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Preview: Eastern Illinois at Northern Illinois
When: 3:30 PM ET, Saturday, September 9, 2017
Where: Huskie Stadium, DeKalb, Illinois
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Overall Team Offense

The Northern Illinois Huskies are ranked 87 on offense, averaging 367.0 yards per game. The Huskies are averaging 164.0 yards rushing and 203.0 yards passing so far this season.
The Eastern Illinois Panthers are ranked 0 on offense, averaging yards per game. The Panthers are averaging yards rushing and yards passing so far this season.

Home and Away

The Northern Illinois Huskies are 0-1 at home this season, 0-0 against conference opponents and 0-1 against non-conference opponents.
At home the Huskies are averaging 20.0 scoring, and holding teams to 23.0 points scored on defense.
The Eastern Illinois Panthers are 1-0 while on the road this season, 0-0 against conference opponents and 1-0 against non-conference opponents.
On the road, the Panthers are averaging 22.0 scoring, and holding teams to 20.0 points scored on defense.
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Preview: Howard at Kent State
When: 3:30 PM ET, Saturday, September 9, 2017
Where: Dix Stadium, Kent, Ohio
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The Kent State Golden Flashes are ranked 127 on offense, averaging 120.0 yards per game. The Golden Flashes are averaging 119.0 yards rushing and 1.0 yards passing so far this season.
The Howard Bison are ranked 0 on offense, averaging yards per game. The Bison are averaging yards rushing and yards passing so far this season.

Home and Away

The Kent State Golden Flashes are 0-0 at home this season, 0-0 against conference opponents and 0-1 against non-conference opponents.
At home the Golden Flashes are averaging 0.0 scoring, and holding teams to 0.0 points scored on defense.
The Howard Bison are 1-0 while on the road this season, 0-0 against conference opponents and 1-0 against non-conference opponents.
On the road, the Bison are averaging 43.0 scoring, and holding teams to 40.0 points scored on defense.
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Preview: Abilene Christian at Colorado State
When: 3:30 PM ET, Saturday, September 9, 2017
Where: Sonny Lubrick Field at Colorado State Stadium, Fort Collins, Colorado
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Overall Team Offense

The Colorado State Rams are ranked 57 on offense, averaging 461.0 yards per game. The Rams are averaging 139.5 yards rushing and 321.5 yards passing so far this season.
The Abilene Christian Wildcats are ranked 0 on offense, averaging yards per game. The Wildcats are averaging yards rushing and yards passing so far this season.

Home and Away

The Colorado State Rams are 1-0 at home this season, 0-0 against conference opponents and 1-1 against non-conference opponents.
At home the Rams are averaging 58.0 scoring, and holding teams to 27.0 points scored on defense.
The Abilene Christian Wildcats are 0-1 while on the road this season, 0-0 against conference opponents and 0-1 against non-conference opponents.
On the road, the Wildcats are averaging 14.0 scoring, and holding teams to 38.0 points scored on defense.
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When: 3:30 PM ET, Saturday, September 9, 2017
Where: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland

Preview: Tulane at Navy
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Sep 6, 2017

Quarterbacks Zach Abey of Navy and Jonathan Banks of Tulane look to build on their season-opening successes when the Midshipmen host the Green Wave on Saturday in Annapolis, Md., in the American Athletic Conference opener for both teams. Abey, a junior, proved he's capable of orchestrating one of the most potent rushing attacks while Jonathan Banks made a smooth transition from junior college in his first career FBS start.


Abey put his name in the school record books in the 42-19 opening victory at Florida Atlantic, becoming the first quarterback in program history to rush for more than 200 yards (235) and pass for at least 100 yards (110) in a game. Abey, who started the final two games of last season, was named AAC co-offensive player of the week after rushing for two touchdowns and passing for another. Banks, a junior college transfer from Kansas, made a big impact for the Green Wave. Banks threw for 185 yards and three touchdowns on 10-for-15 passing while adding another touchdown and 69 yards on the ground in a 43-14 victory against Grambling State. "I thought our quarterback showed a lot of poise for his first Division I game,'' Tulane coach Willie Fritz told reporters. "He threw the ball well and did a good job of reading the option - when to give, when to pitch, when to run it himself. He had an outstanding game.''

TV: 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network. LINE: Navy -13.5


ABOUT NAVY (1-0): The Midshipmen finished with 526 yards of total offense, which included 416 yards on the ground -- only the 42nd-most in program history. Abey put his best foot forward to show he's ready to run the offense full time, though some areas need to be polished. "Zach did a lot of good things,'' Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo told the Capital Gazette. "But he knows he has a lot of room for improvement.''

ABOUT TULANE (1-0): After finishing third in the conference and tied for 34th nationally in total defense in 2016, Tulane opened the 2017 campaign by limiting Grambling State to 225 yards of total offense. Junior corner back Donnie Lewis, Jr., set the tone with his third career interception in the first half. Dontrell Hilliard, Terren Encalade and Darius Bradwell provide Banks with plenty of options as each caught a touchdown pass.



EXTRA POINTS

1. Navy is 8-1 in home openers under Niumatalolo with the only loss coming in 2014 to Rutgers.

2. After finishing last season with a 28 percent success rate on third-down conversions, Tulane went 7-for-11 against Grambling State.
3. Navy is 14-2 in AAC regular-season games since joining the conference in 2015.

PREDICTION: Navy 28, Tulane 24
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Old 09-08-2017, 11:06 AM
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When: 4:00 PM ET, Saturday, September 9, 2017
Where: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, Tennessee

Preview: Indiana State at Tennessee
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Sep 6, 2017

Tennessee needed two overtimes and a lot of luck to escape with a win in its season opener against an unconventional opponent. The 21st-ranked Volunteers will try to put together a more complete effort on both sides of the ball when they host Indiana State on Saturday.

Tennessee coach Butch Jones won't spend much time looking at the tape after facing the only triple-option team his squad will see this season and escaping with a 42-41 triumph over Georgia Tech on Monday. The Volunteers got used to playing tight games in a series of close finishes early last season and are hoping the momentum lasts a little longer than in 2016, when the team faded in October with three straight losses. "We never had doubt," Tennessee defensive lineman Paul Bain told reporters after Monday's win. "We're just cut from a different cloth than a lot of teams. We were made for this and pressure-filled situations. We were made for the grind and we never had doubt, even though we were down." The FSC Sycamores played their own tight game in Week 1 but came away with a 22-20 loss to Eastern Illinois.

TV: 4 p.m. ET, SEC Network. LINE: None

ABOUT INDIANA STATE (0-1): Sycamores running back Lemonte Booker carried the load in Week 1, logging 154 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries. Indiana State first-year head coach Curt Mallory had his defense sharp against the run in the opener, holding Eastern Illinois to 76 yards on 33 carries. Mallory started Isaac Harker at quarterback but replaced him with freshman Cade Sparks in the second half, and Sparks completed 3-of-9 passes for 95 yards in relief.

ABOUT TENNESSEE (1-0): Junior quarterback Quinten Dormady won the right to replace Joshua Dobbs in camp and threw for 221 yards and a pair of touchdowns on Monday. Dormady is not as effective a rusher as Dobbs, who led the team in rushing yards last season, but junior running back John Kelly had little trouble stepping into the featured role and ran for 128 yards and four touchdowns - one shy of his 2016 total - against Georgia Tech. The star of Monday's comeback was wide receiver Marquez Callaway, who racked up 115 yards on just four catches and scored twice.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Tennessee LB Cortez McDowell recorded a career-high 13 tackles on Monday.

2. The Sycamores last beat an FBS opponent with a 27-20 victory at Ball State in 2014 and are 0-3 all-time against SEC teams.

3. Volunteers WR Jauan Jennings suffered a dislocated wrist on Monday and is out indefinitely.

PREDICTION: Tennessee 38, Indiana State 14
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When: 4:00 PM ET, Saturday, September 9, 2017
Where: Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee

Preview: Alabama A&M at Vanderbilt
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Sep 6, 2017

Vanderbilt won its season opener last week for the first time since 2011, and enters Saturday’s home opener against Alabama A&M with plenty of momentum thanks to a strong start by quarterback Kyle Shurmur. The Commodores, who feature one of the better running backs in the nation in Ralph Webb, rode Shurmur’s three touchdowns and 296 yards passing to a convincing 28-6 victory over Middle Tennessee State in the opener.

Shurmur, who passed for 1,162 yards combined in his final four games a season ago, was sharp in his 2017 debut – completing 13 of his first 14 pass attempts and directed three scoring drives of 75 yards or longer. “I don’t think we’re satisfied where we’re at, but it’s definitely a good start,” Shurmur told reporters afterward. The Commodores were solid offensively, converting 8-of-16 third-down attempts while defensively, Vanderbilt limited Middle Tennessee State to only 215 yards of total offense. The Bulldogs trailed UAB 10-7 at halftime in their season opener last week, before allowing 28 unanswered points in the second half of a 38-7 defeat.

TV: 4 p.m. ET, SEC Network (alternative). LINE: None

ABOUT ALABAMA A&M (0-1): The Bulldogs’ defense struggled against the run, allowing 259 yards on the ground in last week’s loss. Two quarterbacks saw action – freshman Aqeel Glass threw a touchdown pass in completing 7-of-17 passes for 101 yards, and Damion May finished 6-for-12 for 37 yards. Senior linebacker Kenneth Davis earned Southwest Athletic Conference defensive player of the week honors after recording 10 tackles and two sacks last week.

ABOUT VANDERBILT (1-0): Webb, who rushed for 1,283 yards and 13 touchdowns a season ago, was held to 49 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries, but caught a touchdown pass and finished with 104 receiving yards. Shurmur completed 20-of-28 passes in the victory as receiver Kalija Lipscomb hauled in two touchdown passes. The Commodores did not give up a first down on 12 third-down attempts, holding Middle Tennessee State to 0-for-14 total on third- and fourth-down attempts.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Vanderbilt, which recorded only 15 sacks last season, finished with five in the opener.

2. Webb, Vanderbilt’s all-time leading rusher, moved into 19th place on the SEC’s all-time rushing list (3,391).

3. The Commodores’ 7-minute, 43-second scoring drive in the second quarter Saturday surpassed their longest scoring drive from last season.

PREDICTION: Vanderbilt 49, Alabama A&M 13
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When: 4:00 PM ET, Saturday, September 9, 2017
Where: Memorial Stadium, Lawrence, Kansas

Preview: Central Michigan at Kansas
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Sep 6, 2017

After one of the better quarterback debuts in the history of Kansas football, Peyton Bender knows there is a lot he can do better during Saturday's game against visiting Central Michigan. Bender led a quick-strike offense as the Jayhawks toppled Southeast Missouri State, giving his team a chance to start 2-0 for the first time since 2011 with a win over the Chippewas, who survived a triple-overtime battle with Rhode Island to take their opener.

Bender, a junior college transfer, became the first Kansas quarterback to throw four touchdown passes in a game since Todd Reesing did so in 2009, but also gave away a pair of interceptions. Bender needed only 5:17 to lead five touchdown drives, including strikes of 77 and 16 yards to Steven Sims, Jr., and three of the Jayhawks' six scoring drives lasted less than a minute. "It was nice to see us clicking as an offense out of the gate," Bender told the media. "We have a lot to improve on and left a lot out there to be honest." Devon Spalding provided the difference with a 4-yard touchdown run in the third overtime and Central Michigan tied a team record with six interceptions against the Rams.

TV: 4 p.m. ET, FSN. LINE: Kansas -6

ABOUT CENTRAL MICHIGAN (1-0): Needing three overtimes to beat an FCS team that has won a combined four games over the last three seasons won't sit well with the Chippewas, who ran the ball well despite up-and-down quarterback play. Shane Morris got the bulk of the time under center and struggled to complete half his passes while coughing up a critical fumble in the fourth quarter. The Jayhawks will have their hands full stopping the duo of Spalding and Jonathan Ward, who together rushed 39 times for 217 yards and two scores.

ABOUT KANSAS (1-0): Though held without a sack in the opener, Preseason All-Big 12 Defense Player of the Year Dorance Armstrong, Jr. came up with three quarterback hurries and was in on one tackle for a loss. The junior, who finished last season with 20 tackles for loss and 10 sacks, keyed a defensive unit that limited SE Missouri State to 253 total yards. Daniel Wise came up with the lone sack in addition to three tackles for loss last week.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Junior LB Joe Dineen, who missed the final nine games of last season, tied his career-high 15 tackles, including 2.5 for a loss, against SE Missouri State to earn Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors.

2. Kansas and Central Michigan have met twice previously with the Jayhawks winning 52-7 in 2007 and 24-10 in 2014.

3. Josh Cox and Amari Coleman had two interceptions apiece and Darwyn Kelly and Alex Briones, who also had 11 tackles, had one pick each in the opener for the Chippewas.

PREDICTION: Kansas 31, Central Michigan 23
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When: 4:00 PM ET, Saturday, September 9, 2017
Where: Chapman Stadium, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Preview: Louisiana at Tulsa
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Sep 5, 2017

A week after getting blown out by nationally ranked Oklahoma State, Tulsa opens its home schedule against Louisiana on Saturday. Coach Philip Montgomery and the Golden Hurricane will look for a better result and will try to extend their streak of victories in home openers to six against the Ragin' Cajuns.

The biggest question for the Golden Hurricane is who will be under center at the start of the game after sophomore Chad President wasn't confirmed as the opening week starter until he took the field with the offense. President played all but two series against Oklahoma State, passing for 178 yards and rushing for 69 more, but Luke Skipper got in for those two series and Montgomery continues to say the competition is open. One big positive in the opener was the play of sophomore running back Corey Taylor II, who came into the contest with four career rushing yards but finished with 111 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. Louisiana comes into the contest off a wild 51-48 victory over Southeastern Louisiana in which the two teams combined for 877 yards of total offense.

TV: 4 p.m. ET. ESPN3. LINE: Tulsa -14

ABOUT LOUISIANA (1-0): While the Ragin' Cajuns put 51 points on the board in their opener, they needed two kickoff returns for touchdowns to reach that mark. That means quarterback Jordan Davis needs to show more than he did in his first game as the team's starter under center, when he was 12-of-23 for 162 yards and one touchdown. Davis did admit to some nerves and he had one big play ruined by a dropped pass, but if the Ragin' Cajuns are going to compete consistently, Davis is going to have to be a leader and keep the team's offense moving the ball.

ABOUT TULSA (0-1): Though it came against one of the top offenses in the country, Tulsa's defensive effort against Oklahoma State in the opener left a lot to be desired. The Cowboys had 453 yards of offense in the first half alone, including a pair of touchdowns of more than 70 yards, and finished with 640 yards of total offense. Montgomery's team will certainly be better this week against Louisiana, but it must be consistently better, especially in the secondary, if the Golden Hurricane is going to compete for a bowl berth.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Louisiana RB Raymond Calais Jr. returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in the opener against Southeastern Louisiana, only the 20th time in FBS history that feat has been accomplished.

2. Tulsa LB McKinley Whitfield had a career-high 10 tackles against Oklahoma State in his first game since moving from safety in the offseason.

3. The Golden Hurricane is 12-5 in home openers since the 2000 season.

PREDICTION: Tulsa 35, Louisiana 24
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Preview: Gardner Webb at Wyoming
When: 4:00 PM ET, Saturday, September 9, 2017
Where: War Memorial Stadium, Laramie, Wyoming
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Overall Team Offense

The Wyoming Cowboys are ranked 119 on offense, averaging 233.0 yards per game. The Cowboys are averaging 59.0 yards rushing and 174.0 yards passing so far this season.
The Gardner Webb Runnin' Bulldogs are ranked 0 on offense, averaging yards per game. The Runnin' Bulldogs are averaging yards rushing and yards passing so far this season.

Home and Away

The Wyoming Cowboys are 0-0 at home this season, 0-0 against conference opponents and 0-1 against non-conference opponents.
At home the Cowboys are averaging 0.0 scoring, and holding teams to 0.0 points scored on defense.
The Gardner Webb Runnin' Bulldogs are 0-0 while on the road this season, 0-0 against conference opponents and 0-1 against non-conference opponents.
On the road, the Runnin' Bulldogs are averaging 0.0 scoring, and holding teams to 0.0 points scored on defense
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Preview: New Hampshire at Georgia Southern
When: 4:00 PM ET, Saturday, September 9, 2017
Where: Allen E. Paulson Stadium, Statesboro, Georgia
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The Georgia Southern Eagles are ranked 128 on offense, averaging 78.0 yards per game. The Eagles are averaging 70.0 yards rushing and 8.0 yards passing so far this season.
The New Hampshire Wildcats are ranked 0 on offense, averaging yards per game. The Wildcats are averaging yards rushing and yards passing so far this season.

Home and Away

The Georgia Southern Eagles are 0-0 at home this season, 0-0 against conference opponents and 0-1 against non-conference opponents.
At home the Eagles are averaging 0.0 scoring, and holding teams to 0.0 points scored on defense.
The New Hampshire Wildcats are 0-0 while on the road this season, 1-0 against conference opponents and 0-0 against non-conference opponents.
On the road, the Wildcats are averaging 0.0 scoring, and holding teams to 0.0 points scored on defense.
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When: 4:30 PM ET, Saturday, September 9, 2017
Where: Autzen Stadium, Eugene, Oregon

Preview: Nebraska at Oregon
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Sep 6, 2017

The Willie Taggart era is off and running at Oregon, which is showing signs of returning to its glory years under its enthusiastic new coach. The Ducks head into Saturday’s matchup against visiting Nebraska looking to build on their season-opening 77-21 win over Southern Utah, while the Cornhuskers hope to address the defensive concerns raised in a 43-36 triumph over Arkansas State.

Royce Freeman rushed for 150 yards and four touchdowns as Oregon finished with 703 total yards and a program-record nine rushing scores in the rout of Southern Utah. Sophomore quarterback Justin Herbert was 17-of-21 for 281 yards and one touchdown, and could put up similar numbers against a Nebraska defense that came under fire after allowing nearly 500 total yards and 32 first downs against Arkansas State. While the Cornhuskers’ defense is a work in progress under new coordinator Bob Diaco, the offense looked sharp with sophomore Tre Bryant rushing 31 times for a career-high 192 yards and a TD. Bryant figures to receive another heavy workload Saturday as Nebraska looks to control the clock against Oregon's explosive attack.

TV: 4:30 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Oregon -14

ABOUT NEBRASKA (1-0): The offensive line performed well in the opener, allowing Tanner Lee to throw for 238 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. Lee’s favorite target was fellow junior Stanley Morgan Jr., who had five receptions for 102 yards - including a 44-yard touchdown catch. The young cornerbacks struggled at times to contain Arkansas State's passing attack, but safeties Joshua Kalu and Aaron Williams combined for 12 tackles and an interception while linebacker Luke Gifford contributed a team-high nine tackles.


ABOUT OREGON (1-0): The Ducks displayed a fast-paced offense led by wide receiver Charles Nelson (99 receiving yards and a 2-yard touchdown run) and running back Kani Benoit (150 rushing yards and four touchdowns) along with Freeman, who moved to seventh on the Pac-12’s career rushing list with 4,296 yards. There are lingering questions on defense, but the Ducks opened on an encouraging note against Southern Utah with five sacks, seven tackles for loss and eight pass breakups. Linebacker Troy Dye had 10 tackles and an interception while Tony Brooks-James sparked the special-teams unit with a 100-yard touchdown return on the opening kickoff.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Nebraska has won five straight games in the series, including a 35-32 victory in Lincoln last season.

2. The Cornhuskers are 9-0 under coach Mike Riley when rushing for more than 200 yards.

3. Oregon has scored at least 20 points in 43 consecutive games, which is the longest streak in the country.

PREDICTION: Oregon 38, Nebraska 30
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When: 5:00 PM ET, Saturday, September 9, 2017
Where: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California

Preview: Hawaii at UCLA
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Sep 6, 2017

UCLA hopes to pick up where it left off when it hosts Hawaii at the Rose Bowl on Saturday afternoon. UCLA trailed by 34 points late in the third quarter of its season opener against Texas A&M before generating five consecutive touchdown drives and taking the lead for good, 45-44, on a 10-yard pass from Josh Rosen to Jordan Lasley with 43 seconds remaining.

Rosen completed 35-of-59 passes for 491 yards and four touchdowns while leading UCLA to the biggest comeback victory in program history, and he was recognized as the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts. The Bruins are hoping Rosen doesn't need to work as hard late in the game against the Rainbow Warriors, who have won five straight contests dating back to last season and are seeking their first 3-0 start since 2007. The Bruins still are searching for a consistent running game that eluded them for most of 2016 and again in the season opener, in which they were held to 63 yards on 25 carries for a 2.5 average. Western Carolina ran for 212 yards on 48 carries in the 41-18 loss to Hawaii last Saturday, so UCLA likely will pay close attention to those portions of the game film.

TV: 5 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Network. LINE: UCLA -23.5

ABOUT HAWAII (2-0): The Rainbow Warriors have a proven runner in senior Diocemy Saint Juste, who rushed for 202 yards and one touchdown on 25 carries against Western Carolina. He totaled 1,006 rushing yards last season while averaging 6.1 per carry, but Hawaii would like to see more consistency from Sainte Juste, who had five games last year in which he gained fewer than 40 yards - all on the road. The Rainbow Warriors have the potential for good offensive balance, as junior quarterback Dru Brown threw for 2,488 yards and 19 TDs last season before recording 398 yards and three touchdowns in a season-opening 38-35 win against Massachusetts on Aug. 26.

ABOUT UCLA (1-0): The biggest surprise for the Bruins in Week 1 was the play of sophomore tight end Caleb Wilson, a former walk-on who finished with a school-record 15 catches for 208 yards - which was one catch and 12 yards fewer than he totaled last season. He was especially active during the comeback, catching 11 passes for 162 yards on the final five TD drives, and Rosen likely will look his way much earlier against Hawaii. Wilson also should continue to open up the field for wide receivers Darren Andrews and Lasley, who combined for 16 catches, 242 yards and three fourth-quarter touchdowns against Texas A&M.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Rosen needs one more 300-yard passing game to give him 12 in his UCLA career and move past Cade McNown for most in school history.

2. UCLA DL Jaelan Phillips and DB Darnay Holmes became the first true freshmen to start a season opener on defense.

3. Hawaii never has played at the Rose Bowl.

PREDICTION: UCLA 42, Hawaii 17
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When: 5:00 PM ET, Saturday, September 9, 2017
Where: Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, California

Preview: Weber State at California
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Sep 6, 2017

After opening the Justin Wilcox era with an impressive road victory, California looks to avoid a letdown Saturday against visiting Weber State of the Big Sky Conference. Cal looked sharp on both sides of the ball in Wilcox’s head-coaching debut last Saturday at North Carolina, forcing three turnovers and recording a 35-30 victory behind a strong effort from sophomore quarterback Ross Bowers.

Cal trailed by 10 points late in the second quarter against the Tar Heels before Bowers engineered the comeback effort, finishing 24-of-38 for 363 yards and four touchdowns in his first career start. After going 5-7 last season and ranking 125th nationally in total defense, the Bears held North Carolina to 221 passing yards and looked like a team that could surprise in the Pac-12 North Division. “The coaches have established a new culture at Cal, and it’s the players’ jobs to keep upholding it, take it as far as we can and police ourselves,” Bowers told reporters. “If you buy in, it’s a fun process.” The Bears’ new-look defense will be tested by Weber State, which broke the school record for points in a game and finished with 485 yards of total offense in last Saturday’s 76-0 win over Montana Western.

TV: 5 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Network. LINE: No Line

ABOUT WEBER STATE (1-0): The Wildcats moved up to No. 20 in the FCS coaches poll after forcing five turnovers and rushing for eight touchdowns against Montana Western, including two by Bay Area native Kevin Smith. Senior quarterback Stefan Cantwell threw one of his two touchdown passes to Preseason All-American tight end Andrew Vollert, who caught 62 passes for 840 yards and seven scores last season. The Wildcats were picked to finish fifth in the Big Sky under fourth-year coach Jay Hill and boast a veteran defense led by safety Jordan Preator, who had two interceptions in the opener.


ABOUT CAL (1-1): Bowers completed passes to 10 different teammates against North Carolina - including junior Vic Wharton III, who had five catches for 156 yards and a 67-yard touchdown. Wilcox, who made a name for himself as a defensive coordinator over the past 16 seasons, had an immediate impact in the opener as senior inside linebacker Devante Downs was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week after recording a team-high 13 tackles. Quentin Tartabull, Camryn Bynum and Cameron Goode combined for 22 tackles as the defense displayed some new-found toughness under new coordinator Tim DeRuyter.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Cal owns a perfect 20-0 record against opponents from the Big Sky Conference.

2. Weber State’s last win over an FBS opponent came in 1993, when it beat Nevada 47-30 in Reno.

3. Cal had five plays from scrimmage of 20 or more yards in its season opener, including three for touchdowns.

PREDICTION: Cal 41, Weber State 17
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When: 6:00 PM ET, Saturday, September 9, 2017
Where: Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, North Carolina

Preview: Marshall at North Carolina State
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Sep 5, 2017

After a mistake-filled season-opening loss, North Carolina State looks to bounce back and rescue a season some felt would carry it further than its ever been when Marshall visits Saturday night. The Wolf Pack, who some believed had a chance at earning a College Football Playoff berth, allowed an opening kickoff return for a touchdown and fumbled at the wrong time in their 35-28 loss to South Carolina.

There are positives surrounding N.C. State as junior quarterback Ryan Finley is coming off a game in which he set a school record for completions (45) and threw for a career-high 415 yards. The Wolf Pack also outgained the Gamecocks by more than a 2-to-1 margin with Preseason All-America defensive end Bradley Chubb leading the way, prompting South Carolina coach Will Muschamp to tell reporters: "Their front seven is as good as we’ll see this year.” The Thundering Herd, selected to finish fourth in the Conference USA East Division this season, opened with a 31-26 victory over Miami (Ohio) behind a pair of kickoff returns for touchdowns by junior running back Keion Davis -- the first in school history to accomplish the feat. "I’m going to enjoy this one for about an hour and 15 minutes. We have a great challenge ahead of us in Raleigh,'' Marshall coach Doc Holliday told reporters.

TV: 6 p.m. ET, ESPN3. LINE: North Carolina State -24

ABOUT MARSHALL (1-0): The defense also played a big role against Miami as sophomore cornerback Chris Jackson returned an interception 72 yards for a touchdown. Junior quarterback Chase Litton passed for 208 yards last week and has 5,425 for his career, moving him into 10th all-time in Thundering Herd annals, and has thrown a touchdown pass in all 22 career games. Redshirt freshman wide receiver Willie Johnson caught seven passes for 88 yards after totaling four and 52 in an injury-shortened 2016 campaign.

ABOUT N.C. STATE (0-1): The Wolf Pack are hurting in the secondary as junior safety Freddie Phillips Jr. sustained a season-ending Achilles injury last week and sophomore safety Trae Meadows left the team because of a personal matter, joining senior cornerback Mike Stevens (knee) on the sidelines. Wide receiver Kelvin Harmon's sophomore season got off to a fast start with 10 catches for 114 yards while junior running back Nyheim Hines handled matters on the ground with 81 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. Senior linebacker Jerod Fernandez is also a key factor on defense as evidenced by his team highs of nine tackles -- four solo -- last week.

EXTRA POINTS

1. N.C. State senior OG Tony Adams was named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week after helping the Wolf Pack gain 504 yards while participating in all 103 snaps.

2. Wolf Pack junior OT Will Richardson will not play as he completes his two-game suspension for violating team rules last spring.

3. N.C. State won all three previous meetings, which occurred in 1991, 1993 and 1995.

PREDICTION: North Carolina State 42, Marshall 21
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When: 6:00 PM ET, Saturday, September 9, 2017
Where: Veterans Memorial Stadium, Troy, Alabama
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The Troy Trojans are ranked 122 on offense, averaging 215.0 yards per game. The Trojans are averaging 76.0 yards rushing and 139.0 yards passing so far this season.
The Alabama State Hornets are ranked 0 on offense, averaging yards per game. The Hornets are averaging yards rushing and yards passing so far this season.

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The Troy Trojans are 0-0 at home this season, 0-0 against conference opponents and 0-1 against non-conference opponents.
At home the Trojans are averaging 0.0 scoring, and holding teams to 0.0 points scored on defense.
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On the road, the Hornets are averaging 0.0 scoring, and holding teams to 0.0 points scored on defense.
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When: 6:00 PM ET, Saturday, September 9, 2017
Where: Doyt Perry Stadium, Bowling Green, Ohio
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The Bowling Green Falcons are ranked 123 on offense, averaging 212.0 yards per game. The Falcons are averaging 67.0 yards rushing and 145.0 yards passing so far this season.
The South Dakota Coyotes are ranked 0 on offense, averaging yards per game. The Coyotes are averaging yards rushing and yards passing so far this season.

Home and Away

The Bowling Green Falcons are 0-0 at home this season, 0-0 against conference opponents and 0-1 against non-conference opponents.
At home the Falcons are averaging 0.0 scoring, and holding teams to 0.0 points scored on defense.
The South Dakota Coyotes are 1-0 while on the road this season, 0-0 against conference opponents and 1-0 against non-conference opponents.
On the road, the Coyotes are averaging 77.0 scoring, and holding teams to 7.0 points scored on defense.
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Where: Clemson Memorial Stadium, Clemson, South Carolina

Preview: Auburn at Clemson
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After putting up big numbers in blowout wins against overmatched opponents in their openers, Auburn and Clemson crank up the competition level for a top-15 clash Saturday. Defending national champion No. 3 Clemson welcomes No. 13 Auburn to Death Valley for a marquee early-season matchup of teams that boast strong defenses.


Auburn turned in a dominant defensive effort in last week’s 41-7 rout of Georgia Southern, and although Clemson represents a much bigger offensive threat, Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele expects his unit to be up to the challenge. “It’s about us,” Steele told reporters. “It has nothing to do with who we play, what time we play. You get into that, you’re going to ride the roller coaster, so we don’t allow it, and we hammer it home.” Clemson has won three straight meetings after losing its previous 14 games against Auburn. Clemson has not had a four-game winning streak against an SEC school other than rival South Carolina since winning seven straight against Georgia from 1900-06.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Clemson -5.


ABOUT AUBURN (1-0): Auburn held Georgia Southern to 78 total yards, the lowest total the Tigers have allowed since 1985. The defense overshadowed an impressive offensive performance, as the Tigers racked up 535 total yards even without star running back Kamryn Pettway, who served a one-game suspension. Pettway might have to carry the load with Kerryon Johnson nursing a leg injury after rushing for 136 yards and a score last week.

ABOUT CLEMSON (1-0): Clemson rolled up 665 total yards – the fifth-most in program history – in a 56-3 win over Kent State last week. Quarterback Kelly Bryant was stellar in his debut as the starter, going 16-for-22 for 236 yards and a touchdown and adding 77 rushing yards and another score, and the Tigers had 353 rushing yards without a 100-yard rusher. The Tigers controlled things on defense, too, allowing only 120 total yards and just one pass completion for one yard.


EXTRA POINTS

1. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has 11 wins over SEC teams, the most by any active non-SEC coach.

2. Auburn is 8-8 against top-25 teams under coach Gus Malzahn.

3. Auburn is 5-5 all-time against defending national champions, including a 30-12 loss at Alabama last season.


PREDICTION: Clemson 23, Auburn 20
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Two teams with hopes of exceeding expectations and contending for the SEC East title square off in a key early-season matchup when South Carolina visits Missouri on Saturday. The Gamecocks are looking for their second straight win in the Mayor’s Cup series and their first 2-0 start since 2012.


South Carolina enters SEC play with high hopes after a 35-28 neutral-site win over North Carolina State last week. Drew Lock and Missouri’s high-powered offense had a record-breaking performance in last week’s 72-43 win over Missouri State, and South Carolina coach Will Muschamp feels keeping that unit off the field is the key for the Gamecocks. “I do feel like defensively we’ve had some experienced guys that have been on the road and understand the importance of an SEC East game,” Muschamp told reporters. “It’s the first step to Atlanta, and we need to do a good job of preparing right for the game.” The Gamecocks’ defense forced three turnovers in a 31-21 win over visiting Missouri last season and has won three of five meetings since the Tigers joined the SEC.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2. LINE: Missouri -2.5.


ABOUT SOUTH CAROLINA (1-0, 0-0 SEC): The Gamecocks opened the season with a bang when Deebo Samuel took the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown, and Samuel added two touchdown catches. Quarterback Jake Bentley and fellow sophomore Rico Dowdle pair with Samuel to form a dangerous trio on offense. The defense was torched through the air in the first half against N.C. State but settled in after halftime and held the Wolfpack to seven points.

ABOUT MISSOURI (1-0, 0-0): The Tigers rewrote the school record book last week, rolling up 815 total yards as Lock went 21-for-34 for 521 yards and seven touchdowns and Damarea Crockett rushed for 202 yards on 18 carries. The fact Lock was still in the game and throwing late in the contest is a concern for the Tigers, as the defense had a difficult time stopping the Bears. Missouri gave up 492 total yards, including 353 through the air, and will have to be much better to win this week.


EXTRA POINTS

1. South Carolina won despite just 246 total yards against N.C. State, including 31 rushing yards on 21 attempts.

2. Lock and Crockett are the first teammates to surpass 500 passing yards and 200 rushing yards in the same game since Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield and Joe Mixon last October against Texas Tech.

3. South Carolina has made 160 consecutive PATs dating to 2013, the sixth-longest active streak in the nation.


PREDICTION: Missouri 41, South Carolina 34
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Preview: Nicholls at Texas A&M
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There are bad losses, and then there are your really bad losses. Texas A&M, which blew a 34-point lead in less than 19 minutes Sunday in a 45-44 loss to UCLA, will try to rebound Saturday night when it hosts Nicholls.

No one will be happier to move on than embattled Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin, who entered the season on a hot seat that might best be described as scalding after his Aggies were on the wrong end of the second largest comeback in NCAA history at the Rose Bowl. Afterward Texas A&M regent Tony Buzbee went on social media and called for Sumlin's firing. "People are frustrated," Sumlin said at his weekly news conference on Tuesday. "I'm frustrated about a lot of things. I'm not really happy. I'm sure there's a lot of things being said about this program. Our focus is on us. That never changes."

TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPNU. LINE: None

ABOUT NICHOLLS (1-0): The Colonels opened their son a high, defeating FCS Southland Conference rival McNeese 37-35 on Lorran Fonseca's 32-yard field goal as time expired. The win snapped an eight-game losing streak to McNeese which finished with 100 more yards of total offense (432-304) and doubled the time of possession. Sophomore quarterback Chase Fourcade led the way for the Colonels with 213 yards passing and three touchdowns while also rushing for 49 of Nicholls' 91 rushing yards.

ABOUT TEXAS A&M (0-1): Sumlin said that both junior Jake Hubenak and true freshman Kellen Mond will see time at quarterback Saturday after starter Nick Starkel underwent surgery for a broken ankle suffered against UCLA. Both will be throwing to All-American wide receiver Christian Kirk, the first player in school history to have 80 or more catches in consecutive seasons and the NCAA's active leader in punt-return average. Senior safety Armani Watts leads the defense and finished with a game-high 13 tackles, including 12 solo stops, to go with a fumble recovery, a forced fumble and two passes broken up against UCLA.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Texas A&M has won 25 straight non-conference home games dating back to a 41-23 loss to Miami in 2008.

2. Sophomore RB Trayveon Williams became the first true freshman in Texas A&M history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season in 2016 and had 203 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries in the loss to UCLA.

3. Kirk has returned five punts for touchdowns in 27 career games.

PREDICTION: Texas A&M 55, Nicholls State 7
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Preview: Toledo at Nevada
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, September 9, 2017
Where: MacKay Stadium, Reno, Nevada
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The Nevada Wolf Pack are ranked 98 on offense, averaging 341.0 yards per game. The Wolf Pack are averaging 142.0 yards rushing and 199.0 yards passing so far this season.
The Toledo Rockets are ranked 23 on offense, averaging 553.0 yards per game. The Rockets are averaging 239.0 yards rushing and 314.0 yards passing so far this season.

Home and Away

The Nevada Wolf Pack are 0-0 at home this season, 0-0 against conference opponents and 0-1 against non-conference opponents.
At home the Wolf Pack are averaging 0.0 scoring, and holding teams to 0.0 points scored on defense.
The Toledo Rockets are 0-0 while on the road this season, 0-0 against conference opponents and 1-0 against non-conference opponents.
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Preview: Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Akron
When: 7:30 PM ET, Saturday, September 9, 2017
Where: InfoCision Stadium, Akron, Ohio
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The Akron Zips are ranked 126 on offense, averaging 159.0 yards per game. The Zips are averaging 73.0 yards rushing and 86.0 yards passing so far this season.
The Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions are ranked 0 on offense, averaging yards per game. The Golden Lions are averaging yards rushing and yards passing so far this season.

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The Akron Zips are 0-0 at home this season, 0-0 against conference opponents and 0-1 against non-conference opponents.
At home the Zips are averaging 0.0 scoring, and holding teams to 0.0 points scored on defense.
The Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions are 0-0 while on the road this season, 0-0 against conference opponents and 1-0 against non-conference opponents.
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Where: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Preview: Chattanooga at LSU
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No. 12 LSU takes aim at its 48th straight home win against a non-conference opponent Saturday when the Tigers host Chattanooga. LSU has not allowed a touchdown in eight straight quarters and is coming off a dominant defensive performance in its 2017 debut.

In its season opener, LSU held BYU to minus-5 rushing yards and 97 total in a resounding 27-0 triumph. "They showed some of the best defense I've seen in college football," BYU coach Kalani Sitake said. "We just couldn't get anything going." Tigers tailback Derrius Guice ran for 122 yards and two touchdowns and Danny Etling was 14-of-17 for 171 yards in a game that was moved to New Orleans after Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc on Houston. Chattanooga will try to become the first FCS squad to ever defeat LSU as the teams meet for the first time since 1954.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network. LINE: None

ABOUT CHATTANOOGA (0-1): The Mocs likely will have their hands full as the Tigers are 12-0 all-time against FCS squads with all of those wins coming by double digits. Chattanooga lost to Jacksonville State 27-13 in its last contest, which also served as the Chattanooga debut for quarterback Nick Tiano, a transfer from Mississippi State. Coach Tom Arth, who took over the Mocs program this season, said afterward: "The big thing for us going forward is going to be our ability to learn from this - to learn from our mistakes and to realize that we are right there. We had great opportunities, you just have to take advantage of them."

ABOUT LSU (1-0): The Tigers did not allow BYU to cross midfield, becoming just the fifth FBS team in the last decade to do that against another FBS squad. The team's rush defense was its staunchest since 1982, when it allowed minus-50 yards on the ground against Ole Miss. "Look what our defense did," defensive end Rashard Lawrence told reporters. "We knew what the stats were on the sidelines for a large portion of the fourth quarter. We were checking the yards and just encouraging the guys in there once the starters came out to just keep holding them."

EXTRA POINTS

1. Guice needs 55 rushing yards to reach 2,000 for his career.

2. LSU OG Garrett Brumfield was named the SEC's Offensive Lineman of the Week after registering 12 knockdown blocks in Week 1.

3. The Tigers did not allow a sack in their season opener and had only three plays go for negative yardage.

PREDICTION: LSU 37, Chattanooga 7
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Preview: Oklahoma at Ohio State
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Two of the most successful programs in college football history meet for the second straight season when No. 6 Oklahoma visits second-ranked Ohio State on Saturday night in a battle of high-powered offenses with veteran quarterbacks. The Buckeyes won 45-24 at Oklahoma last year and went on to make the College Football Playoff while the Sooners have won 11 straight since that setback.

“It’s definitely probably one that’s been circled on each person’s and each team’s schedule,” Oklahoma junior offensive tackle Orlando Brown told reporters. “I think Ohio State knows what they have to prove and we know what we have to prove.” Baker Mayfield completed 19-of-20 passes for 329 yards and three touchdowns in last week’s 56-7 season-opening victory over UTEP and the senior quarterback needs another big effort against the Buckeyes to give new coach Lincoln Riley his second win. Ohio State struggled before pulling away from Indiana for a 49-21 victory in its opener on Aug. 31 as freshman J.K. Dobbins emerged with 181 yards rushing in his collegiate debut with injured starter Mike Weber unavailable. Senior quarterback J.T. Barrett threw for 304 yards against the Hoosiers after a slow start and had four touchdown passes in last year’s victory over Oklahoma, which has won 11 straight true road games.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC. LINE: Ohio State -7.5

OKLAHOMA (1-0): The Sooners’ three quarterbacks completed 32 of their 36 pass attempts for a total of 496 yards, but Riley told reporters this week that his team is “going to have to be able to run the football.” Sophomore Abdul Adams (53 yards), junior Marcelias Sutton (52, touchdown) and freshman Trey Sermon (51) all showed promise at running back in the opener while tight end Mark Andrews caught seven passes for 134 yards and a score. Senior edge rusher Ogbonnia Okoronkwo led the Oklahoma defense with four tackles and a sack against UTEP while cornerback Jordan Parker (knee) was lost for the season.

OHIO STATE (1-0): Weber (hamstring), who ran for 1,096 yards last year as a freshman, practiced fully this week and is expected to add to a rushing attack that averaged 5.7 yards per carry and three touchdowns last week. Barrett completed 20-of-35 passes against Indiana and junior receiver Parris Campbell had a big night with six catches for 136 yards and a touchdown to go along with one run for six yards in his swing role on offense. The Buckeyes' defense stepped up in the second half while allowing just seven points and All-American candidate senior defensive lineman Tyquan Lewis finished with a pair of sacks.

EXTRA POINTS

1. The Sooners won 29-28 in their only other visit to Columbus in 1977, but lost the other two meetings to Ohio State.

2. Barrett needs to have a hand in two more touchdowns to tie Drew Brees’ career Big Ten record of 106.

3. Mayfield needs six passing yards to reach 8,000 and is two TD passes from tying Jason White (81) for third on the school’s all-time list.

PREDICTION: Oklahoma 31, Ohio State 24
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Preview: Mississippi State at Louisiana Tech
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Mississippi State defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has only been on the job for eight months, but it might already be time for a raise. Grantham and the Bulldogs' stout defense look to build on an incredible performance in the season opener as they hit the road Saturday to face Louisiana Tech.

Mississippi State couldn't have done much more on defense last weekend, limiting Charleston Southern to a paltry 33 total yards en route to a 49-0 drubbing; the Bulldogs held the Buccaneers to just two first downs while recording a pair of safeties. "For me, that's the type of defense I expect," head coach Dan Mullen told the media afterward. "Todd did a fantastic job with the scheme. I'm most pleased about watching how our guys ran to the football. Eleven guys going as hard as they can every play." The Bulldogs offense was no slouch itself, piling up 555 total yards and 29 first downs. Louisiana Tech is also coming off a solid victory, scoring 28 unanswered points late to turn a closely-contested affair into a 52-24 rout of Northwestern State.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, CBSSN. LINE: Mississippi State -8

ABOUT MISSISSIPPI STATE (1-0): Lost in the Bulldogs' superlative defensive effort was the performance of junior quarterback Nick Fitzgerald, who threw for 239 yards and two touchdowns and added 41 yards and a score on the ground. The rushing effort was part of a balanced effort by Mississippi State; nine different players had at least one carry for a Bulldogs team that compiled 281 rushing yards and three TDs. A defense that was much maligned in 2016 forced three fumbles against Charleston Southern, limited the Buccaneers to two third-down conversions in 14 attempts and held their rush attack to 18 yards on 39 attempts.

ABOUT LOUISIANA TECH (1-0): Senior running back Jarred Craft scored two of his three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to pace the Bulldogs, who stumbled through the first three quarters before pulling away from Northwestern State. Junior linebacker Dae'Von Washington was the catalyst for the late-game dominance, halting two straight Northwestern State drives with pivotal interceptions that led to short-field touchdowns for the victors. J'Mar Smith threw for 276 yards and a pair of touchdowns in just his second collegiate start, and added 72 rushing yards on 10 carries.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Mississippi State, which allowed an average of 459 yards per game last season, kept Charleston Southern on its own side of the field for the entire game as the Buccaneers didn't advance past their own 48-yard line.

2. According to ESPN's Points Above Expectation (PAE), Louisiana Tech has enjoyed the biggest home-field advantage in Division I since 2005, performing an average of 3.6 points better than expected.

3. Mississippi State hadn't recorded a safety in a game since 2011 prior to last week's win.

PREDICTION: Mississippi State 31, Louisiana Tech 17
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Preview: Western Kentucky at Illinois
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Illinois looks to build on the momentum of a season-opening come-from-behind win when it hosts Western Kentucky in a non-conference contest Saturday. The Illini needed a touchdown run with just over two minutes to play and a blocked field goal on the final play to earn a three-point win over Ball State.

Coach Lovie Smith and Illinois are looking to improve this week, especially with junior quarterback Chayce Crouch having his first collegiate start at home under his belt and leading a rally late in the fourth. The Illinois offense wasn't sharp -- managing just 216 yards of total offense and holding the ball for only 23:27 of the contest -- so there's definitely room for improvement in many areas. But when the game was on the line, all parts of the team -- offense, defense and special teams -- came up with big plays to help the Illini earn their 20th consecutive home-opening win. Western Kentucky was able to build a big lead behind quarterback Mike White (20-of-31, 264 yards, 1 TD) and hold on for a home victory over Eastern Kentucky last week.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network. LINE: Western Kentucky -7.5

ABOUT WESTERN KENTUCKY (1-0): One area that didn't please the Western Kentucky coaches in the season-opening win was the lack of a consistent pass rush. Eastern Kentucky threw the ball 48 times but the only sack the Hilltoppers recorded came on a blitz by cornerback Joe Brown. Western Kentucky only rushed four defensive linemen on most downs in the opener, but look for more blitzing against the Illini to try to shake things up and get back to the defense that averaged 2.43 sacks a game last season.

ABOUT ILLINOIS (1-0): The Illini coaching staff has a lot of confidence in Crouch and expects him to continue to grow as a leader and productive signal-caller as the season progresses. Crouch was 10-of-19 for 145 yards and a touchdown in the opener, but the coaches don't want to overload the junior early on, letting him grow into the role as the team focuses on the ground attack. The hope is that running backs Kendrick Foster (15 rushing yards in opener) and Mike Epstein (54 rushing yards, two TDs, two catches for 32 yards) can help give Crouch a bit of a safety blanket and help him gain confidence as the season progresses.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Western Kentucky is seeking its first win over a member of the Big Ten Conference, going 0-6 in previous meetings with members of the league.

2. Illinois LB Del'Shawn Phillips leads the Big Ten in tackles after the opening week, registering 16 in the win over Ball State.

3. Illini senior WR Malik Turner has caught at least one pass in 21 straight contests and 28 of his last 29 games.

PREDICTION: Western Kentucky 31, Illinois 24
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