Texas A&M 55, UTEP 16
Va. Tech 16, Boston Coll. 13
Syracuse 28, Wake Forest 21
UNC 23, N.C. State 22
Clemson 34, Virginia 15
Oregon State 31, USC 24
Ohio State 42, Purdue 19
No. Illinois 29, UMass 10
MTSU 30, UAB 17
Michigan St. 27, Michigan 18
Notre Dame 35, Navy 12
Texas Tech 38, Okla. State 31
UCLA 52, Colorado 9
Fresno State 41, Nevada 26
Texas 49, Kansas 14
Nebraska 33, Northwestern 28
Arizona 44, California 23
Last year, Vanderbilt suffered four early losses before erupting for a seven-game winning streak to end the season.
Ole Miss may be in the process of pulling a similar surge.
The Rebels made early-season headlines by shredding Texas on the road but then lost three straight against Alabama, Auburn and Texas A&M. They were expected to lose a fourth in a row when LSU arrived in Oxford on Oct, 19, but Ole Miss pulled out a 27-24 upset before improving to 5-3 with last week's rout of Idaho.
"I think you have to condition yourself in the early stages of building a program to be happy with where you are," Ole Miss second-year coach Hugh Freeze said Wednesday. "There were certain games when you got through where you weren't real happy -- we had a chance to win at Auburn and here against A&M. Those two were disappointing losses, but when you look at the whole spectrum of how our kids have improved and how they're competitive in every game we play in, I'm pleased with where we are.
"Each position has improved, and I'm excited about the stretch run."
For Ole Miss to turn 5-3 into 9-3 with a shot at 10-3, the Rebels must defeat Arkansas, Troy, Missouri and Mississippi State. Their next three games are at home.
Last year's Rebels finished with wins over Mississippi State and Pittsburgh in the BBVA Compass Bowl to cap a 7-6 season, but Freeze said his second team has more depth due to a stellar 2013 signing class. Freeze also likes this year's running game better and said quarterback Bo Wallace has improved.
"We have a chance to make some noise and have a good second year in our journey," Freeze said.
Mississippi State at South Carolina: The Gamecocks have won the past six meetings and have Connor Shaw, who needs to star in the next Terminator. Gamecocks 27, Bullies 20.
UTC at Appalachian State: Chattanoogans will have to forgive that opening loss to UT-Martin if the Mocs improve to 7-2 for the first time since 1980. Mocs 24, Mountaineers 19.
Georgia vs. Florida: Each team is coming off a needed open date, but only the Bulldogs are getting Todd Gurley back. Bulldogs 17, Gators 10.
Pittsburgh at Georgia Tech: The Panthers are seeking revenge after losing the the Sugar Bowl after the 1955 season and the '56 Gator Bowl to Bobby Dodd's Yellow Jackets. Jackets 35, Panthers 28.
Auburn at Arkansas: The Razorbacks have allowed 104 consecutive points. Otherwise they would be higher in the BCS standings. Tigers 34, Razorbacks 17.
Tennessee at Missouri: Look for the laces on the football to be facing away this week when the Tigers try field goals. Tigers 33, Volunteers 20.
Alabama State at Kentucky: Former Georgia tailback Isaiah Crowell is alive and well, rushing for 833 yards and 6.8 yards a carry this season for ASU. Wildcats 38, Hornets 19.
Miami at Florida State: Where have you been? We've missed you. Seminoles 45, Hurricanes 20.
Pasquali is 187-38 overall (83.1 percent) this season.
Contact David Paschall at firstname.lastname@example.org or 523-757-6524.
David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...