Six Games Highlight Saturday Evening's Schedule
TIME/SITE: 6:00 p.m. ET; Atlanta, Ga.; Georgia Dome (28,155/FieldTurf)
SERIES LOOK: UTSA leads the series 1-0 after a 17-14 overtime win in San Antonio last year.
COACHES: UTSA's Larry Coker is in his second season with the Roadrunners and is 6-6. Overall, he is 66-21 in eight years as a head coach. Georgia State's Bill Curry is in his third year with the Panthers and is 9-15. Overall, he is 92-120-4 in 20 years as a head coach.
GAME NOTES: UTSA - has a three-game winning streak ... held Texas A&M-Commerce to just 16 rushing yards on 22 carries last week ... leads the WAC in turnover margin at +4 ... RB David Glasco scored two touchdowns last week and has seven in the first 12 games of his career ... Sean Ianno is second in the nation in field goals with 3.0 per game ... he is 6-for-6 on field goal attempts this year. Georgia State - plays in the Colonial Athletic Association but is making the transition to FBS and will join the Sun Belt next year ... played at Tennessee last week and lost, 51-13 ... Albert Wilson caught eight passes for 84 yards while QB Ben McLane was 18-of-41 for 186 yards and scored on a rushing touchdown.
Rice (1-1) at Louisiana Tech (1-0)
TIME/SITE: 6:00 p.m. CT; Ruston, La.; Joe Aillet Stadium (30,600/FieldTurf)
TELEVISION: ESPN3; Rich Hollenberg (PbP), Ralph Friedgen (Analyst)
SERIES LOOK: Rice leads the series 3-2. The teams split their four meetings as WAC members with Louisiana Tech winning the last game at Houston, 51-14, in 2004.
COACHES: Rice' David Bailiff is in his sixth year with the Owls and is 24-39. Overall, he is 45-54 in nine years as a head coach. Louisiana Tech's Sonny Dykes is in his third season with the Bulldogs and is 14-12.
GAME NOTES: Rice - played at Kansas last week and won 25-24 ... Taylor McHargue was 23-of-35 for 236 yards and an interception while Jordan Taylor caught nine passes for 101 yards ... DB Bryce Callahan intercepted two passes in the game ... plays at UTSA on Oct. 13. Louisiana Tech - the 56 points scored last week were its most in a game since 2000 ... forced four fumbles and recovered two last week ... has won eight straight regular season games ... freshman RB Tevin King leads the nation in scoring with 18.0 points per game ... he leads the WAC in rushing and all-purpose yards ... Colby Cameron leads the WAC in total offense with 374.0 yards per game ... LB Rufus Porter leads the WAC in tackles with 13.0 per game.
Idaho (0-2) at (3/2) LSU (2-0)
TIME/SITE: 7:00 p.m. CT; Baton Rouge, La.; Tiger Stadium (92,542/Grass)
TELEVISION: SEC PPV; Doug Greengard (PbP), Rene Nadeau (Analyst); ESPN GamePlan
SERIES LOOK: LSU won the only other game between the two schools in 1998, 53-20, in Baton Rouge.
COACHES: Idaho's Robb Akey is in his sixth year with the Vandals and is 19-45. LSU's Les Miles is in his eighth year with the Tigers and is 77-18. Overall, he is 105-39 in 12 years as a head coach.
GAME NOTES: Idaho - has a five-game losing streak ... has not returned a punt this year ... in his debut last week against Bowling Green, Dominique Blackman completed 30-of-37 passes for 352 yards and a touchdown ... Jahrie Level caught 10 passes last week, the most by an Idaho receiver since 2009 ... he had 119 yards receiving, marking the second straight game an Idaho receiver hit the century mark. LSU - hosted Washington last week and won, 41-3 ... held Washington to just 26 rushing yards ... Alfred Blue rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries while Kenny Hilliard scored twice on the ground ... is playing its third straight home game to open the season ... has won a nation-best 14-straight regular season games.
New Mexico State (1-1) at UTEP (0-2)
TIME/SITE: 6:00 p.m. MT; El Paso, Texas; Sun Bowl (51,500/Matrix 46)
SERIES LOOK: UTEP leads the series 52-35-2. The Miners have won three in a row after last year's 16-10 win at Las Cruces. New Mexico State's last win came in 2008, 34-33, in El Paso.
COACHES: New Mexico State's DeWayne Walker is in his fourth season with the Aggies and is 10-30. UTEP's Mike Price is in his ninth year with the Miners and is 45-54. Overall, he is 174-176 in 31 years as a head coach.
GAME NOTES: The teams play for two traveling trophies: the Silver Spade and the Brass Spittoon. New Mexico State - has lost five straight road games ... has not returned a punt this year ... Austin Franklin is second in the nation in receiving yards per game with 154.0 ... he is tied for the WAC lead in receptions per game with 6.5 ... Akeelie Mustafa has 10 kick returns this season, twice more than any other WAC player ... he leads the WAC in kick return average at 25.1 yards per attempt after a 91-yard return for a touchdown last week. UTEP - has scored just 17 points in its first two games ... played at Mississippi last week and lost, 28-10 ... was held to 37 rushing yards ... Nick Lamaison was 21-of-33 for 213 yards and a touchdown while Mike Edwards caught nine passes for 88 yards.
Colorado State (1-1) at San Jose State (1-1)
TIME/SITE: 5:00 p.m. PT; San Jose, Calif.; Spartan Stadium (31,218/FieldTurf)
TELEVISION: ESPN3; Trey Bender (PbP), Jon Fina (Analyst)
SERIES LOOK: Colorado State leads the series 3-2. San Jose State won last year in Fort Collins, 38-31. Colorado State won the previous meeting as a member of the WAC in 1997, 55-20, in San Jose.
COACHES: Colorado State's Jim McElwain is in his first season with the Rams and is 1-1. San Jose State's Mike MacIntyre is in his third season with the Spartans and is 7-20.
GAME NOTES: Colorado State - hosted North Dakota State last week and lost, 22-7 ... Garrett Grayson was 5-of-12 for 109 yards and a touchdown with one interception ... Pete Kontodiakos is sixth in the nation in punting with a 47.9-yard average ... hosts Utah State next week. San Jose State - the 45 points scored last week were the most for the Spartans in a game since 2007 ... is .500 for the first time since the end of the 2008 season ... has allowed 33 points in its first two games, the lowest total at this point for the Spartans since 1990 ... had 12 tackles for a loss (6 sacks) last week against UC Davis.
Utah State (2-0) at Wisconsin (1-1)
TIME/SITE: 7:00 p.m. CT; Madison, Wis.; Camp Randall Stadium (80,321/FieldTurf)
TELEVISION: Big Ten Network; Matt Devlin (PbP), Glen Mason (Analyst), Jay Wilson (Sideline)
SERIES LOOK: Utah State won the only other meeting between the two schools in 1968, 20-0, in Madison.
COACHES: Utah State's Gary Andersen is in his fourth season with the Aggies and is 21-29. Wisconsin's Bret Bielema is in his sixth year with the Badgers and is 61-20.
GAME NOTES: Utah State - has won seven straight regular season games ... has not started a season 3-0 since winning its first five games in 1978 ... received a vote in the AP poll for the first time since 1966 ... the win over Utah last week was its first victory against a BCS school since Oct. 17, 1992 (Kansas State). Wisconsin - played at Oregon State last week and lost, 10-7 ... Danny O'Brien was 20-of-38 for 172 yards and a touchdown with one interception ... Montee Ball (15 carries for 61 yards) did not score, snapping a streak of 21 consecutive games with a touchdown ... has won 17 straight home games and has 40 home wins since 2006, the most by any FBS team.