October 12, 2017
1. No. 7 Wisconsin (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten West) Last Week: 1
Results: Johnathan Taylor rushed for 249 yards and two touchdowns for Wisconsin, which scored the final 21 points of the game for a 38-17 win at Nebraska.
Game On: Saturday vs. Purdue (3-2, 1-1 Big Ten West), 1:30 p.m. (BTN)
What’s Up? Purdue is coming off a come-from-behind 31-17 win against Minnesota. … Wisconsin boasts the nation’s 10th-best defense as well as the No. 16 offense. … Purdue hasn’t won a game in the series with Wisconsin since 2003.
2. Utah (4-1, 1-1 Pac-12 South)
Last Week: 2
Results: Bryce Love broke off a 68-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter and finished with 152 yards rushing as Stanford knocked off No. 20 Utah 23-20.
Game On: Saturday at No. 13 USC (5-1, 3-1 Pac-12 South), 6 p.m. MT (ABC)
What’s Up? USC is coming off a 38-10 victory against Oregon State as Sam Darnold threw for 316 yards and three touchdowns. … Utah is 6-11 against AP ranked opponents as a member of the Pac-12. … The Utes are 0-5 in the Coliseum against USC.
3. Boise State (3-2, 1-0 MWC Mountain)
Last Week: 3
Results: Alexander Mattison ran for 118 yards and two touchdowns as Boise State downed BYU 24-7.
Game On: Saturday at No. 19 San Diego State (6-0, 2-0 MWC West), 8:30 p.m. MT (CBS-SN)
What’s Up? San Diego State crushed UNLV 41-10 last week as Rashaad Penny ran for 170 yards and two scores. … The two teams have split four games in the all-time series, with Boise State winning the last meeting 38-29 in 2014.
4. LSU (4-2, 1-1 SEC West)
Last Week: 5
Results: The LSU defense made two big stops in the fourth quarter to preserve a 17-16 victory against No. 21 Florida.
Game On: Saturday vs. No. 10 Auburn (5-1, 3-0 SEC West), TBA
What’s Up? Auburn has won four in a row after rolling past Ole Miss 44-23 last week. … The last time Auburn won in Baton Rouge was 1999. … Last season Auburn beat LSU 18-13 at Daniel Carlson kicked six field goals.
5. Mississippi State (3-2, 1-2 SEC West)
Last Week: 4
Game On: Saturday vs. BYU (1-5), 10 a.m. (SEC Network)
What’s Up? BYU fell to 1-5 after a 24-7 loss at home to Boise State. … Last year the Cougars knocked off Mississippi State 28-21 in double overtime. … The Bulldogs return to Davis-Wade Stadium for the first time in nearly a month.
6. Utah State (3-3, 1-1 MWC Mountain)
Last Week: 6
Results: Colorado State took a 27-14 victory against Utah State, winning for the first time in Logan since 2011.
Game On: Saturday vs. Wyoming (3-2, 1-0 MWC Mountain), 2:30 p.m. MT (Facebook)
What’s Up? Wyoming’s last game was a 45-10 victory against Texas State. … Since 2013, Wyoming and Utah State have played for a traveling trophy known as the “Bridger Rifle,” a 50-caliber Rocky Mountain Hawken Rifle that was popular among the mountain men of the 1800s.
7. Fresno State (3-2, 2-0 MWC West)
Last Week: 7
Results: Ronnie Rivers scored two early touchdowns as Fresno State took care of San Jose State 27-10.
Game On: Saturday vs. New Mexico (3-2, 1-1 MWC Mountain), 8 p.m. MT (AT&T SportsNet/ROOT Sports)
What’s Up? New Mexico’s last game was a 56-38 win against Air Force on Sept. 30. … Fresno State has won two straight games (Nevada and San Jose State). … The Bulldogs lead the overall series with New Mexico 11-4 and have won five straight games against the Lobos.
8. UNLV (2-3, 1-1 MWC West)
Last Week: 8
Results: Rashaad Penny ran for 170 yards and two touchdowns as No. 19 San Diego State routed UNLV 41-10.
Game On: Saturday at Air Force (1-4, 0-2 MWC Mountain), noon (AT&T SportsNet)
What’s Up? Armani Rogers was 12 of 27 for 177 yards and a touchdown for UNLV against San Diego State. … Air Force lost to Navy 48-45 last week … Air Force leads the all-time series with UNLV 14-6 but the Rebels have won two of the past three meetings.
9. Hawaii (2-4, 0-3 MWC West)
Last Week: 9
Results: Kelton Moore rushed for 216 yards and Ty Gangi threw four touchdown passes as Nevada earned its first win of the season, 35-21 against Hawaii.
Game On: Saturday vs. San Jose State (1-6, 0-3 MWC West), 9:59 p.m. MT (Spectrum Sports PPV)
What’s Up? Diocemy Saint Juste ran for 241 yards and a touchdown for Hawaii against Nevada and is just 108 yards short of 1,000 for the season. … Hawaii hasn’t won a homecoming game in the past five years, the last win coming in 2011.
10. San Jose State (1-6, 0-3 MWC West)
Last Week: 10
Results: San Jose State managed just 205 total yards in a 27-10 loss to Fresno State.
Game On: Saturday at Hawaii (2-4, 0-3 MWC West), 9:59 p.m. MT (Spectrum Sports PPV)
What’s Up? The road team has won the past four matchups and seven of the past nine in the San Jose State-Hawaii series. … Hawaii’s four-game losing streak is the longest under Nick Rolovich.
11. East Carolina (1-5, 1-2 AAC East)
Last Week: 11
Results: Logan Marchi threw for 321 yards and two touchdowns to lead Temple to a 34-10 victory against East Carolina.
Game On: Saturday at No. 22 Central Florida (4-0, 2-0 AAC East), 5 p.m. MT (CBS-SN)
What’s Up? Thomas Sirk was 20 of 38 for 253 yards, one touchdown and one interception for ECU against Temple. … Last week Central Florida rolled over Cincinnati 51-23 as McKenzie Milton threw a career-high five touchdown passes.
12. UMass (0-6)
Last Week: 12
Game On: Bye (A Oct. 14 game at South Florida was cancelled)
What’s Up? UMass last played on Sept. 30, losing a 58-50 shootout to Ohio. … The Minutemen are off until Oct. 21, when they will host Georgia Southern.
13. Portland State (0-5, 0-2 Big Sky)
Last Week: 13
Results: Montana State ran for 411 yards and held on to top Portland State 30-22.
Game On: Saturday vs. Northern Arizona (3-2, 2-0 Big Sky), 3 p.m. MT
What’s Up? Josh Kraght threw for 317 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the loss to Montana State. … Northern Arizona leads the overall series with Portland State 16-5 and has won the past two meetings. … Portland State last won 31-29 in 2011.