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 No. 3 Georgia (3-0) at Arizona State (2-1), 8 p.m. (ABC)
Line: Georgia by 7.
Series Record: First meeting.
What's at Stake
After dropping from No. 1 in the preseason rankings, the Bulldogs might need a convincing victory to keep their BCS resume clean heading into SEC play. The Sun Devils are looking to rebound after an unthinkable 23-20 overtime loss to UNLV - at home.
Key Matchup
Georgia's defensive front against Arizona State's offensive line. The Bulldogs are averaging two sacks a game, and the Sun Devils' passing game ranks ninth nationally at 324.7 yards per game.
Players to watch
Georgia: TB Knowshon Moreno. UNLV ran for 120 yards in the second half against ASU. It's scary to think what Moreno, who is good for 6.7 yards per carry, might do against the Sun Devils.
Arizona State: WR Michael Jones is averaging 4.7 catches and 85.3 yards receiving. As part of a talented group of receivers, he'll present problems for the Bulldogs' secondary.
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will travel 1,916 miles for a rare venture out of the Southeast. Since 1998, they've covered a total of 358 miles for nonconference road games. ... Mascot Uga VII is 3-0 since making his debut against Georgia Southern. ... Georgia has outscored its opponents 57-31 after halftime. Arizona State has been outscored 33-31. ... Since 2000, Arizona State is 2-10 against ranked opponents at home. ... Arizona State QB Rudy Carpenter is 23-11 as a starter, the fourth-most wins in school history.
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No. 4 Florida(2-0) at Tennessee (1-1), 3:30 p.m. (CBS)
Line: Florida by 7 1/2.
Series Record: Tennessee leads 19-18.
Last Meeting: 2007, Florida 59-20.
What's at Stake
After struggling offensively against Miami, No. 4 Florida looks to prove it deserves to be ranked among the top five teams in the nation. Tennessee wants to prove its opening loss at UCLA was a fluke. The Vols are also seeking revenge for three straight losses to the Gators, including last year's rout.
Key Matchup
Florida QB Tim Tebow vs. Tennessee's defensive front. Tebow had little problem throwing and running last season, but a stingier Vols D-line has pledged to pressure him more this year. Miami had success keeping Tebow out of sync, and Tennessee will need all the help it can get from its defense to keep the game within reach.
Players to watch
elt this good since the 10th grade thanks to his offseason heel surgery. If Harvin is any bit as dangerous as he was last season against Tennessee - he ran nine times for 75 yards and a touchdown and caught four passes for 120 yards - that's bad news for the Vols.
Tennessee: RB Arian Foster must have a good run game with some help from backup Montario Hardesty for the Vols to be successful. In three straight losses to Florida, the Vols haven't gained more than 66 yards on the ground.
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The Gators or Vols have represented the East Division a 13 times in the 16 SEC title games. ... In this series, the team with the highest net rushing total has won 16 of the last 18 meetings. ... The three largest turnouts at Tennessee's Neyland Stadium have been for games against Florida.
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Buffalo (2-1) at No. 5 Missouri (3-0), 2 p.m.
Line: Missouri by 34
Series Record: First meeting.
What's at Stake
Missouri tries to complete its second straight perfect nonconference season, taking next week off before beginning Big 12 play at Nebraska on Oct. 4. Buffalo, coached by former Nebraska QB Turner Gill is trying for an upset and a 3-1 start.
Key Matchups
Missouri's offense has produced 11 touchdown drives lasting two or fewer minutes. Missouri is averaging 57.7 points and 597 yards total offense.
Players to watch
n Roosevelt caught 35-yard desperation TD pass from QB Drew Willy on final play for 30-28 win over Temple last week. Roosevelt had eight catches for 132 yards. Willy threw for career-high 348 yards vs. Temple and has five TD passes of 34 yards or longer.
Missouri: LB Jeff Gettys' interception return gave the Tigers defense a touchdown in all three games.
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Missouri is averaging 8.3 yards per snap, best in the nation. ... Missouri P Jake Harry has been used only eight times. ... Offense had school-record 519 yards passing against Nevada. ... Buffalo is 0-2 against Big 12, the last game against Baylor in 2007, and has one win over a BCS school. ... Buffalo is 0-7 vs. ranked teams, losing 38-3 to Rutgers and 45-24 to Penn State last season. ... Buffalo coach Turner Gill is 9-18 in third season but has won seven of last eight. ... Over-under of 71 points is highest of the week, rivaled only by 69 1/2 for Rice vs. Texas.
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No. 6 LSU (2-0) at No. 10 Auburn (3-0), 7:45 p.m. (ESPN)
Line: LSU by 2 1/2.
Series Record: LSU leads 22-19-1.
Last Meeting: 2007, LSU 30-24.
What's at Stake
The winner takes the early SEC West lead and remains solidly in the national championship hunt. With three division teams ranked in the Top 10, any loss among the contenders could prove costly.
Key Matchup
e nation's top defenses. Both defenses are ranked in the Top 10 nationally against the run, which puts pressure on LSU's Jarrett Lee and Andrew Hatch along with Auburn's Chris Todd. Todd has also platooned at times with Kodi Burns, who presents a bigger running threat if the coaches decide to use him. Auburn's passing game ranks 11th in the league, LSU's is seventh.
Players to watch
Auburn: Todd has not produced many big plays downfield yet but also has thrown only one interception. What he hasn't done: Run the ball, which could be important in a game in which first downs and points figure to be hard to come by.
LSU: Trindon Holliday has averaged nearly 41 yards on his four punt returns, including a 92-yarder. He has yet to be a factor on offense, but has the sprinter's speed that makes Auburn coaches wary. With those defenses, a special teams play or two could make the difference.
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Either Auburn or LSU has won the SEC West six of the last eight seasons ... Auburn has won nine of its last 12 games against Top 10 opponents, including six straight at home. Coach Les Miles is 7-3 with LSU against Top 10 teams ... Auburn's defense has allowed opponents to convert just 3-of-46 third-down conversions, easily leading the nation ... Auburn tailback Brad Lester sustained a sprained neck last week but is expected to play. LSU linebacker Darry Beckwith is out with a leg injury.
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Rice (2-1) at No. 7 Texas (2-0), 7 p.m. (FSN)
Line: Texas by 30.
Series Record: Texas leads 68-21-1
Last meeting: 2007, Texas 58-14
What's at Stake
A return - if a temporary one - to normalcy after Hurricane Ike. Rice is in Houston, and the nation's fourth-largest city will be in various stages of recovery for a while. The Longhorns have about two dozen players from Houston and hard-hit southeast Texas, and the storm forced UT to postpone last week's game against Arkansas until Sept. 27.
Key Matchup
The Texas running game against Rice's rush defense. QB Colt McCoy is Texas' leading rusher after two games as the Longhorns search for a No. 1 tailback. Rice is giving up an average of 145 yards per game.
Players to watch
Texas: RBs Fozzy Whittaker, Vondrell McGee and Chris Ogbannaya. Texas would like one of them to emerge as the No. 1 option before the Big 12 schedule starts. Whittaker was impressive with 72 yards in win over Texas-El Paso.
Rice: QB Chase Clement and WR Jarett Dillard have connected for five TDs in first three games this season and 37 times over their career together. Two more would tie the NCAA record between a quarterback and receiver.
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re of 49-13. ... The Longhorns have surrendered only two touchdowns this season but are stinking it up in the secondary again. They're allowing an average of 261 passing yards to rank 98th nationally after finishing last year ranked 109th.
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No. 9 Alabama (3-0) at Arkansas (2-0), 12:30 p.m. (Raycom)
Line: Alabama by 9 1/2.
Series Record: Alabama leads 10-8.
What's at Stake
Alabama is in the top 10, and the memory of last season's 7-6 record is beginning to fade. The Crimson Tide beat Clemson convincingly to start the season, but the return to glory won't be complete until Alabama does something in Southeastern Conference play. Arkansas is entering a brutal stretch - consecutive games against Alabama, Texas, Florida and Auburn. An upset here would turn quite a few heads.
Key Matchup
Arkansas center Jonathan Luigs vs. Alabama nose tackle Terrence Cody. Luigs won the Rimington Award last season as the nation's top center. He'll line up across from Mount Cody, the 360-pounder who helped the Crimson Tide stuff the run this season.
Players to watch
Alabama: QB John Parker Wilson has thrown for seven touchdowns in the last two meetings between these teams, including the winner with 8 seconds remaining in 2007. He faces an inexperienced defense that could be vulnerable to the big play.
Southern California, caught seven passes for 89 yards in a win over Louisiana-Monroe.
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Saturday is the 50th anniversary of the first game Frank Broyles coached at Arkansas, a 12-0 loss to Baylor. Broyles eventually became the Razorbacks' athletic director and retired at the end of last year. ... Alabama is in the AP top 10 for the first time since the final poll of the 2005 season. ... Alabama coach Nick Saban has played Arkansas six times, but this will be the first time in Fayetteville. Saban beat the Razorbacks last year at Alabama and went 3-2 against them while coaching LSU. Arkansas plays its home games against LSU in Little Rock.
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Massachusetts (2-1) at No. 11 Texas Tech (3-0), 7 p.m.
Line: none.
Series Record: First meeting.
What's at Stake
This is Texas Tech's final nonconference game before opening Big 12 play at Kansas State on Oct. 4. Graham Harrell and his receivers are trying to find their way out of Mike Leach's doghouse. Leach unloaded on his quarterback and receivers for poor passing and dropped balls after a 43-7 win over SMU last week.
Key Matchup
,than Harrell.
Players to Watch
Massachusetts: RB Tony Nelson leads the Colonial Athletic Association with 362 rushing yards and five TDs. He's gained at least 100 yards twice in three games.
Texas Tech: Look for WR Michael Crabtree to continue to rev up his performance. He had eight TDs after three games last year, compared to five this season. But he did have three against SMU.
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Harrell ranks 37th nationally in pass efficiency (143.7) after finishing 2007 at No. 6 with a rating of 157.3. He's got eight TDs in three games this season, compared with 14 at the same point a year ago. ... Minutemen coach Don Brown is looking for his third career win over a Football Bowl Subdivision team. At Northeastern, he beat Connecticut (30-27 in 2000) and Ohio University (31-0 in 2002).
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No. 12 South Florida (3-0) at Florida International (0-2), 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
Line: South Florida by 28 1/2.
Series Record: South Florida leads 1-0.
Last meeting: 2006, South Florida, 21-20.
What's at Stake
each sideline have faced off before at the high school level, adding another layer of intrigue.
Key Matchup
South Florida vs. FIU's speed. OK, so this game appears to be a mismatch, and probably will turn out to be one. But there's one thing that FIU has plenty of, and it's speed, something Bulls coach Jim Leavitt is especially leery about. The Golden Panthers had a huge chance to pull off an upset in 2006 because of that, and it's their only chance in this one.
Players to watch
South Florida: QB Matt Grothe has thrown for 780 yards and seven touchdowns already, with WR Taurus Johnson hooking up for 235 of those yards, all but 10 of them coming in the last two games.
FIU: QBs Paul McCall and Wayne Younger have combined to go 29-for-65 with no touchdowns so far, but punt returner T.Y. Hilton has been a bright spot, with a 74-yard TD return against Kansas.
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South Florida is 7-1 against in-state foes. ... FIU is anticipating a sellout of 18,000; the biggest home game in school history drew 17,314 for the inaugural game (in a stadium designed to seat 7,000) in 2002. ... Grothe is 373 yards away from 8,000 yards of total offense in his career.
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Troy at No. 13 Ohio State, noon (Big Ten Network)
Line: Ohio State by 20 1/2
Series record: First meeting
What's at Stake
m getting walloped 35-3 by No. 1 Southern California last week. This game falls between that debacle and Big Ten opener next week vs. Minnesota. A loss to Troy (2-0), a team which loves to torment the major powers, and the natives in Buckeyeland would be even more restless.
Key Matchup
Lefty QB Jamie Hampton and two backups combined to pass for 421 yards in 65-0 rout of Alcorn State last week. USC's Mark Sanchez dissected the Buckeyes' defense all night. Hurtin' Ohio State defenders have yet to prove they can put the brakes on a good offensive team.
Players to watch
Troy: TB DuJuan Harris has 187 yards in two victories, Jerrel Jernigan has 14 catches for 137 yards. LBs Boris Lee and Bear Woods are top two tacklers, while Trojans have three seniors and a junior in the secondary.
Ohio State: Freshman QB Terrelle Pryor gets his first big chance, sharing the job and possibly starting for the Buckeyes ahead of fifth-year senior Todd Boeckman. TB Chris ``Beanie'' Wells will miss his third game in a row (right foot), opening door for Dan Herron, Brandon Saine or Maurice Wells to make the job his. None did that against USC.
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e offensive coordinator and WRs coach - in 1990 when the Tigers beat up on the Buckeyes 31-14 in the Hall of Fame Bowl. ... Buckeyes open Big Ten play against Minnesota next week; Troy plays at Oklahoma State, which it beat 41-23 in Troy, Ala., last season.
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Wyoming (2-1) at No. 14 BYU (3-0), 3 p.m. (The Mtn.)
Line: BYU by 28 1/2.
Series Record: BYU leads 41-30-3.
Last Meeting: 2007, BYU 35-10.
What's at Stake
BYU has the nation's longest winning streak at 13 straight and hasn't lost a Mountain West Conference game since 2005. Wyoming is trying to beat a ranked team for the first time since 2002.
Key Matchup
Fresh off a 59-0 shutout of UCLA, BYU's defense faces an offense that is averaging just 251 yards and 13.3 points per game.
Players to watch
BYU - QB Max Hall tied a school record with seven touchdown passes against UCLA and has thrown for 12 TDs in three games.
Wyoming - RB Devin Moore, who ran for 145 yards last week in a 16-13 win over North Dakota State and needs 41 yards to reach 2,000 for his career.
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BYU's 16 straight conference wins are the longest streak in Mountain West history. ... The Cougars haven't allowed a sack this year. ... Wyoming hasn't won a conference road game since Nov. 18, 2002 at UNLV.
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No. 15 East Carolina (3-0) at North Carolina State (1-2), noon (ESPN)
Line: East Carolina by 7 1/2
Series record: N.C. State leads 15-10.
Last meeting: 2007, N.C. State 34-20.
What's at Stake
East Carolina's perfect start. After beating Tulane in the Conference USA opener, the Pirates resume their nonconference schedule against a team from a BCS league. N.C. State's goal might be more modest: The Wolfpack haven't scored an offensive touchdown against a Bowl Subdivision team since the penultimate game of '07.
Key Matchup
East Carolina's defense vs. N.C. State running back Andre Brown. The Pirates' D ranks 29th nationally and will try to contain the injury-riddled Wolfpack's only legitimate threat. Brown's 268 total yards are nearly 40 percent of N.C. State's offensive output.
Players to watch
East Carolina: LB Nick Johnson, who moved into the starting lineup to replace injured Quentin Cotton. The Pirates have played only four linebackers all season.
N.C. State: QB Russell Wilson. The battered redshirt freshman will take his first snaps at Carter-Finley Stadium. Both of his previous starts came in hostile venues at South Carolina and Clemson.
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mes from 1972-75 and the '73 ACC title, while son Skip is in his fourth season at East Carolina. ... The Pirates are trying for their first 4-0 start since 1999.
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Temple (1-2) at No. 16 Penn State (3-0), 3:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
Line: Penn State by 28 1/2.
Series Record: Penn State leads, 33-3-1.
Last meeting: 2007, Penn State 31-0.
What's at Stake
Temple dreams of an upset following two straight tight losses - both decided on the final play. A respectable showing Saturday would give the rebuilding Owls confidence the program is on the right track. For Penn State, it might be the last chance to get reserves meaningful playing time before Big Ten play.
Key Matchup
Quarterback Adam DiMichele may need to orchestrate the Owls' offense to perfection to keep Penn State's potent offense on the bench, but the Lions' front seven may be too talented to overcome, even with depth issues on the D-line.
Players to watch
Temple: DiMichele once considered attending Penn State and coach Joe Paterno said DiMichele will be the toughest QB his squad will face so far this year.
Penn State: Defensive ends Josh Gaines and Aaron Maybin (team-high four sacks) and tackles Jared Odrick and Ollie Ogbu may want to show they can shoulder the long-term load with injuries and the suspensions of teammates Maurice Evans and Abe Koroma depleting depth.
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Penn State RB Evan Royster (six TDs) and his offensive line could have another field day: Temple gives up 201 yards rushing a game. ... The teams played in November the previous two years, with the Nittany Lions outscoring the Owls by a combined 78-0. ... Owls coach Al Golden and defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio played at Penn State and were co-captains of the 1991 squad.
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Boise State (2-0) at No. 17 Oregon (3-0), 3:30 p.m.
Line: Oregon by 10 1/2.
Series Record: first meeting.
What's at Stake
Boise State of the Western Athletic Conference is 2-11 overall against the Pac-10, and 0-8 on the road against the league. Oregon nearly was upset at Purdue last weekend and would prefer to avoid another squeaker against a team it should beat - let alone an upset.
Key Matchup
Oregon safety Patrick Chung against Boise State running back Ian Johnson. The two played against each other in high school. Chung has 17 tackles this season, including a tackle for loss and two broken up passes. Johnson, a two-time all-WAC selection, has 184 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries this season. ``I'm going to be in his ear and he's going to be in my ear, too,'' Chung said.
Players to Watch
Boise State: Freshman QB Kellen Moore, 10th nationwide in passing efficiency, at 182.7.
n Roper out for at least two weeks with a knee injury, Masoli and Harper will both be used in Oregon's spread-option offense.
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Ducks coach Mike Bellotti is 17-0 against schools from the Western Athletic Conference. ... Boise State has the nation's 28th-ranked defense, allowing 257.0 yards per game. ... Oregon is fourth in the nation in total offense, with 562.33 yards per game.
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No. 18 Wake Forest (2-0) at No. 24 Florida State (2-0), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Line: Florida State by 4
Series record: Florida State leads 21-4-1.
Last meeting: 2007, Wake Forest 24-21.
What's at Stake
A leg up in the ACC's Atlantic Division race. Wake Forest is looking for its second 3-0 start in three seasons and is out to prove that it is the premier program in the division. For Florida State, it's a chance to legitimize its first two wins, which came against Southern Conference teams from the Championship subdivision.
Key Matchup
Wake Forest's defense vs. Florida State's pass offense. The Seminoles' passing game regains its top playmaker with Preston Parker's return from a two-game suspension, giving efficient-but-young QB Christian Ponder another big-play threat. They'll be tested by an experienced Demon Deacons defense that has eight takeaways in two games.
Players to watch
the Demon Deacons won last year and Vaughn pulled off his pads to reveal a T-shirt with Florida State's logo and ``unconquered'' motto - doctored to read ``conquered.''
Florida State: CB Tony Carter, the leader of the secondary who will be challenged by a Wake Forest offense that has become reliant on the pass. Jacksonville native Riley Skinner is the Deacons' QB, throwing to Pahokee's D.J. Boldin, the younger brother of ex-Seminole WR Anquan Boldin.
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The Demon Deacons are trying to become the second team with three straight wins over the Seminoles since they joined the ACC in 1992. ... Wake Forest has 26 Floridians on the roster, the most of any BCS-conference team not located in the Sunshine State. ... Florida State has lost its ACC opener only once (Clemson, 2006).
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Sam Houston State (1-0) at No. 19 Kansas (2-1) 7 p.m.
Line: no line.
Series record: First meeting.
What's at Stake:
Kansas tries to bounce back from a loss to South Florida and get its running game going before the start of Big 12 play next week. Sam Houston State is simply trying to regroup after Hurricane Ike.
Key Matchup
he ground, but that mismatch may be too good to pass up.
Players to watch
Kansas: WR Johnathan Wilson had 10 receptions - one off the school record - for 171 yards in last week's 37-34 loss to South Florida. LB James Holt had 13 tackles, a sack and two forced fumbles.
Sam Houston State: Rhett Bomar, formerly Oklahoma's quarterback, threw for four touchdowns in one half in the Bearkats' season-opening 58-14 win over East Central Oklahoma. RB James Alston had 115 yards and two touchdowns on just eight carries in place of injured starter TyMagic Robinson.
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Sam Houston State is 2-22 against BCS schools. ... Kansas has been ranked for 14 straight weeks, tying the school record set from 1995-96. ... Kansas QB Todd Reesing leads the nation in completions per game at 34.33. ... Sam Houston State is 17-16 in four seasons under coach Todd Whitten.
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No. 20 Utah (3-0) at Air Force (3-0), 4 p.m.
Line: Utah by 8.
Series Record: Air Force leads 14-10.
Last meeting: 2007, Air Force, 20-12.
What's at Stake
Both enter the contest with unblemished records, including 1-0 in the conference. Utah followed up an upset of Michigan with lopsided victories over UNLV and Utah State to move to 3-0 for the first time since 2004. The Falcons have beaten Southern Utah, Wyoming and Houston to start 3-0 for the second straight season.
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Utah defensive end Paul Kruger vs. Air Force's offensive line. The 6-foot-5, 265-pound Kruger leads the country in tackles for loss, averaging three a game. The sophomore had four sacks against Utah State, tying a school record.
Players to watch
Utah: RBs Matt Asiata and Darrell Mack are splitting carries this season. Their numbers are almost identical as Asiata has 35 rushes for 167 yards while Mack has 160 yards on the same number of carries.
Air Force: QB Shea Smith is averaging 105.7 yards rushing per game for the Falcons. He's rushed for 227 yards this season and thrown for 90. He has five rushing touchdowns and one passing.
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The Utes have more than 400 yards of offense in their last two games. ... Utah ranks fifth in the nation in tackles for loss (9.33), sixth in time of possession (35:06) and eighth in total defense (202.3 yards per game). ... The Falcons are 12-60-3 lifetime against ranked teams. They haven't beaten a Top-25 foe since knocking off No. 23 California on the road, 23-21, in 2002. ... Air Force is 7-0 at home under coach Troy Calhoun. ... The Falcons beat Houston 31-28 in Dallas last week after the game was moved because of Hurricane Ike. In the rain and wind, the Falcons didn't complete a single one of their seven passes.
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South Carolina State (2-1) at No. 23 Clemson (2-1), 1 p.m.
Line: none.
cord: First meeting.
What's at Stake
This is Clemson's last game before a stretch of testy Atlantic Coast Conference contests, starting with Maryland next week. It'll be the final chance for the Tigers to ratchet up confidence lost after a season-opening loss to Alabama. South Carolina State held its own before losing to UCF 17-0 this season and would love to topple a Bowl subdivision program.
Key Matchup
Clemson: RB James Davis hasn't been very thunderous so far this season. The senior needs to show his typical power before ACC defenses tighten up around him.
South Carolina State: RB Will Ford was the fastest back in Clemson camp a few years ago, but the Tigers offered the scholarship to Davis. Ford, who played at Travelers Rest High only about a half-hour from Clemson, likely hasn't forgotten.
Players to watch
Clemson: RB C.J. Spiller has accounted for six of Clemson's 10 touchdowns and is showing the confidence and ability he displayed as a freshman two years ago.
South Carolina State: QB Malcolm Long beat out young Clemson quarterback Willy Korn when both were South Carolina prep stars, Long at Gaffney and Korn at Byrnes. Long is starting for the Bulldogs and would love to show why he beat Korn as the state's ``Mr. Football'' in 2006.
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h Carolina State is Clemson's second Championship Subdivision opponent this season. The Tigers defeated The Citadel 45-17 two weeks ago. ... The Bulldogs have taken on two Bowl Subdivision teams the past two seasons, losing to Air Force and South Carolina a year ago. They opened the season with a 17-0 loss at UCF.
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No. 25 Fresno State (1-1) at Toledo (1-1), 8:15 p.m. (ESPNU)
Line: Fresno State by 7.
Series Record: Fresno State leads 1-0.
Last meeting: 2005, Fresno State, 44-14.
What's at Stake
Fresno State's challenge will be rebounding from last week's 13-10 loss to No. 8 Wisconsin in the biggest home game in school history. The Bulldogs had their BCS bowl hopes dashed and now must travel across country and play a Toledo team with a history of knocking off teams from the power conferences.
Key Matchup
LB Ben Jacobs and Fresno State's defensive line will try to bottle up Toledo RB DaJuane Collins who rushed for 168 yards against Eastern Michigan. Toledo's young offensive line starts two freshmen at tackle and two sophomores at guard.
Players to watch
Fresno State: RB Ryan Mathews has run for 217 in two games and is a dangerous receiver coming out of the backfield. Linebackers Jacobs (14 tackles), Chris Carter (15 tackles) and Kyle Knox (four sacks) are the strength of the Bulldogs' defense.
ses and has completed nearly 60 percent of his throws this season. S Barry Church (15 tackles) anchors the defense and plays like a linebacker. LB Archie Donald had two interceptions against Eastern Michigan.
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Toledo is 4-0 against Top 25 teams at home with all of the victories coming since 2001 ... The Rockets have just 10 seniors, only Alabama and Middle Tennessee have fewer ... Fresno State is making its second trip across three time zones after opening at Rutgers... Bulldogs punter Robert Malone averaged 47.8 yard per kick against Wisconsin ... Fresno State announced this week it will begin a home-and-home series with Illinois next season.
 

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