Clem­son, Louisville seek edge

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A look at the top col­lege Football Bowl Sub­di­vi­sion games for the up­com­ing week.

NO. 2 CLEM­SON AT NO. 14 LOUISVILLE

Sept. 16, 8 p.m., ABC Line: Clem­son by 3

Clem­son staked its claim as one of the na­tion’s best de­fenses last week­end, and Louisville QB La­mar Jack­son au­thored one of the most re­mark­able out­ings of his sto­ried ca­reer.

The col­li­sion of the stingy Tigers and the po­tent Car­di­nals is a vi­tal game in the At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence ti­tle chase.

Clem­son (2-0, 0-0 ACC) held Auburn to 117 to­tal yards and col­lected 11 sacks in a 14-6 tri­umph.

But Clem­son QB Kelly Bryant and the Tigers will need more than two touch­downs this week, even if de­fend­ing Heis­man Tro­phy win­ner Jack­son can’t be ex­pected to repli­cate the 525 to­tal yards and six touch­downs (three pass­ing, three rush­ing) he piled up at North Carolina. He ran for 162 yards against Clem­son last year and will need a strong per­for­mance if Louisville (2-0, 1-0) is to claim early con­trol of the ACC At­lantic. Who wins? Clem­son, 31-28

NO. 8 OK­LA­HOMA STATE AT PITTS­BURGH

Sept. 16, noon, ESPN Line: Ok­la­homa State by 14

Ok­la­homa State QB Ma­son Ru­dolph has been sharp in beat­ing Tulsa and South Alabama, throw­ing for 638 yards, six TDs and no in­ter­cep­tions over the two games.

Pitts­burgh (1-1), which lost to Penn State, will be with­out suspended S Jor­dan White­head for one more game. The Pan­thers need to es­tab­lish a pass­ing game to keep pace with Ok­la­homa State (2-0). Who wins? Ok­la­homa State,

38-17

UCLA AT MEM­PHIS

Sept. 16, noon, ABC Line: UCLA by 3

A week af­ter help­ing UCLA charge back to top­ple Texas A&M, Bru­ins QB Josh Rosen was ev­ery bit as good in a rout of Hawaii, throw­ing for 329 yards and five TDs. UCLA (2-0) ap­pears re­vi­tal­ized af­ter last year’s 4-8 sea­son, but this week will be a tricky test.

Mem­phis (1-0) had its game at Cen­tral Florida can­celed by Hur­ri­cane Irma. Who wins? UCLA, 35-31

NO. 23 TEN­NESSEE AT NO. 25 FLORIDA

Sept. 16, 3:30 p.m., CBS Line: Florida by 51⁄ 2

Ten­nessee (2-0, 0-0) is seek­ing back-to-back vic­to­ries against Florida (0-1, 0-0) for the first time since 2003-04.

The Gators’ quar­ter­back is­sues were ex­posed in their open­ing loss to Michi­gan; last week­end’s game was can­celed by Hur­ri­cane Irma. Who wins? Ten­nessee, 20-14

NO. 12 WIS­CON­SIN AT BYU

Sept. 16, 3:30 p.m., ABC Line: Wis­con­sin by 131⁄

Fresh­man run­ning back Jonathan Tay­lor is com­ing off a 223yard day against Florida At­lantic and ap­pears to be a per­fect fit in the old school of­fen­sive scheme used by Wis­con­sin (2-0).

The Cougars (1-2) didn’t cross mid­field against LSU and then Brigham Young was limited to 233 yards in a loss to Utah. Wis­con­sin, 21-7

NO. 11 LSU AT MIS­SIS­SIPPI STATE

Sept. 16, 7 p.m., ESPN Line: LSU by 7

RB Der­rius Guice and the Tigers (2-0, 0-0 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence) have had lit­tle dif­fi­culty with BYU and Chat­tanooga, while Mis­sis­sippi State (2-0, 0-0) ar­guably had even less trou­ble with Charleston South­ern and Louisiana Tech.

The Bull­dogs must give QB Nick Fitzger­ald the op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate prob­lems for LSU. But if the Tigers de­fen­sive line can bottle him up, it should get a tri­umph in its SEC opener.

Who wins? LSU, 28-23

NO. 18 KANSAS STATE AT VAN­DER­BILT

Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m., ESPNU Line: Kansas State by 4

The Wild­cats have pre­dictably mowed through Cen­tral Arkansas and Char­lotte. But Kansas State (2-0) must con­tend with a Vandy team with a ca­pa­ble de­fense.

The Com­modores (2-0) have al­lowed six points, and QB Kyle Shur­mur is an ef­fi­cient 35-for-46 for 498 yards and seven TDs.

Who wins? Kansas State, 24-13

ARI­ZONA STATE AT TEXAS TECH

Sept. 16, 8 p.m., FSN Line: Texas Tech by 71⁄ 2

Maybe this will be as crazy as last year’s meet­ing in Tempe. Ari­zona State won 68-55 be­hind Kalen Bel­lage’s seven touch­down runs. More re­mark­ably, the teams com­bined for 1,264 yards.

While Texas Tech (1-0) is com­ing off an open date, the Sun Devils (1-1) stum­bled 30-20 against San Diego State. Ari­zona State mus­tered 44 yards on 31 car­ries but should fare bet­ter against a Texas Tech de­fense that ranked 116th na­tion­ally against the run last sea­son.

Who wins? Texas Tech, 45-42

TEXAS AT NO. 4 SOUTH­ERN CAL­I­FOR­NIA

Sept. 16, 8:30 p.m., Fox Line: USC by 17

The Tro­jans (2-0) ef­fec­tively shoved aside con­cerns about their slug­gish sea­son opener, pound­ing Stan­ford 42-24 be­hind QB Sam Darnold’s four TD passes and 100-yard rush­ing days from Stephen Carr and Ron­ald Jones II.

USC will look for its 12th win in a row, while Texas (1-1) goes on the road for the first time un­der coach Tom Her­man.

The Longhorns lost 51-41 to Mary­land in the opener be­fore blast­ing San Jose State 56-0 last week. CB Holton Hill has scored three touch­downs, two on in­ter­cep­tion re­turns, in the first two games. Who wins? South­ern Cali

for­nia, 41-28

NO. 19 STAN­FORD AT SAN DIEGO STATE

Sept. 16, 10:30 p.m., CBS Sports Net­work Line: Stan­ford by 10

Few pro­grams have em­braced a smash-mouth of­fen­sive iden­tity as well as the Car­di­nal (1-1) and Aztecs (2-0). RB Bryce Love rushed for 160 yards and a TD on 17 car­ries in last week’s loss to South­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny leads the coun­try with 206.5 rush­ing yards per game.

Stan­ford, 28-17 Times Eastern. Odds are cour­tesy of Play­book.com

BOB DON­NAN, USA TO­DAY SPORTS

Reign­ing Heis­man Tro­phy win­ner La­mar Jack­son has eight TDs and 1,010 yards pass­ing and rush­ing for Louisville.

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