As September closes out, we get a slate of four games involving the prominent state schools and all in conference play.
Noon- Florida vs. Vanderbilt ESPN
The Gators come off of dramatic last minute wins over Tennessee and Kentucky to get to 2-0 in SEC play. As we mentioned earlier in the week, Coach Jim McElwain is now 9-1 in SEC games decided by seven points or less. Meanwhile, Vandy scored an upset of Kansas State earlier this month, but comes off a humbling 59-0 destruction at the hands of Alabama last week. Needless to say, as our Josh Ciganek wrote, the Gators could be overlooking the ‘Doores this week, as LSU comes to Gainesville next week. Florida will go to veteran Luke Del Rio to start the game at QB, after he relieved Feleipe Franks in the second half at Lexington last week.
Noon- USF at East Carolina CBS Sports Network
The Bulls travel to Greenville, NC, for their first conference road game of the year. USF comes off back to back routs of Illinois and Temple at home. Our Olivia Stacey wrote earlier in the week that the Bulls 4-0 start could be a bit of a mirage because of suspect competition. She also previewed this game for us on video, as well. The Bulls are heavily favored again, against the 1-3 Pirates. Will USF QB Quinton Flowers have a breakout game yardage and TD wise? We have yet to see that even in the four wins. We have seen the Bulls run it with D’Ernest Johnson and Darius Tice quite effectively. Look for more of that today.
3:30 p.m.- Florida State at Wake Forest ABC
Let’s face it. The Noles need a good showing here. After the three week layoff from Hurricane Irma cancelling one game and postponing the other with Miami, FSU was not sharp and was beaten in the ACC opener in Tallahassee by N.C. State. This will be the second start for freshman James Blackman and as our Jamil King wrote this week, the Noles running game needs to help. Wake is already 4-0 including an impressive conference win at BC and blowing out Utah State at home, as well. Seminoles better be on alert for Deacons QB John Wolford who has accounted for 11 TD’s already this year.
And finally, 7 p.m.- UCF vs. Memphis ESPN 2
This is a makeup game from Hurricane Irma three weeks ago, and there are some hard feelings. This, after the game was moved up 24 hours from Saturday to Friday night with Irma approaching and then, the Knights let Memphis’ team and travel party fly to Orlando Thursday evening before telling them upon landing that the game had now been cancelled altogether.
Well, it’s back on. UCF is 2-0 fresh off a blowout win at Maryland last week and will rely heavily on QB McKenzie Milton to spark them. Memphis is 3-0 having upset UCLA at home and having won it’s other two games over UL-Monroe and Southern Illinois. In all three games QB Riley Ferguson has been great for the Tigers, but the Memphis defense has been suspect, too. Look for a lot of points to be scored in this one for sure.