Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville apologized this week for an outburst at a fan that went viral. His frustration comes from a 4-5 team that will likely miss a bowl game — unless the Bearcats top UCF today. Lakewood High's Griffin twins, Shaquill and Shaquem, could be in for a big day for the Knights against Cincinnati's No. 118 scoring offense.
Miami can secure a fourth consecutive bowl appearance with a win at Virginia. Don't be surprised if the defense dominates. The Hurricanes have 81 tackles for a loss — tied for No. 2 nationally and 16 more than they had all of last season. That figure will rise against a Cavaliers offense that ranks No. 111 in the country in yards per play.
LSU finds itself in a tough spot, dealing with the deflation from last week's 10-0 loss to No. 1 Alabama. "I think all of us had that hurt in our belly," interim coach Ed Orgeron said. How the Tigers respond will be interesting against a Razorbacks team that dominated UF, especially with next week's emotional game against the Gators up next.
SEC East scenarios
UF, Kentucky, Tennessee and South Carolina are all in contention for the division title. The Gators remain in first and can clinch a trip to Atlanta today with a victory over the Gamecocks and a Kentucky win over Tennessee. If the Vols win, UF can still take the East by beating South Carolina today and LSU next week.
Washington WR John Ross is one of the best players you've probably never heard of. His 14 touchdown catches are the second-most in a season in Huskies history, and he's coming off of a 208-yard night against Cal. Even if he doesn't break out early against the Trojans, the success could still follow. Of the 14 passing touchdowns USC has allowed, 11 have come in the second half.
Ranking which possible College Football Playoff contenders are most likely to be challenged - or upset - today:
1. Washington: Forget USC's 1-3 start. The Trojans have five in a row; four were by at least three touchdowns, and the other was over No. 16 Colorado.
2. Penn State: Don't overlook a competitive Indiana team.
3. Oklahoma: Baylor's implosion isn't official quite yet; the Bears can still put up points.
4. Auburn: Georgia might be bad. It might beat rival Auburn. Both statements can be true.
5. Louisville: Only one team has scored more than 21 points all season against bowl-eligible Wake Forest.
"I don't want to be a Betty Boo-Hoo." — Arkansas coach Bret Bielema on the emotion of senior day