ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — No. 4 Ohio State’s last Saturday without Urban Meyer on the sideline will be against No. 15 TCU. It will be the toughest test for the Buckeyes during their coach’s three-game suspension. TCU hasn’t faced a disruptive defensive front like Ohio State. But the Buckeyes and their new starting quarterback also haven’t been challenged as they will be by TCU’s defense. Ohio State is back in the stadium where it won the national title four seasons ago, and finished last year winning the Cotton Bowl.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Southern California-Texas rematch was supposed to be an early-season blockbuster. But both programs are already struggling. Now it feels more like a fight for survival, and the pressure is mounting to get a win to keep their seasons from spinning off course. The Trojans and Longhorns meet Saturday night with both teams facing questions about their quarterbacks and how nervous fans would react to another loss.
WACO, Texas (AP) — Duke has had to make a lot of adjustments while getting ready to play at Baylor on Saturday. The Blue Devils left North Carolina a day early for Texas to get out ahead of Hurricane Florence and finished their preparations for at a high school in Waco, Texas. They were already getting quarterback Quentin Harris ready for his first career start in place of injured Daniel Jones. Duke will also be without all-ACC cornerback Mark Gilbert.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Major Applewhite knows what to expect against Texas Tech. The Houston coach has faced the Red Raiders as a player, assistant coach and a head coach over the past two decades. He knows they score a lot of points. The Red Raiders are coming off a 77-0 win over Lamar. It was their highest-scoring game in six seasons under coach Kliff Kingsbury. He and Applewhite were Big 12 quarterbacks at the same time.