Top 25 football games: No. 1 Alabama looks to slow down No. 6 Texas A&M

No. 1 Alabama at No. 6 Texas A&M

Johnny Manziel threw for 253 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 92 more to help the Aggies to the 29-24 upset victory in Tuscaloosa last year. Alabama hasn’t lost away from home since Nov. 6, 2010, at LSU, a 15-game win streak.

No. 2 Oregon vs. Tennessee

The Ducks are 4-5 against teams from the SEC, but they’ve won the last three of four. Fifteen of Oregon’s 17 touchdowns drives this year have taken less than two minutes. Tennessee is tied for first in the nation with nine forced turnovers.

No. 4 Ohio State at California

The Buckeyes own the nation’s longest current winning streak at 14 games; it’s tied for the fifth-longest streak in school history. The record is 22, from 1967-69. Cal’s last victory over a top-five team was on Sept. 27, 2003, in triple overtime over Southern Cal.

No. 5 Stanford at Army


Army, which led the nation in rushing each of the past two seasons, is averaging 329 yards on the ground this year. Stanford allowed 35 yards rushing in its one game against San Jose State. Army hasn’t hosted a ranked opponent since 2005.

No. 7 Louisville at Kentucky

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Under Teddy Bridgewater, the Cardinals are averaging 406.5 yards passing per game and 16.9 yards per completion. Bridgewater has thrown just one interception, been sacked once, and completed 76.7 percent of his passes.

No. 8 LSU vs. Kent State

LSU’s Zach Mettenberger set a school-record with 5 TD passes last week. The Tigers are favored by 37½ points in the teams’ first meeting. Kent State is 1-23 against ranked opponents.

No. 10 Florida State vs. Nevada

Seminoles freshman Jameis Winston set a school record by completing 92.6 percent of his passes against Pitt. He was 25 of 27 for 356 yards and four TDs in his collegiate debut.

No. 11 Michigan vs. Akron

The Zips have lost by double digits to ranked teams in 13 straight matchups — losing those games by an average of 31 points.

No. 12 Oklahoma State vs. Lamar


Lamar, from the Southland Conference, is coming off a competitive 27-14 loss at Louisiana Tech. However, the Cardinals are a 46-point underdog on Saturday.

No. 13 South Carolina
vs. Vanderbilt

The Gamecocks have won four straight in the series, including a 21-3 victory two years ago when the Commodores were held to 77 yards of total offense — and only 4 on the ground.

No. 14 Oklahoma vs. Tulsa

Sooners QB Blake Bell will be making his first career start. Bell lost a preseason competition to Trevor Knight for the starting job but Knight is out with a bruised knee.

No. 16 UCLA at No. 23 Nebraska

The Cornhuskers want revenge after the Bruins rolled up 653 total yards against them last year in Los Angeles.

No. 17 Northwestern
vs. Western Michigan

The Wildcats are averaging 46 points and 544.5 yards per game. Western Michigan is trying to regroup after losing to an FCS school, Nicholls State.

No. 19 Washington vs. Illinois


In their season opener, the Huskies shut down Boise State’s normally high-powered attack. Illini QB Nathan Scheelhaase is sixth in the country with 364 passing yards per game.

No. 20 Wisconsin at Arizona State

The Badgers outscored their first two opponents (UMass and Tennessee Tech) by a combined 93-0. Arizona State is 8-0 all time at Sun Devil Stadium against Big Ten teams.

No. 21 Notre Dame at Purdue

The Fighting Irish look to avoid back-to-back regular-season losses for the first time since the start of the 2011 season. Notre Dame has won five straight in the series.

No. 25 Mississippi at Texas

Ole Miss is ranked for the first time since ending the 2009 season No. 20. The Longhorns is 11-9 at home since 2010, including 0-6 against ranked opponents.