College football games on TV: A big one in the SEC and a wild one in the AAC

No. 1 Clemson at Georgia Tech

Pittsburgh at No. 13 Miami

No. 15 Auburn at South Carolina

Kentucky at No. 18 Tennessee

Texas State at South Alabama

Military at Texas San Antonio

Louisville at No. four Notre Dame

Duke at North Carolina State

Central Florida at Memphis

No. 11 Texas A&M at Mississippi State

Massachusetts at Georgia Southern

North Texas at Center Tennessee

Marshall at Louisiana Tech

No. five North Carolina at Florida State

No. Three Georgia at No. 2 Alabama

Boston Faculty at No. 23 Virginia Tech

The previous 3 video games between Central Florida and Memphis went as follows: a 56-41 Knights win within the 2018 American Athletic name sport by which UCF got here again from a 17-point halftime deficit, outscoring the Tigers 35-Three in the second one part; a 31-30 Knights highway win all over the 2018 common season by which they trailed by way of 16 past due within the first part; and a 62-55 double-overtime UCF win within the 2017 AAC championship sport, when the groups mixed for 117 issues — an FBS listing for a convention name sport — and 1,479 yards.

Memphis, which has misplaced 13 instantly to UCF, has been some of the groups maximum suffering from the pandemic, a minimum of schedule-wise: The Tigers opened the season Sept. five with a win over Arkansas State, didn’t play once more till their loss to SMU on Oct. Three after which had any other two weeks off till now. Central Florida is coming off a loss to Tulsa, so imagine this one thing of an AAC removing sport. There are not any divisions beginning this yr, and the 2 groups with the most efficient convention data will play within the championship sport. …

Texas A&M slightly beat Vanderbilt, were given throttled by way of Alabama however then caught round lengthy sufficient to disillusioned Florida remaining weekend. Mississippi State shocked LSU in its first sport because the protecting nationwide champion however then misplaced to Arkansas and used to be remaining observed hanging up all of 2 issues towards Kentucky. So who the heck is aware of what’s going to occur when the Aggies discuss with the Bulldogs? In Mike Leach’s first 231 video games as a head trainer, his offense had failed to attain a landing simply six occasions — ahead of remaining Saturday’s sport made it seven out of 232. Six of Mississippi State’s ultimate 11 drives ended with an interception, with Stanford switch Okay.J. Costello throwing 4 of them ahead of his benching. Costello shredded LSU for an SEC-record 623 passing yards within the opener however has thrown seven interceptions prior to now two video games. The Bulldogs’ protection, then again, has been the rest however a letdown: Mississippi State gave up most effective 157 yards to Kentucky. …

Trying out certain has despatched Saban into asymptomatic isolation, and he almost definitely received’t be at the sideline Saturday for the Pink Tide’s sport towards Georgia. However despite the fact that he hadn’t examined certain, Saban may have wanted some by myself time after Alabama’s defensive efficiency remaining Saturday, when Mississippi reeled off 647 yards and 48 issues.

The Bulldogs’ offense isn’t just about as go-go because the Rebels’, however Georgia’s elite protection must stay this one from changing into a duplicate of remaining week’s observe meet, even with Alabama having the country’s best offense. Plus, as ESPN’s Invoice Connelly identified, within the six earlier non-bowl conferences between the crew that completed the yr with the No. 1 offense and the crew that completed with the No. 1 protection (on the subject of SP+, a measure of general potency), the crew with the highest protection received 5 occasions. The outlier: Georgia’s loss to LSU within the SEC championship sport remaining December.

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