Week 8: Mountain West brings late show back; Big 12 showdown

School soccer Saturdays this season have most commonly been over through round middle of the night Japanese

West of Texas, the one FBS program that has been up and working is BYU in Provo, Utah.

The marquee matchups on opening weekend come with Mountain West favourite and protecting champion Boise State web hosting Utah State. Wyoming visits Nevada in a matchup of groups picked to complete 2d of their respective divisions. Either one of the ones video games kickoff at 7 p.m. ET.

The past due display comprises UNLV at San Diego State, the favorites to win the West Department, and Air Drive at San Jose State, each kicking off at 10:30 p.m. ET.

Who wishes sleep?

BEST GAME

No. 17 Iowa State at No. 6 Oklahoma State

Massive sport within the Large 12. The Cowboys (Three-Zero) are the one group within the convention with an total unbeaten file, however they have not payed shortly as a result of a COVID-19 postponement through Baylor final week.

The Cyclones (Three-1) have got off to essentially the most spectacular get started within the Large 12, beating TCU, Oklahoma and Texas Tech — after dropping a nonconference sport to Louisiana-Lafayette.

Oklahoma State must have quarterback Spencer Sanders (ankle) to be had to spice up its offense.

The sport fits two of the most productive working backs within the convention in Iowa State’s Breece Corridor, who leads the Large 12 in speeding, and Oklahoma State All-American Chuba Hubbard.

HEISMAN WATCH

Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State

The fifth-ranked Buckeyes open their season at house towards Nebraska. Fields was once one of the vital preseason Heisman front-runners, however then the season went sideways.

Fields will attempt to make up for loss time as Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, BYU’s Zach Wilson and Alabama’s Mac Jones have had a month’s head get started within the Heisman race.

This has an opportunity to be a grand opening for Fields and the Buckeyes. They’re 26-point favorites towards the Cornhuskers. Ohio State has received 5 instantly within the sequence and 4 of them were massive blowouts, with the Buckeyes scoring 53 issues consistent with sport.

NUMBERS TO KNOW

12.Three — Issues allowed consistent with sport through No. nine Cincinnati, tops within the American Athletic Convention. The Bearcats play at No. 16 SMU, which is averaging 42.6 issues consistent with sport, 2d within the convention.

13 — No. 2 Alabama’s profitable streak towards Tennessee. The Tide has received the final 4 through a median of 34 issues.

20.32 — Yards consistent with catch final yr through Minnesota receiver Rashod Bateman. The All-American at the start opted out of the season, but if the Large Ten got here again so did he. The 21st-ranked Gophers host No. 18 Michigan.

1993 — The final time North Carolina State and North Carolina performed towards each and every different with each groups ranked. The Tar Heels received that sport 35-14. The 23rd-ranked Wolfpack visits No. 14 North Carolina.

UNDER THE RADAR

Heart Tennessee at Rice.

You could now not have spotted, however Rice has now not performed a sport but, even if Convention USA has been in complete swing since September.

COVID-19 problems set the Owls again, however they determined to stay with it and now get started what’s slated to be a six-game season.

Rice is coming off a three-win season and beginning yr 3 below trainer Mike Bloomgren.

Heart Tennessee (1-Five) may constitute the Owls’ perfect likelihood to get a victory.

HOT SEAT

Tom Herman, Texas

This is if the band even performs it.

Profitable places everyone in a excellent temper and proper about now it might be nice for Herman if his group may put everyone with any pastime in Texas soccer in a excellent temper.

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