Lamest time window: None. Thanks, programming gods, for spreading out the week’s most interesting games.
Noon: Not sure Cincinnati can upset No. 5 Ohio State, but the Bearcats are good enough to keep it competitive.
2: Charlie Strong’s Bulls really need a good showing (if not a win) at Georgia Tech.
3:30: Jimbo Fisher’s No. 12 Aggies feel as if they’re a year away from being able to hang with the very best, but No. 1 Clemson should watch out.
7: An anxiety bowl between BYU and Tennessee.
7:30: Is No. 9 Texas really back? We’ll find out more if the Longhorns can beat No. 6 LSU.
10:30: No. 23 Stanford at USC makes for fine Pac-12 after dark viewing.
Dabo v. Jimbo
A tale-of-the-tape breakdown between Clemson’s Dabo Swinney and Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher before their latest meeting as head coaches:
Career record: 93-27
Winning percentage: .775 (fifth among active coaches)
Conference titles: 3
National titles: 1
NFL draft picks: 58
Head-to-head wins: 4
Career record: 117-30
Winning percentage: .796 (third among active coaches)
Conference titles: 5
National titles: 2
NFL draft picks: 58
Head-to-head wins: 5
Texas coach Tom Herman has won 10 of his 15 career games as an underdog. To make it 11 of 16, his Longhorns will have to find a way to crack one of the most talented defenses in the country. Perhaps quarterback Sam Ehlinger can do it. He lit up Louisiana Tech (and former USF coach Skip Holtz) for four touchdown passes last week and has a 27-3 touchdown-interception ratio over his last 14 games.
Eye on the NFL draft
Three prospects to watch in the primetime Texas-LSU matchup:
1. LSU safety Grant Delpit: The IMG Academy product is the 2019 version of do-it-all defender Derwin James. Keep an eye on him, Bucs fans.
2. LSU cornerback Kristian Fulton: He allowed only six touchdowns or first downs all of last season. We’ll see if he ends up defending…
3. Texas receiver Collin Johnson: His 59-yard performance in the opener included a beautiful sideline grab. At 6-foot-6, he has a frame NFL scouts love.
Local of the week
West Virginia receiver George Campbell (East Lake High)
The injury-plagued FSU transfer caught his first career touchdown last week. His rebuilding Mountaineers will need plenty more if they hope to knock off Missouri.
Tweet of the week
Washington State coach Mike Leach @Coach_Leach
One thing that I learned in Law School. Never pick up mouse turds, when there are elephant turds falling everywhere. Focus on what’s most important. I try to remind myself of this.— Mike Leach (@Coach_Leach) September 3, 2019