Top 25 Preview Capsules

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Chattanooga (8-3) at No. 1 Alabama (10-0), 2:05 p.m. (PPV)

Line: None.

Series record: Alabama leads 11-0.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Not much. Alabama doesn't figure to get much of a challenge from FCS Chattanooga in a game that should amount to a warm up for the Iron Bowl against No. 6 Auburn. The Mocs, though, will have an eye on another game. They'll get an automatic bid to the FCS playoffs as Southern Conference champions if Elon upsets Samford.

KEY MATCHUP

Alabama's offensive line versus Chattanooga's defensive front. The Crimson Tide's offensive linemen average 308 pounds, 42 more than the Mocs' starting defensive line. That edge could let 'Bama pound away with running backs T.J. Yeldon, Kenyan Drake and Derrick Henry.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Chattanooga: QB Jacob Huesman has been a threat running and passing. He has passed for 1,637 yards and 16 touchdowns against five interceptions while rushing for a team-high 894 yards and nine scores. Huesman didn't practice early this week because of a knee injury, but he Is expected to play.

Alabama: Drake often gets overshadowed by Yeldon and only got four carries against Mississippi State, but he does have two 100-yard games this season and is averaging 7.6 yards per carry. If coaches decide to limit Yeldon's carries, Drake could have a solid game even if he also doesn't play the whole way.

FACTS & FIGURES

Alabama's AJ McCarron can set the school mark for wins by a starting quarterback. At 35-2, he's tied with Jay Barker (35-2-1). ... Chattanooga is 4-113-3 all-time against Southeastern Conference teams, the last win coming 14-6 at Tennessee in 1958. The Mocs have played two of the last four national champions. They lost 45-0 to Alabama in 2009 and 62-24 to Auburn in 2010. ... Chattanooga leads the SoCon in total and scoring defense while Alabama leads the SEC in both those categories. ... Chattanooga has claimed at least a share of its first SoCon title since 1984, also the only season when the Mocs made the playoffs.

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Idaho (1-9) at No. 2 Florida State (10-0), 3:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

Line: Florida State by 57.

Series record: First meeting.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Second-ranked Florida State is three victories from a likely berth in the BCS championship game. Each win puts them a little closer to the third national championship in school history. Idaho is playing for pride and a $900,000 payout.

KEY MATCHUP

Idaho needs to play its best defensive game of the season just to keep Florida State under 60 points. The Seminoles have yet to be held to less than 41 points this season while the Vandals have held an opponent to less than 37 points just once. Idaho is ranked No. 121 in total defense out of 123 FBS teams. The Seminoles have the No. 2 scoring offense (52.7 points per game) in the country with Heisman Trophy candidate Jameis Winston at quarterback.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Idaho: WR Dezmon Epps is one of the few bright spots on the No. 113-ranked scoring offense in the country. He has 66 receptions for 811 yards and four touchdowns. The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder also returns kicks and punts.

Florida State: CB Lamarcus Joyner will be playing his last game in Tallahassee, Fla. after a fruitful career. The senior will want to leave a lasting impression. Joyner is second on the team with 60 tackles, including 7 ½ for loss, one sack, one interception and a fumble recovery. He plays a Charles Woodson-type role as the nickel back that excels in coverage, can play the run and be an effective blitzer.

FACTS & FIGURES

Florida State is the only team in the country ranked in the top five in scoring offense and scoring defense. ... The Seminoles have scored 40 points or more in a school record 10 consecutive games. ... Idaho punter Austin Rehkow leads the nation with an average of 47.7 yards per punt. ... Including Florida State, the Vandals will have played three of the six remaining undefeated teams in the FBS.

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No. 3 Baylor (9-0, 6-0 Big 12) at No. 11 Oklahoma State (9-1, 6-1), 8:00 p.m. (ABC)

Line: Baylor by 9 ½.

Series record: Oklahoma State 18-13.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

The Big 12 championship could go to the winner. Baylor still has conference foes TCU and Texas on its schedule, while Oklahoma State still must face its cross-state rival, No. 22 Oklahoma, but this contest will determine who is in control going forward.

KEY MATCHUP

Baylor's high-powered offense that has averaged 685 yards and 61 points per game this season, both leading the nation even after losing the Big 12's leading rusher and its top receiver due to injuries, up against Oklahoma State's defensive unit that co-leads the nation with 19 interceptions and is ninth overall allowing 4.66 yards per play. If the Cowboys' defense can generate multiple turnovers, that could be the difference.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Baylor: QB Bryce Petty is the offensive catalyst, leading the nation in yards per attempt (12.8) and QB efficiency rating (206.23), while sitting fifth in both passing yards (332.4 per game) and completion percentage (65.2).

Oklahoma State: CB Justin Gilbert is enjoying a great year, both on defense where he is third in the nation with six interceptions and has returned two for touchdowns, as well as on kickoff returns, where he ranks 11th in average return (28.2 yards) with one TD.

FACTS & FIGURES

Oklahoma State has won 15 of the last 17 games between the schools, including 10 straight at home. The Bears have not won in Stillwater since 1939. . Baylor has scored 70 or more points four times this season (and 69 one other time), after reaching that mark just three times in its 111 prior years.

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Indiana (4-6, 2-4) at No. 4 Ohio State (10-0, 6-0), 3:30 p.m. (ABC)

Line: Ohio State by 32.

Series Record: Ohio State leads, 68-12-5.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Indiana must win its final two games to become bowl eligible. Ohio State has lots of streaks on the line: a nation's best 22 games in a row, needing another to set a school record, plus a 17-game win streak against the Hoosiers. The Buckeyes can also clinch a spot in the Big Ten championship game with a win.

KEY MATCHUP

Indiana QBs Nate Sudfield and Tre Robinson vs. Ohio State's defense. The Hoosiers had scored at least 28 points in a program-record 10 consecutive games before last week's 51-3 beatdown against Wisconsin. In 2012, the Buckeyes had the game firmly in hand at Indiana before a late surge made things interesting in a 52-49 victory. Ohio State's defense is up and down, surrendering big points a week ago at Illinois (in a 60-35 win) after shutting out Purdue the game before that.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Indiana: LB David Cooper and S Greg Heban must have huge games since the Hoosiers were gashed for 554 yards rushing by Wisconsin -- and Ohio State may be even better on the ground. RB Tevin Coleman has 958 yards rushing and 12 TDs.

Ohio State: RB Carlos Hyde, the Big Ten's rushing leader, is averaging 8.3 yards per carry the last five games and is coming off a career-best 246-yard day (with 5 TDs). QB Braxton Miller has also been on fire, rushing for 184 yards last week. LB Ryan Shazier has been a bulwark, while DL Joey Bosa (coming off a neck injury) is among the conference's best freshmen.

FACTS & FIGURES

Both schools have set records for touchdowns scored this season, Ohio State with 67 and the Hoosiers with 52. ... Hyde, who has 947 yards in just seven games, can become the first running back to top 1,000 yards in Urban Meyer's 12 years as a head coach. ... Indiana hasn't beaten the Buckeyes since back-to-back wins in 1987-88. ... Before that, Ohio State won 23 in a row in the series (1960-86). ... Both teams play their biggest rival a week later, the Buckeyes traveling to Michigan and Indiana hosting Purdue for the Old Oaken Bucket. No. 4 Ohio State vs. Indiana, 3:30 p.m.

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No. 5 Oregon (9-1, 6-1 Pac-12) at Arizona (6-4, 3-4), 3:30 p.m. (ABC and ESPN2)

Line: Oregon by 20 1-2.

Series record: Oregon leads 24-14.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

With an outside shot at playing in the BCS championship game, Oregon can't afford a letup in its final two games. The Ducks, at No. 5 in the BCS standings, will need help, but it's still a possibility if they beat the Wildcats and rival Oregon State. Arizona is trying to bounce back after frustrating losses to Washington State and UCLA.

KEY MATCHUP

Oregon's run defense vs. Arizona RB Ka'Deem Carey. The Ducks have one of the nation's best run defenses, allowing 143 yards per game, and are the only team to hold Arizona under 100 yards the past two seasons. They will face their biggest test of the season against Carey, who is second nationally with 150.3 yards per game and has rushed for at least 100 yards in 13 straight games.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Oregon: QB Marcus Mariota. The dual-threat sophomore is still a leading Heisman Trophy contender despite the Ducks' loss to Stanford. Mariota has thrown a Pac-12 record 343 passes without an interception -- 285 this season -- and has accounted for 34 touchdowns, with a TD pass in all 23 games of his career.

Arizona: LB Scooby Wright. Wright has put together an impressive first season, tying for the team lead with 70 tackles, which ranks second nationally among freshmen. He also is tied for the team lead with eight tackles for loss.

FACTS & FIGURES

Oregon has won five straight in the series, including the past two in Tempe. The Ducks last lost at Arizona Stadium in 2007, when quarterback Dennis Dixon's Heisman Trophy hopes effectively came to an end because of a knee injury. ... Arizona has struggled in the red zone the past two games, scoring six times in 10 trips inside the 20, including four touchdowns. ... Oregon is second nationally with 84 plays of 20 yards or more. ... The Wildcats have 13 interceptions through 10 games, their most since picking off 16 in 2008. ... More than 71 percent (47 of 66) of Oregon's scoring drives have lasted two minutes or less. ... Carey needs 117 yards rushing to break Trung Canidate's career school record of 3,824.

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Citadel (5-6) at No. 7 Clemson (5-6), noon, ESPN3.

Line: No line.

Series record: Clemson leads 30-5-1.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Clemson's seeking a third straight season of double-digit victories, something last accomplished by the program in four straight season from 1987-90. Citadel of the Southern Conference has lost 15 straight to Clemson and is 0-16 against nationally ranked teams from the Football Bowl Subdivision.

KEY MATCHUP

Citadel QB Ben Dupree vs. Clemson's defensive line. Dupree controls the Bulldogs triple-option attack, which is fourth in the FCS at 284 yards rushing a game. The Tigers are coming off playing Georgia Tech, which runs a similar scheme. Clemson held the Yellow Jackets to 248 yards on the ground, well below their average of 311 yards rushing coming in.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Citadel: RB Darien Robinson has run for 983 yards and eight touchdowns, sharing the rushing load with QB Ben Dupree.

Clemson: QB Tajh Boyd makes his last appearance in Death Valley and says he wants to leave fans at the sold-out game with more good memories. Boyd leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in total offense at just under 320 yards a game. He's thrown for 24 TDs and rushed for eight more.

FACTS AND FIGURES

Clemson is 27-0 against teams from the FCS, a mark that includes a 52-13 victory over South Carolina State earlier this season. ... The last time the Tigers lost to the Citadel in 1931, it led to the formation of Clemson's ground-breaking athletic booster club, IPTAY. ... Citadel dropped a 59-58 OT contest to Old Dominion, which is transitioning to FBS, earlier this season. ... This is the first season Clemson has faced two FCS teams since 2008, when it again defeated South Carolina State and Citadel. ... Citadel last defeated an FBS team in 1992 when it beat Arkansas 10-3 and Army 15-14.

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No. 8 Missouri (9-1, 5-1 SEC) at No. 24 Mississippi (7-3, 3-3), 7:45 p.m., ESPN

Line: Missouri by 2 1/2

Series record: Missouri leads 5-1.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Missouri has a clear path to the SEC's Eastern Division title but must win its final two games against Ole Miss and Texas A&M. If the Tigers lose, South Carolina will make the trip to Atlanta for the league's title game. Ole Miss has won four straight and has already matched last year's win total.

KEY MATCHUP

Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace helped the Rebels gain a school-record 751 total yards against Troy last week, but has a much tougher task against Missouri's defense. The Tigers specialize in making the big play, leading the SEC with 34 sacks and 17 interceptions.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Missouri: DE Michael Sam. The 6-foot-2, 255-pound defensive end has been the SEC's most disruptive player this season, leading the league with 16 tackles for a loss and 10 sacks. He also has seven quarterback hurries.

Ole Miss: DB Cody Prewitt. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound junior safety has emerged as the Rebels' best defensive player. He leads the team with four interceptions and has picked off some of the SEC's best QBs, including Alabama's A.J. McCarron and LSU's Zach Mettenberger.

FACTS & FIGURES

Missouri WR Dorial Green-Beckham is starting to emerge as one of the best big-play threats in the SEC. The 6-foot-6, 225-pounder caught four touchdown passes against Kentucky two weeks ago. ... The Tigers are trying for their fourth 10-win season in the past seven years under coach Gary Pinkel. ... Senior QB James Franklin is expected to start for Missouri after missing time with a shoulder injury. He's completed 67.7 percent of his passes for 1,577 yards, 14 touchdowns and three interceptions. ... This is the first time Ole Miss and Missouri will meet when both teams are nationally ranked. ... Ole Miss LT Laremy Tunsil is one of only two true freshmen starting at left tackle in the Football Bowl Subdivision. ... Wallace threw 17 interceptions last season, but has only five through 10 games. ... Ole Miss WR Donte Moncrief has three 100-yard receiving games this season and all are against SEC competition.

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No. 9 Texas A&M (8-2, 4-2 SEC) at No. 18 LSU (7-3, 3-3), 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS)

Line: LSU by 4½.

Series record: LSU leads 28-20-3.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Both teams are out of contention for the SEC title but still aim to maximize their bowl possibilities. Texas A&M also seeks a school-record 11th-straight road win, while LSU aims to avoid its first four-loss regular season since 2008 and keep alive a chance to help coach Les Miles make LSU history with a fourth straight 10-win season.

KEY MATCHUP

Prolific Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel against LSU's embattled defense, which has looked vulnerable against some of the SEC's better offenses. Manziel already has five games this season in which he's racked up 400-plus yards of total offense.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Texas A&M: WR Mike Evans, who is 6-foot-5, 225 pounds, is Manziel's favorite target and the only SEC receiver to have more than 225 yards receiving in a game twice this season (287 vs. Auburn, 279 vs. Alabama).

LSU: WR-KR Odell Beckham also has been named a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award. He has 51 receptions for 1,051 yards and eight receiving touchdowns, and ranks third nationally with 24 catches for 20 or more yards.

FACTS & FIGURES

Texas A&M, which has visited LSU 33 previous times, is making its first appearance in Tiger Stadium since the 1994 season opener. ... LSU RB Jeremy Hill ranks second in yards rushing per game with 107.1. ... The Aggies have not played on the road since their victory at Mississippi more than a month ago (Oct. 12). ... LSU QB Zach Mettenberger has 2,733 yards passing and is the first quarterback in LSU history with more than 2,500 yards passing in consecutive seasons. He needs 93 yards to surpass Matt Mauck for third most yards in a season in school history. ... Manziel has 3,313 yards passing and 611 yards rushing. He needs 393 yards passing to match his total from last season, when he won the Heisman Trophy. ... ... Since Miles became coach in 2005, LSU is 22-1 following a loss. The only time LSU has lost back-to-back games under Miles was in 2008. ... Texas A&M has scored 40 or more in 13 straight games and has accumulated 500 or more total yards in nine straight.

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California (1-10, 0-8 Pac-12) at No. 10 Stanford (8-2, 6-2), 4 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)

Line: Stanford by 31 ½.

Series record: Stanford leads 58-46-11.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Stanford lost control of its Rose Bowl hopes with a loss at Southern California last week. The Cardinal need a win and Oregon to lose one of its final two games against Arizona or Oregon State to represent the Pac-12 North in the conference championship game. California is closing out a dismal debut season for coach Sonny Dykes and is hoping to get some kind of positive momentum out of the 116th edition of the Big Game rivalry.

KEY MATCHUP

Stanford's offensive line vs. California's defensive line. The Cardinal's power running game is averaging 205.5 yards, helping Tyler Gaffney run for 1,201 yards and 15 TDs this season. The Bears are the second-worst rushing defense (188.8 yards rushing per game) and the worst scoring defense in the Pac-12 (44.4 points per game).

PLAYERS TO WATCH

California: WR Chris Harper. The Bear Raid offense might have to get in a shootout for Cal to have a chance to keep the game respectable, and speedy wide receivers have given the Cardinal fits lately. Harper has 70 catches for a team-leading 852 yards and five touchdowns this season.

Stanford: LB Trent Murphy. The pass-rushing outside linebacker has dominated one-dimensional teams this season, and Cal's depleted defensive line should give Murphy plenty of opportunities to hit freshman QB Jared Goff. Murphy has 12 sacks, 18 tackles for loss, one interception and one forced fumble.

FACTS & FIGURES

Stanford has won three straight against Cal. ... The Bears have lost nine consecutive games this season and 13 consecutive conference games going back to last year. They are the only winless team in Pac-12 play. ... Stanford hasn't dropped consecutive games since October 2009, when the Cardinal lost at Oregon State and at Arizona. ... Stanford has won 14 home games in row. ... Cal's only win this season came against Portland State of the lower-tier Football Championship Subdivision on Sept. 7.

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Coastal Carolina (10-1) at No. 12 South Carolina (8-2), 1 p.m., Pay-Per-View TV.

Line: No line.

Series record: First meeting.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

South Carolina hopes to extend its longest-in-the-nation home win streak to 17 games when it takes on the Chanticleers. Coastal Carolina has wrapped up a share of the Big South Conference and is likely on the way to the FCS playoffs for the second straight season.

KEY MATCHUP

Coastal Carolina RB Lorenzo Taliaferro vs. South Carolina's defensive front. Taliaferro has rushed for 1,466 yards and an FCS single-season record of 23 touchdowns. The Gamecocks have only allowed one opposing rusher to reach the century mark in a game this season with Georgia's Todd Gurley gaining 132 yards on Sept. 7.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Coastal Carolina: LB Quinn Backus leads the Big South with 108 tackles and has been named the league's defensive player of the week three times this season.

South Carolina: DT Kelcy Quarles, a teammate of Backus' at Greenwood High, has been the Gamecocks leader on the defensive line with seven sacks and 11 tackles for loss this fall.

FACTS AND FIGURES

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier is 47-0 against teams from the Football Championship Subdivision ... Coastal Carolina was a satellite campus of South Carolina until breaking out on its own. ... Coastal Carolina coach Joe Moglia was the former CEO of TD Ameritrade before going back to football coach. The Chants have gone 18-6 in Moglia's two seasons. ... South Carolina will likely have one eye on Oxford, Miss., where Missouri takes on Ole Miss on Saturday night. Should the Rebels win, the Gamecocks would capture the SEC Eastern Division and play for the league title. ... Coastal's Chanticleers' nickname comes straight out of Chaucer. Geoffrey Chaucer, considered the father of English literature, wrote the "Canterbury Tales," a poem that included the "Tale of the Nun's Priest," which told of a rooster named Chanticleer who learns to never trust a flatterer after escaping a fox.

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No. 13 Michigan State (9-1, 6-0 Big Ten) at Northwestern (4-6, 0-6), 12 p.m. EST (ESPN)

Line: Michigan State by 7.

Series record: Michigan State leads, 36-17.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Michigan State is one win from its second Big Ten championship game in three seasons and two from the best conference record in school history. The Spartans are eyeing their first trip to the Rose Bowl in 26 years. They can clinch the division title if they win one of their next two games or if Minnesota loses. Northwestern is trying to keep its flickering bowl hopes alive and end a six-game slide, which matches its longest streak since 2006.

KEY MATCHUP

Northwestern offensive line vs. Michigan State defensive line. Michigan State leads the nation in total defense (228.4 yards per game) and is tops against the run (57.3 yards), which could make for a rough day for the Wildcats' offensive line.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Michigan State: RB Jeremy Langford comes in with five straight 100-yard games and is closing in on 1,000 for the season with 926. He's averaging 4.7 yards per carry and leads the Big Ten with 13 rushing touchdowns.

Northwestern: QBs Kain Colter and Trevor Siemian were both less-than-dominant against Michigan last week, and the Wildcats will probably need more. Colter passed for 26 yards and ran for 78 last week, while Siemian threw for 153.

FACTS & FIGURES

Michigan State's only loss was at Notre Dame on Sept. 21, which is also the last time Northwestern won. The Wildcats beat Maine that day to go to 4-0, only to blow a 10-point lead in a 10-point loss to Ohio State two weeks later to start this tailspin. ... The Spartans are closing in out their third 11-win season in four years, the only times that has happened in the program's 117-year history. ... The Spartans are allowing just 13.2 points per game -- fourth in the nation. ... Northwestern has played in bowl games five straight years.

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No. 19 Arizona State (8-2, 6-1) at No. 14 UCLA (8-2, 5-2 Pac-12), 7 p.m. (FOX)

Line: Arizona State by 2½.

Series record: UCLA leads 18-10-1.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

The Pac-12 South race could be decided at the Rose Bowl. Arizona State can clinch the division title and a spot in the conference championship game with a victory, but UCLA would win the South for the third straight year by beating the Sun Devils and USC to finish the regular season.

KEY MATCHUP

Arizona State RB Marion Grice vs. UCLA LB Anthony Barr. Grice is the Sun Devils' all-purpose threat and top scorer, averaging two touchdowns per game. Barr is in the midst of a quiet stretch of games, but the likely first-round NFL pick will be a key to slowing Arizona State's well-rounded offense.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Arizona State: LB Carl Bradford. He's expected to make his 25th consecutive start at the Rose Bowl, and he ranks among the Pac-12 leaders in sacks and tackles for loss. He'll spend the day chasing UCLA QB Brett Hundley.

UCLA: LB/RB Myles Jack. The Bruins' incredible freshman is one of the nation's top young linebackers, but he also has turned into an unstoppable tailback over the past two weeks, rushing for 180 yards and five touchdowns while punishing opponents in short-yardage situations.

FACTS & FIGURES

UCLA has only lost to Oregon, Stanford and Baylor in its last 18 games. Arizona State didn't have to play Oregon this season. ... The Bruins are unbeaten at the Rose Bowl this season, outscoring their first five opponents by a combined 240-97. ... Arizona State leads the Pac-12 in total defense with 338.4 yards allowed per game. ... UCLA and Arizona State haven't met while both teams were ranked since October 1986. ... Arizona State has forced a turnover in 24 straight games, the third-longest streak in the FBS behind Missouri and Stanford. ... While UCLA is having another prolific season of penalties, the Sun Devils have committed the fifth-fewest penalties in the nation (3.7 per game). ... UCLA will honor its 18 seniors, including Barr, WR Shaq Evans, DE Cassius Marsh and LB Jordan Zumwalt.

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New Mexico (3-7, 1-5 Mountain West) at No. 15 Fresno State (9-0, 6-0), 4 p.m. (ESPNNews)

Line: Fresno State by 31.

Series record: Fresno State leads 9-4.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Fresno State can clinch the West Division title in the Mountain West with a win and would likely host the conference title game on Dec. 7. The Bulldogs also need to win to keep their hopes alive for a BCS berth. New Mexico is looking for its first win over a ranked team since beating No. 24 Utah in 2003.

KEY MATCHUP

Fresno State defense vs. New Mexico triple option. The Bulldogs have had problems all season allowing big plays in the running game and now must contend with the nation's No. 2 rushing offense averaging 323.8 yards per game. Coach Bob Davie's triple-option attack will be hampered a bit because of injuries that have sidelined QB Cole Gautsche and HB Kasey Carrier.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

New Mexico: QB Clayton Mitchem. Mitchem takes over from the injured Gautsche and will bring more of a passing threat to the Lobos offense while lacking some of the running ability. Mitchem completed 5-of-8 passes for 116 yards in relief last week against Colorado State.

Fresno State: QB Derek Carr. Carr needs five TD passes to become the 18th player in FBS history with at least 100 career TD passes and 10,000 yards passing. Carr ranks second nationally with 380.1 passing yards per game and 32 touchdown passes and has the longest active streak with TD passes in 29 straight games.

FACTS & FIGURES

The Bulldogs overcame a 21-0 deficit to beat the Lobos 49-32 last year. ... New Mexico has lost 14 straight games against ranked teams, getting outscored 592-143. ... The Lobos have averaged 39 ppg the past three games. ... Carr has not thrown an INT in a Mountain West-record 229 passes. ... The Bulldogs are seeking their eighth 10-win season in school history and first since 2001 when David Carr led the team to a school record-tying 11 wins. ... Fresno State WR Davante Adams leads the nation with 15 TD catches and 10.1 catchers per game.

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No. 16 Wisconsin (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten) at Minnesota (8-2, 4-2), 3:30 p.m. EST (ESPN)

Line: Wisconsin by 14 1/2.

Series record: Minnesota leads 58-56-8.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Paul Bunyan's Axe, the revered trophy that has been on the line every time these two teams have met since 1948. Wisconsin has won nine straight in the rivalry, but for the first time in a long time it appears as though the Golden Gophers go into the game with a fighting chance. Minnesota has four straight Big Ten wins for the first time since 1973.

KEY MATCHUP

Wisconsin's massive offensive line against Minnesota monster DT Ra'Shede Hageman. The Badgers are averaging more than 300 yards rushing per game, with running backs Melvin Gordon and James White speeding through holes carved by a front that averages 6-foot-6 and 321 pounds. Hageman won't be intimidated. He's listed at 6-foot-6 and 311 pounds, and his ability to slow the Badgers ground game represents the best chance the Gophers have at springing an upset.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Wisconsin: LB Chris Borland. One of the best LBs in the country leads the nation with 13 forced fumbles in his career. He needs one more to tie the NCAA record. He'll be charged with stopping RB David Cobb and Minnesota's improved running game.

Minnesota: TE Maxx Williams. With leading receiver Derrick Engel expected to miss the game with a knee injury, the versatile tight end could become an even bigger part of the Gophers offense. He has six catches for 126 yards and two TDs in the last two games.

FACTS & FIGURES

During Wisconsin's nine-game winning streak in the rivalry, the Badgers have averaged 39.1 points per game to Minnesota's 15.2. ... Gordon (1,306) and White (1,156) make the Badgers the only team in the country with two 1,000-yard rushers. ... Wisconsin will shift gears this week after playing BYU and Indiana, two schools that rank in top four nationally in pace of play. BYU runs a play every 19.2 seconds while Indiana goes every 19.5. The Gophers take 30.6 seconds per play, which is the second-slowest in the country. ... A Gophers victory would give them five straight Big Ten wins for the first time since 1962.

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Memphis (3-6, 1-4 American Athletic Conference) at No. 21 Louisville (9-1, 5-1), noon (ESPN Regional)

Line: Louisville by 24 1/2.

Series record: Louisville leads, 23-19.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Memphis seeks its third straight victory in a last-ditch effort to reach .500 and become bowl eligible. Louisville is tied with surging Cincinnati for second in the AAC and aims to remain within reach of first-place Central Florida.

KEY MATCHUP

A Houston defense allowing 20.6 points per game faces a big test against the team leading the American with a 36.6-point average. The Cardinals have failed to reach 400 yards the past two games but remain a threat thanks to QB Teddy Bridgewater and a host of receiving targets. Bridgewater must protect the ball from a defense that forced five turnovers in last week's win at South Florida.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Memphis: DE Martin Ifedi has 10.5 sacks through nine games and ranks second nationally with 1.2 per contest. He posted two against South Florida last week for his third multi-sack game this season. Ifedi also has 13.5 tackles for loss and ranks 12th with an average of 1.5.

Louisville: RB Dominique Brown established himself as a workhorse running back after career bests of 27 carries for 137 yards and two touchdowns last week against Houston. Brown has 650 yards rushing on 111 carries (a 5.9 average per attempt) and has an outside chance at becoming the Cardinals' first 1,000-yard runner since Bilal Powell (1,405 yards in 2010) with a couple of big games.

FACTS & FIGURES

Louisville shut out Memphis 56-0 in the last meeting between the schools in 2010. The last eight winners in this series have scored 30-plus points each time. ... Memphis freshman K Jake Elliott kicked a league-record 56-yard field goal last week against South Florida and is 3-for-3 beyond 50 yards this season. ... Bridgewater had a 21-game TD streak stopped last week vs. Houston. ... The Tigers are facing their first ranked opponent since falling to No. 8 Ole Miss 45-14 on Sept. 6, 2009.

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No. 22 Oklahoma (8-2, 5-2 Big 12) at Kansas State (6-4, 4-3), 11 a.m. CT (Fox Sports 1)

Line: Kansas State by 4.

Series record: Oklahoma leads 71-18-4.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Both teams are trying to improve their bowl prospects. The Sooners can still reach 10 wins by beating the Wildcats and then winning the Bedlam game Dec. 7 against rival Oklahoma State. Kansas State is going for its fifth straight win with rival Kansas looming next week.

KEY MATCHUP

Oklahoma QB Trevor Knight vs Kansas State defense. The Sooners are expected to start their highly touted redshirt freshman with Blake Bell still dealing with a suspected concussion. Knight started the first two games of the season before Bell took over the job. He ran for 123 yards and threw for 61 in two-plus quarters against the Cyclones.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Oklahoma: RBs Brennan Clay and Roy Finch, and WRs Jaz Reynolds and Durron Neal. All of them will be counted upon to make up for the suspensions of RB Damien Williams, who has 553 yards rushing, and WR Lacoltan Bester, who has 20 catches for 279 yards.

Kansas State: QBs Jake Waters and Daniel Sams. The duo has gotten into a nice rhythm while shuttling in and out of the lineup. Waters is a passer who can also run, Sams a runner who can also pass.

FACTS & FIGURES

Sooners coach Bob Stoops needs one more win to pass Barry Switzer (157) for most in school history. ... Stoops is a former assistant to Kansas State coach Bill Snyder. He's 7-2 against Snyder as a rival head coach. ... Oklahoma's losses were to No. 3 Baylor and Texas, who are a combined 12-1 in Big 12 play. ... Sooners have averaged 47 points in last four trips to Kansas State. They're 31-2 when score 30 or more dating to 2010. ... Oklahoma is second in Big 12 and 12th nationally in total defense (326.4 yards per game). ... Wildcats have outscored opponents by an average of 40-19 during its four-game win streak. ... Kansas State will likely be without S Ty Zimmerman due to an ankle injury. ... Wildcats DE Ryan Mueller is fifth nationally with 10½ sacks.

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No. 23 USC (8-3, 5-2 Pac-12) at Colorado (4-6, 1-6) 9:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network.

Line: USC by 22.

Series record: USC leads 7-0.

WHAT'S AT STAKE:

The Trojans are 5-1 since interim coach Ed Orgeron took over and back in the polls after beating Stanford 20-17 last weekend. USC and UCLA are a game back of Arizona State in the Pac-12 South standings. Colorado needs to win out to become bowl eligible in coach Mike MacIntyre's first season with the Buffaloes.

KEY MATCHUP:

WRs Paul Richardson and Nelson Spruce each had 140-yard receiving performances in a 41-24 win over Cal last weekend. The Trojans feature a solid secondary led by S Dion Bailey and CB Josh Shaw, a player Orgeron said has "made a difference in our defense." Richardson has 71 catches for 1,201 yards, which is a new single-season record at CU

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

USC: QB Cody Kessler has found his rhythm the last three games, completing 75 percent of his passes. In that stretch he's thrown four TD passes and just one interception.

Colorado: QB Sefo Liufau had his best performance since taking over for Connor Wood as he threw for 364 yards against Cal. It was the fourth-best performance by a true freshman in school history. He has eight TD passes and six interceptions this season.

FACTS AND FIGURES:

There just may be snow on the ground for this night game after a winter storm hit the area. According to USC, the last time the Trojans played in the snow was Nov. 30, 1957, at Notre Dame, when the Irish beat USC, 40-12. The temperature that day in South Bend was 20 degrees. The high on Saturday in Boulder is only expected to be 35 degrees. ... USC LB Morgan Breslin had sports hernia surgery earlier this week. He was already out for the regular season with a hip injury. ... In a 50-6 win over Colorado last season, QB Matt Barkley tied a school record with six TD passes. He's now with the Philadelphia Eagles. ... Colorado halted a 14-game Pac-12 skid last weekend against Cal. ... The speedy Richardson tied a school record vs. the Bears with 11 receptions. ... This is the latest in the regular season the Buffs have played a night game at Folsom Field.

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No. 25 Duke (8-2, 4-2 ACC) at Wake Forest (4-6, 2-5), Noon (ESPN2)

Line: Duke by 5½.

Series: Duke leads 54-37-2.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Duke's pursuit of the most unlikely ACC division title since Wake Forest's run to the Orange Bowl in 2006. The Blue Devils have the upper hand in the Coastal Division race and wins over the Demon Deacons and North Carolina will send them to Charlotte to play No. 2 Florida State. Wake Forest needs to win its final two games to qualify for its second bowl since 2008.

KEY MATCHUP

Duke's offense vs. Wake Forest's defense. The Blue Devils are averaging nearly 35 points during a six-game winning streak that's their longest since 1994. Their 358 yards rushing against Miami were the most by any David Cutcliffe-coached team. But Wake Forest's defense has been quietly strong: The only teams to score more than 24 points against them (Clemson, Florida State) are in the top 10 and of the Seminoles' 59 points, 45 were a direct result of either non-offensive TDs or short fields following turnovers.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Duke: Big things happen when change-of-pace QB Brandon Connette enters the game. He rushed for four short touchdowns and threw for a fifth in the upset of then-No. 24 Miami, and has led the Blue Devils to three game-winning fourth-quarter touchdowns this season.

Wake Forest: QB Tanner Price must find another go-to receiver now that WR Michael Campanaro (broken collarbone) is out, and the senior has to be better than he was against Florida State -- when three of his four passes were intercepted.

FACTS & FIGURES

With a win, Duke will match a school record with its ninth victory -- something that hasn't been done since 1941. ... The Blue Devils are playing their first game as a ranked team since the 1995 Hall of Fame Bowl loss to Wisconsin. ... Wake Forest had won 12 straight in the series before Duke won 34-27 last year. ... The Demon Deacons haven't beaten a ranked Duke team since 1949.