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This weekend’s Top 25 Football Schedule

No. 1 Alabama vs. Arkansas

It doesn’t look good for the Razorbacks, who have lost four in a row and fell, 52-7, at South Carolina last week. Arkansas is the only team in the nation to face four straight teams ranked in the preseason Top 10. The Tide won last year’s meeting, 52-0.

No. 2 Oregon vs. Washington State

The Ducks have won six straight in the series and are 39-point favorites Saturday. The Cougars have not defeated a team ranked in the top five since the 2003 Holiday Bowl. Washington State has the nation’s eighth-ranked passing attack (346.9).

No. 3 Clemson vs. No. 5 Florida State

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The visiting Seminoles are 3-point favorites in the first top-five matchup of the season. The Tigers lead the FBS with 61 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, and will need to pressure Jameis Winston to keep the redshirt freshman QB from getting comfortable.

No. 4 Ohio State vs. Iowa

The Buckeyes are averaging 46.8 points per game and have had two weeks to get ready for this one. Coach Urban Meyer’s teams are 34-2 with more than a week to prepare for an opponent. Iowa has won just one of the last 11 meetings (2004).

No. 6 LSU at Mississippi

The Tigers have Alabama coming up in two weeks. They better not overlook a Rebels team that battled Texas A&M in a 41-38 loss last weekend.

No. 7 Texas A&M vs.
No. 24 Auburn

It’s the first of four straight home games for the Aggies. This will be Auburn’s first trip to College Station. The Tigers are averaging 287 yards rushing per game, tops in the SEC and seventh in the nation.

No. 9 UCLA at No. 13 Stanford

The Bruins would love to avenge their two losses to Stanford last season. The Cardinals had their 13-game winning streak snapped at Utah last week. Stanford has not lost consecutive games since October 2009.

No. 11 South Carolina at
Tennessee

South Carolina has beaten Tennessee each of the last three years. Before this current streak, the Gamecocks never had won back-to-back games against the Vols. Tennessee has lost 19 straight against ranked teams.

No. 12 Baylor vs. Iowa State

Baylor, with its highest AP ranking since 1991, goes for its 10th consecutive victory, which would match a school record that has stood since 1937. The Cyclones rank last defensively in the Big 12 in scoring, total yards, and passing yards.

No. 14 Missouri vs. No. 22 Florida

Tigers backup QB Maty Mauk makes his first career start against a Gators defense that has allowed 10 or fewer points three times this season. Florida has no turnovers in its last two games,

No. 15 Georgia at Vanderbilt

Georgia has won six straight in the series and 17 of the past 18 matchups, with the lone loss in 2006 in Athens. The Bulldogs have not lost in Nashville since 1991.

No. 16 Texas Tech at
West Virginia

This is the Red Raiders’ first game in the Eastern time zone since Jan. 1, 2008 (Gator Bowl vs. Virginia). Texas Tech is trying to go 7-0 for the first time since 2008.

No. 17 Fresno State vs. UNLV

The teams last met in 1997 when both were in the WAC. The Bulldogs have won nine straight in the series since losing in 1984. UNLV ran a Mountain West-record 113 offensive plays last week against Hawaii — two shy of the NCAA Division 1 record.

No. 18 Oklahoma at Kansas

The Jayhawks are trying to end a 23-game Big 12 losing streak. The Sooners have won 14 straight when it’s their first game after facing Texas — including a 6-0 mark against Kansas.

No. 20 Washington at Arizona State

Two of the nation’s top QBs: the Huskies’ Keith Price is 12th nationally in completion percentage (69.3), and the Sun Devils’ Taylor Kelly is seventh nationally in total offense (335 yards per game).

No. 21 Oklahoma State vs. TCU

The Cowboys are 14-1 in their last 15 home games since the start of the 2011 season. TCU’s strong defensive unit hasn’t allowed more than 20 points since a season-opening loss to LSU.

No. 23 Northern Illinois at Central Michigan

MAC West co-leader Northern Illinois has won 19 straight conference games, the longest active streak in the nation. The Huskies also are on a 12-game road winning streak.

No. 25 Wisconsin at Illinois

The Badgers are one of only two teams in the country ranked in the top 10 in both total offense (ninth, 519.5 yards per game) and defense (fifth, 267.3). The all-time series is tied, 36-36-7.

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