That brings us to the 104th meeting of Michigan and Michigan State. The annual rivalry moves to East Lansing where the homestanding, 16th-ranked Spartans are a 1.79-point computer choice to score their 4th straight win over the 8th-ranked Wolverines. It's the first time Michigan State has won three straight in the series since 1965-1967 and they haven't won four straight since 1959-1962. The Wolverines had won six in-a-row before State turned the tide.
Michigan enters the game undefeated (6-0), just as did it did in 2010 and 2009. The Wolverines were 5-0 last year before a 34-17 home loss began a 2-6 slide. Michigan was 4-0 in 2009 before a 26-20 overtime road loss instigated a 1-7 spiral.
No. 10 Clemson takes it undefeated team to Maryland to face a Terrapin team whose only FBS victim was Miami (Fla.). Since that opening weekend win over the Hurricanes, Maryland has only managed a win over FCS member Towson and was blown out 38-7 at home by Temple. However, the Terrapins did manage to put up a fight at unbeaten Georgia Tech last week before falling 21-16. Tiger QB Tajh Boyd injured his hip in the 3rd quarter of last week's 36-14 win over Boston College, but is expected to start after returning to practice on Tuesday. Clemson is a 7.53-point computer favorite.
11th-ranked Arkansas, 12th-ranked Houston and 14th-ranked Nebraska are all idle.
15th-ranked South Carolina, which kicked QB Stephen Garcia off the team after failing a drug test, will start Connor Shaw for the second straight week when the Gamecocks visit Mississippi State as a slim 0.34-point favorite. Garcia was a 5th-year senior who was 20-14 as a starter. He ranks 3rd on South Carolina's career records list for TD passes, as well as passing yards and completions. More importantly, he leaves with a degree in sociology.
No. 17 Kansas State is an 8.82-point underdog at No. 19 Texas Tech. The undefeated Wildcats are coming off a 24-17 home win over Missouri while the Red Raiders dropped a tough 45-40 decision at home to Texas A&M last week.
Meanwhile, 18th-ranked A&M is a whopping 15.10-point computer favorite over RG3 and 26th-ranked Baylor. RG3, of course, is Baylor QB Robert Griffin III who had more TD passes than incompletions through his first three games, but it was his untimely interception that helped Kansas State beat the Bears 36-35 two weeks ago. Baylor rebounded from that setback with a 49-26 win over Iowa State last week and Griffin's numbers are still ridiculous as he's completed 80.4% of his passes with 19 TD's, just 28 incompletions, and that one costly pick.
BITS AND PIECES:
At one point during last week's game at Tennessee, Georgia was faced with a 3rd-and-57.
TCU is off to the Big 12, not the Big East. The reality is that the Big 12 is where they always belonged after the Southwest Conference folded. Since then, the Horned Frogs have been football's gypsies, moving to the WAC in 1996, Conference USA in 2001, and the Mountain West in 2005. TCU had accepted a Big East invitation on November 30, 2010.
The Big East is looking to add Air Force and Boise State from the Mountain West, along with Houston, SMU and UCF from Conference USA. Navy is also being courted by the Big East. In response, the Mountain West and CUSA are talking merger as an incentive for all of those members to stay put.
Mike Stoops became the second head coach to be fired when Arizona, 1-5 this season and winless vs. FBS schools, dumped him on Monday. Personally, I never liked his sideline demeanor as he usually looked like he was going to implode at any second. I am surprised he lasted 7-1/2 seasons when he only won 41-of-91 games and was just 27-38 in conference contests. Defensive coordinator Tim Kish was named interim head coach for the remainder of the season.
Four teams are now operating under interim head coaches - Arizona (Tim Kish), New Mexico (George Barlow), North Carolina (Everett Withers) and Ohio State (Luke Fickell).
Two days after Western Kentucky (1-4, 1-1) scored a 36-33 double-overtime win over Middle Tennessee, Hilltopper RB Antonio Andrews used Twitter to question whether WKU fans could be as loyal as they need to be to grow the program and criticized those who "said we suck and will never win a game." Though it appears he said some things that head coach Willie Taggart himself should express, Taggart instead responded by suspending him for a game. Political correctness gets in the way of Western Kentucky's chance to win a second straight game when it visits winless FAU (0-5, 0-2) on Saturday.
FBS vs. FCS:
Here are the results of the FBS losses to FCS schools this season:
93 FBS teams play a total of 97 games against FCS foes this year. Four schools play two such games - Air Force, Eastern Michigan, N.C. State and Wyoming.
Stanford - 13 straight wins overall. (Next: at Washington State on Saturday).
Oklahoma - 10 straight wins overall and 39 straight home victories. (Next: at Kansas on Saturday).
TCU - 19-game conference winning streak. (Next: vs. New Mexico on Saturday, October 22).
Virginia Tech - 9-game road winning streak. (Next: at Wake Forest on Saturday).
Memphis - 14 straight losses vs. FBS schools. (Next: vs. East Carolina on Saturday).
New Mexico - 8 straight losses overall and 17 straight road losses. (Next: at Nevada on Saturday).
FAU - 8 straight losses overall. (Next: vs. Western Kentucky on Saturday).
Colorado - 19 straight road losses. (Next: at Washington on Saturday).
On September 25th, New Mexico fired Mike Locksley and named defensive coordinator George Barlow as interim head coach through the end of the season.
24 FBS teams entered the college football season with a new head coach. Last season saw 23 new head coaches, only 8 of whom matched or exceeded the W-L record of their predecessors' final season.
Two of the schools with a new head coach are undefeated, thus far - Michigan and Stanford. Only 14 of them have defeated a school from the "Big 6" conferences - Ball State, Florida, Maryland, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, North Carolina, North Texas, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, San Diego State, Stanford, Temple, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.
Three games this week send new head coaches against each other - Miami (Ohio) at Kent State, North Texas at Louisiana-Lafayette and Miami (Fla.) at North Carolina.
Here are this week's games for each new head coach: