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.

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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.

Georgia Southern vs Clemson

Frist game todayGeorgia Southern vs. Clemson preview, odds, prediction, TV channel, live stream.The Clemson Tigers look to come back from a tough matchup last week as they take on the Georgia Southern Eagles on Saturday in Week 3.
With Hurricane Florence hitting the East Coast, there are many games throughout the south that have been cancelled or moved for the third week of the 2018 college football season. However, one that is still on for now is the Clemson Tigers welcoming the Georgia Southern Eagles to South Carolina for the weekend. The Eagles, however, may ultimately wish that this one had been called off as well.

Clemson is coming off of a big win last week as they took on the Texas A&M Aggies in a thriller. Though it looked as if the Tigers were in control for most of the game, Jimbo Fisher’s group went on a late-game run to make things incredibly interesting. Regardless, Kelly Bryant and Co. withstood the heat and ultimately took the victory to stay at 2-0.

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Meanwhile, Georgia Southern also enters this game at 2-0, but with two less impressive victories. They beat up on South Carolina State in their season-opener, but did come through with a solid win last week as they handily beat UMass. Of course, neither of those teams even hold a candle to what Clemson can throw at them.

Despite a perceived quarterback controversy for the Tigers between Bryant and Lawrence, it hasnt bit them just yet, and the former showed up big against A&M last week. More importantly though, Dabo Swinney still has one of the best defenses in the country at his disposal, anchored by their stout defensive line. Put simply, it’s hard to imagine the Eagles being able to muster much success against that front on Saturday.

Details for Saturday’s Game
Date: Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018
Start Time: Noon ET
Location: Clemson, SC
Stadium: Memorial Stadium
TV Info: ESPNU
Live Stream: FuboTV, Watch ESPN

As you’d expect, the Tigers are heavy favorites in this matchup and, if you were to put any capital down on their moneyline, you’re not going to be making much of a profit. However, with how Clemson can explode on offense, the Over/Under line does seem a little low.

Betting Odds (Courtesy of Odds Shark)
Point Spread: Clemson -33
Moneyline: Clemson -18500, Georgia Southern +7000
Over/Under: 47