Title town: Games starting to shape up bowl, title game pictures

10/31/15 by Matthew S. Vandriak

Georgia at #11 Florida 3:30pm
This matchup could determine who ends up in the SEC Championship Game as the representative of the Eastern Division. The Gators come in 4 and 1 in the conference (6 and 1 overall) while the Bulldogs come in 3 and 2 in the SEC (5 and 2 overall). For Georgia to have a realistic chance at making it to the title game, they'll need a win in this one. Both teams come in off of a bye week, and had differing results in their last games. Florida lost a tough game against #LSU by the score of 35 to 28, while Georgia gutted out a 9 to 6 win over Missouri. That win for the Bulldogs came one week after star RB Nick Chubb was lost for the season to injury. Faton Bauta will start at quarterback for Georgia, taking over for Greyson Lambert who has struggled in the Bulldogs past 3 games, which they lost 2 of. Florida rushed for 418 yards in winning last years matchup 38 to 20.

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#3 Clemson at NC State 3:30pm
The 7 and 0 Tigers have climbed into the ranks of the top four teams in the nation, and will try to stay perfect this season against the 5 and 2 Wolfpack. Clemson comes in having handed Miami their worst defeat in school history, winning 58 to 0. NC State broke a 2 game losing streak with a 35 to 17 win over Wake Forest. The Tigers won last years meeting 41 to 0, and have won 35 straight games over unranked opponents. Their last loss to an non ranked foe was against NC State back in 2011. NC State hasn't won against a ranked team since 2012 and are 0 and 9 all time against ranked teams with 7 and 0 or better records.
#9 Notre Dame at #21 Temple 8pm
One of the biggest surprises in college football this season have been the Owls, who come into this game a perfect 7 and 0 on the season, which is the best start in Temple history. The Owls are also ranked in the Top 25 for the first time since 1979. Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia will be sold out for this marquee matchup against the 6 and 1 Fighting Irish. Notre Dame has struggled on defense in 2015, ranking 50th in the nation in total defense. The Irish gave up 590 yards to USC in their last game two weeks ago, a 41 to 31 win. Temple's offense however is far from explosive. The Owls rank 108th in total offense, but their defense has been strong. Temple ranks in the top 5 in college football in average points allowed and interceptions. Notre Dame is 1 and 1 on the road so far this season, while Temple is 3 and 0 at home. One note of interest that may spook Temple...Notre Dame is 15 and 0 all time in games played on Halloween.
#8 Stanford at Washington State 10:30pm
The 6 and 1 Cardinal will try to get one step closer to securing a birth in the PAC 12 Championship when they visit the 5 and 2 Cougars. Stanford leads the North Division with a 5 and 0 record in the conference, while Washington State comes in at 3 and 2 in PAC 12 play. Stanford has won their past 6 games after starting the season with a loss to Northwestern. The Cardinal have scored 40 or more points in 4 of their 5 conference wins as well. Washington State has won their past 3 games, scoring 45 or more points in each of those victories. Stanford will be looking for their 8th straight win over Washington State, with the Cougars last win over the Cardinal coming in 2007.

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