No. 9 Miami at Virginia Tech

No. 10 Indiana, Michigan

Middle Tennessee at No. 16 Marshall

Western Carolina at # 22 Liberty

Wake Forest in North Carolina

Fresno State, Utah

No. 2 Notre Dame at Boston College

# 20 Southern California in Arizona

Southern Mississippi, West Kentucky

Nevada versus New Mexico in Las Vegas

Arkansas at No. 6 Florida

No. 11 Oregon, Washington State

No. 13 Wisconsin in Michigan

# 23 Northwestern at Purdue

Temple in Central Florida

Florida State in the state of North Carolina

South Carolina in Mississippi

Oregon State in Washington

Indiana never made a habit of being good enough to get voted by Associated Press voters. And when they are, the Hoosiers usually hit their heads on the ceiling and tumble back to earth. Last year, Indiana cracked the top 25 to 24th thanks to four midseason wins and immediately dropped out of the rankings with a loss to Penn State. His previous top 25 foray in 1994 also lasted a week before a 49-point loss to Wisconsin put the Hoosiers into a spiral. Indiana’s earlier climb to the top 10 in 1969 was also brief, with the team ending 4-6.

However, this year’s Indiana team seems poised to stick around a bit after winning the season opener against Penn State (a game the Hoosiers should probably have lost) and Michigan (a game they pretty much dominated). Now # 10 Indiana is visiting Michigan State, a team that last defeated it on the road in 2001. The Spartans have beaten Michigan this season too, but were otherwise pretty bad. The nadir came last week in the 7-49 Iowa loss they found themselves in, threw three interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown, and gave up a punt-return touchdown. Michigan State has a revenue difference of minus 7 after three games.

It’s a fight between a team who defeated Clemson against a team who almost defeated Clemson when Notre Dame attended Boston College. The Fighting Irish hope to avoid a replay of 1993 when they knocked a No. 1 team (in this case Florida State) out of the tournament in November to lose their battle in the Holy War at Boston College next weekend and the destroying national title hopes for Lou Holtz ‘last really dominant Notre Dame team.

Something similar happened in 2002 when the Fighting Irish started 8-0 in Tyrone Whittingham’s first season and climbed to fourth place only to lose to Boston College in November. The Eagles quarterback Phil Jurkovec began his college career as a high profile recruit for the Fighting Irish, but moved to Boston College in January. “I really didn’t like football,” he said. “I’ve lost my love for it.” He has thrown for 15 touchdowns with only four interceptions this season. …

If anyone has any idea what will happen in the Wisconsin-Michigan game, please raise your hand. The Badgers have not played since their season opener on October 23 because of a coronavirus outbreak that forced the cancellation of two games. It’s also not entirely clear whether Graham Mertz, possibly the most famous quarterback recruit to ever play for the Badgers, will face the Wolverines after a positive coronavirus test and the mandatory rest period that followed. Mertz was 20 for 21 with five touchdown passes against Illinois in the opener, and Michigan’s miserable passing save allowed 287.3 yards per game, 104th nationally. The Wolverines are surging after losing to Michigan State and Indiana, and Jim Harbaugh’s seat has never been this hot.

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