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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

NCAA: College survey finds support for Power 5 breakaway

Three-fourths of college athletics leaders believe the NCAA governing structure needs major, immediate reform, and more than half of Power 5 college administrators support breaking away from NCAA Division I to form a fourth division solely made up of the division’s top 65 schools.

That’s according to a sweeping survey of college leaders this summer conducted by the Knight Commission, a longstanding independent group that promotes reforms that support the educational mission of college sports. The commission’s survey, conducted from June 18 to July 14, produced a 180-page report that provides a window into the thinking of NCAA leadership. 

Those surveyed included more than 350 college presidents, conference commissioners, athletic directors, college athlete leaders and institutionally designated faculty athletics representatives and senior woman administrators. Data for the survey’s respondent base are accurate within a 5% margin with a 95% confidence level, the commission said during a presentation Tuesday revealing the data.

Overall satisfaction with current NCAA Division I governance

Overall, the survey showed a strong attitude toward governance reform, low satisfaction with inequalities in college athletics finances and, maybe most notably, an openness for a radical restructuring of Division I’s competition levels, such as creating a new division for Power 5 programs in all sports except basketball, or separating Football Bowl Subdivision football from the NCAA.

Likelihood to support implementing proposed potential change

In fact, 61% of Power 5 administrators say they are more likely to support creating a fourth division of the NCAA that includes only Power 5 programs. Just 15% of Power 5 administrators say they are against such, with 24% being neutral. All other segments of Division I—Group of Five, FCS and non–football playing members—are categorically opposed to the Power 5 breaking away, the survey found.

Meanwhile, 44% of leaders support keeping together FBS programs but separating FBS football from the NCAA, while 31% are against that. One-quarter of respondents answered that they are neutral or undetermined.

Survey results around future strategies for Division I

A whopping 74% of respondents want to see governance structure at the NCAA change, with just 7% disagreeing with that. Despite a weighted model that gives them more power, Power 5 administrators, at 42%, are most dissatisfied with the NCAA governance compared to any other group. In one of the most unifying topics, 77% of leaders say March Madness should not undergo any changes.

As for college athletics spending, 67% of respondents seek an antitrust exemption in order to reduce athletics costs, and 62% would agree to capping sports budgets, such as coaching salaries. In fact, three out of four school presidents agree with both of those models of decreasing sports spending.

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Ultrafast fiber laser produces record high power

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Researchers have developed an ultrafast fiber laser that delivers an average power more than ten times what is available from today’s high-power lasers. The technology is poised to improve industrial-scale materials processing and paves the way for visionary applications.


Michael Müller, a Ph.D. student of Prof. Jens Limpert from the Friedrich Schiller University’s Institute of Applied Physics and the Fraunhofer Institute of Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering in Jena, Germany, will present the new laser at the all-virtual 2020 OSA Laser Congress to be held 12-16 October. The presentation is scheduled for Tuesday, 13 October at 14:30 EDT.

High power without the heat

In lasers, waste heat is generated in the process of light emission. Laser geometries with a large surface-to-volume ratio, such as fibers, can dissipate this heat very well. Thus, an average power of about 1 kilowatt is obtained from today’s high-power lasers. Beyond this power, the heat load degrades the beam quality and poses a limit.

To circumvent this limitation, the research team around Müller and Limpert created a new laser that externally combines the output of 12 laser amplifiers. They showed that the laser can produce 10.4 kW average power without degradation of the beam quality. Thermographic imaging of the final beam combiner revealed a marginal heating. Thus, power scaling to the 100-kW level could be accomplished by adding even more amplifier channels.

“In the future, high-power combined lasers not only will accelerate industrial processing, but also enable formerly visionary applications such as laser-driven particle acceleration and space debris removal,” said Müller.

The investigation of novel applications at that power level as well as the transfer of the laser technology to commercial systems is ongoing within the frame of the Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Advanced Photon Sources (CAPS), which foremost involves engineering of the laboratory setup into a rugged design. On the research side, the team in Jena now focuses on multicore fibers that offer the potential to deliver even superior performance in simpler and smaller systems.


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PG&E power shut-offs likely in Bay Area: What you need to know

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is preparing for more potential power shut-offs this week that are intended to reduce the risk of an electrical line or another piece of equipment sparking life-threatening blazes amid high winds that raise the risk of fires.

Here’s what you need to know about the potential shut-offs:

How long do power shut-offs last?

Power is restored in stages, by location. During shut-offs last year, PG&E said workers might need up to five days to restore power, but most homes and businesses were back up and running in two days. The company must inspect lines for damage before restoring power.

Why did PG&E start doing preemptive power shut-offs?

PG&E instituted the precautionary outages to prevent its equipment from starting wildfires in October 2018, a year after some of its power lines were blamed for the devastating Wine Country wildfires. The company’s then-CEO, Bill Johnson, told state regulators last year that PG&E is working to make forced power shut-offs unnecessary, but the goal could take a decade to accomplish.

How does PG&E decide whether to issue a shut-off?

PG&E considers whether red flag fire danger warnings have been issued. Humidity levels must generally be below 20% and high winds above 25 mph, with gusts in excess of 45 mph. Officials also consider the amount of dry vegetation and use observations from PG&E field crews and meteorologists.

Will these be as bad as the 2019 shut-offs?

Hopefully not. PG&E has added equipment to cordon off the impact of power shut-offs to smaller areas. It has also installed small, self-sufficient power-generation or battery facilities in some communities to keep key areas — typically the downtown stretch of smaller towns — powered during a shut-off. These are known as microgrids.

How should I prepare for a power outage?

Public safety and PG&E officials advise residents to prepare for life without electricity by:

• Keeping phones and other electronics charged while also having backup charging methods available.

• Building or replenishing emergency kits that include flashlights, spare batteries, a first-aid kit, emergency food and water, and cash.

• Learning how to manually open your garage door.

• Unplugging electrical appliances to avoid overloading circuits and preventing fire hazards when power is restored.

• Storing drinking water — 2 gallons per day per person and more for pets.

Can solar panels spare me from a power shut-off?

Customers with solar systems are still connected to the PG&E power grid, so if PG&E cuts off the power for safety, their power gets shut off automatically. People who have a home battery paired with their solar system can avoid full outages.

Should I buy a generator?

Generators can be a helpful but expensive solution to a temporary problem. They can run anywhere from a couple of hundred dollars to as much as $14,000. Don’t try to install your own generator if you aren’t an expert. The do-it-yourself dangers outweigh the savings benefit.

Why doesn’t PG&E have underground power lines?

Putting power lines underground is

Here is every Power 5 college football game postponed for Week 7 because of COVID-19

We’re only one day through the work week and already two Power 5 college football games have been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This week’s postponements bring to five the total number of Power 5 games that have been postponed this season — including the first in the SEC. In all, 31 FBS games have been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic in the 2020 season.

MORE: AP Top 25, Coaches Poll rankings after Week 6

Sporting News is tracking all the Power 5 games that have been postponed for Week 7 and will keep a running schedule of every remaining Power 5 team:

Postponed Week 7 college football games

No. 7 Oklahoma State at Baylor

The Big 12 Conference on Sunday announced the postponement of the Cowboys-Bears game in Waco, Texas, due to an outbreak within the Bears program. The game will be rescheduled for Saturday, Dec. 12; the conference’s championship game is scheduled for that weekend or Dec. 19, depending on which teams will compete in the championship.

Per the Big 12’s release:

“The Big 12 Conference announces the postponement of the Saturday, Oct. 17, Oklahoma State at Baylor football game. Upon the recommendation of medical advisors, Baylor is suspending football operations temporarily after multiple positive COVID-19 test results. The game has been rescheduled for Saturday, December 12. The Dr Pepper Big 12 Championship remains tentatively scheduled for Dec. 12 or 19 pending game results needed to determine the championship game participants.”

Baylor halted all football operations Thursday “to allow for further evaluation of recent positive tests and the completion of close contact tracing, with the hope of playing the Cowboys the ensuing week.” Three days later, the Bears were forced to postpone because of “significant increase in positive COVID-19 cases,” which caused an unnamed position group to fall below the Big 12’s minimum threshold of available players.

Baylor did not initially report how many players produced positive coronavirus test results but, per a report from Max Olson of The Athletic, that number includes 28 football players and 14 team staffers.

Sunday’s announcement marks the third game involving Baylor that has been postponed or canceled this season. The first came in Week 2, when the Bears’ scheduled game against Louisiana Tech was indefinitely postponed because 38 Bulldogs players tested positive for the coronavirus after Hurricane Laura hit the state of Louisiana.

Ten days later, Baylor’s scheduled game against Houston — organized after the Louisiana Tech opener was canceled — was also postponed because of the Bears “not meeting the Big 12 Conference COVID-19 game cancellation thresholds.” The Big 12 earlier in the month had mandated that all teams must be able to field a 53-player roster order to play a game.

Vanderbilt at Missouri

The SEC on Monday announced that this game, to be held in Columbia, Mo., was postponed to Dec. 12 following positive tests among Vanderbilt players. It is the first postponed game of the season in the SEC.

College Football Power Rankings: North Carolina, Texas A&M rocket upwards after top 25 wins

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If you didn’t believe it before, you’d better believe it now: Defense is all but extinct. It certainly seemed that way on a weekend where 31 of the 58 teams playing scored at least 30 points.

That shouldn’t be surprising because the average FBS team is scoring 30.3 points per game in 00. If that holds up, it would be a record.

Adding to the fun …

  • Ole Miss and Alabama combined for the most yards ever in a regulation SEC game.
  • Texas and Oklahoma played in the highest-scoring Red River Showdown, which went to four overtimes.
  • Texas A&M beat a top five team (Florida) for the first time since 2002. The Aggies needed 41 points to do it.

What that means for this week’s biggest game is fascinating. Alabama just rolled up its most yards ever on Ole Miss. It now hosts Georgia, which is No. 2 nationally in total defense. I’m sensing something similar to nuclear fission where everything around that clash is reduced to ash, especially if Nick Saban needs his offense to run up 743 yards to win.

“I’m not really calm,” Saban said after surviving Ole Miss, 63-48. “I’m boiling and bubbling, trying to be encouraging to the players.”

First, he has to settle down himself if recent history repeats. The Crimson Tide have given up at least 42 points three times in the last eight games. Before that, Alabama gave up 42 points three times in the prior 65 games.

Editor’s note: Teams from the five conferences not yet playing in the 2020 college football season will be eligible for the Power Rankings beginning Monday, Oct. 19.

Biggest Movers

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Clemson

The trees wasted on newsprint chronicling whether Clemson will finally be challenged in the ACC could fill a forest. Once again, the Tigers remain head and shoulders above everyone else in their conference — and maybe the country. Miami was completely shut down offensively in a 42-17 loss. Travis Etienne has accounted for 409 total yards in the last two games. Trevor who? Clemson’s tailback might be the best player in the country. 4-0

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Georgia

After all the upheaval within the program, the Dawgs are sitting pretty going into the showdown with Alabama. After a 23-point win over Tennessee, they seem to be the only SEC team playing defense. How does the nation’s No. 2 defense grab you? 1 3-0

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Alabama

It better get Bama’s attention. The Tide are allowing twice as many yards (473) as the Dawgs (236). They just allowed the most in program history (647 vs. Ole Miss). Whatever happens, this season is going to be as entertaining as hell. Bama was the willing participant in a game producing the most yards in SEC history (1,370 vs. Ole Miss). Mac Jones is the country’s No. 1 rated passer and second-most accurate thrower. 1 3-0

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Notre Dame

Let’s cut to the chase. The Fighting Irish aren’t likely to lose until

Solar Revenue Put Transaction Structured on 33MW DC of Solar Power Projects with IGS Solar, ING, & kWh Analytics

kWh Analytics, the market leader in solar risk management, today announced that it structured a Solar Revenue Put for a portfolio of 4,000 projects totaling approximately 33 MW DC of capacity located in the Northeast, Florida and California. The IGS Solar portfolio is being funded by a private equity Power and Infrastructure group headquartered in Los Angeles, CA . Back-leverage is being provided by ING Capital LLC (“ING”), a US- based financial services company. Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, a leading global corporate insurer, is providing capacity for the Solar Revenue Put.

The Solar Revenue Put supported a financing with IGS Solar (a division of IGS Energy), ING and others in November 2018 for a 30 MW portfolio of 4,000 projects located in the Northeast U.S., and again for another financing with IGS Solar, ING, and others in April 2020 for a 30 MW portfolio of 4,000 projects.

The Solar Revenue Put is structured as an insurance policy on solar production and PPA revenues, which serves as a credit enhancement for financial investors. Using its proprietary actuarial model and risk management software (“HelioStats”), kWh Analytics developed the Solar Revenue Put to drive down investment risk and encourage development of clean, low-cost solar energy.

“We have again found efficient and reliable execution with our partners, ING, and kWh Analytics,” says Mike Gatt, Chief Operating Officer of Distributed Generation at IGS Energy. “kWh Analytics has proven out a reliable and timely claims process for the Solar Revenue Put, enabling cashflow certainty. We value the equity yield protection offered by the Solar Revenue Put.

“IGS Energy is committed to building a sustainable energy future for a healthier planet, and this partnership continues to support our goal of being a completely carbon-neutral energy company by 2040.

“We are pleased to have the Solar Revenue Put as credit support for this third financing for IGS Solar,” says Scott Hancock, Director in the Power & Renewables team at ING in New York. “The framework was established with the initial financing with the intention that it could be easily replicated for future financings with IGS Solar.”

Across the industry, portfolios supported by the Solar Revenue Put are securing debt sizing increases of 10% on average. The Solar Revenue Put has been structured on over $1 billion of solar assets, and a survey of the solar industry’s most active lenders indicates that more than 50% of active lenders value the Solar Revenue Put as a credit enhancement. The Solar Revenue Put has been incorporated into both new build financing and refinancing of all types of solar projects, including utility scale, residential, community solar, and commercial and industrial.

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The Solar Revenue Put is a credit enhancement that guarantees up to 95% of a solar project’s expected energy output. kWh Analytics’ wholly-owned brokerage subsidiary places the policy with risk capacity rated investment-grade by Standard and Poor’s. As an ‘all-risk’ policy, the Solar Revenue Put protects against shortfalls

Without nuclear power, the world’s climate challenge will get a whole lot harder

The Covid-19 crisis not only delivered an unprecedented shock to the world economy. It also underscored the scale of the climate challenge we face: Even in the current deep recession, global carbon emissions remain unsustainable.



a sunset in the background: White steam billows from the Cattenom nuclear power plant, at sunset in Cattenom, eastern France, on June 2, 2020. - Cattenom is the ninth largest nuclear power station in the world. (Photo by SEBASTIEN BERDA / AFP) (Photo by SEBASTIEN BERDA/AFP via Getty Images)


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White steam billows from the Cattenom nuclear power plant, at sunset in Cattenom, eastern France, on June 2, 2020. – Cattenom is the ninth largest nuclear power station in the world. (Photo by SEBASTIEN BERDA / AFP) (Photo by SEBASTIEN BERDA/AFP via Getty Images)

If the world is to meet energy security and climate goals, clean energy must be at the core of post-Covid-19 economic recovery efforts. Strong growth in wind and solar energy and in the use of electric cars gives us grounds for hope, as does the promise of emerging technologies like hydrogen and carbon capture. But the scale of the challenge means we cannot afford to exclude any available technologies, including nuclear power — the world’s second-largest source of low-carbon electricity after hydropower.

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The power sector is the key to the clean energy transition. It is the single largest source of global emissions because most electricity is generated from fossil fuels. By significantly expanding the amount of electricity produced from low-carbon sources, we can help to reduce emissions not only from power generation, but also from sectors like transport, where low-carbon electricity can now fuel cars, trucks and buses.

This is a major undertaking. Low-carbon electricity generation will need to triple by 2040 to put the world on track to reach energy and climate goals. That is the equivalent of adding Japan’s entire power system to the global grid every year. It is very difficult to see how this can be done without a considerable contribution from nuclear power.

Nuclear power generated a near-record amount of electricity in 2019, second only to 2006. But the nuclear power industry risks going into significant decline in the absence of further investment in new nuclear power plants and extending the lifetimes of existing ones.

Today, nuclear power plants generate 10% of the world’s electricity. But they produce almost a third of all low-carbon electricity. The steady flow of power they produce is vital for ensuring reliable energy supplies in many countries. That became clear during the recent lockdowns, when nuclear and renewables were the most resilient sources of power generation globally. No nuclear power plants had to shut down because of Covid-19.

Some nuclear projects in Europe and North America, where 20% of electricity comes from nuclear, have been plagued by financial and project management difficulties. But China, India and the United Arab Emirates are among countries with successful new-build programs. In some countries, nuclear power plants that could have operated for years to come were shut down because of policy decisions by governments or unfavorable market conditions. In many of those cases, fossil fuels filled a considerable part of the gap in the power supply, increasing the emissions challenge we now face.

Some countries have made the sovereign

How BYU Football Stacks Up in College Football Power Index After 3-0 Start

Every college football season, ESPN updates a College Football Power Index that ranks teams in various categories. As we wait for BYU’s next game against UTSA, let’s see how BYU stacks up in the updated power index after third consecutive victory over Louisiana Tech. 

Note: The definitions of these metrics come from ESPN’s CFB Power Index page.

FPI

Definition: Expected point margin vs average opponent on neutral field.

BYU: 13.6 meaning BYU would beat an average opponent by almost two touchdowns on a neutral field. 13.6 puts BYU in the top-20 of college football – ESPN FPI ranks BYU at #16.

Projected Win/Loss Record

Definition: Projected overall W-L accounting for results to date and FPI-based projections.

BYU: 9.1-0.9. BYU is expected to go 9-1 according to ESPN FPI’s latest projections. Those numbers are subject to change throughout the season.

Win Out %

Definition: Percentage of simulations in which team won all remaining scheduled games.

BYU: 32.8%. BYU has a 32.8% chance to go undefeated against their current schedule. According to the power index, that is second only to Ohio State.

6 Wins %

Definition: Percentage of simulations in which team won at least six games.

BYU: 100.0%. BYU has a 100.0% chance to go 6-4 or better against their current schedule.

Playoff %

Definition: Chances of making the CFB Playoff according to the playoff predictor.

BYU: 9.8%. This number is surprisingly high and it has grown throughout the year. BYU ranks #11 in the country in this category. Only Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, USC, Florida, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Oregon, Notre Dame, and Penn State are more likely to make the playoff according to ESPN FPI.

Make National Championship %

Definition: Chances of making the CFB Playoff championship game.

BYU: 2.3% When was the last time BYU had a non-zero chance of playing in the national championship?

Win National Championship %

Definition: Chances of winning the CFB Playoff championship game.

BYU: 0.6%. In the words of Lloyd Christmas, “So you’re telling me there’s a chance?”

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