Game of the Week
No. 1 LSU 34, No. 19 Auburn 14 - Does the changing of the guard among national championship contenders begin with this game and end with Auburn’s showdown with Alabama? We think so. LSU is too good, too focused, and Auburn has played its luck card too many times to pull off this upset. We think.
Other games involving Top 25 teams
No. 2 Alabama vs. Tennessee The Crimson Tide are outscoring opponents by an average of 32.7 points, with the smallest margin a 16-point win over Penn State. The Volunteers lost, 38-7, last week to No. 1 LSU, and have dropped eight straight and 14 of their last 15 to ranked teams.
No. 3 Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech The Sooners have gained more than 600 yards three times this season, including 610 last week against Kansas. But the Sooners have turned red zone trips into touchdowns just 56 percent of the time.
No. 4 Wisconsin at No. 15 Michigan State The Spartans handed the Badgers their last Big Ten defeat and haven’t lost to Wisconsin in East Lansing since 2002. The Badgers have the nation’s top offense, averaging 50.2 points per game.
No. 5 Boise State vs. Air Force The Broncos are coming off a school-record 742 yards of total offense against Colorado State. Kellen Moore is one win shy of matching Texas’s Colt McCoy for the most victories by a quarterback (45).
No. 6 Oklahoma State at Missouri The Cowboys are second in the nation in total offense (551.2 yards per game), passing yards (395.7), and scoring (49.2 points). The Cowboys have won eight in a row on the road, but Missouri has won 10 in a row a home.
No. 7 Stanford vs. No. 22 Washington Stanford’s Andrew Luck gets all the press, but Washington’s Keith Price is tied for the second-most touchdown passes in the nation with 21. Price has the Huskies (5-1) off to their best start in 10 years. The Cardinal have the nation’s longest win streak at 14 games.
No. 8 Clemson vs. North Carolina Tigers freshman Sammy Watkins set a school record with 345 all-purpose yards in last week’s come-from-behind win over Maryland. Watkins is tied for the ACC lead with eight TD catches.
No. 9 Oregon at Colorado Oregon running back LaMichael James and quarterback Darron Thomas are questionable and Colorado will be without leading tackler Douglas Rippy and tailback Rodney Stewart. The Buffaloes have the second-worst offense (337.9 yards per game) in the Pac-12 and are allowing 408.8 yards per game.
No. 10 Arkansas at Mississippi Since scoring just 14 points against Alabama, the Razorbacks have put up 1,019 yards and 80 points in their last two games. The Rebels are coming off their most lopsided loss since 1981, 52-7 to Alabama. A loss would give Mississippi 10 straight SEC losses for the first time in the program’s 79-year history.
No. 11 West Virginia at Syracuse Tonight, the Mountaineers are looking to avenge a 19-14 loss last season. West Virginia, which had a bye last week, has outscored its last two opponents, 98-26. Syracuse ranks 112th against the pass, allowing 293 yards per game.
No. 12 Kansas State vs. Kansas Last week’s 41-34 victory over Texas Tech was the Wildcats’ fourth win in a row by 7 points or fewer. The Jayhawks have lost their last four games by a combined 228-103.
No. 13 Nebraska at Minnesota The Cornhuskers will be without star defensive tackle Jared Crick, who underwent season-ending surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle. The Golden Gophers are last in the Big Ten in scoring (18.0 points per game) and total offense (300.3 yards per game).
No. 17 Texas A&M at Iowa State The Aggies had their best offensive performance of the season last week in a 55-28 win over Baylor. The Cyclones are looking to avoid a fourth consecutive loss; their last three were by an average of 27 points.
No. 20 Georgia Tech at Miami The Yellow Jackets boast the nation’s No. 2 rushing attack at 347.9 yards per game. Miami starting defensive tackle Micanor Regis was suspended for this game after punching an opposing player last weekend.
No. 21 Houston vs. Marshall A win would give Houston its first 7-0 start in 21 years. Case Keenum is on pace to become the first player in NCAA history with three 5,000-yard passing seasons. Keenum has a 71.4 completion percentage this season, as well as 17 TD passes and just two interceptions.
No. 23 Illinois at Purdue The Illini are coming off their first loss. The Boilermakers have won five of the last six meetings and have outscored the Illini, 104-27, in the last three matchups at Ross-Ade Stadium.