It’s already the seventh college football Saturday, which means we are about to be at the halfway point of the season. Time to get you ready for what to watch for from the prominent programs in the state.
Up first, Florida State hosts Wake Forest in ACC action at Doak Campbell Stadium at 3:30 Eastern on ESPN. Will the Noles have a letdown after their hard fought one point win over rival Miami last Saturday night? How will they deal with yet another injury on defense? Does Wake have any hope of stopping Dalvin Cook and the FSU attack? I think we know the answer to that.
Simultaneously, Miami will play host to North Carolina in an ACC showdown on ABC that will tell us more about the Canes than any of their previous wins. As mentioned above, they lost dramatically and even heart-breakingly to the Noles seven days ago, and now must come right back against what is a talented Tarheel offense. Despite their awful showing at home vs. Virginia Tech last week, the Heels can move the ball (just ask FSU) and Miami may have their hands full.
In Gainesville, the embattled Florida Gators, who did not play last week against LSU due to the threat of Hurricane Matthew and then two days ago saw that home game taken from them, look to take out their frustration on Homecoming at the Swamp against Missouri. The game is on the SEC Netowrk at 4 p.m. The Gators get good news on offense, as QB Luke Del Rio appears to be ready to return from a knee injury. Missouri is smarting after LSU hammered them 42-7.
Next, in Tampa, we profiled earlier this week that USF is potentially playing it’s best ball on offense in its 20 year history. And as the Bulls welcome UConn to Raymond James Stadium in American Conference action, they look to extend the nations longest streak of games with scoring a staggering 35 points or more at 10 and counting. The game will be shown at 7 p.m. on CBS Sports Network. Will QB Quinton Flowers and RB Marlon Mack continue their 1-2 knockout punch or does the Husky D slow them down? Let’s see.
Finally, in Orlando, after also having the week off unscheduled due to the threat of Hurricane Matthew, UCF will play a very intriguing AAC home game with Temple on ESPNU at 7:30 p.m. The Golden Knights have won their last two, but have questions at QB. Veteran Justin Holman was used two weeks ago in the win over East Carolina, but they have also used true freshman McKenzie Milton recently and may play both of them. For Temple, they are explosive on offense behind dual threat QB Phillip Walker and a bevy of running backs. This is the best opponent UCF has played since being throttled by Michigan early this year. This may be the most entertaining game of them all.
All five programs in action on this Saturday are at home, and we look forward to the action and bringing you our recaps, as Saturday rolls on.