Weekend’s Top 25 college football games

No. 1 Notre Dame at Southern Cal

Notre Dame (11-0) is on the brink of a trip to the BCS title game, needing only a win in the Coliseum to wrap up the spot. USC redshirt freshman Max Wittek makes his first career start in place of injured Matt Barkley (sprained shoulder). USC has won nine of the last 10 meetings.

No. 2 Alabama vs. Auburn

Tigers have won seven of the eight games played in Tuscaloosa. Tigers freshman QB Jonathan Wallace, making his fourth career start, hasn’t reached 200 passing yards in a game. Alabama RBs Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon have combined for 1,679 rushing yards and 21 TDs, while the Tigers have the SEC’s worst rushing defense.

No. 3 Georgia vs. Georgia Tech

Bulldogs’ Aaron Murray leads nation in passing efficiency (157.11) and needs only 14 yards to become the first SEC QB to pass for 3,000 in three straight seasons.

No. 4 Ohio State vs. No. 20 Michigan


Host Buckeyes, who have won the last seven meetings, eyeing sixth unbeaten, untied season in 123 years of football. The Wolverines are No. 1 in nation in pass defense, giving up 152 yards a game.

No. 5 Oregon at No. 16 Oregon State

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Ducks have nation’s fourth-ranked offense, averaging 548.3 yards a game, while the host Beavers have the nation’s No. 14 rushing defense, allowing opponents only 108.7 yards per game.

No. 6 Florida at No. 10 Florida State

Seminoles fifth-year senior EJ Manuel has quietly put together a sparkling season, connecting on 68.8 percent of his passes for 2,785 yards and 21 TDs with five interceptions. Florida State’s Dustin Hopkins is the NCAA career scoring leader for kickers (448 points) and three field goals shy of becoming the all-time leader.

No. 8 LSU at Arkansas

Tigers, who have 29 sacks this season, are third in the SEC in pass defense, allowing 179.4 yards per game. Razorbacks senior WR Cobi Hamilton, with 165 career catches, needs just four Friday to set the school record.

No. 9 Texas A&M vs. Missouri

Aggies freshman QB Johnny Manziel is second in the nation in total offense with 378 yards a game. Classmate Mike Evans has 67 catches for 923 yards.

No. 11 Stanford at No. 15 UCLA


Cardinal senior RB Stepfan Taylor is 42 yards shy of surpassing Darrin Nelson’s school record of 4,033. Bruins QB Brett Hundley has completed 76 percent of passes in last four games for 1,057 yards and 11 TDs with just two interceptions.

No. 12 Clemson vs. No. 13 South Carolina

The Tigers are seeking their 14th straight victory at Death Valley, while South Carolina is hoping for a fourth consecutive win in the series. QB Tajh Boyd and Tigers gained more than 700 yards in two of the past three games.

No. 14 Oklahoma vs. No. 22 Oklahoma State

The Sooners gave up a school-record 778 yards in a 50-49 victory at West Virginia last week; the Cowboys rank third in the nation in scoring and total yardage.

No. 17 Nebraska at Iowa

Visiting Huskers will get a spot Friday in the Big Ten title game against Wisconsin with victory.

No. 19 Louisville vs. Connecticut

Host Cardinals led by QB Teddy Bridgewater, who has completed nearly 71 percent of his passes for 2,858 yards and 21 TDs. UConn has scored just 3 second-half points in its last five games.

No. 21 Rutgers at Pittsburgh


Rutgers LB Khaseem Greene leads the Big East in tackles and forced fumbles. Panthers QB Tino Sunseri has gone 206 pass attempts without an interception, the nation’s second-longest active streak.

No. 23 Kent State vs. Ohio

The Golden Flashes, ranked in the AP poll for the first time since 1973, average 244.6 yards rushing, and RB Dri Archer goes into Friday averaging 10.3 yards per carry.

No. 24 Northern Illinois at Eastern Michigan

The host Eagles go into Friday’s game allowing 486 yards and almost 37 points per game.

No. 25 Mississippi State at Mississippi

Junior QB Tyler Russell has thrown for 34 career TDs, second on Bulldogs’ all-time list.

No. 25 Utah State vs. Idaho

A win secures host Aggies’ first 10-win season and first outright league championship since 1936.

Associated Press