College football games on TV: A big one in the SEC and a wild one in the AAC

No. 1 Clemson at Georgia Tech

Pittsburgh at No. 13 Miami

No. 15 Auburn at South Carolina

Kentucky at No. 18 Tennessee

Texas State at South Alabama

Military at Texas San Antonio

Louisville at No. four Notre Dame

Duke at North Carolina State

Central Florida at Memphis

No. 11 Texas A&M at Mississippi State

Massachusetts at Georgia Southern

North Texas at Center Tennessee

Marshall at Louisiana Tech

No. five North Carolina at Florida State

No. Three Georgia at No. 2 Alabama

Boston Faculty at No. 23 Virginia Tech

The previous 3 video games between Central Florida and Memphis went as follows: a 56-41 Knights win within the 2018 American Athletic name recreation by which UCF got here again from a 17-point halftime deficit, outscoring the Tigers 35-Three in the second one part; a 31-30 Knights street win right through the 2018 common season by which they trailed by way of 16 past due within the first part; and a 62-55 double-overtime UCF win within the 2017 AAC championship recreation, when the groups blended for 117 issues — an FBS listing for a convention name recreation — and 1,479 yards.

Memphis, which has misplaced 13 instantly to UCF, has been some of the groups maximum suffering from the pandemic, a minimum of schedule-wise: The Tigers opened the season Sept. five with a win over Arkansas State, didn’t play once more till their loss to SMU on Oct. Three after which had some other two weeks off till now. Central Florida is coming off a loss to Tulsa, so believe this one thing of an AAC removing recreation. There aren’t any divisions beginning this yr, and the 2 groups with the most productive convention information will play within the championship recreation. …

Texas A&M slightly beat Vanderbilt, were given throttled by way of Alabama however then caught round lengthy sufficient to disappointed Florida ultimate weekend. Mississippi State shocked LSU in its first recreation because the protecting nationwide champion however then misplaced to Arkansas and was once ultimate observed hanging up all of 2 issues in opposition to Kentucky. So who the heck is aware of what’s going to occur when the Aggies consult with the Bulldogs? In Mike Leach’s first 231 video games as a head trainer, his offense had failed to attain a landing simply six instances — ahead of ultimate Saturday’s recreation made it seven out of 232. Six of Mississippi State’s ultimate 11 drives ended with an interception, with Stanford switch Ok.J. Costello throwing 4 of them ahead of his benching. Costello shredded LSU for an SEC-record 623 passing yards within the opener however has thrown seven interceptions previously two video games. The Bulldogs’ protection, however, has been anything else however a letdown: Mississippi State gave up handiest 157 yards to Kentucky. …

Trying out sure has despatched Saban into asymptomatic isolation, and he more than likely gained’t be at the sideline Saturday for the Red Tide’s recreation in opposition to Georgia. However even though he hadn’t examined sure, Saban may have wanted some on my own time after Alabama’s defensive efficiency ultimate Saturday, when Mississippi reeled off 647 yards and 48 issues.

The Bulldogs’ offense isn’t just about as go-go because the Rebels’, however Georgia’s elite protection must stay this one from turning into a duplicate of ultimate week’s observe meet, even with Alabama having the country’s most sensible offense. Plus, as ESPN’s Invoice Connelly identified, within the six earlier non-bowl conferences between the workforce that completed the yr with the No. 1 offense and the workforce that completed with the No. 1 protection (relating to SP+, a measure of total potency), the workforce with the highest protection gained 5 instances. The outlier: Georgia’s loss to LSU within the SEC championship recreation ultimate December.

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