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Ranking the Best Position Units in College Football Early in 2020 | Bleacher Report

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    DeVonta Smith, Jaylen Waddle and John Metchie III

    DeVonta Smith, Jaylen Waddle and John Metchie IIIL.G. Patterson/Associated Press

    When a college football team is thriving, that success is always a product of multiple position groups playing well. But one particular unit usually deserves much of the praise.

    In the early stages of the 2020 season, several of these units have emerged. For this piece, “best” describes the most effective position groups on the most successful teams. So, yes, the highest-ranked programs are well represented.

    Additionally, the selections provide a snapshot of what has happened so far, not necessarily a projection of what’s to come.

    Quarterbacks are not included in the list; only positions with two-plus contributors were considered.

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    Two years ago, Appalachian State showcased an overwhelming secondary. That team surrendered 5.7 yards per pass attempt and a 56.5 completion percentage and logged 17 interceptions to eight touchdowns. This season’s secondary is statistically comparable.

    So far, the Mountaineers have surrendered just 491 passing yards in three games. Opponents have completed an FBS-worst 40.5 percent of their attempts with a meager 6.6 yards per throw.

    Shemar Jean-Charles leads App State with eight pass breakups, while Kaiden Smith has four and an interception. Shaun Jolly is a terrific corner, and Ryan Huff (pictured) has an interception too. That quartet is the foundation of a lockdown secondary.

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    While quarterback Zach Wilson is the star and the offensive line deserves a ton of credit, BYU’s running backs are excelling too.

    Tyler Allgeier (pictured) has scampered for 391 yards at a scorching 7.4-yard clip and scored four touchdowns in four games. Lopini Katoa has provided versatility with 215 rushing yards and eight catches for 78 yards, totaling four touchdowns.

    For good measure, Jackson McChesney added 56 yards and

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College Football Playoff Projections: Week 7 Rankings and Bowl Forecast | Bleacher Report

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Oklahoma State RB Chuba Hubbard

Oklahoma State RB Chuba HubbardBrody Schmidt/Associated Press

Here is the full breakdown of bowl projections, listed alphabetically by conference. New Year’s Six games have been italicized and underlined to help those of you who just scrolled to the bottom to find the marquee games.  

American (9 teams): Cincinnati (Peach Bowl), Houston (Armed Forces Bowl), Memphis (Fenway Bowl), Navy (Military Bowl), SMU (Birmingham Bowl), Temple (Boca Raton Bowl), Tulane (First Responder Bowl), Tulsa (Myrtle Beach Bowl), UCF (Gasparilla Bowl)

ACC (11 teams): Boston College (Fenway Bowl), Clemson (Sugar Bowl), Florida State (Military Bowl), Georgia Tech (Holiday Bowl), Miami (Gator Bowl), NC State (Duke’s Mayo Bowl), North Carolina (Cotton Bowl), Notre Dame (Orange Bowl), Pittsburgh (Pinstripe Bowl), Virginia (Sun Bowl), Virginia Tech (Cheez-It Bowl)

Big 12 (7 teams): Baylor (First Responder Bowl), Iowa State (Cheez-It Bowl), Kansas State (Cactus Bowl), Oklahoma (Alamo Bowl), Oklahoma State (Cotton Bowl), Texas (Texas Bowl), West Virginia (Liberty Bowl)

Big Ten (9 teams): Iowa (Cactus Bowl), Michigan (Citrus Bowl), Michigan State (Pinstripe Bowl), Minnesota (Duke’s Mayo Bowl), Nebraska (Music City Bowl), Ohio State (Rose Bowl), Penn State (Fiesta Bowl), Purdue (Quick Lane Bowl), Wisconsin (Outback Bowl)

Conference USA (5 teams): Florida Atlantic (Boca Raton Bowl), Louisiana Tech (Armed Forces Bowl), Marshall (New Orleans Bowl), UAB (New Mexico Bowl), UTSA (Frisco Bowl)

Independents (4 teams): Army (Independence Bowl), BYU (Peach Bowl), Liberty (Myrtle Beach Bowl)

Mid-American (6 teams): Ball State (Cure Bowl), Buffalo (Quick Lane Bowl), Central Michigan (Famous Idaho Potato Bowl), Miami-Ohio (Camellia Bowl), Ohio (LendingTree Bowl), Toledo (Arizona Bowl)

Mountain West (5 teams): Air Force (Famous Idaho Potato Bowl), Boise State (Los Angeles Bowl), Nevada (New Mexico Bowl), San Diego State (Arizona Bowl), Wyoming (Frisco Bowl)

Pac-12 (7 teams): Arizona State (Sun Bowl), California (Los Angeles Bowl),

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Ole Miss vs. Alabama the Most-Watched College Football Game of 2020

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This Ole Miss vs. Alabama game keeps setting records.

On Saturday, the matchup featured the most ever total points and yards in an SEC, regulation meeting. It’s now the most watched game of the entire season.

According to an ESPN press release, the Ole Miss vs. Alabama game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium this past weekend drew 4.9-million fans. That makes it the most watched game of the season, regardless of network and the most-viewed Alabama game on the ESPN family of networks in nearly three years.

Only five college football games this season have drawn viewership numbers north of four-million viewers. The second most-watched game of the year was last week’s Texas A&M and Alabama game, which drew 4.76-million viewers. 

Really, networks have been loving the return of the Southeastern Conference to play. Over the course of the three weeks before the SEC came back, the average top-weekly game was pulling in just around 3.3-million viewers, and only five games on the whole year before the SEC’s return cracked that three-million plateau.

Now, with the SEC’s return, networks can count on about two games per week drawing north of 4-million. 

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Louisiana vs. Coastal Carolina odds, line: 2020 college football picks, predictions from model on 23-6 run

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As Hurricane Delta blazed a path through the Gulf of Mexico last week, the Sun Belt elected to postpone Saturday’s game between the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns and the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. The game will now be played on Wednesday night at Cajun Field with kickoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET. Both teams are undefeated and Louisiana is ranked No. 21 in the AP Top 25 entering this week after beginning its season with a dominant win at Iowa State.

However, the Chanticleers also dominated a Big 12 team with a win over Kansas in their opener and they’re coming off a 52-23 drubbing of Arkansas State on Oct. 3. The Ragin’ Cajuns are favored by 7.5 points at home in the latest Louisiana vs. Coastal Carolina odds from William Hill. The over-under for total points is set at 58.5. Before making any Coastal Carolina vs. Louisiana picks, check out the college football predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of over $4,200 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It is a sizzling 23-6 on top-rated picks through five weeks of the 2020 college football season, returning almost $1,300 in profit already. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Louisiana vs. Coastal Carolina. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college football odds from William Hill and trends for Coastal Carolina vs. Louisiana:

  • Louisiana vs. Coastal Carolina spread: ULL -7.5
  • Louisiana vs. Coastal Carolina over-under: 58.5 points
  • Louisiana vs. Coastal Carolina money line: ULL -280, CCU +240
  • ULL: The Ragin’ Cajuns have covered in five

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College football rankings: Mississippi State drops into The Bottom 25 after Mike Leach’s offense sputters

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25. Kentucky 1-2 The Wildcats became the first team in history to hold a Mike Leach-coached offense without a single point. Obviously, the defensive performance the Cats put on against Mississippi State increased their overall rating quite a bit, as did their first win. This week they look for another one at Tennessee. (Last Week: 4) 24. Wake Forest 1-2 The Demon Deacons had the weekend off and are set to play Virginia on Saturday. (23) 23. Temple 0-1 Speaking of one-game teams entering late, hey there, Temple. The Owls didn’t look half-bad considering the delayed start to their season in a 31-29 loss to Navy. Of course, considering how Navy has looked this year, I’m not sure how much stock we should put in it. Maybe this week’s game against No. 5 South Florida will provide more information? (Not Ranked) 22. Missouri 1-2 So how is it that Missouri beat LSU, but remains in The Bottom 25 while — SPOILER ALERT — LSU isn’t ranked? Mostly LSU’s performance against Vandy. Also, the win didn’t wipe out the first two losses. As for Mizzou’s game against Vanderbilt to boost its numbers, that’s become the first SEC game to be postponed. Missouri’s next scheduled game is now at Florida on Oct. 24. (5) 21. UTEP 3-2 This is bittersweet. I’m not thrilled to see UTEP back in The Bottom 25 with a winning record, but at the same time, I’m never unhappy to see our two-time champions coming home to say hello. This week the Miners get No. 9 Southern Miss. (NR) 20. South Alabama 1-2 South Alabama had to postpone its game last week against Troy. It is currently scheduled to return this weekend against No. 16 Texas State. (20) 19. East Carolina 1-2 My Beloved Pirates took care of

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