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2015 College Football Betting – NCAA Football Rundown For Saturday, September 12

Posted by Blake Frazier on 9/11/2015 10:10:48 PM

The college football season has arrived at the second weekend. There are four featured television games this Saturday night, and they’re the ones which will be previewed here:

1 – Oklahoma at Tennessee

This is an extremely important game for both schools, for Oklahoma because of a very disappointing 2014 season, and Tennessee because the Vols are trying to build back their national reputation. There have been some important adjustments to the Oklahoma coaching staff, with Lincoln Riley coming from East Carolina to become the Sooners’ new offensive coordinator, ushering in more of a pass-first offense to supplement the running of Semaje Perine. For Tennessee, starting defensive tackle Danny O’Brien has been suspended for this game, robbing the Vols of some depth and some physical strength up front. The key to this game is going to be the pass rush for both sides. Oklahoma and Tennessee figure to score a lot of points. Pressure on each of the starting quarterbacks is what could change the way this game is played, perhaps creating an impact play in the form of a turnover.

2 – Oregon at Michigan State

This is the biggest game of the night, but not the latest one. The later kickoffs are below. This is a rematch between teams which met last season in Oregon, with the Ducks pulling away in the second half to win comfortably. Michigan State has been waiting all offseason to play this game, and since Oregon has a new quarterback with Vernon Adams replacing Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota, it’s going to be tougher for the Ducks to win, especially since they’ll be on the road. One hardship for Michigan State is that starting linebacker Ed Davis, a key part of the team’s defense, got injured and knocked out for the season in August. Replacing him could prove to be an issue. Oregon, however, is going to have a hard time stopping Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook. Expect a ton of points when these two teams meet.

3 – LSU at Mississippi State

The LSU Tigers did not play a game last week due to a weather cancellation against McNeese State. The Tigers did not get in some work, so they could be rusty and out of rhythm against a Mississippi State team which played a game against Southern Mississippi. However, it is also true that LSU doesn’t have anything on film to offer Mississippi State. The Tigers will remain mysterious on offense, and that could work to their advantage here. Where LSU will try to win this game, though, is on defense. Mississippi State still has starting quarterback Dak Prescott, but he loses a lot of the people around him in 2014. He might not function as well with this new group, and LSU’s defense could expose the Bulldogs’ offensive limitations.

4 – Boise State at BYU

The big story here is that BYU starting quarterback Taysom Hill was lost for the season with an injury last Saturday. Backup Tanner Mangum threw a game-winning Hail Mary, but one can’t count on making those kinds of plays every week. Boise State’s offense was alarmingly shaky against Washington a week ago, but its defense should dominate BYU. This game is a very close one to call, especially since BYU hosts it.

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