UGA-LSU tops league show­downs

San Antonio Express-News - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL - By Steve Me­gargee

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.

Best game

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.

Cur­tis Comp­ton / TNS

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.

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