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10/26/2012 11:43 PM
Penn State With Huge Challenge Hosting Buckeyes

The Penn State Nittany Lions have rebounded nicely after a disastrous start to the season. They host the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday in what is easily their tough challenge to date.

The Don Best Pro Odds is getting ready for another huge week of college football. Penn State is anywhere between 1-point favorites and 1-point underdogs. The total is 50 and kickoff will come at an unusual 5:30 p.m. (ET) from Beaver Stadium.

Penn State (5-2 straight up, 6-1 against the spread) lost its first two games to Ohio (24-14) and at Virginia (17-16) with the Jerry Sandusky / Joe Paterno scandals playing a prominent role in the team’s troubles.

It looked like coach Bill O’Brien had bitten off more than he could chew and had made a huge mistake leaving the New England Patriots’ offensive coordinator job.

O’Brien has done the near impossible though, guiding the team to 5-straight wins and covers, including the last three in the Big Ten. The team is battling Wisconsin (3-1) for the Leaders Division crown and a spot in the conference title game as Ohio State (4-0) is ineligible due to sanctions.

The Nittany Lions resurgence is putting the happy back in Happy Valley, but questions do remain. First, only one opponent has been ranked (No. 24 Northwestern), and they haven’t faced a team with a defense ranked in the top-30 nationally in total yards allowed.

Senior quarterback Matt McGloin has really improved the last five games with 1,331 passing yards, 65.9 completion percentage, and 10 TDs versus just one pick. They are going to need to throw again to win Saturday as the rushing offense (149.3 YPG, ranked 77th) misses Silas Redd who transferred to USC.

Ohio State (8-0 SU, 3-5 ATS) lived on the edge last week with a 29-22 OT home win over Purdue. The Boilermakers led 22-14 before the Buckeyes sent it into the extra session with a touchdown and 2-point conversion with three seconds left.

Quarterback Braxton Miller (head) got knocked out of the game at the end of the third quarter and it was seldom-used junior Kenny Guiton who was the hero late. Miller is listed as probable on the Don Best injury report, which is a major boost for OSU fans despite Guiton’s dramatics.

The Buckeyes didn’t come close to covering the 17-point spread against Purdue and are 1-5 ATS this year as 15½-35½ point favorites. They’re 2-0 SU and ATS in games with small spreads, beating Nebraska at home (63-38 as 2½-point favorites) and winning at Michigan State (17-16 as 2-point ‘dogs).

Miller forms a great running tandem with Carlos Hyde and his passing is underrated even if he did struggle last week (9-of-20, 113 yards and a pick) before being injured.

Ohio State’s defense ranks just 63rd nationally (393.4 YPG) and needs to step up in the hostile environment especially if Miller is still getting the cobwebs out. Penn State’s defense ranks 22nd in total yards (322.7 YPG), but the quality of competition is once again a factor.

The Buckeyes are ranked No. 9 by the AP, while Penn State is just outside the top-25 in that poll. The Don Best Linemakers Poll will be updated today and Penn State is trying to crack its top-30 (OSU is 12th).

The road team has done well in this matchup recently at 4-1 SU and ATS. Ohio State won the last two at Penn State in 2009 (24-7) and 2007 (37-17).

The ‘under’ is 6-2 in the last eight meetings
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10/26/2012 11:47 PM
Georgia Bulldogs Up Next For Unbeaten Florida Gators

Florida Gators vs. Georgia Bulldogs
College Football Betting Preview
Date: 10/27/2012, 3:30 p.m. (ET) CBS
Opening Lines: Florida -5, O/U 48

Florida Gators: Will Muschamp's crew is looking better and better with each game, and continues to hold the No. 2 slot of the BCS rankings behind Alabama in the second week of the poll. Florida (7-0 straight up, 6-1 against the spread) is on a 6-game run on the gridiron as well as at the window in SEC play, and can clinch the SEC East title with a victory on Saturday. The latest was a 44-11 whipping of South Carolina last Saturday after being installed only as a 3-point favorite. The Gators benefitted greatly from four Gamecock turnovers, putting up only 183 yards of total offense but also holding SC to under 200. Florida will try and get its running game going once again against a Georgia defense that is a middling 74th in the land stopping infantry attacks. The Gators have won 11 of last 14 in this series to at least pull this series closer regardless of which side you believe for the all-time record (Georgia 48-40-2).

Georgia Bulldogs: Mark Richt's club is designated as the home team for this year's meeting, but the 'Dogs (6-1 SU, 2-5 ATS) will most certainly be at a crowd disadvantage here in the Sunshine State. Georgia hasn't made friends with bettors either, dropping the cash each of the last three and 1-4 ATS since an early win at Mizzou. The Bulldogs barely scored enough on their own to match a -26 spread at Kentucky, and needed an Aaron Murray TD pass midway through the final quarter to secure a 29-17 victory. The running game has grinded to a halt the last two weeks with a combined 192 yards, well below the current 205 per game that still ranks 30th-best in the country. Getting it going again against the tough Gators stop unit that is 10th against the run (97.3 ypg) will indeed be a challenge. The Dawgs snapped a 3-year losing streak against Florida in 2011 with a 24-20 win and cover as 3-point chalk. That game failed to reach the total (47½) to stop a 4-year 'over' run. The Bulldogs are 5-2 'over' through their first seven games.
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10/26/2012 11:47 PM
Georgia Bulldogs Up Next For Unbeaten Florida Gators

Florida Gators vs. Georgia Bulldogs
College Football Betting Preview
Date: 10/27/2012, 3:30 p.m. (ET) CBS
Opening Lines: Florida -5, O/U 48

Florida Gators: Will Muschamp's crew is looking better and better with each game, and continues to hold the No. 2 slot of the BCS rankings behind Alabama in the second week of the poll. Florida (7-0 straight up, 6-1 against the spread) is on a 6-game run on the gridiron as well as at the window in SEC play, and can clinch the SEC East title with a victory on Saturday. The latest was a 44-11 whipping of South Carolina last Saturday after being installed only as a 3-point favorite. The Gators benefitted greatly from four Gamecock turnovers, putting up only 183 yards of total offense but also holding SC to under 200. Florida will try and get its running game going once again against a Georgia defense that is a middling 74th in the land stopping infantry attacks. The Gators have won 11 of last 14 in this series to at least pull this series closer regardless of which side you believe for the all-time record (Georgia 48-40-2).

Georgia Bulldogs: Mark Richt's club is designated as the home team for this year's meeting, but the 'Dogs (6-1 SU, 2-5 ATS) will most certainly be at a crowd disadvantage here in the Sunshine State. Georgia hasn't made friends with bettors either, dropping the cash each of the last three and 1-4 ATS since an early win at Mizzou. The Bulldogs barely scored enough on their own to match a -26 spread at Kentucky, and needed an Aaron Murray TD pass midway through the final quarter to secure a 29-17 victory. The running game has grinded to a halt the last two weeks with a combined 192 yards, well below the current 205 per game that still ranks 30th-best in the country. Getting it going again against the tough Gators stop unit that is 10th against the run (97.3 ypg) will indeed be a challenge. The Dawgs snapped a 3-year losing streak against Florida in 2011 with a 24-20 win and cover as 3-point chalk. That game failed to reach the total (47½) to stop a 4-year 'over' run. The Bulldogs are 5-2 'over' through their first seven games.
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10/26/2012 11:49 PM
Notre Dame Puts 7-0 Mark On Line At Oklahoma

Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Oklahoma Sooners College Football Betting Preview
Date: 10/27/2012, 8:00 p.m. (ET) ABC
Opening Lines: Oklahoma -9½, O/U 47½

Notre Dame Fighting Irish: Head coach Brian Kelly has the Irish (7-0 straight up, 4-3 against the spread) back in the National Championship picture after more than a decade of mediocrity. Since opening 0-2 last season, Notre Dame has won 15 of 18 contests, and the 7-0 start to the 2012 campaign is their best since beginning the 2002 season with an 8-0 record. The Irish have failed to cover the last two games as healthy home chalk vs. Stanford and BYU, but their stout defense that is holding opponents under 10 points per game has helped turn a profit for 'under' bettors who have cashed each of the last six contests. Theo Riddick and Cierre Wood provided most of the offense a week ago with each running back going over 100 yards on the ground. The offense hopes to get a spark this week with the expected return of soph QB Everett Golson who is probable after missing the win over BYU with a concussion.

Oklahoma Sooners: Saturday's contest takes place 56 years to the day since Oklahoma skunked the Irish on their field for the Sooners' only victory in the series that ND has a 9-1 all-time lead. The teams met nine times in the 50s and 60s before a 31-season hiatus between the schools came to stop in 1999, Bob Stoops' first season in Norman, and Notre Dame fought back for a 34-30 win in front of Touchdown Jesus. The Sooners (5-1 SU, 4-2 ATS) have bounced back in a big way with three straight wins and covers since being upset at home by Kansas State in Week 4. Landry Jones and the OU offense have amassed close to 500 yards per game and averaged 52 points per game in the stretch to help send all three games 'over' the total. The defense has also done its part with three takeaways in each game, but that will be difficult to repeat with Notre Dame coughing it just eight times all season and tied for 12th in the country with a +9 turnover margin. Oklahoma's offense will also be facing the 6th-ranked defense in the country (280 ypg), holding opposing QBs to a 97.2 rating (8th lowest).
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10/26/2012 11:52 PM
Arizona Wildcats Eye Upset Of USC Trojans

After more than month’s worth of games vs. mediocre opposition with all the intensity of midweek scrimmages, we finally get to see if Southern Cal (6-1 straight up, 2-5 vs. line; ranked No. 7 in latest Don Best Linemakers Poll) can handle a bit of pressure and adversity better than its lone earlier serious test at Stanford.

Meanwhile, if coach Rich Rodriguez thought he had lit the fuse for the dormant Arizona (4-3 straight up and against the number) program in an early September home upset win over Oklahoma State, he can detonate that explosive device within Wildcat Nation with another upset over Lane “Tosh.O” Kiffin (there’s a resemblance, no?) and the loathsome Trojans on Saturday in Tucson.

A quick check of the Don Best college football odds screen notes that visiting Southern Cal is priced as a 6½-point favorite, with the posted total at 65 shaded to the ‘under’ at most Nevada wagering outlets.

Kickoff time on Saturday at Wildcat Stadium will be 3:30 p.m. (ET), with ABC providing regional TV coverage.

Most eyes in this matchup will be focused upon the Trojans, who have qualified as a tad of disappointment to this point in the season. That’s partly reflected in only two spread covers in their first seven games (and no covers in their first four away from the L.A. Coliseum), as well as a capitulation to a physical Stanford team on September 15, the only team with a winning record that SC has faced with a mostly-soft schedule to date.

But the slate turns nasty beginning this week in Tucson, where Arizona is first in a five-game gauntlet to close the regular season that also includes unbeaten Oregon, Arizona State plus old, nasty rivals UCLA and Notre Dame. All of these upcoming opponents, including the Wildcats, have winning records and should be bowl-bound. Moreover, Southern Cal could also participate in the Pac-12 title game the first week of December should it win the South Division of the conference.

Thus, the Trojans also have a clear path to the BCS, but even if they win out, a spot in the national title game would require help from a variety of outside sources, as SC is currently well back in the queue of potential championship game candidates.

We all know about Trojan senior QB Matt Barkley and his decision to return for a final year with Troy rather than make the jump to the NFL last season. But Barkley’s expected cruise to the Heisman Trophy took a detour in the 21-14 loss at Stanford when completing only 20-of-41 passes with no TD passes and two picks. Successive so-so efforts were finally followed by a blockbuster six TD pass performance last week against Colorado, a game in which Barkley completed 19-of-20 passes.

But many Pac-12 insiders insist the woeful Buffs are not much more than a Big Sky-quality opponent, and the thought persists that Kiffin is going out of his way to pad Barkley’s TD pass stats in hopes of currying favor with the Heisman voters.

Of course, Barkley has NFL-caliber wideouts at his disposal in Marqise Lee (60 catches, 8 TDs) and Robert Woods (44 catches, 9 TDs). But neither is gaining expected yardage on their catches (Lee 13.1 ypc, Woods 11.2 ypc), suggesting that Kiffin is again playing the statistics game with his QB, hoping to pad the completion percentage. Barkley is not throwing deep as often as many Pac-12 onlookers predicted, perhaps to the detriment of an offense with two of the best defense-distorting receivers in college football.

Make no mistake, however, this remains a potent attack, with future NFL talent throughout the lineup. Penn State transfer RB Silas Redd is also beginning to make an impact, now with 583 rush yards. Still, despite this overflow of talent, Southern Cal does not rank among the nation’s offensive leaders, a modest 47th in total offense (421 ypg) and 34th in scoring at 34.9 ppg, not chopped liver but hardly running at the capacity many envisioned.

Kiffin’s play-calling, which many believe puts too much emphasis on Barkley’s stats, has come under scrutiny.

Moreover, the Trojan defense, coordinated by Lane’s papa Monte and employing the elder Kiffin’s pet “Tampa Two” cover schemes imported from te NFL, has not been severely tested yet in 2012 after springing many leaks this season. A series of pedestrian offenses have failed to adequately test a stop unit that has nonetheless been on its heels on a couple of occasions, bullet-riddled by erratic Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib (who passed for 322 yards) at the Meadowlands on September 15 before the rebuilt defensive front buckled the following week against the punishing Stanford infantry that pounded out 213 yards rushing.

Now SC is going to face some real offenses, beginning with Arizona’s.

The Trojans have not had to deal with the sort of spread-option employed by Rich-Rod’s 'Cats, the same system that Rodriguez installed several years ago in his most-decorated career coaching stop at West Virginia. Senior QB Matt Scott has proven a perfect fit for the Rodriguez offense and present the sort of dual-threat QB the Trojans have yet to face this season (more so than Washington’s Keith Price).

All Scott has done is rank fourth in national total offense stats, already passing for 2,355 yards and 17 TDs while adding another 265 rush yards. A collection of rangy wideouts led by Dan Buckner and Austin Hill (both 44 catches) could stretch Monte Kiffin’s pass coverage beyond recognition.

Indeed, the Wildcats rank fifth nationally in total offense (549 yards per game) and passing offense (353 yards per game) and have scored 39 ppg, including 59 in the aforementioned early-season home blowout over Oklahoma State, U of A’s signature win this season. The Wildcats surpassed the half-century mark again last week in a 52-17 home blowout over Washington, which had played Southern Cal much closer the previous week in Seattle (losing only 24-14).

The 'Cats do have some defensive issues, however, ranking 104th overall (465 yards per game) and having conceded over 30 ppg. But considering that Arizona has faced the likes of ranked teams such as Ok State, plus Oregon, Oregon State and Stanford, the defensive numbers are not too surprising. And after having seen all of those offenses, confronting SC’s firepower won’t cause Arizona to blink, especially if the blitzing unnerves the slow-footed Barkley.

Series trends between these two are also potentially illuminating, with the underdog side covering the last seven meetings. Considering that Arizona has been the dog side (and spread winner) in six of those meetings, the technical case for the Wildcats has some merit to it as well.
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10/26/2012 11:56 PM
Unbeatens Collide When Alabama Hosts Mississippi State

Prior to the start of the regular season, talk of a potential showdown between unbeatens in the SEC West focused upon Alabama’s early-November trip to LSU in a rematch of last season’s BCS title game.

Mississippi State? Nowhere to be found in summer speculation about being involved in any showdown of SEC unbeatens after midseason.

But, entering the last weekend of October, here are Dan Mullen’s Bulldogs, without a loss and preparing for arguably the biggest gridiron showdown in MSU history. About all that is missing for the Maroon is the gravely voice of longtime play-by-play man Jack Cristil, who retired last year after 58 seasons as the voice of the Bullies.

Cristil, however, along with everyone else in the SEC and elsewhere in the college football world will be paying close attention to Saturday night’s game in Tuscaloosa between Mississippi State (7-0 straight up, 5-2 against the line; No. 19 in latest Don Best Linemakers poll) and the host Crimson Tide (7-0 SU, 4-3 ATS, No. 1 in Don Best Linemakers rankings).

A quick check of the Don Best college football odds screen notes that Alabama is priced as a prohibitive 24-point favorite at the majority of Las Vegas sports books, with the total posted at mostly on 47½. Kickoff time for this SEC West showdown (Game 137-138 on this week’s Don Best schedule) has been switched to the evening at 8:30 p.m. (ET) at Bryant-Denny Stadium, with ESPN providing national TV coverage.

At first glance, the price might seem a bit heavy, considering the respective straight-up records of the two sides. But we don’t have to dig too far into the weeds to understand why 'Bama is laying such a heavy price. No one has caused the defending national champion Tide to as much as blink this season, as Nick Saban’s squad had manhandled even its supposed toughest challengers, such as Michigan and Tennessee, vanquished by a combined 85-27.

Moreover, MSU’s 7-0 break from the gate has been compiled against a slate of less-then-impressive opposition, including three non-conference foes from the Sun Belt as well as lower-division Jackson State. Even the Bulldogs’ SEC tests have been rather easy, having beaten three of the winless teams in conference play Auburn, Kentucky and disappointing Tennessee. Lots of folks in the region expect Mississippi State to get its comeuppance this week.

For the Bulldogs to have a chance, junior QB Tyler Russell has to continue in mostly mistake-free mode. Russell, piloting more of a short-pass, ball-control version of the Mullen spread than in previous years, has tossed only one pick as opposed to 15 TD passes, and limiting mistakes will be a necessity for MSU to stay within earshot on Saturday.

Indeed, the Bulldogs’ +17 turnover margins ranks as the nation’s best entering this week.

Russell, however, is also going to have to solve an Alabama defense that has not skipped a beat after so many of last year’s starters moved on to the NFL. All Saban’s 2012 stop unit has done is lead the nation in rushing (58.7 ypg), total (195.6 ypg), and scoring (8.3 ppg) defense. And since last season, only one team (Georgia Southern, if you can believe it) has scored more than 14 points on defensive coordinator Kirby Smart's defense.

Moreover, whatever advantage the Bulldogs have in TO margin is negated against this foe because, among other things, Alabama also ranks third nationally in the same category (at +14). And the Crimson Tide offense, operating behind perhaps the nation’s best OL, is scoring more points than it did last year, too, tallying 41 ppg while its rushing offense is gaining nearly 220 yards per game behind RBs Eddie Lacy (570 YR) and frosh sensation T.J. Yeldon (565 YR).

Meanwhile, one-upping Tyler Russell, Bama junior QB A.J. McCarron is now working on a stretch of 239 passes without an interception since late last season and has emerged as a possible Heisman candidate while completing 69 percent of his passes, with 16 TD tosses and no picks.

The Tide has not lost to MSU since 2007, when Saban’s first 'Bama team fell to a rugged Sly Croom-coached Bulldog outfit by a 17-12 scoreline in Starkville. Since then, Alabama has won the last four meetings by a combined 117-27 margin. The Crimson Tide covered the number in the first three of those meetings before barely failing to do so in last year’s 24-7 win (as an 18-point favorite) at Starkville. If there is a technical note of caution for Tide backers this week, it’s that the road team has covered the spread in the first seven Alabama games this season, including three spread failures by the Tide in Tuscaloosa.

Totals-wise, note that MSU has been ‘under’ in five of six decisions in 2012, and all five meetings between the sides since Saban arrived at 'Bama in 2007 have been ‘under’ as well.
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10/26/2012 11:58 PM
Unbeaten Mississippi St. visits No. 1 Alabama Saturday

MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLDOGS (7-0)
at ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE (7-0)

Kickoff: Saturday, 8:30 p.m. EDT
Line: Alabama -24, Total: 46.5

A pair of unbeaten SEC foes will lock horns Saturday night when No. 11 Mississippi State visits No.1 Alabama.

Alabama is 9-2 SU (5-6 ATS) in the past 11 meetings, including four straight wins by a combined score of 117 to 27. Last year was the closest of the four, a 24-7 Tide road win. Unbeaten Mississippi State leads the nation in turnover margin (+17) and is riding a three-game ATS win streak with 113 points (37.7 PPG) during this run. Alabama leads the nation in scoring defense (8.3 PPG) and total defense (196 YPG), while A.J. McCarron leads all FBS quarterbacks in passing efficiency (69% completions, 9.6 YPA, 16 TD, 0 INT).

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McCarron has not thrown an interception in 239 straight passes, but the last time he was picked off was 2011 against Mississippi State, when he completed just 14-of-24 passes for 163 yards (6.8 YPA) with 0 TD. However, he didn't need to be great considering Alabama outrushed MSU that day 223 to 12. Eddie Lacy had 96 of those rushing yards on just 11 carries (8.7 YPC) with two touchdowns. Lacy has rushed for 570 yards (5.8 YPC) and 7 TD this season, and has started to help out the passing game too with eight receptions in his past three games (he had one catch in the first four contests). Speaking of receptions, freshman WR Amari Cooper is emerging into a star. In his four SEC games, he has 21 catches for 351 yards and five touchdowns. Alabama's defense has not allowed more than 80 rushing yards in a game this year, and Tennessee became the first team to throw for more than 200 yards against them last week with 203 passing yards. The Tide have also been able to force multiple turnovers in six of seven games this year, totaling 20 takeaways.

Mississippi State, which has won nine straight games (6-3 ATS), has enjoyed great offensive balance all season, rushing for 181 YPG and throwing for 236 YPG, but turning the ball over just five times in seven contests. QB Tyler Russell has tossed just one interception all season despite 203 throws. In three SEC games, he's passed for 261 YPG, 7 TD and 0 INT. Last week against Middle Tennessee, Russell went 17-of-21 for 191 yards and 3 TD. However, he threw for just 110 yards on 25 pass attempts (4.4 YPA) in the loss to Alabama last year. MSU has the conference's leading rusher in Ladarius Perkins (103 rush YPG), who has three straight 100-yard efforts and has scored at least once in all seven games in 2012. He's seen limited action in two career games versus the Tide, carrying the ball just 13 times for 54 yards (4.2 YPC). Defensively, the Bulldogs have allowed just 14.4 PPG (9th in nation) and 327 total YPG (26th in FBS), but they have not sustained a consistent pass rush with just 1.6 sacks per game and 5.1 Tackles For Loss per game, both which rank 12th in the SEC.

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10/27/2012 12:00 AM
No. 9 USC seeks 5th straight win visiting Arizona

USC TROJANS (6-1)
at ARIZONA WILDCATS (4-3)

Kickoff: Saturday, 3:30 p.m. EDT
Line: USC -6.5, Total: 65.5

No. 9 USC tries to extend a four-game win streak when it visits Arizona on Saturday afternoon.

USC is 9-1 SU (5-5 ATS) in the past 10 meetings with Arizona, including five straight SU wins in Tucson. The Wildcats hung tough in L.A. last year, gaining 554 yards in a 48-41 loss. Trojans QB Matt Barkley was 32-of-39 for 468 yards and 4 TD in that game, and was even better last week versus Colorado (19-for-20, 298 yards, 6 TD) in a 50 to 6 victory. Arizona snapped a three-game losing skid last week with a 52-17 drubbing of Washington. Matt Scott has 1,150 passing yards and 10 TD over the past three games.

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Barkley is now firmly back in the Heisman discussion with 10 TD and just 1 INT in his past three games. Although he lit up Arizona last year, he didn't play very well in his lone visit to Tucson in 2010, completing 21-of-35 passes for just 170 yards (4.9 YPA), 1 TD and 1 INT. However, WR Robert Woods was also limited at Arizona in 2010 with just 41 receiving yards on eight catches. However, Woods burned the Wildcats for 14 catches, 255 yards and 2 TD last year, and is coming off his best game of 2012, grabbing eight passes for 132 yards and four touchdowns. Teammate Marqise Lee leads the Pac-12 and ranks in the top-10 nationally in both receptions (8.6 per game) and receiving yards (112 YPG). USC has not run the football very effectively on the road this year, gaining just 120 rushing YPG on 3.6 yards per carry. Leading ground gainer Silas Redd (583 rush yds, 6 TD) has yet to rush for 100 yards in back-to-back games, with a season-low 13 rushing yards (on just three carries) last week. Defensively, the Trojans have allowed just 301 total YPG with 14 forced turnovers during their four-game win streak. They also have the fifth-most sacks in the country (27) and are tied for 12th among all FBS teams with 7.7 Tackles For Loss per game. DE Morgan Breslin anchors the D-Line with seven sacks and 32 tackles this season.

Scott ranks fourth in the nation with 374 YPG of total offense, but he has thrown seven interceptions in his four Pac-12 games this year. He has never played against USC's relentless pass rush, but he knows that he has a ground game strong enough to keep the Trojans honest. Arizona rushed for 277 yards on 49 carries (5.7 YPC) in last week's demolition of Washington, including 172 yards on 5.9 YPC from Ka'Deem Carey. That was Carey's fifth 100-yard game this season, including three straight. He is also a weapon catching passes out of the backfield with 138 receiving yards in these past three games. Although the Wildcats' defense held Washington to 17 points and 370 yards last week, they have been among the worst teams in the nation in terms of total defense, allowing 465 total YPG (107th in FBS). They generate just 1.4 sacks per game, but have forced eight turnovers in the past four weeks.

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10/27/2012 12:02 AM
No. 2 Florida, No. 10 Georgia clash in Jacksonville

FLORIDA GATORS (7-0)
vs. GEORGIA BULLDOGS (6-0)

Everbank Field - Jacksonville, FL
Kickoff: Saturday, 3:30 p.m. EDT
Line: Florida -6.5, Total: 49

Unbeaten No. 2 Florida and 10th-ranked Georgia square off in Jacksonville for their annual neutral-site meeting on Saturday afternoon.

The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party hasn’t been much fun for Georgia, which is 4-18 in the past 22 meetings with Florida. But the Bulldogs barked loudly in last year’s 24-20 victory, outrushing the Gators 185 to minus-19 yards. This season, Florida’s defense has been stellar, allowing just 12.1 PPG (4th in FBS) and 282 total YPG (7th in nation), and posting six straight ATS wins. Georgia barely beat 26-point underdog Kentucky last week 29-24, marking its third straight ATS loss.

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Gators QB Jeff Driskel was quite efficient in last week's 44-11 rout of South Carolina, as four of his 11 completions went for touchdowns. In the previous game, Driskel rushed for 177 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Vanderbilt. His Gators team was held to a mere 89 yards on 48 carries last week, but South Carolina's run-stop unit is much tougher than Georgia's rushing defense which has allowed 211 rushing YPG in its past three contests. If Florida's offense is to get back on track, it will need to know where UGa star linebacker Jarvis Jones is at all times. Jones had four sacks in last year's matchup in Jacksonville, and already has 5.5 sacks this season. Defensively, Florida has helped itself with 15 takeaways this season, including 11 over the past four games. But the strength of the team is its rushing defense that ranks 10th in the country (97 rush YPG) and has allowed a paltry 68 rushing YPG on 2.1 yards per carry in the past three contests.

Although Murray has been tremendous this season (9.6 YPA, 16 TD, 4 INT), he wasn't great in last year's meeting with Florida, completing just 15-of-34 passes for 169 yards (5.0 YPA), 2 TD and 1 INT. Bulldogs leading receiver Tavarres King (511 rec. yds, 5 TD) is coming off a season-high 188 receiving yards and 2 TD versus Kentucky, and has scored in each of the past two meetings with the Gators. But for Georgia's passing attack to be more efficient this time around, the ground game has to improve. In the past two weeks, the Bulldogs have rushed for only 192 yards on 68 carries (2.8 YPC). Leading rusher, freshman Todd Gurley (622 rush yds, 9 TD), has just 86 yards on 25 carries (3.4 YPC) in this two-game span. Georgia shouldn't have much trouble with Florida's passing game, considering it allows less than 200 passing YPG this year (28th in FBS), but its 74th-ranked rushing defense could have its problems stopping Florida's multi-player ground attack. The Bulldogs have not forced a turnover in either of its past two games.

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No. 2 Florida, No. 10 Georgia clash in Jacksonville

FLORIDA GATORS (7-0)
vs. GEORGIA BULLDOGS (6-0)

Everbank Field - Jacksonville, FL
Kickoff: Saturday, 3:30 p.m. EDT
Line: Florida -6.5, Total: 49

Unbeaten No. 2 Florida and 10th-ranked Georgia square off in Jacksonville for their annual neutral-site meeting on Saturday afternoon.

The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party hasn’t been much fun for Georgia, which is 4-18 in the past 22 meetings with Florida. But the Bulldogs barked loudly in last year’s 24-20 victory, outrushing the Gators 185 to minus-19 yards. This season, Florida’s defense has been stellar, allowing just 12.1 PPG (4th in FBS) and 282 total YPG (7th in nation), and posting six straight ATS wins. Georgia barely beat 26-point underdog Kentucky last week 29-24, marking its third straight ATS loss.

Which top-10 team will leave Jacksonville victorious? For the answer, connect to The Platinum Sheet for all the StatFox Experts picks for every key college football game throughout the 2012 season.

Gators QB Jeff Driskel was quite efficient in last week's 44-11 rout of South Carolina, as four of his 11 completions went for touchdowns. In the previous game, Driskel rushed for 177 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Vanderbilt. His Gators team was held to a mere 89 yards on 48 carries last week, but South Carolina's run-stop unit is much tougher than Georgia's rushing defense which has allowed 211 rushing YPG in its past three contests. If Florida's offense is to get back on track, it will need to know where UGa star linebacker Jarvis Jones is at all times. Jones had four sacks in last year's matchup in Jacksonville, and already has 5.5 sacks this season. Defensively, Florida has helped itself with 15 takeaways this season, including 11 over the past four games. But the strength of the team is its rushing defense that ranks 10th in the country (97 rush YPG) and has allowed a paltry 68 rushing YPG on 2.1 yards per carry in the past three contests.

Although Murray has been tremendous this season (9.6 YPA, 16 TD, 4 INT), he wasn't great in last year's meeting with Florida, completing just 15-of-34 passes for 169 yards (5.0 YPA), 2 TD and 1 INT. Bulldogs leading receiver Tavarres King (511 rec. yds, 5 TD) is coming off a season-high 188 receiving yards and 2 TD versus Kentucky, and has scored in each of the past two meetings with the Gators. But for Georgia's passing attack to be more efficient this time around, the ground game has to improve. In the past two weeks, the Bulldogs have rushed for only 192 yards on 68 carries (2.8 YPC). Leading rusher, freshman Todd Gurley (622 rush yds, 9 TD), has just 86 yards on 25 carries (3.4 YPC) in this two-game span. Georgia shouldn't have much trouble with Florida's passing game, considering it allows less than 200 passing YPG this year (28th in FBS), but its 74th-ranked rushing defense could have its problems stopping Florida's multi-player ground attack. The Bulldogs have not forced a turnover in either of its past two games.

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