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College football: Today's ACC, SEC schedule

By Mike Huguenin

Duke (1-1) at Kansas (2-0), noon

This would have much more appeal if it were a basketball game. Kansas has scored on its opening possession and totaled at least three sacks in four consecutive games. Kansas 45-17.

East Carolina (1-1) at North Carolina (2-0), noon

There might not be anybody on their schedule the Pirates want to beat more than the Tar Heels; most ECU folks see most UNC folks as condescending. This has all the earmarks of a defensive struggle. North Carolina 21-16.

Louisville (1-0) at Kentucky (1-0), noon, ESPNU

Instead of letting the football teams play in what has the look of a snoozer, let basketball coaches Rick Pitino and John Calipari slug it out at midfield in a "Loser Leaves the State and Must Wear Off-the-rack Suits" grudge match. Kentucky 28-13.

North Texas (1-1) at Alabama (2-0), 12:20 p.m.

This is the second Sun Belt opponent in a row for the Tide, who cruised past FIU last week. North Texas quarterback Riley Dodge will miss the game with a shoulder injury, so junior Nathan Tune will make his first college start for the Mean Green. Tune led Celina (Texas) High to a state title in 2005; Alabama QB Greg McElroy led Southlake (Texas) Carroll High to a state title in 2005, as well. Alabama 51-10.

Tennessee (1-1) at Florida (2-0), 3:30 p.m.

Florida has the longest streak in the SEC without being shut out (259 games). Tennessee is second with 185. The last team to shut out the Vols was Florida in 1994, and it would not be a surprise if the Gators shut them out this season. Florida 38-0.

Middle Tennessee (1-1) at Maryland (1-1), 3:30 p.m.

Middle Tennessee beat the Terps last season, and this Terps team might not be as good as that one. Middle Tennessee already has lost to one ACC team (Clemson) this season. Maryland 27-17.

Nebraska (2-0) at Virginia Tech (1-1), 3:30 p.m.

This should be one of the best games of the day. The Hokies won 35-30 last season in Lincoln. This will be the first real test for new Huskers quarterback Zac Lee, and he will be going against a good pass rush and a solid secondary. The Hokies must run effectively to win, but a line led by standout tackle Ndamukong Suh is the strength of the Huskers' defense. Virginia Tech 24-17.

Virginia (0-2) at Southern Miss (2-0), 3:30 p.m.

Virginia is off to its first 0-2 start since 2002; the Cavs rebounded to go 9-5 that season, but this team does not look capable of that type of turnaround. Southern Miss has held seven consecutive opponents to fewer than 100 rushing yards; the Cavs are averaging 94 rushing yards. Southern Miss 27-17.

Gardner-Webb (2-0) at N.C. State (1-1), 6 p.m.

This is the second consecutive game against an FCS opponent for the Wolfpack, who are the only FBS program to play back-to-back games against a lower-division opponent this season. NCSU held Murray State to 36 total yards last week. N.C. State 44-20.

Elon (2-0) at Wake Forest (1-1), 6:30 p.m.

Elon, a member of the Southern Conference, is No. 11 in this week's FCS poll; the Phoenix lead the FCS in offense and defense. The campuses are less than an hour apart in North Carolina, and this is the ninth meeting, though it is the first since 1939. Wake Forest 29-14.

Louisiana-Lafayette (2-0) at LSU (2-0), 7 p.m.

This is the 22nd meeting between the schools but only the third since 1938. LSU leads the series 21-0, and its defense has ruled; the Tigers have shut out ULL in 16 of those meetings and have allowed 22 points in the 21 games. LSU 37-13.

Mississippi State (1-1) at Vanderbilt (1-1), 7 p.m.

Vandy lost two starters, including star FS Ryan Hamilton, to season-ending injuries in last week's loss to LSU. Those injuries really hurt a team that lacks top-flight talent. Both teams are original members of the SEC, which was founded in 1933, but this is just the 21st meeting. Vandy 17-13.

Florida State (1-1) at BYU (2-0), 7 p.m.

Florida State looked good in its opening loss to Miami but horrible in last week's squeaker against FCS member Jacksonville State. BYU owns the biggest upset of the season thus far, and if the Cougars are as physical against the Seminoles as they were in their opening-week shocker of Oklahoma, they will get their second victory of the season over a Big Six school. FSU needs to find a way to create a pass rush, or BYU quarterback Max Hall will sit in the pocket and eviscerate the Seminoles' secondary. BYU 27-24.

Southeastern Louisiana (2-0) at Ole Miss (1-0), 7:30 p.m.

Ole Miss, which is battling injury problems and the flu, hopes to get out of this one with no injuries. The Rebels, looking for their first seven-game winning streak since 1990, play at South Carolina next Thursday. Ole Miss 49-9.

West Virginia (2-0) at Auburn (2-0), 7:45 p.m.

WVU used a big second half to whip the Tigers 34-17 last season in Morgantown. New coordinator Gus Malzahn has resurrected Auburn's offense, and Ben Tate and Onterio McCalebb have rushed for 100 yards in each of the first two games. WVU quarterback Jarrett Brown carved up a solid ECU secondary last week, and he will try to do the same against an Auburn secondary that really has not been tested this season. Auburn 27-23.

Georgia (1-1) at Arkansas (1-0), 7:45 p.m.

A big one in the SEC. There are questions about Arkansas' defense, but can Georgia's offense - which is averaging less than 290 yards per game take advantage? And how will Hogs QB Ryan Mallett fare in his first SEC start? Georgia 30-24.

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