7 yards per play.

If Georgia can’t figure out a way to slow down Alabama, there probably isn’t one.

The undercard this week is lacking another matchup of ranked teams, but the AAC has some intrigue, starting Friday night with a nonconference game at Houston.

The Cougars finally opened their season last week. They were sloppy but still ran away from Tulane. Now No. 14 BYU comes to town. Those Cougars, led by quarterback Zach Wilson, rolled through their first three games before facing some four-quarter competition last week for the first time against UTSA.

It’s a good opportunity for both BYU and the American to raise their credibility in a year where the Power Five conferences are mostly playing among themselves.

As for Tulane, it doesn’t get any easier for the Green Wave this week with No. 17 SMU coming to New Orleans on Friday night.

On Saturday, No. 8 Cincinnati goes to Tulsa, where the Golden Hurricane are looking to spring another upset after beating UCF.

Maybe the most entertaining game of the day outside of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, will be played at Memphis. The Tigers and UCF have won the last three AAC titles and played some wildly entertaining games over the past few years. But both are coming off losses and another L this early would be tough to overcome in the conference race.

While neither team is ranked this week, it wouldn’t be surprising to see either or both eventually work their way back into the Top 25.

Note: LSU (plus 11 1/2) at No. 10 Florida is not included because the Gators are dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak and it’s unclear whether the game will be played.

The picks:

FRIDAY

No. 17 SMU (minus 6) at Tulane

Green Wave have played some odd games this year, blowing big leads and making big comebacks. If nothing else, it should be entertaining … SMU 31-28.

No. 14 BYU (minus 5) at Houston

BYU is looking for its first 5-0 start since 2008, when it was still playing in the Mountain West … BYU 35-31.

SATURDAY

No. 1

College Football Playoff Projections: Week 7 Rankings and Bowl Forecast | Bleacher Report

Oklahoma State RB Chuba Hubbard

Oklahoma State RB Chuba HubbardBrody Schmidt/Associated Press

Here is the full breakdown of bowl projections, listed alphabetically by conference. New Year’s Six games have been italicized and underlined to help those of you who just scrolled to the bottom to find the marquee games.  

American (9 teams): Cincinnati (Peach Bowl), Houston (Armed Forces Bowl), Memphis (Fenway Bowl), Navy (Military Bowl), SMU (Birmingham Bowl), Temple (Boca Raton Bowl), Tulane (First Responder Bowl), Tulsa (Myrtle Beach Bowl), UCF (Gasparilla Bowl)

ACC (11 teams): Boston College (Fenway Bowl), Clemson (Sugar Bowl), Florida State (Military Bowl), Georgia Tech (Holiday Bowl), Miami (Gator Bowl), NC State (Duke’s Mayo Bowl), North Carolina (Cotton Bowl), Notre Dame (Orange Bowl), Pittsburgh (Pinstripe Bowl), Virginia (Sun Bowl), Virginia Tech (Cheez-It Bowl)

Big 12 (7 teams): Baylor (First Responder Bowl), Iowa State (Cheez-It Bowl), Kansas State (Cactus Bowl), Oklahoma (Alamo Bowl), Oklahoma State (Cotton Bowl), Texas (Texas Bowl), West Virginia (Liberty Bowl)

Big Ten (9 teams): Iowa (Cactus Bowl), Michigan (Citrus Bowl), Michigan State (Pinstripe Bowl), Minnesota (Duke’s Mayo Bowl), Nebraska (Music City Bowl), Ohio State (Rose Bowl), Penn State (Fiesta Bowl), Purdue (Quick Lane Bowl), Wisconsin (Outback Bowl)

Conference USA (5 teams): Florida Atlantic (Boca Raton Bowl), Louisiana Tech (Armed Forces Bowl), Marshall (New Orleans Bowl), UAB (New Mexico Bowl), UTSA (Frisco Bowl)

Independents (4 teams): Army (Independence Bowl), BYU (Peach Bowl), Liberty (Myrtle Beach Bowl)

Mid-American (6 teams): Ball State (Cure Bowl), Buffalo (Quick Lane Bowl), Central Michigan (Famous Idaho Potato Bowl), Miami-Ohio (Camellia Bowl), Ohio (LendingTree Bowl), Toledo (Arizona Bowl)

Mountain West (5 teams): Air Force (Famous Idaho Potato Bowl), Boise State (Los Angeles Bowl), Nevada (New Mexico Bowl), San Diego State (Arizona Bowl), Wyoming (Frisco Bowl)

Pac-12 (7 teams): Arizona State (Sun Bowl), California (Los Angeles Bowl), Oregon (Fiesta Bowl), Stanford (Independence Bowl), USC (Alamo Bowl), Utah (Las Vegas Bowl), Washington (Holiday Bowl)

SEC (12 teams): Alabama (Rose Bowl), Arkansas (Music City Bowl), Auburn (Gator Bowl), Florida (Outback Bowl), Georgia (Sugar Bowl), Kentucky (Birmingham Bowl), LSU (Texas Bowl), Mississippi State (Liberty Bowl), Missouri (Gasparilla Bowl), Ole Miss (Las Vegas Bowl), Tennessee (Citrus Bowl), Texas A&M (Orange Bowl)

Sun Belt (4 teams): Appalachian State (LendingTree Bowl), Coastal Carolina (Camellia Bowl), Louisiana (New Orleans Bowl), Troy (Cure Bowl)

                         

Kerry Miller covers college football and men’s college basketball for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter, @kerrancejames.

Ranking the Best Position Units in College Football Early in 2020 | Bleacher Report

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    DeVonta Smith, Jaylen Waddle and John Metchie III

    DeVonta Smith, Jaylen Waddle and John Metchie IIIL.G. Patterson/Associated Press

    When a college football team is thriving, that success is always a product of multiple position groups playing well. But one particular unit usually deserves much of the praise.

    In the early stages of the 2020 season, several of these units have emerged. For this piece, “best” describes the most effective position groups on the most successful teams. So, yes, the highest-ranked programs are well represented.

    Additionally, the selections provide a snapshot of what has happened so far, not necessarily a projection of what’s to come.

    Quarterbacks are not included in the list; only positions with two-plus contributors were considered.

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    Emilee Chinn/Associated Press

    Two years ago, Appalachian State showcased an overwhelming secondary. That team surrendered 5.7 yards per pass attempt and a 56.5 completion percentage and logged 17 interceptions to eight touchdowns. This season’s secondary is statistically comparable.

    So far, the Mountaineers have surrendered just 491 passing yards in three games. Opponents have completed an FBS-worst 40.5 percent of their attempts with a meager 6.6 yards per throw.

    Shemar Jean-Charles leads App State with eight pass breakups, while Kaiden Smith has four and an interception. Shaun Jolly is a terrific corner, and Ryan Huff (pictured) has an interception too. That quartet is the foundation of a lockdown secondary.

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    Rick Bowmer/Associated Press

    While quarterback Zach Wilson is the star and the offensive line deserves a ton of credit, BYU’s running backs are excelling too.

    Tyler Allgeier (pictured) has scampered for 391 yards at a scorching 7.4-yard clip and scored four touchdowns in four games. Lopini Katoa has provided versatility with 215 rushing yards and eight catches for 78 yards, totaling four touchdowns.

    For good measure, Jackson McChesney added 56 yards and a score before a season-ending foot injury.

    Wilson willunderstandablygrab headlines if the Cougars keep winning games, but the rushing attack has been a significant part of BYU’s 4-0 start.

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    Aaron Doster/Associated Press

    One important caveat is Cincinnati’s competition. Austin Peay is an FCS program, and Army is reliant on the running game. But the Bearcats dominated both of them and shut down South Florida.

    The secondary has ceded just 5.1 yards per attempt, a 51.5 completion percentage and only 515 passing yards. Three playersstar corner Ahmad Gardner (pictured, 12), Arquon Bush and Coby Bryant (pictured, 7)have nabbed two interceptions apiece, while Garner and safety James Wiggins each have three pass breakups.

    Cincinnati entered 2020 with high expectations for the defensive backfield, and the unit is exceeding them.

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    Brody Schmidt/Associated Press

    You are reading this correctly: In a program known for its offense, the linebackers are Oklahoma State’s strength.

    Running backs Chuba Hubbard, LD Brown and Dezmon Jackson merit shoutouts, but Amen Ogbongbemiga (pictured), Malcolm Rodriguez, Calvin Bundage and Devin Harper have demanded the spotlight.

    Ogbongbemiga leads OSU with 22 tackles, and the other three are within

Ole Miss vs. Alabama the Most-Watched College Football Game of 2020

This Ole Miss vs. Alabama game keeps setting records.

On Saturday, the matchup featured the most ever total points and yards in an SEC, regulation meeting. It’s now the most watched game of the entire season.

According to an ESPN press release, the Ole Miss vs. Alabama game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium this past weekend drew 4.9-million fans. That makes it the most watched game of the season, regardless of network and the most-viewed Alabama game on the ESPN family of networks in nearly three years.

Only five college football games this season have drawn viewership numbers north of four-million viewers. The second most-watched game of the year was last week’s Texas A&M and Alabama game, which drew 4.76-million viewers. 

Really, networks have been loving the return of the Southeastern Conference to play. Over the course of the three weeks before the SEC came back, the average top-weekly game was pulling in just around 3.3-million viewers, and only five games on the whole year before the SEC’s return cracked that three-million plateau.

Now, with the SEC’s return, networks can count on about two games per week drawing north of 4-million. 

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