By ERIC OLSON, AP College Football Writer
The Southwest Classic between longtime rivals Arkansas and Texas A&M was one-sided, with the Aggies scoring nine straight wins. Before the season, the SEC teams’ first game looked like another game on Saturday.
Turns out this is a Top 25 game in CBS’s main afternoon time slot at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.
The national stage offers the 16th-ranked Razorbacks a chance to show they’re the real deal after being picked second to last in SEC West and their impressive win over Texas two weeks ago wasn’t A random.
For the number 7 of Texas A&M, it is an opportunity to calm the fans made nervous by a struggle more difficult than it should have been with Colorado two weeks ago and for Zach Calzada to take over the quarterback. – Rear of the injured Haynes King.
The Aggies are 5 1/2 point favorites, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
No. 18 Wisconsin vs. No. 12 Notre Dame at Soldier Field in Chicago. The teams were scheduled to meet at Lambeau Field in Green Bay last year, but the game was called off due to the pandemic.
This will be the teams’ first meeting since 1964, and the first when the two are classified.
The game has an intriguing backdrop with Notre Dame quarterback Jack Coan playing against his former teammates. Coan left the Badgers last year after Graham Mertz was named a starter. Mertz has yet to meet the high expectations that have led him to be ranked as the best pocket passer out of high school in 2019.
Kenneth Walker III, RB, State of Michigan
Wake Forest’s transfer has gone from anonymity to being national race leader in three games and is one of the main reasons the No.25 Spartans have unexpectedly become a factor in the Big Ten East.
Walker creates excitement with his deviousness – he forced 20 missed tackles against Miami last week, according to Pro Football Focus – and he’s averaging 8.7 yards per carry.
He faces Nebraska at home this week.
2 – Back-to-back wins for Texas Tech at Darrell K. Royal-Memorial Stadium in Texas. The Red Raiders are heading there in search of their first 4-0 start since 2013.
17-1 – Boise State’s record against Utah State since 1998. The Aggies are 3-0 for the first time since 1978 and welcome a Boise team that lost two of its top three for the first time since 2005.
100 – The number of times SMU and TCU will have met after Saturday’s game in Fort Worth. TCU leads the 51-41-7 series.
114 – National ranking of Clemson in total offense. The Tigers finished 10th in 2020.
1,051 – Michigan’s rushing yardage, the Wolverines’ highest in three games since at least 1997.
No. 14 Iowa State at Baylor
The Cyclones got all they could from Baylor at home last year, and they’re looking to build on last week’s easy win at UNLV. Baylor is 3-0 against extremely light competition.
The Bruins, who lost to Fresno State, face the Stanford team whose victory in Southern California sent Clay Helton fired two weeks ago. The Cardinal beat UCLA in a 48-47 two-overtime thriller last year.
Indiana west of Kentucky
The Hoosiers have lost two games to ranked teams after entering the season with high expectations. With a loss here, the season is really going south.
Florida State sophomore coach Mike Norvell is 3-9 with a loss to Jacksonville State and a 21-point loss to Wake Forest on his account. The Seminoles enter their home game against Louisville with the possibility of starting 0-4 for the first time since 1974.
The sports department’s finances could save Norvell’s time. The school will donate more than $ 3 million to previous coach Willie Taggart each of the next two years. There might be a reluctance to cut the bait on a coach who is only in his second year of a six-year, $ 26.5 contract.
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