Saturday’s Top 25 college football matchups
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No. 1 Oregon vs. No. 14 Stanford
With a victory, Stanford would likely spoil Oregon’s shot at the national championship, much like the Ducks did last season when they visited Stanford Stadium and beat the then-No. 3 Cardinal and star QB Andrew Luck, 53-30.
No. 2 Kansas State at Baylor
A victory would give the Wildcats, first in the BCS rankings, at least a share of the Big 12 title and the league’s automatic BCS berth. Kansas State is coming off its lowest-scoring game of the season, a 23-10 win at TCU.
No. 3 Notre Dame vs. Wake Forest
The Irish are 10-0 for the eighth time in school history. The first five 10-0 teams won national championships. The Demon Deacons are giving up 157 rushing yards per game, while Notre Dame is averaging 198.7.
No. 4 Alabama vs. Western Carolina
A week after losing to Texas A&M, the Crimson Tide get to regroup against a program that is 0-13 all time against SEC teams. The Catamounts of the FCS are allowing 332.2 rushing yards per game and have allowed 33 touchdowns on the ground.
No. 5 Georgia vs. Georgia Southern
The Panthers are ranked sixth in the FCS, averaging 401.2 yards rushing per game with their triple-option offense. But the Bulldogs are rolling with four straight victories, the last two by an average of 32.5 points.
No. 6 Ohio State at Wisconsin
Not only did the Buckeyes get an extra week of rest for this one, coach Urban Meyer is 32-2 when having more than a week to prepare for a game. The home team has won the last three meetings.
No. 7 Florida vs. Jacksonville State
Jacksonville State is getting $500,000 to venture to Gainesville for the programs’ first meeting. The Gators have won 50 in a row against teams from outside BCS conferences.
No. 8 LSU vs. Mississippi
The Tigers will be the fourth ranked opponent Ole Miss has played this season. The Rebels lost the previous three games by a combined 136-55.
No. 9 Texas A&M vs. Sam Houston State
Though the schools are located just 50 miles apart, they haven’t met since 1997. The Aggies need to respect a Bearkats team that is ranked third in the FCS and has won seven straight.
No. 10 Florida State at Maryland
The Seminoles need a win to clinch the ACC’s Atlantic Division title for the second time in three years under coach Jimbo Fisher. Florida State has won five straight in the series.
No. 11 Clemson vs. N.C. State
The Wolfpack have lost four straight to Clemson at Death Valley since QB Philip Rivers led them to victory in 2002. The Tigers are seeking their first 10-win regular season since 1981.
No. 12 South Carolina vs. Wofford
Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier can tie Rex Enright for the school’s career coaching victories record at 64. Spurrier has never lost to a team outside the BCS conferences, going 46-0.
No. 13 Oklahoma at West Virginia
This one looked better on paper a month ago. Sooners QB Landry Jones should thrive against a Mountaineers defense that is last in the FBS against the pass (344 yards per game).
No. 15 Oregon State vs. California
The Beavers will likely go back to Sean Mannion at QB. He was the starter for the first four games but got hurt. His replacement, Cody Vaz, was hurt in last weekend’s loss to Stanford.
No. 16 Nebraska vs. Minnesota
The Huskers lead the Big Ten with 27 sacks, and DE Eric Martin leads the conference with 7½. Nebraska can take another step toward locking up the Legends Division.
No. 17 UCLA vs. No. 21 Southern Cal
The Trojans’ 55-0 rout last season was the most-lopsided victory in the series since 1930. Saturday’s winner will represent the Pac-12 South in the league championship game in two weeks.
No. 19 Louisiana Tech vs. Utah State
To the winner goes first place in the Western Athletic Conference. The Bulldogs have put up at least 50 points in eight of 10 games, but Utah State is allowing just 13.5 points per game.
No. 22 Rutgers at Cincinnati
At 8-1, the Scarlet Knights are off to their best start since 2006. They’ve never been 5-0 in the Big East. Rutgers ranks fifth nationally in scoring defense (13.4 points per game).
No. 23 Michigan vs. Iowa
Wolverines coach Brady Hoke said QB Denard Robinson is day-to-day with nerve damage in his right elbow. Devin Gardner has started the last two games.
No. 23 Texas Tech at Oklahoma State
The Red Raiders will try to avenge the most-lopsided loss in school history, last season’s 66-6 defeat at home. Texas Tech hasn’t won in Stillwater since 2001.
No. 25 Kent State at Bowling Green
The Golden Flashes’ eight-game winning streak is the longest in school history. The Falcons have won six in a row.