AROUND THE NATION
Obviously, Temple hosting Notre Dame is the biggest game on the American Athletic Conference slate this week, just as Memphis hosting Ole Miss was a couple weeks ago. That being said, fellow AAC unbeaten Houston isn’t exactly out of the woods this week, either, having the proverbial “umm, hello” game against an improving Vanderbilt squad. The Commodores may not be so special, but their D is, rating right up along Temple’s in points and yards allowed.
Penn State DE Carl Nassib leads the nation in sacks with 12.5 in eight games. The true beauty of his output, though, is in its consistency. The 6-foot-7, 272-pounder has registered at least one every week for the 6-2 Nittany Lions, who host my other alma mater – Illinois – today. It will be interesting to see where the former walk-on ends up going in the next NFL draft.
North Carolina blue, that is. After losing their opener to South Carolina, the Tar Heels have ripped off seven straight wins, including Thursday’s 26-19 deal at No. 23 Pittsburgh. Their dynamic offensive trio of QB Marquise Williams, RB Elijah Wood and WR Ryan Switzer was on full display in that one, too. Perhaps now pollsters will be impressed enough to rank UNC.
THAT'S THE TICKET
Not surprised that No. 9 Notre Dame at No. 21 Temple is the highest-priced ticket of the day, starting at $324 on StubHub. But that number marking the most expensive seats thus far in the college football season kinda is. Wow, maybe the Owls already are big-time after all. FYI: The next most pricey today is No. 3 Clemson at North Carolina State.
Temple’s What 2 Watch vs. Notre Dame