CBS Sports makes its pick for Florida homecoming game vs Missouri

CBS Sports has released their SEC picks for Week 6 of the college football season, with Barrett Sallee giving his thoughts on UF vs Missouri

CBS Sports’ Barrett Sallee has released his SEC picks for Week 6 of the college football season. For Saturday’s Florida vs Missouri game, he projects a close game with the Gators ultimately coming out victorious in their Homecoming game.

Missouri is coming off a close loss to Georgia, leading through much of the game and giving the Bulldogs their toughest test of the season so far. The Tigers’ defensive front looked good against the defending national champions, stifling the Georgia rushing attack through most of the game.

The Gators are coming off a dominant 52-17 victory over Eastern Washington. Before that, they lost a close game to Tennessee that saw the Gators’ offense breakthrough for 594 yards of total offense. [autotag]Anthony Richarson[/autotag] bounced back from two lackluster performances against Kentucky and USF with 453 passing yards, a career-high.

Here is what Sallee had to say about Saturday’s matchup.

Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson has thrown for over 200 yards in each of his last two games, including a 240-yard performance on just 8-of-10 passing in the 52-17 win over Eastern Washington on Sunday. He suffered a slight leg injury and limped off in that game but should be good to go this week vs. the Tigers. He will have to deal with a Tigers defensive front that is playing with confidence after notching 21 tackles for loss over the last two weeks, including nine last week against reigning national champion Georgia. That pressure will force Richardson into enough mistakes to make it a single-digit game, but not enough for Missouri to spring the upset.

If the Gators are going to beat Missouri, their offensive line needs to win the line of scrimmage against the Missouri defensive front. It’s important that Florida focus on the task at hand, and not on the looming games against LSU, Georgia, and Texas A&M, the next three opponents on the Gators’ schedule.

Florida’s game against Missouri will be played at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, FL. Kickoff is scheduled for noon EDT. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU.

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Here’s where CBS Sports has Alabama in its latest 1-131 rankings

CBS Sports ranks all FBS teams 1-131

The Alabama Crimson Tide went into the season as a national championship favorite and through five weeks they are still firmly in the race. Alabama is currently ranked No. 1 in the polls and is en route to another College Football Playoff appearance.

CBS Sports released their latest rankings of all FBS teams 1-131, and the Crimson Tide comes in at No. 2 behind only the Ohio State Buckeyes. The Tide has had back-to-back dominant showings against SEC competition, and with a brutal schedule the next month or so, Alabama will have a chance to jump into the No.1 spot.

However, before the Tide can worry about improving their place in the polls they must take care of business against the Texas A&M Aggies who stunned Alabama in College Station last season. That combined with the name, image, likeness (NIL) feud Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher shared this offseason makes this game one of the most intriguing of the entire season.

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National writer: Clemson ‘reestablished itself’ as national power in win over NC State

A national outlet released its latest college football power rankings on Monday following Week 5 of the season. Clemson (5-0, 3-0 ACC) moved up two spots in CBS Sports’ new power rankings following its 30-20 win over NC State in Saturday night’s …

A national outlet released its latest college football power rankings on Monday following Week 5 of the season.

Clemson (5-0, 3-0 ACC) moved up two spots in CBS Sports’ new power rankings following its 30-20 win over NC State in Saturday night’s top-10 matchup at Death Valley.

The Tigers moved up from No. 8 to No. 6 in the power rankings behind the top five of Georgia, Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan and Southern Cal, in that order.

“Death, taxes and Clemson clubbing NC State,” CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd wrote. “For the 16th time in the last 18 games between the rivals, the Tigers did just that. Clemson reestablished itself as a national power in its most complete effort of the season.”

Offensively, Clemson had a balanced attack against NC State, passing for 209 yards and rushing for 145. The Tigers scored on all four red zone drives, while Clemson’s defense recorded three sacks, two turnovers and held NC State to only 34 rushing yards on 21 carries.

NC State dropped seven spots to No. 20 in CBS Sports’ latest power rankings. Wake Forest (No. 22) is the only other ACC team besides the Tigers and Wolfpack to appear in the updated power rankings, as Florida State dropped out following its 31-21 loss to the Demon Deacons on Saturday.

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Here’s where CBS Sports has Florida in its latest 1-131 rankings

The Florida Gators appear outside the Top 25 in CBS Sports’ latest ranking of all FBS college football teams. They are also No. 8 in the SEC.

The Florida Gators come in just outside the top 25 in CBS Sports’ latest rankings of all FBS teams. They are currently the No. 27 team in the nation. They are the No. 8 team from the SEC and are two spots back from in-state rival Florida State.

Despite the dominant victory over Eastern Washington last week, the Gators dropped one spot from last week’s ranking. While surprising, it’s not entirely shocking. Florida played an inferior FCS opponent, and the game was taken care of before halftime. While rare that a team falls in the rankings after a victory, this specific situation is understandable, especially when teams like TCU and UCLA jumped 23 and 18 spots to No. 12 and No. 14, respectively.

The Orange and Blue’s opponent next week is Missouri, who comes in at No. 66 nationally and as the No. 13 team in the SEC. Despite losing to Georgia last week, the Tigers jumped nine spots in the rankings. In what was expected to be a blowout, Missouri proved that they can hang with the best of them. Their defense is good and they’ll challenge the Gators along the line of scrimmage all game.

Florida’s SEC matchup against Missouri will be played on Saturday from Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in the Gator’s homecoming game. Kickoff is scheduled for noon EDT. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU.

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CBS Sports has Gators playing historic program in latest bowl projections

CBS Sports has the Florida Gators playing a traditional college football program in their latest bowl projections after Week 5 of the college football season.

CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm has released his latest bowl projections. He has the Gators playing in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida on Friday, Dec. 30 against Notre Dame.

Notre Dame shares one big similarity with the Florida Gators. Marcus Freeman is in his first year as head coach of the Irish, just like Billy Napier is in his first year as head coach for the Gators. Freeman was promoted from defensive coordinator to head coach after Brian Kelly left for LSU last season.

He served as head coach in the team’s Fiesta Bowl loss to Oklahoma State last season, then started the 2022 season 0-2 after losses against Ohio State and Marshall. The Irish are now 2-2 on the season and have games scheduled against BYU, Syracuse, Clemson, and USC still to come.

The Gators are about to enter the toughest stretch of games, with LSU, Georgia, and Texas A&M coming up in a four-week stretch. They have a bye week between the LSU and Georgia games. They also end the regular season against a resurging Florida State team in a special Black Friday edition of the Sunshine State Showdown.

The Irish will play BYU in Las Vegas on Saturday night in a primetime matchup on NBC. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EDT. The Gators will take on Missouri this Saturday in Florida’s homecoming game. Kickoff is scheduled for noon. EDT. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU.

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Here’s CBS Sports’ outlook ahead of the Florida-EWU game

Here’s what CBS Sports’ staff thinks of Sunday’s noon affair in the Swamp.

It has been a harrowing week for the Sunshine State in the wake of Hurricane Ian, which caused billions of dollars of damage as it pummeled the peninsula with heavy rains, wind and flooding. As a precaution, college football games that had been slated at major schools were rescheduled, including the Florida Gators’ matchup with the FCS Eastern Washington Eagles in the Swamp, which was moved back a day to Sunday.

The visitors have never stepped foot on a football field in Florida while also never having faced a Southeastern Conference team in their history. Not only that, but Sunday’s game marks the third attempt at playing this game after being postponed due to COVID in 2020 and this year’s delay due to the storm.

While the matchup does not raise many eyebrows on paper, the CBS Sports college football staff broke down what they expect to see in the makeup game. Below is why they believe that Florida will cover the 29.5-point spread.

Florida will be looking to wash the taste of two early SEC losses out of their mouths but will take at least some solace in the play of starting quarterback [autotag]Anthony Richardson [/autotag]last week in the loss to Tennessee. After throwing four interceptions without a touchdown pass and failing to throw for more than 168 yards in his first three games, Richardson threw for 453 yards and two scores while adding 62 yards and two scores on the ground. He’s a premier athlete that an FCS opponent should be ill-equipped to handle and prepping for the 6-foot-4-inch, 236-pounder will be a problem for the Eagles.

Meanwhile, the Florida defense has forced seven turnovers in the first four games of the year and could have opportunities to steal possessions again on Sunday against an Eastern Washington offense that has turned the ball over five times. [autotag]Amari Burney[/autotag] has three sacks, an interception and a forced fumble already this year and could play a major role on Sunday.

On the other hand, here is a look at how they think EWU can cover the spread.

Eastern Washington is a proud program with a long history of success and Aaron Best will have his squad ready to compete. The Eagles have made the FCS playoffs in three of the last four seasons and have been to the semifinals or further in five of the last 12 seasons, including a national championship win in 2010 and a runner-up finish in 2018.

Quarterback Gunner Talkington has thrown for 636 yards and 10 touchdowns with just three interceptions so far this year and he could tax a Florida defense that gave up 576 yards to Tennessee last week. Freddie Roberson (11-214-2) and Efton Chism III (16-145-3) are his two top receivers and if they can manage to have a big day, the Eagles could hang around in this one.

The game is set to kick off at noon EDT on Sunday inside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, and can either be watched on the SEC Network+ or heard on the Gators Radio Network.

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Who are the experts taking in Chargers vs. Texans?

Find out who national pundits are favoring in the matchup between the Los Angeles Chargers and Houston Texans.

The Los Angeles Chargers are considered 5.5-point favorites over the Houston Texans in Week 4 of the 2022 regular season. The over/under is 44.5 points, per Tipico Sportsbook.

That means oddsmakers are taking bets on whether the two teams will combine to score more than or fewer than 44.5 points.

My score prediction for the game is a 27-20 win for the Bolts, with a combined total of 47 points. So if I were putting money behind my prediction, I’d bet the over.

As for game picks, analysts are rolling with the Bolts in this one.

Expert Pick
Nate Davis (USA Today) Chargers
Jarrett Bell (USA Today) Chargers
Mike Clay (ESPN) Chargers
Matt Bowen (ESPN) Chargers
Pete Prisco (CBS Sports) Chargers
Bill Bender (Sporting News) Chargers
Gregg Rosenthal (NFL Media) Chargers
Bleacher Report Chargers

Sunday’s game will begin at 10:00 a.m. PT and will be televised on CBS.

Dillon Gabriel No. 8 in CBS Sports QB Power Rankings

Sooners QB Dillon Gabriel dropped a few spots in CBS Sports’ QB Power Rankings.

The loss at Kansas State fortunately left Oklahoma Sooners Dillon Gabriel out of the crosshairs of the national media becuase, well, the loss wasn’t his fault. Gabriel didn’t show anything against the Wildcats that Sooners fans weren’t already aware of. He had a strong performance in the loss.

However, Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports had a rather interesting point of view on Gabriel in his QB Power Rankings for this week.

Dillon Gabriel certainly isn’t the reason Oklahoma lost to Kansas State, but some of his limitations were displayed in the loss. Gabriel finished with 330 yards passing and four touchdowns, but he is a boom-or-bust QB. When he’s hitting the big plays, his teams are nearly unstoppable. He struggles when the big play isn’t there, however, and you need him to string some singles together instead of home runs. He struggled to hit the singles against Kansas State. -Tom Fornelli, CBS Sports

Respectfully, this is not a good assessment of Dillon Gabriel as a football player, nor of what happened against Kansas State.

Gabriel knows how to take what the defense gives him. He doesn’t need the “big play” to be successful. When Jeff Lebby calls for quick passes, Gabriel will throw them. Offensive line penalties were as much an issue as anything else that happened offensively Saturday.

Gabriel fell two spots from last week’s ranking and Kansas QB Jalon Daniels deservedly made his debut in the top 10 at No. 7.

The usual suspects, CJ Stroud and Bryce Young, are at No. 1 and No.2, and Caleb Williams dropped a spot to No. 4.

Should Gabriel have a great game against TCU, it will be interesting to see if he can climb higher than No. 8.

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Watch: Jon Rothstein lists Notre Dame 40th on preseason countdown

Happy with this ranking, Irish fans?

At the time of this writing, we have exactly 40 days until the college basketball season begins. That mean CBS Sports insider Jon Rothstein has been counting down what he believes are the top programs in the country this season. Rothstein started at 45, so he’s fairly early in the countdown. Still, Irish fans will be pleased to hear that their team has claimed the 40th spot:

When you consider where the Irish were at the start of last season, this is quite the leap forward. Just swap out Blake Wesley for J.J. Starling, and you really do have pretty much the same team that made it to last year’s NCAA Tournament. The returning core of Nate Laszewski, Dane Goodwin and Cormac Ryan is getting a lot more respect than it previously did, and it undoubtedly is because of Mike Brey’s coaching that they’ve taken such giant steps. Here’s hoping those players can ascend even higher this year.

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Gators ranked here in latest CBS Sports 1-131 rankings

The Gators come in just outside the Top 25 in CBS Sports’ latest full FBS rankings.

The Florida Gators are the No. 26 ranked team in CBS Sports’ latest 1-131 ranking of all Football Bowl Subdivision teams. They came in at No. 25 last week and are the eighth-highest SEC team in the rankings.

Florida fans have had an up-and-down season, in terms of confidence in the team. The season started as positive as possible, with a season-opening win against the defending Pac-12 champion Utah Utes, then a top-10 ranked team. The win was unexpected by most of the national media, with [autotag]Billy Napier[/autotag] making his Florida coaching debut in the game.

Following the victory, expectations were raised significantly heading into an SEC game against Kentucky. The Florida offense fell flat and the Wildcats were too much for Florida as they looked like a different team from the previous week. They then snuck out a close victory over in-state opponent USF. Despite the win, the performance was nothing to be proud of.

Last week, the Gators fell out of the top 25 in multiple polls after a 38-33 loss to Tennessee in a game that wasn’t as close as the score made it seem. The offense, however, did show signs of life. [autotag]Anthony Richardson[/autotag] threw for a career-high 453 yards and was responsible for four total touchdowns.

The Gators face a few more high-profile opponents this season including Georgia, Texas A&M and Florida State. It will be up to Napier and his staff to put their team in the best position to succeed.

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