Georgia Southern at #2 Clemson
- Clemson and Georgia Southern will meet for the first time in the programs’ histories. The Eagles have lost eight straight against Power 5 schools, last winning at Florida in November 2013. Clemson is 10-0 all-time against Sun Belt opponents.
- Georgia Southern has already matched its 2017 win total and tallied 653 rushing yards over the first two weeks, good for third in the nation. The Eagles look to become the second Sun Belt team to rush for 250+ yards in each of the first three games of the season — only the 2016 Georgia Southern team has accomplished the feat.
- Wesley Kennedy III caught three passes for 92 yards in the Eagles’ win over UMass. That number of receiving yards has been a rarity for the option-based Georgia Southern offense; only one receiver recorded a 90-yard game all of last season (D’Ondre Glenn, Sept. 23).
- Despite allowing 13 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, Clemson held on for a 28-26 victory at Texas A&M. Clemson has scored four or more touchdowns against Power 5 opponents 19 times since 2016; only Oklahoma (22) has done so more in that span.
- Kelly Bryant completed 12 of 17 passes for 205 yards and a TD to post a 191.3 passer rating on the day, his highest ever against an FBS opponent. He is averaging 10.06 yards per pass attempt, the second-highest mark in the ACC (Josh Jackson, 10.10; minimum 30 attempts).
Middle Tennessee at #3 Georgia
- Georgia and Middle Tennessee have met once, a 29-10 Georgia victory in 2003. The Blue Raiders are scheduled to face Vanderbilt, Georgia and Kentucky this year, making them the only FBS team scheduled to face three SEC teams in non-conference play this season.
- Brent Stockstill leads all active FBS players with 83 career passing touchdowns. Last week against UT Martin was the 19th time in his career he has thrown for at least three touchdowns in a game; no other active player has more than 14 such games (Drew Lock, Missouri).
- Georgia has outscored opponents 86-17 over its two games thus far (+69), marking the best point differential for the Bulldogs through two games of a season since 1991 (also +69).
- With James Cook, Elijah Holyfield and D’Andre Swift, Georgia is one of only five FBS teams with three running backs with 100+ rushing yards so far this year.
- Jake Fromm has completed 79.4 percent of his passes (27-for-34) this year. That’s the highest completion percentage by any SEC QB over his team’s first two games of a season (minimum 30 attempts) in the past 20 years.
#5 Oklahoma at Iowa State
- Oklahoma leads the all-time series over Iowa State, 74-6-2. Iowa State won 38-31 last year in Norman, beating the Sooners for the first time since 1990 (33-31). It was Oklahoma’s first Big 12 loss in a home game since losing 38-35 to Oklahoma State on December 6, 2014.
- Oklahoma has won 16 consecutive true road games, the longest active streak in the country, and has scored 49 points per game in those contests. No other team in the FBS has an active streak longer than nine consecutive true road wins (Wisconsin).
- Kyler Murray threw for a career-high 306 yards last week against UCLA, and threw three touchdown passes for just the second time in his career (vs. Western Carolina in 2015). He ran for two of his three career rushing touchdowns last week against UCLA as well.
- Marquise Brown has caught a touchdown pass in each of his last four games, dating back to December 2, 2017. He is the only player in the FBS to catch a touchdown in four games since that date.
- Iowa State managed just 188 yards last week in its loss to Iowa. That was the team’s lowest single-game yardage total since gaining just 174 yards in a 71-7 loss to Baylor on October 19, 2013.
Kent State at #11 Penn State
- Penn State has won all five meetings all-time against Kent State, with the first coming in 1965 and the most recent game played in 2016. In the last four meetings (all since 2003), Kent State has not scored an offensive touchdown; it has combined for three field goals and two defensive touchdowns in the four games.
- Kent State ran for six touchdowns last week against Howard; they are one of just five teams to run for at least that many touchdowns in a game this season. In its last five road games against ranked opponents, Kent State has failed to rush for a single touchdown.
- Woody Barrett is one of six players in the FBS with at least 400 passing yards and at least 100 rushing yards this season. Of those six, the only player rushing for more yards per game than Barrett (67.5) is Syracuse’s Eric Dungey (122.0).
- Penn State has combined for eight rushing touchdowns in its first two games, the most of any Big Ten team and more than all but four teams in the FBS. The Nittany Lions have had at least three scores on the ground in each of their last six games.
- Trace McSorley is one of four players in the FBS with at least three touchdowns passing and rushing this season. He and Shawn Robinson of TCU are the only Power 5 players to have reached these marks. He has thrown for at least a touchdown in every game he has played since January 2, 2016.
#21 Miami FL at Toledo
- Miami has won both games all-time against Toledo, including a 52-30 win at home last year. The Hurricanes are 13-1 in their last 14 games against unranked opponents and have notched 33 takeaways in those games.
- Miami’s 77 points last week against Savannah State were its most in a game since 2013, when they had another 77-point game against Savannah State. Miami joins Ohio State as the only teams in the FBS this season to throw for five touchdowns and rush for five touchdowns in a single game.
- Malik Rosier has completed just 48.9 percent of his passes this season. Of the 42 Power 5 quarterbacks with at least 45 passing attempts, Rosier’s completion percentage ranks last, but his yards per completion (16.96) ranks third behind Justin Herbert (17.70) and Jordan Ta’amu (17.42).
- Jeff Thomas has six receptions this season for 199 yards, an average of 33.2 yards per catch. The only player in the FBS with at least five receptions and a higher yards-per-catch mark is Terry McLaurin of Ohio State (34.4).
- This will be Toledo’s first home game against a ranked opponent since hosting Missouri in 2014. Toledo’s last home win against a ranked opponent came against Cincinnati in 2012; the Rockets won 29-23 without scoring an offensive touchdown.
UC Davis at #9 Stanford
- Stanford leads the all-time matchup with UC Davis 2-1. The Aggies scored 20 straight points to upset the Cardinal in 2005, and Stanford won the most recent matchup 45-0 in 2014. The 2014 matchup was Christian McCaffrey’s first career game; he had one carry for 10 yards and a 52-yard touchdown reception.
- UC Davis has won its first two games of the season for the first time since 2004. UC Davis ties for second in the FCS with 49.0 points per game, and of those three teams scoring 49.0+ PPG, UC Davis is the only team to have played an FBS opponent.
- Jake Maier’s 103 pass attempts this season are the second most by any Division I player (FBS/FCS) to play just two games in 2018. His 374.0 yards per game ranks sixth in Division I, and places him right behind Heisman hopeful Will Grier (380.5 yards per game).
- Stanford is one of five Power 5 teams to have allowed just one touchdown from scrimmage this season. The Cardinal have allowed fewer points than any other Pac-12 team. They have held each of their last six non-Power 5 opponents to 20 points or fewer dating back to 2016.
- JJ Arcega-Whiteside ranks fourth in the FBS with 144.0 receiving yards per game this season. He is tied for the Pac-12 lead with three touchdown receptions this season, and his 226-yard game against SDSU is still the biggest single-game receiving total in the Power 5 this season.
Vanderbilt at #8 Notre Dame
- Notre Dame played a home-and-home series against Vanderbilt in 1995-96, winning both games by a combined score of 55-7. Notre Dame has gone 2-3 against SEC opponents since 2006, and last played an SEC opponent on New Year’s Day 2018, when the Fighting Irish beat LSU 21-17 in the Citrus Bowl.
- Vanderbilt’s 468 yards last week against Nevada were more than the team managed in all but one game last season (529 vs. Tennessee). The team has now scored at least 35 points in three straight games for the first time since 2012-13.
- Ke’Shawn Vaughn had his second career multi-touchdown game last week against Nevada, and his first since the 2015 season when he was playing for Illinois. He is averaging 6.5 yards per carry in 2018, more than he managed in either of his two seasons for the Fighting Illini.
- Notre Dame has scored between 20 and 24 points in five straight games; before this streak, the Fighting Irish hadn’t scored in that range since a Halloween game against Temple in 2015.
- Brandon Wimbush has just 29 completions through two games this season, the fourth fewest of any quarterback in the FBS with at least 50 attempts. He is one of five quarterbacks in the FBS with at least four interceptions, and his 7.5 percent interception rate is the highest in the FBS (min. 50 attempts).
#12 LSU at #7 Auburn
- The home team has won five straight games in this series since a 12-10 LSU win at Auburn in 2012. Last season, LSU overcame a 20-0 first-half deficit in Baton Rouge to win, 27-23.
- LSU is coming off a 31-0 defeat of Southeastern Louisiana, its first shutout since last season’s opener against BYU (27-0). The Tigers have outscored their first two opponents 51-3 in the first half this season, compared to a 14-13 deficit in the second half.
- Senior Nick Brossette has posted back-to-back 100-yard rushing games to open the season, the first two of his career. LSU has 29 individual 100-yard rushing games since the start of the 2015 season, most in the SEC.
- Auburn cruised to a 63-9 win over Alabama State last week, racking up 429 yards on the ground. It was the Tigers’ ninth game rushing for 400+ yards with Gus Malzahn as head coach (since 2013), the second most by any Power 5 school over that span (Georgia Tech, 12).
- In eight home games since the start of last season, Jarrett Stidham has an 8-0 record, 72.8 percent completion percentage and 12/3 touchdown-interception ratio. There were three AP Top 25 opponents among that group, including then-No. 2 Georgia and then-No. 1 Alabama last November.
SMU at #19 Michigan
- SMU and Michigan will meet for the second time ever; Michigan took the schools’ first meeting, 27-16, in 1963. The Wolverines are 24-5-1 all-time against current AAC teams, with all five losses and the tie coming against Navy. SMU has gone 2-18 against ranked opponents since 2010, last beating No. 11 Houston in October 2016.
- SMU lost, 42-12, to TCU last Friday to start 0-2 for the first time since 2014. The Mustangs were held off the scoreboard in the second half last week, their third straight game with a scoreless half.
- SMU’s Ben Hicks was held to a career-low 111 passing yards in the loss to TCU, the fewest by any SMU quarterback with at least 20 attempts since Garrett Krstich threw for 59 yards in a loss to Memphis on October 25, 2014.
- Michigan bounced back from its opening week loss with a 49-3 victory over Western Michigan. It was the 12th time since Jim Harbaugh’s arrival in 2015 that the Wolverines held an opponent to fewer than 10 points; only Alabama (19) has done so more times in that span.
- Karan Higdon rushed for 156 yards against Western Michigan, including a 67-yard touchdown. Higdon has shown a proclivity for big plays in his career; the touchdown was his seventh rushing score of 40 yards or longer since 2016. Among active Power 5 running backs, only Bryce Love (14) has more in that span.
#17 Boise State at #24 Oklahoma State
- Boise State and Oklahoma State will meet for the first time. Boise State is 4-3 all-time against current Big 12 teams, with six of the seven meetings coming in bowl season; the Cowboys are 13-5-1 all-time against current Mountain West teams, with their last loss coming in 1995 against Wyoming.
- Boise State beat UConn, 62-7, its largest margin of victory since beating Hawaii, 55-0, on October 3, 2015. The Broncos put up 818 yards of offense in the win — 400 rushing and 418 passing — becoming only the third FBS team in the last 20 seasons to tally 400+ yards passing and 400+ yards rushing.
- Brett Rypien threw for 362 yards and three touchdowns in the Broncos’ win over UConn last weekend. It was his 16th career 300-yard game, tying Kellen Moore for the most such games in school history.
- The Cowboys defeated South Alabama, 55-13, allowing no points in the second half, their first half without allowing a point since holding the Jaguars scoreless in the first half of their matchup exactly one year prior. Oklahoma State has outgained its opponents by 400+ yards in both of its games this season.
- The Cowboy receiving duo of Tylan Wallace (166 yards) and Tyron Johnson (137) combined for 303 yards against South Alabama, the seventh time in the last 20 seasons that a Cowboy duo has combined for 300+ receiving yards, and the first since James Washington (235) and Marcell Ateman (119) did so on October 14 last season.
BYU at #6 Wisconsin
- Wisconsin and BYU will meet for the fourth time — the Badgers have taken each of the last two, including a 40-6 win in Provo last season, while BYU won the first meeting in 1980. The Cougars are 2-3 against Big Ten teams since 2000, with wins at Nebraska in 2015 and Michigan State in 2016.
- BYU fell, 21-18, to Cal last week, its ninth loss since the start of 2013 when allowing 21 points or fewer. The Cougars had eight players record a rush attempt in the contest, their most since November 22, 2014, against Savannah State (nine).
- BYU running back Squally Canada was held to just 49 yards on 16 carries in the loss. His 3.1 yards per carry are the lowest by a Cougar running back since Jamaal Williams averaged 2.9 yards per carry on October 14, 2016 (minimum 10 attempts).
- The Badgers outscored the Lobos, 35-7, in the second half to come away with the 45-14 win. Wisconsin put up 417 rushing yards in the win, their ninth 400-yard game since 2012, tied with Auburn for the second most among Power 5 teams in that span; only Georgia Tech has more (14).
- Jonathan Taylor rushed for a career-high 253 yards against New Mexico. The contest was his fourth career 200-yard effort, tied with App State’s Jalin Moore and Florida Atlantic’s Devin Singletary for the most among active FBS players.
San Jose State at #20 Oregon
- Oregon and San Jose State will meet for the 19th time, with the Ducks holding a 12-6 series lead. Oregon took the last meeting, 58-3, in 1998. The Spartans’ last win over Oregon came in 1983, when San Jose State pulled out a 44-34 victory at home.
- San Jose State posted just 109 yards of offense in its shutout loss at Washington State last week and was outgained by 435 yards; since 1996, only Kansas has been outgained by 400+ yards more often (13 times) than SJSU (10).
- Montel Aaron completed 13 of 25 passes last week for just 94 yards. That’s the fewest yards by a Spartan quarterback with at least 20 pass attempts since Josh Love threw for 54 yards against Utah State last season.
- Oregon defeated Portland State, 62-14, passing for 296 yards in the victory while adding 266 rushing yards. Saturday was the 16th time since 2014 that Oregon has tallied 250+ yards in the air and another 250+ yards on the ground, tied with Ohio State for the second most in the FBS in that span; only Baylor (18) has done so more often.
- Justin Herbert threw for 250 yards and four touchdowns in the win, his fourth career game with 250+ yards and four or more touchdowns. Since 2000, only Marcus Mariota has more such games at Oregon (eight).
#1 Alabama at Ole Miss
- Alabama has gone 55-5 since the start of the 2014 season, but two of those five losses have come against Ole Miss (2-2). Similarly, the Crimson Tide have allowed 40+ points in a game just five times since 2014, and two of those five have come against the Rebels.
- The Crimson Tide have held their opponent to under 200 rushing yards in each of their last 46 games, the longest streak by any FBS team since Ohio State had a 78-game streak from 2001-07.
- Jerry Jeudy has caught two touchdown passes in each of Alabama’s two games thus far. He’s only the second Tide player in the last 20 years to have multiple TD receptions in back-to-back games, along with Amari Cooper, who did so on October 18 and 25, 2014.
- Last week’s 76-41 win over Southern Illinois marked the third time since the start of the 2015 season Ole Miss has scored 70+ points in game — tied with Memphis and Middle Tennessee for the most such games in the FBS over that span.
- Jordan Ta’amu is one of only three SEC quarterbacks since 1996 to throw for 750+ yards with 7+ TD passes and no interceptions over his team’s first two games of a season, along with Kentucky’s Tim Couch (1998) and Texas A&M’s Kenny Hill (2014).
Louisiana at #16 Mississippi State
- Louisiana and Mississippi State will be meeting for the first time since September 5, 1987, when the Bulldogs won, 31-3. The Ragin’ Cajuns have lost 17 straight against AP Top 25 opponents, last winning in 1996 against No. 25 Texas A&M.
- Andre Nunez was 19-for-22 passing (86.4 percent) in Louisiana’s opener against Grambling, the second-best completion percentage ever by a Sun Belt quarterback in a season opener (minimum 20 attempts); he trails only Troy’s Corey Robinson in 2013 (93.8).
- Last week marked the 14th time in his career Nick Fitzgerald has both thrown and rushed for at least 100 yards in the same game. Since 2000, the only FBS players to do that more often are Lamar Jackson (23), Jordan Lynch (18), Brad Smith (16), Quinton Flowers (15) and Colin Kaepernick (15).
- As a team, Mississippi State has rushed for at least 150 yards in each of its last 18 games, the third-longest active streak in the FBS (Georgia Tech 22, Army West Point 19).
- Kylin Hill has had a rushing TD and a receiving TD in each of Mississippi State’s first two games, making him the first SEC player to have both in each of his first two games of a season since Alabama’s Shaun Alexander in 1999.
#4 Ohio State at #15 TCU
- Ohio State leads the all-time series with TCU 4-1-1, with the teams having last met in 1973. TCU is 5-1 against Big Ten opponents under Gary Patterson, with the lone loss coming against Michigan State in the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
- The Buckeyes’ 129 points are the most by any Big Ten team over its first two games of a season since Ohio State had 142 through two games in 1996.
- Dwayne Haskins has completed 79.2 percent of his passes (42-for-53) over his two career starts to date. The last FBS quarterback to have that high of a completion percentage over his first two career starts (minimum 45 attempts) was Florida State’s Jameis Winston in 2013 (88.9).
- This year, the Horned Frogs have done something they had never previously done under Gary Patterson: open the season with back-to-back 30-point wins. The last time TCU did that in the first two games of a season was in 1984.
- Shawn Robinson is one of four FBS players to have at least three passing and three rushing touchdowns so far this year, and he’s the only underclassman in that group. The other three are Penn State’s Trace McSorley, USF’s Blake Barnett and Houston’s D’Eriq King.
#22 USC at Texas
- The Longhorns are seeking the 900th win in school history against the same team they beat for No. 800. That came along with a national title in the 2006 Rose Bowl victory over USC on Vince Young’s late TD run. In the schools’ only game since, they played another thriller last year, with the Trojans winning 27-24 in double OT.
- USC is surrendering 233.5 rushing yards per game and 6.5 per carry – both rank in the bottom five among Power 5 conference teams. The 467 rushing yards the Trojans have allowed are the most they’ve given up through two games in the past two decades.
- USC freshman JT Daniels is expected to make a third straight start despite bruising his throwing hand in last week’s 17-3 loss at then-No. 10 Stanford. Daniels has the only touchdown pass this year for the Trojans, who have failed to throw for at least two TDs through two games for just the second time in 15 years.
- Texas is 5-6 in its last 11 games against AP Top 25 teams, and all but one of those losses have been by less than a touchdown. That includes last year’s road loss to a fourth-ranked Trojans team.
- Sophomore Sam Ehlinger has passed for more than 220 yards in all eight of his career starts, but Texas is just 3-5 in those games. On the other hand, the Longhorns are 4-1 when he rushes for at least 40 yards. He threw for 298 yards last year at USC but was held to 10 yards on 19 rushing attempts.
#10 Washington at Utah
- Washington’s only loss in 11 meetings with Utah came in 2015. Since then, the teams have played a pair of thrillers — the Huskies won on a late punt return in 2016 and on a field goal as time expired last year.
- With 80 touchdown passes, Jake Browning is one shy of tying Andrew Luck for 10th place in Pac-12 history and two away from catching Sean Mannion for ninth place. However, Browning is facing a Utes team which leads the FBS in passing defense (62.0 yards per game) and total defense (143.5 ypg).
- Washington has lost its last four games away from home, including a 21-16 defeat to then-No. 9 Auburn in the season opener in Atlanta. All four games were decided by eight points or less.
- Utah is 0-5 against AP Top 25 teams since the start of 2016, but all of those games have been decided by eight points or less. The Utes are looking to win their Pac-12 opener for the fourth straight year after losing their first four.
- Zack Moss had rushed for 150+ yards in three straight games before being held to 66 in last week’s win at Northern Illinois. However, he did score a touchdown for the fourth straight game and has a combined 10 TDs in his last seven contests. The only game in that span in which he didn’t score was at Washington.
#23 Arizona State at San Diego State
- New Sun Devils coach and San Diego State graduate Herman Edwards looks to help Arizona State avenge last year’s 30-20 home loss, prior to which ASU had been 10-0-1 in the series. The Aztecs rushed for 279 yards, though 216 of those were by eventual first-round NFL draft pick Rashaad Penny.
- Yards on the ground could be tough to come by this time considering the Sun Devils lead the FBS in rushing defense, allowing 32.5 yards per game, and the Aztecs rank sixth (51.5 ypg). ASU is giving up an FBS-low 1.1 yards per carry and San Diego State ranks fifth at 1.7.
- Third-year ASU starter Manny Wilkins threw for a career-high 380 yards in last week’s win over then-No. 15 Michigan State. That performance made Wilkins the eighth QB in school history to throw for 6000 yards (6216). He’s one touchdown shy of 50 for his career (37 passing, 12 rushing).
- SDSU, though, boasts the FBS’ second-leading rusher in Juwan Washington (157.0 yards per game), the only FBS player to run for at least 150 yards in more than one game this season. The only other SDSU players ever to rush for 150+ in the first two games of a season were Marshall Faulk (1992) and Penny (2017).
- San Diego State will go with backup QB Ryan Agnew after starter Christian Chapman injured his knee in last week’s win over Sacramento State. Agnew came off the bench to help the Aztecs record their first win when trailing after three quarters since an overtime victory over Boise State in 2013.