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College Football Week 6 Schedule: TV and Live Stream Info for Every Game

With conference games starting in full swing, Week 6 of the college football season will be the first chance for many top teams to truly prove themselves.

Saturday features six games between ranked teams, including four between squads in the Top 15. Obviously, there will be a lot of shake-up in the polls Sunday no matter what happens.

Just as importantly, the top teams looking to show they deserve a spot in the College Football Playoff will have to come through with strong performances this weekend.

Here is a guide to help you watch every game either on television or online.

Schedule courtesy of ESPN.comFor games without national or regional coverage on a major network, check local listings. 

 

Live Stream Info

Many of the games are also available online at one of these locations, although some need subscriptions:

ESPN: WatchESPN

SEC: CBSSports.com

Fox: Fox Sports Go

BTN: BTN2Go.com

Pac-12: Pac-12.com

ABC: ABC Live

CBS: CBSSports.com

NBC:NBC Live Extra 

 

Top Games to Watch

No. 3 Alabama at No. 11 Ole Miss

Ole Miss has not fared well against Alabama in recent memory, as noted by ESPN Stats & Info:

However, this time can be different. Safety Cody Prewitt explained it well, via Brandon Speck of FoxSports.com:

We understand that we haven't played a team that's going to be as good as Bama. But we don't really think Bama is as good as they have been. And we're better than we have been. We're looking forward to getting to the game plan and really nailing down all the tweaks and stuff that we're going to have to put into Bama.

This was not his way of taking a shot at Alabama or creating bulletin-board material, but it is true that this is Ole Miss' best chance at knocking off the Tide.

The Rebels have been great on defense this season, holding opponents to just 8.5 points per game to rank third in the nation. With senior quarterback Bo Wallace spreading the ball around, he has a chance to attack the Alabama defense in ways few others have done in the past.

The Tide allowed 21 points to a struggling Florida offense, so it's clear this unit can be beaten.

Still, the game will likely come down to turnovers. Wallace has already thrown six interceptions this year, something he has gotten away with so far but will not against an elite opponent. If he can take better care of the football, though, Ole Miss should be able to put points on the scoreboard.

With a relatively inexperienced offense trying to deal with the screaming fans in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, there is certainly potential for an upset. 

 

No. 14 Stanford at No. 9 Notre Dame

While there are a number of other big-time matchups, including various SEC battles and Oklahoma going on the road against TCU, the game between Stanford and Notre Dame could end up being the most important for the entire country.

It will be extremely difficult for the committee to decide which teams are the four best at the end of the season, mostly because it is tough to judge the conferences against one another. The good news is Notre Dame is here to bring everyone together.

With multiple opponents in the Big Ten, the Pac-12 and the ACC on the schedule, the Irish can help judge how the conferences stack up against one another. For example, a dominant win over Stanford on Saturday followed by a blowout loss at the hands of Florida State in a few weeks could seriously hurt the Pac-12's standing, especially if the Cardinal play well in conference.

However, Stanford has a chance to carry its entire conference with a strong performance, and it can do that with the No. 1 scoring defense in the country. The unit was elite last season but lost many key players. Still, Dave Fleming of ESPN believes it is even better:

Everett Golson has played well this season, but he will face a serious challenge in the upcoming game. If he struggles, this could end up being an easy win for the Cardinal.

 

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College Football Coaches Have Closed the Gap on Their NFL Counterparts

Not so long ago, conventional wisdom dictated that college football coaches couldn’t compare to those who guided teams in the NFL. Anyone with a coaching resume that was assembled in the pros, the thinking went, was way ahead of the guys who earned their living on college campuses.

But the dismissal of Charlie Weis this week at Kansas is a timely reminder that simply isn’t so.

Weis, despite being Bill Belichick’s offensive coordinator for three Super Bowl-winning teams in New England, also failed at Notre Dame before getting his exit papers from the Jayhawks.

He joins a list of notable former NFL coaches who didn’t find winning easier at the college level, including Mike Sherman, Bill Callahan, Dave Wannstedt, Chan Gailey, Bobby Ross, Jerry Glanville and, of course, Lane Kiffin. But more on them later.

In the meantime, I’m a big believer that winning at the college level today takes every bit as much blood, sweat and tears as the NFL requires, even if the College Football Playoff doesn't have the same magical sound as Super Bowl.

Why? Well...

Recruiting for blue-chip talent against the entire nation is much tougher than getting exclusive rights to a player via exercising a draft pick.

Reducing scholarships has leveled the playing field some in college, but the goal of parity is a central part of the NFL business plan.

The NCAA, with all of its regulations, is a tougher watchdog than Roger Goodell will ever be.

The college game is more creative these days, as the exploding point totals demonstrate.

And an NFL team can usually reach the playoffs with a 10-6 record and have a shot at the Lombardi Trophy, but two losses in college sends national championship hopes straight to the graveyard.

College chancellors certainly have recognized the value of men who can take their football programs to the top, especially with some studies, as detailed by Elise Young of Inside Higher Ed, finding that gridiron victories translate to increased alumni donations and can even boost a school’s academic reputation.

That is part of why the money—and the accompanying pressure—is getting bigger every year in the college game. When USA Today compiled college football coaches’ salaries for the first time in 2006, it found 42 were earning $1 million or more, up from just five in 1999. In 2013, the total-compensation packages for nearly 90 had crossed the million-dollar threshold.

NFL coaches still get paid more than their collegiate counterparts, but the gap appears to be narrowing. And two of the highest-paid NFL coaches are making hefty salaries in part because of the reputations they made at the collegiate level.

Former USC coach Pete Carroll, according to CoachesHotSeat.com, is tied for the highest NFL salary with $8 million in Seattle. Former Oregon coach Chip Kelly is tied for fourth on the same list, earning $7 million in Philadelphia.

At the college level, Nick Saban leads the way with Alabama agreeing last June to pay him $6.9 million a year for the next eight seasons.

Texas, according to a book written by Paul Finebaum of the SEC Network, was willing to hand Saban a $100 million deal to jump to the Longhorns.

Unable to land Saban, Texas found another way to spend big. It gave Charlie Strong $5 million a year to coach plus another $4.375 million in 2014 to buy out his Louisville contract, for a whopping $9.375 million deal that USA Today says is the largest one-year amount ever paid to a coach at a public university.

With money like that to spend, Texas could have gone after the NFL’s biggest coaching names, but the Longhorns’ decision-makers didn’t. And if you believe that money talks, in this case it shouted that sticking with a coach who had proven ability with college-age players was the wisest course.

An overwhelming majority of colleges agree. Look through USA Today’s most recent salary survey of college coaches, from 2013, and there isn't one whose first head coaching job was in the NFL until No. 25, Lane Kiffin.

Kiffin was fired during the 2013 season, and the year before he became the first coach in 48 years to have a team voted No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason poll only to have it finish unranked, according to RealClearSports.com.

The belief that college coaches couldn’t handle the rigors of the NFL surged when Steve Spurrier resigned from the Washington Redskins with a 12-20 record in 2003. He had been the league’s highest-paid coach, with a five-year, $25 million deal. But owner Daniel Snyder’s team hasn’t exactly wowed the league since then.

Adding fuel to the fire later was Saban’s failure in Miami, where he was doomed when the Dolphins decided to trade for Daunte Culpepper instead of signing Drew Brees as a free agent.

But what about those former NFL coaches who were mentioned up top, the ones who found that big wins don’t come easily in the college ranks?

Mike Sherman once was at the helm of the Green Bay Packers but went only 25-25 at Texas A&M.

Bill Callahan, a former Oakland Raiders coach, got the axe at Nebraska in 2007 after going 0-7 against top-10 opponents.

Dave Wannstedt, who had 11 total years as an NFL coach in Chicago and Miami, resigned under pressure at Pitt in 2007, after failing to get the Panthers into a marquee bowl game in six seasons.

Chan Gailey, once the coach of the Dallas Cowboys, was dumped at Georgia Tech in 2007 after losing six straight.

Bobby Ross took the San Diego Chargers to a Super Bowl appearance, but his final coaching job ended badly in 2007 after a 9-25 run at Army.

And what about Jerry Glanville, forever famous for telling an errant ref that NFL stands for “Not for long” while coaching the Houston Oilers? He too was not around for long at Portland State, where he went 9-24 before quitting in 2009.

Try telling one of those guys that the college game is easy.

 

Tom Weir covered college football as a columnist for USA Today.

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Ted's Takes: The Pac-12's New Superstar QB, Arizona-Oregon Prediction and More

The producer's voice was strong: "We need to record billboards." Give me just a minute. Then came the next surge: "We need to rehearse." Hang on. Let me watch this play. "Come on. We have to go. Now."

Problem was, every time I looked at my iPad, Jared Goff was making a terrific throw, leading Cal down the stretch of a crazy, entertaining game against Colorado.

I was in Salt Lake City, and the Washington State-Utah game was an hour away. Goff delivered a perfect strike to Chris Harper with two minutes, 29 seconds remaining, staking Cal to a 49-42 lead. Defense is still very much a work in progress for the Bears, so before I could finish recording, Colorado had pushed the game into overtime.

My next glance at the tablet saw Goff rip a post throw to Bryce Treggs for a first overtime score. Here was Goff, passing with touch and accuracy and taking the deep shot. He was making all the throws required of a top-tier quarterback. And his passing was quality: 458 yards and seven touchdowns on just 24 completions. Any fan who remembers football when passes were routinely forward rather than sideways loves this Cal attack.

In the first half, Goff struggled to find a rhythm. He was intercepted on his first attempt and ended the half having completed just eight of 16 passes. But he turned his game, and the Bears' fortunes with it, around in the second half.

Cal's 59-56 win was significant. On the heels of a fourth-quarter meltdown in Arizona, the Bears snapped a 15-game conference losing streak. Cal fans will be teased by the temptation of saying, "If we could have defended a Hail Mary, we would be undefeated." After going 1-11 in 2013, that dreaming is allowed.

Sure, the Bears haven't been tested against a top-tier conference team. They haven't posted a signature win in the Sonny Dykes era. But they have a blossoming quarterback in a conference that demands quality play at that position. Jared Goff gives Cal what it most needs: hope.

 

Another Emerging QB

In a midweek conversation, I asked Washington State coach Mike Leach what trait he felt quarterback Connor Halliday had most improved over their three years together in Pullman. Drawing on the standard coach speak, Leach talked about finding checkdown receivers, reading progressions and avoiding negative plays. Then, as an afterthought, he talked about Halliday's maturation. He explained that Halliday no longer shows his frustration on the field, now playing with the composure needed by a team learning how to win.

Utah punched Washington State in the first quarter with a pick-six, a punt return for a score and a 76-yard touchdown run. Trailing 21-0 in rain and whipping wind on the road, the Cougars could hardly have been blamed if they had been looking toward next week.

Any thought of that ended early in the third quarter. I looked at the Cougars bench as they forced a Utes punt. Their players were engaged, boosting each other's efforts and exuding a belief they were still in the game. I believe in body language and mentioned thus on the Pac-12 Networks telecast.

Little did I think that scene would change what felt inevitable. Utah led 24-7, and Halliday's first half had been erratic. Ninety minutes later, the Cougars had rallied for a 28-27 win, as impressive a conference win as Leach has enjoyed in Pullman (yes, I include last year's USC victory.)

This was a great credit to Leach. He called a first-quarter timeout after Utah took the 21-0 lead. The coach gathered all the Cougars at midfield and delivered a talk he said was "intended to avoid" overreactions. Couple that with an obvious halftime regrouping, and the second half was a "big step forward" for Washington State.

Leach said that step was about his defense, a group that smothered Utah's Travis Wilson most of the night. But I felt this was as much about Halliday. He played a superb final 30 minutes, displaying the poise Leach had talked about three days earlier. Sophomore River Cracraft was the third-down target, Halliday finding him for six first-down conversions.

The turning point, though, was pure Leach. Down 27-14 early in the fourth quarter, the Cougars faced 4th-and-14 from the Utah 20. This was Leach. No field goal. He went for it all. Halliday stood in the pocket and ripped a shot to Dom Williams in the back of the end zone for a touchdown. The next possession, Halliday threw a slant to Vince Mayle that, after a Utes defensive back slipped, became an 81-yard score. It gave the Cougars a win that could resonate all year.

Halliday was 22-27 in the second half for 267 yards and three touchdowns. Often, his passing seems to be more about quantity, but this was sheer quality. He could end his career as only the second Pac-12 quarterback to throw 100 touchdown passes, joining former USC signal-caller Matt Barkley.

But this night was about Leach. His persona clearly emerged through his team. It played without fear and was rewarded. Can it continue?

 

Stanford-Washington takeaway

Stanford won another Cardinal-type game. Lacking red-zone punch, the Cardinal survived their miscues to beat Washington. Kevin Hogan used his legs, as effective a threat as his arm this year, to engineer the game-winning drive.

But a bigger takeaway was Washington's offense being exposed. Much should be made of Chris Petersen's fake-punt call, but the Huskies' season will be defined by Cyler Miles, rather than a single ill-timed decision.

Washington averaged less than three yards per play. Its offensive line couldn't protect, and Miles didn't handle the pressure.

The Huskies totaled just 179 yards. Washington has to answer a fundamental question: Was this a result of its offense? If Stanford's defensive front seven is that good, then the Cardinal should still factor in the conference and national races.

 

Upset watch

Can Arizona repeat its stunning upset of Oregon from last November? The Wildcats' best hope would be to get Ka'deem Carey back from the Chicago Bears. Oregon's lack of resilience along the defensive front was never more exposed than by Carey on a wet and cool afternoon at Arizona Stadium.

Of his 206 rushing yards that day, 84 came after initial contact (my count after tape study of that game). Oregon could barely slow, let alone stop, Carey with the first defensive hit. So the Wildcats kept feeding him the ball, and the Ducks were thoroughly pounded into defeat.

Now, Carey is in the NFL, Marcus Mariota is healthy (a knee injury suffered two weeks earlier against Stanford hampered him), and Oregon has been stouter along the defensive line. The difference in those elements should lead to a different outcome this week.

 

Ted Robinson has been around the Pac-10 and Pac-12 for 30 years as the voice of Stanford football and now the Pac-12 Networks. He also is the San Francisco 49ers' radio play-by-play man, as part of his wide-ranging broadcast work on national and international sports.

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Tennessee Football: Game-by-Game Predictions for the Month of October

The Tennessee Volunteers turned in an impressive performance in Athens against the No. 13 Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday, and it's clear that the team is rapidly improving with each game. That progress will need to continue if head coach Butch Jones wants his team to escape the month of October with a 2-2 or better record.

Last year's contest against Georgia in Knoxville was close, but the Bulldogs were significantly banged up and missing several key players, including the best running back in the country in Todd Gurley.

This year, however, Tennessee went toe-to-toe with a relatively healthy Georgia team on the road, and were it not for a brief injury to Justin Worley and a few untimely fumbles, it may have pulled off a major upset victory.

Although the Vols didn't leave with a win, the team can build on the performance starting this Saturday at home against the Florida Gators. 

Here's a game-by-game analysis of how Tennessee will fare facing off against its next four opponents in October.

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UCLA Football: Game-by-Game Predictions for Month of October

The month of October is a big one for Jim Mora and the No. 8 UCLA Bruins. 

A home matchup versus a stingy Utah team precedes a monumental clash against the Oregon Ducks at the Rose Bowl. Should the Bruins and Ducks remain undefeated, it could be potentially the biggest game of the college football season to date.

UCLA will then take to the road—facing a suddenly dangerous Cal team and an improving Colorado squad.

This piece will attempt to make game-by-game predictions for the upcoming quartet of contests.

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UCLA Football: Game-by-Game Predictions for Month of October

The month of October is a big one for Jim Mora and the No. 8 UCLA Bruins. A home matchup versus a stingy Utah team precedes a monumental clash against the Oregon Ducks at the Rose Bowl...

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Why Tennessee Will Stop Its Nine-Year Losing Streak to Florida

Tennessee is going to beat Florida on Saturday.

Finally.

The last time that actually happened—not just boasted about by optimistic Volunteers fans—was in 2004. That season, UT kicker James Wilhoit booted a 50-yard field goal to beat UF 30-28 in Neyland Stadium after missing an extra point.

To put into perspective how long it's been, that was three years before the first iPhone hit the shelves. Facebook had been online for seven months. George W. Bush had not yet been re-elected for his second term as President. Ron Zook and Phillip Fulmer still roamed the sidelines.

It was a long time ago.

But all of that suffering for UT is about to end. Head coach Butch Jones' group of fresh-faced Vols are battle-tested, playing well, and after road games against Oklahoma and Georgia, are on the brink of pulling off something significant.

Even though the Gators aren't the powerhouse they traditionally are, this would definitely qualify.

Everything appears aligned for the Vols to end the streak. The Vols just have to go out and make it happen.

Here are the top reasons why they will.

 

The Vols Are Ready to Win Now

This is the best chance for UT to get a win over a marquee program this season.

The Vols may be young, having played 22 true freshmen already, but they are talented and certainly not timid. They expect to win and are no longer shackled by shock when they're actually in a game with the chance to win late.

Now, they've just got to learn to close the deal.

UT's renewed swagger was evident in a Georgia game where the Vols got ahead 10-0, fell behind and then fought back once quarterback Justin Worley returned from an injured elbow.

Just the way the Vols handled themselves on the field said so much about how far the program has come, such as freshman running back Jalen Hurd daring a Georgia defensive back to blitz in his direction.

They surged back into the game but made a pivotal mistake when Hurd's fourth-quarter fumble was recovered by Georgia defensive lineman Josh Dawson for a touchdown.

After that, UT simply ran out of time.

Moral victories stink, but the Vols' performance made a lasting impression on Georgia coach Mark Richt.

That word "time" is becoming an ugly one in Knoxville, especially for an impatient coach and a fanbase frustrated by close losses. But it's still true.

Jones told the media against on Monday, according to Knoxville's WVLT:

"We're going to be a good football program and we're going to win a lot of games around here. The only variable is time, but we're going to do it right and we're making progress. Now we have to make progress this week versus an extremely talented football team."

The time may not be right for UT to completely turn around its fortunes, but Saturday will be the start.

One of the advantages to being extremely young is that the historical hangover from continually losing to the Gators no longer exists. Florida has lost its psychological edge.

UT matches up very well against a struggling UF offense devoid of a superstar. While the Gators have playmakers on defense, the Vols already have faced two comparable front sevens in Georgia and Oklahoma and improved dramatically.

Despite the UT-UF game not getting a favorable television slot and taking a back seat to several higher-profile SEC games this weekend, this rivalry is still a huge deal to the Vols.

Only one game will matter inside Neyland Stadium on Saturday.

It's the biggest game of Tennessee's season and the biggest game of Jones' tenure so far, and UT is going to be ready—ready to win.

 

This Isn't Your Father's Florida

Back in 1990s and early 2000s, the cocky Gators routinely took to the newspapers to provide bulletin board material that fueled the rivalry.

Then, they went out and backed it up.

When struggling UF quarterback Jeff Driskel reportedly talked of "emptying the stadium" at Florida's press conference this week, according to Gainesville's 850 WRUF reporter Jeremy Rogers, it didn't ring the same way as the smack talk of old.

It felt kind of forced.

Florida may have prided itself on that once, but the stadium the Gators have been emptying most recently is their own.

Coach Will Muschamp's team is 10th in the league in total offense. Take away a season-opening 65-0 slaughter of Eastern Michigan, and they're even more average. The Gators amassed just 200 total yards in a loss to Alabama and needed overtime to beat Kentucky in Gainesville.

UF had five combined turnovers in those two games.

While new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper's first season is going better than Brent Pease's last year, there are still numerous issues.

Star receiver Demarcus Robertson re-tweeted a tweet that was in favor of switching quarterbacks from Driskel, according to Alligator Army's Andy Hutchins.

While dual-threat freshman backup quarterback Treon Harris may eventually get the call, Roper backs his incumbent for now, according to a tweet from Inside The Gators reporter Landon Watnick:

UF may get things back on track this week, but it's been another rocky start to the season. The last time Driskel played in Neyland Stadium, he finished with a career day, so he will try to resurrect his career in a place that has been good to him before.

But neither of these teams is remotely close to the one it was in 2012, either.

Driskel's words were about as close to trash talk as it has gotten between the two teams this week. Despite the quiet, UT linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin said you don't have to look too hard to know who the Vols are playing.

 

Worley Emerging as a Star

The importance of senior quarterback Worley to the Vols is now undeniable following last Saturday's heroic performance against Georgia.

Last year, Jones was searching for a spark when he made the poor decision to start Nathan Peterman in Worley's stead at Tennessee. What followed was one of the worst halves of football you'll ever see from a quarterback.

This year, UT hopes Peterman doesn't see the field unless it's mop-up duty.

Worley is the unequivocal leader of Tennessee, and the Vols' success is directly tied to his health. In the face of almost constant pressure, Worley has still thrived, completing 60 percent of his passes for 985 yards, nine touchdowns and three interceptions.

While several league quarterbacks have put up better numbers than Worley, nobody is a bigger catalyst for his team. He received a "game ball" from 247Sports' JC Shurburtt (subscription required) for his gutsy performance in the loss to Georgia.

That loss was frustrating, but it proved that Worley and the Vols could hang with high-scoring teams and score quickly if necessary. It marked another step forward for a program to go into a hostile environment as a 19-point underdog and take a top-15 team to the brink.

The next step for this young team is finishing a big victory, something that is attainable and even expected this weekend.

Then nine years of frustration can be put in the history books along with Florida's recent reign over the Vols.

 

Unless otherwise noted, all statistics gathered from CFBStats.com.

Brad Shepard covers SEC football and is the Tennessee Lead Writer for Bleacher Report. Follow Brad on Twitter @Brad_Shepard.

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Michigan Shirt Company Creates T-Shirts to Lure One of the Harbaughs

Michigan shirt company Alternative Hero has had enough of Michigan Wolverines coach Brady Hoke. Not only do they want him fired, but they have already come up with his replacement.

Alternative Hero created a shirt that turned the Michigan logo into an endorsement of Harbaugh. Although San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is who many Michigan fans want to see leading the Wolverines, most fans would take his brother, John, on the sideline over Hoke, too.

The Wolverines are 2-3 on the season, so if things don't turn around quickly, this shirt could become very popular in Ann Arbor.

[Alternative Hero, h/t Darren Rovell]

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Can TCU End Oklahoma's National Championship Run?

The Oklahoma Sooners take on the TCU Horned Frogs, looking to keep pace in the ever competitive College Football Playoff conversation. The Horned Frogs will do all they can to not only spoil the Sooners party but build on their impressive 3-0 start. 

Bleacher Report College Football Analysts Adam Kramer and Michael Felder break down the big game in Fort Worth, Texas. 

Will Oklahoma be able to hold off the explosive TCU Horned Frogs?

Watch the video and let us know! 

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What's Wrong with Florida State's Defense?

ATHENS, GA. — You may have noticed that Florida State looks vulnerable on defense. You may have also noticed that the Seminoles switched bald-headed guys as defensive coordinators before this season. Charles Kelly replaced Jeremy Pruitt, who is a Nick Saban guy, which might explain why Pruitt doesn't have any hair left.    

The first four games of this season would explain why Kelly doesn't have any hair left. Pulled it all out watching a defense cripple itself with bad reads and bad plays.

Florida State was a bunch of marauders in 2013, allowing just 12.1 points per game, which was first in the nation. The Seminoles were a bunch of malingerers in the first half against North Carolina State on Saturday in a 56-41 escape. They lost edge discipline and missed tackles and botched assignments.

FSU is 66th nationally in points allowed (25.3 per game) after four games.

One plus one equals two, right? Pruitt is no longer there, thus the defense stinks, right?

I'm not so sure this is all about Pruitt leaving for Georgia. I'm not so sure this can be tied neatly around Kelly's neck as blame.

Pruitt was a significant loss for Florida State, no doubt. He did not allow the Seminoles to play with the light switch in their heads, turning off their considerable talent, then turning it on when threatened. He was a motivator.

Pruitt is a schemer, too. He could win the down prior to the ball being snapped. He could get hybrid defensive back Lamarcus Joyner loose on a blitz against just the right protection scheme and get a sack. Pruitt could sniff a rub route coming from the offense and have his nickel back pass off the slot receiver to the cornerback outside so the nickel does not get picked leaving a receiver open.

When Pruitt left for UGa in January, Kelly and Jimbo Fisher kept the same adjustment-heavy defense for 2014. The principles are the same: affect the quarterback, take away the middle of the field and be complex on the back end. The FSU defense, which is a simplified version of the adjustment-heavy scheme at Alabama, has an answer for every formation, every motion.

It does not seem to be working as well with a new maestro. The Seminoles gave up 31 to Oklahoma State and 41 to North Carolina State.

On the second play of the North Carolina State game, the Wolfpack had a freshman receiver run a route right at the FSU safety, fake right, then go deep for an easy touchdown toss. It was simply being asleep.

On a pass play from the FSU 8-yard line in the second quarter, State quarterback Jacoby Brissett slipped out of one tackle, then another, and threw a ridiculous touchdown pass. The ball went over the heads of three FSU defenders in the end zone.

North Carolina State beat up the 'Noles with pace and passion. FSU lost contain and allowed Brissett acres of opportunity to make plays.

Don't be so quick to blame it on Kelly. For now, blame it on the personnel upheaval at FSU. If it doesn't get better, then paint an X on top of Kelly's noggin.

 

Subtracting stars

Florida State really misses linebacker Telvin Smith. The NFL viewed him as merely a fifth-round draft pick, but he was so much more valuable than that to the Seminoles. Smith made sure the Noles were lined up in the right spots. He made sure there was edge discipline. Smith could see the offense's formation and not have to look to the sidelines; he knew what the defense needed to be in. He slid players into position; he played with fire.

Smith's replacement is Terrance Smith, who started 10 games in 2013, but the 'Noles are also working in a new guy, inside linebacker Reggie Northrup. Watch the tape of the North Carolina State game. The Seminoles linebackers were not nearly as productive as Telvin Smith was in 2013.

Think about Alabama when you think about the Mike linebacker Trey DePriest. He is only a so-so player, nothing like the inside backer before him, C.J. Mosley. DePriest does not change direction well, he does not play well in space, he does not run well. He is a thumper, and only OK at that.

But, man, does he know the Alabama scheme and the adjustments and how to get his guys lined up. DePriest did not play against West Virginia, and the Mountaineers went for 393 yards of offense. The Crimson Tide used newbie Reuben Foster at that spot to call signals and there were issues in passing off routes and who had what responsibilities against different formations. Alabama is a different defense with a veteran Mike linebacker.

"Florida State really misses the experience of Telvin Smith," said an NFC scout, who is not permitted to talk on the record to the media. "It is a complex system, and it takes time to learn when you are new to running it. They have played four games—one game against a nobody. If there are still problems after six games, then maybe you can criticize.

"But I am expecting them to play better. Charles Kelly is a good coach. This is not just about Jeremy leaving."

He's right. This is not all about Pruitt calling Georgia two days after the Seminoles won the title and him going to the SEC for the $850,000 salary, which was about a $350,000 pay increase according to ESPN.

Here are some things to consider before you bludgeon Kelly.

Think about the Seminoles this season playing without the best hybrid player in all of college football in 2013, Lamarcus Joyner. He was a corner, he was a safety, he was a nickel, he was a blitzer. He was the everywhere man.

The Seminoles have a player just like Joyner, just not quite as seasoned. Jalen Ramsey is going to be a better version of Joyner and he is bigger (6'1", 204 pounds). When he learns to regularly time up those blitzes like Joyner, look out. Last Saturday against North Carolina State, he came steaming around the corner, grabbed Brissett's elbow and forced a fumble and turnover.

The Seminoles were missing defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. and nose guard Nile Lawrence-Stample against the Wolfpack. Edwards was out for the game with a concussion. Stample is out for the season with a torn pectoral muscle.

The 'Noles lost Smith, Joyner (second round), safety Terrence Brooks (third round) and defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan (second round) to the draft.

 

No alibis for a powerhouse

But….Florida State is supposed to be the mirror of Alabama. Reload and dominate. The Seminoles, if they are a true national powerhouse, should be able to backfill with All-Americans when two players are out. Look at Alabama. The Crimson Tide lost three first-round picks off the 2011 national championship team's defense and came back and won the title the next season.

The 'Noles have plugged holes in the back end of the secondary. They may be better this year than 2013. They are deeper.

"There might not be a better back end in the country," said the NFC scout.

But what about the other players, the linebackers Smith and Northrup, the defensive lineman Derrick Mitchell, defensive tackle Eddie Goldman, linebacker Chris Casher? When do they arrive? I talked to Georgia players Monday night about Pruitt and asked if he was schemer or teacher. They had to pause because Pruitt can draw up plays, but he can also teach the game.

"He shows how he wants it done, gets right down in there with you," said Georgia nose tackle Mike Thornton. "He's a teacher all right, but then he can come in at halftime and without looking at notes can diagram the play they were hurting us with and make an adjustment. I guess he's a schemer, too."

So, are the next wave of Seminoles being coached up sufficiently? Are they in the right spots?

"After about six games, they begin to define themselves as players and you see more of what they are going to be this season," the scout said. "Even if you're recruiting well, it takes time."

Florida State's defense has behaved like those October thermometers in Florida. Hot then cold, then hot then cold. You saw it against Oklahoma State. You saw it against North Carolina State.

Florida State's showing on defense has made some so nervous they have dropped the 'Noles down to No. 4 in their Final Four, or dropped them altogether out of the playoffs. Jameis Winston can fix things against North Carolina State, but can he carry the load against Oklahoma or Oregon? He is going to need some help.

 

Ray Glier covers college football for Bleacher Report. He has covered college football and various other sports for 20 years. His work has appeared in USA Today, The New York Times, CNN, The Washington Post and Al Jazeera America. He is the author of How the SEC Became Goliath (Howard/Simon & Schuster, 2013).

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Michigan Football: How Greg Mattison's Wolverines Defense Can Rebound

Greg Mattison doesn’t always “believe in stats a lot."

But the Michigan defensive coordinator has to believe that his Wolverines defense has to be better than it was during Saturday's 30-14 loss to Minnesota, when it was torn by running back David Cobb. 

While there may have been a few positive moments for the defense, namely a handful of second- and third-down stops, it’s difficult to overlook the 5'11", 229-pound Gophers senior who quietly destroyed Team 135 with 111 rushing yards in the first half, the most surrendered to any individual or team all season.

He finished with 183 (net), just 17 shy of his third 200-yard game in 2014. He did what he wanted to, when he wanted to do it. But Mattison disagrees with the notion that the Wolverines were “ran over.”

“I don’t think he ran over us, but he did better against us than we want anybody to do,” Mattison said. “He’s a very good running back. We already addressed that [“Lack of execution,” per LB Joe Bolden on Saturday] with our linebackers and our defense. We’ve got to play a lot more physical."

“That was the first time that I felt that we weren’t the leaders in being physical against that offense—it was guys not getting off blocks, it was guys punching…the things that we worked very hard on all camp. You know, just not being physical. I just didn’t feel we were as physical as we should be and have to be. We’re working on correcting that right now.”

Mattison’s high-powered defense was supposed to be one of the strengths of this year’s Wolverines. But hiccups continue to impede progress.

The secondary’s had woeful outings, but it somewhat rebounded Saturday versus Minnesota. Quarterback Mitch Leidner threw for a modest 167 yards and a touchdown, not an air show by any means, due in part to coverage from Raymon Taylor and Blake Countess, who each had probable touchdown-saving pass deflections in the first half.

Their efforts could have influenced the Gophers to run the ball more often, which shouldn’t have been an issue for a defense that had allowed just 1.83 yards per carry in the three previous games. Mattison admitted that things didn’t go as planned in that regard.

The D-line has shown glimpses of promise—particularly sophomore Willie Henry, a 6’3”, 293-pound defensive tackle who had a pick-six versus Utah—but overall, the defense has just 10 sacks on the year, good for No. 53 overall, per ESPN’s count.

Where, exactly, is the problem? Why’d the defense look so lethargic in its Big Ten opener?

“Total defense. Not just one position,” Mattison said firmly. “It was total defense…we take pride, and have all year, [we] take pride on ourselves being a very physical team on defense. I just don’t think we did as well as we should have there in that game.”

Despite the catastrophic loss, Mattison stands behind his players. He doesn’t feel as if they were “exposed” by the Gophers, who essentially did as they pleased over the weekend at The Big House.

“My confidence in our guys is as high as it’s ever been,” he said. “I haven’t lost one bit of confidence in this defense,” later adding that “Minnesota’s a good football team. You’ll see as they go forward. But we have to play at our very best each and every week. Not doing that doesn’t [make me] lose my confidence in these guys at all. Because I know they want to [improve] and they’ll work to do it.”

Can Michigan put Rutgers in a Rut?

Paul James, Rutgers’ leading rusher (363 yards, five touchdowns), suffered a season-ending ACL injury two weeks ago against Navy; it’s a major blow, of course, but the Scarlet Knights have Desmon Peoples ready to take over in the backfield.

At just 5’8” and 175 pounds, the sophomore running back is doing a respectable job of filling in for his predecessor, evidenced by his tuning up of Tulane this past weekend. His 21 carries for 83 yards and two catches for 50 yards helped his team cruise to a 31-6 victory.

Mattison said that he spent five hours Sunday night watching film of Rutgers. He realizes that Peoples, an emerging dual-threat, could be trouble this weekend in Piscataway.

“He’s quick,” Mattison said. “He’s a very good football player; he’s not as big, but he’s a very quick, hard-playing football player and very adequate…very good football player.”

 

How to stop Peoples:

Linebackers must contain, and Michigan can’t lose sight of him. He’s Rutgers’ Dennis Norfleet, minus a fraction of the speed. Peoples’ durability is a concern. He’s not very big, as Mattison mentioned, so it’s possible that the Wolverines may want to send an early message: Run, we dare you.

As a defensive coordinator, ruling the trenches is the name of the game. Players can’t get to the quarterback or make tackles for losses if they can’t penetrate the opposing O-line. Mattison said that Rutgers has a “very good offense” with a “seasoned” O-line, plus a “winner” at quarterback “who doesn’t get sacked” and “gets out of trouble.”

That quarterback is Gary Nova, a 6’2”, 220-pound senior who’s thrown for 1,197 yards and 10 touchdowns thus far.

 

How to stop Nova:

He’s not the most mobile guy, but he has a decent arm, evidenced by his nearly 11-yard average per attempt. Forcing him to throw the ball wouldn’t be a bad idea, but the defensive backs have to be in position. Backs turned to quarterbacks, and to the ball, has been a constant thorn in the secondary’s side.

Nova also has “very explosive wide receivers,” says Mattison, who is absolutely correct. Leonte Carroo, a 6’1”, 205-pound junior, is quickly becoming one of the most talked about wideouts in the country. His 475 yards have him at No. 14 in FBS, and his five touchdowns have him in the top 10.

If there’s one receiver capable of putting the Wolverines’ weaknesses on display, it’s Carroo, who gouged Tulane for 140 yard and three scores.

 

How to stop Carroo:

Carroo has the ideal frame to battle Michigan’s physical secondary. Jourdan Lewis, a sophomore corner, has shown the ability to run down plays from across the field. He may want to pack a pair of track spikes for the trip to Jersey.

Michigan probably won’t completely cap Carroo, but it’ll have to double- and triple-team him in order to avoid looking like Tulane.

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Unless otherwise noted, all quotes and references to were obtained firsthand by the writer

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Texas vs. Baylor Complete Game Preview

The difficult road continues for the Texas Longhorns as they prepare to take on No. 7 Baylor Saturday afternoon.

Texas head coach Charlie Strong knew his team would not be favored against Baylor, but he seemed a little shocked to hear how large the spread was in favor of the Bears.

"What's the spread? A couple of touchdowns? Wow. They're something," Strong laughed. "But they deserve every bit of it."

The Longhorns are coming off a game where the defense shut out their opponent, but the team knows a shutout will not happen Saturday.

The pressure will be on the defense to limit the number of points Baylor puts up in order to keep the Longhorns in the game.

 

When: Saturday, Oct. 4, 3:30 p.m. ET

Where: Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, Texas

TV: ABC

Austin radio: KVET 98.1/1300

SiriusXM satellite radio: XM 202; Sirius 117; Internet 969; Spanish 550

Last meeting: Dec. 7, 2013; Floyd Casey Stadium, Waco, Texas

Last meeting outcome: Baylor 30, Texas 10

Opening spread: Baylor (-13), per OddsShark.com

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Steve Sarkisian Using More Trojans to Jump-Start the USC Offense

A bye week between No. 16 USC's loss at Boston College and win over Oregon State gave head coach Steve Sarkisian additional time to tinker with the Trojans offense.

More preparation time meant more Trojans involved in the game plan, which translated to more yards and more points.

Sarkisian said in the week leading up to USC's 35-10 rout of Oregon State that diversifying the offense was crucial after the Trojans' Week 2 and Week 3 struggles.

USC scored just 13 points with quarterback Cody Kessler completing passes to just four targets at Stanford, while Boston College limited the Trojans' rushing attack to 20 yards the following week. 

Sarkisian's plan to incorporate more players paid off. Nine different receivers caught passes from Kessler Saturday, while sophomore running back Justin Davis helped rejuvenate the run game with 82 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown. 

"I love the fact we got Justin Davis more involved," Sarkisian said on his conference call Sunday. "I think that helped [redshirt junior running back Javorious "Buck" Allen]."

Indeed, with his backfield partner sharing carries, Allen shook off the frustration of a 31-yard effort at Boston College to gain 115 yards against Oregon State. 

"I've just got to be patient—it's going to come sometime," Davis described as his approach to breaking out despite a slow start to the 2014 season. 

As a freshman in 2013, Davis had games of 74, 96 and 122 yards rushing and scored six touchdowns before an ankle injury cut his season short. He was slow to get going through USC's first three games of this campaign, averaging 2.5 yards per carry against Fresno State and Stanford and just 1.67 yards per carry at Boston College. 

But after Saturday's breakthrough performance—which also included a receiving touchdown of 16 yards—Davis said he feels more comfortable.  

"Hopefully I never look back from here," he said. 

This week, Davis faces an Arizona State team against which he had a career night a year ago, rushing for 122 yards and three touchdowns. He's regaining his stride at the right time. 

Sarkisian hopes Davis won't look back either. The head coach said his aim is for the two-pronged run game to remain a bedrock of the USC offense going forward. 

 

Tight Ends, Harris Factor into Passing Game   

As crucial as a multifaceted run game is to the USC offense, so too is a multidimensional look via the pass. 

"When the ball's getting spread around, we're much more difficult to defend," Sarkisian said. 

Kessler didn't just find nine different targets on Saturday night—he connected with eight the previous game and nine in Week 1. 

Different this time was that eight of the nine caught multiple passes, including a few Trojans whose role in the passing game was previously limited. 

Tight ends Bryce Dixon and Randall Telfer both had a pair of catches. Dixon's first was a diving grab of 31 yards on third down, vital to USC's first offensive scoring drive of the night. 

Sarkisian said calls for Dixon and Telfer were made in previous weeks, but "the coverage told us the ball shouldn't go there.

"We called similar stuff [against Oregon State] and the ball went their way, and they were able to make plays," he added.  

Freshman Ajene Harris also made some plays for the first time on the year, catching three passes for 30 yards. 

Harris was given his first real look at slot receiver, a position junior Nelson Agholor manned previously this season. Sarkisian made the decision to move Agholor to the outside, which opened the door for Harris. 

"Ajene showed up. What a huge third-down catch that was over the middle," Sarkisian said, adding with a laugh: "I wish he would have thrown that double-pass better." 

Harris took the ball on a reverse and heaved a pass to the end zone that just missed. But it was one of the few misfires on the night for a wide receiver who figures to have a growing role as the season develops. 

 

Walker Bolsters Offensive Line 

Both the run and pass games benefited from more Trojans working into the offensive line rotation as well. Senior Aundrey Walker made his presence known for the first time on the season, playing 28 snaps.

"Outlook for him is to continue on a positive path," Sarkisian said. "Aundrey's done that. He's healthy from his [ankle] injury."

Walker was slow to reintegrate in preseason camp. Sarkisian told Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News in August that Walker "[was] not bouncing back the way we hoped." 

His return gives the USC front much-needed depth. Sarkisian mentioned that Walker's 28 snaps meant redshirt sophomore Zach Banner's load was lightened to 50 plays. 

Walker is also a rare veteran on a line leaning heavily on three true freshmen in Toa Lobendahn, Damien Mama and Viane Talamaivao. He was a starter for much of the 2013 campaign.

 

Starting Early  

The focus for the offense now is parlaying the strong finish of the more balanced USC offense a week ago into a faster start this week against Arizona State. 

Kessler said there was an initial feeling-out period the Trojans had to adjust to in Saturday's win.  

"The first couple of drives we were getting used to what they were going to give us the whole game," he said. "They've been playing teams different." 

However, scoreless spells have plagued USC in each of the last three contests: After a first-quarter touchdown against Stanford, the Trojans didn't reach the end zone again; they went 40 minutes between scores at Boston College; and against Oregon State, USC went the entire first and third quarters without offensive scoring drives. 

Continuing to spread the ball throughout the roster will be key to USC keeping pace with the many explosive offenses the Trojans will see in the upcoming Pac-12 schedule. Five of USC's remaining opponents currently rank No. 36 or better nationally in points per game.

Sarkisian said following Saturday's win that having everyone ready in practice is key to that end.

"As a staff, we're going to look to how we can tweak things, and we're going to look to how we can improve each individual player," he said. "We have to raise our level of play as the season goes on."  

 

Quotes obtained firsthand unless otherwise cited. Statistics courtesy of CFBstats.com

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Steve Sarkisian Using More Trojans to Jump-Start the USC Offense

A bye week between No. 16 USC's loss at Boston College and win over Oregon State gave head coach Steve Sarkisian additional time to tinker with the Trojans offense...

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Watch FSU Commit De'Andre Johnson Break Tim Tebow's Record with 7-TD Performance

The name Tim Tebow still resonates in the state of Florida. His high school records are almost mythic. That's why when monster dual-threat QB De'Andre Johnson broke Tebow's high school career touchdown record with seven scores, people took notice.

Florida State Seminole fans will be in for a treat when Johnson is taking snaps from under center in Tallahassee come 2015. Watch the video above where he breaks down his epic performance. 

Do you think Johnson will make a direct impact at Florida State?

Watch the video and let us know! 

 

Highlights courtesy of Hudl

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Oregon Unveils New Pink Uniforms That Support Breast Cancer Awareness

Nike has provided Oregon with a seemingly endless amount of uniform options over the years. With their latest uniform design, the Ducks are helping raise awareness for a good cause.

Last year, the Ducks wore pink helmets during a game in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October). The team will do something similar this season.

On Tuesday, Oregon and Nike unveiled new pink uniforms that will be worn in the Ducks' game on Thursday against Arizona.

Oregon coach Mark Helfrich spoke about the opportunity to raise awareness with special uniforms, per Nike: “Cancer has affected so many lives and we are honored to again partner with Nike and the Kay Yow Cancer Fund to create awareness in the united fight against all cancers."

When a team has the ability to make a difference just by wearing special uniforms, it should take advantage of the opportunity. With the help of Nike, the Ducks are doing what they can to help the cause. 

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Will Nebraska Crush Michigan State's College Football Playoff Hopes?

Michigan State has rebounded wonderfully from a loss at Oregon in Week 2. The Spartans have put themselves in prime position to be in the College Football Playoff discussion, but Nebraska is standing in their way. 

Bleacher Report College Football Analysts Michael Felder and Adam Kramer discuss the Huskers' chance to knock off the Spartans.

Will the Spartans make the CFB Playoff?

Watch the video and let us know!

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SEC Football Q&A: Would Kevin Sumlin and Dan Mullen Be Targets for Florida?

Things just got interesting.

During Week 5, the SEC East took center stage. We learned a lot about the lesser division in the SEC when Georgia survived a scare from Tennessee and South Carolina was upset at home by Missouri. All the while, Florida head coach Will Muschamp was sitting back in his office watching Tennessee's furious charge back to make a game with the Bulldogs thinking, "Uh-oh."

In Week 6, it's the SEC West show, with No. 3 Alabama traveling to No. 11 Ole Miss, No. 5 Auburn hosting No. 15 LSU and No. 6 Texas A&M going on the road to No. 12 Mississippi State.

Let's wrap up some of Week 5's biggest questions and look forward to Week 6 in this week's SEC Q&A.

 

I touched on Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen's job status after his team upset LSU two weeks ago and how it relates to a potential opening at Florida. 

In years past, I'd say it's a possibility. Now, not so much.

Mullen is winning his way with his players and is making a comparable salary to Muschamp. Unless Florida athletics director Jeremy Foley starts throwing stacks of cash at Mullen, why would Mullen give up precious job security in Starkville if his team is competitive in the division?

To win now? 

He's already on the brink of that with Mississippi State, and doing so in Starkville will buy him much more longevity than it would in Gainesville. For proof, look back to 2012, when Muschamp's Gators finished with an 11-2 record and were in the discussion for the BCS title during the final week of the regular season.

Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin won't happen, either, even if Foley backs up a Brinks truck to his front door. He's in a much better situation in College Station.

He's making $5 million per season and has a $5 million buyout if he leaves before 2016, according to Kate Hairopoulos of The Dallas Morning News. He's in a talent-rich state that he's been tearing up on the recruiting trail, and that's only going to get more pronounced as younger players further associate Texas A&M with the SEC.

Why leave that gig—with his in-state rival struggling—for Florida, a team whose in-state rival just won the national championship? There's no compelling reason for Sumlin to do that unless there's something going on behind the scenes, and there's nothing to suggest that there is at this point.

Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris or—gasp—Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin would be much more realistic options.

 

No, of course not.

The future looks bright at running back even if Todd Gurley leaves early—which he will and should—thanks to freshmen running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. The offense is still loaded with potential playmakers, and the defense should certainly progress once first-year defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt gets his guys in the program to join the veterans, who will benefit from more time in the system.

Plus, the future looks bright.

The Bulldogs currently boast the nation's second-best recruiting class in the 247Sports composite index, and it could get better, according to 247Sports' Rusty Mansell.

Sure, Tennessee looks like it's going to be a force in the coming years. Other than that, though, where's the power coming from?

South Carolina essentially has the same problems and potential as the Bulldogs minus the stable of running back replacements. Florida is a hot mess that could be going through a coaching change in the coming months. Kentucky is on the rise but certainly has a few steps to make. Missouri has been good but inconsistent this year. Vandy is Vandy.

No, the door for Georgia isn't closed.

In fact, it's just as open as it has ever been, if not open wider.

 

It's hard to say where it'd finish because we can't determine a hypothetical SEC East schedule for the Hogs midseason. 

I would, however, put them at the top of the division if we were doing simple divisional power rankings.

I had Missouri in that spot following last week's action (see above), and it has obvious and multiple flaws. The defense gave up nearly 500 yards to Indiana in a home loss last week, and the offense could only manage 280 yards Saturday in a win over South Carolina. That Gamecocks defense currently ranks last in the SEC in yards per game (440.0) and yards per play (6.27) even with Missouri's futile effort factored in.

Georgia's pass defense is more of a punch line than a power, Tennessee's offensive line looks like it's bullfighting rather than pass-blocking at times, and Florida is a mess on both sides of the ball. 

Arkansas leads the SEC in rushing (316.6 YPG) and is efficient in the passing game (148.76), and its defense has been average. An average defense coupled with a dominant rushing attack and efficiency in the passing game is more than any other team in the East can say.

The East is a hot mess right now, and Arkansas is certainly more dependable and reliable than the teams at the top of the division this year.

 

Barrett Sallee is the Lead SEC college football writer and video analyst for Bleacher Report as well as a co-host of the CFB Hangover on Bleacher Report Radio (Sundays, 9-11 a.m. ET) on Sirius 93, XM 208.

Quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. All stats are courtesy of cfbstats.com, and all recruiting information is courtesy of 247Sports. Follow Barrett on Twitter @BarrettSallee.

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B/R CFB Committee: Playoff Predictions Heading into Week 6

Week 6 of the college football season is sure to be one of the craziest, with multiple games bearing huge importance towards the ultimate goal: the College Football Playoff.

Luckily, our Bleacher Report Committee is ready to make its decision. Our analysts, Michael Felder, Barrett Sallee and Adam Kramer, unite to make their College Football Playoff if the season ended today. 

Who is in your top four?

Watch the video and let us know! 

 

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Florida State Football: Game-by-Game Predictions for the Month of October

After successfully navigating a tougher-than-expected month of September, the No. 1 Florida State football team enters October undefeated for the third time in as many seasons.

Now 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference following back-to-back come-from-behind triumphs over Clemson and North Carolina State, FSU's attention turns to Wake Forest before its first league game at the Carrier Dome against Syracuse. The Seminoles then face perhaps the most difficult two-game slate they will see all season when Notre Dame comes to town for a potential top-10 matchup before hitting the road for a daunting Thursday night affair at Louisville to close out the month.

Can the 'Noles stay out of the loss column and remain in the national-title hunt?

Here are the game-by-game predictions for the month of October.

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