by Gary Olshan, Chief Analyst

Coastal Carolina at IDAHO...Emotionally-charged Idaho playing its final home game as a Sun Belt member, as it moving to FCS status and joining the Big Sky conference in 2018.  Vandals off bye week, while CC off tough games vs. Arkansas & Troy.

Central Florida at TEMPLE...New Year’s Day-bowl-seeking Group of 5 UCF in ornery mood following LY’s 26-25 home loss. Knights led for 59:59 before Temple overcame 25-7 deficit, scoring on 8-yd. TD pass with :01 left!

NC State at WAKE FOREST...WF highly-charged to avoid first 4-game series losing streak since 1988-96 when it dropped 9 in a row. NC State QB Ryan Finley hit 23 of 36 for 300 yds. & 3 TDP in his team’s 33-16 home rout LY.

Syracuse ast LOUISVILLE...L’Ville only 3-11 last 14 vs. spread. Syracuse “D” seeking atonement after allowing Card QB Lamar Jackson to pile up 610 yds. in LY’s 62-28 crushing in the Carrier Dome; which tied for most pts. allowed at home since 62-36 loss to Arizona State way back in 1981!

Maryland at MICHIGAN STATE...MSU seeking to avenge LY’s 28-17 upset loss in College Park. Spartans gave up 14 unanswered pts. in 4th Q. UM’s 1st-year HC PJ Fleck faced MSU as Western Michigan head man in spread-covering 26-13 loss in East Lansing in 2013.

Texas at WEST VIRGINIA...UT highly-aroused for trip to Morgantown following LY’s 24-20 home loss. Horns outgained WV 536-383, but stalled too often in red zone & had 3 TOs.

Air Force at BOISE STATE...BSU has dropped 3 straight in series, allowing an avg. 310 YR vs. AF’s triple-option attack during that stretch. Broncos 12-29-1 as blue carpet chalk since 2011 (1-3-1 TY).

Charlotte at SOUTHERN MISS...USM has circled this date after 38-27 home upset loss to Charlotte LY. Golden Eagles outgained 49ers 498-439, but USM had -3 TO margin and gave up TD on blocked punt return.

Massachusetts at BYU...UMass seeking to regain some self-respect following LY’s 51-9 pounding in Provo Minutemen trailed only 14-9 at H, but was outscored 37-0 following intermission. Banged-up BYU 3-8 vs. spread TY.

Tcu at TEXAS TECH...Home team has won 7 of 10 in this series., and TT has covered 2 straight in Lubbock vs. Top Ten foes. Red Raiders missed FG try in 2nd OT of LY’s 27-24 setback in Fort Worth. TT notable 25-7 SU in Jerrydome AT&T Stadium finales.

Smu at MEMPHIS...Nationally-ranked UM has whipped SMU in last 3 meetings, outscoring Mustangs 168-17! Tigers’ NFL prospect QB Riley Ferguson completed 20 of 27 for 287 yds. & 4 TDP in his team’s 51-7 laugher in Dallas LY. Scheduling favors Tigers. UM off needed bye week, while SMU recouping from physical battle at Navy.

Virginia at MIAMI-FLORIDA...UVa trailed only 17-14 at H before it coughed it up 4 times in second H of LY’s 34-14 home loss. Cavs a noteworthy 8-2 as a visiting dog vs. nationally-ranked teams since 2008.

Iowa State at BAYLOR...Nationally-ranked ISU in irate mood after blowing LY’s 45-42 home setback. Cyclones led 42-28 before allowing 17 straight points in 4th-Q, including game-winning 19-yd. FG on final play!

Mississippi State at ARKANSAS...MSU “D” will play with passion after LY’s 58-42 home loss; most pts allowed by Bulldogs since 59-26 home blowout vs LSU in 2013.

Utah at WASHINGTON...Utah still bummed about LY’s 31-24 setback in Salt Lake City. With game tied, U-Dub scored winning TD on 58-yd. punt return with 3:25 left. Utes 9-2 as visiting underdog.

Kansas State at OKLAHOMA STATE...KSU seeking revenge following LY’s 43-37 home defeat. Wildcats led 13-0 early, but relinquished game-deciding TD with 3:06 left.  Wildcats a sterling 24-9-1 as visiting underdog since 2007, including 13-3 mark vs. nationally-ranked teams. 

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