Mississippi State vs Arkansas

Mississippi State vs Arkansas : Considering their sizeable disadvantage in the spread, Arkansas will have a real challenge on their hands on Saturday. They will square off against Miss. State at 1:00 p.m. Arkansas are hoping to patch up the holes in a defense that has allowed an average of 32.7 points per game.

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Last Saturday, Arkansas came up short against LSU, falling 17-24. A silver lining for Arkansas was the play of Cheyenne O’Grady, who caught 6 passes for 75 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Meanwhile, after soaring to 45 points the game before, Miss. State faltered in their match last week. They have to be aching after a bruising 0-24 loss to Alabama. Miss. State were in a tough position by the half, with the score already sitting at 0-21.

With the two teams each stumbling in off of a defeat, both will be hungry for the win. We’ll see which team satisfies their hunger and which team leaves with an empty stomach.

Considering their sizeable disadvantage in the spread, Arkansas will have a real challenge on their hands on Saturday. They will square off against Miss. State at 1:00 p.m. Arkansas are hoping to patch up the holes in a defense that has allowed an average of 32.7 points per game.

Last Saturday, Arkansas came up short against LSU, falling 17-24. A silver lining for Arkansas was the play of Cheyenne O’Grady, who caught 6 passes for 75 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Meanwhile, after soaring to 45 points the game before, Miss. State faltered in their match last week. They have to be aching after a bruising 0-24 loss to Alabama. Miss. State were in a tough position by the half, with the score already sitting at 0-21.

With the two teams each stumbling in off of a defeat, both will be hungry for the win. We’ll see which team satisfies their hunger and which team leaves with an empty stomach.

How To Watch

When: Saturday at 12:00 PM ET

Where: Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field, Mississippi

TV: ESPN

Follow: CBS Sports App

Ticket Cost: $39.70

Prediction

The Bulldogs are a big 21.5 point favorite against the Razorbacks.

This season, Miss. State are 5-4-0 against the spread. As for Arkansas, they are 5-4-0 against the spread

The line has drifted a bit towards the Bulldogs, as the game opened with the Bulldogs as a 19.5 point favorite.

Series History

Miss. State have won 2 out of their last 3 games against Arkansas.

2017 – Arkansas Razorbacks 21 vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs 28

2016 – Mississippi State Bulldogs 42 vs. Arkansas Razorbacks 58

2015 – Arkansas Razorbacks 50 vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs 51

Middle Tennessee vs Kentucky

Middle Tennessee vs Kentucky : No panic mode for Kentucky. Despite struggling on offense in losses to Georgia and Tennessee the last two weeks, head coach Mark Stoops plans no major changes for the No. 17 Wildcats as they host Middle Tennessee State Saturday in their final home game of 2018. Kickoff at Kroger Field in Lexington is at noon ET on the SEC Network.

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“That wouldn’t be a very good idea,” Stoops said when asked if it is time to re-think his entire offensive scheme. “We got two opportunities to get the most victories we’ve had in a regular season since 1977. I don’t think that’d be very wise.

“We did a lot of good things to win seven games, and we plan on trying to get to eight and nine. I appreciate all the good things that they did to put us in that position. That would be called panic mode.”

The Wildcats (7-3) managed only 262 yards of total offense in the loss to the Volunteers after rushing and passing for 310 against Georgia the week before. They have failed to reach the 300-yard mark in three of their last five games after getting to at least that mark in each of their first five games.

Not coincidentally, running back Benny Snell Jr. has reached the 100-yard mark rushing only once in his last six games. He was in triple digits in three of his first four games with a season-high 175 in the win over Florida.

It could be that opponents have caught up with the junior, who is threatening to become Kentucky’s all-time leading rusher. He needs to average 108 yards over Kentucky’s next three games (two regular season contests plus the bowl game) to pass Sonny Collins’ record of 3,835 yards.

“They’ve been defending it differently,” Snell said. “They’ve been loading the box from now to the beginning of the year. That really shouldn’t matter to me.”

Stoops said a “lot of things” go into the issue.

“Part of our recipe to win a bunch of games is we have to make long drives,” Stoops said. “In our victories throughout the season, we’ve had 12-, 13-play drives because we’re not overly explosive.

“But, you have to be very good and you have to be very precise, and you can’t have a missed assignment here, a missed assignment there.”

Middle Tennessee could present an opportunity for the Wildcats to get their running game together. The Blue Raiders (7-3) have allowed opponents to rush for an average of 165 yards per game, but have won their last four games, the last a 49-32 race against UTEP.

“They’re creating big plays and they’re getting ahead and scoring some points,” Stoops said, “and then they are throwing the ball and certainly that was the case this past week with UTEP. They jumped out on a big lead on them and then they’re throwing it and creating big plays. Their defense has been very good at forcing turnovers.”

Quarterback Brent Stockstill, son of MTSU head coach Rick Stockstill, leads the Raiders’ offense and has passed for 857 yards in his last three games.

“He’s one of those guys he’s a real gamer,” Stoops said. “You can put pressure on him, you can get him out of the pocket, and he finds guys open. He puts it in good spots, he throws a catchable ball. You got to have a lot of respect for the way he plays.”

Kentucky has finished its conference schedule, finishing 5-3 in the SEC East, but the Raiders are 6-1 in Conference USA play and have a key league game coming up the following week against UAB. Rick Stockstill says he won’t pull any punches by pulling players against Kentucky.

“We are going to try to win this game,” he said, “and worry about next week, next week.”

This will be the third SEC opponent for the Blue Raiders, who lost to Vanderbilt 35-7 and Georgia 49-7 in early September.

“We are looking forward to it,” coach Stockstill said. “We know the challenge that lies ahead, but we are excited about it.”

Penn State vs Rutgers

Penn State vs Rutgers : Cael Sanderson’s boys travel to Philadelphia on Sunday to wrestle in their 3rd Keystone Classic, an invitational tourney hosted by the University of Pennsylvania, in the historic Palestra.

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Each of the past two years at this tournament, the Lions crowned Champions at 7 of the 10 weight classes.

In 2016 (the 2017 team title season), Zain Retherford (149), Jason Nolf (157), Vincenzo Joseph (165), Shakur Rasheed (174), Bo Nickal (184), Matt McCutcheon (197) and Nick Nevills (285) reached the top of the podium, with Rasheed (Geno Morelli) and McCutcheon (Kellan Stout) winning titles over teammates. I couldn’t find our BSD Recap, so here are recap details at Penn

No. 20 Penn State travels to Rutgers on Saturday, Nov. 17 for a conference contest against the struggling Scarlet Knights.

Rutgers is just 1-9 on the season so far after nine straight losses. Shea Patterson and the Michigan Wolverines made quick work of the Scarlet Knights last week, walking away with a 42-7 win. Rutgers QB Artur Sitkowski completed just 8-of-19 for 40 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception.

Penn State (7-3) beat Big Ten rival Wisconsin last week, 22-10. Senior quarterback Trace McSorley went 19-of-25 for 160 yards and one touchdown, while running back Miles Sanders added another 159 rushing yards and an additional TD in the win.

Time: 12 p.m. ET

TV channel: BTN

Live stream:  You can watch the game live on fuboTV. Sign up now for a free seven-day trial.

Idaho vs Florida

Idaho vs Florida : Florida has hopes of making a New Year’s Six bowl and can’t afford a slip-up in its final two games of the regular season. Idaho ends its season in Gainesville.

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More than 20 seniors will be making their Swamp farewell today. The big question now is how many juniors also will be playing in their final home game for the Gators? UF underclassmen come out early for the NFL draft every year, and this year likely will be no different. Defensive end/outside linebacker Jachai Polite is at the top of the list of juniors possibly leaving. His Twitter handle is @RetireMoms, so you know he has NFL money on his mind. And with the year he’s having, he would seem a likely candidate to declare for the draft. The other juniors on the list are running back Jordan Scarlett, wide receiver Van Jefferson and Chauncey Gardner-Johnson. We’ll see how these players react at the game’s conclusion.

Twenty Florida players will take part in “senior day” festivities before the game. The class has been a part of two SEC Eastern Division titles and compiled a 30-18 record, including 21-11 in Southeastern Conference play.

Six fifth-year seniors who joined the Gators in 2014 are playing for their third UF coach: Khairi Clark, C’yontai Lewis, Moral Stephens, Jorge Powell, Kavaris Harkless and R.J. Raymond.

The Gators and Vandals were supposed to play each other for the very first time back on Aug. 30, 2014, but Mother Nature put the kibosh on it. The game was canceled due to unsafe field conditions following more than four hours of lightning delays and heavy rain. After several delays, the game finally kicked off at around 10 p.m. But after the Gators returned the opening kickoff 64 yards, more lightning was reported in the area and the teams were sent back to the locker rooms. At around midnight, the game was finally ruled a no contest and everyone went home.

It’s funny how things turn out sometimes. Idaho seniors Dorian Clark and David Ungerer were expected to make their college debuts in that 2014 game in The Swamp. Instead of starting out here, this is where they are going to be playing the final game of their college careers. Clark, a cornerback from Jacksonville, has recorded 32 tackles and six pass breakups this season, while Ungerer, a wide receiver, is having a career year. He leads the Vandals with 66 receptions for 692 yards and has 1,048 all-purpose yards.

We’re making this Florida vs. Elliss because the Gators are going to have to contend with this versatile and dynamic athlete on offense, defense and special teams. Ellis is a legit three-way player. He’s the starting Buck linebacker, the No. 2 tight end and he plays on special teams. He makes plays in all three phases. In two games last season, he had at least one sack and a touchdown reception, a rare combination, for sure. He literally plays all over the field. He plays tight end, slot receiver and H-back on offense. He plays defensive end, at both outside linebacker spots and as a stand-up edge rusher on defense. He’s on the kick block teams on special teams. So, the Gators are going to see a lot of No. 3 (Elliss’ number) today. One thing they don’t want to see is him making a lot plays all over the field. Former NFL player Luther Elliss, an Idaho assistant, is his father.

Idaho’s beleaguered defense — the Vandals rank 94th in the Football Championship Subdivision in yards allowed — against Florida’s up-and-down offense. The Gators should have a size, speed and talent advantage at every position.

Florida has won 18 consecutive games against first-time opponents. The streak includes 14 wins against current Football Bowl Subdivision teams and four wins against current FCS teams, like Idaho. UF’s last defeat was to Michigan when the schools met for the first time in the 2003 Outback Bowl.

The Gators expect to have a size, speed and talent advantage over the Vandals, who are finishing their season on the road.

“You’ve got to come up with everything you can to give your guys the best chance they got,” Idaho coach Paul Petrino said.

Players to watch

Idaho: LB/TE Kaden Elliss. The senior lines up all over the field on defense and plays multiple positions on offense. He also could see snaps on special teams as a kick-blocking weapon.

Florida: WR/RB Tadarius Toney is averaging 11.3 yards a touch as a receiver and wildcat quarterback. He has 384 yards of offense, including 179 the last two games against Missouri and South Carolina.

Facts & Figures

The Vandals are 0-5 on the road this season. … The Gators are one of only six FBS schools with seven wins after having a losing record a season ago. Cincinnati (9-1), Utah State (9-1), Syracuse (8-2), Georgia Southern (7-3) and Virginia (7-3) are the others.

Today’s game questions

Will true freshman quarterback Emory Jones see extensive playing time?

The Gators gutted South Carolina with the running game. Can they do the same against an Idaho defense that is giving up 214.7 yards rushing a game?

Can the Florida defense cut back on the explosive plays given up in recent games?

With the new redshirt rule in place, will we see some true freshmen play who haven’t played yet or only played in the first game or two?

Idaho is going to be a tough draw. Do the fans show up and make The Swamp feel like The Swamp?

Ohio State vs Maryland

Ohio State vs Maryland : Urban Meyer insists his Ohio State Buckeyes are preparing for Saturday’s matchup with Maryland. The Buckeyes have a showdown with No. 4 Michigan next week that will determine the winner of the Big Ten East.

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“I had a chat with them,” Meyer said. “I think (Maryland) is one of the more talented teams in the Big Ten. They beat Texas early on. They are extremely good.

“Our guys watched film,” he said. “Our guys are very intelligent players here. I do worry about staring at phones all day long. But they know what’s in store. And I can assure you (there) is focus on going to win that game at noon.”

Ohio State is a 14.5-point favorite over Maryland in the 11 a.m. (noon ET) game set for ABC.

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Meyer hates having to defend the performance of his ninth-ranked Buckeyes, who still have a shot at winning the Big Ten and the national championship heading into Saturday’s game at Maryland.

Meyer bristles at those who claim this team has underachieved. Yet, he understands that this is what happens when greatness is the norm.

“First of all, it’s a product of Ohio State,” said Meyer, who owns a gaudy 79-9 record with the Buckeyes. “You know, it’s a product of the top programs in America.”

Saturday’s game will be streamed live online at espn3.

So, even after Ohio State (9-1, 6-1, No. 10 CFP) won its third road game over a ranked team, 26-6 over Michigan State last Saturday, the questions persisted.

“What happened? What’s the problem? What about this? What about that?” Meyer said, mimicking the doubters. “I could stand up and say, ‘What are you guys talking about?’ But I get it. I don’t think we played great either at times.”

Ohio State lost to Purdue 49-20 on Oct. 20, then squeezed past Nebraska at home before using a 17-point fourth quarter to pull away from the Spartans.

“It was a great team win,” Meyer said. “But we’re not where I would like us to be. Is that fair?”

There’s still time to get it right. A win over Maryland (5-5, 3-4) and another next week against Michigan will put the Buckeyes in the Big Ten title game.

Terrapins interim coach Matt Canada knows it’s going to be a challenge to pull off the upset, but hopes his team appreciates the opportunity.

“Not many people get to say they lined up and played against a highly ranked football team,” Canada said. “They’re a great football team, a great program, a great tradition.”

Some other things to know about the Ohio State-Maryland matchup:

Maryland’s seniors play their final home game, ending careers in which most played for head coaches Randy Edsall and DJ Durkin, along with interim coaches Canada and Mike Locksley.

They also banded to keep the team together after the death of teammate Jordan McNair, who collapsed on the practice field in May and died of heatstroke in June.

“Really, really proud of them and the leadership they’ve shown this year,” said Canada, hired in January to be offensive coordinator. “Excited for their families and them to be honored Saturday. Hopefully a lot of people get here early enough to do that, because those kids deserve to be honored and appreciated for what they’ve given to the program.”

Ohio State’s running game and red-zone troubles arose once opposing defenses figured out that quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. couldn’t or wouldn’t run the ball. It led to the Buckeyes mostly removing run-pass options plays from the game plan.

Meyer finally put in dual-threat backup quarterback Tate Martell three times against Michigan State in some red-zone situations. His first play was a 5-yard quarterback draw that got down to the 1, and he stayed in to hand off to Mike Weber for the touchdown plunge.

Meyer said there could be more Martell in short-yardage situations that in recent years were nearly automatic when J.T. Barrett was running the offense.

A season-ending knee injury to quarterback Kasim Hill in last week’s loss to Indiana means Tyrrell Pigrome will start for Maryland, which needs one victory in its final two games to become bowl eligible.

Pigrome went 10 for 13 for 146 yards and a touchdown against the Hoosiers before losing a fumble in the closing seconds.

The Buckeyes are gunning for their seventh consecutive 10-win season and 14th since 2000. … Maryland’s Anthony McFarland ran for 210 yards against Indiana, a school record for a freshman. … Ohio State is 4-0 against Maryland, scoring 52, 49, 62 and 62 points in blowout fashion.

Alabama vs The Citadel

Alabama vs The Citadel : No. 1 Alabama hosts The Citadel in a college football 2018 game at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. Central, noon Eastern, with the game to be broadcast live on the SEC Network. Alabama is a 51-point favorite, according to Vegas Insider.

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Alabama is 10-0 this season, while The Citadel is 4-5. The Crimson Tide and Bulldogs have never met in football. Alabama has brushed off two ranked division rivals without allowing a point.

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On Saturday, the top-ranked Crimson Tide defense faces an entirely different challenge: The Citadel (4-5) and its triple option offense. All that preparation for Southeastern Conference offenses, including Mississippi State and No. 10 LSU, provides scant help in this one for ‘Bama (10-0, No. 1 CFP).

“This is a totally different challenge in terms of how you have to try to defend it and what you have to do,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said.

Of course, it’s still the nation’s top-ranked team facing an FCS opponent even with the potential distraction of upcoming games against rival Auburn and, in the Southeastern Conference championship game, No. 5 Georgia.

Citadel coach Brent Thompson wants his team to “compete our butts off as much as we possibly can on such a big and grand stage.”

He calls Alabama the “best we’ve probably ever seen.”

Live stream for Alabama-The Citadel is available via Watch ESPN.

The big question facing Alabama is how much Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will play on a right knee that has been bothering him. Saban bristles at any suggestion that he’d sit out Tagovailoa or another banged up starter based on assumptions about the opponent.

“That can’t be your mindset,” Saban said. “That’s not our mindset, that’s not going to be the mindset of our players.”

His approach has worked to the tune of 80 consecutive wins over unranked teams.

Defensively, Alabama faces Citadel quarterback Brandon Rainey, who has run for 405 yards in the past two games, his only starts.

The Bulldogs are averaging 291.9 rushing yards with 28 touchdowns on the ground. Alabama ranks seventh nationally in defending the run, giving up 96.3 yards a game.

“It may be nerve-wracking for the coaches trying to come up with play-calling and stuff, but I am excited,” Tide linebacker Dylan Moses said. “They’ll be running the ball the whole time. That’s what I live for. I am ready to run guys down, make tackles and celebrate with my teammates.”

Here are some other things to watch for in the Citadel-Alabama game:

The truth is, Alabama would almost certainly hope to limit the playing time for Tagovailoa, who was sacked four times against Mississippi State and sat out the fourth quarter. The question is, can backup Jalen Hurts play after missing the past two games with an ankle injury. Third-teamer Mac Jones could get significant time on the field if the game goes as expected.

Alabama is coming off shutout wins over Mississippi State and LSU — by a total of 53-0 — and hasn’t allowed a point in nine-plus quarters.

Alabama could break the school record of 24 consecutive wins at home. The Tide matched the record set from 1971-74 last week against Mississippi State.

The Citadel has dominated the second half in its past two games, outscoring Samford and Western Carolina 63-3 and producing eight rushing touchdowns.

Saban has made sure his players know about the 2011 game with Georgia Southern, which lost 45-21 but produced a whopping 302 rushing yards against Alabama’s defense.

“He kept going back to that,” Moses said. “He said we have to play hard and stick together when we’re playing and take this game seriously because we don’t want that to happen.”