Unbeaten Notre Dame entering pivotal stretch

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WHO’S HOT

Running back Theo Riddick and Notre Dame are undefeated and ranked in the top 10 in the nation.  FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Running back Theo Riddick and Notre Dame are undefeated and ranked in the top 10 in the nation.

Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish are back in the top 10 after consecutive wins over No. 18 Michigan State and No. 10 Michigan. October will be a pivotal month for Notre Dame, with the Irish facing a pair of ranked teams (Stanford and Oklahoma) as well as Miami and Brigham Young.

WHO’S NOT

John L. Smith. Bankruptcy. Speaking gaffes. And a 1-3 record in his interim season with Arkansas. This guy needs some good karma to head his way.

REMEMBER ME?

Former Georgia running back Isaiah Crowell isn’t exactly tearing it for Alabama State (2-2). In four games, he’s averaging 54 rushing yards a game. Meanwhile, Todd Gurley leads Georgia with 101.5 rushing yards per game and is followed by Keith Marshall (66.0).

NO ‘MO MORENO?

After two stellar seasons at Georgia, running back Knowshon Moreno bolted to the NFL and played three injury-plagued seasons for the Denver Broncos. He was healthy, but inactive, for Sunday’s game. At 25, his NFL days appear to be winding down.

RANKING THE BIG FOUR

1. Georgia (4-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference). How strong will the Bulldogs’ defense be now with safety Bacarri Rambo and linebacker Alec Ogletree expected to return Saturday from their four-game suspensions?

2. South Carolina (4-0, 2-0 SEC). Connor Shaw finished last week’s game with 20 consecutive completions.

3. Clemson (3-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). Defense wins championships, and the Tigers are allowing 443 yards a game.

4. Georgia Tech (2-2, 0-2 ACC). Four games into the season and the Jackets are mathematically alive to win their division, but let’s be real.

SATURDAY’S GAMES

• Middle Tennessee State at Georgia Tech, noon (FS South)

• Norfolk State at S.C. State, 2 p.m. (No TV)

• Clemson at Boston College, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

• Tennessee at Georgia, 3:30 p.m. (CBS-Ch. 12)

• Samford at Georgia Southern, 6 p.m. (No TV)

• South Carolina at Kentucky, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

THIS WEEK’S STORYLINES

Clemson: Defense needs to make a statement against the Eagles.

Georgia: Bulldogs need to contain the Vols’ explosive (at times) offense.

Georgia Tech: Yellow Jackets should handle the Blue Raiders, but stranger things have happened this season.

South Carolina: Gamecocks have to avoid looking ahead to next week’s matchup with Georgia.


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