The calendar has flipped to October and the football begins to take on more significance and two massive conference games are a big part of our primer for Saturday.
FSU at Miami 3:30
The Hurricanes and FSU renew hostilities at Hard Rock stadium Saturday. Florida State turned a dire situation at Louisville 7 days ago into a dramatic win with a Deondre Francois to nyquan Murray touchdown in the final minute and a half. Meanwhile Miami’s menacing defense forced six turnovers and scored three touchdowns in their blowout win over North Carolina 10 days ago.
Canes coach Mark Richt’s first taste of this rivalry, as a head coach, saw his team win dramatically in the final 30 seconds (above) a year ago in Tallahassee. That’s when QB Malik Rosier threw the game-winning touchdown pass.
FSU is a heavy Underdog, but it’s a rivalry game and anything can happen.
Florida vs. LSU 3:30
Pulling off back-to-back wins in the SEC on the road is never easy but that’s exactly what the Gators did the last two weeks in Knoxville and Starkville. Now they return home playing their toughest opponent to date, fourth-ranked LSU. The Bayou Bengals are led by Ohio State transfer quarterback Joe Burrow and have already scored impressive wins to begin the season over Miami, at Auburn and last week’s destruction of Ole Miss.
Florida is getting to play LSU at home for the second straight year because of the controversy two years ago over Hurricane Matthew where the game was eventually moved from Gainesville to Baton Rouge for a second straight game.
The noise of the Swamp may be a huge advantage for the Gators, especially in the second half if they get LSU rattled.
USF at UMass 3:30
USF comes off of a bye week playing at Amhers, MA against UMass and while on paper the Bulls shouldn’t have much trouble with an opponent that is 2 – 4, the Minutemen have demonstrated the ability to score. Left-handed quarterback Alex Ford threw for 4 touchdown passes in a loss last week to Ohio University. And UMass has scored 40 or more points in three games this season. The Bulls have lived on the edge pulling out victories in the fourth quarter with Illinois and two weeks ago against TCU.
Now let’s see if they can get it done on the road in the New England.
UCF vs. SMU 7:00 p.m.
The Knights look to continue its roll and the nation’s longest win streak of 17 games against SMU. McKenzie Milton is still on fire with six more touchdowns in the air and on the ground last week against Pitt. He has now been named the American Conference player of the week three times out of the 4 weeks of the award. SMU had a nice win at home over Navy scoring a touchdown and then getting a two-point conversion on the final play of the game for the upset.
However, this ain’t Navy on offense. The high-powered Knights should score early and often to improve to 5-0 and then, have a big showdown next weekend at Memphis.
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