No. 3 Florida State vs.
No. 7 Miami
Seminoles freshman Jameis Winston has thrown 23 TD passes and four interceptions. The Seminoles have scored touchdowns on 54.2 percent of their drives, second-best in the country. The Hurricanes have to establish the run to have a chance against the No. 4 scoring defense in the FBS. Boston College ran for 200 yards on 45 carries against Florida State. Duke Johnson is the focal point of the Miami offense with 117.6 yards rushing per game and six touchdowns.
No. 4 Ohio State at Purdue
The Buckeyes lead the Big Ten with 20 sacks; the Boilermakers have allowed the second most in the league (20). Urban Meyer is 20-0 since coming to Ohio State and hasn’t lost a game in 35 months, but the Buckeyes have lost three of their last four games at Purdue. The last two games in this series were decided in overtime.
No. 8 Auburn at Arkansas
Tigers junior QB Nick Marshall, a junior college transfer, has accounted for 1,609 yards of total offense despite missing most of last week’s 45-10 win over Florida Atlantic with a shoulder injury. Freshman Razorback RB Alex Collins is averaging 99.6 yards per game. This is Arkansas’ fifth straight game against a ranked opponent.
No. 9 Clemson at Virginia
Clemson’s Tajh Boyd is second in ACC history with 10,296 yards passing and WR Sammy Watkins has five games with at least 100 receiving yards this season. Virginia is 4-14 in its last 18 games since starting last season with two victories. Virginia is looking to end a five-game slide and keep its slim bowl hopes alive.
No. 10 Missouri vs. Tennessee
The Tigers are seeking to maintain their SEC Eastern Division lead one week after blowing a 17-0, fourth-quarter lead in a 27-24 double-overtime loss to No. 14 South Carolina. Missouri has forced at least one turnover in 38 straight games. The Vols have lost 11 straight SEC road games.
Vols freshman QB Joshua Dobbs makes his first career start in place of Justin Worley, who is out indefinitely after undergoing surgery on his injured right thumb.
No. 12 Texas A&M vs. UTEP
Johnny Manziel has 2,594 yards passing with 22 touchdowns and 497 yards rushing with six more scores. A&M WR Mike Evans, who is 6 feet 5 inches, will be a challenge for a UTEP secondary that doesn’t have a player taller than 6-1. Evans is second in the nation with 1,101 yards receiving and the Miners are allowing 218.1 yards passing per game. UTEP is 1-30 all time against ranked opponents on the road. The Miners last win over a ranked team away from El Paso came over No. 14 Arizona State in 1974.
No. 14 South Carolina vs.
Gamecocks QB Connor Shaw missed practice this week with a virus. South Carolina is trying for its 15th straight home victory, which would tie the school record. The Bulldogs, who have won their past four games against SEC East teams, are averaging 456 yards per game on offense. Mississippi State WR Jameon Lewis has accounted for nine TDs this season after notching just three in the previous two years.
No. 15 Texas Tech vs.
No. 18 Oklahoma State
The Red Raiders gave up a season-high 277 yards rushing in last week’s 38-30 loss to Oklahoma in Norman. Cowboys WR Josh Stewart has returned punts for touchdowns this season. The Red Raiders have lost the past two games in the series by a combined 98 points, 59-21 last season and 66-6 in 2011. A win would make the Cowboys the first team to win three straight over Texas Tech in Lubbock since Nebraska (1994, 1996, and 2000).
No. 16 Fresno State vs. Nevada
Bulldogs look to go 8-0 for the fifth time in school history and first since 1989. A win would keep alive their hopes of reaching a BCS bowl game. The Bulldogs have no turnovers in their past two games. Wolf Pack WR Brandon Wimberly is second in the Mountain West with 61 catches for 622 yards and five TDs. Nevada is looking to snap a three-game losing streak.
No. 17 UCLA vs. Colorado
The Bruins’ Brett Hundley passed for just 256 yards and threw four interceptions in the last two games. Colorado has lost 12 straight against ranked teams. The Buffaloes have lost 20 straight on the road to ranked teams since beating UCLA at the Rose Bowl in 2002.
No. 21 Northern Illinois at UMass
Northern Illinois is 17th in the BCS rankings. Jordan Lynch threw for four touchdowns, ran for one, and caught another in last week’s 59-20 victory over Eastern Michigan. UMass QBs A.J. Doyle and Mike Wegzyn have combined for seven TD passes and eight picks.
No. 22 Wisconsin at Iowa
The Badgers, who were off last week, have won six straight following a bye. Wisconsin is seventh nationally with 24 rushing TDs, but Iowa is first with just two TDs allowed on the ground. Iowa’s three losses came against teams that are a combined 23-1.
No. 23 Michigan at
No. 24 Michigan State
The Spartans’ Connor Cook has completed 60 percent of his passes for 1,238 yards with 12 touchdowns. The Wolverines haven’t won in East Lansing since 2007 when former running back Mike Hart infamously referred to Michigan State as a ‘‘little brother.’’