Saturday’s Top 25 college football matchups

No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 13 Mississippi State

The Crimson Tide have the longest winning streak in the FBS at 11 games. The Bulldogs rank third at nine games. Mississippi State has rushed for at least 140 yards in every game but nobody has gained more than 80 against Alabama.

No. 2 Oregon vs. Colorado

The Ducks have won 10 consecutive games, and scored at least 42 points in each of them. Oregon is a 45½-point favorite in this one. The Buffaloes have allowed at least 50 points in back-to-back games.

No. 3 Florida vs. No. 12 Georgia

First place in the SEC’s Eastern Division is at stake. The Gators sit atop the division and can clinch a spot in the SEC title game with a victory. The Bulldogs would take command of the East with a win. Florida has won 18 of the last 22 games in the series.

No. 4 Kansas State vs. No. 15 Texas Tech


The QBs are front and center in this matchup and in the Heisman race. Creeping up on Collin Klein in the favorites’ poll is the Red Raiders’ Seth Doege, who has thrown for 13 touchdowns in his last two games.

No. 5 Notre Dame at No. 8 Oklahoma

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It’s the first meeting between the tradition-rich programs since the Irish won, 34-30, in South Bend in 1999, Bob Stoops’s first year as Oklahoma’s coach. Notre Dame hasn’t played in Norman since 1966. It’s also where the Irish broke the Sooners’ 47-game win streak in 1957 (a 7-0 game).

No. 7 Oregon State at Washington

Oregon State has won seven of the last eight games in the series, the only Washington win a 35-34 double overtime victory in 2010. The Beavers are looking for the first 7-0 start in school history; they have never started conference play 5-0.

No. 9 Ohio State at Penn State

With neither team eligible for postseason play, this could rank as their “bowl game” with the Buckeyes at 4-0 in the Big Ten Leaders Division and the Nittany Lions right behind at 3-0. Ohio State has won its last two trips to State College by a combined 61-24.

No. 10 Southern Cal at Arizona

The Wildcats rank 111th out of 120 FBS teams against the pass, allowing 291.1 yards per game. The Trojans should feast, with Matt Barkley finding dynamic receivers Robert Woods and Marqise Lee.

No. 11 Florida State vs. Duke


The Blue Devils have never defeated the Seminoles in 17 meetings. Florida State is favored by 28.

No. 16 Louisville vs. Cincinnati

Louisville is seeking its first 8-0 start since the 1925 team finished the season with that record. The Cardinals have lost four straight to the Bearcats. The game is Friday night.

No. 17 South Carolina vs. Tennessee

The Gamecocks are shooting for their third straight win over Tennessee, something that’s not happened since the series began in 1903. The Vols are looking to avoid their second straight 0-5 SEC start under coach Derek Dooley.

No. 18 Rutgers vs. Kent State

The Scarlet Knights are third nationally in scoring defense (11.3 points per game) and run defense (69.1 yards), big reasons they are among 11 unbeatens in the FBS.

No. 19 Stanford vs. Washington State

Stanford has won four straight over the Cougars with an average margin of victory of 31 points.

No. 20 Michigan at Nebraska


The winner gains the inside track to the Big Ten Legends Division championship. Michigan is 15-0 under Brady Hoke when scoring at least 20 points.

No. 21 Boise State at Wyoming

The Broncos are ranked in the top 10 nationally for pass defense (158 yards per game) and points allowed (13.5).

No. 22 Texas A&M at Auburn

Damontre Moore of the Aggies has a nation-best 9½ sacks.

No. 23 Ohio at Miami (Ohio)

This is the Bobcats’ first-ever game as a ranked team.

No. 24 Louisiana Tech at New Mexico State

The Bulldogs are averaging 56.1 points per game, but allowing 38.