|Saturday's College Football TV Capsule|
|Written by Admin|
|Thursday, 30 August 2007 10:51|
Saturday, Sept. 1|
East Carolina (0-0) at No. 9 Virginia Tech (0-0), Noon (ESPN)
Opening Line: Virginia Tech by 24.
Series Record: Virginia Tech leads 8-4.
Last Meeting: 2000, Virginia Tech 45-28.
The Pirates last beat the Hokies 30-27 in 1992. ... Chris Johnson led the Pirates with 972 all-purpose yards. ... Virginia Tech has won the last five meetings. ... Branden Ore rushed for 1,137 yards and 17 touchdowns last year.
UAB (0-0) at Michigan State (0-0), Noon (ESPN2)
Opening Line: Michigan St. by 16 1/2.
Series Record: First meeting.
Last Meeting: First meeting.
Neil Calloway's first game as coach of the Blazers. ... The Blazers lost their last six games last season. ... Mark Dantonio makes his coaching debut with the Spartans. ... Javon Ringer led the Spartans in rushing for the second year in a row with 497 yards.
Colorado State (0-0) at Colorado (0-0), Noon (FSN)
Opening Line: Colorado by 4.
Series Record: Colorado leads 57-19-2.
Last Meeting: 2006, Colorado State, 14-10.
Colorado had three players rush for over 500 yards for the 10th time in school history. ... The Rams are 4-6 in their last 10 games against Colorado. ... RB Kyle Bell returns for the Rams after missing the entire 2006 season, Bell rushed for 1,288 yards in 2005. ... The last three games have been decided by seven points or less.
Virginia (0-0) at Wyoming (0-0), 2 p.m. (Versus)
Opening Line: Virginia by 3.
Series Record: Virginia leads 1-0.
Last Meeting: 2006, Virginia 13-12 OT.
Virginia beat Wyoming in overtime last year when the Cowboys missed an extra point. ... The Cowboys were ranked number one in passing defense in the Mountain West Conference. ... The Cavaliers finished 17th in overall defense last season and ten starters are back.
Georgia Tech (0-0) at Notre Dame (0-0), 3:30 p.m. (NBC)
Opening Line: Notre Dame by 3.
Series Record: Notre Dame leads 27-5-1.
Last Meeting: 2006, Notre Dame 14-10.
The last time Georgia Tech won in South Bend was a 14-10 victory on Nov. 7, 1959. ... Georgia Tech is 0-4 all-time when opening the season against Notre Dame. ... Notre Dame returns 10 starters from last year's 10-3 team. ... The Fighting Irish have won the last seven and are 11-2-1 overall at South Bend against Georgia Tech.
Nevada (0-0) at No. 20 Nebraska (0-0), 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
Opening Line: Nebraska by 17 1/2.
Series Record: First meeting.
Last Meeting: First meeting.
The Wolf Pack return 14 starters from last season's 8-5 team. ... LB Ezra Butler recorded 71 tackles including 17 1/2 tackles for loss and seven sacks. ... Marlon Lucky rushed for 728 yards and six touchdowns for Nebraska last season. ... Bo Ruud was selected to the All-Big 12 team after recording 162 tackles last season.
Wake Forest (0-0) at Boston College (0-0), 3:30 p.m. (ABC or ESPN)
Opening Line: Boston College by 7.
Series Record: Series is tied at 6-6-2.
Last Meeting: 2006, Wake Forest 21-14.
Wake Forest is coming off its second ACC championship in 54 seasons. ... As a freshman quarterback Riley Skinner led the ACC in passing efficiency with a 139.6 rating. ... Jeff Jagodzinski makes his coaching debut at BC. ... QB Matt Ryan led the ACC in passing yardage (242.2) and is fifth among school career passing leaders with 4,806 yards.
Washington State (0-0) at No. 7 Wisconsin (0-0), 3:30 p.m. (ABC or ESPN)
Opening Line: Wisconsin by 14 1/2.
Series Record: Wisconsin leads 1-0.
Last Meeting: 1976, Wisconsin 35-26.
Dwight Tardy led the Cougars with 667 rushing yards as a freshmen. ... Cougars face four teams that won at least 10 games last year and are on the road against three of them (at Wisconsin, USC and California, home to Oregon State) ... P.J. Hill rushed for 1,569 yards and 15 touchdowns as a freshmen last year for the Badgers. ... Wisconsin is one of just 10 schools that have won at least 30 games (31-7) over the past three seasons.
No. 14 UCLA (0-0) at Stanford (0-0), 3:30 p.m. (FSN)
Opening Line: UCLA by 14.
Series Record: UCLA leads 43-31-3.
Last Meeting: 2006, UCLA 31-0.
set West Coast offense and has switched the defensive alignment from a 3-4 to a 4-3.
Missouri (0-0) at Illinois (0-0), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Opening Line: Missouri by 4 1/2.
Series Record: Missouri leads 13-7.
Last Meeting: 2003, Missouri 22-15.
Missouri lost 42-0 in the last visit to Champaign in 1994. ... The Tigers have won two straight and three out of the last four against Illinois. ... Juice Williams became the first QB in Illini history to throw two touchdown passes of more that 65 yards in one game a 31-21 loss to Syracuse last season.
Arizona (0-0) at BYU (0-0), 5:30 p.m. (Versus)
Opening Line: BYU by 5 1/2.
Series Record: Arizona leads 10-8-1.
Last Meeting: 2006, Arizona 16-13.
Willie Tuitama had 93 consecutive passes thrown without an interception. ... Wildcats return 19 starters. ... Wildcats have brought in a new offensive coordinator, Sonny Dykes from Texas Tech. ... The Cougars last win against Arizona was a 34-14 victory in 1977. ... Cougars have the second longest current winning streak at 10 games.
Oklahoma State (0-0) at No. 13 Georgia (0-0), 6:45 p.m. (ESPN2)
Opening Line: Georgia by 7.
Series Record: Georgia leads 2-0.
Last Meeting: 1947, Georgia 20-7.
M. ... Oklahoma State averaged 35.2 points per game last season to rank seventh nationally. ... For the first time in school history, an unranked Georgia team defeated three consecutive ranked teams last season.
North Texas (0-0) at No. 8 Oklahoma (0-0), 7 p.m. (FSN)
Opening Line: Oklahoma by 41.
Series Record: Oklahoma leads 6-0.
Last Meeting: 2003, Oklahoma 37-3.
North Texas ranked 117th in the nation in both passing offense and total offense last season. ... For the first time since 2003, Oklahoma will play seven home games, and are 47-2 at home under Bob Stoops.
Kansas State (0-0) at No. 18 Auburn (0-0), 7:45 p.m. (ESPN)
Opening Line: Auburn by 13 1/2.
Series Record: Auburn leads 2-0.
Last Meeting: 1979, Auburn 26-18.
Josh Freeman threw for Kansas State freshman record 1,780 yards last season. ... Senior defensive end Quentin Groves was named to the Coaches and AP All-SEC First Team in 2006 ... Auburn has won 16 of its last 21 season openers. ... Senior QB Brandon Cox started all 13 games last season, throwing for 2,198 yards and 14 TDs. He is 19-5 as a starter.
No. 15 Tennessee (0-0) at No. 12 California (0-0), 8 p.m. (ABC)
Opening Line: California by 5.
Series Record: Tennessee leads 2-1.
Last Meeting: 2006, Tennessee 35-18.
Tennessee has outscored California 73-30 in the last two meetings. ... Tennessee QB Erik Ainge threw for 2,213 yards and 16 touchdowns last season. ... 2006 marked the first time since 1975 that California earned a share of the Pac-10 Conference championship. ... California WR DeSean Jackson had a Pac-10 record four punt return touchdowns in 2006.
Idaho (0-0) at No. 1 Southern Cal (0-0), 10:15 p.m. (FSN)
Opening Line: Southern Cal by 43.
Series Record: USC leads 7-0.
Last Meeting: 1929, USC 72-0.
Brian Flowers Jr. led Idaho in rushing with 561 yards. ... USC has outscored Idaho 215-20 in their seven meetings. ... The Trojans have won 33 straight home games a Pac-10 record. ... Trojans are going for an unprecedented sixth consecutive Pac-10 championship.
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