SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — No. 8 Notre Dame hosts Vanderbilt on Saturday. A week after an uninspiring victory over Ball State, the Fighting Irish are hoping a good week of practice will help them focus on the Commodores. Both teams are 2-0 so far this season and Vanderbilt is led by talented senior quarterback Kyle Shurmur.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia will be looking to continue its strong start when the No. 3 Bulldogs face Middle Tennessee. Blue Raiders quarterback Brent Stockstill says perfection will be needed for his team to have a chance. Georgia will be looking to avoid a letdown following last week’s impressive win over then-No. 24 South Carolina.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Colorado State-Florida football matchup _ dubbed the “Buyout Bowl” _ was expected to be a blowout, until last week. Then Colorado State rallied to upset Arkansas. And Florida got manhandled in the program’s first loss to Kentucky since 1986. Now, not even former Rams and Gators coach Jim McElwain could accurately predict what will happen. Regardless, the one-off game is a seemingly awkward affair and an expensive reminder of McElwain’s success at Colorado State and his failure at Florida.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas is home on Saturday against North Texas. The Razorbacks are 1-1 this season and coming off a disappointing loss at Colorado State in which the Razorbacks blew a fourth-quarter lead. They will face Mean Green team looking to start the season 3-0 for the first time since 1989. North Texas is averaging 457.5 yards passing this season and will be a stiff test for the Arkansas secondary.
UNDATED (AP) — Purdue coach Jeff Brohm spent this week making corrections and rebuilding his team’s confidence. He’s about to find out if it solves the Boilermakers ills. They are suddenly trying to get their season and hopes back on track following two straight losses. They host SEC East team Missouri on Saturday. The Tigers are 2-0 behind talented quarterback Drew Lock.