Rams vs Chiefs

Rams vs Chiefs : It’s finally here. The game everyone’s been waiting for will kick off on Monday night as the 9-1 Kansas City Chiefs will visit the 9-1 Los Angeles Rams at the Coliseum. The move from Mexico City has hardly put a damper on this highly anticipated matchup, which many are calling a Super Bowl preview.

There are several things that make this a historically great matchup – including the NFL record 63.5-point over/under while the Rams are 3.5-point favorites at home. It’s expected to be a high-scoring affair with the two teams each putting up more than 33 points per game, but which one will come out on top Monday?

We’re here to predict just that. While neither team should have much trouble scoring in this one, it could come down to which team has the ball last. Neither defense is particularly good, but the Chiefs’ has been more consistent of late.

Kansas City hasn’t allowed more than 23 points in any of its last four games and has done so just once since Week 4 – a 43-40 loss to the Patriots. The Rams, on the other hand, have been gashed lately, 103 points in their last three games. granted, the level of competition has been far greater for Los Angeles, but it’s had trouble slowing down its opponents.

Now, the Rams face their toughest defensive test with Patrick Mahomes, Kareem Hunt, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce coming to town. Ultimately, the Chiefs offense will be too much for the Rams and will lift Kansas City to victory.

Final score prediction: Chiefs 41, Rams 38
Given the success of the Rams, it’s difficult to predict a loss against any opponent. They’ve shown they can hang with anyone, even the seemingly unstoppable Saints. However, the Chiefs might be the best team in the league with a secondary just good enough to slow down the Cooper Kupp-less Rams.

Seeing Los Angeles win this one wouldn’t be the least bit surprising. After all, the Rams are favored by 3.5 points. There are just too many favorable matchups for Kansas City in this one, from its relentless pass rush to Hill matching up against any cornerback in the secondary.

Not to mention, the Rams have had a crazy two weeks, from losing Kupp to the tragic shooting in Thousand Oaks to the wildfires to practicing in Colorado Springs. Nothing about their schedule has been normal lately, and while Sean McVay will have his players ready, the team hasn’t been in a routine.

A shootout is almost certainly coming, it’s just that the Chiefs will score last and come away with a close win.

Texas vs Texas Tech

Texas vs Texas Tech : Texas’ receiving corps had a bit of an injury scare thrown into it over the past couple of days, but, fingers crossed, all is expected to be well by Saturday.

According to multiple media outlets, Collin Johnson suffered an unspecified knee injury during Wednesday’s practice. In fact, he was seen getting around practice the following day with the help of crutches.

The good news, at least thus far, is that head coach Tom Herman expects the wide receiver to play this weekend against Texas Tech.

1. Will Texas establish the run?
Freshman Keaontay Ingram has UT’s only 100-yard rushing performance this season, and graduate transfer Tre Watson is averaging 47.3 yards per game. D’Onta Foreman’s 341-yard day in Lubbock in 2016 ranks third all-time in the Texas record book, and Chris Warren III’s 276-yard night against Texas Tech in 2015 is seventh. The Red Raiders just gave up 206 yards to Oklahoma’s Trey Sermon last week. Will a Longhorn have a noteworthy night?

2. Will Texas stop the run?
The Longhorns have allowed a 300-yard passer in back-to-back losses to Oklahoma State and West Virginia, but the rushing defense has been just as concerning. Four Cowboys and Mountaineers running backs averaged 6.7 yards per carry. Texas also allowed key gains on the ground to its two opposing quarterbacks, neither of which is considered fleet-footed. Texas Tech freshman Ta’Zhawn Henry is averaging 4.1 yards per carry and the Red Raiders will likely have dual-threat quarterback Jett Duffey in this week’s huddle.

Texas freshman Cameron Dicker ranks third in the Big 12 with 12 field goals. Nine of those, though, have been kicked at Royal-Memorial Stadium. Dicker’s biggest kick was a 40-yarder that beat Oklahoma, but the Cotton Bowl was filled halfway with Longhorn fans. Dicker has attempted only two field goals over Texas’ three true road games; he hit a 28-yarder at Kansas State on Sept. 29. Will he get a chance to build on his solid season?

LSU vs Arkansas

LSU vs Arkansas : LSU and Arkansas square off in Fayetteville tonight at 6:30 on the SEC Network. Geaux247 is your one-stop shop for coverage for this week’s contest and below is our running index leading up to kickoff, so you do not miss anything on the big matchup.

Considering their sizeable disadvantage in the spread, Arkansas will have a real challenge on their hands on Saturday. Their bye week comes to an end as they meet up with LSU at 8:30 p.m. Allowing an average of 33.67 points per game, Arkansas have been asleep on the defensive side of the ball and will need to wake up before the game.

How to Watch: LSU vs. Arkansas

The No. 7 LSU football team (7-2) will take on unranked Arkansas (2-7) on Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. in Fayetteville, with the matchup set to be aired on the SEC Network.

The Tigers are coming off a 29-0 loss at home to No. 1 Alabama, while the Razorbacks are coming off the program’s bye week.

After flying high against Tulsa three weeks ago, Arkansas came back down to earth. Arkansas took a 31-45 hit to the loss column at the hands of Vanderbilt. Arkansas’s loss came about despite a quality game from Ty Storey, who passed for 240 yards and 2 touchdowns. Ty Storey has been a guy to keep an eye on this season; he’s played big for Arkansas in each of their last three games.
For LSU, the magical ingredient to getting over an Alabama hangover under Ed Orgeron has been playing Arkansas.

Let’s look at some injury updates, keys to victory and predictions for Saturday’s matchup in Fayetteville at 6:30 p.m. CT on the SEC Network.

Meanwhile, LSU came into their matchup this week averaging 30.38 points per game, but LSU fell well short of that average, and it cost them. They suffered a grim 0-29 defeat to Alabama last Saturday. LSU were down by 0-22 at the end of the third quarter, which was just too much to recover from.

Arkansas found themselves the reluctant recipients of an unpleasant 10-33 punch to the gut against LSU the last time the two teams met. Maybe Arkansas will have more luck at home instead of on the road? Watch the contest and check back on CBS Sports for all the details.

Notre Dame vs Florida State

Notre Dame vs Florida State : After two games on the road, Notre Dame is heading back home. They will square off against Florida St. at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday. Notre Dame are a solid favorite in this one, with an expected 16.5-point point margin of victory.

Notre Dame might be getting used to good results now that the squad has nine wins in a row. They were able to grind out a solid victory over Northwestern last week, winning 31-21. Ian Book was the offensive standout of the match for Notre Dame, as he accumulated 343 passing yards and picked up 56 yards on the ground on 11 carries. Ian Book has been a guy to keep an eye on this season; he’s played big for Notre Dame in each of their last six games.

Meanwhile, Florida St. received a tough blow as they fell 28-47 to NC State. This makes it the second loss in a row for Florida St..

Notre Dame’s win lifted them to 9-0 while Florida St.’s defeat dropped them down to 4-5. Allowing an average of points per game, Florida St. haven’t exactly asserted themselves on the defensive end. We’ll see if they can patch up the holes in their defense before their upcoming game.

Time, TV channel, streaming info
Time: 7:30 PM ET
Location: South Bend, Indiana, Notre Dame Stadium (77,622)
TV: NBC PBP: Mike Tirico Analyst: Doug Flutie Sidelines: Kathryn Tappen
Streaming: NBC Sports Live
Listen: Local Tallahassee 103.1 FM, PBP: Gene Deckerhoff Analyst: William Floyd Sidelines: Tom Block, click here for a full list of affiliates
Satellite Radio: SXM 194 (Streaming 956)
Weather: High of 28 degrees, wind chill 23 degrees, humidity 66 percent. Partly Cloudy. Chance of snow, 40 percent in the morning hours and 5 percent late. Winds SW at 4 mph.

The Fighting Irish are a big 16.5 point favorite against the Seminoles.

This season, Notre Dame are 4-4-1 against the spread. As for Florida St., they are 3-5-0 against the spread

Bettors have moved against the Fighting Irish slightly, as the game opened with the Fighting Irish as a 18 point favorite.

Auburn vs Georgia

Auburn vs Georgia : Georgia already clinched the SEC East. Now the Bulldogs just have to clear a runway to the College Football Playoff by playing perfect football until January.

Blocking UGA’s takeoff is an Auburn team in dire need of a big win. The Tigers have fallen from top 10 program to potential Belk Bowl invitee, an ignominious decline in the first year of a seven-year contract extension for head coach Gus Malzahn. But a backloaded schedule means there’s still time to salvage the season, and knocking off Georgia in Athens would do a long way in establishing this year’s Iron Bowl as a competitive matchup and not just a ritual Aztec sacrifice.

The Bulldogs are rolling after knocking off the nation’s No. 9 team in consecutive weeks, though that fact gets a bit less impressive when you consider those wins came against flawed Florida and Kentucky teams. Beating the Tigers would give Georgia a great opportunity to head to the SEC title game with just one loss on its ledger, potentially making a December 1 showdown with Alabama a playoff eliminator in the process.

Auburn vs. Georgia prediction:
The S&P+ ratings tag the Bulldogs as the nation’s No. 5 team. Auburn clocks in at No. 15, despite being Tennessee’s lone SEC victory this fall. The Tigers are capable of shocking Georgia, but UGA has hit its stride after getting pantsed by LSU four weeks ago. The numbers see this as a 13-point win for the ‘Dawgs, and honestly, that sounds about right.

Time, TV channel, and streaming info
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Location: Sanford Stadium, Athens, GA
TV: ESPN
Streaming: WatchESPN
Odds: Georgia is favored by 14 points.
Auburn vs. Georgia news:
What’s Georgia worried about this week? Turnovers and the fourth quarter, mostly.
But maybe the Dawgs should be worried about Jarrett Stidham, since big passing plays buoyed the Tigers last week.

Auburn’s defensive line against Georgia’s run game. The Bulldogs have the SEC’s best rushing attack, averaging 233.8 yards per game, with a one-two punch out of the backfield in Elijah Holyfield and D’Andre Swift. Auburn has had issues against the run at times in SEC play — namely the loss to Mississippi State and last week’s win against Texas A&M — and ranks 34th nationally in rushing defense. If Auburn can slow down Georgia’s rushing attack, it will go a long way toward leaving Athens with a win.

Kentucky vs Tennessee

Kentucky vs Tennessee : Last Saturday’s home-blowout loss to the Georgia Bulldogs came with a disappointing result of more than just a loss. The outcome also eliminated the Kentucky Wildcats from eligibility to their first SEC Championship game.

However, sitting at 7-2 after ten weeks of the season, they travel to face the Tennessee Volunteers for the first of their final three games this season. On the bubble of the College Football Playoff committee’s Top-10, the a convincing win by the Wildcats will only improve their bowl game projections.

The No. 11 Wildcats (7-2, 5-2 SEC) are looking to beat the Vols for the first time on the road since 1984.

Here are three things to watch for as Mark Stoops team takes on their longtime SEC foe.

(1) Will the offense improve? More Snell?

The Cats junior running back Benny Snell Jr. eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing in a season for the third time in his career against Georgia. He needs to keep racking up yards to support Kentucky’s stagnant offense.

Against the Bulldogs, Snell only tallied 73 yards. For Kentucky to avoid dropping another game, he needs to be the focal point of the offense against a Tennessee defense allowing 161 yards per game on the ground. Kentucky’s offense has not scored more than 17 points in its last three games. Many Wildcat fans are hoping for a change in that area down the final stretch of the season.

(2) Kentucky’s pass rush

The Tennessee Volunteers are missing two starters on their offensive line going into Saturday’s game, which will leave vulnerabilities on the edge. Last week against Charlotte, the Vols struggled to give any time to pass for their quarterback Jarrett Guarantano. That opens the door for defensive end Josh Allen and the Wildcats pass rush.

Though Benny Snell Jr. has struggled running the football the last two games, as well dealing with a few nagging injuries, there won’t be a better time to get back on track than Saturday.

Tennessee’s rush defense ranks 66th in the country and just ninth in the SEC. Snell, as well as AJ Rose, should be able to have their way in what should wind up being an efficient come-back game.

Though Tennessee presents real athletes on both sides of the ball, Kentucky should look much more appetizing against lesser competition this Saturday. A rather hostile road environment is never a simple task for first-year quarterback, but for a veteran coach & roster, the storm should be weathered before the clock hits zero.

Washington State vs Colorado

Washington State vs Colorado : The Washington State Cougars remain in the College Football Playoff picture after holding on for a 19-13 win last week over Cal.

The Cougars control their destiny in the Pac-12 North race: win out and they’re in the conference title game. WSU has three games remaining, beginning with Saturday’s road trip to Colorado to face the reeling Buffaloes, who have lost four straight after a 5-0 start.

What: No. 8 Washington State Cougars (8-1, 5-1) at Colorado Buffaloes (5-4, 2-4)

The Cougars’ last visit to Boulder didn’t go great, as the 2016 Cougars ran out of steam down the stretch in a 38-24 loss to the No. 11 team in the nation. But while WSU has sustained its success since then, wining 17 games and counting in the one-plus seasons since, the Buffaloes have had a rougher go of it: 5-7 last season, and now 5-4 this season.

It didn’t look like it was going to be this way for Colorado; the Buffs got off to a 5-0 start that saw them rise as high as No. 19 in the AP poll. But it all has come crashing down in the last four weeks, with consecutive losses to the USC Trojans, Washington Huskies, Oregon State Beavers (!), and Arizona Wildcats.

In the process, the Buffs gave up an average of just over 35 points, including 41.5 over the past two games to the Beavers and Wildcats. Both of those offenses rate worse than the Cougs by just about any metric you want to use, which means WSU should be in prime position to put up a bunch of points. The Cougs have only scored fewer than 31 points twice this year, and we can safely say that the Buffaloes are not the Utah Utes or California Golden Bears on that front.

When: Saturday, Nov. 10 12:30 p.m. PT

Where: Folsom Field, Boulder, Colorado

TV: ESPN

Live stream: Watch ESPN and the ESPN app

Line: WSU -6

Over: 60.5

Series history: CU leads the all-time series 6-5, though WSU won last year’s meeting 28-0 in Pullman.

The fans in Boulder are unhappy. Colorado exceeded expectations by winning its first five games, but four straight losses have derailed the season and people are starting to turn on the team and on coach McIntryre. If the Cougars can a get a couple touchdown lead early, things could get ugly for Colorado.

Travon McMillian rushed for at least 100 yards in four of the five Colorado wins, but just once in the four losses. If Colorado gets the running game going, it makes quarterback Steven Montez more dangerous. Opponents in recent weeks have forced Montez to win games and despite some decent stats for the QB, Colorado hasn’t been winning.

Washington State will have bigger games ahead — if it continues to win. Colorado is good enough to win if the Cougars don’t have the right mindset. If the Cougars are looking ahead to big home games vs. Arizona and Washington, this could become a struggle.

The Cougars got a scare last week, and think they will be ready for their final road game of the season.

Washington State 41, Colorado 28

Florida vs South Carolina

Florida vs South Carolina : Florida will be playing at home against South Carolina at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. Florida is the favorites in this one — although they were the favorites in their last game, too, so the odds might count for a little less.

Florida found themselves the reluctant recipients of an unpleasant 38-17 punch to the gut against Missouri last Saturday. This makes it the second loss in a row for Florida.

Meanwhile, it was all tied up at the half for South Carolina and Ole Miss, but South Carolina stepped up in the second half. South Carolina snuck past Ole Miss with a 48-44 win.

South Carolina’s victory lifted them to 5-3 while Florida’s defeat dropped them down to 6-3. Last-week contest South Carolina relied heavily on Jake Bentley, who passed for 363 yards and 2 touchdowns. It will be up to Florida’s defense to limit his damage.

How To Watch
When: Saturday at 1:00 PM ET
Where: Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Florida
TV: ESPN
Follow: CBS Sports App
Prediction
The Gators are a solid 6.5 point favorite against the Gamecocks.

This season, Florida is 5-3-0 against the spread. As for South Carolina, they are 4-3-1 against the spread

Series History
Florida has won 2 out of their last 3 games against South Carolina.

2017 – South Carolina Gamecocks 28 vs. Florida Gators 20
2016 – Florida Gators 20 vs. South Carolina Gamecocks 7
2015 – South Carolina Gamecocks 14 vs. Florida Gators 24
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South Carolina takes on Florida at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Here’s what you need to know to follow the game in your living room, at the bar, in the car or online.

Game time: 11 a.m. Central, noon Eastern

TV: ESPN

Online radio: TuneIn Florida broadcast

Steaming live broadcast: WatchESPN

What’s at stake

South Carolina is on track for at least seven wins, something that wasn’t a given after losing to Kentucky and Texas A&M. Now the Gamecocks turn their sights to knocking off a ranked opponent for the first time since Tennessee in 2016.

South Carolina’s offense roared to life against Ole Miss with 48 points. The question is, can that continue against a Gators defense that is talented and sends pressure with abandon?

The Gators were riding high heading into the Cocktail Party, but lost an understandable game to Georgia and picked up an upset loss to Missouri. Florida needs this one to avoid a hefty slide.

South Carolina players to watch
1. South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley has had a difficult road against the Gators. He had a rough game in a 2016 road loss and then threw three interceptions in South Carolina’s ugly win a year ago. For the season, Bentley has 1,666 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight touchdowns.

Florida players to watch
1. Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks heard boos from the UF faithful before he was replaced against Missouri. The sophomore, who completed just 10 passes in last year’s loss to USC in Columbia, isn’t certain to appear against the Gamecocks again. Kyle Trask, a redshirt sophomore, went 10-of-18 for 126 yards with a touchdown late in the Missouri loss. “We’ll see how they perform this week,” Mullen said of the QB situation. “If there’s a drastic change, we’ll make a change. If not, we’ll play with who’s going to give us the best chance to win.”

Oklahoma State vs Oklahoma

Oklahoma State vs Oklahoma : Oklahoma State takes on Oklahoma at Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon in the Bedlam Series. Here’s what you need to know to follow the game in your living room, at the bar, in the car or online.

It’s rare for Kansas State to enter a game as this large of an underdog. The last time an opponent was favored to beat the Wildcats by more was back in 2009, Bill Snyder’s first year after coming out of retirement, when they traveled to Oklahoma.

The Sooners were favored by 28 and won 42-30. K-State was competitive that day. It also usually plays well in Norman. It beat Oklahoma on the road in 2012 and 2014, but the Sooners have won the last three in the series.

It won’t come as a shock if the Wildcats do enough to cover the spread. If Alex Barnes has another solid day on the ground, and he should, the score won’t get out hand. Still, it’s hard to see them seriously challenging Lincoln Riley’s team.

Oklahoma has too much firepower behind quarterback Kyler Murray and receivers CeeDee Lamb and Marquise Brown. The Sooners are averaging 51.5 points at home this season. The Wildcats won’t be able to keep up.

ABC’s crew of Steve Levy (play-by-play), Brian Griese (analyst) and Todd McShay (sideline) has the call. Levy, a long-time SportsCenter anchor, returned to the college football broadcast booth in 2016. Griese, a former Michigan quarterback, played in the NFL from 1998-2009 before joining ESPN. McShay made his debut as an on-field analyst in 2014. He’s been a scouting and NFL draft expert since he joined the network in 2006.

About UTRGV

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is the result of a 2013 consolidation of UT-Pan American and UT-Brownsville, with campus locations in Brownsville, Edinburg, McAllen, Harlingen, Rio Grande City and South Padre Island.
The Vaqueros play their home games at the UTRGV Fieldhouse (2,500) in Edinburg, Texas. However, tonight’s game is being played at Bert Ogden Arena, which is home to the NBA G League’s Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
Lon Kruger’s first head-coaching gig was at Pan American, and he led the program to a 20-8 record in his final season before leaving for Kansas State in 1986. Because of this, he was inducted into the UTRGV Athletics Hall of Fame on Thursday.
Lew Hill, who was an assistant for Kruger at Oklahoma (2011-16) and UNLV (2004-11), is in his third season as the head coach at UTRGV. The Vaqueros went 15-18 in Hill’s second season after going 10-22 in 2016-17.
Five Storylines

The starting lineup: Kruger went with a lineup of Calixte, James, Doolittle, Manek and McNeace in the preseason game, and it’ll be interesting to see if he sticks with that. The prospect of having Doolittle and Manek starting at the two forward positions is definitely intriguing, as both played power forward in 2017-18.
Jamal Bieniemy: In the preseason win over Pittsburg State, the freshman often looked like the best player on the court for the Sooners, playing under control and seeming to have a great feel for the point guard position. Will he take Calixte’s spot in the starting lineup by season’s end?
Christian James: The sailing has never been smooth for Christian James, but he clearly has the ability to be one of the better scorers in the conference as a senior. OU fans would love to see this guy go out on a high note.
Brady Manek: If OU is going to be successful, Manek is going to have to take things up a notch as a sophomore. That will entail bringing a bit more physicality to the table, which is doable after adding some mass this offseason. These early games will also show us how much he has expanded his offensive game.

Wisconsin vs Penn State

Wisconsin vs Penn State : Penn State and Wisconsin, two 6-3 teams that expected more this season, square off Saturday at Beaver Stadium (see key storyline, broadcast and betting info).

Who has the edge?

Here’s our outlook and prediction.

PENN STATE (6-3, 3-3) vs. WISCONSIN (6-3, 4-2)

Kickoff: Noon today at Beaver Stadium.

TV: ABC.

Radio: Penn State Radio Network.

Series: The series is tied 9-9. The last meeting between the two programs occurred in the 2016 Big Ten championship game, a 38-31 Penn State victory.

PENN STATE

1. Make Wisconsin’s QB win. The Badgers will run whether Alex Hornibrook (in concussion protocol this week) or Jack Coan plays quarterback. So Penn State’s defensive front 7 has to close lanes, get Taylor to the ground and force third-and-long passing downs.

2. Trust in Tommy Stevens. If Trace McSorley’s legs are limited, James Franklin has to go to his backup. This offense needs its QB to run. If Stevens is better able to do that now, let him.

1. Make Penn State’s QB win. The teams’ quarterback situations are similar. And until the Lions show some ability to operate a consistent passing game, Wisconsin should be focused tightly on the run — even with potentially five freshmen starting on defense.

2. Active linebackers. Wisconsin’s starting LBs have a combined 22½ tackles for loss, eight sacks and three interceptions. T.J. Edwards and Ryan Connelly are the group’s alphas and players Penn State’s offensive scheme has to derail.

3. More time-of-possession grinding. It worked for Michigan, which held the ball nearly 16 minutes longer than Penn State. And the Badgers have the offense to play keep-away.

5 things you should know
1. Penn State has won three straight games against Wisconsin, all with meaning. The 2012 OT victory capped the first sanctions season, the 2013 win was the last of Bill O’Brien’s tenure and the 2016 game clinched the Big Ten title.

2. Wisconsin has lost three straight games at Beaver Stadium dating to 2005 and won’t return for at least eight years.

3. Penn State’s Trace McSorley can tie the school record for career wins by a quarterback (29) if he starts.

Prediction

Once a potential Big Ten title-game prelude, this game now will decide the Florida-bowl pecking order. Both teams have quarterback concerns and defensive holes, but Penn State appears better positioned for a revival game.