Previewing Coforepr’s Top Ten Games of Saturday, November 7, 2015

10)     Arkansas (4-4) at #19 Mississippi (6-2)
VER:  32-21, Ole Miss
Mississippi’s POW:  75%
* The Razorbacks won 30-0 in Fayetteville last season.
* Ole Miss’s Laquon Treadwell has four straight 100-yard receiving games with at least one touchdown in each.
* Arkansas running back Alex Collins will try to move the ball on the ground against a Rebels defense led by tackle Robert Nkemdiche and end Marquis Haynes.

9)     FCS #9(Tie) Sam Houston State (6-2) at FCS #5  McNeese State (8-0)
VER:  29-26, McNeese State
McNeese State’s POW:  55%
* McNeese State is one of only two unbeaten FCS teams.  (The other is Dayton.)
* Sam Houston State boasts the top offense in the Southland Conference.  The Bearkats have not scored fewer than 34 points in any game all season.

8)    Cincinnati (5-3) at #18 Houston (8-0)
VER:  40-32, Houston
Houston’s POW:  65%
* Bearcats quarterback Gunner Kiel was a perfect 15 for 15 his last time out, throwing for 319 yards and five touchdowns against U.C.F.
* Houston corner William Jackson III is third nationally with 17 passes defended.
* The Cougars lead the nation in turnover margin at +15.

7)    Penn State (7-2) at Northwestern (6-2)
VER:  21-19, Northwestern
Northwestern’s POW:  55%
* Christian Hackenberg of Penn State has thrown 164 straight passes (6 games) without an interception.  During this run he has 12 touchdown passes.
* Northwestern ranks 7th in the nation in pass defense, yielding 164.8 yards per game.
* Northwestern won 29-6 last year at Happy Valley, but the Nittany Lions lead the all-time series
13 to 4.

6)    Navy (6-1) at  #15 Memphis (8-0)
VER:  36-28, Memphis
Memphis’s POW:  70%
* Both teams are unbeaten in the AAC West.
* Memphis hasn’t faced a triple option but it’s about to, and few are better at running it than Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds.  Navy will try to possess the ball to keep it from Memphis’s
high-octane offense.
* Navy allowed 459 yards and 41 points to Notre Dame, and the Tigers’ offense is better than
Notre Dame’s.  Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch is the real deal!

5)     #8 Notre Dame (7-1) at  Pittsburgh (6-2)
VER:  31-23, Notre Dame
Notre Dame’s POW:  75%
* The Fighting Irish play in Pennsylania for a second straight week.
* Notre Dame’s red zone touchdown rate of 57.6% ranks 85th nationally, but Pitt’s not much better.
* Pitt’s offense doesn’t produce a lot of big plays  –  something to which Notre Dame’s defense has been susceptible.
* Irish senior safety Elijah Shumate must sit out the first half due to a targeting ejection in the second half at Temple.

4)    Duke (6-2) at  #21 North Carolina (7-1)
VER:  33-25, North Carolina
North Carolina’s POW:  65%
* What will Duke’s mind set be after the punch-to-the-gut it took last week from Miami and ACC officials?
* The Tar Heels assume the catbird seat in the ACC Coastal with a win.
* Duke quarterback Thomas Sirk leads his team in both rushing and passing.   That hasn’t been done at Duke over a full season since 1976.
* North Carolina running back Elijah Hood punishes would-be tacklers, making him a nice complement to quarterback Marquise Williams, who already hold North Carolina career records for rushing yards and rushing touchdowns by a quarterback.
* First-year defensive coordinator Gene Chizik has turned the North Carolina defense around completely  –  almost 500 yards per game allowed a year ago is down to 358, and 39 points per game in 2014 is 17 ppg this year.

3)    #17 Florida State (7-1) at  #3 Clemson (8-0)
VER:  34-22, Clemson
Clemson’s POW:  80%
* Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson leads the ACC in total offense with 290 yards per game.
His 242 passing yards per game and 20 touchdowns also lead the conference.
* Florida State defensive backs, led by Jalen Ramsey, are quick and play a physical game.
* Seminole running back Dalvin Cook is expected to play after sitting out last week with an ankle injury.
* The winner of this game has taken the ACC-Atlantic division six years in a row.

2)     #5 Texas Christian (8-0) at  #12 Oklahoma State (8-0)
VER:  41-36, T.C.U.
T.C.U. ‘s POW:  60%
* The round robin featuring four ranked Big 12 teams begins.
* T.C.U.’s one quarterback, Trevone Boykin, vs. Oklahoma State’s two:  Sophomore Mason Rudolph is the better passer, but senior J.W. Walsh is no slouch.
* T.C.U. comes in with seven consecutive games of at least 500 yards of offense.
* Oklahoma State has won three of the last four in the series, and T.C.U.’s last win in Stillwater came back in 1991.
* T.C.U. has won its last four against nationally-ranked opponents.
* T.C.U. wide receiver Josh Doctson has six straight games with at least 100 yards and at least two touchdowns.  How sick is that?

1)    #4 Louisiana State (7-0) at  #7 Alabama (7-1)
VER:  27-21, Alabama
Tide’s POW:  65%
* Leonard Fournette has scored in all seven of L.S.U. ‘s games and rushed for at least 150 yards in each.  Expect Nick Saban’s team to load up to slow Fournette, thus forcing Tiger quarterback Brandon Harris to throw the ball.
* Four of the last six games in the series have been decided by a touchdown or less.

 

 

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