We’re all confused with conference schedules across the country, and that’s usually when the real contenders come out and teams get tested more often.
Number 2 Alabama is one such group this week with a trip to Number 20 Arkansas. That’s one of the five ranked vs. ranked matchups this weekend, including two big ones in the ACC Atlantic. There’s the potential for a lot of disruption, especially with several other ranked teams heading out to take on unranked conference foes, starting with the trip from No. 15 Washington to UCLA on Friday night.
This should be a very nice weekend.
(Note: all time ET, odds from BetMGM)
Time: 12:00 | TV: ESPN | Line: Ole Miss -7 | Total: 53.5
With a 4-0 start and number 7 in the country, Kentucky brings back one of its best players for a road showdown with number 14 Ole Miss. Chris Rodriguez, the team’s top running back, is back after a four – game interruption. Rodriguez could deliver a shock for a strike that has been a bit underwhelmed so far in the season. On the other hand, Ole Miss is second in the SEC with 13 sacks. Offensively, Ole Miss has settled for USC transfer Jaxson Dart as quarterback after splitting reps with Luke Altmyer early this year. With a 4-0 start, the Rebels have leaned on their running game and averaged 5.8 yards per rush as a team.
Time: 3:30 PM | TV: CBS | Line: Alabama -17.5 | Total: 60.5
We haven’t heard much from Alabama since it nearly lost to Texas in week 2. After escaping Austin with a 20-19 win, the Crimson Tide posted back-to-back blowout home wins over UL Monroe and Vanderbilt. The Tide needs to find some consistency with the receiver as SEC’s play starts to ramp up, starting with Saturday’s trip to Fayetteville. Arkansas opened the year 3-0 with wins over Cincinnati and South Carolina before dropping a heartthrob at Texas A&M last week. Sam Pittman’s group will have to turn the page quickly as Alabama visits Razorback Stadium.
Time: 3:30 PM | TV: Fox | Line: Baylor -2.5 | Total: 56.5
Last year, Baylor stood in the way of a Big 12 title and a potential College Football Playoff berth for Oklahoma State. The two met in the conference title game, but Baylor’s defense came up with a clutch goal line to win in dramatic fashion. Turning the page to 2022, Oklahoma State is off to a 3-0 start and has looked good on offense, albeit against a weak competition. OSU hasn’t really been tested so far this year, but is coming off a bye en route to this showdown in Waco. Baylor, meanwhile, is coming off an impressive road win over Iowa State to improve to 3-1.
Time: 3:30 PM | TV: ABC | Line: FSU -7 | Total: 64
Florida State is back in the AP Top 25 for the first time since 2018 thanks to a 4-0 start. FSU has so far won LSU, Louisville and Boston College and will welcome Wake Forest Saturday in Tallahassee for an ACC Atlantic showdown. FSU quarterback Jordan Travis has been fantastic so far this season, and the Seminoles are ranked 13th nationally in hasty strikes, averaging 227 yards per game. FSU got off to a slow start under head coach Mike Norvell, but now looks like a potential contender in the ACC.
Time: 19:30 | TV: ABC | Line: Clemson -6.5 | Total: 41.5
Elsewhere in the ACC is another squad from the Atlantic Division. And while FSU and Wake Forest could avoid most of Hurricane Ian’s impact, heavy rains appear to be imminent for NC State’s trip to Clemson. Last year, NC State broke an eight-game loss streak against the Tigers, who failed to win the ACC title for the first time since 2014. This year, both teams will start 4-0. The win over Wake Forest seemed to show that Clemson’s offense has made great strides, but the defense may not be as strong as in years past.
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