Jaguars vs Colts

Jaguars vs Colts : The Jacksonville Jaguars head to the middle of America this Sunday to take on divisional rival Indianapolis Colts (3-5) at Lucas Oil Stadium at 1:00pm EST. For fans not making the trip, we’ll have Spero Dedes and Adam Archuleta on the CBS call for Sunday.

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The Colts’ season may have started off a little rocky as Andrew Luck knocked off some understandable rust following his long hiatus from football, but Captain Luck has led his troops to two consecutive wins heading into last week’s bye.I have received your care package of spiced raccoon cheeks and flattened snake strips. The Jungle Cat men inch closer to our camp. Scouts report hearing growls in the distance and have found traces of grits along their trail.

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Sure, the wins may have been against the Bills and Raiders, but three out of the Colts’ five losses have been within one possession, so it’s not like they’ve been getting embarrassed by 30+ points against the Cowboys or anything. While Luck ranks third in the NFL with 42.9 pass attempts per game, he is 29th in yards per attempt (6.2), so rookie head coach Frank Reich’s up-tempo West Coast offense has helped contribute to keeping Luck healthy and clean in the pocket. The real story surrounding the Colts offense has been the dominant play of their offensive line, which hasn’t allowed a sack in 15 quarters and is allowing one sack every 35 drop backs this year.

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To put this into perspective, Luck was sacked once every 14 drop backs the last time he played in 2016. The Jaguars defense may be middle of the pack in sacks, but they’ve been applying an incredible amount of pressure with their defensive line this year, so this battle up front should be a phenomenal one this week for anyone who admires trench warfare.

To make matters worse for the Jaguars, the Colts also have their running game rolling since Marlon Mack has returned from injury, and Mack became the first Colts runner with back-to-back 100 yard rushing games since Joseph Addai in 2007. In addition to Mack, rookie running back/wide receiver hybrid Nyheim Hines has been devastating out of the backfield and adds another underneath dimension for the Jaguars linebackers to account for. The Jaguars defense currently ranks second in passing yards allowed per game and points allowed per game, so expect the Colts to go to the well in their running game early and often to not challenge the Jaguars through the air more than they have to — A.J. Bouye or not.

Defensively, the Colts have been fairly mediocre against the run (averaging 109 yards allowed per game), so this is a good opportunity for the Jaguars to get back to their smash mouth offensive identity. The Colts are a bottom ten pass defense statistically, and as inconsistent and unreliable as the Jaguars receivers have been lately, expect them to get some good chances against below average cornerbacks if Nathaniel Hackett can get the play action game up and running. The one player the Jaguars will need to pay attention to on every snap will be impressive rookie linebacker Darius Leonard. Leonard leads the NFL with 88 tackles and has been a one-man wrecking crew with four sacks and three crucial forced fumbles this season.

Check out Ryan O’Bleness’ cross-over piece with Chris Blystone of Stampede Blue for more information about the opponent and check out the all-time series history against the Colts.

The biggest storyline for the Jaguars this week is the return of Leonard Fournette to help catalyze what has been an inept offense over the second quarter of the season. Some fans are looking for Fournette to be a magical elixir that totally fixes the offense, but reality is that simply won’t be the case. Having Fournette available, however, should positively influence play calling and bring back the balance that has escaped Nathaniel Hackett in the second quarter of the season. Getting back to their offensive identity should force the Colts to pack the box and open up some looks for Blake Bortles to work off of play action.

The other big storyline this week is the Donte Moncrief revenge tour. Moncrief has been fairly disappointing this season, but there’s just something against playing a former team that causes players to dial it up a notch. There is no doubt that Moncrief will be playing to prove that the Colts made a mistake in letting him go in free agency, but Moncrief should really be playing to prove that he deserves the healthy one-year deal the Jaguars gave him that he hasn’t lived up to. The Colts don’t have a premier lock down cornerback, so if Moncrief can’t get it going this week, when will he?

On the other side of the football, the major storyline is how this defense adjusts to life without Dante Fowler Jr., who was traded to the Los Angeles Rams for a couple of draft picks before the deadline. Early speculation is that 2017 third round pick Dawuane Smoot will be active for the first time this season, but does that mean he gets the replacement snaps for Fowler? Does Taven Bryan see more time? Will Bryan slide inside to three-technique for some snaps now that that they are down one speed rusher? Keep an eye on the rotation this week and see how they adapt for the final eight games, as this will give a good indication of how they’ll attack the defensive line decisions come this offseason.

Nicknamed “Ghost,” Ramsey will be following Hilton around everywhere on the field to make sure he becomes an apparition on the stat sheet. While Ramsey would probably follow Hilton around regardless if A.J. Bouye played, Bouye’s absence on Sunday all but confirms this. Expect to see D.J. Hayden get the start opposite Ramsey with Tyler Patmon lining up in the nickel against three receiver sets, and expect the Jaguars cornerbacks to Press on the line often to take away the quick, short passes for Luck.

Eric Ebron has been on absolute fire this year already finding the end zone seven times. Similar to the Eagles last week (who still have Frank Reich’s fingerprints all over that offense), the Colts also use a ton of two tight end sets with Ebron and Jack Doyle, so expect a heavy dose of brute back with Ronnie Harrison this week. Harrison has played very well for a third round rookie and as much as I personally feel he would be an upgrade over the struggling Barry Church at strong safety, Harrison has filled a niche role so well and the Jaguars don’t have another player with his skill set that can replicate his contribution in the big nickel.

The “Battle of the Leonards” will probably be a thing in the AFC South, and we get the first edition on Sunday. Considering how many carries most anticipate Fournette getting this week to reboot the offense, Leonard could be pushing a 20 tackle game this week. The Jaguars offensive line will need to get good push off the snap and matriculate quickly in the second level if Fournette is going to average more than four yards per carry on Sunday with the ubiquitous Leonard on the prowl. Expect to see a heavy dose of fullback Tommy Bohannon this week to try and seek and destroy Leonard in the open field.

The Colts offensive line has been playing stellar, and that should be expected when you use top ten pick on an offensive guard. As the first offensive guard ever to win NFL Offensive Player of the Month, Nelson looks like the real deal and should be a huge problem for the Jaguars in the AFC South for the next decade-plus. Jackson doesn’t have the flashy statistics this season, but he’s been effective from the three-technique spot and his experience should give Nelson a good challenge this week.

Labeled as a reach at the time of his selection atop the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft, Smith has been extremely solid this season since moving over to right tackle. Unfortunately for Smith, he has yet to face a Defensive Player of the Year caliber defensive end like Calais Campbell. Between Campbell’s diligent preparation to identify vulnerabilities and his grown man strength, this will be a match up that will be worth keeping an eye on. It also feels like Campbell is probably the healthiest he’s been following the bye and not being on the injury report, so I expect a much more productive second half from Campbell.

Blake has generally played well against the Colts in his career, but people are failing to realize that this is a completely different Colts team than the Chuck Pagano units that Bortles has smoked in the last few seasons. Defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus has shown creative ways to disguise coverages running zone coverage 78.6% of the time and second-year free safety Malik Hookerwill definitely try baiting Bortles to take some shots off play action. Bortles must be especially aware of where Hooker is on the field before making his decisions to throw beyond the line of scrimmage.

Final prediction
If the Jaguars offense can’t put up points early or the defense doesn’t get an opportune turnover in the first quarter, it’s likely this ends up a one score game. As we know, Jacksonville hasn’t been able to win the mental war of attrition that comes in playing close games this year. The longer the game goes on as a one-possession battle, the less likely the Jaguars come out on top. This game has the feeling of a three-point contest one way or another, and with the Colts having home field advantage, I’ll give the nod to them.

Falcons vs Browns

Falcons vs Browns : The Falcons put the NFL on notice this past weekend, when they dropped 38 points – on the road – against a Washington defense that many considered to be one of the better units in the league. The passing game was phenomenal, but more importantly, the offensive line played lights out and spearheaded a rushing attack that averaged over 6 yards per carry. Here’s how this rejuvenated unit matches up with their next opponent, the Cleveland Browns.

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As mentioned, the Falcons offensive line put in their best performance against a strong Washington defensive front. Jake Matthews has been the best offensive lineman all year and Alex Mack has started to bounce back from his slow start to the year. Wes Schweitzer has gradually improved at left guard and had a great game Sunday, while Ben Garland has now had two straight very good games. Ryan Schraeder still isn’t playing up to his standards, but he’s playing well enough for now. This unit – despite the injuries to their two starting guards – is hitting it’s stride at the right time.

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The Browns defensive front is a mixed bag. Myles Garrett is a nightmare on wheels with nine sacks already for the year. On the other side, though, Emmanuel Ogbah has not been playing well so far this year. In the middle, Larry Ogunjobi and Trevon Coley don’t offer much as pass rushers and are only marginally better as run stoppers, though Ogunjobi has a lot of talent.

With the way the Falcons offensive line came together over the bye, there’s reason to be optimistic they can win this match up. Garrett is scary, but the rest of the unit is not anything the Falcons haven’t faced before.

The list of names for the Falcons should be a nightmare for defensive coordinators. Former MVP QB Matt Ryan is putting up numbers that rivals his 2016 MVP season as he leads a unit that is deadly efficient in the red zone now. Julio Jones is still one of the most dominant receivers in the league. Mohamed Sanu is a great possession receiver who wins in traffic and plays physically. Rookie WR Calvin Ridley leads the team with 7 touchdowns and is incredibly refined as a route runner with top-end speed. Austin Hooper has really come alive as a receiver this season. Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith have helped make the loss of Devonta Freeman an after thought, as both have played well in all facets of the offense. This is a unit built to score and they’ve been doing it incredibly well this year.

The linebackers for the Browns are not bad. Jamie Collins isn’t playing to the same level he held in New England, but he’s still a good talent. Joe Schobert is fantastic in coverage, but struggles in run defense. Genard Avery is good against the run and has some talent as a pass rusher as well. At safety, the Browns have some decent guys too. If he plays, Damarious Randall has played well at free safety while Jabrill Peppers has improved a good bit from his first year in the league. At corner, Denzel Ward is a legitimate defensive rookie of the year candidate. T.J. Carrie has been up and down through his career and is a so-so player at this point. Briean Boddy-Calhouncould be someone the team looks to pick on in nickel sets.

The Browns defense looks far better here than they do up front, but there are still some weaknesses to be exploited. If Ryan stays clean in the pocket, this match-up will go well for the Falcons as well.

The Browns are giving up a league worst 138.9 yards per game at a 4.7 yards per carry average. Their passing defense has been better, giving up an average QB rating of 81.7, but giving up a ton of yards in the process. That said, good QBs have had big games against this unit. The Chargersscored 38, the Steelers 33 and the Chiefs 37. This is a great match-up for the Falcons and one they should take advantage of.

Saints vs Bengals

Saints vs Bengals : What do you get when two of the worst defenses face off against each other in a cold November matchup? Hopefully, a close game, despite one of the team’s possessing the league’s hottest offense.

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The Bengals host the Saints on Sunday in hopes to extinguish their seven-game winning streak and somehow keep pace with the complete offensive attack the Saints deploy on a weekly basis. No one (aside from Cleveland of all teams) has been able to hold the Saints offense down, and even in that Week 2 game against the Browns, they still put up 21 points.

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Since drafting wide receiver A.J. Green, the Bengals have averaged just 20 points per contest when Green did not play. Sunday’s game will be Green’s 11th missed game in his career, and one that the Bengals cannot score less than 20 and hope to win the game. Here are the matchups on both sides of the ball that the Bengals need to at least relatively hold their own in to give them a chance at coming out on top.

To be perfectly honest, the Bengals’ offensive game plan could drastically change without Green in the lineup. Could that mean moving Boyd out of the slot for the majority of his routes? It’s possible. Until we see it happen though, we should expect Boyd to operate inside or at least in a reduced split where he’s succeeded this season.

Boyd will be the focal point of the offense regardless where he begins his routes, and if he’s in the slot, Williams is the guy he’ll be going up against. Our own Matt Minich broke down how the Bengals can exploit Williams in coverage yesterday, and it’s clear that Williams is a good matchup for Boyd. Expect Boyd to finish with plenty of targets, with most of them resulting in catches when he’s got Williams covering him.

Despite being in the bottom six with the Bengals in expected points contributed by the defense, the Saints posses the league’s best run defense. That’s how putrid their pass defense has been this year, and a testament to why defending the pass is monumentally more important than defending the run.

Regardless, the Saints have some playmakers in their front seven and Davis is a strong catalyst in that second level. He’s far and away the Saints most active run defender, and the majority of his tackles are stops for the defense.

Alex Redmond is officially listed as doubtful for the game, so Hopkins will be filling in for him at right guard if Redmond can’t play. Hopkins will have tough matchups against defensive linemen Sheldon Rankins, David Onyemata and even Cameron Jordan when the Saints are in their nickel packages, but Hopkins has been solid when playing center for the injured Billy Price. Now, Hopkins will retake his spot at right guard for the time being.

Redmond’s run blocking and ability to drive out second level defenders has been his saving grace this year, and Hopkins needs to show he can still do it from the right guard spot. He needs to locate and get his hands on Davis whenever he climbs to the Saints linebackers on the front and backside of the play, because Davis will wreck the Bengals running game if he’s unoccupied all game.

When it comes to defending the Saints offense, it’s really a matter of picking your poison. To start, they possess perhaps the game’s most lethal dual-threat running back in the game in Kamara. For running backs with at least 300 touches dating back to the beginning of last season, Kamaraleads them all with an average of 6.8 yards per touch.

Kamara’s third in yards from scrimmage since he entered the league, which is impressive enough as it is. The fact that he only has 17 touches more than his backfield partner Mark Ingram makes it all the more incredible.

Quarterback Drew Brees has established tremendous chemistry with Kamara as a target out of the backfield and out wide. When he’s in the backfield, Brees likes to have Kamara run texas routes and option routes at linebackers, and it seems to work every time.

The Bengals’ issues covering pass-catching running backs were exposed in their entirety when they faced Kareem Hunt and the Chiefs in Week 7. Hunt hauled in five receptions for 55 yards and two touchdowns, along with a multitude of broken tackles, and the Bengals had no answer to stop him.

Their best option remains Evans, who is the Bengals most athletic linebacker with Nick Vigil still injured. This is a matchup that the Saints will look to exploit, and the Bengals need to find a way to minimize the inevitable damage.

At last, two stars from the 2016 NFL Draft class will face off against each other on what’s expected to be a cold afternoon next to the Ohio River. Jackson has recently picked up the slack from his less-than-impressive start to his sophomore season, but he’ll matchup on multiple occasions against a receiver in Thomas who is having a season like other this year.

Thomas has reeled in 70 of his 79 targets this season, which puts him on pace for 124 receptions on 140 targets. He’s caught 88.6% of his targets, and he’s tied for 11th in the league in targets. Since 1992 (when profootballreference.com started tracking targets) no receiver with at least 100 targets in a season has ever caught more than 77.2% of their targets. That record was set by former Patriots slot receiver Wes Welker in 2007, when he averaged 8.1 yards per target.

Thomas is currently averaging 11.14 yards per target. To claim Thomas is efficient with his targets is the understatement of the season.

The reality with Jackson is that he’s not the most physical cornerback. He’s able to get his hands around the receiver and disrupt passes, but he’s going to match a physical receiver in most bump-and-run situations. Thomas’ game is completely physical-based. He doesn’t always get separation, but he’s always open regardless. He’s the epitome of being a possession receiver, and Jackson really needs to rise to the occasion when Thomas enters his zone.

Lions vs Bears

Lions vs Bears : Go ahead and take a look at the NFC North standings. Seriously. Go look and then come back. We’ll be here. OK, you back? Great! As you now know, the Chicago Bearsare in first place.

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The Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers were considered before the season to be among the inner-circle contenders in the NFC, while the Bears were viewed as a potential fringe playoff team due to the expected offensive improvement baked in by replacing John Fox with Matt Nagy.

Things have worked out well for Chicago on both offense and defense, while both the Vikings and Packers have been up and down. Now, the Bears are right in the mix for the division title. They can go a long way toward solidifying their chances by handling Sunday’s matchup with the last-place Lions, who are 3-5 and recently traded one of their best offensive players.

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Will the Bears step up and ensure their footing, or can the Lions pull off the upset? We’ll find out this weekend. Here’s what to watch out for.

Let’s talk about that aforementioned improvement in the Bears’ offense. Chicago hasn’t exactly been the most consistent team on a game-to-game or even play-to-play basis, but the overall difference between this season and last is stark. Take a look at the following chart, which shows where the Bears ranked in a variety of offensive categories last season and where they rank this season. The better mark is highlighted in bold.

Yeah. It’s safe to say that Nagy and company have found some stuff that worked. Some of the improvement is due to the signings of Allen Robinson, Trey Burton, and Taylor Gabriel, plus the drafting of Anthony Miller, but Nagy has found a far more effective way to use running back Tarik Cohen and has schemed Mitchell Trubiskyinto easier throws this season than he had a year ago. Chicago’s top pass-catchers averaged 2.71 yards of separation last year, per an analysis of NFL.com’s NextGen Stats, but this year their separation average is up to 3.01 yards. While a difference of 0.3 yards might not seem like a ton, consider the fact that it means there is an entire extra foot of space in which to fire the ball. That’s a world of difference, and it’s been clear in the ease with which Trubisky has completed passes this year (64.2 percent) compared to last (59.4 percent).

That extra separation has borne itself out elsewhere in Trubisky’s numbers. His throws are going for first downs (32.9 percent to 27.9 percent) and touchdowns (5.8 percent to 1.9 percent) far more often this year. He’s also created a ton more big plays. Just 23 of Trubisky’s 330 pass attempts a year ago created gains of 20 yards or more. He’s already got 26 such plays this year, on 70 fewer pass attempts. That’s a jump from 6.0 percent to 10.0 percent. The guys creating most of those big plays this year are Cohen and Gabriel, who have combined to account for 12 of 26 20-plus-yard catches on the year.

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The Lions rank 26th in DVOA on deep passes this season, indicating that Gabriel has a chance to break a big play on Sunday. (That’s especially true because Darius Slay — who has not practiced all week and is uncertain to play — is likely to shadow Allen Robinson if he suits up, leaving Gabriel working against a weaker cover corner for most of the afternoon. ) The Lions’ pass defense has been poor in just about every area this season, with slot wideouts, tight ends, and running backs also finding success. With Slay likely covering Robinson, Trubisky and company would be wise to look at Gabriel, Miller, Cohen, and Burton as often as possible.

The Bears are also likely to find a good amount of success in the run game. Detroit’s run defense was arguably the worst in the NFL before they traded for Damon Harrison at the deadline, and in the two games since he landed in Detroit, they’ve allowed 178 yards on the ground to the Seahawks and 128 to the Vikings. And that’s with Harrison playing more than 60 percent of the snaps in both games. Chicago’s Jordan Howard-led run game had been on a roll until it ran into the Bills last week, but that game was over pretty much before it started and the offense barely had to do anything at all. The Bears had averaged 158.7 rush yards per game over the previous three weeks, and between Howard gashing up the middle, Cohen scooting around the edge, and the ever-present thread of Trubisky taking off with the ball himself on a scramble or read-option, they should have success running on the Lions as well.

Detroit’s offense unsurprisingly struggled in the first game of the post-Golden Tate era last week, with the Vikings holding the Lions to just 209 total yards, 18 first downs, and nine points. All three of those figures checked in well below Detroit’s season averages of 373.3 yards, 21.6 first downs, and 24.4 points per game prior to the contest.

The Lions essentially replaced Tate in their offense with scat-back Theo Riddick, who had been out for a few weeks until returning, and while Riddick did catch seven passes, they totaled just 36 yards. (T.J. Jones took most of the slot snaps but he was pretty much a non-factor.) Riddick is a strong pass-catching option out of the backfield but he doesn’t provide nearly the kind of downfield threat Tate does, nor is he nearly as good a run-after-catch guy as Tate, who has long been one of the best players in the league at creating additional yardage.

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One way to make up for Tate’s absence would be for the Lions to figure out a way to get Kenny Golladay going again. Golladay got off to a scorching start to the season with 27 catches for 428 yards and three scores in the first five games, reaching at least 74 yards or a touchdown in each of those games. Over the past three games, he has six catches for 95 yards on just seven targets. I mean … what???

The Bears play sides with cornerbacks Prince Amukamara and Kyle Fuller, with Amukamara taking 99 percent of his snaps on the right side of the field and Fuller playing 100 percent on the left. That means Golladay will see a decent amount of both, as he tends to move around the formation. Neither is necessarily the easiest guy to get going against. Among the 110 players who have been targeted in coverage at least 25 times, per Sports Info Solutions, Fuller ranks 13th in opponent passer rating and Amukamara ranks 54th.

Detroit’s offensive line had been very good in pass protection this season until completely falling apart last week. Matthew Stafford was sacked 10 (TEN!!) times by the Vikings a week ago, and he barely had time to look downfield, let alone throw the ball. The Bears have 24 sacks on the season, but recorded just three combined against the Jets and Bills with Khalil Mack on the sideline the past two weeks. The reasonable expectation is that Mack returns this week, and that is very bad news for the Lions. When fully healthy he has been absolutely unstoppable this season, and after taking two weeks off to let his ankle heal, he should be raring to go in this one. If the Lions can’t keep Mack away from Stafford, they’re done.

The Detroit run game has been better since they essentially handed the reins to rookie Kerryon Johnson, but the Bears are one of the toughest teams in the NFL to run against. Johnson also has just 59 yards on 20 carries in his past two games. If the line struggles to create holes through which he can run, well, again, they’re done.

Army vs Lafayette

Army vs Lafayette : When the Army West Point football team hosts Lafayette on Saturday from historic Michie Stadium, fans from around the world will have a number of options to follow the action live beginning at noon. CBS Sports Network and the Army Sports Network highlight the choices.

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Television: CBS Sports Network
On-Air Time: 12:00 p.m.
Announcers: Ben Holden (play-by-play); Jay Feely (color analyst); Tina Cervasio (sideline reporter)
Hudson Valley Time Warner Cable: Channels 315, 457, 467
Hudson Valley Direct TV: Channel 221
Hudson Valley Dish Network: Channel 158
Channel Finder: cbssportsnetwork.com 

Army West Point Sports Network:
On-Air Time: 10:00 a.m., Army Football Tailgate Show
Pregame Show: 11:30 a.m., Black Knights Game Day
Flagships: WBNR (1260 AM, Beacon, N.Y.); WLNA (1420 AM, Peekskill, N.Y.)
New York City Affiliates: WMCA (570 AM, New York City, N.Y.)
Affiliates: KABI (1560 AM, Abilene, Kan. – Fort Riley); WINU (104.9 FM, Albany, N.Y.); WENU (1410 AM, Albany, N.Y.); KTON (1330 AM/100.9 FM, Cameron, Texas — Fort Hood); KCEG (780 AM, Colorado Springs, Colo.); WAGF (101.3 FM, Dothan, Ala. – Fort Rucker); WFBX (1450 AM/92.5 FM, Fayetteville, N.C. – Fort Bragg); WIFI (1460 AM, Florence, N.J.); WZZN (97.7 FM, Huntsville, Ala. – Redstone Arsenal); WGHQ (920 AM/92.5 FM, Kingston, N.Y.); KXCA (1380 AM, Lawton, Okla. – Fort Sill); WBLH (92.5 FM/104.5 FM, Watertown, N.Y. – Fort Drum); KIIK (1400 AM, Waynesville, Mo. – Fort Leonard Wood)

Satellite Radio:
Sirius: Channel 137
XM: Channel 384
Internet: Channel 987
Announcers: Rich DeMarco (play-by-play); Dean Darling (color analyst); Tony Morino (sideline
reporter); Joe Beckerle (program host)

Streaming Apps:
TuneIn (Army Black Knights Sports Network)
Announcers: Rich DeMarco (play-by-play); Dean Darling (color analyst); Tony Morino (sideline
reporter); Joe Beckerle (program host)
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Multimedia Information
Audio Stream: GoArmyWestPoint.com/watch (Army broadcast)
Live Stats: GoArmyWestPoint.com
In-Game Twitter Updates: @ArmyWP_Football
Game Day Hashtags: #LAFvsARMY |  #GoArmy

Free Online Video Broadcast for Service Members:
Video of All of Army West Point football’s 2018 home games will be streamed live on Knight Vision and service men and women will be able to access the online broadcast for free.

Current active duty and reserve duty members of the military with an active .mil e-mail address can obtain access to view a video stream of all Army home football games this season. Nonmilitary members are able to sign up as well for a small fee.

Pricing for football home games on Knight Vision:
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– Monthly Recurring Subscription – $19.95
– Yearly Pass – $49.95
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After signing up, active service members can log on to GoArmyWestPoint.com/ActiveMemberLogin before every home game.

UCLA vs Arizona State

UCLA vs Arizona State : All six teams in the jumbled division are still alive for a shot for the championship, including UCLA, no matter how underwhelming its 2-7 overall record appears.

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The odds are long, but with a 2-4 record in conference play, the Bruins could still win the South with a three-game winning streak to end the season, starting at Arizona State at 11 a.m. PT Saturday, and with additional losses by Colorado, Utah and Arizona.

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UCLA had a chance to grab hold of its own destiny two weeks ago when it hosted Utah on a short week, but let it slip with six dropped passes and 24 missed tackles. The next week, hours after the first-place Utes lost to Arizona State, the Bruins could have moved within a half-game of the top spot with a win. Then they dropped six more passes, committed 11 penalties and had a 27-point swing on special-teams mistakes alone in another loss.

With such a tight conference race, the Bruins are left reviewing — and hoping to learn from — the many self-inflicted wounds.

“You definitely look back at those mistakes that you made and they’re so minute, but at the same time they’re really big,” redshirt senior receiver Christian Pabico said. “A lot of coaches always emphasize that the little things matter and it definitely holds true.”

With every 100-yard rushing game Joshua Kelley collects, the more resistant he is to praise. For everything his coaches and teammates give him — their trust, their blocking and their encouragement — the redshirt junior feels like the least he can do is keep running the ball.

“I gotta produce for this team, so I always tell myself that whatever opportunity I get, I have to make the most of it,” Kelly said after he ran for a career-high 161 yards against Oregon. “It’s really all the offensive line, the tight ends, receivers, quarterbacks making reads, there’s so much that goes into that.”

The UC Davis transfer averages 132.2 rushing yards per game in conference play and has five 100-yard rushing performances in the past six games. In the past two years combined, the Bruins had just two 100-yard rushing games.

Kelley has touchdowns in five consecutive games and, with a score Saturday, will become the first Bruin with touchdowns in six consecutive games since Maurice Jones-Drew in 2005. He’s on pace to become the first 1,000-yard rusher for the Bruins since Paul Perkins collected 1,343 rushing yards in 2015.

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Whenever reporters remind Kelley of his achievements, the jolly running back just smiles and sheepishly nods his head. He thanks the reporter for bringing it up the way he thanks teammates for their blocks. But as one of the brightest spots of UCLA’s uneven season, Kelley receives many thanks as well.

“He’s aggressive. I love the way he runs,” center Boss Tagaloa said. “It makes us look good, too.”

Atonio Mafi bull-rushed his way into becoming a feared high-school defensive lineman, but the 6-foot-2 defensive lineman – whose slimmed down weight of 370 is still heavier than any ASU offensive lineman he’ll face this weekend – has learned he won’t make it in the Pac-12 as a one-trick, pass-rushing pony.

“In college, everyone’s the same size, everyone’s been in the program and is more experienced, so bull-rushing isn’t going to work as well,” the freshman said. “I just need to work on my finesse moves.”

UCLA, sorely lacking in pass rush, needs as many moves as possible from all its young defensive linemen as the Bruins rank 11th in the Pac-12 in sacks with just 13 in nine games. They have just one in the past three games and may not have their leading sack-artist at full strength this week.

Outside linebacker Keisean Lucier-South injured his left arm against Oregon and was limited in most contact tackle drills this week in practice. He has a team-high four sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss.

The Bruins have already been without top pass-rushing prospect Jaelan Phillips (concussions) since the end of September.

The Sun Devils (5-4, 3-3 Pac-12) have allowed only 10 sacks this season, the second-fewest in the conference. The offensive line has also blocked for the Pac-12’s leading rusher Eno Benjamin and protected for quarterback Manny Wilkins, one of the most experience signal-callers in the wild Pac-12 South, who throws to receiver N’Keal Harry, the second-leading receiver in the conference.

“They’re going to give us some problems,” Mafi said,

Ole Miss vs Texas A&m

Ole Miss vs Texas A&m : The Texas A&M Aggies have dropped back-to-back games as their offense continues to struggle. Will they right the ship on Saturday afternoon when they host the Ole Miss Rebels at 12:00 p.m. ET? Ole Miss has struggled defensively all season.

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According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Aggies are 11.5-point favorites to beat the Rebels. The total, meanwhile, sits at 67 points. As of this writing, 51% of the public betting tickets wagered on this matchup are on the Aggies.

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Ole Miss senior QB Jordan Ta’amu (ankle) is expected to be ready for the Rebels’ Nov. 10 game against Texas A&M. While the senior quarterback is expected to be ready for the game, he will be limited in practice this week. In his most recent action, a 48-44 loss to South Carolina, Ta’amu accounted for 445 yards of offense and one rushing touchdown. His three-game streak of at least one touchdown pass came to an end in the defeat, and Ta’amu will look to begin a new run against a Texas A&M defense that’s currently ranked 11th in the SEC in pass defense (243.6 ypg) and 13th in passing touchdowns allowed per game (2.0).

Texas A&M sophomore QB Kellen Mond completed 15-of-31 passes for 212 yards with a touchdown and an interception in a 28-24 loss to Auburn on Saturday. Back-to-back poor games for Mond in back-to-back losses for the Aggies. As per usual, there were some excellent moments for the talented sophomore, but in the past two games, he’s really struggled to keep up any consistency. His interception got Auburn back into the game, and there were several throws that he just flatout missed. Mond has to play better if Texas A&M is going to compete against the better SEC teams. An easier defense comes next when they take on Ole Miss next Saturday.

The over is 10-2-1 in the Rebels’ last 13 games coming off a loss.

The under is 4-1 in the Aggies’ last five games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game.

The Aggies have struggled offensively over the past few weeks but they should let out their frustrations against a Rebels team that does not play defense. The over is 6-1 in Ole Miss’ last seven road games, is 11-4 in its last 15 conference games and is 19-7-1 in the Rebels’ last 27 games overall. The over is also 5-1 in the Aggies’ last six games played in the month of November and 7-1 in their last eight games coming off an ATS loss.

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Vanderbilt vs Missouri

Vanderbilt vs Missouri : Vanderbilt has twice snapped two-game Missouriwinning streaks in this series, and the Commodores have a chance to accomplish the same feat on Saturday in Columbia. The Tigers have won six of the 10 meetings overall, though two of the Commodores’ three wins (the two teams tied 7-7 in 1957) have come on the road in Columbia.

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With both teams sitting at 1-4 in SEC play, a full two games behind fourth-place South Carolina, a win would go a long way toward helping to secure bowl eligibility and climbing out of the basement in the SEC East.

Vanderbilt’s record is not what many in Nashville hoped, with four losses in five conference games thus far, but the Commodores’ losses have come to some of the best teams not only in the conference but in the country. With a win over Arkansas two weeks ago, Vanderbilt snapped a three-game skid that included losses to Georgia, Florida and Kentucky, ranked Nos. 5, 15 and 11, respectively, in the latest College Football Playoff rankings.

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Ke’Shawn Vaughn spurred the Commodores’ rebound effort, rushing for 172 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries. Kyle Shurmur didn’t exactly light it up through the air, but he completed 13 of his 19 passes for 192 yards and a pair of scores.

Missouri also had to bounce back from a heartbreaking, final-seconds loss to Kentucky, and bounce back it did. The Tigers traveled to the Swamp and thumped Florida 38-17 in Gainesville on Saturday. Drew Lock was his typical efficient self, going 24-for-32 for an even 250 yards and three touchdowns. Damarea Crockett and Larry Rountree III combined for 186 yards with two touchdowns to balance the effort in the upset.

Kickoff: Saturday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. ET
TV: SEC Network
Spread: Missouri -17

We all know about Drew Lock’s prowess through the air and piloting the Tigers to a top-20 mark in total offense. But often lost in the SEC’s quarterback conversation is Kyle Shurmur, who slots in fifth in the SEC in passing yards. Missouri’s pass defense is among the bottom 15 in the nation, so while Shurmur isn’t the most electrifying, he should find a lot of success in the passing game on Saturday.

When an offense isn’t incredibly explosive (see: Missouri, Alabama or any of the top teams in the Big 12) scoring in the red zone is imperative. However, Vanderbilt’s red zone offense is fourth-worst in the FBS, scoring on just 70.6 percent of its red-zone trips this season. The Tigers’ defense from the 20-yard-line and in is not much better, sitting at 118th out of 129 teams.

One area where Missouri really excels is in its run defense. Ke’Shawn Vaughn’s 6.8 yards per carry tops the SEC, and it’s also good enough for the eighth-best mark in the nation. On the other side, though, the Tigers boast a top-25 run defense that allows only 125 yards per game. With how potent the Tigers’ offense is, the Commodores will need to get significant contributions from Vaughn as well as Shurmur.

Both teams are looking to rebuild momentum and climb toward the postseason with some wins down the stretch. The Commodores have beaten the teams they were supposed to beat, while their losses have come to some of the conference’s top teams and Notre Dame. Missouri just finished a beatdown of Florida and looks to ride that momentum to a win with just three weeks left.

— Written by Juan Jose Rodriguez, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and currently a senior at the University of Notre Dame. Rodriguez was an internfor Athlon during summer 2017 and works for a variety of media outlets on campus, including as the Editor-in-Chief of Scholastic Magazine. Follow him on Twitter @JuanJoseRG02.

Kansas vs Kansas State

Kansas vs Kansas State : Just in time to take your mind off the crumbling mess to the north, Football season has arrived to Bramlage Coliseum and the Little Apple (wait….is it 2018 or 1988??).

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The 30th anniversary season for Bramlage opens with your Kansas State Wildcats taking on another KSU — the Kennesaw State Fighting Owls. Tonight’s match-up, scheduled for a 7:07pm CST tip off, marks the start of 115th season for the Wildcats, and will be the second time that the Wildcats and Owls have squared off on the hardwood, both in Manhattan.

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The Wildcats come in to the season riding high, yet with a fire burning. K-State finished their 2017-18 season in the Elite Eight, but felt like they could have made a deeper run if star forward Dean Wade had been available for the tournament. And so the 2018-19 the Wildcats, led by seniors Wade, Barry Brown, and Kamau Stokes, as well as seven other players from the Elite Eight team, have their sights set on even more. Like the Big 12 title and the Final Four.

But it all starts tonight. And first up are the Owls out of the Atlantic Sun conference. Kennesaw St. returns seven lettermen, including three starters, for a team that finished the 2017-18 season at 10-20 and sixth in conference with an 8-6 record. The Owls, picked to finish seventh (out of 9) in their conference this season, also welcome eight newcomers, including Division I transfers Danny Lewis (UCF) and Drew Romich (Longwood).

This should be a game that the Wildcats win easily — and for the sake of Wildcats fans, lets hope this game is drama-free because there will be plenty of that tomorrow.

Tonight’s game will be available on FOX Sports Kansas City with Ben Boyle (play-by-play), Stan Weber (analyst), and Bridget Howard (sideline reporter) on the call. You should also be able to access the game on the FoxSportsGo app, and the game will also be streamed on ESPN3. The channel listings from the SID include DirecTV 671-5 [HD] / Dish 452 or 412-40 / AT&T U-Verse 750 or 1750 [HD].

You will also be able to listen to live audio across much of the K-State Sports Network with with Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) and Matt Walters (analyst) calling the action. The game will also be available streaming for free online via the TuneIn app/TuneIn.com and at www.kstatesports.com/watch. Satellite coverage is also available at Sirius 98 / XM 200 / Internet 954. Live stats are available at k-statesports.com, and Twitter updates (@KStateMBB) will also be a part of the coverage from K-State Athletics.

Wisconsin vs Penn State

Wisconsin vs Penn State : There’s no way to polish the turd that the offense has turned into. I’m also hesitant to run Trace McSorley back out there immediately after the debacle last week until he’s truly healthy, the revolving door routine the coaches pulled between him and Tommy Stevens was atrocious.

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The defense has been hung out the dry by the offense every game since the bye, playing approximately a thousand snaps every game (may need to check my notes on this one). They’ve been solid, save for issues getting off the field on third down and occasional blundered plays. All that being said, Wisconsin is dinged up and this game is in Happy Valley, the offense reportedly has met and we may see more emphasis on Miles Sanders, a reappearance of Ricky Slade, more Jahan Dotson and perhaps Justin Shorter, so…

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This one should be ugly. Penn State’s offense looks like a mess and Wisconsin’s quarterback situation is cloudy. I have the Nittany Lions winning because the defense has quietly been solid lately and I think it will stop Jonathan Taylor and put the Badgers in tough third-and-long situations. Penn State probably won’t be able to run the ball either, but if there’s a little Trace McSorley magic left, he’ll make enough plays to put the Lions over the top.

Penn State’s offense is lost right now. Wisconsin’s defense enters this game banged up, but it may not matter. If Trace McSorley is injured, for both the team and Trace, we need to see Tommy Stevens in this one.

The Badger may be without quarterback Alex Hornibrook, and even if he does play the passing game is not a threat. It’s all about slowing down Jonathan Taylor and the rushing attack. The Nittany Lion defense has come a long way, but I fear the sputtering offense will once again cause the defense to have to play too much leading to them getting burnt out. I also do not trust the coaching staff to make the correct personnel decisions, especially at LB and QB if Trace is still banged up.

I literally have no idea anymore. The offense, once the shining jewel of the Big Ten, can’t complete a pass or rush for a first down. The defense has come a long way since the early part of the season, but if the offense is completely inept, I don’t trust the defense to win the game.

I guess I have hope with Wisconsin’s QB banged up and with this being a home game. But not much.

Penn State goes into this Saturday’s matchup a nine-point favorite over Wisconsin. This is a good thing because over James Franklin’s tenure, Penn State has lost just twice when favored by a touchdown or more at Beaver Stadium — those two occasions being Northwestern 2014 and Michigan State earlier this year.

The chances that happens twice in the same season, when it only happened once during the fun 2014 and 2015 seasons, doesn’t seem likely to me. So Penn State will win because Penn State is the better team. It won’t be easy though because things can never be easy.

I will be in the midst of flying to Vegas while this game is happening and will remain blissfully ignorant of the inevitable suck-fest that will ensue between two teams who looked promising earlier in the year.

Or, in the more likely scenario: I will be a huge dumbass and order overpriced in-flight Wi-Fi so I can follow along via ESPN Gametracker while simultaneously dropping F-bombs in the BSD slack channel.

Either way, this game ain’t gonna be pretty with a banged-up PSU squad taking on a perhaps even more banged-up Wisconsin squad. I guess I have to give the edge to PSU given that it’s at home and Wisconsin is rather one-dimensional on offense. Plus, I get the feeling James Franklin is going to let the young receivers loose and will be quicker to pull Trace for Tommy if Trace is still clearly affected by his injuries.

This should be an entertaining game between two similarly injured, similarly humbled, similarly desperate, similarly experienced yet fatally flawed teams. I like PSU’s offense to complete a few passes to itself this week.

The parallels between these two teams is unmistakable. Both teams find themselves at 6-3 after once appearing in the top 10 with expectations of a potential Big Ten Championship and playoff run. Both teams have struggled to find an identity- while Penn State’s high-flying offense has come down to earth, Wisconsin’s typically stout defense has become leaky. Now both look to finish strong despite injury issues for their experienced quarterbacks.

All of this makes this matchup hard to predict, as it seems any outcome is plausible. This could just come down to which team comes out the most motivated. With a win, either team is in good standing to finish at 9-3 and go to a quality bowl- but is that enough considering the heights these teams have reached in recent years?

This seems destined to be a low-scoring affair, so the smart thing would be to pick Wisconsin due to its strong run game giving it more consistent offense. However, something tells me the Nittany Lions do just enough to pull this one out at home.

Amani Oruwariye comes through with a game-sealing interception, while Micah Parsons has his best game yet with 11 tackles and a sack. Miles Sanders helps the cause with 90 yards rushing and a score, while Jahan Dotson leads the way with six catches and his first touchdown.