Locals of the week
Florida offensive linemen Richard Gouraige (Cambridge Christian) and Ethan White (Clearwater High)
With Chris Bleich entering the transfer portal, the Gators will likely give Gouraige — a former top-100 national recruit — his second career start. White, then, becomes UF’s sixth lineman who could be in line for playing time this week against Vanderbilt and the rest of his true freshman season. Their development this weekend and beyond will be key for the Gators’ future.
The Gators have been victims of post-Georgia hangovers. Florida has lost its last three games the week after losing to Georgia —all by at least three scores. Don’t expect a repeat Saturday, in large part because Vanderbilt is pretty awful.
AJ Dillon appreciation
AJ Dillon’s Boston College career shouldn’t be overlooked. He’s already the Eagles’ all-time leading rusher (3,983 yards) and only needs 620 more to break the ACC’s career record (4,602 set by North Carolina State’s Ted Brown). Dillon broke BC’s rushing touchdown record with his 35th career score last week against Syracuse. Good luck stopping him, Seminoles.
Three coaches FSU fans should watch
Iowa State’s Matt Campbell: Beat the Sooners in his last trip to Norman. Another victory would be huge.
Kentucky’s Mark Stoops: A triumph over an improving Tennessee team would be his second in three seasons against the Vols and bring the Wildcats within a game of bowl eligibility.
Washington State’s Mike Leach: Probably needs to beat tricky Cal to extend the Cougars’ school-record bowl streak to five.
Miami’s top portal target
The Hurricanes’ reliance on the transfer portal has had mixed results. One obvious hit: Receiver K.J. Osborn. The Buffalo transfer has 439 yards and leads Miami in catches (36) and touchdown receptions (five). Don’t be surprised if he gets another score against a Louisville team that has allowed 19 passing touchdowns (tied for No. 113 nationally)
“I miss Florida State. I think college football misses Florida State being a 10 win team year in and year out.” — ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit
By the numbers: Week 11
1961 The last time Minnesota hosted a home game between two top-15 teams
12 Sacks by Miami’s Greg Rousseau. That leads the ACC and is the fourth-most ever by a Hurricane in one season
4 Players in Wisconsin history with three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons: Billy Marek, Ron Dayne, P.J. Hill and Jonathan Taylor
8 Consecutive 10-win seasons for Clemson. A win over North Carolina State would make it nine and tie Texas (2001-09) for the third-longest streak in Division I-A history
2 Teams (since 1937) that have started 8-0 within two seasons of starting 0-8: UCF and the current Baylor Bears
10-5 Florida Atlantic’s all-time record against rival Florida International heading into Saturday’s Shula Bowl