Week 9 Football: What to Watch

Aggies Secure Bowl Eligibility with Win over Louisiana Tech

The New Mexico State Aggies achieved bowl eligibility for the second consecutive season after defeating the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs by three points. This accomplishment marked a significant milestone for the Aggies, as it had not been achieved since the 1960s. The Aggies’ victory was attributed to the coaching expertise of Jerry Kill, the predecessor of Dave Doeren at Northern Illinois.

Upcoming CUSA, ACC, and Sun Belt Games

College football enthusiasts can look forward to a week packed with exciting games. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Conference USA takes center stage, followed by matchups from the ACC and Sun Belt on Thursday. While the Syracuse vs. Virginia Tech game may not have significant implications, it provides an opportunity to preview the Hokies, who are set to face NC State on November 18th. However, the most anticipated game of the week is the clash between Georgia State and Georgia Southern. Despite both teams trailing James Madison in the Sun Belt East standings, the winner will gain an advantage in the division race since the Dukes are not eligible for the conference title.

Friday Night Disappointment: FAU vs. Charlotte

Fans seeking Friday night football action may want to consider alternative entertainment options as the FAU vs. Charlotte game is unlikely to deliver an exciting matchup.

Saturday Showdowns: Clemson vs. NC State, Georgia vs. Florida, and More

Saturday’s slate of games offers a mix of unappealing and thrilling matchups. The highlight of the day is the Clemson vs. NC State game, featuring two teams renowned for their outstanding defenses. Although there are no conference title aspirations at stake, the game promises to be intense and hard-fought.

Other notable mid-day games include Georgia vs. Florida, a perennial rivalry known as the “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.” Additionally, Duke vs. Louisville serves as an elimination game for the ACC Championship, while Utah hosts Oregon in a potential conference championship elimination game.

In a less-publicized matchup, Miami (OH) faces Ohio in a battle for the MAC East lead. Both teams are tied with Buffalo at the top of the standings. As the evening approaches, Wyoming and Boise State go head-to-head in a conference title elimination game, with Air Force and UNLV still undefeated in MWC play. Similarly, Troy and Texas State vie for the top spot in the Sun Belt West standings, led by first-year head coach G.J. Kinne.

Late Night Excitement: Oregon State vs. Arizona

While Tennessee vs. Kentucky and Ohio State vs. Wisconsin garner attention in the late night games, the matchup between Old Dominion and James Madison promises a thrilling contest. Old Dominion’s streak of six straight one-possession games adds intrigue to the game, as they face an undefeated James Madison team led by former Chuck Amato assistant Curt Cignetti.

For West Coast viewers and football enthusiasts, the Oregon State vs. Arizona game is a must-watch. The game presents the opportunity to witness Clemson transfer D.J. Uiagalelei compete for a conference title in the highly competitive Pac-12, following his role as the scapegoat for many of Clemson’s offensive struggles.

As college football enthusiasts gear up for another action-packed week, the rankings from SP+ and Sagarin Ratings provide valuable insights into each team’s performance. The full list of upcoming games can be found here.

Original Story at www.backingthepack.com – 2023-10-25 03:27:02

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