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College football Week 11 viewing guide: FSU vs. Miami is still big

Plus, why the already-spinning coaching carousel will help Oklahoma’s playoff chances.
Manny Diaz's Miami Hurricanes have beaten Florida State four times in a row.
Manny Diaz's Miami Hurricanes have beaten Florida State four times in a row. [ MARK WALLHEISER | Associated Press (2019) ]
Published Nov. 11

Lamest time window: Prime time, but this is an excellent top-to-bottom slate.

Noon: No. 4 Oklahoma gets its biggest test so far at No. 18 Baylor (Fox). Keep an eye, too, on No. 9 Michigan’s tricky trip to No. 23 Penn State (ABC).

3:30: Unless the Purdue Spoilermakers can add No. 6 Ohio State (ABC) to their list of casualties, watch Florida State-Miami (ESPN).

7: Jimbo Fisher’s No. 11 Aggies will try keep their SEC West hopes alive at No. 12 Mississippi (ESPN).

Related: 7 coaching carousel names to watch and what to expect from Florida’s Grantham-less D

7:30: No. 7 Notre Dame is on upset watch against Virginia’s top-12 scoring offense (ABC).

10:30: NFL prospect Carson Strong takes a top-20 Nevada offense to San Diego State’s great defense (CBSSN).

Eye on the NFL draft

Purdue wide receiver David Bell is a name NFL fans should watch this weekend against Ohio State.
Purdue wide receiver David Bell is a name NFL fans should watch this weekend against Ohio State. [ MICHAEL CONROY | AP ]

Receiver-needy NFL teams should focus on Ohio State-Purdue. Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson have combined for 16 touchdown catches and more than 1,300 receiving yards, while Purdue’s David Bell (1,003 yards) is arguably the best in the country. This game also has a potential first-round matchup: Purdue pass-rusher George Karlaftis against Ohio State offensive tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere (Berkeley Prep).

Local of the week

Romain Mungin signed with Florida Atlantic from Plant High in 2019.
Romain Mungin signed with Florida Atlantic from Plant High in 2019. [ KELLY PARSONS | Special to the Times ]

Florida Atlantic cornerback Romain Mungin (Plant High)

The 5-foot-9 sophomore has intercepted a pass in two consecutive games and will try to make it three in a row against Old Dominion. A win would clinch bowl eligibility for his Owls and coach Willie Taggart.

Tricky Tennessee

Josh Heupel's Vols have a high-powered offense that has a chance to give Georgia trouble this weekend.
Josh Heupel's Vols have a high-powered offense that has a chance to give Georgia trouble this weekend. [ MICHAEL CLUBB | AP ]

I’m not saying the Volunteers will upset No. 1 Georgia, but they can give the Bulldogs a scare. Under former UCF coach Josh Heupel, Tennessee runs more plays per minute (2.92) than any team in the nation. That tempo is hard to simulate in practice, even for an elite defense like Georgia. This could be the Bulldogs’ closest game since a 10-3 win over Clemson in Week 1 and should be their biggest test until the SEC title game.

Related: How can Dan Mullen save his Florida tenure?

Coaching carousel dominoes

New Texas Tech head coach Joey McGuire left Baylor for the Red Raiders earlier this week.
New Texas Tech head coach Joey McGuire left Baylor for the Red Raiders earlier this week.

The early signing period has sped up the coaching carousel, and it’s affecting the national championship race. No. 18 Baylor lost its associate head coach, Joey McGuire, when he took the top job at Texas Tech earlier this week … even though the Bears are still alive for the Big 12 title. His departure also makes this game slightly easier for No. 4 Oklahoma.

Related: Florida’s 2021 warning signs were flashing in Gators’ Cotton Bowl blowout

By the numbers: Week 11

Central Michigan coach Jim McElwain earned his sixth win earlier this week.
Central Michigan coach Jim McElwain earned his sixth win earlier this week. [ DERICK HINGLE | AP ]

6 — Wins for Central Michigan, getting Jim McElwain’s Chippewas eligible for a bowl game. And yet, his former team, Florida, is not.

9 — Touchdown catches this season for UCF receiver Brandon Johnson

1 — Career touchdown catch for Johnson at Tennessee before transferring to the Knights

3 — Consecutive wins against top-six opponents for Purdue under coach Jeff Brohm: Triumphs over Iowa and Michigan State this year and a 29-point rout of Ohio State in 2018.

151 — Punt return yards for Oregon’s Mycah Pittman, a Tampa native. That’s third in the Pac-12.

23-0 — Jimbo Fisher’s record at Texas A&M when leading after the first quarter.

19 — Consecutive red-zone conversions for Florida State, totaling 119 points. That’s FSU’s longest streak since 2016-17.

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