Unbeaten Michigan fending off upset bids

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WHO'S HOT

Michigan's Devin Gardner straight-armed Connecticut safety Ty-Meer Brown during the Wolverines' 24-21 come from behind win Saturday.  FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Michigan's Devin Gardner straight-armed Connecticut safety Ty-Meer Brown during the Wolverines' 24-21 come from behind win Saturday.

Michigan. The Wolverines (4-0) are the kings of dodging upsets this season. After narrowly holding off Akron a week earlier, Michigan needed a 10-point fourth quarter to pull out a close win at Connecticut. The Wolverines are off this week.

WHO'S NOT

Savannah State. The Tigers are 0-4 after allowing 77, 66, 27 and 77 their first four games. The $325,000 check from Miami after last weekend’s 77-7 beatdown softens the blow a little.

RUMOR CENTRAL

The college football world buzzed in the past week with rumors of Texas trying to go after Alabama coach Nick Saban. The thought of the top coach in college football moving from Tuscaloosa, Ala., to Austin, Texas, is crazier than Cee Lo Green’s head tattoo. Then again, Saban has been known to pull up stakes quite often....

GAME OF THE WEEK

The 3:30 p.m. Saturday showdown on CBS pits No. 6 LSU vs. No. 9 Georgia in Sanford Stadium. The Bulldogs are facing their third top-six opponent in four games. The Tigers have won two in a row against the Bulldogs, including the 2009 contest between the hedges, when A.J. Green was assessed a controversial excessive celebration penalty. Georgia is a three-point favorite.

RANKING THE BIG FOUR

1. Clemson (3-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). Defensive end Vic Beasley leads the ACC with five sacks.

2. Georgia (2-1, 1-0 Southeastern Conference). Bulldogs second in the league in total offense, 11th in total defense.

3. South Carolina (2-1, 1-1 SEC). Tailback Mike Davis third in the league in all-purpose yardage (152.3 yards a game).

4. Georgia Tech (3-0, 2-0). RB David Sims averaging 5.6 yards a carry.

THIS WEEK'S GAMES

• Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech, 7:30 p.m., Thursday (ESPN)

• South Carolina at Central Florida, noon, Saturday (ABC-Ch. 6)

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

• Wake Forest at Clemson, 3:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

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

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

THIS WEEK'S STORY LINES

Clemson: Tigers face a Demon Deacons squad averaging 18 points the past three games.

Georgia: Bulldogs have to contain former Georgia QB Zach Mettenberger, who’s thrown for 1,026 yards with 10 touchdowns and one interception this season.

Georgia Tech: Yellow Jackets primed to avenge last year’s overtime loss to the Hokies.

South Carolina: Gamecocks might have their hands full at Central Florida.


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