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College Football Rankings 2020: Latest Polls, Predictions for Week 4 Standings | Bleacher Report

Alabama quarterback Mac Jones (10) warms up before an NCAA college football game against Southern Miss, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

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There are eight SEC teams ranked in this week’s AP Top 25 poll, including six in the top 10. None of them have played a game in the 2020 season. But that’s about to change.

While some conferences have already gotten their football seasons underway (most notably the ACC and Big 12), the SEC opted to push back the start of their season to Week 4 because of the coronavirus pandemic. And all 14 of the conference’s teams will be in action Saturday.

The SEC decided its teams would play a revised 10-game schedule, all of which will be against conference opponents.

In addition to the season debuts of the SEC teams, there will be numerous other top teams in action. That includes No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 7 Notre Dame, as well as a pair of other ranked matchups (No. 21 Pittsburgh vs. No. 24 Louisville,

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Latest AP Rankings, How to Watch Week 4 Games

After a relatively subdued start to the campaign, some of college football’s heavyweights return to action in Week 4. After delaying the start of its season by two weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak, the SEC opens its campaign on Saturday, with defending national champions LSU, Alabama and Georgia all in action.

The Crimson Tide, ranked No. 2 in the AP Top 25 Poll, begins its season on the road against Missouri, while No. 6 LSU welcomes Mississippi State and No. 4 Georgia takes on Arkansas on the road. Meanwhile, No. 1 Clemson has a bye after thrashing The Citadel 49-0 to improve to 2-0 and No. 7 Notre Dame travels to take on Wake Forest.

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Trevor Lawrence completed eight of nine attempts for 168 yards and three touchdowns, while Travis Etienne rushed for 68 yards over eight carries as the Tigers put the game against

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Ex-Cal Player Luc Bequette a Starter in Boston’s College’s Opening Win

Back on September 8, 11 days before Boston College’s season-opening game, Eagles first-year coach Jeff Hafley announced defensive lineman Luc Bequette had joined the Boston College roster after transferring from Cal.

“We are trying to get him acclimated as fast as we can, give him a helmet and let’s roll,” Hafley said on September 8, according to the Boston Herald.

Apparently Bequette got acclimated quickly, because he was a starting defensive tackle in Boston College’s 4-3 defense — a defense that was outstanding in the Eagles’ 26-6 road victory over Duke in Boston College’s opener on Saturday.

Bequette did not record any statistics, but the TV commentators for the game apparently mentioned during the second quarter that Bequette was doing a good job in anchoring the defensive front.

The Eagles allowed a first-quarter touchdown on a 49-yard run but shut out Duke the rest of the way. It was a

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Boston College vs. Texas State: Weekly Kickoff

The college football season moves quickly, and the celebration from Boston College’s impressive 26-6 win over Duke on Saturday has already died down in Chestnut Hill. The Eagles have already turned the page, and begun their preparation for Texas State out of the Sun Belt conference, their home opener on Saturday. Less than 24 hours after defeating the Blue Devils, head coach Jeff Hafley has looked at tape, met with his team, and started his work for the upcoming matchup with the Bobcats.

Texas State (1-2) may not be a team that instills a lot of fear, but Boston College needs to be prepared for this game. This is a team with a solid offense, that is averaging 36.7 points per game, and 277 yards through the air, albeit it against SMU and UTSA. They have a quarterback, Tyler Vitt who has already thrown for 600 yards and six touchdowns

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College football odds, lines, schedule for Week 4: Auburn, LSU favored big as SEC opens 2020 season

The college football season cranks up into overdrive in Week 4 as the SEC opens play, joining the ACC and Big 12 as Power Five conferences rolling along in the 2020 season. No. 8 Auburn will host No. 23 Kentucky in one of three ranked-on-ranked games of the weekend, while defending national champion LSU, which enters ranked No. 6 in the AP Top 25 poll, will kick off its title defense at home against Mississippi State on the SEC on CBS.

Elsewhere, No. 24 Louisville will look to get back on track against No. 21 Pittsburgh, No. 22 Army will visit No. 14 Cincinnati and Florida State will square off against No. 12 Miami (FL) in the first big rivalry game of the season.

Let’s take a look at what the oddsmakers think will get money on both sides of the equation, with odds provided via William Hill Sportsbook. 

Saturday,

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College football bowl projections: Big Ten return shakes up College Football Playoff, New Year’s Six games

It has been almost a month since my preseason bowl projections, and since then, a lot has changed. The biggest change is that we welcome the Big Ten back to the 2020 college football season.  The league canceled its football season back on Aug. 11 but then reversed course on Sept. 17 and announced it will play an eight-game schedule plus a ninth game for each team on its championship Saturday, which will be Dec. 19.

From a bowl perspective, adding the Big Ten back in gives us 90 teams from which to choose.  It also means another Power Five conference in play for the College Football Playoff.

Ohio State, the preseason No. 2 team in the AP Top 25, is now projected to have that same seed in the College Football Playoff.  Alabama drops down to No. 3 and Oklahoma falls to No. 4.  Georgia is still in the

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SEC West college football preview — Is Alabama ready to reclaim its throne?

If you were squinting just right, you could see the ground moving beneath Nick Saban’s feet last season. LSU, until recently one of the last proud purveyors of Big Burly Manball, had modernized its offense and produced numbers no one had seen before, throwing for 6,000 yards, beating Alabama in Tuscaloosa and zooming to 15-0. Auburn, meanwhile, was playing the conference’s most exciting and interesting defense; Bama’s Iron Bowl rival was the only team to hold LSU under 36 points and turned said Iron Bowl with a pair of pick-sixes.

Alabama lost to both of its primary rivals and finished eighth in the AP poll, its lowest placement since 2010 (the previous time one of these two rivals won the national title). Was this the turning point then? Is the Saban dynasty finally crumbling to the ground?

Yeah, right. SEC West play is scheduled to begin on Sept. 26, and

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AP Top 25 college football poll reaction

The AP Top 25 college football poll is out, and this should be the last week it does not include Big Ten teams. So before next week’s shake-up — which will also include the first weekend of SEC play — here’s what’s on tap for each ranked team, starting with No. 1 Clemson.

No. 1 Clemson (2-0)

There wasn’t much to learn from the Tigers’ easy win over The Citadel, a glorified scrimmage that featured 49 first-half points for Clemson before Trevor Lawrence was pulled from the game. That none of the Tigers’ stars got dinged up was a big plus, and if D-linemen Tyler Davis (knee) and Justin Foster (COVID-19 protocols) can get back on the field in two weeks against Virginia, everything should be clicking for Dabo Swinney’s crew. — David M. Hale

No. 2 Alabama (0-0)

Things are going smoothly in Tuscaloosa as the Crimson Tide have

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How to Watch Clemson vs. Wake Forest on TV and Online

A host of top-25 ranked programs are in action on Saturday as the college football season begins in earnest after a somewhat subdued start last week. Clemson, the No.1-ranked team in preseason polls, begins its bid for a fifth consecutive appearance in the College Football Playoff (CFP) with a trip to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to take on Wake Forest in front of ABC cameras in primetime.

Here’s all you need to know ahead of the Tigers’ first game of the season.

  • Kickoff time—Wake Forest hosts Clemson at Truist Field at Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, September 12.
  • TV channel—ABC
  • Live stream—ABC’s digital platforms, SlingTV and fuboTV.
  • Odds—Clemson is a 33-point favorite with DraftKings and is 9/10 to cover the spread, while the over/under line in terms of total points scored is set at 60.
  • Series history
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Florida State vs. Georgia Tech odds, spread: 2020 college football picks, predictions from expert on 14-3 run

Getting off to a strong start on their own field has become the norm for the Florida State Seminoles. The squad has posted a 30-9 all-time record when opening a season at home, including an 18-3 mark since 1975. The Seminoles will look to improve upon those numbers when they host the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Saturday in the 2020 season opener for both schools. Kickoff from Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla. is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET.

Florida State has a new coach with a track record of fast starts in Mike Norvell, who won each of his four season openers with Memphis as the team outscored its opponents 153-70 in those contests. The Seminoles are 12.5-point favorites in the latest Florida State vs. Georgia Tech odds from William Hill, while the over-under for total points scored is 52. Before making any Georgia

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