EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State coach Mel Tucker is well aware of the pain that Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud can inflict on his struggling Spartans.
“They have arguably the best quarterback in the country,” Tucker said of the No.
No. 11 Utah (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12) at No. 18 UCLA (5-0, 2-0), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (FOX)
LINE: Utah by 3 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Army (1-3) at No. 15 Wake Forest (4-1), Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET (RSN)
Line: Wake Forest by 16 1/2 , according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
North Carolina (4-1, 1-0 ACC) at Miami (2-2, 0-0), Saturday, 4 p.m. EDT (ESPN2)
Line: Miami by 3 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
BOSTON (AP) — Boston College coach Jeff Hafley has had to wait — longer than usual — for a game like this.
Hafley arrived in Chestnut Hill just before the pandemic, so Alumni Stadium was empty when the Eagles played second-ranked Notre Dame and No.
Mike Leach says he doesn’t care about the rankings, just the results.
That No. 23 Mississippi State is ranked for the first time this season is a good indicator of how the Bulldogs are playing.
No. 8 Tennessee (4-0, 1-0 SEC) at No. 25 LSU (4-1, 2-0), Saturday, noon ET (ESPN)
Line: Tennessee by 3, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Sonny Dykes has built winning programs all over the country, from Louisiana Tech to California to SMU and now TCU, where he has the Horned Frogs ranked in the Top 25 for the first time in more than three years.
Duke (4-1, 1-0 ACC) at Georgia Tech (2-3, 1-1), Saturday, 4 p.m. ET (ACC Regional Sports Network)
Line: Duke by 3½ points, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Purdue (3-2, 1-1 Big Ten) at Maryland (4-1, 1-1), Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (BTN)
Line: Maryland by 3 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
WAHPETON, N.D. (AP) — When North Dakota State College of Science suffered a heartbreaking loss in early September — foiled at the goal line as time expired in a jolt to their national championship ambitions — it was a backup defensive lineman who stepped forward with a pep talk to lift the locker room.
Washington State (4-1, 1-1 Pac-12) at No. 6 Southern California (5-0, 3-0), Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET (FOX)
Line: USC by 12 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Alabama and Texas A&M have basically taken last year’s scenario and added some offseason spice.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Stopping the run has been an emphasis this season for No. 24 Cincinnati, which allowed only 36 yards on the ground in last week's victory at Tulsa.
The Bearcats (4-1, 1-0 American Athletic Conference) allowed 149 rushing yards per game last season.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Don't expect Auburn players to empathize with concerns expressed this week about No. 2 Georgia's sudden dip from championship form.
The Bulldogs, who play Auburn on Saturday, fell from the top spot in The Associated Press Top 25 this week after having to rally for a 26-22 win at Missouri last week.
Auburn (3-2, 1-1 SEC) at No. 2 Georgia (5-0, 2-0), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS)
Line: Georgia by 29 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Texas Tech (3-2, 1-1 Big 12) at No. 7 Oklahoma State (4-0, 1-0), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (FS1)
Line: Oklahoma State by 9 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Missouri (2-3, 0-2 SEC) at Florida (3-2, 0-2), Noon ET, Saturday (ESPNU)
Line: Florida by 10 1/2 according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Texas A&M (3-2, 1-1 SEC) at No. 1 Alabama (5-0, 2-0), Saturday, 8 p.m. ET (CBS).
Line: Alabama by 23 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
The move was shocking for its timing and memorable for its location.
Lane Kiffin was fired by Southern California on Sept. 29, 2013, just five games into the season, on the airport tarmac after the team plane returned home from Arizona State.
Oregon State (3-2, 0-2 Pac-12) at Stanford (1-3, 0-3), Saturday, 11 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Line: Oregon State by 7, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Wisconsin (2-3, 0-2 Big Ten) at Northwestern (1-4, 1-1), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network)
Line: Wisconsin by 9½, according to FanDuel Sportsbook
South Carolina (3-2, 0-2 SEC) at No. 13 Kentucky (4-1, 1-1), Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET (SEC)
Line: Kentucky favored by 6 according to FanDuel.com Sportsbook.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky coach Mark Stoops is sticking with the game plan and the quarterback who runs it.
Will Levis and the No. 13 Wildcats just need to ensure golden opportunities don't slip from their grasp like last week.
Things to watch this week in the Pac-12 Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 11 Utah (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12) at No. 18 UCLA (5-0, 2-0)
Oklahoma State is in prime position in the Big 12 race.
The Cowboys opened the conference schedule with a 36-25 road win over Baylor, the media's preseason Big 12 favorite.
Nebraska (2-3, 1-1 Big Ten) at Rutgers (3-2, 0-2), Friday, 7 p.m. EDT (FS1)
Line: Nebraska by 3, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
NO. 17 TCU (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) at No. 19 Kansas (5-0, 2-0), Saturday, 1 p.m. ET (FS1)
Line: TCU by 7, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
No. 4 Michigan (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) at Indiana (3-2, 1-1), Saturday, noon ET (Fox)
Line: Michigan by 22½, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Florida State (4-1, 2-1 ACC) at No. 14 North Carolina State (4-1, 0-1), Saturday, 8 p.m. ET (ACC Network)
Line: N.C. State by 3, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Texas (3-2, 1-1 Big 12) vs Oklahoma (3-2, 0-2) in Dallas, Saturday, noon ET (ABC)
Line: Texas by 7 according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
The same template has been used to build Iowa State and Kansas State, and both have earned reputations for rising up and challenging the Big 12 football hierarchy.
Two years after the Cyclones (3-2, 0-2) reached the conference championship game for the first time, 20th-ranked K-State (4-1, 2-0) is looking to make a run of its own.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh remembers it all so vividly.
The last time his team visited Indiana, its 24-game winning streak ended with a dismal 17-point loss. Even before that, though, the Hoosiers had given the Wolverines headaches.
Some things to watch in Week 6 of the Big 12 season:
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 17 TCU at No. 19 Kansas. An unexpected matchup of undefeated teams on the second Saturday in October when the Big 12 is usually focused on the Red River rivalry.
Things to watch during Week 6 of play in the Big Ten Conference:
No. 9 Mississippi (5-0, 1-0 SEC) at Vanderbilt (3-2, 0-1), Saturday, 4 p.m. ET (SEC Network)
Line: Ole Miss by 18 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
There’s a new No. 1 in college football, with Alabama and Georgia swapping places again.
No. 5 Clemson (5-0, 3-0 ACC) at Boston College (2-3, 1-2), Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
Line: Clemson by 20.5, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
No. 20 Kansas State (4-1, 2-0 Big 12) at Iowa State (3-2, 0-2), Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPNU)
Line: Kansas State by 2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
A look at Week 6 in the Southeastern Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 8 Tennessee (4-0, 1-0 SEC) at No. 25 LSU (4-1, 2-0)
No. 21 Washington (4-1, 1-1 Pac-12) at Arizona State (1-4, 0-2), Saturday, 4 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network)
Line: Washington by 13 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
No. 12 Oregon (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12) at Arizona (3-2, 1-1), Saturday, 9 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network)
Line: Oregon by 12 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The ninth-ranked Ole Miss Rebels might not be in the mood to talk about the Vanderbilt Commodores.
Some things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 6:
GAME OF THE WEEK
Florida State (4-1, 2-1 ACC) at No. 14 North Carolina State (4-1, 0-1)
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — John Rhys Plumlee threw for 316 yards and two touchdowns, both coming in the second half to Ryan O’Keefe, and UCF scored 31 unanswered points to beat SMU 41-19 on Wednesday night in a game postponed because of tropical weather.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson defensive backs Malcolm Greene and Fred Davis II are being sued by a U.S. postal worker whose car Davis collided with last year.
The suit was filed Wednesday in Pickens County Common Pleas Court, a form of civil court.
Natrone Means first arrived at North Carolina to play for Mack Brown as a promising running back, then went on to an NFL career that included a touchdown-scoring appearance in the Super Bowl.
More than three decades later, he's again working to help Brown’s Tar Heels, though now in the kind of supporting role expanding across the Atlantic Coast Conference and the sport.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Quarterback Drew Pyne has given Notre Dame's offense exactly what it needed.
Hope amid change.
He is 2-0 since replacing the injured Tyler Buchner, has the Fighting Irish back at .500, is leading a major midseason turnaround and seems to be winning over coach Marcus Freeman.
Seeing top-ranked Alabama firmly among the national leaders defensively isn’t shocking considering its steady influx of top talent and grooming under Nick Saban.
The pleasant surprise is having some of the Crimson Tide’s West Division brethren representing the Southeastern Conference as well.