Games to watch
Georgia (5-2, 3-2 SEC) vs. No. 11 Florida (6-1, 4-1) (2:30 p.m. Saturday, CBS): While Alabama and LSU take the week off to prepare for their showdown on Nov. 7, the SEC East takes center stage. With Florida leading the division and Georgia second, this game is likely to decide which team will play in Atlanta for the SEC title. Georgia, without injured star running back Nick Chubb, will have to rely on quarterback Greyson Lambert going against Florida’s tough defense. The Gators will be playing their second game without suspended QB Will Greer. Treon Harris will start for Florida, which has had a week off after losing to LSU.
Vanderbilt (3-4, 1-2 SEC) at No. 18 Houston (7-0, 4-0 American) (6 p.m. Saturday, ESPN2): The American Athletic Conference made a quick rise with Houston, Temple and Memphis all undefeated and ranked. A Houston win in this game is a must for the conference to keep its momentum. Vanderbilt doesn’t have a good record but is No. 22 in the nation in total defense, giving up just 316.6 yards a game and is tied for No. 16 in scoring defense at 16.3 points a game. The Cougars are No. 4 in the country in scoring offense at 47.6 points a game.
No. 9 Notre Dame (6-1) at No. 21 Temple (7-0, 4-0 American) (7 p.m. Saturday, WFAA/8): While the American conference has burst on the scene, most won’t predict a win for the Owls. But Temple has already topped Penn State and is No. 8 in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 14.6 points a game. Notre Dame is trying to claw its way back into the playoff discussion, and getting a win in a ranked matchup on the road against Temple would be a huge boost the Irish wouldn’t have expected at the start of the season.
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287 More punting yards than offensive yards for Texas A&M in its 23-3 road loss to Ole Miss on Saturday. A&M’s Drew Kaser, who was given the weekly Ray Guy award for his performance, punted 10 times for 479 total yards.
Power 5 grades
C- ACC: Georgia Tech toppled Florida State on an improbable last-second field goal block and return, which makes Clemson the lone remaining unbeaten team in the ACC. The conference will most likely still come down to the Seminoles or Tigers, but the Yellow Jackets didn’t help the conference’s chances at landing a team in the playoff.
C+ Big Ten: For the first time in weeks, Ohio State and Michigan State turned in dominant wins — the Buckeyes against Rutgers and the Spartans against Indiana. Iowa is still undefeated and running away with the West Division. Barring an unexpected stumble, the Big Ten winner should be on its way to the playoff.
B- Big 12: Texas could be back on track, and Oklahoma is playing well. Both boost the Big 12 overall, but Baylor losing quarterback Seth Russell for the year to a neck injury could hurt the Bears, the team that had the best shot of going to the national championship. And Baylor still has to play Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, and the resurgent Longhorns to end the season.
C- Pac-12: After USC dominated Utah last week, the Pac-12 is down to zero teams without a loss. The stumble from the Utes means the Pac-12 winner could easily have two losses, making it tough for the playoff committee to put that team in the final four.
B- SEC: The storylines are familiar. The SEC West should come down to LSU against Alabama in a week. The SEC East should be decided this weekend between Georgia and Florida. But how much respect will the SEC get from the playoff committee this year? We will find out when the first set of rankings are released Tuesday.
Last night, when I walked off the practice field, I felt like a part of me died. I love this game. I’ve always done it for my family. I thank God for giving me the opportunity to coach this game.
Minnesota coach Jerry Kill, as he announced he is resigning from his position because of health reasons.
RB Leonard Fournette, sophomore, LSU: Last week, 26 carries for 150 yards and one touchdown in 48-20 win against Western Kentucky.
QB Trevone Boykin, senior, TCU: Last week, bye.
RB Derrick Henry, junior, Alabama: Last week, 28 carries for 143 yards and two touchdowns in 19-14 win against Tennessee.