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Burning Questions - Week 10

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Saturday

Syracuse (-5.5/77) at Wake Forest, 12 p.m. ET: Can Syracuse’s banged up secondary rise up with corners Scoop Bradshaw and Chris Frederick moving well and ready to return to the lineup? Can Dave Clawson make it three straight wins over Dino Babers in this battle of offensive gurus and former Bowling Green head coaches? Will Syracuse improve on its plus-9 turnover margin by pressuring freshman QB Sam Hartman into mistakes? Does Wake improve its chances for a third straight bowl berth with an upset here?

Nebraska at Ohio State (-19.5/73), 12 p.m. ET: Will Nebraska freshman QB Adrian Martinez be able to hang with Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins, who hosted him on a recruiting visit to Columbus less than a year ago? Does a Huskers secondary that has been torched by most QBs have any chance to slow down the best passer on their schedule in Haskins and the tremendous receiving corps he has at his disposal? Can the Huskers improve on a pass rush that has produced just six sacks to give their DBs a fighting chance? Will WR Binjimen Victor emerge quickly in place of injured Austin Mack, who is out the rest of the way after foot surgery?

Memphis (-11.5/65) at East Carolina, 12 p.m. ET: Can the nation’s second-leading rusher, Memphis’ Darrell Henderson (10.07 ypc), pick up where he left off before experiencing leg pain that kept him out against Missouri? Will head coach Mike Norvell’s inclination that Henderson won’t be under any restrictions hold true? How can the porous Memphis defense keep WR Trevon Brown from finishing with double-digit receptions, 140-plus receiving yards and at least one touchdown for the third straight game? Who will be passing him the ball, Reid Herring, still dealing with coming back from a concussion, or freshman Holton Ahlers, a top recruit who threw for 406 yards against UCF? Will the Tigers win their first road game of the season and snap a run of four straight losses in Greenville?



Michigan State (-3/45) at Maryland, 12 p.m. ET: Will all the distractions and disharmony over Maryland’s inept handling of former head coach D.J. Durkin’s reinstatement and subsequent firing be too much for the team to overcome at home? Will top Terps running back Ty Johnson return from a calf strain to challenge the Big Ten’s top rush defense, surrendering just 2.7 ypc? With normal starting QB Brian Lewerke dealing with a shoulder injury, will redshirt freshman Rocky Lombardi continue to impress in his first road start? Will RB L.J. Scott getting back close to 100 percent help the Sparty offense get comfortable despite a reshuffled offensive line and the absences of center Matt Allen and top receiver Felton Davis?

Rutgers at Wisconsin (-28.5/50.5), 12 p.m. ET: How will star RB Jonathan Taylor bounce back from a brutal game where he managed just 46 yards and fumbled twice in a loss at Northwestern? How many turnovers will the Badgers add to their haul of eight forced over the past two weeks against miscue-prone freshman Art Sitkowski and the Scarlet Knights? Will Wisconsin QB Alex Hornibrook hang in there in the pocket to wait for plays to develop or will he be looking to throw immediately since he just came out of concussion protocol? Can the Badgers avoid looking ahead to road games against Penn State and Purdue to secure this easily despite resting multipe defensive starters like NT Olive Sagapolu and safety Scott Nelson?

Central Michigan at Eastern Michigan (-13.5/46.5), 12 p.m. ET: Will the Chippewas record their first MAC win of the season by beating rival EMU for the sixth time in seven meetings? Will the QB tandem of Tyler Wiegers and Mike Glass III continue to flourish in holding serve at home to get the Eagles to .500 through 10 games? With freshman LaQuan Johnson and sophomore Robinson Stuart set to start for injured upperclassment up front, can the CMU defensive line generate pressure and stop the run? Will 6-foot-7, 240-pound QB Tony Poljan be able to move the Chips effectively now that he's got the starting gig back with Tommy Lazzaro out for the season and freshman George Pearson back in a reserve role?

Air Force at Army (-6/42.5), 12 p.m. ET: Who will value the ball and avoid turnovers best in the face of steady showers and driving winds expected in West Point for this one? After dominating Navy 35-7 to open October, will the Falcons claim the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy by pulling off a road upset of the current holders? Can the Black Knights beat Air Force in consecutive seasons for the first time in over a decade? With 10 starters back from last year's 21-0 home loss to Army, does Air Force have enough talent and experience to return the favor? Can Air Force QB Isaiah Sanders improve on a 60.6 completion percentage that ranks best among the service-academy QBs? Will Army dominate possession at home by winning a few gambles to add to a fourth-down conversion percentage (89.7%) that leads the nation?

Iowa State (-16/46) at Kansas, 12 p.m. ET: Can ISU star running back David Montgomery, the Big 12's rushing leader, pick up his fifth 100-yard game in a row? Does KU freshman RB Pooka Williams continue striking a blow for the Jayhawks with his ability to break big gains? Coming off an upset of TCU, will the Jayhawks have the requisite confidence to flirt with another upset? WIll Cyclones freshman QB Brock Purdy continue his emergence by again hooking up with standout WR Hakeem Butler?

Texas A&M at Auburn (-4/48), 12 p.m. ET: Which dual-threat QB, Kellen Mond or Jarrett Stidham, finds a rhythm first? With WR Jhamon Ausbon still out with a foot injury, do the Aggies have the firepower to consistently move it through the air against the Tigers? Can a rushing offense that has had issues moving it consistently and is averaging the fewest yards in the Gus Malzahn era overcome the potential absence of top RB JaTarvious Whitlow, who is listed as questionable due to a shoulder injury and ankle sprain? Coming off a bye, can an offensive line that's as healthy as it has been this season and is getting back right tackle Jack Driscoll produce results against the SEC's third-ranked run defense?

Oklahoma State (-6/69) at Baylor, 12 p.m. ET: Which high-powered offense best handles 20-plus-mile-per-hour wind gusts? How does Bears QB Charlie Brewer bounce gack from going 1-for-8 with three interceptions in a loss to West Virginia now that he's made it through concussion protocol? Can Oklahoma State build on last week's upset of Texas to secure bowl eligibility and get back to .500 in Big 12 play? With this year's Cowboys continue to be more effective on the ground than through the air due to Taylor Cornelius' inconsistent passing and the explosiveness of Justice Hill and Chuba Hubbard?

Louisville at Clemson (-40/61), 12 p.m. ET: Should this spread, Louisville's largest since 1987, be an indictment of where the Cardinals program has fallen post-Lamar Jackson under Bobby Petrino? Can the 'Ville improve to 2-7 ATS by hanging within this big number? Can Tigers RB Travis Etienne get back on track against Louisville's brutal run defense to make life easier on freshman QB Trevor Lawrence?

South Carolina (PK/69) at Ole Miss, 12 p.m. ET: What effect will Ole Miss' bowl ban for this season being upheld earlier this week have on the team since picking up a sixth victory here no longer carries any significance? Can the Gamecocks adjust to playing only their third road game of the season, a rarity this deep into things in November? How will South Carolina's depleted secondary fare against the best set of receivers it has seen since surrendering 41 points to Georgia at home two months ago?

Georgia Tech (-5/65) at North Carolina, 12:15 p.m. ET: Can the Yellow Jackets remain hot on the trail of an ACC Coastal crown by taking down the least successful team in the ACC outside of the 'Ville? With starting QB Ta'Quon Marshall back, will we see Tobias Oliver improve on a brilliant debut that delivered a convincing win over Virginia Tech? Since both QBs are set to play, does that increase the chances they'll pour it on against the Tar Heels? Will Georgia Tech snap a run of defeats in Chapel Hill, winning for the first time at Kenan Stadium since a 68-50 eye-opener back in 2012?

Penn State at Michigan (-12/52.5), 3:45 p.m. ET: Will star Michigan DE Rashan Gary return from a foot injury to quell rumors that he's already hung up his cleats to start preparing for the draft? Can Trace McSorley's deft ball-handling and ability to tuck and run give a Wolverines defense that has been dominant since losing the opener at Notre Dame fits? Will Shea Patterson continue improving to punish a Penn State defense that has looked vulnerable when it's mattered most? Can Jim Harbaugh put last week's bye to good use to improve to just 4-3 with extra time to prepare?

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