GEORGIA-LSU TOPS TODAY’S COLLEGE SLATE
No. 2 Georgia in featured SEC game at 13th-ranked LSU
The Bulldogs are ranked second, the Tigers are No. 13, and the outcome of today’s game could impact both divisions in the Southeastern Conference.
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 today: 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. 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, scored four touchdowns (two rushing, two receiving in a 28-21 win over Arizona State last week) 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. 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 today and No. 7 Washington on Oct. 20.
NUMBERS TO KNOW
8: The number of SEC teams in the Top 25 (No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Georgia, No. 13 LSU, No. 14 Florida, No. 18 Kentucky, No. 21 Auburn, No. 22 Texas A&M and No. 24 Mississippi State). That’s the highest total for any conference since the SEC also had eight ranked teams on Oct. 16, 2016.
15: Tennessee has lost its last 15 games against the SEC West and hasn’t beaten a West Division team since knocking off Mississippi in 2010. The Vols also have lost 11 straight SEC games overall. They try to end that skid when they visit Auburn.
15-1: Wisconsin’s record in true road games during Paul Chryst’s coaching tenure. The Badgers carry a 10-game road winning streak into today’s game at Michigan. Wisconsin’s only road loss under Chryst was a 14-7 setback at Michigan in 2016.
40: Alabama’s average margin of victory this season. Alabama is scoring 56 points per game to lead all Football Bowl Subdivision teams and is allowing 16 points per game.
163: Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger has thrown 163 straight passes without an interception to break the school record held by current Houston coach Major
Applewhite (156 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 1982-85.
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.
They will meet again today as the 10th-ranked Knights (5-0, 2-0 American) put their FBSleading 18-game winning streak on the line at Memphis (4-2, 1-2). Although Memphis’ offense isn’t quite as explosive as it was last season, the home-field advantage could give the Tigers a reasonable shot at pulling the upset.
STATE GAMES: Eastern New Mexico’s longstanding football rivalry with Western New Mexico has a new name: The two teams battle tonight at 7 in the inaugural Chile Bowl in Portales. The host Hounds are 1-5 with four losses to nationally ranked Division II opponents. WNMU is 0-5, has lost its last 13 games to ENMU and trails in the all-time series 40-15-2. … New Mexico Highlands (2-4, 2-3 RMAC) is in Spearfish, S.D., today for a 1 p.m. kickoff vs. Black Hills State (0-6, 0-6).
No. 23 SOUTH FLA. 25, TULSA
24: In Tulsa, Okla., Coby Weiss made a 22-yard field goal with 2 seconds left as South Florida scored 17 points in the final 7:10 to beat Tulsa.
Blake Barnett set up the winning field goal with a 32-yard strike to Tyre McCants to the 5.
Barnett scored on 1- and 12-yard runs to pull the Bulls (6-0, 2-0 American Athletic Conference) within two with 2:10 to go, but was stopped on a 2-point conversion run.
USF forced Tulsa (1-5, 0-3) into a three-and-out, giving the Bulls the ball back with 1:03 remaining on their 43 with no timeouts left.
Jordan Cronkrite, who set a USF and AAC record with 302 yards last week at UMass, rushed for 151 yards on 25 carries.
UTAH 42, ARIZONA 10: In Salt Lake City, the Utes (4-2, 2-2 Pac12) jumped out to a 28-0 halftime lead en route to beat Arizona (3-4, 2-2).
Georgia’s Elijah Holyfield (13), shown moving through the Middle Tennessee defense in mid-September, is a key reason the Bulldogs are ranked No. 2 in the nation.