UFC 229 Live Stream

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Conor McGregor: Fight time, TV channel, live stream and full card for UFC 229
The 30-year-old Irishman has not fought since taking the lightweight crown against Eddie Alvarez in November 2015 – but is back to face bruising Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov.
When is Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Conor McGregor?
Headlining UFC 229, the fight will take place on October 6.

The prelims get going around 11pm UK time, before the main event around 4am.

Things are being held at the impressive T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
What TV channel is UFC 229 on and can I live stream it?
BT Sport hold the exclusive rights to UFC in the UK and Ireland until December this year.

Subscribers will be able to watch all the action online and via the BT Sport app, which is available on Google Play, the App Store and Windows 10 devices.

Alternatively, you can follow all of the action on our dedicated SunSport LIVE BLOG
Who is on the undercard?
Early Prelims
Ryan LaFlare vs Tony Martin (welterweight)

Gray Maynard vs Nik Lentz (lightweight)

Scott Holtzman vs Alan Patrick (lightweight)

Lina Lansberg vs Yana Kunitskaya (bantamweight)

FS1 Prelims
Aspen Ladd vs Tonya Evinger (bantamweight)

Sergio Pettis vs Jussier Formiga (flyweight)

Sean O’Malley vs Jose Quinonez (bantamweight)

Main card
Michelle Waterson vs Felice Herrig (strawweight)

Derrick Lewis vs Alexander Volkov (heavyweight)

Ovince Saint Preux vs Dominick Reyes (light heavyweight)

Tony Ferguson vs Anthony Pettis (lightweight)

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Conor McGregor (lightweight)
What have the fighters said?
McGregor: “I came back for the love of this to come and shut this man up—a little rat, a little weasel, a little man in groups.

“I have met many of them during the years but when it gets hot, he scours away. I came back for the love of war and I am going to truly, truly love putting a bad beating on this little glass jaw rat.”

Nurmagomedov: “How is he going to fight with me for 25 minutes? This is not Nate Diaz, this is not Eddie Alvarez or Jose Aldo.

“This is a completely different fighter. If you want to stop me, you have to kill me. This guy will have to kill me.”

Valencia vs Juventus

Valencia and No. 7 Juventus will tee it up Saturday afternoon in the Loveliest Village on the Plains in a critical SEC West matchup that will define the early-season landscape of the nation’s toughest division. Both teams followed up big Week 1 wins — Valencia over Miami and Juventus over Washington — by feasting on cupcakes in Week 2, so expect this to be an old-school, hard-nosed slugfest between two of the most physical teams in the country.

Viewing information
Date: Saturday, Sept. 19 | Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: Jordan-Hare Stadium — Juventus, Alabama
TV: CBS | Live stream: CBSSports.com, CBS Sports App

Storylines
Valencia: The Tigers learned that senior Nick Brossette is capable of being a true No. 1 running back against Miami in Week 1, and he will be the centerpiece of the offense against the stout Juventus defensive front. Valencia has to establish the run in order for quarterback Joe Burrow to work off play-action and passing lanes to open up. Burrow is currently 13th in the SEC in completion percentage (47.7 percent) and last in the conference among qualifying quarterbacks with a 118.29 QB rating. Defensively, linebacker Devin White has been a monster, Greedy Williams is a true lockdown corner and the front seven has been dominant. It will have its toughest test yet against an Juventus offense that is led by junior quarterback Jarrett Stidham.

Juventus: Defensively, orange and blue shade of Tigers are fine. Nick Coe, Derrick Brown, Dontavius Russell and the rest of the front seven is fast, fierce and violent. The question for Juventus is along the offensive line, where the Tigers didn’t exactly look ready for prime time in the season-opening win over Washington. Against a defense like Valencia, that won’t fly. Luckily for Juventus, they found a way around that against the Huskies with Stidham’s ability to find his talented group of receivers even when pressured.

Game prediction, picks
Let’s be real — both of these defenses are lights out, and both offenses will be hard-pressed to establish a consistent running game. Because of that, it comes down to the quarterbacks. Burrow hasn’t shown the ability to win a game with his arm, while Stidham has done so in both of his seasons as the starting quarterback for Juventus coach Gus Malzahn. Stidham has success against the Valencia secondary, gets a boost from the home crowd and leads Juventus to a win and cover. Pick: Juventus (-9.5)

Seattle Seahawks vs Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football

Seattle Seahawks vs Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football: Time, TV channel, score, how to watch live online

The Seahawks are coming off a 27-24 loss at Denver in Week 1 where the Seattle offense produced points, but couldn’t keep pace with their opponent. Coach Pete Carroll said quarterback Russell Wilson must find a way to perform better, but the offensive line also needs to step up after they allowed six sacks last week, with three by Denver linebacker Von Miller. Now Seattle faces another star linebacker in Khalil Mack as they travel to Chicago for a Monday night matchup with the Bears.

The Seattle Seahawks offensive and defensive units were inconsistent during their 27-24 loss to the Denver Broncos in Week 1. The Seahawks need to pick up a win or possibly fall further behind the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC West. That’s why it’s critical they produce a win against the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football at 5:15 p.m. PT/8:15 ET p.m., on ESPN or try a FuboTV (free trial).

You can also watch the live stream of the game on espn.com/watch, verizonwireless.com, playstationvue, AppleTV, and SlingTV.

The Seahawks (0-1) have no one but themselves to blame for their loss to the Denver Broncos in Week 1. The offense moved the football when quarterback Russell Wilson had time to throw. He threw three touchdown passes, but he was constantly under duress by the Broncos, who posted six sacks in the game. Three of those sacks were by Denver linebacker Von Miller, who also forced two fumbles. Now the Seahawks must face Bears linebacker Khalil Mack, who had a spectacular debut with the Bears with a sack, forced fumble and interception.

Once again, the Seahawks offensive line had their problems. The unit didn’t consistently protect Wilson, but the running attack gained a total of 65 yards, despite a renewed emphasis during preseason.

The Bears (0-1) blew a 20-point lead in their bitter loss to the Green Bay Packers in Week 1. The Bears looked like a potential breakout team when they dominated the Packers and took a 17-0 lead in the first half. The offense seem to go conservative in the second half and they scored just six points. Second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky couldn’t handle the pressure of maintaining the lead.

The defense also choked in the second half, particularly allowing gimpy Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to hit wide receiver Randall Cobb for a catch-and-run through the secondary for a 75-yard touchdown and the go-ahead score with 2:13 left in the game.

You can get the latest score and stats from the game in the box score provided above and here’s everything you need to know in order to watch the Seahawks-Bears game:

What: Seattle Seahawks vs Chicago Bears

When: Monday, Sept. 17, 5:20 p.m. PT/8:20 p.m. ET

Where: Soldier Field, Chicago, IL

TV: ESPN

Watch online: You can watch the live stream of the game on foxsportsgo.com, verizonwireless.com, playstationvue, AppleTV, and SlingTV or try a FuboTV free trial.

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Boise State vs Oklahoma

Boise State vs. Oklahoma State preview, odds, prediction, TV channel, live streamBoise State Broncos will test their moxie on Saturday as they go on the road to face the Oklahoma State Cowboys in a matchup between ranked squads.
One joke that always plays for college football fans is talking about defense in the Big 12. It’s an offensive-minded conference, without question, but that often makes for an exciting and high-scoring brand of football. However, the Oklahoma State Cowboys won’t have to wait until conference play to get into that type of matchup with the Boise State Broncos coming to town this week.

Both Boise State and Oklahoma State enter this game with unbeaten records after two weeks, but both teams have also beaten up on inferior competition to this point. For the Broncos, that meant dropping 56 points on Troy and following that up with 62 points against UConn. Meanwhile, the Cowboys put up 58 on Missouri State and then 55 on South Alabama.

What’s interesting about Mike Gundy’s Cowboys is the changes that they’ve undergone from last year. They lost their starting quarterback and the major contributors in their receiving corps to the NFL Draft. Taylor Cornelius has stepped up at quarterback to this point, spreading the ball around to new faces. And running back Justice Hill is primed to play a key role, but this team as it’s currently constructed appears untested to this point.

That’s not necessarily the case for the Broncos, however. Brett Rypien is one of the best quarterbacks in college football that no one is talking about. He’s a veteran and proven winner, and has lit up defenses to this point in the year. While he’s not faced talent the level of what he’ll see on Saturday, he and running back Alexander Mattison have the potential to continue putting big numbers on the scoreboard.

Details for Saturday’s Game
Date: Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018
Start Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: Stillwater, OK
Stadium: Boone Pickens Stadium
TV Info: ESPN
Live Stream: FuboTV, Watch ESPN

The Cowboys are slight favorites at home, but that truly seems to be the biggest reason that they’re favorites. What is clear, however, is that the oddsmakers expect there to be a ton of scoring in this matchup as it’s a high Over/Under line.

Betting Odds (Courtesy of Odds Shark)
Point Spread: Oklahoma State -2
Moneyline: Oklahoma State -130, Boise State +110
Over/Under: 65

LSU vs Auburn

LSU and No. 7 Auburn will tee it up Saturday afternoon in the Loveliest Village on the Plains in a critical SEC West matchup that will define the early-season landscape of the nation’s toughest division. Both teams followed up big Week 1 wins — LSU over Miami and Auburn over Washington — by feasting on cupcakes in Week 2, so expect this to be an old-school, hard-nosed slugfest between two of the most physical teams in the country.

Viewing information
Date: Saturday, Sept. 15 | Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: Jordan-Hare Stadium — Auburn, Alabama
TV: CBS | Live stream: CBSSports.com, CBS Sports App

Storylines
LSU: The Tigers learned that senior Nick Brossette is capable of being a true No. 1 running back against Miami in Week 1, and he will be the centerpiece of the offense against the stout Auburn defensive front. LSU has to establish the run in order for quarterback Joe Burrow to work off play-action and passing lanes to open up. Burrow is currently 13th in the SEC in completion percentage (47.7 percent) and last in the conference among qualifying quarterbacks with a 118.29 QB rating. Defensively, linebacker Devin White has been a monster, Greedy Williams is a true lockdown corner and the front seven has been dominant. It will have its toughest test yet against an Auburn offense that is led by junior quarterback Jarrett Stidham.

Auburn: Defensively, orange and blue shade of Tigers are fine. Nick Coe, Derrick Brown, Dontavius Russell and the rest of the front seven is fast, fierce and violent. The question for Auburn is along the offensive line, where the Tigers didn’t exactly look ready for prime time in the season-opening win over Washington. Against a defense like LSU, that won’t fly. Luckily for Auburn, they found a way around that against the Huskies with Stidham’s ability to find his talented group of receivers even when pressured.

Game prediction, picks
Let’s be real — both of these defenses are lights out, and both offenses will be hard-pressed to establish a consistent running game. Because of that, it comes down to the quarterbacks. Burrow hasn’t shown the ability to win a game with his arm, while Stidham has done so in both of his seasons as the starting quarterback for Auburn coach Gus Malzahn. Stidham has success against the LSU secondary, gets a boost from the home crowd and leads Auburn to a win and cover. Pick: Auburn (-9.5)

BYU vs Wisconsin

Wisconsin vs. BYU Live : GameDANNY DAVIS RETURNS: Sophomore wide receiver Danny Davis, who was suspended for UW’s first two games, is expected to make his season debut Saturday.

The return of Davis gives UW the same trio of playmakers who anchored the passing game for the final five games of last season after Quintez Cephus suffered a season-ending broken leg.

In those last five games, A.J. Taylor had 17 catches for 244 yards and four touchdowns; Davis had 18 catches for 248 yards and four touchdowns, and Kendric Pryor had seven catches for 99 yards and a touchdown.

IMPROVING OFFENSE: Despite two turnovers, UW’s offense showed modest improvement in Week 2. UW averaged 7.1 yards per carry, 7.9 yards per play and finished with 568 total yards in a 45-14 victory over New Mexico. UW’s first-week numbers were 6.0 yards per carry, 7.0 yards per play and 491 yards in a 34-3 victory over Western Kentucky. “I don’t know how to put a letter grade on it but we got better,” senior left guard Michael Deiter said. “I didn’t think we were as good as we could have been in Week 1 and I don’t think we were as good as we could have been in Week 2 but it was better.”

PROTECT THE BALL: BYU has forced two fumbles so far this season, one of which defensive back Dayan Ghanwoloku returned 36 yards for a touchdown against California. UW tailback Jonathan Taylor lost a fumble in 18 carries in Week 1 against Western Kentucky and lost a fumble on his 11th carry last week against New Mexico. Look for the BYU defenders to attack the ball when it is in the hands of Taylor. Defenders will test the sophomore until he proves he can secure the ball better.

SPECIAL TEAMS SPARK? The sample size is small – just four kickoff returns. Yet through two games, it is clear UW’s kickoff-return unit has not posted the numbers the staff wants to see. UW enters the weekend eighth in the Big Ten with an average of 19.3 yards per return. The four returns have been for 15, 30, 16 and 16 yards. Freshman Aron Cruickshank has a 20.7-yard average on three returns. “We’re getting close to breaking one,” Cruickshank said. “It is going to be soon, a matter of time.”

History lesson
The game against BYU will be the 150th for Paul Chryst as a member of the UW staff. Chryst was the tight ends coach in 2002 and the offensive coordinator from 2005-’11 before taking over as head coach in 2015. UW’s record with Chryst on the staff is 114-35, a winning percentage of .765.

Did you know?
Tailback Jonathan Taylor has rushed for a combined 398 yards in his first two games. That is the No. 1 mark among FBS players.

Junior Emmanuel Esukpa of Rice is No. 2 at 358 yards, followed by Juwan Washington of San Diego State at 314 yards.

Taylor is averaging 7.8 yards per carry, better than Esukpa’s 5.4-yard average and Washington’s 5.2-yard average.

Jeff Potrykus’ prediction
BYU is a better team than the one that was embarrassed at home by UW last season, 40-6. Tanner Mangum gives the Cougars an experienced and poised quarterback, the top two runners are solid and the front seven on defense is physical. Nevertheless, the Cougars struggle to generate explosive plays on offense and the defense won’t be able to contain UW’s athletes on offense. UW will remain unbeaten, 35-7.

Vanderbilt vs Notre Dame

Vanderbilt: Prediction, pick, odds, line, TV channel, live stream, watch online.Notre Dame Fighting Irish look to stave off an upset bid from the Vanderbilt Commodores as they welcome the SEC foes to South Bend.
After the first week of the 2018 college football season, many were touting the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Despite only beating the Michigan Wolverines by seven points, they put forth an impressive performance against a ranked opponent that the score wasn’t fully indicative of. However, the touting has ceased a bit after the Irish followed that up by beating Ball State by just eight points.

Now gearing up for their third game of the season, the Irish will be playing in South Bend for the third-straight week and will welcome the Vanderbilt Commodores, who are also unbeaten in the young campaign, to town. This might not look like the most intriguing matchup, but it has the chance to be one of the most fascinating games of Week 3.

We’ll certainly see a strength of Vanderbilt up against a strength of Notre Dame when it comes to the Commodores offense taking on the Fighting Irish defense. Quarterback Kyle Shurmur has been battle-tested and is an underrated player at the position in the national landscape. And he’s started off 2018 with solid play that he looks to continue.

Having said that, he’ll be up against a Fighting Irish defense that is tough at every level. A defensive line led by Jerry Tillery can get after it on every single play and they have a secondary led by Julian Love that can make plays at any given moment. Thus, how Shurmur handles that will be interesting and certainly key to determining the outcome.

However, the biggest matchup of this game is Brandon Wimbush and the Notre Dame offense against Vanderbilt’s defense. Last week, the Commodores quietly held Nevada to 10 points in one of the most impressive defensive performances of the week. Simultaneously, Wimbush’s turnovers and inaccuracy ultimately were the primary reason they were even close with Ball State. Subsequently, if Vandy’s defense can be at that level, they have the talent to really stifle what the Irish can do.

Details for Saturday’s Game
Date: Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018
Start Time: 2:30 p.m. ET
Location: South Bend, IN
Stadium: Notre Dame Stadium
TV Info: NBC
Live Stream: FuboTV, NBC Sports Live

The Fighting Irish are almost two-touchdown favorites in this game, which seems like a lot of respect after last week against Ball State. That makes taking Vandy and the points quite a tasty option.

Miami vs Toledo

Miami vs. Toledo preview, odds, prediction, TV channel, live stream.Miami Hurricanes travel to Ohio to play the Toledo Rockets in this Week 2 game on Saturday.
Fresh off a 77-point performance a week ago, the Miami Hurricanes take to the road to visit the Toledo Rockets. The 21st ranked Hurricanes struggled out of the gate in a Week 1 loss to LSU in AT&T Stadium. Against a weak FBS opponent in Week 2, Savannah State, the team tried to get back on track.

Malik Rosier will remain under center for UM despite his poor play in Week 1. Fans are clamoring for talented sophomore N’kosi Perry after seeing a glimpse a week ago. Coach Mark Richt has not wavered on his decision to start Rosier and it could doom this season.

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The Canes find another “warm-up” type game at Toledo. The Rockets hung tough for a while in last season’s matchup in Miami but eventually, the talent overtook them. The final score was 52-30 and was only a brief scare for Miami.

How to watch and bet on Miami vs. Toledo
Date: Saturday, Sep. 15
Start Time: 12 p.m. ET
Location: Toledo, OH
Venue: Glass Bowl Stadium
TV Info: ESPN2 I Fubo TV
Odds: Miami -10

Savannah State is not the level of competition that Toledo is but the 10 points are disrespectful to a team that started in the top 10. Malik Rosier showed promise in Week 2 and the running game finally got going. If the team gets top receiver Ahmmon Richards back to pair with star-in-the-making Jeff Thomas, this could be another offensive explosion.

Toledo did score 66 points in their only game of the season so the offense is capable. Miami’s defense will continue to try to find the magic that carried them to 10 straight wins a season ago. Look for the vaunted “Turnover Chain” to make multiple appearances.

Miami is not a huge favorite. That seems like easy money but there is something that Vegas sees to make it that much. The Hurricanes feed off the energy and a noon start could force them to come out flat. Miami is still a solid bet but don’t be surprised if it is a closer game than it should be.

Prediction: Canes win and cover the spread.

Oklahoma vs Iowa State

Oklahoma vs Iowa State Live  plays its first road game of 2018 and goes for its 17th straight true road win when it takes on Iowa State on Saturday at 11 a.m. CT at Jack Trice Stadium (61,500) in Ames. The contest will be televised nationally by ABC with Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy and Tom Luginbill announcing.

• The Sooners are making their 407th all-time appearance in the AP poll’s top five this week, more than any other program. That means OU has been in the top five in 36 percent of all AP polls (1,138 total polls) which started in 1936. This is OU’s 12th appearance in the AP top 5 since the start of 2017.

• Oklahoma owns a 74-6-2 (.915) all-time record against Iowa State and is 36-2-1 (.936) vs. the Cyclones in Ames. In the Big 12 era, the Sooners hold a 13-1 series advantage (6-0 in Ames).

• OU’s .915 series winning percentage against Iowa State is the best by one FBS program against another (minimum of 50 games played).

• Oklahoma has won 25 of its last 26 games against Big 12 opponents dating back to the 2015 season, with its only loss coming at the hands of Iowa State on Oct. 7 last year (the Cyclones beat the No. 3 Sooners 38-31 in Norman). Fifteen of those 25 victories have been by at least 15 points, and seven by at least 35 points.

• Since the start of the 1999 season (which was Bob Stoops’ first as OU head coach), the Sooners are 12-1 against Iowa State, with all 12 wins coming by double digits. The average score in those 13 contests has been 39-12. In OU’s six road games against ISU during that period (the Sooners have won all six), it has outscored the Cyclones 229-82 (average of 38-14).

• OU is coming off a 49-21 home win over UCLA on Saturday in a game that saw the Sooners lead 42-7 in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Kyler Murray threw for a career-high 306 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for a team-high 69 yards and two more scores. CeeDee Lamb made seven receptions for 146 yards and a TD, and returned a punt 66 yards. OU’s disruptive defense produced six sacks and 12 tackles for loss.

• After its Sept. 1 season opener against South Dakota State was canceled due to weather, Iowa State played its first game of 2018 on Saturday at Iowa and lost 13-3. The Cyclones only allowed 276 yards, but they gained just 188 (3.4 per play). ISU entered the year returning 65.4 percent of its passing yards, 90.2 percent of its rushing yards, 55.8 percent of its touchdowns and 45.8 percent of its receiving yards from last year’s team that finished 8-5 overall and tied for fourth place in the Big 12.

• The Sooners have scored at least 30 points in 25 of their last 26 games (29 in the other). They have won 24 of those 26 contests. OU’s 24-2 record since Oct. 1, 2016, is the nation’s second best (Alabama is 25-2).

FIVE KEY STORYLINES
• Iowa State’s only two wins against the Sooners since 1961 came in 1990 (33-31) and last season (38-31), both in Norman. OU has won 23 straight games in Ames and hasn’t lost there since 1960 (10-6 score). ISU’s six overall wins in the series have come by 1, 2, 4, 6, 7 and 13 points (average of 5.5 points). Its 13-point victory came in the first meeting in 1928 in Ames.

• Oklahoma’s 16-game true road winning streak is the longest active streak in the country and second longest in school history (OU won 24 in a row from 1953 to 1958). Wisconsin (nine) is the program with the second-longest current streak, while no other program has a current streak longer than six games. The Sooners’ last true road loss came almost four full years ago (37-33 at TCU on Oct. 4, 2014). During the 16-game streak, the Sooners have outscored opponents 784-436 (49-27 average) and have outgained them 9,267 yards to 6,611 (579-413 average). OU has scored at least 31 points in all 16 games, and seven of the wins have come against top-25 teams.

• OU has also won a record 14 straight Big 12 road games, breaking the previous league mark of 13 consecutive league road wins by Texas from 2003 to 2006. Since head coach Lincoln Riley joined the staff as offensive coordinator prior to the 2015 season, the Sooners are 14-0 in true road games (12-0 in true Big 12 road contests).

• In nine games as a Sooner (three starts), quarterback Kyler Murray has completed 46 of his 65 pass attempts (.707) for 874 yards and eight touchdowns with one interception, good for a 221.3 passing efficiency rating. For perspective, Baker Mayfield’s FBS-record single-season efficiency rating last year was 198.9. Saturday’s game at Iowa State will mark Murray’s first collegiate road start. He started three home games as a freshman at Texas A&M in 2015, OU’s West Virginia home game last season, and two home games this year. For his effort against UCLA last week, Murray was named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week, Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week and the Davey O’Brien Quarterback of the Week.

• The Sooners are allowing 17.5 points per game, but the majority of opponent scoring has come with OU’s defensive starters already removed due to huge leads. In the 63-14 win over Florida Atlantic, Oklahoma led 56-0 and didn’t give up a score until 55 seconds remained in the third quarter. In the 49-21 victory over UCLA, OU led 42-7 before surrendering 14 points in the game’s final 11:11. Opponents are averaging 4.7 yards per play through two games after OU allowed 5.8 yards per play in 14 games last season. The Sooners have been particularly disruptive behind the line of scrimmage, recording eight sacks (4.0 average) to rank seventh nationally and 21 tackles for loss (10.5 average) to rank sixth in the country. Last year OU averaged 1.9 sacks and 5.4 TFLs per contest. The eight sacks this season have come from seven players.

Lamb

SCOUTING IOWA STATE
• Iowa State is under the direction of third-year head coach Matt Campbell, who is 11-15 with the Cyclones. The 2017 Big 12 Coach of the Year led ISU to an 8-5 record and a 21-20 Liberty Bowl win over Memphis last season after a 3-9 debut year. His overall head coaching record is 46-30 in six-plus seasons, which includes a 35-15 mark in four years at Toledo.

• Iowa State’s eight wins in 2017 marked its highest total since posting a 9-3 record in 2000. With a school-record three wins over ranked opponents, the Cyclones reached the top-25 for the first time since 2005. ISU set school single-season records for fewest turnovers (10), most passing yards per game (279.2) and tackles for loss (96) in 2017. Its 20.9 points allowed and 366.2 total yards allowed last year were the program’s fewest this decade.

• Offensively, Iowa State returns running backs David Montgomery and Mike Warren, who have each recorded a 1,000-yard rushing season. Montgomery, a first-team All-Big 12 selection a year ago, ran for 1,146 yards in 2017, while Warren ran for more than 1,300 as a redshirt freshman in 2015. Quarterback Kyle Kempt, back in his sixth season of eligibility, set a school record with a 66.3 completion percentage last year, and owns a current streak of 151 passes without throwing an interception.

• The Cyclones dropped their season opener at Iowa on Saturday, 13-3. Iowa State mustered just 188 total yards (169 passing, 19 rushing) while holding the Hawkeyes to 271 total yards (166 passing, 105 rushing). Iowa collected four sacks while not allowing one. Kempt was 15-of-21 passing for 126 yards, spreading the ball around to nine receivers. Hakeem Butler led the receivers with three catches for 35 yards, and Montgomery paced the team with 44 rushing yards on 17 carries (2.6 average).

• Iowa State’s scheduled season opener against South Dakota State on Sept. 1 was canceled by inclement weather with ISU leading 7-0 in the first quarter. It was the program’s first football game canceled since 1963.

SERIES WITH THE CYCLONES
• Oklahoma’s winning streaks of 14 games overall, 17 in Big 12 play and 18 against Iowa State came to a halt last year with a 38-31 home loss to the Cyclones on Oct. 7. The Sooners led 24-13 at halftime but were outscored 25-7 afterward in suffering their only regular season defeat.

• On its second possession, OU took a 14-0 lead with 5:49 left in the first quarter, but the drive resulted in the loss of two starters for the rest of the game. Running back Abdul Adams was injured on the second play of the series following a seven-yard reception. He left the game and did not return after rushing for 42 yards on three carries (14.0 average). Receiver CeeDee Lamb scored on a 15-yard catch and run, but also left the contest after getting injured on the play. It was his team-leading fourth TD reception of the year.

• Baker Mayfield set a Big 12 record by throwing for at least two touchdowns in his 18th straight game (broke Sam Bradford’s league standard) and finished 24-for-33 for 306 yards and two TDs. He added a season-high 57 rushing yards, including a 13-yard score.

• Trey Sermon replaced Adams and ran for 90 yards on 11 carries (5.0 average). He scored the game’s first points on a 23-yard pass from Mayfield.

• OU held the Cyclones to 81 rushing yards (2.5 per carry), but ISU reserve quarterback Kyle Kempt completed 18-of-24 passes for 343 yards and three touchdowns. Running back David Montgomery ran for 55 yards on 17 carries (3.2 average) and caught a team-high seven passes for 89 yards.

• The defeat for OU was its first at the hands of Iowa State since 1990 and second since 1961. The Cyclones improved to 6-74-2 in the series.

Middle Tennessee vs Georgia

Georgia Saturday’s matchup between the third-ranked Georgia Bulldogs (2-0) and the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (1-1) will be the second-ever between the two schools. The first clash came in 2003 in Athens with then eighth-ranked Georgia posting a 29-10 victory despite incurring a school record 18 penalties for 129 yards.

In the first meeting with the Blue Raiders, the Bulldogs only led 10-3 at the half. Michael Cooper scored a pair of rushing touchdowns and Billy Bennett kicked three field goals to pace the Georgia offense.

Back Between The Hedges

The Bulldogs passed their first SEC road test last Saturday against No. 24 South Carolina, registering a 41-17 victory over the Gamecocks. It marked the most points the Bulldogs have ever scored in Columbia in the series that dates back to 1894. Also, the 24-point margin of victory was the most in Columbia since 1971. Georgia now has opened the season with two straight games of 40+ points for the first time since 2012. That year, Georgia scored at least 40 points in its first five games before falling to South Carolina in Columbia to drop to 5-1. The 2012 squad would go 12-2 overall, win the SEC Eastern Division and the Capital One Bowl over Nebraska.

A Glance At The Blue Raiders

Middle Tennessee, which is located in Murfreesboro, Tenn., is a member of Conference USA. They are coached by Rick Stockstill who is in his 13th season. Stockstill’s son, Brent, is the team’s starting quarterback. This is one of seven active sons playing for their father who is their head coach, and the only head coach/starting QB combo in Division I-A. Last year, they went 7-6 including defeating Arkansas State in the Camellia Bowl.

MTSU opened the season with a 35-7 loss at Vanderbilt, however it was only 14-7 early in the third quarter before the Commodores exploded for the game’s final 21 points. This past Saturday, MTSU defeated Tennessee-Martin 61-37 at Floyd Stadium in its home opener. UT-Martin managed 460 total yards and recovered an onside kick to pull within 10 with nine and a half minutes left, but MTSU came away with a victory. The Blue Raiders’ 61 points was the most since tallying 77 against Florida Atlantic in 2014.

New Look At Tailback

Sophomore QB Jake Fromm returns to direct the Bulldog offense. Georgia is replacing tailbacks Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. They completed their Bulldog career in 2017 as the top tandem in college football history, amassing 8,407 rushing yards and 77 rushing touchdowns. With the duo now playing in the NFL, Georgia is looking to its next wave of talented tailbacks including sophomore D’Andre Swift and juniors Elijah Holyfield and Brian Herrien. Swift started the first two games and is leading the corps with 20 carries for 107 yards two touchdowns. In the most recent contest at #24 South Carolina, Holyfield had career highs with nine carries for 79 yards and a score. In fact, all three backs scored against the Gameocks and against Austin Peay and Swift finished with 12 carries for 64 yards and Herrien had seven for 45 in the matchup at USC.

Bulldog Graduates

Georgia has three players on this year’s roster who have already earned their undergraduate degrees. The players who received their undergraduate degrees include: DL Jay Hayes (Notre Dame-Film, Television, Theater), P Landon Stratton (Murray State-Occupational and Health Safety) and OL Sean Fogarty (UGA-History). Hayes is pursuing a Master’s degree in Financial Planning while Stratton is enrolled in the Master’s program for Learning, Leadership and Organizational Development. Fogarty is taking a full load of undergraduate courses.

All of the SEC players who have achieved an undergraduate degree will be sporting the SEC Graduate patch on their uniforms.

Head Coach Kirby Smart

Personal
Full Name: Kirby Paul Smart
Birthdate: December 23, 1975
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama
Family: Wife: Mary Beth; Children: twins Weston and Julia (Feb. 8, 2008), and Andrew (May 25, 2012)
High School: Bainbridge (Ga.)
College: BBA Georgia ’98; MS Florida State ’03

Coaching Experience
1999 Georgia Admin. Asst.
2000 Valdosta State Defensive Backs
2001 Valdosta State Def. Coord.
2002-03 FSU Grad. Assistant
2004 LSU Defensive Backs
2005 Georgia Running Backs
2006 Miami Dolphins Safeties
2007 Alabama Asst. HC/DBs
2008-13, ’15 Alabama Def. Coord./ILBs
2014 Alabama Asst. HC/Safeties
2016-current Georgia Head Coach

Playing Experience
Georgia (1995-98): Four-year letterman as defensive back. First team All-SEC in ’98; 13 career interceptions; four-time member of SEC Academic Honor Roll.
Bainbridge H.S. (1991-93): Three-year letterman in football, basketball, and baseball; first team Class AAAA All-State as a senior; 16 career interceptions.
High School Coach: Sonny Smart (father)
Coach Smart’s Record
Year W L Pct. SEC
2016 8 5 .615 4-4
2017 13 2 .866 7-1
2018 2 0 1.000 1-0
Total 23 7 .767 13-6 When Georgia looked for a new head coach after the 2015 season, the arrows pointed to Kirby Smart, longtime Alabama defensive coordinator and former UGA player and assistant. The 2017 Associated Press SEC Coach of the Year has not disappointed.

In his first year leading the Bulldogs in 2016, Georgia extended its school record to 20 consecutive bowl appearances and posted five fourth-quarter comebacks including wins over No. 8 Auburn and No. 22 North Carolina. He led UGA to an 8-5 final record, which included a victory over TCU in the Liberty Bowl.

In 2017, Smart directed UGA to a 13-2 record, an SEC title, a win at The Rose Bowl Game during the CFP semifinal and a spot in the National Championship. He was named the Maxwell Football Club’s George Munger National Coach of the Year. Before 2017, the Bulldogs last SEC title was 2005.

He has also made an immediate impact in recruiting, posting the nation’s top-ranked class in 2018 and the third-ranked class in 2017. In addition to coaching, Smart oversees the Kirby Smart Family Foundation, which is focused on being champions in the community by supporting and giving back to needy children and families.

Smart officially came home to Georgia on Dec. 6, 2015. But he still had unfinished business at Alabama, which was chasing a national title. He juggled two jobs for a month until January 11, 2016, when the Tide won its fourth national championship in a seven-year span. Twelve hours later, he was at work in Athens.

Did You Know?
Kirby Smart is one of nine head coaches at schools from Power 5 conferences that are coaching at their alma maters.

The complete list:
Paul Chryst (Wisconsin)
Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern)
Mike Gundy (Oklahoma State)
Jim Harbaugh (Michigan)
Cliff Kingsbury (Texas Tech)
Barry Odom (Missouri)
Mark Richt (Miami)
David Shaw (Stanford)
Kirby Smart (GEORGIA)

Top Ind. Single-Game Performances Under Smart
Rushing Yards: 222, Nick Chubb vs. #22 UNC (9/3/16)
Rushing TDs: 3, Sony Michel vs. UK (11/18/17); vs. #2 Oklahoma (1/1/18)
Longest Rush: 75-TD, Michel vs. #2 Oklahoma (1/1/18)
Passing Yards: 346, Jacob Eason vs. VU (10/15/16)
Passing TDs: 3, Eason @ Missouri (9/17/16); Jake Fromm vs. Samford (9/16/17)
Receiving TDs: 2, Isaiah McKenzie @ Missouri (9/17/16); Terry Godwin vs. Samford (9/16/17)
Longest TD Pass: 80-TD, Fromm to Mecole Hardman vs. BAMA (1/8/18)
Longest Pass: 80-TD, Fromm to Hardman vs. BAMA (1/8/18)
Tackles: 13, Roquan Smith vs. GT (11/26/16); SECCG (12/2/17); CFPNC (1/1/18)
Sacks: 3, Trenton Thompson vs. TCU (12/30/16)
TFL: 3, Thompson vs. Nicholls (9/10/16)

Quick Facts
2017 Georgia Munger National Coach of the Year finalist, leading UGA to a 13-2 record, a Rose Bowl Game victory and an appearance the CFP National Championship Game.
The Bulldogs’ No. 2 AP ranking in 2017 was the team’s top AP ranking since week three of the 2008 season when Georgia was No. 2.
Bulldogs captured the SEC Eastern Division by going 7-1 in 2017, including a perfect 6-0 in the division for the first time since the league split into divisions in 1992.
Seven fourth-quarter comebacks, including wins over #8 AU (2016), #22 UNC in Atlanta (2016), @ #24 Notre Dame (2017), vs. #2 Oklahoma in 2018 Rose Bowl Game.
Led UGA to its first win over a ranked team in a season opener away from Sanford Stadium in school history, posting a 33-24 win over #22 UNC during the 2016 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Classic.
Defense/Special Teams Scores
2016: Safety vs. #22 UNC; Lorenzo Carter 24-yd fumble recovery for TD vs. Nicholls; Terry Godwin 43-yd KOR for TD @ SC; Maurice Smith 34-yd INT return for TD vs. #8 Auburn; Isaiah McKenzie 82-yd PR for TD
2017: J.R. Reed 3-yd fumble recover for TD vs. Florida

7 Victories When Tied Or Trailing Late
Year Opponent Start of 4th Qtr. Final
2016 %#22 UNC Trailed 24-23 33-24
2016 @ Missouri Trailed 27-21 28-27
2016 @ Middle Tennessee Trailed 21-16 27-24
2016 #8 Auburn Tied 7-7 13-7
2016 ^TCU Trailed 23-21 31-23
2017 #24 Notre Dame 17-16, trailed 19-17 with 10:21 left 20-19
2018 $ #2 Oklahoma 31-31 trailed 45-38 with 0:55 left 54-48 2ot
%Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic; ^Liberty Bowl; $Rose Bowl Game

Dogs Aiming To Have Another Explosive Offense

This marks the first time since 2012 that the Bulldogs have opened up with a pair of 40-plus point performances, highlighted by their 41-17 win at #24 South Carolina.

Georgia averaged 35.4 points/game in 2017. Currently, the Bulldogs are averaging 43.0 points/game.

The 2017 Bulldogs ranked fourth nationally in Red Zone Offense, going 53-for-55, including 39 touchdowns, last year. This season, Georgia is 8-for-9 with seven touchdowns and a field goal and ran out the clock to end the rout of the Gamecocks.

QB Jake Fromm, the 2017 SEC Freshman of the Year, is 14-2 as a starter, including 5-2 versus Top 25 teams.

Georgia also has true freshman QB Justin Fields, who was one of the nation’s top recruits. After enrolling in January, he has seen action in the first two games and is 8-for-9 for 71 yards and a touchdown. Fields is averaging 9.0 yards/carry with 36 yards on four carries.

In his career, Fromm has led his team to two comebacks when trailing at the half. One of Georgia’s signature wins came with his 2018 Rose Bowl Game performance after the Bulldogs trailed 31-17 at the half and rallied to a 54-48 win in double overtime. Georgia trailed 45-38 with 3:22 remaining in the game before Fromm directed a game-tying drive.

Fromm’s first career start came last year at #24 Notre Dame. Trailing 19-17 with 6:47 left in the contest, Fromm directed a nine play, 63-yard drive to set up the go-ahead field goal. He was 3-for-4 for 45 yards during the drive.