Must-win games usually don't happen this early in the season. For Syracuse, Game 3 has that sort of feel to it.
Win, and the Orange (1-1) are back on track. A loss to in-state foe Albany (0-2) on Saturday in the Carrier Dome would be a blow to a team trying to restore a winning mentality after a 10-loss season.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Chance Nolan is making the most of his, well, chance as Oregon State’s starting quarterback.
Nolan threw for 302 yards and a pair of touchdowns last weekend against Hawaii, and it's safe to say he will again be the starter Saturday when the Beavers (1-1) host Idaho (1-1).
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona entered the season with a new coach and hopes of ending a school-record losing streak.
The Wildcats came up just short in an opening loss to BYU and took a step backward in a home loss to San Diego State last weekend, stretching the losing streak to 14 games.
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Still stinging from a loss to an old rival, Utah is back on the road this weekend to face another former conference foe with an unbeaten record and plenty to gain from a win over the Utes.
No. 14 Iowa State (1-1) at UNLV (0-2), Saturday at 10:36 p.m. EDT (CBS Sports Network).
Line: Iowa State by 31 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) — Short of calling Kansas coach Lance Leipold for a scouting report on Coastal Carolina’s defense, Buffalo quarterback Kyle Vantrease gained insight by watching the Chanticleers rout the Jayhawks last week.
SEATTLE (AP) — What appeared to be an easy final tune-up before Washington jumps into conference play has quickly become a tipping point for the Huskies' entire season.
Butch Jones and Arkansas State have a chance Saturday to send Washington’s season into a much deeper spiral.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Central Michigan coach Jim McElwain and the Chippewas have demonstrated already this season that they can go into an SEC stadium and be competitive.
Yet McElwain is reluctant to characterize a visit to LSU’s 102,000-seat Death Valley, where the Chippewas (1-1) will meet the Tigers (1-1) on Saturday night, as similar to playing at Missouri, where Central Michigan lost 34-24 two weeks ago.
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — The Colorado Buffaloes’ depth chart contains a bunch of characters — from TV shows and Hollywood movies. Even a few singers, too.
Just part of the plan not to reveal anything along the lines of position depth since Minnesota doesn’t either.
OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — State prosecutors are urging a judge to deny former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s request for early release from prison, arguing his “belated apology” for his ethics conviction is not enough.
Consider Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy among those who are enamored of what he’ll see up close for the first time this weekend.
Yes, the blue turf is still a bit of a novelty for those who have never experienced a game at Boise State.
Mississippi coach Lane Kiffin sees a Tulane team that plays with energy, is well coached and has quality depth.
In fact, what he sees is some Southeastern Conference-style characteristics for the next team facing his 17th-ranked Rebels (2-0) Saturday night at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
Georgia Southern (1-1) at No. 20 Arkansas (2-0), Saturday at 4 p.m. EDT (FOX).
Line: Arkansas by 23 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Virginia (2-0, 0-0 ACC) at No. 21 North Carolina (1-1, 0-1), Saturday at 7:30 p.m. EDT (ACC Network)
Line: UNC by 8 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers coach Greg Schiano is certain his players aren't going to take Delaware lightly.
While the Scarlet Knights (2-0) of the Big Ten Conference are off to a good start, they know playing a Football Championship Subdivision team is not a walkover, especially this season.
Northern Illinois (1-1) at No. 25 Michigan (2-0), Saturday at noon EDT (Big Ten Network).
Line: Michigan by 27 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Michigan State (2-0) vs. No. 24 Miami (1-1), Saturday at noon EDT (ABC).
Line: Miami by 6 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — First-year Commodores coach Clark Lea is the latest attempting to build a football program at Vanderbilt.
He admires what David Shaw has accomplished at Stanford, marrying football success with academic excellence.
Southern California is wounded. It's smarting after losing at home to Stanford, watching any College Football Playoff hopes evaporate, and finally dismissing Clay Helton as head coach after years of conjecture about his job security.
No. 19 Arizona State (2-0) at No. 23 BYU (2-0), Saturday at 10:15 p.m. EDT (ESPN).
Line: Arizona State by 3½, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Tulane (1-1) at No. 17 Mississippi (2-0), Saturday at 8 p.m. EDT (ESPN2).
Line: Ole Miss by 14 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
South Carolina (2-0) at No. 2 Georgia (2-0), Saturday at 7 p.m. EDT (ESPN).
Line: Georgia by 31 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
No. 16 Coastal Carolina (2-0) at Buffalo (1-1, Saturday at noon EDT (ESPN2).
Line: Coastal Carolina by 13 ½, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — California coach Justin Wilcox finds himself in some unfamiliar territory, still searching for the Golden Bears' first win of the season after a couple of frustrating close losses.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Sean Clifford’s confidence has grown with each play this fall, and Penn State’s quarterback is about to get a big ego boost.
It’ll come from the more than 107,000 fans who’ll pack Beaver Stadium on Saturday night for a rare Big Ten-SEC regular-season showdown between the No.
Nebraska (2-1) at No. 3 Oklahoma (2-0), Saturday at noon EDT (Fox).
Line: Oklahoma by 22 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
No. 15 Virginia Tech (2-0) at West Virginia (1-1), Saturday at noon EDT (FS1).
Line: Virginia Tech by 2 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — If there is an early game that can measure the progress UCLA has made under Chip Kelly, it is likely to be Saturday night when the 13th-ranked Bruins host Fresno State.
The last time the two teams met at the Rose Bowl was 2018, when Kelly was in his first season.
Fresno State (2-1) at No. 13 UCLA (2-0), Saturday at 10:45 p.m. EDT (Pac-12 Network).
Line: UCLA by 11 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — There are a few simple explanations about why Texas Tech hasn't really spread the ball around that much on offense.
Erik Ezukanma makes things look so easy with all those big plays while leading the nation in receiving.
In two years, BYU will be moving from independent status to a member of the Big 12 Conference.
Purdue (2-0) at No. 12 Notre Dame (2-0), Saturday at 2:30 p.m. EDT (NBC).
Line: Notre Dame by 7 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Coach Jimbo Fisher insists that things won’t be much different for No. 7 Texas A&M this week with quarterback Zach Calzada making his first career start in place of Haynes King.
No. 22 Auburn (2-0) at No. 10 Penn State (2-0), Saturday at 7:30 p.m. EDT (ABC).
Line: Penn State by 5 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Sam Pittman has done in 12 games what the two previous football coaches at Arkansas couldn't in five seasons.
Last Saturday’s resounding 40-21 thumping of then-No.
North Carolina State looked sharp in its opener only to fall flat in its marquee nonconference road game that included a pair of key season-ending injuries.
And with the six-time Atlantic Coast Conference champions looming on the schedule, Dave Doeren needs his Wolfpack to regroup quickly in Saturday’s home game with Furman.
Tulsa (2-0) at No. 9 Ohio State (1-1), Saturday at 3:30 EDT (FS1).
Line: Ohio State by 24 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The last time Georgia faced South Carolina, Will Muschamp had just been fired as the Gamecocks' coach.
Ducks coach Mario Cristobal quoted two-time Super Bowl-winning coach Jimmy Johnson in explaining Oregon's mentality coming off its big win over Ohio State.
No. 8 Cincinnati (2-0) at Indiana (1-1), Saturday at noon EDT (ESPN).
Line: Cincinnati by 3 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Taysir Mack was talking about himself. The fifth-year Pittsburgh wide receiver might as well have been talking about his team, too.
Yes, Pitt's impressive 41-34 victory at Tennessee last weekend provided a sense of joy and relief for Mack, who played in just eight games in 2020 due to a pair of injuries that required surgery.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — No. 12 Notre Dame has looked shaky at times in its first two games of the season, two nail-biting wins. Coach Brian Kelly is sure of one thing: He wants a faster start against Purdue on Saturday.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s Dameon Pierce flashed an ear-to-ear grin as he contemplated his response.
“How’s it feel to be such huge underdogs at home against top-ranked Alabama?”
If anyone was going to say anything controversial, it likely would have been the outspoken and vivacious running back.
New Mexico (2-0) at No. 7 Texas A&M (2-0), Saturday at noon EDT (SEC Network).
Line: Texas A&M by 30 ½, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The upset of Ohio State by two-touchdown underdog Oregon last weekend led to some serious introspection at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The mere mention of Oklahoma and Nebraska in the same sentence brings back waves of turkey-filled childhood memories for many college football fans.
At the rivalry’s peak between 1970 and 2000, the programs combined to win nine national championships -- five for Nebraska and four for Oklahoma.
Georgia Tech (1-1) at No. 6 Clemson (1-1), Saturday at 3:30 p.m. EDT (ABC).
Line: Clemson by 28 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Kent State (1-1) at No. 5 Iowa (2-0), Saturday at 3:30 p.m. EDT (Big Ten Network).
Line: Iowa by 22 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — No. 25 Michigan has earned some momentum and has no plans to slow down against Northern Illinois.
The Wolverines (2-0) began the season unranked and with relatively low expectations from outside the program for Jim Harbaugh's seventh season.