Michigan vs SMU

Michigan vs SMU : Get a summary of the SMU Mustangs vs Michigan Wolverines football game.

How to watch Michigan vs SMU

Date: Saturday, September 15
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI
Network: BTN

Michigan (1-1) vs. SMU (0-2) Game Preview

One Reason Why SMU Will Win

There have been a whole slew of issues so far, but the defense has been able to get into the backfield. The pass rush hasn’t been anything great, but the D lived in the North Texas backfield, and it was even able to do a few good things against TCU.

The Michigan offensive line hasn’t been anything special so far. It improved against Western Michigan last week, but it’s been hit with five sack and 12 tackles for loss over the first two games.

With the Mustang offense sputtering and struggling, SMU has to sell out and force Shea Patterson and the Wolverine attack to screw up.

One Reason Why Michigan Will Win

The SMU offense is having a whole lot of problems. The Michigan defense isn’t the one to go against if it wants to get healthy.

The Wolverine secondary has been a rock over the first two games – outside of one key pass play against Notre Dame – and the D as a whole has allowed just 560 yards so far.

The SMU offense has been a total disaster on third downs, meaning it’s among the worst in the country in time of possession – the Sonny Dykes attack isn’t working.

All Michigan has to do is come up with a few early scores, and this thing is over.

Prediction & Line

Michigan 45, SMU 9
Line: Michigan -35, o/u: 53.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3

Boise State vs Oklahoma State

Boise State vs Oklahoma State : Boise State and Oklahoma State possess two of the most entertaining college football programs in the country — and they’ve given their fans plenty of reason for optimism this season.

The Broncos and Cowboys are a combined 4-0 with 231 points scored and 57 points allowed. Their quarterbacks have combined for 1,395 yards and 13 touchdown passes. The teams are both ranked in the Top 25 — as has become expected for both programs.

How to watch Boise State vs Oklahoma State

Date: Saturday, September 15
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, OK
Network: ESPN

Boise State (2-0) vs Oklahoma State (2-0) Game Preview

One Reason Why Boise State Will Win

Brilliant so far, everything has clicked offensively in blowout wins over Troy and UConn. Brett Rypien has yet to throw a pick for the nation’s third-most efficient passing game, the attack owns third downs, and the attack overall is averaging well over 600 yards per game.

The firepower is there to keep up if this turns into any sort of a road shootout.

The other side of the ball isn’t bad, either.

The defense has ben a rock against the run and it isn’t allowing much of anything deep. Granted, Troy and UConn don’t have big-time passing games, but still, the defense has been a rock so far in two stress-free performances.

The team is totally tuned up and ready for a game like this.

One Reason Why Oklahoma State Will Win

Oklahoma State has had its scrimmages, too, and it’s all working.

SW Missouri State and South Alabama aren’t exactly Missouri and Alabama, but still, the Cowboys needed the layups to get the new parts to the passing game working.

Taylor Cornelius has thrown three picks, but he’s also been explosive as the new main man under center, connecting on several big plays and hitting 67% of his passes. And best of all? There’s a rested and ready Justice Hill ready to go.

The star running back hasn’t been needed so far, carrying the ball just 19 times and averaging over eight yards per carry. He might not bust loose a whole slew of big runs against this Bronco D, but he’s ready to be a workhorse if needed.

The respective punting games might be the other key. Boise State hasn’t needed to boot it too much, but it’s averaging under 30 yards per try so far. Oklahoma State’s punters are averaging 46 yards per pop.

Prediction & Line

Oklahoma State 37, Boise State 30
Line: Oklahoma State -3, o/u: 63.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 4

Auburn vs LSU

Auburn vs LSU : Auburn hosts LSU in a crucial SEC West showdown Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET. Both teams are unbeaten and have marquee nonconference victories under their belts. Auburn is favored by 10.5 in the latest Auburn vs. LSU odds, while the over-under, or total points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 44.5. The home team has won 16 of 18 in this series, but before you make any Auburn vs. LSU picks, you need to see what SportsLine’s advanced computer model has to say.

How to watch Auburn vs LSU

Date: Saturday, September 15
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL
Network: CBS

LSU (2-0) vs. Auburn (2-0) Game Preview

These two have played a few killers over the last several years.

After a few blowouts, the last two showdowns have turned into program-changing moments, The epic flickering play-clock game of 2016 turned into the end of the Les Miles era – or lead to it – and really, really helped Gus Malzahn’s world, and then last year the Geaux Tigers got their revenge in a thrilling 27-24 win.

Auburn still got to the SEC Championship despite the loss, so this isn’t quite an elimination game in the West race, but realistically … it’s an elimination game in the West race.

With trips to Mississippi State, Georgia, Ole Miss and Alabama still to go, Auburn’s SEC world is in big, big trouble if it can’t take care of this at home. LSU has to go to Florida, Arkansas and Texas A&M, but this is it. This is the biggest road game left with Alabama and Georgia coming to Baton Rouge.

It also might be a game for – at least – a New Year’s Six bowl, with LSU doing a great job in the opener against Miami, and with Auburn slipping past Washington early on.

One Reason Why LSU Will Win

Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda has the defensive line and the pass rush dialed in.

The Tigers were able to bother Malik Rosier all game long in the win over Miami – generating four sacks on the day – and came up with five more sacks against Alabama State. The Auburn offensive line has been terrific so far – holding its own against Washington in the opener – but it’s about to be under attack.

Auburn is also having a big problem in the red zone. Last in the SEC after just two games, the Tigers have only converted on 75% of their tries inside the 20. LSU? Tied for No. 1 in the nation scoring on all eight possessions so far.

One Reason Why Auburn Will Win

Joe Burrow hasn’t been all that great.

The former Ohio State quarterback was praised for not wetting the bed against the Miami defense in the opener, and he has yet to throw a pick, but he’s only hitting 47% of his passes and didn’t quite click like he should’ve against SE Louisiana. That’s part of the reason why LSU is so bad on third downs.

Again, it’s a small sample size, but LSU is only connecting on 26% of its third down tries. On the other side, Auburn’s defense has been fantastic on the money downs, stopping Washington time and again, and having no problems against Alabama State.

Prediction & Line

Auburn 24, LSU 20
Line: Auburn -9.5, o/u: COMING
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3

Wisconsin vs BYU

Wisconsin vs BYU : Wisconsin Badgers will welcome the BYU Cougars to Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday afternoon for their final non-conference match-up of the regular season.

BYU (1–1) enters the game fresh off a 21–18 home-opening loss to former Wisconsin defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and the Cal Bears last Saturday. The Cougars and head coach Kalani Sitake look to move forward after a rough 4–9 campaign in 2017.

How to watch Wisconsin vs BYU

Date: Saturday, September 15
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI
Network: ABC

Wisconsin (2-0) vs BYU (1-1) Game Preview

One Reason Why BYU Will Win

Tanner Mangum might have thrown two picks in the loss to Cal, but he’s made the BYU quarterback situation solid again.

He’s at least moving the offense and giving the attack a steady leader – something sorely missing in last year’s ugly 40-6 loss to the Badgers. The Wisconsin defense was having major problems early on last week against New Mexico’s versatile offense when Tevaka Tuioti getting the ball out of his hands in a hurry.

If Mangum can make quick decisions and get some time, he should be able to keep the chains moving.

Defensively, all things considered, the run defense has held up well so far. There’s good play from the defensive front, allowing just 313 rushing yards against Arizona and Cal.

One Reason Why Wisconsin Will Win

The Badger offense is humming, especially on the ground.

The offensive front destroyed WKU and New Mexico as the game went on, and Jonathan Taylor has taken advantage, going off for almost eight yards per carry and close to 400 yards in two games.

Helping the cause has been the emergence of receiver AJ Taylor, who followed up his breakout performance against Miami in the Orange Bowl to close out last season with two straight five-catch games, lighting up New Mexico for 134 yards.

For all of the good things the BYU defense has done so far, it’s not getting behind the line, and the secondary is giving up too many deep balls.

Prediction & Line

Wisconsin 37, BYU 16
Line: Wisconsin -21.5, o/u: 44.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3

Notre Dame vs Vanderbilt

Notre Dame vs Vanderbilt : Vanderbilt is 2-0 to start the 2018 season. So is Notre Dame. But the Irish have beaten Michigan while Vanderbilt has beaten Middle Tennessee State and Nevada. On Saturday, we’ll find out how real this Vanderbilt team is: It’s No. 8 Notre Dame vs. Vanderbilt from South Bend, Indiana.

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Date: Saturday, September 15
Game Time: 2:30 ET
Venue: Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, IN
Network: NBC

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Notre Dame (2-0) vs. Vanderbilt (2-0) Game Preview

One Reason Why Notre Dame Will Win

The secondary hasn’t allowed much of anything down the field so far.

Michigan might have thrown for 249 yards, but there were a whole lot of dinks and dunks to get there – there was a ton of work for an offense that sputtered. Ball State threw for 180 yards, but again, not much was going on when it came to the big play, and so far, the Irish secondary has come up with two picks.

Kyle Shurmur has been great so far, but the Vanderbilt quarterback has had plenty of time to work against the Middle Tennessee and Nevada defenses. This week, he’s not goin got have the ground game to rely on.

On the other side, the Commodore defensive front hasn’t been tested yet. Notre Dame’s ground game has yet to bust out, but it’s overdue.

One Reason Why Vanderbilt Will Win

Notre Dame isn’t going to be able to get the passing attack going, and it’s going to have to rely on a ground game that’s not working

Mock wins over Middle Tennessee and Nevada if you must, but those two teams can wing the ball all over the yard. They put up a few yards against the Vandy secondary, but not enough to matter. Consider the Irish O line has been a bit shaky so far. the Commodores should be able to bring the heat, and they should be able to pressure Brandon Wimbush.

Wimbush was fine in the win over Ball State, but he has yet to go off. He hasn’t been able to get free and run, and outside of the one early fantastic touchdown pass against Michigan, he’s just not Aaron Rodgers when it comes to getting the ball to his receivers where they can do something with it.

He threw three picks against Ball State, the ground game that was so explosive last year is 104th in the nation, and … the offense isn’t working. So far, the Vandy defense has been solid.

Stanford vs UC Davis

Stanford vs UC Davis : Stanford running back Bryce Love, one of college football’s biggest stars, will not suit up for the Cardinal this weekend against UC Davis, according to head coach David Shaw with an undisclosed injury.

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Date: Saturday, September 15
Game Time: 2:00 ET
Venue: Stanford Stadium, Palo Alto, CA
Network: Pac-12 Network

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Stanford (2-0) vs. UC Davis (2-0) Game Preview

One Reason Why UC Davis Will Win

The Aggies have come up with a strong start to the season, with the offense blowing up on San Jose State before getting the offense rolling against San Diego.

Jake Maier and the passing game are among the best in the FCS, with an attack rolling for 411 yards per game for a relentless offense that should keep bombing away against a Cardinal secondary that hasn’t been tested yet.

Defensively, the Aggies are fantastic at taking the ball away with five forced turnovers so far, and best of all, they don’t have to face Bryce Love. He’s apparently banged up with a few undisclosed injuries – he’s being saved for Oregon. If the Cardinal are looking ahead to the next big Pac-12 game, UC Davis could be an issue.

One Reason Why Stanford Will Win

Cameron Scarlett should be able to pick up the slack for Love.

He’s not the talent that Love is, but he’s a good, tough veteran runner who should be able to handle the workload. So far, the running game hasn’t worked, but this week the Cardinal line will blast away.

But the passing game won’t have a problem, either.

Teams have to bomb away to keep up the pace so far against UC Davis, but the secondary really is able to be thrown on. Stanford should be able to get JJ Arcega-Whiteside and the air show going if it has to extend itself.

Prediction & Line

Stanford 37, UC Davis 17
Line: No Line

Rutgers vs Kansas

Rutgers vs Kansas : Rutgers’ record against current Big 12 foes — 7 wins, 35 losses, 2 ties — deserves an asterisk. The Scarlet Knights’ were 4-33-2 all-time versus West Virginia, which is no longer on the schedule after both schools defected from the Big East.

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Date: Saturday, September 15
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Lawrence, KS
Network: Fox Sports Network

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Rutgers (1-1) vs. Kansas (1-1) Game Preview

One Reason Why Rutgers Will Win

It’s not like the Kansas offense is rocking.

It’s struggling on third downs, it’s not doing anything down the field, and it’s not moving the ball, with just 308 yards per game over the first two weeks.

The Jayhawk offense needs help from the defense. If Rutgers is able to avoid the big mistakes, it should be able to take care of business on the other side with the pass rush.

The Rutgers defensive front needs to own the Kansas offensive line. If it does that, and capitalizes on all of its offensive opportunities, all will be fine. But …

One Reason Why Kansas Will Win

So what did Kansas do right in the stunning 31-7 win over Central Michigan? It forced lots and lots and lots of turnovers.

The defense was terrific – allowing just 280 yards – but it was the six takeaways with four picks that turned the game into a blowout.

Rutgers is having an interception issue with five so far in the first two games – it’s last among Big Ten teams in giveaways. And that improved offense that’s supposed to start rocking down the field more? It’s only averaging 279 yards per game.

Prediction & Line

Rutgers 37, Kansas 20
Line: Kansas -3, o/u: 44.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3

Florida State vs Syracuse

Florida State vs Syracuse : Syracuse football will look to start its 2018 season 3-0 in front of a national audience on Saturday in the Carrier Dome.

The Orange (2-0) and Florida State (1-1) are set to kick off at noon and will be broadcast on ESPN. The Seminoles are favored by 2.5 or 3 points as of Thursday afternoon, depending on the sportsbook.

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Date: Saturday, September 15
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY
Network: ESPN

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Florida State (1-1) vs. Syracuse (2-0) Game Preview

One Reason Why Florida State Will Win

The change of scenery should help.

The Seminoles came out shockingly flat and lousy against Virginia Tech to kick things off, and then they played like a team with the weight of the world on its shoulders in the ridiculously close 36-26 win over Samford.

Now that they’re on the road, they might play a bit looser – at least, that’s the hope.

Yeah, Syracuse was able to blow through Wagner and Western Michigan, but now it has to face a defense with talent. On the other side, as easy as the 2-0 start has been so far, the secondary has been hit for 313 yards per game and the defense has allowed the most yards of anyone in the ACC.

Florida State offense, it’s time to get going.

One Reason Why Syracuse Will Win

The Florida State offense can’t get going.

It came through late against Samford, but it took way too long to wake up. The O can’t come up with third down conversions, and outside of one big run from Cam Akers against Virginia Tech, the ground game is having problems behind a line that hasn’t improved much after a rough 2017.

The offensive problems were a wee bit foreseeable, but the shocker has been the pass defense that was lit up by Virginia Tech and torched for 475 yards by Samford. Yeah, the D came up with four picks last week, but it’s about to be under siege from Eric Dungey and the Syracuse air show.

The Orange threw for five scores last week against Wagner after a rocky day against Western Michigan – but the offense worked overall. If Dungey gets time, he’ll bomb away for at least 300 yards.

Prediction & Line

Syracuse 34, Florida State 30
Line: Florida State -3, o/u: 68
ATS Confidence out of 5: 1

Nebraska vs Troy

Nebraska vs Troy : The Troy Trojans travel to Lincoln, Nebraska, to play the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Troy hasn’t been to Nebraska since 2006 when they lost 56-0. This will be their fifth meeting and Troy hasn’t beaten Nebraska yet.

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Location: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Nebraska

Kickoff: Saturday September 15th, 11:00AM Central Time


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Odds: Nebraska -11.5 Over/Under 58

Nebraska (0-1) vs. Troy (1-1) Game Preview

One Reason Why Troy Will Win

Really, how healthy is Adrian Martinez?

After the leg-twisting issue against Colorado, the star Husker quarterback has a banged up knee, and with Michigan coming up next, the offense needs him healthy for the trip. It needs him for this week, but it’s hardly as important.

With top backup Tristan Gebbia leaving for Oregon State, Andrew Bunch will play a big role now. No matter who’s under center, the aggressive Troy defensive front will get into the backfield to come up with its share of big stops.

For all of Troy’s issues early on, the defense has come up with takeaways, and the run defense has been fantastic – even against Boise State.

One Reason Why Nebraska Will Win

It’s only one game, but the Nebraska defense all of a sudden looked far tougher and played far more aggressively. It was able to generate seven sacks and 12 tackles for loss against Colorado, and that should be the norm.

The Trojan offensive front has been just okay so far, and it’s about to be under siege. The result? The downfield passing game isn’t there, and keeping the chains moving has been an issue.

On the other side, no matter who’s running the Husker offense, the pop will still be there. Martinez might have led the team in rushing against the Buffs, but Greg Bell came up with a big performance, too, tearing off 104 yards on 13 carries. He can carry the O for stretches if he has to.

Prediction & Line

Nebraska 37, Troy 20
Line: Nebraska -11.5, o/u: 57.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3

Miami vs Toledo

Miami vs Toledo : Reigning Mid-American Conference champions, the Toledo Rockets, don’t appear to be much different from the 2017 version UM fans watched last year — at least on paper. The Hurricanes ultimately pulled out a 52-30 win over a resilient Rockets squad. With Miami well aware of Toledo’s offensive capabilities, the rematch could pose the ultimate game of chess between Toledo’s HC Jason Candle and Miami’s HC Mark Richt. Will those Rockets continue to be a thorn in the side of the Canes or does UM have a better idea of Candle’s modus operandi

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Date: Saturday, September 15
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Glass Bowl, Toledo, OH
Network: ESPN2

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Miami (1-1) vs. Toledo (1-0) Game Preview

One Reason Why Miami Will Win

The defense hasn’t been a problem.

The offense might have blown up on Savannah State, but all offenses blow up on Savannah State. It sputtered against LSU, and after the way last year ended, it still has to prove itself.

The defense, though, has continued to be a killer.

Lost in the loss to LSU was how the D held the Tiger ground game in check, and for all of the love given to QB Joe Burrow, he only completed 46% of his throws for 140 yards.

The defense has the pass rush, it continues to have the elite ability to get into the backfield, and it continues its swarming ways under defensive coordinator Manny Diaz.

One Reason Why Toledo Will Win

Toledo had a scrimmage against VMI, and then it got two weeks to prepare for the Hurricanes. The team should be ready, and the passing game is more than ready to go.

The Rockets have the receivers. Diontae Johnson and Cody Thompson are as good as any twosome the Hurricanes will face all year, and Jon’Vea Johnson cranked up three catches for 80 yards and a score in the opener.

Can Mitchell Guadagni handle the pressure from the Canes? If he gets time to work, the big plays and the deep throws will be there.

And then there’s the question about the Hurricane offense and if it can keep up. Malik Rosier only completed 15-of-35 throws against LSU, and while this is a step down in competition, he and the Miami attack has to prove once again it can explode against a decent opponent.

Prediction & Line

Miami 40, Toledo 27
Line: Miami -10, o/u: 57
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2