by Gary Olshan, Chief Analyst

Western Kentucky at MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE Fri) ...
Six of last 7 in series have been decided by 7 points or fewer, including WKU’s 41-38 double-OT victory at BG. Last 6 in series have gone “over” total, with 4 going to 2 or 3 overtimes!

Memphis at EAST CAROLINA...Memphis emphatically ended 7-game series losing skein in LY’s 70-13 pummeling in the Liberty Bowl. Tigers led 49-0 at H.

Boston College at VIRGINIA TECH...BC’s star RB Dillon has circled this date after being held to a season-low 35 YR on 10 carries in his team’s 23-10 home loss.

West Virginia at TEXAS...WV’s Heisman hopeful QB Grier excited for trip to Austin after suffering a hand injury in 1st Q of LY’s 28-14 home loss to Texas. Grier’s replacement, journeyman Chugunov, hit only 14 of 26 for 189 yards & 1 TD.

Ucla at OREGON...U of Q future NFL high-round draftee QB Herbert primed for rematch after missing LY’s game due to broken clavicle. Duck backup Burmeister threw for just 74 yards & 1 int. UCLA has dropped 5 straight at noisy Auzten Stadium by avg. 42-20 score.

Cal at WASHINGTON STATE...Wazzu in a wicked mood after it was held to its lowest offensive output under 7th-year HC Mike Leach in LY’s 37-3 blowout in Berkeley.

Utah at ARIZONA STATE...Utah QB Huntley out to atone for LY’s 30-10 home upset loss to ASU. Huntley threw for only 155 yards with no TDs & career-high 4 picks
Louisiana Tech at MISSISSIPPI STATE...Classic “sandwich” game for MSU, coming off Texas A&M battle with trip to No. 1 Bama on deck. Bulldogs scored on blocked punt return and 90-yd. fumble return in LY’s 57-21 romp in Ruston.

South Alabama at ARKANSAS STATE...ASU in nasty mood after 5-game series win streak was halted in LY’s 24-19 upset loss in Mobile. Red Wolves outgained USA 365-340, but committed season-high 6 TOs, including career-high 4 picks by QB Hansen.

Utsa at UAB...C-USA challenger UAB 13-5-1 vs. spread since returning from 2-year hiatus in 2017. UTSA 2-13 vs spread last 15 on the board.

Fresno State at UNLV...MW challenger FSU in ornery mood for trip to “Sin City” following LY’s 26-16 home upset loss, which was its only “L” at Bulldog Stadium in 2017. Bulldogs came out flat after springing 27-3 upset win at San Diego State the week before.

Missouri at FLORIDA...Florida in revenge mode after LY’s 45-16 pounding in Columbia. Gator secondary must tighten up after allowing Mizzou QB Lock to complete 15 of 20 for 228 & 3 TDP. In last visit to “The Swamp,” Lock threw 2 pick-sixes in team’s 40-14 defeat

Duke at MIAMI-FLORIDA...Revenge-minded Duke yearning to end 6-game losing streak at Miami-Florida. LY, Hurricanes led just 17-6 in 4th Q before punching in 2 unanswered TDs in 31-6 victory in Durham.

Oklahoma at TEXAS TECH...TT geared up to play a 4-Q game after scoring 3 TDs in the 1st Q of LY’s 49-27 setback in Norman. Red Raiders 4-2 vs. spread last 6 as an underdog. Last 7 meetings have gone “over.”

Notre Dame at NORTHWESTERN...Historically, an unfavorable role for NW, which is only 5-13 as a home underdog vs. ranked teams since 2008 (0-5 vs. Top Ten teams!).

Air Force at ARMY...AF in militaristic mood after 4-game series win streak was snapped in 21-0 shutout in Colorado Springs LY, which was first time Falcons were scoreless since way back in 1980!

San Diego State at NEW MEXICO...SDS has won 6 straight in series under HC Rocky Long, who served as the New Mexico head honcho from 1998-2008. This one always has special meaning for Long, who also played QB in Albuquerque from 1969-71.

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