UGA-LSU tops league showdowns
Now that the college football season has reached its midway point, the title chases in each of the conferences are starting to come into focus.
This week should clear things up even more.
No. 2 Georgia visits No. 13 LSU in a Southeastern Conference interdivisional matchup that could impact each division race. No. 15 Wisconsin travels to No. 12 Michigan in a potential preview of the Big Ten championship game. No. 19 Colorado puts its perfect record on the line at Southern California in a game that could help determine the Pac-12 South champion, while No. 17 Oregon hosts No. 7 Washington in a game pitting two of the Pac-12 North’s top teams.
Here’s a rundown of some things to know heading into the season’s seventh weekend.
No. 2 Georgia at No. 13 LSU: LSU’s loss at Florida last week prevented this from being a matchup of unbeatens, but Georgia still is putting its perfect record on the line in one of the nation’s most hostile road environments.
This is the first of four straight games Georgia will play against teams currently ranked in the Top 25. Georgia follows up this game with matchups against No. 14 Florida, No. 18 Kentucky and No. 21 Auburn.
This marks the first time these two SEC rivals have faced off since 2013. They haven’t met in Tiger Stadium since 2008.
Heisman watch Colorado WR Laviska Shenault Jr.: Shenault is the nation’s leading receiver and plays for an undefeated Power Five team, yet he remains something of an afterthought in a Heisman conversation that has been dominated by quarterbacks such as Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins thus far. Part of the problem is that Colorado has played a relatively soft schedule, due to Nebraska and UCLA having down seasons. The Buffaloes should get more attention the next couple of weeks as they visit Southern California on Saturday and No. 7 Washington on Oct. 20.
Numbers to know
163: Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger has thrown 163 straight passes without an interception to break the school record previously held by current Houston coach Major Applewhite, who threw 156 straight passes without getting picked off in 1999.
322: The number of career points for Notre Dame kicker Justin Yoon, making him the Fighting Irish’s all-time leading scorer. Yoon set the record last week by passing running back Allen Pinkett, who scored 320 points (not including bowl games) from 198285.
Under the radar
No. 10 Central Florida at Memphis: These two teams played a classic shootout last year, with UCF edging Memphis 62-55 in double overtime to win the American Athletic Conference championship game during its unbeaten season .
Hot seat watch
Bobby Petrino, Louisville: How far has Louisville fallen without 2016 Heisman Trophy winner and first-round draft pick Lamar Jackson? The Cardinals (2-4) have lost three straight and are winless in Atlantic Coast Conference competition heading into Saturday’s game at Boston College.
Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm, right, and tailback D’Andre Swift will put the Bulldogs’ unbeaten record on the line as they travel to Baton Rouge, La., to face SEC rival LSU.