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Top 25 college football games Saturday

Florida Atlantic at

No. 1 Alabama

Coming off a 52-0 rout of Arkansas, the Crimson Tide have scored 94 points since their defense last allowed a point. Alabama has outscored its opponents, 128-14, this season.

No. 2 LSU at Auburn

LSU owns the longest current regular-season winning streak at 16. Auburn has dropped five straight to ranked opponents.

No. 22 Arizona at No. 3 Oregon

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In his first year at Arizona, Rich Rodriguez could match the Wildcats’ win total from last year in his fourth game. The Ducks are fifth in the nation in scoring (54.0).

No. 10 Clemson at

No. 4 Florida State

The Seminoles have allowed only a field goal this season and 103.3 yards per game. Clemson WR Sammy Watkins torched Florida State last season (seven catches, 141 yards, two TDs).

Vanderbilt at No. 5 Georgia

Last season’s matchup resulted in three player suspensions (two for Georgia, one for Vanderbilt) and a postgame altercation between Georgia’s defensive coordinator and Vanderbilt coach James Franklin.

No. 15 Kansas State at

No. 6 Oklahoma

The Sooners, coming off a bye, picked apart the Wildcats last season as Landry Jones passed for a school-record 505 yards and five touchdowns in a 41-point drubbing.

Missouri at No. 7 South Carolina

Steve Spurrier said Connor Shaw will start at quarterback for the Gamecocks despite having a hairline fracture in his right shoulder.

Maryland at No. 8 West Virginia

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Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith has as many touchdown passes (nine) as incompletions this season. At 2-1, Maryland has matched its win total from last year.

No. 18 Michigan at

No. 11 Notre Dame

The Fighting Irish are looking for their first 4-0 start since 2002. However, the Wolverines have won three in a row in the series and five of the last six.

California at

No. 13 Southern Cal

In the teams’ 100th meeting, the Trojans will look to bounce back after Stanford ended their dream of a perfect season last weekend.

Kentucky at No. 14 Florida

The Gators, riding high after knocking rival Tennessee out of the rankings, have won 25 straight against the Wildcats dating to 1986.

UAB at No. 16 Ohio State

Quarterback Braxton Miller leads the Buckeyes in rushing (377 yards, 5 TDs); he’ll face a Blazers defense that’s allowing 220.5 rushing yards per game (5.8 per carry).

Virginia at No. 17 TCU

The Horned Frogs look to continue the nation’s longest current winning streak (11 games) against a Virginia squad coming off a 56-20 loss at Georgia Tech.

Oregon State at No. 19 UCLA

Johnathan Franklin is averaging an FBS-best 180.3 rushing yards per game, and the Bruins rank second nationally with 622.0 yards per game.

No. 20 Louisville at

Florida International

The Cardinals have 21 players on their roster from the South Florida area, but that better not serve as a distraction as the Golden Panthers upset Louisville last season, 24-17.

Eastern Michigan at

No. 21 Michigan State

It’ll be interesting to see how the Spartans respond to last weekend’s loss to Notre Dame. Eastern Michigan is last in the FBS in run defense (312.3 yards per game).

South Alabama at

No. 23 Mississippi State

The Bulldogs survived Troy last weekend thanks to three touchdown receptions by Chad Bumphis. The senior’s next TD catch will be the 18th of his career, a school record.

Idaho State at No. 25 Nebraska

The Cornhuskers, who rank eighth in the nation in rushing (295 yards per game), should get a boost from the return of Rex Burkhead (sprained MCL). Idaho State is one of only nine FBS teams yet to register a sack this season.

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