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College Football Games To Watch: Week Six

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Notre Dame gets back to action tonight at 7:30 PM (eastern) on NBC, but there will be plenty of action before kickoff to keep you busy.

There will be plenty of games to pay attention to throughout the day. Games that should be quite entertaining, and games that could end up being very important for Notre Dame by the time we get to the final College Football Playoff decisions.

Irish Breakdown already made predictions for two huge games that we’ll be watching today. You can see our analysis of #1 Clemson vs. #7 Miami HERE, and #22 Texas vs. Oklahoma HERE.

Here are the other games I’ll be paying attention to today:

#4 Florida Gators (2-0) at #21 Texas A&M Aggies (1-1)

Time: 12:00 PM (eastern)
TV: ESPN
Line: Florida -5.0

If Notre Dame wins the ACC outright the odds are strong they will be a College Football Playoff team. The Irish getting in should they lose the ACC title game will mean they’ll need a lot of help, especially from the SEC.

Florida has looked like a legitimate SEC East title contender thus far. The ideal scenario for Notre Dame is the two teams that square off in the SEC title game each have at least one loss. Florida begins a four-game stretch this weekend that includes this road game against the Aggies, a home game against LSU and a neutral field game against Georgia.

An ideal scenario for Notre Dame is that Florida loses a regular season game and then beats Georgia, who also loses to Alabama when they square off October 17. If Alabama then loses a game you’ll have at least a pair of one-loss teams playing in the SEC title game.

Texas A&M is one team

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Watch a Spot robot from Boston Dynamics explore an old mine

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The ground is rocky and uneven. Old, rusted rails that used to carry loads of precious metals run the length of the path. Most wheeled robots would have trouble navigating this uneven surface, but it’s not a problem for Spot.

“This is one of the most advanced robots in the world.” Hao Zhang tells me. He’s a professor at the Colorado School of Mines, and he’s brought his department’s new robotic dog from Boston Dynamics to the Edgar Mine outside of Denver for testing. The school is one of the first customers to buy a Spot robot since the four-legged machines went on sale this summer.

Spot robot in Edgar Mine

A handler guides Spot the robotic dog with a proprietary tablet controller.


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Much of Zhang’s work in robotics involves exploring ways robots can take over dangerous jobs from people, like searching for survivors in a collapsed mine or inspecting nuclear facilities.

“It’s pretty amazing,” Zhang said. “I have been working on robots for more than 10 years, and we’ve never had such a robot that is so well designed that it can do a lot of things just out of the box.” 

Watch the video above to see how Spot handled its first test-run inside the mine.

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Live: Watch U regents meet, vote on cutting three sports

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The University of Minnesota Board of Regents is holdings its monthly meeting starting at 9:15 a.m. Friday and one of the items on the agenda is the elimination of teams in three men’s sports: track and field, tennis and gymnastics.

Discussion started at last month’s meeting, but the 12-member board decided to delay the vote for a month.

There are other items on the agenda not related to the program cuts, so an exact time when the discussion and vote will be taken isn’t known. You can tap here for a link to the meeting agenda.

Here are previous stories about the athletic department’s proposed cuts.

Angry donors say they’ll stop supporting U.

Discussion at last month’s meeting.

The original story about plans to cut the three teams.

Star gymnast Shane Wiskus and others reacted to the cuts.

The university is also planning to cut 41 women athletes to save money.

 

 

 

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Watch Boston College vs. Pittsburgh: How to live stream, TV channel, start time for Saturday’s NCAA Football game

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Who’s Playing

Pittsburgh @ Boston College

Current Records: Pittsburgh 3-1; Boston College 2-1

What to Know

After a four-game homestead, the Pittsburgh Panthers will be on the road. The Panthers and the Boston College Eagles will face off in an ACC battle at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday at Alumni Stadium. Pitt won’t have the home-field advantage, but they do enjoy a 6-point advantage in the spread.

It’s always hard to lose, and it’s even harder to lose by a single point. Just ask Pitt, the unfortunate recipient of a 30-29 loss at the hands of the NC State Wolfpack last week. What made the defeat an especially bitter pill for Pitt to swallow was that they had been favored by 14 points coming into the contest. Pittsburgh’s loss came about despite a quality game from QB Kenny Pickett, who passed for one TD and 411 yards on 39 attempts in addition to rushing for two TDs and 40 yards. That was the first 300+ yard effort for Pickett this season. Pickett’s sharp performance set his single-game rushing touchdown high for the season.

Special teams collected 11 points for Pitt. K Alex Kessman delivered a perfect 3-for-3 game.

Meanwhile, BC was within striking distance but couldn’t close the gap last week as they fell 26-22 to the North Carolina Tar Heels. The losing side was boosted by QB Phil Jurkovec, who passed for two TDs and 313 yards on 56 attempts.

Special teams collected ten points for the Eagles. K Aaron Boumerhi delivered a perfect 3-for-3 game.

The Panthers are now 3-1 while BC sits at 2-1. A couple defensive stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: Pitt enters the matchup with 19 sacks, which is the best in the nation. The Eagles are not quite

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Week 6 Games, How to Watch, Live Stream

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Week 6 of the college football season features four ranked matchups, with the top three-ranked teams in the AP Top 25 Poll and one of college football’s most storied rivalries as No. 22 Texas and Oklahoma collide in the Red River Showdown.

For the first time since 2005, the Sooners arrive in Dallas as a non-ranked team after falling to 1-2 following a 37-30 loss against Iowa State last week, their first road loss to the Cyclones since 1960 and the first time they have lost back-to-back regular-season games since 1999. The Longhorns, meanwhile, have fallen from No. 9 to No. 22 after losing at home 33-31 to TCU last week.

Aside from the Red River Showdown, three of the top four teams in the nation— Clemson, Georgia and Florida—all face programs ranked in the AP Top 25 Poll. Clemson, top of the rankings since preseason, hosts No. 7 Miami, looking to extend its winning streak against the Hurricanes to three games. Both teams are 3-0, with the Tigers dispatching Virginia 43-21 last week to notch up a 24th consecutive win at home, while Miami returns from a Week 5 bye.

No. 3 Georgia, meanwhile, faces a ranked opponent for the second consecutive week when it hosts No. 14 Tennessee in an all-SEC East affair. The Bulldogs climbed from fourth to third in the AP Top 25 Poll after defeating then-No. 7 Auburn 27-6 at home last week, while the Volunteers moved up seven spots from 21st following a convincing 35-12 win at home against Missouri.

Elsewhere, No. 4 Florida faces No. 21 Texas A&M on the road in one of the five games in the 12 p.m. ET slot. The Gators won 38-24 at home against South Carolina last week but slipped down a spot in the rankings, while

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