Each week, TSN.ca takes a look at the top storylines in NCAA football and gives you all you need to know heading into Saturdays action to Win The Day. Top ranked Mississippi State travels to Alabama as underdog Despite topping both the AP and Coaches Poll, and leading the College Football Playoff rankings through 11 weeks of the season, Mississippi State is a 10-point road underdog against No. 4 Alabama (fifth in the College Football Playoff rankings). The Bulldogs havent gone from unranked to start the season to No. 1 without some impressive upsets however, having taken out LSU (ranked eighth at the time), Texas A&M (sixth), and Auburn (second) in a three-week stretch starting in late September. This game holds added significance because Mississippi State (9-0, 5-0 SEC) and Alabama (8-1, 5-1 SEC) are the final two teams to control their destiny in their conference. A win in this game would all but guarantee that team a spot in the College Football Playoff come January. This is also a matchup of two legitimate Heisman candidates in Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott and Alabama WR Amari Cooper. Prescott has already accumulated a combined 3,000 yards and 29 touchdowns but probably needs another signature performance to catch Oregons Marcus Mariota, while Cooper is second in the nation with 1,215 yards and has added 10 touchdowns. Cooper is also a Top 10 draft prospect in early rankings. Gurley returns in important matchup of two-loss teams No. 9 Auburn and No. 16 Georgia share identical 7-2 records with both losses coming in-conference so neither has much of a chance at the College Football Playoff, but the winner should still be in line for a strong bowl game while the loser may be playing their bowl game before New Years Eve. This game also marks the return of Georgia running back Todd Gurley. Gurley was suspended four games in early October for receiving cash for autographed memoribilia, bringing to an end his promising Heisman campaign. The electric running back and (early) Top 10 draft prospect is fun to watch and will give the Bulldogs a boost from the backfield down the stretch and into bowl season. You can watch this game on TSN3 at 7pm et/4pm pt. No. 11 Nebraska, No. 22 Wisconsin battle for spot in Big 10 title game With just one loss, the Cornhuskers have a (very) outside chance at the College Football Playoff but for that to happen they’ll need to win the Big 10. First things first, taking the West Division and the winner of Saturday’s game should be in the driver’s seat to do so. Both teams will have to win late-season games against Minnesota but the prevailing thinking is this weekend’s game at Camp Randall Stadium, with the Freedom Trophy on the line for whatever reason, will determine Ohio State’s opponent for the conference championship. This game also features a matchup of two of the top running backs in the nation in Heisman candidates Melvin Gordon for Wisconsin and Ameer Abdullah for Nebraska, both of whom project to be taken in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft. You can watch this game on TSN2 at 3:30pm et/12:30pm pt. Trevone Boykin has chance to pad stats in Heisman race Saturday’s No. 5 TCU-Kansas will be a blowout but it will matter to at least one person, TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin. Boykin has had a huge season leading the Horned Frogs’ explosive offence but still trails Mariota and Prescott on many Heisman ballots. With Mariota and the Oregon Ducks on a bye week, and facing a creampuff matchup (TCU is a 27.5-point favourite), Boykin can, and probably will pad his stats for all four quarters in hopes of making up some ground for college sports’ most prestigious award. No. 2 Florida State’s last test before the post-season? After getting past Notre Dame in mid-October, the Seminoles have had perhaps the easiest schedule of any College Football Playoff-eligible team. There’s hope the Gators will give them a test on Rivalry Weekend to close out the regular season but Miami (FL), led by fringe Heisman candidate Duke Johnson at running back, should be able to put up a fight as a conference opponent playing at home. Florida State is only a 2.5-point favourite. You can watch this game on TSN2 at 8pm et/5pm pt. Viewers Guide Watch four college football games on the TSN networks at 12pm et/9am pt. on Saturday. Penn State, Temple battle for bowl eligibility on TSN1 Once promising Penn State (5-4) followed four straight wins to open their season with four straight losses - including a one-point loss to Big 10 debutant Maryland. Yet, the group from Happy Valley bounced back last Saturday at Indiana and needs just one win to become bowl eligible - a feat that would have been impossible before September. The NCAA lifted post-season sanctions on Penn State earlier this season, allowing them a chance to reach the bowl season two years earlier then originally stated. Temple (5-4) will also look to win their sixth game of the season and clinch post-season eligibility this Saturday. Like the Nittany Lions, Temple got off to a strong start at 4-1, but have dropped three of their last four. Player to watch: Christian Hackenberg, Penn State The sophomore entered the season with Heisman expectations, but has fallen well short of those initial predictions. But his 7:12 touchdown-to-interception ratio is troubling and Hackenberg will not have an easy time getting back on track against the Owls, who rank 10th in the nation in points allowed. Hackenberg is still regarded as one of the most physically gifted quarterbacks in the NCAA, and someone who will garner high attention from the NFL when he becomes draft eligible. However, a strong ending to a disappointing season could help remove some question marks for the pivot as he enters his Junior year. Virginia Tech looks to upset No. 21 Duke on TSN2 The Blue Devils have a strong chance to improve their ranking in the final three weeks of the college football season, starting this Saturday against Virginia Tech. Duke closes their season against ACC rivals VT, North Carolina and Wake Forest, all of whom combine for a 10-17 record this season. ACC loses have derailed the Hokies season, going just 1-4 within the conference, and another loss will all but derail the post-season hopes of the Hokies. At 4-5, the Virginia Tech has to win two of their final three games in order become bowl eligible. No. 22 Georgia Techs rushing attack faces tough challenge in No. 19 Clemson on TSN3 The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets rank third in college football with an astounding average of 335.6 rushing yards per game, however their rushing attack will be put to the test against Clemsons second-ranked run defence, which also ranks fourth overall. Both teams likely need a win to keep their hopes alive of ending the season ranked, while their ACC Championship hopes are also likely on the line. Georgia Tech is trying to catch Duke atop the Coastal Division of the conference, while Clemson is chasing No. 2 Florida State in the Atlantic Division. Georgia Techs remaining games against the Tigers and No. 15 Georgia will decide their season - a top-15 ranked team or unranked squad. No. 25 Minnesota faces biggest test yet in No. 8 Ohio State on TSN4 Minnesota has earned a ranking, now theyll have to prove they deserve it. Starting Saturday, the Golden Gophers kickoff a three-game stretch to end their season against conference rivals Ohio State, Nebraska and Wisconsin, all whom rank in the top-20. Minnesota will likely have to rely on their defence to keep the Buckeyes explosive offence in check in order to have a chance on Saturday. Ohio State ranks fourth in points scored this season with an average of 46 points per game, that mark is well above Minnesotas 30.7. For Ohio State, a loss would cripple their hopes of a playoff berth - the Buckeyes rank eighth in the playoff rankings, four spots out of the dance. If Ohio State can survive Minnesota, the team should be able to take a one-loss record into bowl season with games against Indiana and Michigan to close their season. Player to Watch: J.T. Barrett, Ohio State The redshirt-freshman has been revelation for the Buckeyes, who entered the season with uncertainty at quarterback once Braxton Miller was lost for the year. 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. -- Henry Josey watched helplessly from the sideline last fall, rehabbing from a serious knee injury, while Missouri was getting pushed around in its first SEC season.VAL-DOR, Que. -- Anthony Duclair and Lucas Batt each scored twice and Cody Donaghey had four assists as the Quebec Remparts downed the host Val-dOr Foreurs 8-5 on Saturday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action. Mikhail Grigorenko and Adam Erne had a goal and an assist apiece for the Remparts (28-12-8), who extended their win streak to five games, while Nick Sorensen and Fabrice Herzog scored the others. Olivier Archambault chipped in with three assists. Anthony Mantha, Pierre-Maxime Poudrier, Anthony Richard, Louick Marcotte and Nicolas Aube-Kubel scored for the Foreurs (30-17-2). Quebecs Francois Brassard made 48 saves for the win as Val-dOrs Antoine Bibeau gave up seven goals on 27 shots. --- OCEANIC 2 VOLTIGEURS 1 (SO) DRUMMONDVILLE, Que. -- Anthony DeLuca scored the only goal of the shootout as Rimouski slipped past the Voltigeurs. Loic Leduc scored in regulation for the Oceanic (29-13-7) while Philippe Desrosiers made 32 saves for the victory. William Carrier supplied the offence for Drummondville (29-16-3) and Louis-Philip Guindon stopped 24-of-25 shots in defeat. Rimouskis Frederik Gauthier was stopped by Guindon on a penalty shot 6:14 into the second period. --- CATARACTES 2 PHOENIX 1 SHERBROOKE, Que. -- Shawinigan used its power play to topple the Phoenix for just its third win in its last 10 outings. Dylan Labbe and Anthony Beauvillier scored with the man advantage for the Cataractes (12-29-7), who went 2 for 4 on the night, while Felix-Antoine Bergeron assisted on both. Tim Wieser scored for Sherbrooke (15-28-6), which went 1 for 6 with the power play. Marvin Cupper made 23 saves for Shawinigan. Maxime Lagace stopped 10-of-12 shots for the Phoenix, but left the game after two periods. Gabriel Parent turned away all seven shots he faced in relief. --- MOOSEHEADS 4 SCREAMING EAGLES 2 HALIFAX -- Timo Meier scored once and set up two more as the Mooseheads doubled up Cape Breton for their seventh straight victory. Brendan Duke, Andrew Shewfelt and Brent Andrews also scored for Halifax (33-16-1). Kyle Farrell scored once for the Screaminng Eagles (25-20-3) and also assisted on Loik Leveilles goal.dddddddddddd Zachary Fucale made 21 saves for the Mooseheads as Cape Bretons Alex Bureau stopped 29-of-33 shots in defeat. --- WILDCATS 2 TITAN 0 MONCTON, N.B. -- Jason Rioux stopped all 29 shots his way as the Wildcats handed Acadie-Bathurst its sixth loss in a row. Conor Garland scored both goals for Moncton (25-23-2) on the power play while Jacob Sweeney picked up two assists. Raphael Lafontaine led all Titan (17-27-5) skaters with five shots on Rioux. Acadie-Bathurts Jacob Brennan turned aside 32-of-34 shots in a losing cause. --- DRAKKAR 4 SEA DOGS 1 SAINT JOHN, N.B. -- Charles Hudon had a goal and an assist as Baie-Comeau extended its win streak to seven games by defeating the Sea Dogs. Bokondji Imama, Charles Poulin and Valentin Zykov also scored for the Drakkar (32-12-4), who sit atop the QMJHL standings. Saint John (14-29-4) got its goal from Nathan Noel. Baie-Comeaus Philippe Cadorette made 22 saves while Sebastien Auger gave the Sea Dogs a chance by kicking out 49-of-53 shots. --- ARMADA 3 OLYMPIQUES 2 (SO) BOISBRIAND, Que. -- Nikita Jevpalovs scored the winner in the sixth round of the shootout as the Armada avoided a four-game skid by edging Gatineau. Marcus Hinds and Ryan Tesink scored in regulation for Blainville-Boisbriand (29-10-9). Emile Poirier had a goal and an assist for the Olympiques (28-17-3) and Alex Dostie scored once. Etienne Marcoux made 23 saves for the Armada while Gatineaus Robert Steeves stopped 26-of-28 shots in a losing cause. --- TIGRES 4 ISLANDERS 2 VICTORIAVILLE, Que. -- Ross Johnston had a pair of goals and an assist as the Tigres doubled up Charlottetown for their seventh straight win. Yan Pavel Laplante and Cameron Yarwood also scored for Victoriaville (23-19-6) and Mark Tremaine tacked on two assists. Bradley Kennedy and Spenser Cobbold scored for the Islanders (17-27-5), who dropped their sixth contest in a row. Francois Tremblay made 26 saves for the Tigres. Charlottetowns Mason MacDonald turned away 35-of-39 shots in defeat. Cheap Jerseys China NFL Jerseys Cheap NBA Jerseys Wholesale NHL Jerseys Wholesale MLB Jerseys Cheap Soccer Jerseys China Wholesale NCAA Jerseys Wholesale Football Jerseys Wholesale Basketball Jerseys Wholesale Baseball Jerseys
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