2 games to watch Saturday
No. 1 Alabama is facing a ranked foe Saturday, but the conventional wisdom the Crimson Tide won’t be tested.
The Crimson Tide, after running roughshod over LSU last Saturday, returns home to face No. 18 Mississippi State. Alabama is a prohibitive favorite. So, here are two other games to watch:
Best game: No. 8 Ohio State at No. 24 Michigan State (9 a.m.
). For all their issues through nine weeks of the season, the Buckeyes are 10th in the playoff rankings and still in position to win the Big Ten. The Spartans’ offense is 116th in the country in yards per play (5.00), but the Spartans have one of the best run defenses in the country to throw at an Ohio State running game that at times has left QB Dwayne Haskins and the offense one-dimensional.
Heisman watch: Travis Etienne, Clemson at Boston College (5 p.m. ). We all know a quarterback is almost a lock to the win the Heisman and that quarterback is probably Tua Tagoaviloa of Alabama. Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray, West Virginia’s Will Grier and Haskins still could have a say, too.
Etienne is the one running back who might be able to break into the field. His biggest issue is touches. The sophomore is averaging just under 13 carries per game, but 8.6 yards per carry with 15 touchdowns. If the Eagles can mount a challenge against the Tigers, Clemson might give Etienne a few more meaningful touches and the chance to direct some Heisman love his way.
Clemson running back Travis Etienne has scored 15 TDs.