by Gary Olshan, Chief Analyst

Smu at TULSA (Friday)...Scheduling dynamics favor Tulsa. Golden Hurricane off a bye week, while SMU on road for 4th time in first 6 weeks, including trip to Temple last week. Tulsa QB Dane Evans hit 19 of 27 for 240 yds. in his squad’s 40-31 series victory in Dallas LY.

Ball State at CENTRAL MICHIGAN...BSU had captured 5 straight in series until LY’s 23-21 loss in Muncie. CMU QB Cooper Rush was en fuego, hitting 30 of 38 for 316 yds. & 2 TDs. Cards are time-tested 32-14 as visiting underdog since 2006 (2-0 TY).

Cincinnati at CONNECTICUT...UConn “D” fired up after a season-worst performance in LY’s 37-13 setback at Nippert Stadium. Husky QB Bryant Shirreffs also wants to atone after completing only 12 of 27 for 87 yds. & 1 pick before being benched. UConn HC Bob Diaco was Cincy d.c. in 2009.

Vanderbilt at KENTUCKY...Vandy has won 4 of last 5 in series (5-0 vs. spread).

Virginia Tech at NORTH CAROLINA...Year ago, UNC led 24-10 with only 4:24 left before back-to-back fumbles led to VT TDs, forcing OT in eventual 30-27 Tar Heel victory.

Maryland at PENN STATE... Penn State got revenge for its first series loss since 1961 in LY’s taut 31-30 win in Baltimore. Homecoming of sorts for Maryland QB Perry Hills (hails from Pittsburgh), who accounted for 349 yds. in LY’s tilt, but also threw season-high 3 picks.

Syracuse at WAKE FOREST...WF geared-up for rematch after being outscored 17-0 in 2nd H of LY’s 30-17 setback in the Carrier Dome. Deacs allowed 89-yd. & 53-yd. TD passes after intermission.

Northern Illinois at WESTERN MICHIGAN...WMU pumped to end aggravating 7-game series losing skein. Broncos outgained NIU 492-447, but struggled in the red zone in LY’s 27-19 setback in DeKalb.

Air Force at WYOMING...Prior to LY’s 31-17 setback in Colorado Springs, Wyo had covered 6 straight in the Front Range Rivalry.

East Carolina at SOUTH FLORIDA... In LY’s 22-17 USF victory on a rain-soaked field, Bulls scored winning TD on 67-yd. pass with 4:40 to go. USF is a highly-profitable 14-3 vs. spread L1+Ys.

Colorado at SOUTHERN CAL...CU has dropped all 10 series meetings. Buffs held 17-6 halftime lead before USC’s graduated QB Cody Kessler (3 TDP in 2nd H) got the “hot hand” in LY’s 27-24 setback at Boulder vs. Trojans LY. CU has 32 native Californians on roster.

Washington State at STANFORD...Wazzu has dropped 8 straight in series, including hard-to-swallow 30-28 home setback LY. Cougs, who led 15-3 in 3rd Q, threw an int. that Stanford converted into go-ahead FG with 1:54 left. Wazzu FG specialist Erik Powell, who had nailed 5 FGs earlier in game, shanked 43-yard attempt as time expired.

Oklahoma vs. Texas (in Dallas)...UT has pulled off upset wins in 2 of the last 3 years in the Red River Showdown. Longhorns (16½-pt. underdog) amassed 313 YR in LY’s 24-17 stunner.

Michigan at RUTGERS...UM held RU without a TD in LY’s 49-16 pasting in Ann Arbor, as Knights scored on 98-yd. KO return & 3 FGs.

Georgia at SOUTH CAROLINA...Host has won/covered 4 straight in this SEC series. UGA’s then-starting QB Greyson Lambert connected on an astounding 24 of 25 for 330 yds. in LY’s 52-20 romp in Athens.

Washington at OREGON...U of O has won/covered 12 straight in this series.

Georgia Tech at PITT... In LY’s see-saw battle (5 lead changes), Pitt hit game-winning 56-yd. FG with 1:11 left in its 31-28 win at Atlanta.

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