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 School 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 highway win throughout the 2018 common season by which they trailed by means of 16 overdue 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 list for a convention name recreation — and 1,479 yards.

Memphis, which has misplaced 13 instantly to UCF, has been one of the vital 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 every other two weeks off till now. Central Florida is coming off a loss to Tulsa, so imagine this one thing of an AAC removing recreation. There aren’t any divisions beginning this 12 months, 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 means of Alabama however then caught round lengthy sufficient to disenchanted Florida final weekend. Mississippi State shocked LSU in its first recreation because the protecting nationwide champion however then misplaced to Arkansas and was once final noticed placing up all of 2 issues in opposition to Kentucky. So who the heck is aware of what’s going to occur when the Aggies discuss 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 final Saturday’s recreation made it seven out of 232. Six of Mississippi State’s ultimate 11 drives ended with an interception, with Stanford switch Okay.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 prior to now two video games. The Bulldogs’ protection, however, has been anything else however a letdown: Mississippi State gave up simplest 157 yards to Kentucky. …

Checking out certain has despatched Saban into asymptomatic isolation, and he almost certainly received’t be at the sideline Saturday for the Red Tide’s recreation in opposition to Georgia. However despite the fact that he hadn’t examined certain, Saban may have wanted some by myself time after Alabama’s defensive efficiency final 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 will have to stay this one from changing into a duplicate of final week’s monitor 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 12 months with the No. 1 offense and the workforce that completed with the No. 1 protection (in relation to SP+, a measure of general potency), the workforce with the highest protection received 5 instances. The outlier: Georgia’s loss to LSU within the SEC championship recreation final December.

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