10/10/15 by Matthew S. Vandriak
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW: GAMES TO WATCH
13 Northwestern at #18 Michigan Saturday at 3:30pm
If it's defense you like, you'll want to be in Ann Arbor for this Big Ten Conference matchup. Northwestern is giving up just 7.0 points per game, which is the lowest average in college football. Right behind them is Michigan, who's giving up 7.6 points against. If you like a tight game that most likely will come down to the wire, you'll want to be in Ann Arbor for this one as well. Michigan won last year's meeting 10 to 9 when the Wildcats went for the game winning 2 point conversion in the game's final seconds. The Wolverines won in triple overtime in 2013, and double OT in 2012 as well. The Wildcats lead the Big Ten in rushing yards per game, averaging 248.8 yards per game, while Michigan is allowing 71.8 rushing yards per game, which is the lowest mark in the conference. Northwestern is trying to go 6 and 0 for the first time since 1962, while Michigan is looking for their 3rd straight shutout for the first time since 1980. After dropping their season opener, the Wolverines have won their past 4 games.
Navy at #15 Notre Dame Saturday at 3:30pm
At 4 and 0, the Midshipmen are off to their best start in 12 years, while the Fighting Irish are looking to rebound after a tough loss to #12 Clemson last week. Going back to last season, Navy has won 10 of their past 11 games, with their only loss coming against Notre Dame. When Navy started 5 and 0 in 2004, it was the Fighting Irish who beat them then as well. The Midshipmen will rely on record setting quarterback Keenan Reynolds, who has rushed for 488 yards and scored 9 touchdowns so far this season. Reynolds has scored 73 career rushing TD's, the most by a quarterback in NCAA history, and needs 5 more to break the record of former Wisconsin RB Montae Ball for the most rushing touchdowns in NCAA history as well. Reynolds is the driving force behind a Navy rushing attack that averages 339.8 yards per game. Notre Dame has a strong running game as well, led by C.J. Prosise, who has rushed for 650 yards and 6 TD's so far in 2015. Notre Dame has won the past 4 meetings between these schools.
#12 Florida State vs Miami Saturday at 8pm
The Seminoles will be looking to improve to 5 and 0 overall and in the process, beat their in state rival for the 5th consecutive time as well. To do so, Florida State may need to find a healthy ball carrier. Mario Pender is still in the hospital due to a collapsed lung, and top running back Dalvin Cook may not be ready to play either. Cook, who leads the ACC in rushing with 570 yards, suffered a hamstring injury last week's win over Wake Forest and didn't practice much this week. Miami is coming in off an upset loss to Cincinnati after winning their first 4 games of the season. That loss continues the Hurricanes road struggles, as they've lost 7 of their past 9 games away from home. Florida State won last year's meeting 30 to 26 after the Hurricanes jumped out to a 16 to 0 lead. The longest winning streak Florida State has had in the series before was 7 in a row from 1963 to 1972.
#23 California at #5 Utah Saturday at 10pm
The scoreboard could be lighting up in this one when the 5 and 0 Golden Bears visit the 4 and 0 Utes in this Pac 12 showdown. Utah averages 43.4 points per game, while California is averaging 38.8 points per game. The Golden Bears are averaging 527.8 yards per game, while Utah is averaging 393.5, while California is giving up 386.8 yards per game and the Utes are surrendering 373.2 yards per game. California is looking to start the season at 6 and 0 for the first time in 65 years. QB Jared Goff has passed for 1630 yards and has thrown 15 TD's against 4 interceptions. Kenny Lawler has been Goff's top target, catching 27 passes for 399 yards and 8 touchdowns. The Utes have been led by QB Travis Wilson, who has put up over 700 yards in total offense (513 yards passing/200 yards rushing) and 7 TD's (4 pass/3 rush). RB Dovantae Booker has contributed 592 yards in total offense as well (443 rushing yards/149 receiving yards) and has scored 4 TD's and thrown another.
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