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    NCAAF Previews 30th October 2018 by Gracenote
    by Gracenote on 10/30/2018

    First place in the ACC Coastal division is on the line Friday night when No.22 Virginia hosts a Pittsburgh squad who scored with five seconds left to notch an exciting victory over Duke last weekend. The Cavaliers posted a 31-21 triumph against North Carolina behind four total touchdowns from quarterback Bryce Perkins (three passing) to return to the national rankings for the first time since 2011, while the Panthers' offense finally broke out and scored their most points in nearly two years.


    Perkins completed 18-of-27 passes for 217 yards and added 112 more on the ground as Virginia won its third conference game in a row for the first time since 2011 to remain atop the division at 4-1 with Pitt and Virginia Tech sitting 3-1. "You can feel it in the locker room. We are not satisfied," Perkins said after the game. "We come out, and coach tells us every day that we can win however many we want to. We go out there and play - we have a different kind of swagger, and you can feel it on the field when we play together. We want the Coastal, and we are not going to be satisfied until we get that." Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett, who has struggled under center all season, connected with Maurice Ffrench on a 25-yard touchdown strike to provide Pitt a 54-45 victory over the Blue Devils (the Panthers added a safety on the final play of the game for the nine-point margin). The Pittsburgh offense registered 634 yards, including 484 yards rushing, second most in school history, but the defense continued to underwhelm, yielding 619 yards.

    TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2. LINE: Virginia -7.

    ABOUT PITTSBURGH (4-4, 3-1 ACC): Defensive back V'Lique Carter, a 5-9, 170-pound freshman, moved to running back and gained 137 yards on seven carries with two touchdowns in the first game of his career against Duke, while workhorse Qadree Ollison added 149 yards and a score on 18 carries to push his rushing total for the season to 795 yards - third in the ACC. Pickett (60.6 completion percentage, eight TDs, five interceptions), who is averaging just over 10 yards per completion this season, finished 8-of-18 for 150 yards (72 in the final drive) and two touchdowns with Ffrench catching a 50-yard scoring pass prior to the game winner. The Panthers surrendered just 19 points in a five-point loss to Notre Dame on Oct. 13 but 120 in the previous three contests, prompting coach Pat Narduzzi to sum up the defense's play by saying, "one step forward and two steps back."

    ABOUT VIRGINIA (6-2, 4-1): Perkins, a junior college transfer who tied season highs in passing and total touchdowns while rushing for 100 yards for the third time, has completed 63.1 percent of his 217 attempts for 1,623 yards and 21 total touchdowns (15 passing) against eight interceptions. Olamide Zaccheaus (team highs of 56 receptions, 690 yards and six TDs) collected 10 catches for the second week in a row, recorded his fourth 100-yard receiving game of the season and became Virginia's all-time career receptions leader with 213. The Cavaliers are surrendering 18.8 points - 18th in FBS and second in the ACC -- and 327 yards per game, and they have held seven opponents under 400 yards and all but two to 21 points or fewer.


    EXTRA POINTS

    1. Pittsburgh beat Virginia 31-14 last season and has won three straight in the series.

    2. Perkins (575 yards) passed Bill Dudley (469, 1940) and Shawn Moore (505, 1989) into second place all-time at Virginia for single-season rushing yardage by a quarterback.

    3. Zaccheaus is the only active player in the nation with 2,000 receiving and 500 rushing yards and one of three ACC players to accomplish the feat since 2000. "The capability has always been there, but his drive for excellence keeps accelerating to a higher level," coach Bronco Mendenhall told reporters.

    PREDICTION: Virginia 28, Pittsburgh 24
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    NCAAF Previews 31st October 2018 By Charles Jay for Scores And Stats
    by Charles Jay Scores & Stats on 10/31/2018

    The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are on the verge of bowl eligibility, and they can give a nice sendoff to the coach's son, Brent Stockstill, their quarterback who has actually been on campus for six years. Coming off a big victory over Old Dominion, this team carries a lot of momentum into its game against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, who had their homecoming spoiled last week against Florida international because they could not get the stops when they needed it.

    These Conference USA teams will square off on Friday night at Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium in Murfreesboro, TN.

    TV: CBS Sports Network, 8 PM ET. LINE: Middle Tennessee -13.5

    ABOUT WESTERN KENTUCKY: All season long, Western Kentucky (1-7 SU, 4-4 ATS) has been playing musical chairs with their quarterbacks. But they settled upon Davis Shanley, who did not have a productive game last time out against Florida international, as he threw for just 105 yards in 25 attempts in the 38-17 defeat. That ruined Homecoming on the Hill, and now Mike Sanford might want to explore his other options. Shanley has completed 68% of his passes this season with just three touchdowns. This offense is one of the worst in the nation when it comes to the yardage they have to gain for every point they score. In the "Yards Per Point" category, they are 126th nationally (19.5). They pass the ball 51.3% of the time, and that was great when Mike White was their quarterback. But now they are just searching for answers. They may want to run the ball more; they have been "stuffed" (held to no gain or thrown for a loss) only 15.5% of the time, which is actually a pretty good percentage. Joshua Samuel is the leading rusher, with 403 yards, and he had 83 last weekend. They have also been relatively ineffective in the red zone, scoring points only 75% of the time, and only 12 programs in the FBS ranks have a lower percentage than that. Linebacker Ben Holt had 19 tackles against FIU, and that was a real bright spot.

    ABOUT MIDDLE TENNESSEE: Quarterback Brent Stockstill, a sixth-year senior, had 280 passing yards, leading an attack that almost got to 500, as the Blue Raiders (5-3 SU, 4-4 ATS) defeated Old Dominion 51-17. The Middle Tennessee defense also allowed 520 yards, although a lot of that came in "garbage time." With a victory over Western Kentucky, they can clinch bowl eligibility, and most people are projecting them for either the Hawaii Bowl or the Bahamas Bowl. Stockstill is 69.3% accurate on the season, with 15 touchdowns and only five interceptions. He distributes the ball pretty evenly, between wide receivers Ty Lee (31 catches, 313 yards), Patrick Smith (28 catches, 298 yards) and running back Brad Anderson (27 receptions, 332 yards). In terms of advanced metrics, the ground game is last in the nation in "marginal explosiveness." Middle Tennessee is 63rd nationally in Yards Per Points, and their "big-play rate" is 120th nationwide. They had only three plays of 50 yards or more going into the game with Old Dominion, but they did explode for three plays of at least 70 yards against the Monarchs. Despite their #88 ranking in Total Defense, they have been pretty stingy in the red zone, limiting their opponents to points on just 66.7% of all trips. That's fourth-best in the nation. However, they are dead last in defending on third down, allowing opponents to convert 50.4% of the time.

    EXTRA POINTS

    1. These two have played more often than any two Conference USA rivals, with Middle Tennessee holding a 34-32-1 advantage. Last year Western Kentucky won 41-38 in triple overtime, as Mike White (now in the NFL) threw for 485 yards. The last three meetings played in Murfreesboro have gone into overtime.

    2. Middle Tennessee is sixth in the nation with three defensive touchdowns. Strong safety Reed Blankenship had 17 tackles last weekend, and he also brought an interception back 100 yards for a touchdown.

    3. Sidney A. McPhee, president of Middle Tennessee, has canceled all Friday afternoon classes, in order to give more students an opportunity to get ready and come to the game. So expect a larger crowd than usual.

    PREDICTION: Middle Tennessee 35, Western Kentucky 17
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    NCAAF Previews 30th October 2018 by Gracenote
    by Gracenote on 10/30/2018

    Colorado has plummeted from the top to the bottom of the Pac-12 South standings in the span of three weeks, while Arizona is riding high after its biggest win of the year. That sets the stage for Friday night when the Buffaloes and Wildcats clash in Tucson.


    Arizona is playing its second straight home game after walloping No. 21 Oregon 44-15 late Saturday night. Quarterback Khalil Tate threw a trio of touchdown passes after missing the previous game with an ankle injury, while J.J. Taylor ran for 212 yards and two TDs as the Wildcats ended a two-game skid. Colorado, meanwhile, is doing some serious soul-searching after blowing a 31-3 third-quarter lead Saturday en route to a 41-34 homecoming loss to 24-point underdog Oregon State. It was the third straight loss for the Buffaloes who entered the stretch 5-0, 2-0 in the Pac-12 and ranked 18th nationally.

    TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1. LINE: Arizona -3.5


    ABOUT COLORADO (5-3, 2-3 Pac-12): The Buffaloes held a players-only meeting this week in the wake of their collapse against Oregon State, and their previously-solid defense will be under the microscope after surrendering 31 points over the final 23:17 of regulation and then the Beavers' game-winning TD in overtime. The Colorado offense, meanwhile, managed only a field goal after Travon McMillian scored on a 75-yard burst 12 seconds into the second half to put the Buffaloes up 31-3, and the onus will be on junior quarterback Steven Montez, who's averaged 211 passing yards and thrown for three TDs and two interceptions during the team's three-game slide. Montez and Co., have badly missed do-it-all FBS receiving leader Laviska Shenault (10.0 receptions, 130.0 receiving yards per game), who's sat out the last two contests with a toe injury and still was listed as "day-to-day" early this week.

    ABOUT ARIZONA (4-5, 3-3): Taylor ranks fourth in the Pac-12 in rushing with 114.3 yards per game and leads all Power Five players with 175.4 all-purpose yards with his conference-leading 447 kickoff return yards thrown in. Tate is coming off one of his most efficient passing games of the season but, by design of the offense, his rushing has fallen off considerably from last season, going from 1,411 yards on 153 carries a season ago to 139 on 53 attempts in eight games so far this season. Sophomore linebacker Colin Schooler averages a Pac-12-leading 1.78 tackles for loss to pace the defense which is limiting conference foes to 23.8 points, including a season-low 15 points and 260 total yards for Oregon on Saturday.


    EXTRA POINTS

    1. Arizona has won five of the seven meetings since Colorado joined the Pac-12 in 2011, including a 45-42 win in Boulder last season.

    2. Last season's Oct. 7 game was Tate's coming out party as he entered the contest following an injury to then-starting QB Brandon Dawkins in the first quarter and proceeded to rush for a FBS quarterback-record 327 yards and four TDs while throwing for 154 yards and another score.

    3. Turnovers could be even more important than usual in this matchup as the Buffaloes lead the Pac-12 with a plus-7 differential while the Wildcats have a league-best 12 takeaways in conference play.


    PREDICTION: Colorado 33, Arizona 31
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