I’ll be the first to admit it. A Saturday without my beloved Temple Owls playing football is a Saturday without sunshine, but there are some good day games above. The UMass at Notre Dame game (3:30, PHL 17) should be a study in whether or not Brian Kelly allows the Minutemen to dictate whether or not he runs the ball. I think he’ll find a way, even if they put 20 in the box.. Got to figure that Mark Whipple will make the same gamble he made against Temple since ND has been without star quarterback Malik Zaire.
Since it’s not as fun to pick favorites, I like only three underdogs this weekend: Northern Illinois getting 4 1/2 at Boston College, Florida International getting 14 at Louisiana Tech and Middle Tennessee State–brilliantly coached by Rick Stockstill–getting 6 at Illinois. The macaroni will not be going down easy in the Steve Addazio household on Saturday night.
The later games are below: