The weekly list of Moments of Truth lives up positively for showdowns between undefeated teams with long and sacred traditions, so let’s talk about Duke in Kansas. Maybe we should start by discussing the quarterback matchup…
Wait a second, hold the iPhone. Is this about football? The last time someone checked these two on the shoulder pads, they were together 5-19 last season.
But the basketball bluebloods are on the march this fall. Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, UCLA, Syracuse and Indiana. A real who-who-of-the-hoops who have come together to win 40 national basketball championships since 1940—but sadly, only two when the ball is spring-loaded spherical. These magnificent sevens are currently in a combined 21-0. Eat your heart out, Notre Dame and Nebraska.
So this week’s MOT list starts it off with a touch of an orange ball.
Duke in Kansas
It won’t cut the net on the winner Lawrence, but 4-0 will feel great for someone. The Jayhawks haven’t been 3-0 in 12 years, but they are lighting up the scoreboards with an offense, which is fifth in the country in scoring and second in the third down conversion. That’s how Kansas can spot West Virginia and Houston’s two touchdowns and then bounce back to win 55-42 and 48-30 in overtime. That makes them 2-0 away. Going back to 2009 before this season, they were 3-65. The Jayhawks scored 159 points in three games. Just two years ago, they scored 142 for the entire season, going 0-9. Toto, we don’t think this is Kansas anymore. It was different for the Blue Devils who attacked from the opening cue – er, kick off. They had a 45-0 advantage over three opponents in the first quarter. Mike Elko became the first coach to start his Duke career 3-0 in 28 years. The Blue Devils can hope these things turn into Cameron Indoor Stadium and Jon Scheyer. The last time Duke had both a new football and basketball coach for an academic year was 1942-43.
Note: 52 days after this showdown, Duke plays Kansas in basketball on November 15.
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in Cincinnati, Indiana
The Hoosiers excel for the season and are the nation’s last in possession time of 24:23 in a game. But they continue to find a way, beating Illinois in the final 30 seconds, down 10-0 against Idaho in the first half, and outpacing Western Kentucky in overtime. By 17 September they had three wins. They had two wins last season. The 3-0 start was entirely within the friendly confines of Bloomington, but is the escape action travel? Cincinnati won 28 home games in a row at Nippert Stadium.
Notre Dame in North Carolina
The Irish took the escalator, which descended from number 5 in the rankings, only hoping to get back to .500. Until further notice, every week is a proving game. The undefeated Tar Heels are probably happy not only to be home, but also to finish the Sun Belt portion of their program after close talks at App State and Georgia State. North Carolina scored 98 points in those two games, which wasn’t nearly enough. A win will make the Tar Heels 4-0 for the first time in a quarter century, but they will have to get past the past. They are 2-20 ahead of Notre Dame with two wins 14 and 62 years ago.
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Clemson No. 5, No. 21 Wake Forest
They can’t wait to add another headstone to the cemetery next to the Clemson training ground. Whenever the Tigers beat a ranked opponent on the track, another slab goes up. Rest in peace (add victim here). This will be the 25th headstone for Dabo Swinney. Clemson’s nine-game winning streak is currently the longest in the country, and the Tigers will try to keep up against one of their favorite ACC goals, beating Wake Forest 69-17-1 in 13 straight games. sherry. A victory is essential to keep Clemson playoff plans moving in the right direction. It’s been a long time since the Tigers joined that quartet. Two full years.
But the Demon Deacons had a tough one last season by entering the ACC title game and starting it 3-0. Saturday is an important moment of measurement for them. That’s right, they were defeated by Clemson 48-27 last season and their quarterback was sacked four times in the first quarter. So pass protection will be pretty important, giving Sam Hartman enough time to get his 109 yards and become the ninth quarterback in ACC history to reach 10,000 passing yards. This will be only the third in 88 meetings where both teams have been ranked and the first since 1950. Wake’s colleagues at the ACC in North Carolina, Duke, and the State of North Carolina can certainly understand what the Deacons are up against. Swinney is 32-3 against the state of North Carolina.
20 Florida, No. 11 Tennessee
As any sixth-grade Tennessee fan knows, Florida’s rocky hills have been a real pain. The Crocodiles have won 16 of their last 17 matches, beating Vol 523-294 in those 17 games. Then there was last century Peyton Manning went 39-6 as a Tennessee quarterback – but 0-3 against the Gators. In other words, Florida has repeatedly killed the weather in Tennessee. But a few figures suggest that Saturday could be Vols time in Knoxville. Third place in the country in numerical attack, Florida drew in 96th place. Tennessee’s passing efficiency ranks fifth in the country, with Gators 126th. But Florida is playing their third top 20 challenger in four weeks after beating Utah and losing to Kentucky, a tough group. Volumes 2-0 at home with an overall score of 122-16 but for the sake of full disclosure, this was against Ball State and Akron. ESPN GameDay will be in Knoxville, where Tennessee loyalists believe it’s time to do something about Florida. But they’ve thought of this before.
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USC #7 in the State of Oregon
The deluge of early goals has convinced the USC audiences that the happy days are here again, in all their finesse – a high ranking, strife for the league title, a playoff spot they’ve probably never seen for one of the most high-profile programs. This is not the time to stumble in an away game against a 3-0 Pac-12 opponent. Oregon State hasn’t had much fun against USC over the years, with a series record of 12-63-4, including 17 caps. But the Beavers crushed the Trojans 45-27 last season, their first win at the Los Angeles Coliseum since 1960. Speaking of conceding goals, this probably won’t be one. USC averaged 50.7 points per game, Oregon State 45.7 points. In three games, the Trojans had 10 turnovers and no turnovers.
Maryland, No. 4 in Michigan
Hail to The Victors and the Wolverines haven’t heard this song much after the blizzard in non-conference matches? They’re 3-0 with a total score of 166-17, 99-0 in the first half. This is the nation’s highest-rated offense in the business. But then, beating Colorado State, Hawaii, and Connecticut — a combined record of 2-9 — doesn’t quite work the gauntlet. Video game tricks or not, Wolverines is still an unknown meta. Bigger tests ahead but Maryland 3-0 and Michigan should get their attention.
Number 10 Arkansas vs. Arlington. Number 23 Texas A&M
Now that the Aggies have stripped away that bad App State taste by beating Miami, they can get to serious business with the SEC. The Texas A&M defense has only allowed two touchdowns so far. Devon Achane has single-handedly recorded four TDs and is the only player in the country to rush, pass and kick off.
Arkansas has had a good time at home with three wins so far, but the road in the SEC could be bad. There’s also an interesting thing about Razorbacks’ pass defense. Last in the country, 353 pass yards per game. But Arkansas runs the country with 17 quarterback sacks, so the rival has been either feast or flattery for passers-by. If the Razorbacks can make it through, they’ll be starting back-to-back 4-0 for the first time in 33 years.
Wisconsin in Ohio State No. 3
Georgia’s defense was the prince of darkness last season, but you know the only team that allows less yards in a game? Wisconsin The Badgers lost eight starts from that unit, but the goal is to reload and win Big Ten West. A home loss to Washington State was an early pace boost, but Wisconsin gave up just three touchdowns in three games, so it seems like standard operating procedure for the defensive Badgers. But history is depressing for them. Wisconsin has played 50-17 in the last eight seasons in the Big Ten, but 0-8 against Ohio State since 2010, three losses in the league championship game. This will be a revealing test for the high-octane Buckeyes offense with CJ Stroud and his stylish touchdown stop rate. Like at 11-0.
Florida Atlantic Purdue
The Boilermakers may have had the worst game this side of the Cleveland Browns last weekend when they scored to take a late lead at Syracuse and committed seven penalties – four for unsportsmanlike conduct – in the final 51 seconds. He found a winning goal with the orange yellow flag. Only seven of the other 130 FBS schools have more penalty distance than Purdue this season, and coach Jeff Brohm, who made one of the unsportsmanlike calls to him this week, swore things had to change this week. “The laughing must stop,” he said. Winners will probably win this game, but woe to the player who drew a stupid flag.
James Madison in Appalachian State
When you’re on a popular television series like App State, the load is always what you can find to grab viewers and rave highlights. The Mountaineers were more fun than Game of Thrones, which lost 63-61 to North Carolina, stunned Texas A&M, and beat Troy in a final-second Hail Mary that Doug Flutie would be proud to throw. This week’s co-star is new conference member James Madison, who played his first Sun Belt game. The 2-0 Dukes average 53.5 points and give up a 21-yard rush, with no runs longer than nine yards allowed. So Application State may be going through too much. It probably won’t be boring. So far this season, they never had games.
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