South Carolina (1-5, 0-4 SEC) at Vanderbilt (0-6, 0-4 SEC)
Time/TV: 7 p.m., No TV
Gamecocks' tidbits: The Gamecocks have lost six straight games in a single season for the first time since '66. .. USC has been outscored 59-7 in the third quarter. ... In seven meetings, South Carolina has never lost to Vanderbilt. ... USC ranks 109th nationally in turnover margin.
Commodores' tidbits: Vandy has lost 11 consecutive games overall and 22 straight in the SEC. ... The Commodore defense has intercepted at least one pass in each game this season. ... Freshman LB Jamie Winborn is second in the SEC with 74 tackles.
Injury update: For USC, OT Melvin Paige (shoulder) is questionable. DE John Abraham (neck), DT Cecil Caldwell and OT Andray Spearman (ankle) are probable. For Vandy, WR Bo Lancaster (finger), DT Jason Smith (fibula) and OG Michael Saltsman (foot) are out. QB Hi Lewis (shoulder) is doubtful. CB Fred Vinson (groin) is questionable. DT Ryan Aulds (ankle) and DE Doyle Crosby (knee) are probable.
Georgia (5-1, 3-1 SEC) at Kentucky (5-2, 2-2 SEC)
Time/TV: 12:30 p.m., JP
Bulldogs' tidbits: While Georgia dropped the '96 meeting, it has won six of the last seven. ... Champ Bailey leads the Dogs in receptions (26), interceptions (2), scoring (30) and all-purpose yardage (110.3) yards per game. ... The Dogs are allowing less than 12 points per game, good for fifth nationally.
Wildcats' tidbits: QB Tim Couch has passed for over 300 yards and at least one TD in each game this fall. ... The Wildcats rank second nationally in total offense with 538.86 yards per game. ... Kentucky hasn't hasn't had a better start since the '84 team opened 5-0.
Injury update: For Georgia, C Miles Luckie (knee) is probable. RB Patrick Pass (ankle) is questionable. For Kentucky, FS Willie Gary (knee) is out. SS David Johnson (toe) and CB Kenneth Grant (hand) are questionable.
CLEMSON (2-5, 1-4 ACC) AT DUKE (3-4, 1-4 ACC)
1:30 p.m., No TV
Blue Devils' bits:
Duke turned the ball over eight times against Virginia earlier this season. ... Sophomore QB Bobby Campbell, who has performed well off the bench the last two weeks, will start. ... Duke snapped a 21-game ACC losing streak two weeks ago at Wake Forest, but the Blue Devils have dropped 15 of the last 17 in the series. ... Star WR and kick returner Richmond Flowers had an emergency appendectomy earlier this week and is out.
Clemson AD Bobby Robinson said Thursday he was "protecting the institution" this summer when he negotiated a $325,000 cap to the amount coach Tommy West would be paid if he were let go. The additional year through 2001 is not guaranteed, and West is no longer entitled to his annual base salary for the life of the contract if he's fired. Before the July agreement, West's firing would have forced Clemson to pay him his previous base salary of $126,275 per year, or $378,825 over three years for the length of his contract, which ran through 2000. ... The Tigers hope to avoid their first losing season since going 5-6 in 1994. ... After being benched three weeks ago, QB Brandon Streeter hasn't thrown an interception in 56 attempts since getting picked off four times against Wake Forest on Sept. 26.
For Duke, WR Reco Owens (knee) and WR Richmond Flowers (appendectomy) are out. For Clemson, LB O.J. Childress (knee) is doubtful and DB Demarco Fox (knee) and TB Travis Zachery (bruised arm) are questionable.
FLORIDA STATE (6-1, 3-1) AT GEORGIA TECH (5-1, 4-0 ACC)
7 p.m., ESPN
FSU has the nation's No. 1 defense -- allowing only 214 yards a game and have allowed a mere 10 TDs in seven games. ... FSU has outscored the Yellow Jackets 221-23 over the last five meetings. ... Middle LB Demetro Stephens of Washington County will wear a special cast to protect a broken hand.
Yellow Jackets' bits:
Tech ranks last in the ACC and 92nd in the nation in yards allowed at 412.8 per game. The rushing defense surrenders an average of 192.5 yards, 89th in the nation. Tech has held just two opponents to fewer than 20 points. But they have forced 17 turnovers and scored an NCAA-record five TDs on defense.
For Georgia Tech, Joe Hamilton (knee) is probable; TB Charles Wiley (knee) is out for the season. For FSU, OL Char-ron Dorsey (neck) and LB Lamont Green (elbow) is out; LB Demetro Stephens (broken hand) is probable; TB Travis Minor (ankle) and DB Dexter Jackson (hamstring) are probable.
MORRIS BROWN (2-5, 0-3 SIAC) VS. MOREHOUSE (0-8, 0-4 SIAC)
2 p.m., Lumpkin Road Stadium, No TV
Freshman QB Kewan Newberry is last week's Newcomer of the Week after completing 23 of 36 passes for 352 for four touchdowns. ... WR Brelon Jones leads the SIAC in receiving with 39 receptions for 645 yards and six TDs. ... Not surprisingly, Morris Brown leads the conference in passing offense.
Maroon Tigers' bits:
Randy Roberts leads the SIAC with 75 tackles, and leads the team with two interceptions. ... Last in the conference in passing offense. ... Leads SIAC in punt returns with 19.4 average. ... Fourth in SIAC in turnover margin with a +4 margin.
HAMPTON (6-0, 4-0 MEAC) AT S.C. STATE (4-2, 2-1
1:30 p.m., No TV
Hampton, ranked No. 2 in Div. I-AA, has won 11 straight MEAC games and 16 straight regular-season games. ... Hampton won 20-14 in overtime at Hampton, Va., last season. ... The Pirates are a virtual shoo-in to receive a Div. I-AA playoff bid. The playoffs begin Nov. 28 at home sites.
Former Bulldogs Donnie Shell and David "Deacon" Jones will have their jersies retired at halftime. ... Safety Jermaine Derricott, a 6-2 senior from Springfield, S.C., is being nominated as MEAC player of the year. ... Coach Willie Jeffries is the winningest coach in MEAC history.
GEORGIA SOUTHERN (7-0, 5-0 Southern Conf.) AT CITADEL (3-4, 3-2)
2 p.m., No TV
Bulldogs' bits: Georgia Southern has never beaten The Citadel at Johnson Hagood Stadium since joining the Southern Conference in 1993. ... The Bulldogs are coming off a 25-24 victory over Furman where QB Stanley Myers completed 18 of 19 passes for 328 yards and two TDs. The Citadel blocked a 31-yard field-goal attempt late in the game.
Eagles' bits: Freshman back Adrian Peterson has totaled 1,193 yards rushing, the fifth back in the nation to surpass 1,000 yards and the quickest in Georgia Southern history. ... The last time GSU started 7-0, it finished 15-0 and won the national title in 1989.
Injury update: For Georgia Southern, Dante Harrow (torn ACL) and WR Chris Johnson (ankle fracture) are out.
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