Pittsburgh Steelers vs Jacksonville Jaguars

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Jacksonville Jaguars :The Jacksonville Jaguars return home for the first time in almost a month to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2-1) at TIAA Bank Field at 1:00pm EST. With the game being flexed from its original Sunday Night Football prime time slot, anyone not going to the game will have Romo and Nantz on the CBS call.

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The Steelers are red hot coming into Duval County on a five game win streak, most recently dismantling a very good Carolina Panthers team on Thursday Night Football in Pittsburgh. This means that Mike Tomlin and his coaching staff had two extra days to help prepare for this game against their kryptonite Jaguars while Doug Marrone and his crew were supposedly cramming for the Colts on Friday and Saturday. Last year, the Jaguars defense forced a handful of Big Ben turnovers in the regular season and then the Steelers got caught looking ahead to the Patriots in the playoffs. Notice all has been quiet from Pittsburgh on the bulletin board material front this week…

Defensively, the Steelers have mixed it up as the season has gone on, and the moves seem to have paid dividends. T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree have flip-flopped sides and Watt now rushes from the left outside linebacker spot and Dupree from the right in their 3-4 defense, combining for 12.5 sacks on the season. The Steelers have also moved second year player Sean Davis to the strong safety position vacated by the infamous Mike Mitchell and they’ve gone with a rotation of rookie first round pick Terrell Edmunds and veteran Morgan Burnett at the free safety spot.

The Steelers also benched former first round pick Artie Burns at right cornerback and replaced him Coty Sensabaugh, and the pass defense has improved since making the move and (former Jaguar) Mike Hilton continues to be one of the best nickel cornerbacks in the NFL. Inside linebacker and team leader Vince Williams is having a good season, but the spot next to him currently played by Jon Bostic is in need of a desperate upgrade in the offseason. The Steelers are vulnerable in their secondary and the Jaguars should try to run right at Bostic when rushing the football on Sunday.

Check out Ryan O’Bleness’ cross-over piece with Jeff Hartman of Behind the Steel Curtain for more information about the opponent.

Of course, the major storyline for the Steelers all season has been the status of Le’Veon Bell, who finally did not report to the Steelers before the deadline and will not be eligible to play for the remainder of the 2018 season. For Bell’s teammates, this seems to be some necessary closure as they can now focus on the players they have as they look to make a playoff run.

For the Jaguars, the major storyline has been the five game losing streak and what they need to do to get out of their funk. Defensively, they had more busted coverages than a high school team and Jalen Ramsey today refuted the allegations that he was playing his own rogue coverages despite Doug Marrone publicly blaming him for a couple of the busts earlier this week. If the communication issues in the secondary don’t improve this week with A.J. Bouye (hopefully) back in the line up, expect Todd Wash’s seat to get awfully toasty. Whether Wash is making the wrong calls, the players are unprepared or miscommunicating before the snap, or players are just straight up disrespecting him and doing whatever they want, it’s all a bad look for him.

Offensively, Nathaniel Hackett’s play calling has been much more balanced since Leonard Fournette’s return to the line up, and that has elevated the production of the passing game. Despite eclipsing 100 scrimmage yards and finding the end zone twice, Fournette looked hesitant and, quite frankly, pretty slow running the football for a miserable 2.2 yards per carry. Fournette registered the fastest timed speed in the NFL last year against the Steelers — can he do it again on Sunday and prove to everyone that his first game back was a byproduct of rust? I sure hope so.

Ngakoue has not had the sacks and fumbles that we are accustomed to seeing, but did you know that the Jaguars actually lead the league in pressures? Ngakoue has a lot to do with that, and it feels like he’s just getting there a half second too late. Life doesn’t get much easier for Yannick this week against Alejandro Villanueva, who is having a terrific season for the Steelers as a pass blocker. As big as Roethlisberger is, I’m not anticipating Ngakoue to show up on the sack sheet (Ben has only been sacked 12 times this year), but his pressure will hopefully affect Ben and cause some rushed throws into double coverage or maybe even one of those world-famous strip fumbles.

The Steelers know that Ben traditionally struggles with the Jaguars defense, so expect a heavy does of James Conner this week. The Jaguars linebackers have played poorly over the past few games with Myles losing track of his run fits and Telvin getting beat in coverage, so this could be a good day to start Conner if you have him in fantasy.

Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V. Copy, paste. If the Jaguars can get an early lead and maintain possession by running the football and keep the ball out of Roethlisberger’s hands, they have a chance. If the Steelers get off to an early lead and force Blake Bortles to start throwing it all over the yard, forget it. Considering how the Jaguars defense played last week against a Colts team with limited threats at wide receiver, why should anyone be confident that they will be able to blanket the Steelers’ weapons? The problem with how this team is constructed (run the ball, play defense, kill clock) in the modern passing area of football is that the margin for error is so small.

Houston Texans vs Washington Redskins

Houston Texans vs Washington Redskins : Washington will be playing at home against Houston at at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday. Washington aren’t expected to win, but seeing as the odds didn’t stop them last game, maybe the squad has another upset up their sleeve.


Their wins lifted both teams to an identical 6-3. Washington caused 4 turnovers against Tampa Bay, so Houston will need to take especially good care of the ball. Houston Texans vs Washington Redskins Live.

After having lost a blowout in their game two weeks ago against Atlanta, Washington were happy to find some success last week. Washington walked away with a 16-3 victory over Tampa Bay. Alex Smith, who passed for 178 yards and 1 touchdown, was a major factor in Washington’s success. Alex Smith has been one of their standout athletes in their past nine games.

Meanwhile, Houston might be getting used to good results now that the team has six wins in a row. They squeaked by Denver by less than a field goal, winning 19-17. The team accrued the bulk of their points in the first half (16) and coasted on those for the win.

The burgundy and gold will be without the following injured players: WR Jamison Crowder (ankle), RB Chris Thompson (ribs) and RB Samaje Perine (calf). CB Quinton Dunbar (shin), LT Trent Williams (thumb) and K Dustin Hopkins (groin) will be listed as questionable for the contest vs. the Texans.

The Houston Texans enter the game on a six game winning streak and at the top of the AFC South. Houston is led by Head Coach Bill O’Brien, who is in the midst of his fifth season in the position. Houston joins the 1970 New York Giants as the only teams since 1970 to win six straight games immediately after an 0-and-3 start.

The problem is the Redskins have not faired well in this rivalry over the last few years. The have won four straight and eight of 10 against the ‘Skins. Dallas has struggled away from Jerry’s World this season, going 0-3 in road games.

The Cowboys offense exploded against theJacksonville Jaguars, one of the top defenses in the NFL. Ezekial Elliott rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown. Dak Prescott was effective through the air and on the ground, rushing for 82 yards and touchdown and throwing for a pair of scores. Prescott connected withCole Beasley nine times for 101 yards and both touchdowns.

Redskins-Cowboys will be broadcasted on CBS, rather than Fox, meaning former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will be on the call. While Fox has the rights to NFC games, the NFL introduced cross-flexing between networks, allowing the league to showcase certain games to a larger audience. The Week 7 clash between NFC East rivals was moved to the later slate on CBS, where over 80 percent of the country have the ability to watch the game. The typical 1 p.m. kickoff on Fox would have only been shown to about 20 percent of the country

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New York Giants

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New York Giants :The New York Giants (2-7) will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-6) on Sunday at MetLife Stadium in a game between two teams that just might be better than their collective records indicate. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were responsible for handing the New York Giants one of their most difficult losses last season ..

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Former Jets kicker Nick Folk missed an extra point and two field goals in the game, but he came through when it counted, nailing a 34-yarder as time expired to beat the Giants, 25-23. Folk is no longer with Tampa, and a lot of faces are new – and some familiar, with Jason Pierre-Paul and Andrew Adams now with the Bucs – but the Giants who were in that game sure wouldn’t mind a little revenge on the franchise.

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Giants: The Giants have not won a game at home this season, and they have not won consecutive games since the 2016 season. The quest right now is to get to 3-7 and carry that momentum into Philadelphia for a second meeting with the Eagles.

Buccaneers: From the how to save your job handbook, Tampa Bay coach Dirk Koetter has already fired his defensive coordinator and taken away the play calling duties from his offensive coordinator, only to give them back to Todd Monken this week.

Giants LT Nate Solder vs. Buccaneers DE Jason Pierre-Paul: Solder opened the second half of what had been a disappointing season for him with his strongest performance as a Giant. The stability he brought to Eli Manning’s blind side helped the offensive line put forth its best effort across the board. None of the that will matter, of course, if Solder can’t slow down Pierre-Paul. Pierre-Paul has eight sacks this season, and has promised to bring his best in his return to East Rutherford.in

Giants: Saquon Barkley has eight games with at least 100 yards from scrimmage, tying Minnesota’s Adam Thielen for the most in the NFL. He’s also the only player in the league with more than 500 yards rushing and more than 500 yards receiving.

Odell Beckham Jr. has 20 catches for 352 yards (117.3 per game) and three touchdowns in the last three games. He has 16 receptions for 195 yards (97.5 per game) in 2 career meetings against the Bucs, who are allowing 32.3 points per game. Manning should be able to take advantage of opportunities downfield. The Giants have scored 30 or more points just once in their past 41 games — and that came in a heartbreaking final-second 33-31 loss to the Panthers in Week 5. Against Tampa, opposing quarterbacks have completed 73.6 percent of their passes for 2,755 yards, 23 touchdowns, one interception and a 122.3 passer rating. Corey Coleman and Quadree Henderson have settled into their roles as kickoff and punt returner. Coleman nearly broke one for a score last week.

Buccaneers: Will it be FitzMagic or FitzTragic? Former Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick ranks 2nd in the NFC averaging 314.1 pass yards per game. In six starts in 2018, Fitzpatrick has 2,005 pass yards (334.2 per game) with 15 TDs and 9 INTs for 103.4 rating. He passed for 406 yards last week and has 4 games with 400+ pass yards this season, the most in the NFL. WR Mike Evans vs. Giants’ Janoris Jenkins should be a battle.

The entire stadium will be watching the Bucs’ DeSean Jackson, and he won’t get the warmest of welcomes. The 31-year-old has caught 33 passes for 693 yards and four touchdowns this season. He has expressed some frustration over a lack of targets this season, but he’s leading the NFL with 21 yards per reception. The Bucs will have a hard time slowing down Barkley without star LB Lavonte David, declared out of the game with a knee injury.

Tennessee Titans vs Indianapolis Colts

Tennessee Titans vs Indianapolis Colts : A key AFC South matchup will take place in Indianapolis on Sunday when the Colts (4-5) host the Tennessee Titans (5-4) as small home favorites at sportsbooks. The Colts have won three straight games following a four-game losing streak while the Titans have won two in a row to pull within one game of first place in the division.

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NFL point spread: The Colts opened as three-point favorites; the total was 49 early in the week, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)

NFL betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 27.3-21.7 Colts (NFL picks on every game)

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Tennessee has posted its two biggest wins of the season in consecutive weeks, beating the Dallas Cowboys 28-14 on the road in the Week 9 Monday night matchup and then routing the New England Patriots 34-10 at home last Sunday.

The Titans were underdogs of more than four points in both games and won each easily after losing three straight prior to that. In fact, they are 5-2 straight up and 6-1 against the spread in their last seven games as underdogs, according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck has never lost to Tennessee, going a perfect 9-0 SU in nine all-time meetings. With or without Luck under center, the Colts are 9-1 SU in the past 10 games between the teams at home and 10-3 ATS in the previous 13 overall as well.

The Colts have also gone an impressive 26-11 SU in their last 37 games versus divisional opponents, and the Titans are just 4-17-1 ATS in their last 22 against AFC South opponents on the road. All of those trends are obviously favorable for the home team here, giving Indianapolis a great shot to win and cover the spread.

The small number makes it tempting to take the Colts in this spot because all they basically need to do is win the game. They have won their last four as home favorites of three points or less, going 3-0-1 ATS in those games. And the push came against the Jacksonville Jaguars last Sunday when they won 29-26 as three-point home favorites.

Indianapolis led Jacksonville 29-16 at halftime though, and you can bet the team will try much harder to score in the second half this time. Take the Colts to win and cover.

The Titans are 2-11 SU and 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games vs the Colts.

The Colts are 21-8-1 ATS in their last 30 games at home vs teams with winning records.

The total has gone under in 12 of the Colts’ last 17 games at home.

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Carolina Panthers vs Detroit Lions

Carolina Panthers vs Detroit Lions : Two NFC teams coming off losses will meet in Detroit on Sunday when the Lions (3-6) host the Carolina Panthers (6-3) as small road favorites at sportsbooks.

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The difference is the Lions have lost three games in a row, while the Panthers suffered their first loss in four games following a three-game winning streak when they were blown out 52-21 by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Week 10 Thursday night matchup.

NFL point spread: The Panthers opened as 3.5-point favorites; the total was 50.5 early in the week, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)

NFL betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 27.0-22.2 Panthers (NFL picks on every game)

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You can certainly argue that Detroit’s road loss to the Chicago Bears was equally bad last Sunday, trailing 26-7 at halftime and 34-10 at the end of the third quarter.

The Lions scored two garbage touchdowns in the fourth to make the final score 34-22, but they still performed poorly as the Bears snapped a 10-game skid against NFC North opponents.

Carolina will be on the road for the second consecutive week, although the team has had extra time to prepare for Detroit and has won six of the past seven meetings.

The Lions have played better at home this season for the most part outside of a pair of ugly losses to the New York Jets in their first at Ford Field and to the Seattle Seahawks in their last.

In between, they upset the New England Patriots 26-10 as seven-point home underdogs and beat the Green Bay Packers 31-23 in a key divisional game.

Detroit’s three-game losing streak is definitely concerning, but the team begins a crucial three-game homestand now that will make or break Matt Patricia’s first year as head coach. After the meeting with the Panthers, the Lions will host Chicago on Thanksgiving and the Los Angeles Rams in Week 13.

The Lions cannot afford to lose all three, so this looks like the best bet for a victory.

Detroit’s season is obviously on the line here, and while it is doubtful that Patricia would be fired after just one year, he cannot afford to see his team’s struggles continue, either.

The Lions are 8-2 straight up in their last 10 at home after losing their previous game there. That is a trend worth wagering on, so take Detroit to at least cover the spread and possibly pull off the small upset.

The total has gone over in four of the Panthers’ last five games versus the Lions.

The total has gone over in seven of the Lions’ last 10 games.

The Panthers are 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games as road favorites.

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Dallas Cowboys vs Atlanta Falcons

Dallas Cowboys vs Atlanta Falcons : The Dallas Cowboys (4-5) and Atlanta Falcons (4-5) will both try to reach the .500 mark and stay in the playoff race on Sunday when they meet at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the site of Super Bowl 53.

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The Falcons are listed as small home favorites at sportsbooks against a Cowboys team that is 0-5 straight up in their last five games after a victory.

NFL point spread: The Falcons opened as 4.5-point favorites; the total was 47.5 early in the week, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)

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Yes, Dallas has not put together consecutive wins since Week 15 of last season, but upsetting the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles 27-20 last Sunday as a 7.5-point road underdog is still impressive and deserves some kudos.

The Cowboys will now look to build off that victory, and they are long overdue two wins in a row again.

Atlanta is coming off a demoralizing 28-16 road loss to the Cleveland Browns last week as a 5.5-point favorite, so Dallas is catching its opponent in a fairly good spot with a lot more confidence heading into this matchup.

The Falcons have played their last two games on the road, splitting the pair with the win coming versus the Washington Redskins a couple weeks ago as 1.5-point underdogs. Sweeping them was probably too much to ask considering how inconsistent they have played this season.

Before falling at Cleveland in an upset, Atlanta was riding a three-game winning streak and appeared to be back on track after losing three straight.

The Falcons know what is at stake here and will be focused on bouncing back.

Atlanta has gone 4-0 SU and against the spread in its last four games following back-to-back road games, and that trend will stay perfect after this game.

The Falcons have won the past three meetings with the Cowboys SU and ATS as well, with all of them decided by six points or more.

Even though both teams are essentially in a must-win situation, Dallas is playing its second in a row on the road, and that will be the difference.

Take Atlanta to win and cover.

The Cowboys are 1-3 SU and ATS in their last four games on the road versus the Falcons.

The total has gone under in five of the Cowboys’ last six games on the road against the Falcons.

The Falcons are 4-0 SU and ATS in their last four games at home after consecutive road games.

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Penn State vs Rutgers

Penn State vs Rutgers : Nov. 16–The second half of Saturday’s game between Penn State and Rutgers might be more interesting than the first. No, the Nittany Lions aren’t going to be locked in a close affair with the Scarlet Knights; James Franklin’s squad is a 28-point favorite for a reason.

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But in the third and fourth quarters of an expected blowout, we ought to get an extended look at Penn State’s future. Fifteen true freshmen have played for the Nittany Lions this season, 12 more than 2017. A few have become full-time starters; others are working their way into the Nittany Lions’ garbage time rotation. Of course, the new redshirt rule has a lot to do with that. In the offseason, the Division I council approved a proposal that would allow players to participate in up to four games without burning their redshirt for the season.

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So how will that come into play on Saturday? And which freshmen should Penn State fans expect to see against Rutgers? Here’s a breakdown.

Five Nittany Lions have established themselves as first-teamers: tight end Pat Freiermuth, wide receiver Jahan Dotson, field goal kicker Jake Pinegar, kickoff specialist Rafael Checa and linebacker Micah Parsons.

Freiermuth (four touchdowns), Pinegar (8 of 10 on FG attempts since Oct. 20) and Checa have been involved since Day 1. Dotson — who could still technically redshirt but won’t — logged his first career start last week and has seven catches for 99 yards in four games. And Parsons, while he’s never started, is logging enough snaps to be considered in this category. The former five-star prospect out-snapped veteran Koa Farmer significantly against Wisconsin and leads the Nittany Lions in tackles with 58.

Just as they have throughout Big Ten play to this point, expect all five to play a major role in Piscataway.

Four freshmen have seen enough of the field already — or will in the near future — to garner the distinction of a contributor: running back Ricky Slade, defensive tackle PJ Mustipher, linebacker Jesse Luketa and wide receiver Justin Shorter.

* Slade — the No. 1 running back in the 2018 recruiting class — is Miles Sanders’ primary backup. Even though he missed three consecutive games, ceding limited carries to Journey Brown, Slade has already burned his redshirt. The Virginia native has played in six games, putting together a career performance against Illinois (10 carries, 94 yards, two TDs) in September. He could do the same in garbage time against Rutgers.

* Like Slade, Mustipher’s redshirt has been long burned. The 6-foot-4, 300-pound run-stuffer has appeared in eight games, tallying 12 tackles and a forced fumble. Mustipher, who’s listed as Kevin Givens’ backup, was on the field for Wisconsin’s second-to-last series and recorded a hurry and a third-down tackle with the Badgers down 12. “You never really expect to play an O-lineman or a D-lineman as a freshman,” Franklin said Wednesday. “So PJ Mustipher playing as a true freshman at defensive tackle where, that’s a grown man’s game in there, he’s been able to be pretty good. He’s coming into his own. Last week was his best game by far.”

* Luketa hasn’t necessarily stood out like Slade and Mustipher, but the Canadian is playing quite a bit. Luketa has appeared in nine games, primarily serving on special teams. The third-string middle linebacker saw time on defense against Pitt, Kent State, Illinois and Michigan. Expect him and redshirt freshman Ellis Brooks to get a healthy amount of work at the MIKE on Saturday.

* Shorter has played in just two games, but he will see time at Rutgers, giving him one more game (Maryland or the bowl) without burning that redshirt. The five-star receiver — Penn State’s highest-ranked offensive recruit since Derrick Williams in 2005 — caught his first pass last week against the Badgers. He’ll likely get career catch No. 2 at HighPoint.com Stadium, 15 miles from his hometown of Monmouth Junction, N.J. “Shorter has shown some real flashes,” Franklin said Tuesday. “He gained a little bit of time last week and did some good things. So we’d like to build on that this week.”

Six true freshmen — quarterback Will Levis, linebacker Charlie Katshir, safety Isaiah Humphries, offensive lineman Juice Scruggs and defensive linemen Aeneas Hawkins and Judge Culpepper — have not played this year and likely won’t. From signal-caller (Tommy Stevens, Sean Clifford) to safety (Jonathan Sutherland, Lamont Wade), there are enough young, ready backups to fill in if need be.

But there are a handful of sparingly-played rookies who might get a shot at Rutgers.

Defensive ends Jayson Oweh and Nick Tarburton, cornerback Trent Gordon, offensive lineman Rasheed Walker, tight end Zack Kuntz and Daniel George have all appeared in a game or two, but plan on redshirting. At this point, it doesn’t make sense to play, say, Oweh against Rutgers, Maryland and a bowl opponent and lose a year of eligibility.

But Franklin likes what he’s seen from the raw, 6-foot-6 edge rusher. Oweh — who started playing football as a junior — “was behind in the developmental process” in high school. But the coach said at this point in the year, “Oweh’s a guy who’s probably further ahead than what we thought.” Don’t be surprised to see him on the field in his home state.

Franklin also promised that Gordon will play against the Scarlet Knights. “Now how much does he play?” Franklin said of the corner. “I’m not sure. But I’d make the argument that even if he plays six plays in the game, that’s gonna be valuable for him moving forward.”

When asked if any other fringe freshmen could see the field, the coach said Walker might get some run. The No. 65 prospect in college football last year, Walker is not listed on Penn State’s depth chart, but played at tackle against Kent State.

Whoever gets in Saturday — whether it’s Shorter catching five balls or Oweh tallying a fourth-quarter sack — there’s an obvious benefit for the freshman’s development. And winning out with a possible New Year’s Six appearance wouldn’t hurt, either.

“If the cards play right, we can go to a big bowl game, like we have the past couple of years. That’s what we keep trying to emphasize to the younger guys,” fifth-year senior Amani Oruwariye said. “Just keep working and focus, and we’re going to like where we’re at. And that’ll lead into next year, all the great stuff they’re going to do.”

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LSU vs Rice

LSU vs Rice : The final LSU home game presents a rather lopsided matchup, to put it nicely. Rice is easily the worst team on the Tigers’ schedule, and it’s predicted the Owls will drop to 1-11 by more than 40 points on Saturday.

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The talent levels between the two starting quarterbacks taking snaps this weekend is hardly comparable. There’s also a good chance we’ll see a third in the mix not too far into the action.

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Here’s how each of the signal-callers stack up.

First Impression: Heading into the 11th start of his career, Burrow continues to get the job done under center by making plays in the air and on the ground.

Burrow could afford to be more accurate, as he’s completed 54.8 percent of his passes this year. We’d also like to see Burrow improve under pressure, which is going to be imperative if LSU can’t deliver consistently strong performances from its offensive line.

Even so, Burrow is easily the best the Tigers have have had at the position in some time, and no one’s complaining about the 8-2 season he’s led the team to so far.

Burrow was 15-of-21 passes for 195 yards and one touchdown on the victory over the Hogs in Fayetteville.

Bottom line for Saturday: This weekend’s game against the Owls may be the easiest game Burrow ever plays in his college career. More than likely, we won’t see much of him, as he’ll be replaced by backup QB Myles Brennan early on.

First Impression: Myles Brennan had all the hype in the world behind him when he originally committed to LSU, and was projected to be the starter this year until Burrow transferred and beat him out. Brennan may have set high school records in Mississippi, but we’ve yet to see him do anything truly meaningful since he kicked off his college career in the 2017 season.

We’ve seen the sophomore take snaps against BYU, Chattanooga, Syracuse, Troy, Alabama and Texas A&M when he was behind former quarterback, Danny Etling. Brennan was 14-of-24 for 182 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in those games.

He’s still got a lot of developing to do, but with an absolute cannon of an arm and a high ceiling, he may turn into a reliable starter for LSU down the line.

Brennan was 1-of-1 passes for four yards on a brief appearance against the Aggies last season.

Bottom line for Saturday: As soon as the Tigers have built a solid lead up on the Owls – which probably won’t take long – we’ll see Brennan take the field. The signal-caller still has a lot to prove, and he’ll see a good bit of playing time in this matchup to do just that.

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First Impression: A transfer from Vanderbilt, Shawn Stankavage first saw action in 2017 with a single pass attempt against Alabama A&M.

He made his debut as a starter this season against Prairie View, leading the Owls to touchdowns in the first two drives of the game, and the game-winning field goal in the fourth quarter.

Stankavage has thrown for 1,184 yards and 10 touchdowns in his past seven starts. For what it’s worth, those 10 scoring passes are the most since Tyler Stehling completed 12 in 2016, entering a four-way tie for 9th on the Rice season list.

But Stankavage has been painfully inaccurate this year, recording three interceptions in last week alone. He totals ten on the season, as the Owls continue to struggle with ball security as a whole.

Stankavage was 18-of-32 passes for 216 yards, with one touchdown and three interceptions in the road loss.

Bottom line for Saturday: Granted that Stankavage is at the helm of one of the worst offenses in college football – going up against one of the best defenses in college football – we can assume Stankavage is in for a rough day on Saturday.

Michigan vs Indiana

Michigan vs Indiana : No. 4 Michigan looks to avoid a letdown Saturday against Indiana in a 4 p.m. ET contest. Michigan will try to avoid looking ahead to Ohio State next week, while Indiana is attempting to become bowl eligible and play spoiler in this matchup that has huge implications for both the Big Ten championship and College FootballPlayoff.

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In the latest Michigan vs. Indiana odds, the Wolverines are 28.5-point favorites, up one point from the opening line, while the over-under for total points scored is 53.5. Before you make any Michigan vs. Indiana picks, you’ll want to see what SportsLine expert Mike Tierney has to say.

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The veteran sportswriter and handicapper has covered college football of all levels up close for decades. And that expertise really shines through when it comes to the Wolverines. In fact, he’s nailed his last four spread picks involving Jim Harbaugh and Michigan, including both of his selections this season. He took Rutgers (+39) last week in a 42-7 Michigan win and the Wolverines (-9.5) in a 38-13 rout of Wisconsin in October. Overall, he’s in the middle of a 26-18 college football run.

Now he has studied Michigan vs. Indiana from every possible angle and jumped all over one side of this spread. He’s sharing his pick only over at SportsLine.

Tierney knows there are few teams with as much momentum as Michigan, which hasn’t lost since a 24-17 setback at Notre Dame to open the season. In fact, the Wolverines have had just two games decided by fewer than three TDs.

Certainly, no defense is as dominant. Michigan ranks No. 1 in the country in yards allowed, giving up just 219.8 yards per game. The unit has registered 29 sacks and 10 INTs and is allowing just 3.1 yards per rush. Opponents are completing just 47.3 percent of their passes.

The offense has dominated most opposition as well. Quarterback Shea Pattersonhas thrown 17 touchdowns to just three interceptions, while running back Karan Higdon has 1,005 yards in nine games with nine TDs. His streak of seven consecutive games with at least 100 yards ended last Saturday against Rutgers. He still had two TDs in the 42-7 win.

But just because Michigan has rolled through its schedule doesn’t mean it can cover the four-touchdown point spread against the Hoosiers.

Indiana (5-5) snapped a four-game losing streak by edging Maryland 34-32 on Saturday. The Hoosiers’ five losses have come by an average of 15 points, and none of them has been by 28 or more. Its last two defeats, at the hands of Penn State and Minnesota, were by a combined 12 points.

Indiana has saved some of its best games for Michigan. Two of the last three meetings went to overtime and the third was a narrow 20-10 Wolverines win in Ann Arbor in 2016.

RB Stevie Scott is among the nation’s top freshman runners, going for 894 yards and eight touchdowns. QB Peyton Ramsey has thrown for 2,335 yards and 17 TDs. A defense that leads the country in fumbles recovered (13) and is fourth nationally with 24 total takeaways gives the Hoosiers a shot in virtually any game.

We can tell you Tierney is leaning over, but his more-confident pick is against the spread. He’s studied each matchup in-depth and has identified a critical x-factor that caused him to jump all over one side. He’s sharing what it is, and who to back, only at SportsLine.

Who wins Michigan vs. Indiana? And what critical x-factor makes one side a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side you should jump on Saturday, all from a seasoned college football expert going for five straight winners involving the Wolverines.

Oklahoma vs Kansas

Oklahoma vs Kansas : The Sooners look to bounce back against Kansas after surviving Bedlam last weekend. After two weeks of extremely stressful, heart-pounding football, here’s to hoping that the Oklahoma Sooners notch a boring win on Saturday against the Kansas Jayhawks.

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If they get up big and are able to throw in Austin Kendall late in the third quarter, I think most OU fans will be pretty happy. I also should be able to watch the Oklahoma defense and not be tempted to break things in my house, which will be a nice change of pace.

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The list includes OL Jonathan Alvarez, WR Nick Basquine, LB Curtis Bolton, QB Reece Clark, OL Alex Dalton, S Khalil Haughton, WR Same Iheke, FB Carson Meier, OL Quinn Mittermier, WR Chase Nevel, OL Ben Powers, OL Dru Samia, K/P Austin Seibert, RB Marcelias Sutton, WR Myles Tease, and WR Reggie Turner. These players range from key contributors to guys who rarely (if ever) saw the field during their time in Norman. Regardless, all of the seniors should be honored on Saturday night by the fans for all of the blood, sweat, and tears they have put into the program. While the absence of starters like Powers, Samia, Bolton, Haughton (who is still questionable), Meier, and Seibert will be felt the most next year, key reserves like Marcelius Sutton and Jonathan Alvarez should not be forgotten. Both guys played great in spots for the Sooners and both had season-ending injuries.

As for some other draft-eligible players that could be be playing their last game in Norman, the list includes Marquise Brown, Bobby Evans, Cody Ford and others. In terms of probability, Marquise Brown seems by far the most likely to go pro, as he’s currently a first-round projection in a below-average 2019 WR draft class. Of course, Rodney Anderson has already announced that he will enter the draft, and Kyler Murray would shock the world if he did anything other than join the A’s farm system this offseason (in spite of talk of him still being undecided).

Since this is the last home game for some of the seniors mentioned above, hopefully Riley gives them some snaps in the fourth quarter against Kansas. It would be cool to see a guy like WR Nick Basquine score a touchdown as the hometown, walk-on kid. He is the ultimate story of a local boy made good who recovered from two Achilles injuries during his time in Norman.

Even though Kansas has struggled in 2018 just as it has the past couple of seasons, they have actually been very good at creating turnovers. Through 10 games this year, they rank fourth in the FBS with an impressive +13 turnover margin. Kansas has done this by recovering 10 fumbles to go along with 13 interceptions on the season. However, Oklahoma offense has only turned it over eight times, so the Jayhawks might not have their opportunities in this one.

If Kansas is able to force some turnovers, they could at least stay somewhat competitive in the early going. The two early interceptions thrown by Murray against Texas Tech a couple weeks ago kept the Red Raiders in the game, the same thing could happen against Kansas. The main problem for Kansas is that they do not have anywhere close to the offensive firepower of Texas Tech. With absolutely nothing to lose in this one, the Jayhawks will probably play aggressively and try to force as many turnovers as possible. Look out for junior CB Hasan Defense and junior safety Mike Lee for Kansas. Both players have good ball skills and are aggressive in coverage.

Aside from the 2014 game where Samaje Perine ran for an FBS record 427 yards against Kansas, this game usually lacks the same level of intrigue that a lot of other Big 12 games have. Thankfully, Baker Mayfield made the game entertaining with some animated sideline antics last year after the Kansas players refused to shake his hand to start the game. Although Baker Mayfield is now “feeling dangerous” in Cleveland, KU LB Joe Dineen and KU DT Daniel Wise return to Norman as captains for the Jayhawks. Both players are having great season thus far and will be involved in a lot of plays on Saturday.

I don’t think they will make the same mistake and snub Kyler Murray this time around, but I am sure most of the Sooner players remember what happened last year. Baker was not only snubbed at the kickoff, he was hit after the whistle on a couple plays that were not called. I expect the Sooner players to have Kyler’s back if this sort of thing happens again. Guys like Cody Ford and Parnell Motley have shown the willingness to mix it up with the opposing team, sometimes going a bit too far (although I would probably, do something similar if someone spat in my face, as was the case with Ford). It will be interesting to see how they react if things get chippy once again on Saturday. The way the Jayhawks acted last year may also give the Sooners some extra motivation in this game.

After an embarrassing Bedlam performance, I could point to a laundry list of things that the Oklahoma secondary needs to improve on, but confidence should not be overlooked. Their confidence level took a hit in Lubbock and then went into total free fall mode against Oklahoma State last week. Look for Parnell Motley, Tre Brown, Bookie, Tre Norwood, Robert Barnes, and Jordan Parker to try and get some of their swagger back against Kansas. Since things can’t really get much worse in the secondary, they might as well be aggressive and try to make some plays. For the secondary, and for the Oklahoma defense in general, I am hoping that the night is darkest just before the dawn. A couple interceptions and strong coverage in this one will go a long way in getting the Oklahoma secondary in the right mindset for a huge challenge in Morgantown.

I am looking forward to actually being able to relax during an Oklahoma game this weekend. I feeling a Sooner blowout from start to finish in this one, and I think we’ll see Austin Kendall.