No. 1 Alabama at Kentucky
Saturday marks the first meeting between the teams since 2009. Kentucky hasn’t beaten Alabama since 1997. This year the Wildcats have alrelady lost to No. 7 Louisville, No. 19 Florida, and No. 13 South Carolina.
No. 2 Oregon at
No. 16 Washington
The Ducks are averaging nearly 50 points and 630 yards per game, and QB Marcus Mariota has thrown a TD pass in 18 straight games. This will be Washington QB Keith Price’s fourth career start against the Ducks; he didn’t throw for more than 150 yards in any of the first three.
BC at No. 3 Clemson
The Tigers need to avoid a letdown prior to their big ACC showdown with No. 6 Florida State at Death Valley on Oct. 19. The Eagles rank 13th of 14 ACC teams defensively and are allowing more than 210 yards per game through the air.
No. 5 Stanford at Utah
The Cardinal have a 13-game winning streak and may be looking ahead to a home game vs. No. 11 UCLA next weekend. Utah gave UCLA a scare last week despite QB Travis Wilson throwing six interceptions. Stanford QB Kevin Hogan is 10-0 as the starter.
No. 25 Missouri at No. 7 Georgia
The Bulldogs are vulnerable after losing WR Justin Scott-Wesley and RB Keith Marshall to season-ending knee injuries last weekend. Georgia QB Aaron Murray needs 325 yards to top Tim Tebow’s SEC career record for total offense.
No. 9 Texas A&M at Mississippi
The Aggies are 5-0 in the all-time series and are coming off their bye week. A&M is on a nine-game road winning streak, the longest for the school since a 10-game streak in 1939 and 1940. Ole Miss has lost two in a row.
No. 17 Florida at No. 10 LSU
Florida’s SEC-best defense is yielding 217 yards and 12.2 points per game. Led by senior QB Zach Mettenberger, LSU is averaging 448.8 yards and 45.5 points per game. Since taking over at QB, the Gators’ Tyler Murphy has completed 72.2 percent of his passes.
California at No. 11 UCLA
The Bruins will have their hands full with Cal QB Jared Goff, who is third in the nation in yards passing and is coming off a school-record 504-yard performance. But the Golden Bears’ defense is allowing 524 yards and 45 points per game.
No. 12 Oklahoma vs. Texas
The game, at Dallas, is for first place in the Big 12. A Texas loss would mean four straight in the series and could cost coach Mack Brown his job. At least one of the teams has been ranked in every matchup since 1999; in that time the higher-ranked team is 13-1.
No. 14 South Carolina at Arkansas
The Gamecocks have won three straight as they begin a three-game road swing through the SEC. Arkansas has lost three straight; Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema has lost four games in a row just once in his career.
No. 15 Baylor at Kansas State
Good luck to the Wildcats: the Bears, on an eight-game winning streak, lead the nation in scoring (70.5) and total yards (779.5). Baylor RB Lache Seastrunk is second nationally at 147.3 yards rushing per game.
No. 18 Michigan at Penn State
The Wolverines haven’t allowed a rushing touchdown this year, and have the ninth-best rushing defense (90.4 yards per game) in the nation. Penn State has won the last three games in the series, including a 41-31 decision in 2010 at Beaver Stadium.
No. 19 Northwestern at Wisconsin
Using a two-QB system (Kain Colter and Trever Simien), the Wildcats are completing a Big Ten-best 72 percent of their passes, which also ranks fourth nationally. The Badgers humbled Northwestern in the last meeting in 2010, 70-23.
Iowa State at No. 20 Texas Tech
The Cyclones are one of four teams nationally to be perfect inside the red zone, getting nine TDs and four FGs in 13 trips. Kliff Kingsbury, in his first year, could become the first coach in Tech history to win his first six games.
Akron at No. 23 Northern Illinois
The Huskies have the nation’s longest home winning streak at 22 games. Northern Illinois is 12th nationally in total offense, averaging 529.6 yards per game.
Pittsburgh at No. 24 Virginia Tech
The Hokies have won five in a row but the Panthers have won the last four in the series.