|Saturday's College Football TV Capsule|
|Written by Admin|
|Wednesday, 12 September 2007 08:40|
Pittsburgh (2-0) at Michigan State (2-0) Noon (ESPN)
Opening Line: Michigan State by 7 1/2.
Series Record: Michigan State leads 5-0-1.
Last Meeting: 2006, Michigan State 38-23
Pittsburgh plays in East Lansing for the first time in nearly 50 years. The Panthers last visited the Spartans during the 1958 season. ... Panthers have allowed 13 points over the first two games and rank seventh nationally in passing defense (75.66). ... Michigan State is 2-0 for the third straight season. ... Michigan State's Jehuu Caulcrick is tied for sixth in scoring nationally with 15 points per game, including five touchdowns, the second-highest total among all players.
Central Michigan (1-1) at Purdue (2-0), Noon (ESPN2)
Opening Line: Purdue by 19 1/2.
Series Record: Purdue leads 2-0.
Last Meeting: 2000, Purdue 48-0
Ontario Sneed had 29 carries for 168 yards and a career-high three touchdowns in Central Michigan's 52-31 victory over Toledo. ... CMU is 2-16 against the Big Ten. Both wins came at Michigan State: a 20-3 win over the No. 18 Spartans in 1991 and a 24-20 victory in 1992. ... Purdue has won the two previous meetings by a combined score of 106-16. ... The Boilermakers are 41-6 against unranked opponents at home.
Iowa (2-0) at Iowa State (0-2), 1:30 p.m. (Versus)
Opening Line: Iowa by 14.
Series Record: Iowa leads 36-18.
Last Meeting: 2006, Iowa 27-17
The winner gets the Cy-Hawk Trophy. The Hawkeyes hold a 20-10 advantage in Cy-Hawk games after regaining the trophy last season. ... Iowa is 1-3 in games played on Sept 15th. ... Iowa has only allowed three points in its first two games and rank first nationally in scoring defense. ... Iowa State has won six of the last nine meetings and three of the last four at home. ... QB Bret Meyer ranks fifth on the Big 12's career passing list with 7,751 yards.
Notre Dame (0-2) at Michigan (0-2), 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
Opening Line: Michigan by 9 1/2.
Series Record: Michigan leads 19-14-1.
Last Meeting: 2006, Michigan 47-21.
This game marks the first time that both teams enter the game unranked and the first time both schools were 0-2. ... Notre Dame is 7-10 against the Wolverines in Ann Arbor. ... The Wolverines defensive unit has allowed 1,011 yards in the first two games. ... Only five of the last 23 games have been decided by more than 10 points. 1981 Michigan 25-7, 1987 Notre Dame 26-7, 1998 Notre Dame 36-20, 2004 Michigan 38-0, and 2006 Michigan 47-21. ... Freshman Ryan Mallett makes his first start for the Wolverines in place of the injured Chad Henne.
No. 10 Ohio State (2-0) at Washington (2-0), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Opening Line: Ohio State by 4 1/2.
Series Record: Ohio State leads 7-3.
Last Meeting: 2003, Ohio State 28-9
Ohio State makes it first trip to Husky stadium since 1994, a 25-16 loss to Washington. ... Ohio State is 62-48-7 all-time in road openers. ... OSU coach Jim Tressel, in his seventh season in Columbus and 22nd year, has 199 career wins. ... Washington is 2-0 for the first time since 2001. ... Washington, 40-38-1 all-time against the Big Ten, hasn't faced a Big Ten opponent since 2003. ... The Huskies' 42-12 win at Syracuse was the most-lopsided win over a non-conference opponent since a 34-0 win at Northwestern in the 1983 season-opener.
No. 6 Texas (2-0) at UCF (1-0), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Opening Line: Texas by 21 1/2.
Series Record: First ever meeting
Last Meeting: First ever meeting
Texas defense has not allowed a 100-yard rusher in nine consecutive games. ... RB Jamaal Charles, with 134 yards last week, posted consecutive 100-yard rushing games in his career. ... The Knights begin a new tradition: playing home games on campus. UCF finished 28 seasons of playing at the Florida Citrus Bowl in downtown Orlando last year. ... Kevin Smith rushed for a career-high 217 and two touchdowns in UCF's 25-23 victory over N.C. State. ... The Knights are 0-16 vs. ranked opponents.
No. 23 Tennessee (1-1) at No. 5 Florida (2-0), 3:30 p.m. (CBS)
Opening Line: Florida by 10.
Series Record: Tennessee leads 19-17
Last Meeting: 2006, Florida 21-20
Six of the last nine games have been decided by four points or less. ... Tennessee has won two of the last three in ``The Swamp.'' ... QB Erik Ainge is 18-7 as a starter. ... Austin Rogers (112) and Lucas Taylor (118) both had over 100 yards receiving last week, the first time for two Volunteer WRs since the 1997 SEC title game. ... Florida coach Urban Meyer owns an 11-3 overall record against ranked opponents and is 8-3 against ranked opponents in Gainesville. ... The Gators are 16-10 all-time when facing a ranked Tennessee and 14-6 when both Florida and Tennessee are ranked. ... Tim Tebow is second in the nation with a 228.2 passer rating. ... Since 1997's 33-20 win against Tennessee no quarterback has led the Gators to a victory against the Volunteers in their first career start against the Vols.
No. 11 UCLA (2-0) at Utah (0-2), 5 p.m. (Versus)
Opening Line: UCLA by 10.
Series Record: UCLA leads 8-0.
Last Meeting: 2006, UCLA 31-10
The Bruins have not played at Utah since a 27-14 victory over the Utes in 1974. ... Ben Olson made his first career start in last season's 31-10 win over Utah. Olson was 25-for-33 for 318 yards and three touchdowns. ... UCLA is the highest ranked team Utah has faced since 2001, when it played No.7 Oregon and No. 8 BYU. ... Since 2001, Utah is 12-7 against BCS schools, and 7-0 at home. ... The Utes are 8-5 against top 25 teams since 1994.
No. 16 Arkansas (1-0) at Alabama (2-0), 6:45 p.m. (ESPN)
Opening Line: Alabama by 3 1/2.
Series Record: Alabama leads 9-8.
Last Meeting: 2006, Arkansas 24-23, 2 OT
eiving yards. ... Nick Saban is 3-2 vs. Arkansas in his career.
No. 1 Southern Cal (1-0) at No. 14 Nebraska (2-0), 8 p.m. (ABC)
Opening Line: Southern Cal by 5 1/2.
Series Record: Southern Cal leads 2-0-1.
Last Meeting: 2006, Southern Cal 28-10
The Trojans have lost two of their last three road games. ... USC makes it first visit to Lincoln since 1969, a 31-21 victory for the Trojans. ... USC has won six straight non-conference road games. ... This matchup marks the first visit by a No. 1 team to Memorial Stadium since No. 1 Oklahoma lost to fourth-ranked Nebraska 17-14 in 1978. ... Marlon Lucky leads the Big 12 in rushing (161.5 yards per game), and is second in all-purpose yards (195 yards per game).
No. 21 Boston College (2-0) at No. 15 Georgia Tech (2-0), 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Opening Line: Georgia Tech by 7 1/2
Series Record: Georgia Tech leads 4-1.
Last Meeting: 1998, Boston College 41-31
Boston College is the first ACC team to open with three straight conference opponents since Florida State in 2003. ... Boston College is the fourth-ranked run defense (29.0 ypg.) in the nation. ... Georgia Tech's Tashard Choice has nine straight 100-yard games. ... Georgia Tech ranks among the nation's top 10 in 10 different categories including fourth in rushing offense (327.0 ypg.) and ninth in scoring offense (51.0 ppg.).
Florida State (1-1) at Colorado (1-1), 10 p.m. (ESPN)
Opening Line: Florida State by 4 1/2
Series Record: Florida State leads 1-0.
Last Meeting: 2003, Florida State 47-7
Florida State travels to Boulder for the first time in its history. ... In the first meeting QB Chris Rix threw for a career-high 395 yards in the Seminoles 47-7 victory over Colorado. ... Colorado LB Jordon Dizon leads the country with a 17.5 tackles per game average. ... Colorado is ranked 105th nationally in total offense. ... The Buffaloes have scored in 224 straight games, the fifth longest active streak in the NCAA.