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Bubba Wallace has something to say about Tennessee's quarterback situation.
LARGE MAN INT ALERT. Get a load of WVU D-lineman Darius Stills as he LAYS OUT for this INT against Kansas. West Virginia wasn't able to capitalize by scoring, but that was a remarkable play. Mountaineers are up 14-10 after falling behind early.
Half: No. 13 Miami 14, Pitt 6
D'Eriq King and the Miami offense have had a rough day. Pitt is doing a great job of applying pressure on the quarterback and the Hurricanes aren't getting the kind of explosives through the ground game that are needed to power the offense. Pitt can't do much either with Kenny Pickett out, so it's as uch of a rock right as you might imagine.
Half: No. 15 Auburn 16, South Carolina 14
Bo Nix is playing on the road, meaning he's prone to interceptions. He's thrown two of them so far to help South Carolina hang around. Gamecocks punched in both their TDs following Nix interceptions. There was at least one highlight for the Auburn passing game in the first half, though....
Half: Kentucky 17, No. 18 Tennessee 7
A week after beating Mississippi State 24-2 with just 157 yards of total offense, Kentucky takes a 10-point lead into the break on Tennessee with just 75 yards of total offense.
Wildcats' defense making things happen again. Three interceptions in the first half, including two pick-sixes on Jarrett Guarantano. Vols pulled Guarantano, and his replacement J.T. Shrout threw an INT on his only pass attempt. The tally now stands at NINE interceptions in the last six quarters for UK.
Remember: Georgia Tech and Clemson were tied at 7-7. Now, we're entering large man touchdown territory for the Tigers. Clemson is up 31-7 on the Bees and even though it hasn't been perfect -- Etienne has a fumble and Lawrence has a pick -- they're rolling.
Tennessee has made some pretty bad mistakes passing the ball today, but let's give it up for Kentucky's defense. Wildcats got a SALTY unit.
End 1Q: No. 1 Clemson 17, Georgia Tech 7
Clemson's stars Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne have one turnover each, but the Tigers' defense has come up with stops each time to keep the Yellow Jackets from turning the opportunity into points. Lawrence is 8-for-12 on the day so far with two touchdown passes, one red zone target to Cornell Powell and an 83-yard heave to Amari Rodgers that featured the speedster simply blowing past the entire Georgia Tech secondary.
Well, actually. It's Tennessee's offense. Jarrett Guarantano just threw his second pick-six of the first half as the Volunteers have gift-wrapped a 14-0 lead for Kentucky with 10:33 left in the second quarter. This is exactly what the Wildcats needed, considering how bad their own offense is. The turnover tally is a four total for the game so far.
End 1Q: No. 13 Miami 7, Pitt 0
No Kenny Pickett for Pitt and no Brevin Jordan for Miami, so it should come as no surprise that both of the offenses are off to sluggish starts in what has mostly been a punting contest. There were 6 punts and 8 first downs in the first quarter, and the punts were mostly excellent. Field position has been bad as a result, and Miami's lone explosive play -- a 35-yard catch-and-run score by Cam'Ron Harris -- is the only non-punting highlight of the period.
End 1Q: No. 15 Auburn 9, South Carolina 0
Bo Nix hit Eli Stove for an 11-yard touchdown pass with 4:33 left in the quarter to put Auburn up 9-0 (failed 2-point conversion on bizarro play). Auburn's defense is back to looking like Auburn's defense usually does as South Carolina did not pick up a first down until its third series.
Uh oh, Les Miles things are happening even though Les Miles didn't travel with Kansas to Morgantown. A tip drill resulted in a Jayhawks touchdown and now Kansas is up 10-0 on West Virginia in the first quarter. Strange things happening in this game ...
End 1Q: No. 18 Tennessee 0, Kentucky 0
Tennessee and Kentucky traded fumbles in an ugly first quarter. The under on this 45.5-point total is looking pretty strong as the Wildcats will punt on fourth-and-23 to start the second quarter. The highlight of this one so far is Jeremy Pruitt wearing a more effective mask this week (see bottom left photo)
However, Pitt won't be the only one without a key player. Miami TE Brevin Jordan is out after he suffered an injury vs. Clemson. That's D'Eriq King's first and second choice in the passing game. Big loss here.
Big news for today's game between Pitt and Miami. Panthers quarterback Kenny Pickett did not travel with the team due to an ankle injury. Panthers were +13 coming into today, but were a trendy upset pick because of their history of being a chore for the ACC's upper echelon programs. We'll see if that carries over today without Pickett, who is the ACC's leading passer with 1,389 yards. Pitt needs to be able to pass the ball downfield to win today.