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Texas A&M Backup QB Kyle Allen Chats Up Young Woman on Sideline During Game

Texas A&M backup quarterback Kyle Allen isn't one to let losing keep him from having a good time.

With his team down 28-7 late in the first half against No. 12 Mississippi State on Saturday, Allen was spotted chatting up a young woman on the sideline. 

This flirtatious moment was smooth enough to get the Barry White treatment.

[Vine, Saturday Down South]

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Stanford vs. Notre Dame: Live Score and Highlights

Stanford 7, Notre Dame 7—Late 3rd Quarter

Notre Dame is back in the Top 10, and that means the Fighting Irish are back in the national championship conversation.  Stanford, despite losing to USC earlier this season, presents the Irish with their stiffest test thus far in 2014.

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Oklahoma vs. TCU: Live Score and Highlights

The No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners and No. 25 TCU Horned Frogs battle it out in a key Big 12 battle. The Horned Frogs will look to earn their first conference win while the Sooners will look to move to 2-0 in the Big 12.

The game is at 3:30 p.m. ET on Fox, and B/R will be following along. Keep it locked here for up-to-date analysis and commentary throughout the game. 

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Ole Miss vs. Alabama: Live Score and Highlights

A massive game in the SEC West takes place this afternoon as the No. 11 Ole Miss Rebels host the No. 3 Alabama Crimson Tide. 

The Crimson Tide's explosive offense begins and ends with Amari Cooper. The elite wide receiver is one of the most talented players in the country, regardless of position. 

This is a significant contest for head coach Hugh Freeze and the Rebs. A win here could truly catapult Ole Miss into the upper crust of the SEC. A potential victory also could act as a galvanizing force on the recruiting trail. 

The contest begins at 3:30 p.m. ET. It can be seen on CBS. 

Odds Shark has Alabama as a 4.5-point favorite. A full box score can be found here, courtesy of NCAA.com

 

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Iowa State Lets Kickoff Go Right Through Team, Oklahoma State Recovers

Iowa State picked a really bad time to not field a kickoff.

With the score tied, 6-6, in the final minute of the first half of Saturday's game, Oklahoma State decided to kick the ball short. It worked out better than the Cowboys could have ever hoped.

The ball bounced right past a few Cyclones players, allowing a Cowboy to get down the field and recover the loose ball. 

It turned out to be a costly mistake for Iowa State. With great field position, Oklahoma State scored a late touchdown to take a 13-6 lead into halftime.

[@cjzero, Vine]

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LSU vs. Auburn: Live Score and Highlights

LSU is looking to win its first conference game of the year when it travels to Auburn to face the Tigers. The game will kick off at 7 p.m. EDT, and it will air on ESPN.

LSU was able to handle New Mexico State last week, but the Tigers are 0-1 in conference play after losing to Mississippi State two weeks ago. LSU will look to get a boost with quarterback Brandon Harris, as he will take the place of Anthony Jennings.

LSU is facing an Auburn team that is undefeated but has not played in an SEC game since taking down Arkansas in the season opener. And this game for Auburn is the start of a stretch where it will face five teams ranked in the top 15.

Be sure to come back to this blog as soon as the game kicks off for the latest scoring updates and highlights. 

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Ohio State-Maryland Referee Gets Destroyed by Terrapins Running Back

Anyone who gets in Maryland running back Jacquille Veii's way will get run over. It doesn't matter who it is.

The umpire of Week 6's Ohio State-Maryland game on Saturday found that out the hard way. 

Give the referee credit, though—he popped right back up and appeared to be fine.

[SB Nation]

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Katy Perry Tells Oklahoma's Trevor Knight to Call Her During 'College GameDay'

Katy Perry had a wild appearance on ESPN's College GameDay on Saturday, with the highlight of it coming when she told Oklahoma's Trevor Knight to call her.

That probably made Knight's day. Heck, that probably made his year.

[Vine]

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BYU's Loss to Utah State Ends the Dream of Any Team Crashing the Playoff

For more than a month, BYU carried the banner for the little guy in the College Football Playoff.

The Cougars had cracked the Top 20. They were 5-0. They had solid wins over Texas and Virginia.

They had one of the most electric quarterbacks in the nation in junior Taysom Hill.

They were the only non-power-five team with a chance at crashing the Playoff party.

Friday night, those hopes and dreams came crashing down to earth in one fell swoop.

No. 18 BYU's 35-20 loss to in-state rival Utah State was doubly damaging. The Cougars lost for the first time this season. They also lost Hill for the rest of the season with a fractured left leg suffered late in the first half.

As expected, the College Football Playoff will be the playground of the big boys, the best of the best in the power-five conferences. BYU was the only non-power-five team with any kind of legitimate shot at making a run; Marshall is unbeaten and could easily make a run through Conference USA undefeated, but the Thundering Herd is unlikely to even play a Top 25 team the rest of the way.

The most interesting group-of-five team is now East Carolina, and while the Pirates (victors over ACC foes North Carolina and Virginia Tech) are interesting to watch, they've also lost to South Carolina and have no shot at Playoff contention.

It's kind of a coincidence that BYU even had the chance to make a run this fall. The Cougars were the last "little guy" to win a national title.

Playing in the out-of-the-way Western Athletic Conference in 1984, BYU, led by quarterback Robbie Bosco, went 13-0 en route to a national title. The Cougars did so out of the spotlight. They didn't play a New Year's Day bowl, finishing up by beating Michigan in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 21.

As an Independent, BYU is not even eligible for the group-of-five spot in the suite of games associated with the College Football Playoff that goes to the top non-power-five conference team.

Instead, the Cougars are all but locked into the inaugural Miami Beach Bowl against an American Athletic Conference foe.

That's a tough fate for a team that looked like a legit College Football Playoff party crasher.

The party ended when Hill suffered a fractured leg after a two-yard run late in the second quarter. Backup Christian Stewart led BYU to only six points the rest of the way, completing nine of 29 passes for 172 yards.

"Of course it's a big loss for us," wide receiver Jordan Leslie told Jeff Call of the Deseret News. "It knocks the wind out of us. He's a leader, he's a great athlete."

With games against Boise State, Central Florida and Cal left on the schedule, BYU would have been, at the very least, an interesting case for the College Football Playoff selection committee had it remained unbeaten.

Instead, the Playoff will be full of big names with no true underdog stories.

The Deseret News reported that Hill would undergo surgery Saturday morning and be sidelined three to four months. One night changed the trajectory of BYU's season dramatically, and that's tough for the Cougars, as well as fans of the underdog, to take.

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Ohio State's Michael Thomas Makes TD Catch over Defender in Back of End Zone

With very little space in the back of the end zone and a Maryland defender interfering, Ohio State receiver Michael Thomas still managed to find a way to haul in a 25-yard touchdown on this play.

Thomas—the nephew of former NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson—did a great job of going up to get the ball and getting his feet down in the end zone. He did all of that while having a defender, who was called for defensive pass interference on the play, all over him.

After review, the call on the field stood. The touchdown gave the Buckeyes a 21-3 lead early in the second quarter.

[Cork Gaines]

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Tennessee Fans Create Checkerboard Pattern at Neyland Stadium for Florida Game

The Tennessee Volunteers are hosting the Florida Gators on Saturday, and Neyland Stadium was ready for the big game.

The fans in the stands created Tennessee's iconic checkerboard pattern. As cool as "whiteouts" and "blackouts" are, this trumps them all.

[College GameDay]

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Texas A&M-Mississippi State Referee Forgets Where Camera Is, Gets Upset

Referees have a lot to keep track of during games, so every now and then, they may forget the simplest of things.

During the Texas A&M-Mississippi State game Saturday, referee Ken Williamson lost track of where the camera was. Once he realized his mistake, he wasn't too happy with himself.

Hopefully Williamson is able to shake off the embarrassing moment and stay focused throughout the rest of the big SEC showdown.

[Cork Gaines]

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Best Signs from ESPN's 'College GameDay' Week 6

ESPN's College GameDay made its way down to Oxford, Mississippi, this week. Given that its the first time the iconic show has made its way down to Ole Miss, the fans came ready to leave their marks with signs.

Rebels fans were hyped and ready for the show with the Alabama Crimson Tide coming to town. Below are some of the best signs the fans came up with for their first time on the big stage.

Some Ole Miss fans took a shot at former Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron's wife (note: It should be Katherine McCarron).

Here are the best of the rest:

[Twitter, Instagram; h/t USA Today's FTW]

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Ohio State vs. Maryland: Live Score and Highlights

Ohio State 38, Maryland 10 — Late 3rd quarter

Game action is now underway between No. 20 Ohio State (3-1) and Maryland (4-1). ABC is televising the matchup from College Park.

We are watching the game, providing live analysis as the action unfolds:

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Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State: Live Score and Highlights

The No. 6 Texas A&M Aggies and No. 12 Mississippi State Bulldogs square off in an important Southeastern Conference battle on Saturday, Oct. 4.

West Division foes, the programs enter the day undefeated at 5-0 and 4-0, respectively, being led by two of the SEC's top quarterbacks in Kenny Hill and Dak Prescott.

A victory for either squad would assist in overcoming a brutal conference slate but a loss means meetings with Alabama, Auburn and Ole Miss carry heightened ramifications.

ESPN will show the matchup, which is scheduled to kick off at 12 p.m. ET. Bleacher Report will provide live scoring updates and in-game analysis. Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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College Football Rankings 2014: Final NCAA Overview of Week 6 Standings

Oregon already made its statement this week. It...wasn't great. Now we're hours away from Florida State's opportunity to avoid the same fate. 

The Seminoles are one of many teams heading into prove-it games in Week 6, though theirs comes much more from an expectation of dominance. Lowly Wake Forest makes a trip to Tallahassee later Saturday afternoon, counting only Gardner-Webb and Army among its two victories. The Demon Deacons have lost at UL Monroe and Utah State and were handily taken care of by Louisville last week despite some sloppiness.

More than anything, Florida State needs to use Wake Forest as a pulpit for re-establishing its dominance. The Seminoles have four straight wins; getting that done isn't the problem. But where their 2013 championship run was defined by weekly embarrassments, Jameis Winston and Co. have looked like they're in a title hangover.

After not allowing a team to come within two touchdowns during last regular season, the Seminoles have already allowed two teams to come within one. Their four games have featured a nail-biter against Oklahoma State, an overtime triumph sans Winston over Clemson and a 17-point comeback against N.C. State last week.

"We're still not playing the football we're capable of, which at times is frustrating," coach Jimbo Fisher told reporters. "But it's also very encouraging, because we're finding ways to win games and we are getting better."

The first team with arguably the most to gain this week, though, is third-ranked Alabama, which plays the game of the week at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium against Ole Miss. The Crimson Tide have settled into a new, offense-first groove under offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, scoring 42 points per game during their 4-0 start. Blake Sims has settled in to become arguably a more dynamic quarterback than A.J. McCarron ever was.

Sims has thrown for 1,091 yards and eight touchdowns while adding 141 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. He'll face his biggest test Saturday—an athletic, dominant Ole Miss front seven. Robert Nkemdiche is a mammoth human being in the middle, pushing the pile and allowing linebackers to eliminate run threats at the line of scrimmage.

The true calling card of the Ole Miss defense, though, has been its secondary. Opponents have thrown for a measly 534 yards through four games, compiling one touchdown against nine interceptions. The Rebels are third nationally in opponent scoring average and play with a physicality reminiscent of a vintage Alabama side. 

The winner of this game will deservedly challenge Florida State atop the rankings.

Alabama-Ole Miss is one of six games pitting two Top 25 opponents against each other, half of which come from the SEC. LSU looks to avoid starting its intraconference slate 0-2 when it visits fifth-ranked Auburn. Les Miles' team got back to its winning ways with a 63-7 thrashing of New Mexico State last week. A trip to Gainesville follows on Oct. 11, so it's at least theoretically possible the Tigers will face an 0-3 start.

Auburn had a scare two weeks ago against Kansas State but has been able to maintain its sunny disposition. Nick Marshall has thrown for 548 yards and six touchdowns and added 273 yards and two scores on the ground. The senior quarterback has been helped along by Cameron Artis-Payne, who takes the Tre Mason role for 2014.

Much like a year ago, the biggest question facing Auburn is whether it can get a stop. LSU has settled into a four-headed running back groove of its own led by freshman Leonard Fournette, and fellow youngster Brandon Harris has been stellar since taking over the starting quarterback job. It will be interesting to see how Harris handles his first major road test.

Also handling a major road test will be Texas A&M, which will try to earn its first 6-0 record in two decades against Mississippi State. The upstart Bulldogs have been the toast of the conference since taking down LSU and have found a star in quarterback Dak Prescott. Prescott earned himself looks on Heisman watch lists by leading Mississippi State to its first win in Baton Rouge since 1991.

"I think Dak Prescott is the player that [Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen] has been wanting," Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said, per Sam Khan Jr. of ESPN.com. "[He’s] the complete dual-threat quarterback to make this thing go." 

Saturday's game comes as the second in a string of possibly three straight contests against ranked opponents. Texas A&M is starting its own similar string, as a visit from Ole Miss and a trip to Tuscaloosa round out its October schedule. Such is life in the SEC West.

Outside the rigors of the nation's best conference, Notre Dame and Oklahoma each get their biggest test of the young season. The Sooners visits 25th-ranked TCU, a team that remembers how close it came to an upset last season. The Horned Frogs have allowed 21 total points while racking up nearly 45 points per game in wins over a trio of also-ran opponents. Minnesota is their only semi-legitimate opponent thus far.

Barring a collapse offensively—which, I guess is totally possible considering the source material—Oklahoma should win this game handily. 

More interesting will be Notre Dame's visit from Stanford, which should separate which "undefeated" Irish we're looking at. The ninth-ranked Golden Domers have gone on a cupcake mashing spree to start their season, with their toughest game coming against whoever the hell you think is the best of the Michigan, Purdue, Syracuse trio.

Everett Golson looks like a revelation, the defense looks like one of the nation's best and there really isn't much to complain about. Except the whole latent skepticism we've been conditioned to have any time Notre Dame goes soaring up the rankings. Outside of 2012, which itself was capped with an embarrassing loss, the Irish have an ugly habit of pulling out the rug just when people start to believe.

A home win against a shaky Stanford offense will go a long way toward proving the Irish belong in the national conversation. But given that the schedule is setting up for at least one major upset this weekend, I'm curious to see how this turns out.

 

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Alabama vs. Ole Miss: Analyzing Biggest X-Factors in Clash of SEC Undefeateds

Alabama entered the season with the expectation that it would qualify for the College Football Playoff. It is certainly in position to do precisely that, but it will have to get past a fellow undefeated SEC team in order to keep those hopes alive.

The No. 3 Crimson Tide travel to Oxford, Mississippi, to take on the 4-0 Ole Miss Rebels Saturday in a game that will have huge implications on both the SEC and the national title scene as well. With No. 2 Oregon having already lost to Arizona this week, the door is wide open for both of these teams to establish themselves.

'Bama is predictably favored, but winning against a rival on the road is never easy, especially when that rival happens to be very good. Both teams obviously need their top stars to shine, but the emergence of some less-heralded players could also play a huge role in this game.

With SEC supremacy on the line, here are the three biggest X-factors to watch in Saturday's tilt between Alabama and Mississippi.

 

Robert Nkemdiche

With both the Alabama and Ole Miss offenses firing on all cylinders, it is understandable why much of the focus heading into this game has been on scoring. With that said, the Crimson Tide and Rebels also happen to have two of the nation's top defenses.

In fact, 'Bama and Ole Miss rank sixth and fourth, respectively, in total defense through four games. The sample size isn't huge, but it is big enough to suggest that these defensive units are very much for real.

The Tide have been elite defensively for years, but Mississippi is just coming into its own on that side of the ball. One of the main reasons for that is the presence of sophomore defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche, who is quickly developing into one of the best linemen in the country.

Nkemdiche's numbers are modest with one sack and one tackle for loss, but he commands attention that allows his teammates to run free. His raw physical skills are incredible, and they already have draft experts like Dane Brugler of CBS Sports salivating over his NFL potential:

Alabama will have to be cognizant of Nkemdiche throughout Saturday's game since he can disrupt both the passing and running games. Tide quarterback Blake Sims won't have a chance if Nkemdiche gets in his face, while the running back tandem of Derrick Henry and T.J. Yeldon may find it difficult to identify lanes as well.

If Nkemdiche wasn't dangerous enough in an ordinary game, he is clearly pumped about the atmosphere that will be present at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, according to David Brandt of The Associated Press (h/t SunHerald.com).

"It's going to be wild," Nkemdiche said. "Ole Miss has a great fan base. That's one reason I came here. Rebel Nation is going to be rocking and we're going to be locked in ready to go. I can't wait."

The Rebels need Nkemdiche to be a difference-maker in order to win this game. Even if he doesn't dominate statistically, he has to be a disruptive force. If he is able to do that, then Ole Miss has a legitimate chance to pull off the upset.

 

Kenyan Drake

Alabama's offense has been excellent this season despite losing key players such as quarterback A.J. McCarron. Sims has stepped in and played extremely well, but he has had plenty of help. Wide receiver Amari Cooper is a superstar, while the likes of Henry and Yeldon take a lot of the pressure off his shoulders.

One player who doesn't receive enough credit, though, is running back Kenyan Drake. As the third wheel in the running back trio, Drake often gets overshadowed. He makes his playing time count, though, with nearly 300 total yards and four touchdowns on just 26 touches.

Drake is among the most dynamic players in the country, which is something ESPN analyst Danny Kanell believes is evident even on the practice field:

Perhaps the best aspect of Drake's game is his ability to contribute as a pass-catcher. Drake has just four catches, but they have gone for 149 yards and two touchdowns. When Drake finds himself in space, it often proves nearly impossible to catch him and take him down.

Ole Miss has an aggressive defense, which is something that Sims and Drake can take advantage of. Swarming can be a great strategy, but it sometimes leads to overpursuing, which then leaves the defense susceptible to plays like screen passes.

Drake can change a game with one touch, and that is essentially the definition of an X-factor in college football.

 

Jaylen Walton

The Mississippi offense is largely predicated on the play of senior quarterback Bo Wallace. He is among the best signal-callers in the SEC and is averaging over 300 yards and nearly three touchdowns per game thus far. The Rebels can't afford to be one-dimensional on Saturday, though.

That means Ole Miss must commit to the running game and at least present the threat of the run to keep Alabama honest. That isn't something that the Rebels have done a ton of through four games. As seen in this graphic courtesy of StatMilk, offensive balance isn't necessarily Mississippi's strong suit:

The Rebels do have the ability to grind out yardage on the ground, however, with junior Jaylen Walton leading the way. Walton leads Ole Miss with 199 rushing yards and three touchdowns despite carrying the ball just 29 times. He is averaging nearly seven yards per carry, which suggests that head coach Hugh Freeze would be wise to get the ball in his hands a little more often.

In addition to that, Walton is embracing the awesome atmosphere that will be present in Oxford on Saturday afternoon:

Going up against a team like Alabama, it is entirely possible that Walton and the rest of Mississippi's backs are feeling somewhat disrespected. They can change that with a strong performance, and it could potentially lead to an upset victory as well.

 

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Purdue Boilermakers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Live Blog: In-Game Analysis

It's the battle for the "Cannon Trophy," as the Purdue Boilermakers will visit the Illinois Fighting Illini Saturday afternoon at 12 p.m. ET on ESPN 2. 

Both teams will be looking to notch their first Big Ten victory of the season after starting conference play with a loss. 

Illinois will receive a huge boost with the return of sophomore quarterback Wes Lunt. Lunt missed last week's 45-14 destruction at the hands of Nebraska due to a knee injury, but the talented QB will start against the Boilermakers. In just four games, Lunt has thrown for over 1,200 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Purdue will enter the contest with the worst scoring offense in the Big Ten, averaging only 312 yards per game (113th in the NCAA). The Boilermakers have quarterback issues of their own. Danny Etling is in danger of losing his starting position to Austin Appleby after throwing for just 61 yards last week against Iowa. 

This matchup should be competitive and intense, as neither team wants to fall to 0-2 in the Big Ten. I will be posting updates throughout the game, as well as some keys leading up to kickoff at noon. Please join me!

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Bowl Predictions 2014: Latest Projections Before Saturday's Scheduled Action

The first few weeks of the 2014 college football regular season have been entertaining but none compare to the schedule of action and the potential bowl implications on tap for Week 5.

Fans of the sport have already started looking toward bowl season and the latest predictions and projections for which teams will make it to the top games. With a brand new playoff system in place, this will be a wild introduction to a college football postseason.

Here are the latest bowl predictions as college football fans prepare for Saturday’s action.

 

Predicting the Four Teams That’ll Make the Playoffs

The majority of college football fans hated the old BCS postseason format, and the NCAA has granted our wishes and instituted a four-team playoff system that will take effect this season.

While there is a ton of regular-season football left to be played before the new system begins, it’s always fun to speculate about which programs have a chance to be chosen for the inaugural postseason experience.

The first team that will likely make the playoffs is Florida State. As long as the program doesn’t go on a losing streak this season, the Seminoles will be chosen for one of the top four spots as the defending national champions.

Assuming the team makes it through its favorable schedule (one ranked opponent on the schedule for the remainder of 2014), FSU should be a clear-cut playoff contender and possibly even the No. 1 overall seed if the program goes unbeaten.

Another team looking to fight its way into the championship picture is the Alabama Crimson Tide. With one of the toughest schedules in college football, Alabama could easily be challenging for the top spot in the rankings if the team beats the likes of Ole Miss on Saturday and the four other ranked teams on the rest of the schedule.

If the Crimson Tide make the playoffs, the program will have earned it the hard way.

The battle for second- and third-seed in the postseason could become heated if the Oregon Ducks remain in the conversation as the best team in the country. The Ducks have remained unbeaten thus far but a meeting against UCLA coming up and a battle against Stanford later in the season could be trouble for the program.

If Oregon makes it past UCLA and Stanford and remains perfect in 2014, the stage will have been set for the Ducks to make the playoffs and be a legitimate contender. With a tough Pac-12 schedule, Oregon has the potential be the No. 1 seed if the other top programs falter this season.

One team not getting the mainstream attention it deserves is the Baylor Bears. With many of the SEC teams taking each other out during the course of the year, Baylor has the chance to run through the Big 12 and come out as the clear-cut fourth team in the college football playoffs.

Baylor is currently ranked seventh overall and has a very tough schedule. The Bears offense has been amazing in 2014 (first in the country with 56.8 points per game), and if the team can beat the likes of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU and Kansas State, Baylor will become an unlikely national championship contender.

All four of the aforementioned postseason contenders have very different styles. The two potential semifinals matchups would be unique experiences but neither would be able to hold a candle to the possibilities that could come out of the first championship game.

College football fans are part of a grand experiment this year. If the right four teams make the playoffs and the action lives up to the hype, this could be the most impactful change of the last 25 years in college sports.

 

*Stats via ESPN.com.

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LSU vs. Auburn: Predictions for Colossal SEC Matchup's Key Players

Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama, will be rocking Saturday night for one of the best tilts on the Week 6 college football slate.

In what will be the first of many daunting games for Auburn, the team plays host to LSU in one of the week's premier contests.

For the boys from Alabama, establishing themselves as a legitimate playoff and title contender as well as getting that grueling schedule of games started off with a win is vital.

The Tigers from Baton Rouge look to climb back up the rankings after they took a tumble following a loss at home to Mississippi State two weeks ago.

Who will step up for each team, and who will emerge from this one with a big signature win on its resume?

Here are predictions for the key players in Saturday's clash.

 

Nick Marshall, Auburn, QB

If the Auburn Tigers are to hold off the upset bid from LSU, they're going to need a big day from their dual-threat quarterback, Nick Marshall.

His ability on the ground makes him a tough player to game-plan for and stop. His passing, however, could still use some work, with his pass completion rate barely ranking in the top 100 of college football, per The Game radio show:

That number isn't a promising one, but when Marshall targets his top wideout—D'haquille Williams—he's much more efficient, per ESPN College Football:

If he makes smart decisions with the football, targets Williams more often and uses his ground game, Marshall is poised for a big week.

Keep in mind that he'll be playing the same defense that conceded 268 yards through the air and another 105 on the ground to Mississippi State pivot Dak Prescott.

Reaching triple digits in both rushing and passing isn't unfamiliar territory for Marshall either, per Auburn Football's twitter account:

Prediction: You have to like this matchup for Marshall. He can confuse some of the better defenses in college football, and this week, he's taking on a defensive unit that has shown it struggles when trying to contain a quarterback who has the ability to run and scramble.

If Marshall can stay somewhat efficient through the air, he should be able to throw for 180 yards, dash for another 110 and pick up three scores.

 

Brandon Harris, LSU, QB

From one quarterback to the other.

Since coming in for Anthony Jennings, Brandon Harris has been absolutely lights out.

Up to now, Harris has completed 22 of 30 passes for 394 yards, six touchdowns and just one interception. The freshman's numbers eclipse those of Jennings across the board.

Now, the young gun is set to start his first game at the college level, per ESPN College GameDay:

So far this year, having Harris under center has been crucial to the Tigers' offensive success, per GameDay:

According to ESPN analyst Brian Griese, Harris is the quarterback of the future for LSU, and it appears as though the future is now:

Prediction: Harris has looked excellent in the games he's played so far—including that loss to the Bulldogs. The fact that Auburn could also be without a few key players on defense, per The Associated Press, bodes well for Harris and the LSU offense. Having a dynamic wideout like Travin Dural to throw to doesn't hurt, either.

Watch for Harris to play a solid game, but don't get carried away with your expectations. He's still playing one of the top defenses in the country in both yardage and scoring, per Yahoo Sports. Look for him throw for 280 yards and two scored. His inexperience may also cost him in a big conference game, though. He also throws one interception.

 

Montravius Adams, Auburn, DT

Time to give some love to a defensive player.

Montravius Adams has been an absolute monster on Auburn's defensive line and is a big reason why the Tigers rank 12th in the nation at stopping the run, per Yahoo Sports.

Bleacher Report's Auburn lead writer Justin Ferguson noted Adams' impressive first-half stats and recovery time from last week's victory over Louisiana Tech:

Being able to stop the run against LSU is key, as it has five players with over 30 rush attempts and five guys with at least 100 rushing yards through their first five games.

If Auburn is going to contain Leonard Fournette, it'll need Adams to have a big game.

Luckily for the team, the stage has been set for just that.

Adams will probably line up opposite LSU's center—an area of the field where the team has had problems, according to Jim Kleinpeter of NOLA.com and The Times-Picayune.

Something else to consider: When LSU went up against the tough run defense of Mississippi State—ranked just ahead of Auburn at ninth—Fournette and Kenny Hilliard combined for just 68 yards on 16 carries.

Prediction: With LSU struggling at the position that Adams will match up against—and Adams being so good to begin with—look for him to have a big game.

I wouldn't put it past him to wrap up a slew of tackles near the line of scrimmage on run plays and come up with a tackle for loss or sack when he does break through to the backfield.

 

Game Prediction

LSU has dominated the recent history of this head-to-head, per GameDay:

This year, Auburn gets some revenge, though. It simply matches up too well against this LSU squad.

Not only does it have a versatile quarterback going up against a defense that struggles against that type of player, but it also has a very good run-stopping defense, which could force LSU to put the ball in the air early and often.

Harris may be off to a hot start, but he's still a freshman, and he's still playing on the road in what is sure to be an electric atmosphere. I say he ends up having a solid game, but it's not enough to pull off the upset.

LSU 17, Auburn 31

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