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Saturday’s Top 25 college football matchups

No. 1 Alabama at No. 5 LSU

This is the third straight time the teams have met with both ranked among the top five. The teams combined for only one TD (by Alabama in the BCS title game) in two meetings last season.

No. 2 Oregon at No. 18 Southern Cal

The Ducks haven’t lost since USC’s visit to Eugene last November. Even with a loss, the Trojans still have a decent shot at getting a rematch with the Ducks in the Pac-12 title game next month if they win their final two conference games.

No. 3 Kansas State vs. Oklahoma State

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The Cowboys can pull into a tie for first place in the Big 12 with the Wildcats with an upset win. Oklahoma State is No. 1 nationally in total offense and sixth in scoring offense. Kansas State has not allowed more than 24 points this season.

No. 4 Notre Dame vs. Pittsburgh

Pitt is the sixth Irish opponent this season to have scored more than 40 points the week before playing Notre Dame. None of the previous five scored more than 17 against the Irish. Notre Dame (8-0) hasn’t been 9-0 since 1993.

No. 6 Ohio State vs. Illinois

A win by the Buckeyes and a loss by Penn State (at Purdue) would clinch at least a tie for the Big Ten Leaders Division title. The Illini have a 10-game conference losing streak.

No. 7 Georgia vs. Mississippi

The Bulldogs have won nine straight in the series since the Rebels’ last win in Athens in 1996. Overall, Georgia is 17-4-1 against Ole Miss at home.

No. 8 Florida vs. Missouri

The teams’ only previous meeting came in the 1966 Sugar Bowl, won by Missouri (20-18). The Gators haven’t allowed a touchdown in three SEC home games this year.

No. 10 Clemson at Duke

The Blue Devils are already bowl eligible for the first time since 1994, while the Tigers are 4-1 in the Atlantic Division, a half-game behind Florida State. Duke hasn’t won in the series since 2004.

No. 12 Louisville vs. Temple

The Cardinals are looking for the first 9-0 mark in school history. Former BC standout Montel Harris is averaging 77.2 yards rushing per game for the Owls.

No. 13 Oregon State vs. Arizona State

The Beavers are averaging nearly 312 yards passing per game, the 15th-best rate in the nation. The Sun Devils have the No. 3 pass defense at 148.4 yards.

No. 14 Oklahoma at Iowa State

The Cyclones’ last win over the Sooners came in 1990. Both teams have lost to No. 3 Kansas State at home this season by less than a touchdown.

No. 15 Stanford at Colorado

The Buffaloes are 3-0 all time vs. Stanford at Folsom Stadium, but they are 27½-point underdogs in this one after losing their last two games by a combined 120-20.

No. 16 Texas A&M at No. 17 Mississippi State

The Aggies have scored first in 13 straight games. The Bulldogs hope to get off to a better start than in last week’s 38-7 drubbing at the hands of No. 1 Alabama.

No. 19 Boise State vs. San Diego State

Last year, the Broncos claimed the schools’ first matchup, 52-35. They’ll need to win out to have a chance of getting back into the BCS sweepstakes.

No. 20 Texas Tech vs. Texas

The Red Raiders’ ground game might star for a change going up against a Longhorns defense that has allowed more than 230 yards rushing four times this season.

No. 21 Nebraska at Michigan State

QB Taylor Martinez is set to break Eric Crouch’s Nebraska record for total offense. Martinez has 7,801 yards in his career, and Crouch had 7,915.

No. 22 Louisiana Tech vs. UTSA

The Bulldogs are favored by 32 points in the teams’ first meeting. Nearly 78 percent of Texas-San Antonio’s roster is made up of under­classmen.

No. 23 West Virginia vs. TCU

One team will be saddled with a third straight loss, which would be a first for either Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson or Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen.

No. 24 Arizona at No. 25 UCLA

The Wildcats have won five straight in the rivalry, including a 48-12 blowout last season that contributed to a coaching change for the Bruins.

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