|Saturday's College Football TV Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Wednesday, 24 October 2007 07:34|
Saturday, Oct. 27|
Colorado (4-4) at Texas Tech (6-2), Noon (ABC)
Opening Line: Texas Tech by 12 1/2.
Series Record: Series tied 4-4.
Last Meeting: 2006, Colorado 30-6
Colorado QB Cody Hawkins has a touchdown pass in each of his first eight games, one game shy of the school record of nine. ... Colorado is fourth in the Big 12 in total defense. ... Texas Tech QB Graham Harrell leads the nation in total offense (434.8 yards per game). ... Texas Tech leads the nation in total offense (557.8 yards per game), passing offense (487.5 yards per game) and fourth in the nation in scoring offense (45 points per game).
No. 6 West Virginia (6-1) at No. 25 Rutgers (5-2), Noon (ABC)
Opening Line: West Virginia by 7.
Series Record: West Virginia leads 28-4-2.
Last Meeting: 2006, West Virginia 41-39 3OT
West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez is 6-0 all-time against Rutgers. ... West Virginia is 28-4 over the last 32 games and 13-3 in the Big East in that span. ... Mountaineers are second in the nation in rushing offense (304.1 yards per game), fourth in total defense (254.7 yards per game), and seventh in scoring offense (42.1 points per game). ... Rutgers is 2-25 all-time vs. top-10 teams but has won two straight. ... Rutgers RB Ray Rice is fourth in the nation in rushing (142.7 yards per game), and fifth in scoring (12 points per game). ... Rutgers ranks seventh in the nation in pass defense (170.4) and ninth in sacks (3.3 per game). ... Scarlet Knights are 25-for-26 in the red zone and lead the nation in red zone efficiency (96.2 percent).
No. 9 Southern Cal (6-1) at No. 5 Oregon (6-1), 3 p.m. (FSN)
Opening Line: Oregon by 3 1/2.
Series Record: Southern Cal leads 36-15-2.
Last Meeting: 2006, Southern Cal 35-10
own in every game this season. ... The last time Oregon beat a top-10 team at home was in 2003, a 31-27 victory over Michigan.
Clemson (5-2) at Maryland (4-3), 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
Opening Line: Clemson by 3 1/2.
Series Record: Clemson leads 29-24-2.
Last Meeting: 2006, Maryland 13-12
The last three meetings have been decided in the last three minutes and the average margin of victory has been 2.7 points. ... Clemson has won two of the last three and 10 of the last 14. ... Clemson QB Cullen Harper is averaging 2.71 touchdown passes per game, and is only three touchdown passes away from setting a single season record. ... Tigers are 10th in the nation in total defense (289.7 yards per game). ... Maryland is second in the ACC in rushing (157.4 yards per game). ... The Terrapins have won 10 of its last 15 games and six of its last 10 conference games. ... Maryland has won six of their last seven games decided by a touchdown or less.
Nebraska (4-4) at No. 17 Texas (6-2), 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
Opening Line: Texas by 20.
Series Record: Texas leads 7-4.
Last Meeting: 2006, Texas 22-20
This is the first time that neither team is ranked in the top 15. ... This game marks the fifth time in college football history between teams with 800 all-time wins. ... Nebraska last beat Texas in the 1999 Big 12 Championship game, 22-6. ... The last time Nebraska beat Texas in Austin was in 1960, when the Cornhuskers upset No. 4 Texas 14-13. ... Texas is second in the Big 12 in passing defense (106.2), third in rushing defense (89.4 yards per game) and third in total defense (306 yards per game). ... Texas QB Colt McCoy became just the fourth Longhorns QB to pass for over 2,000 yards in consecutive seasons.
No. 11 South Florida (6-1) at Connecticut (6-1), 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
Opening Line: South Florida by 5 1/2.
Series Record: South Florida leads 3-1.
Last Meeting: 2006, South Florida 38-16
South Florida QB Matt Grothe ranks sixth in the Big East in passing (195.4 yards per game) and seventh in rushing (57.7 yards per game) and is one of two quarterbacks ranked in the conference top 10 in both categories. ... USF sophomore DE George Selvie leads the nation in tackles for loss (3.1 per game). His average of 1.6 sacks per game (11 1/2 in five games) leads the nation. ... Connecticut are third in the nation in points allowed (12.7 points per game) and second in turnover margin (1.57 per game). ... The Huskies stand alone in first place (2-0) in the conference standings. ... Huskies are bowl eligible.
No. 20 Georgia (5-2) at No. 9 Florida (5-2), 3:30 p.m. (CBS)
Opening Line: Florida by 9.
Series Record: Georgia leads 456-37-2.
Last Meeting: 2006, Florida 21-14
Georgia is 9-2 under Coach Richt following a bye week. ... This is the first time the Bulldogs have a bye before facing Florida. ... Georgia QB Matthew Stafford is 11-4 as a starter. ... Georgia leads the SEC on red zone efficiency, scoring 23 times in 24 trips (96 percent). ... Florida has won eight of nine and 15 of the last 17 meetings. ... Florida coach Urban Meyer is 13-4 against ranked opponents. ... Meyer is 20-1 in the state of Florida. ... Florida QB Tim Tebow leads the nation in passing efficiency (177.5).
Minnesota (1-7) at No. 19 Michigan (6-2), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN Classic)
Opening Line: Michigan by 24.
Series Record: Michigan leads 68-24-3.
Last Meeting: 2006, Michigan 28-14.
n Jug'' series. ... Lloyd Carr is 9-1 all-time against Michigan and 5-1 at Michigan Stadium. ... Michigan has won 13 of the last 14 games at home against Minnesota. ... Michigan RB Mike Hart is third in the nation in rushing (154 yards per game). ... Lloyd Carr has won 19 of his last 21 Big Ten home games.
UCLA (5-2) at Washington State (2-5), 6:30 p.m. (FSN)
Opening Line: UCLA by 6.
Series Record: UCLA leads 35-17-1.
Last Meeting: 2006, Washington State 37-15
UCLA has won seven straight Pac-10 games. ... UCLA ranks eighth in the nation in rushing defense (79.57 yards per game). ... UCLA is third in the Pac-10 in rushing offense (181.3 yards per game). ... Washington State has won five of the last six meetings. ... The last Cougar home win over the Bruins came in 2003, a 31-13 victory. ... Cougars QB Alex Brink is two touchdowns away from becoming the all-time leader.
M (6-2), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Opening Line: Kansas by 2.
M leads 7-1.
M is fifth in the nation in rushing offense (260.1 yards per game).
No. 15 South Carolina (6-2) at Tennessee (4-3), 7:45 p.m. (ESPN)
Opening Line: Tennessee by 3.
Series Record: Tennessee leads 20-3-2.
Last Meeting: 2006, Tennessee 31-24
South Carolina has won nine of their last 11 games. ... Steve Spurrier is 10-6 all-time against Tennessee, including 5-4 in Knoxville. ... The Gamecocks have won eight of their last 10 road games. ... South Carolina is first in the nation in pass defense (145.88 yards per game) and fifth in pass efficiency defense (92.31). ... Tennessee has won 13 of the last 14 games against South Carolina. ... Tennessee has beaten Spurrier in three of the last four games it has played against his teams. ... Tennessee is second in the SEC in passing offense (268.9 yards per game).
No. 1 Ohio State (8-0) at No. 24 Penn State (6-2), 8 p.m. (ABC)
Opening Line: Ohio State by 4 1/2.
Series Record: Series tied 11-11.
Last Meeting: 2006, Ohio State 28-6
Since 1993, the home team has won 12 of the last 14 meetings. ... The Buckeyes are 3-5 against Penn State in Beaver Stadium, including a 17-10 in 2005. ... Ohio State has won 26 regular-season games in a row since losing to Penn State in 2005. ... The Buckeyes lead the nation in scoring defense (7.88 points per game), total defense (208.5 yards per game) and pass efficiency defense (86.83), and second in rushing defense (62.38 yards per game) and pass defense (146.13 yards per game). ... Ohio State has won 18 consecutive Big Ten games, since their 2005 loss to Penn State. ... Since 1959, Ohio State is 24-10 in road night games. ... Penn State is facing the No. 1 team in the nation at home for the first time since 1989, a 34-23 loss against Notre Dame. ... The Nittany Lions are 4-9 all-time against No. 1's. ... Penn State has won 19 of its last 20 home games. ... Penn State is first in the nation in sacks (35), fourth in scoring defense (15 points per game), seventh in total defense (279.5 yards per game), and ninth in rushing defense (79.8 yards per game). ...
No. 18 California (5-2) at No. 7 Arizona State (7-0), 10 p.m. (FSN)
Opening Line: Arizona State by 3 1/2.
Series Record: Series tied 13-13.
Last Meeting: 2006, California 49-21
Cal has won four straight over the Sun Devils. ... Cal RB Justin Forsett is second in the Pac-10 in rushing (116 yards per game), and has had a rushing touchdown in seven of his last eight games. ... Cal WR Robert Jordan is one catch away from setting a new school-record for consecutive games with a reception. ... The Golden Bears are first in the Pac-10 in sacks against (8), first in turnover margin (+7) and third in scoring offense (35.1 points per game). ... The Sun Devils have had an interception in nine straight games. ... Arizona State is 7-0 for the first time since 1996. ... The Sun Devils are second in the Pac-10 in total offense (437.3 yards per game), scoring offense (37.7 points per game), total defense (304.3 yards per game) and passing defense (214.1 yards per game). ... Arizona State is seventh in the nation in pass efficiency defense (94.35) and fourth in scoring defense (15 points per game).
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