As long as our trio of teams stay away from the Atlantic Coast Conference, they don’t lose.
Auburn, Alabama and Jacksonville State have a combined 15-2 record, with the only losses coming on the road at ACC schools: Auburn at Clemson, and Jacksonville State at Georgia Tech.
The trend should continue this week, even though Auburn has a tough road trip. Count on another sweep:
No. 10 Auburn (5-1) at LSU (4-2): Auburn hasn’t won at LSU since 1999, but does that really mean much? In that same stretch Auburn is 7-2 at home against the Tigers.
Auburn has a better team with true playmakers. Kerryon Johnson’s 12 touchdowns tie for the most in the FBS. Sophomore quarterback Jarrett Stidham has turned out as good as advertised. He ranks ninth nationally in passing efficiency and first in the SEC.
Auburn also is 13th in total defense. LSU is 18th. … Auburn 24, LSU 17.
Arkansas (2-3) at No. 1 Alabama (6-0): Arkansas has thrived in this series when facing an Alabama team coached by somebody named Shula or DuBose. The Razorbacks went 3-1 each against Mike Shula (2003-06) and Mike DuBose (1997-2000). Nick Saban is 10-0 at Alabama against the Razorbacks, who lost by 26 last week to South Carolina. … Alabama 49, Arkansas 7.
Eastern Kentucky (1-4) at No. 3 Jacksonville State (4-1): Eastern Kentucky has some talent, especially with a roster that includes 13 transfers from FBS schools. Maybe those schools weren’t unhappy to see those players leave.
Eastern Kentucky’s lone win came 24-21 at home over winless Tennessee Tech.
Jacksonville State is at home for the first time in three weeks and only the second time this year. … Jacksonville State 31, Eastern Kentucky 10.
No. 2 Clemson (6-0) at Syracuse (3-3): This game is tonight at 6 on ESPN. Still have a hard time accepting this as an Atlantic Coast Conference contest. Clemson has won all four meetings since Syracuse left the Big East for the ACC, including 54-0 last year. ... Clemson 45, Syracuse 6.
Georgia Tech (3-1) at No. 11 Miami (4-0): This game was set for Thursday but was postponed for weather. It's the third game the Hurricanes have had postponed or canceled this year.
These two teams and Virginia Tech will fight it out to win the ACC's Coastal Division and likely face Clemson in the league title game. ... Miami 27, Georgia Tech 21.
No. 12 Oklahoma (4-1) vs. Texas (3-2): Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield still leads the nation in passing efficiency and he quarterbacks the top-gaining offense in the FBS. … Oklahoma 42, Texas 38.
No. 9 Ohio State (5-1) at Nebraska (3-3): After watching a bajillion Fox Sports promos during Wednesday's Yankees-Indians playoff baseball game for OSU/Nebraska about how great the Buckeyes' helmets are, it wouldn't hurt my feelings if Nebraska scratches up a few of those lovely hats. ... Ohio State 38, Nebraska 14.
South Carolina (4-2) at Tennessee (3-2): The Vols are switching to Jarrett Guarantano at quarterback. He’s a freshman from Lodi, N.J., who has thrown 24 passes in his college career. … Tennessee 24, South Carolina 21.
Vanderbilt (3-3) at Ole Miss (2-3): Both have lost three in a row, and all the losses have been ugly. Vanderbilt’s once-vaunted defense is tied for 62nd nationally in points allowed. … Ole Miss 31, Vanderbilt 24.
Texas A&M (4-2) at Florida (3-2): The Southeastern Conference is in a serious downcycle, with Alabama, Auburn and Georgia dominating. Texas A&M has made a case to be No. 4 with losses to Alabama and UCLA by a combined nine points. Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio, a former Alabama player, is out for the year after breaking his collarbone two weeks ago. … Texas A&M 27, Florida 20.
Last week: 8-2 (Missed Miami's win over Florida State and LSU's win over Florida).