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Kent St Oklahoma Football

Oklahoma quarterback Dillon Gabriel (8) and the No. 6 Sooners will face Nebraska on Saturday.

No. 1 Georgia at South Carolina highlights Saturday's slate of top-10 games

Predicting the temperature of the Nebraska Cornhuskers program in the wake of Scott Frost’s firing might be perilous considering the rekindled rivalry on tap this weekend.

Frost was fired following Nebraska’s 45-42 loss to Georgia Southern last week, and Mickey Joseph was promoted from Cornhuskers' associate head coach and passing game coordinator.

Just in time for No. 6 Oklahoma to roll into Lincoln.

Part of the failure under Frost was losing one-score games – he went 5-22 at Nebraska – including a 23-16 loss to the Sooners in Norman, Okla., last season.

OU had to replace Lincoln Riley, who bolted to coach USC, and first-year coach Brent Venables also needed a new quarterback.

That’s where FrontPageBets starts this week’s CFB props shop:

Oklahoma QB Dillon Gabriel over 292.2 passing yards (-110 @ DraftKings)

There’s some sizzle in this storied matchup that went on hiatus until being rekindled last year, and it still means something to the likely stars of this show Saturday.

Gabriel, a transfer from UCF, made his way to Oklahoma only after Venables missed out of now-Nebraska quarterback Casey Thompson, a transfer from Florida.

Thompson’s father was the Sooners’ quarterback 30 years ago, and Casey was around the Oklahoma program during Venables’ stint as the defensive coordinator there from 1999 to 2011.

Gabriel hasn’t been perfect this season. Note the Sooners had seven total yards and four punts on four drives in the first half last week.

But OU has zero turnovers in two games. Thompson completed 70% of his passes for 529 yards and five touchdowns without a pick and has matchups to love all around the field in this one.

For more on the Cornhuskers, read HuskerExtra.

NC State QB Devin Leary over 2.5 TD passes (+120 @ Caesars Sportsbook)

Devin Leary and N.C. State host Texas Tech in what should be a sneaky interesting matchup despite the No. 16 Wolfpack being favored by 10, in part due to the Red Raiders’ limited experience against ranked nonconference teams on the road.

Leary accounted for six total touchdowns last week, including his fifth game with four TD passes in his past seven dating to 2021.

Texas Tech presents a stiff challenge as compared to State smashing Charleston Southern 55-3 last week.

But the volume passing for the Wolfpack under Dave Doeren increases in tight games, and Leary will be going to the air early and often.

Utah QB Cameron Rising over 1.5 TD passes (-140 @ Caesars) and 224.5 passing yards (-117)

Let’s get some context before the Rising yarn, shall we?

Utah is ticked, not just at the loss at Florida, but about losing to San Diego State, 33-31, last season.

In roll the Aztecs, who rank 111th in pass defense at 279 yards per game allowed, and coach Kyle Whittingham flamed his own wide receivers before practice prep for Saturday night began with this (repeat, by the way) line: “if the wideouts could become more explosive, then that’s really the final stage of the offensive becoming where we want it to be.”

Rising is about to go off, OK?

Worth adding is Rising broke into the starting lineup after coming off the bench to rally the Utes and force overtime against San Diego State last season.

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