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 Saturday, Sept. 29
Norte Dame (0-4) at Purdue (4-0) Noon (ESPN)
Opening Line: Purdue by 23 1/2.
Series Record: Notre Dame leads 51-25-2.
Last Meeting: 2006, Notre Dame 35-21
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Notre Dame has won five of the last seven against Purdue, including the last two meetings. ... Notre Dame ranks fourth in the nation in pass defense (119.25 yards per game). ... Notre Dame has lost three of their last five in West Lafayette. ... The winner gets the Shillelagh trophy. ... Purdue is looking to go 5-0 for the second time under Joe Tiller (2004) and for only the second time since 1945. ... The Boilermakers go for the 250th win all-time at Ross-Ade stadium. ... Purdue leads the Big Ten in scoring (48.5 points per game), total offense (527 yards per game) and in passing offense (324.3 yards per game).
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No. 2 LSU (4-0) at Tulane (1-2), Noon (ESPN2)
Opening Line: LSU by 39 1/2.
Series Record: LSU leads 66-22-7.
Last Meeting: 2006, LSU 49-7
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LSU has won the last 15 games against Tulane, including the last six meetings in the Superdome. ... LSU has held opponents to only 107 rushing yards on 118 carries (0.9 yards per carry). It's the fewest yards they have allowed through the first four games since 1969 (84 yards). ... The Tigers are first in the nation in total defense (161.5 yards per game), rushing defense (26.75 yards per game), and pass efficiency defense (67.69 rating). ... RB Matt Forte set a new Conference USA record with 303 rushing yards and tied a school record with five touchdowns in Tulane's 35-27 victory over SE Louisiana. ... Forte is second in Conference USA and fourth in the nation in rushing (145 yards per game).
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M (3-1), 12:30 p.m. (Versus)
M by 17
M 64-30-9.
M 31-21
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M is 22 of 22 in the red zone, including 16 touchdowns. ... The Aggies are tied for first in the Big 12 in turnover margin (plus 4).
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No. 3 Oklahoma (4-0) at Colorado (2-2), 1:30 p.m. (FSN)
Opening Line: Oklahoma by 21.
Series Record: Oklahoma leads 40-16-2.
Last Meeting: 2006, Oklahoma 24-3
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The Sooners lead the nation in scoring (61.5 points per game), second in passing efficiency (290.5), and third in total offense (562.3 yards per game). ... Oklahoma has won the last five meetings. ... Oklahoma opponents are 13-for-63 on third down (20.6 percent). ... Colorado has not allowed a 100-yard rusher in Boulder since Kansas State's Alan Webb had 103 yards in 2004. ... Colorado is third in the Big 12 in passing defense, fourth in total defense and fifth in scoring defense.
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No. 13 Clemson (4-0) at Georgia Tech (2-2), 3:30 p.m. (ABC or ESPN)
Opening Line: Clemson by 1.
Series Record: Georgia Tech leads 45-24-2.
Last Meeting: 2006, Clemson 31-7
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Tech has not beaten a team ranked 13th or higher at home since Oct. 17, 1998 when it beat No. 7 Virginia 41-38. ... The last time an unranked Georgia Tech team beat a nationally-ranked team was at No. 3 Miami in 2005.
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Kansas State (2-1) at No. 7 Texas (4-0), 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
Opening Line: Texas by 14
Series Record: Texas leads 5-4.
Last Meeting: 2006, Kansas State 45-42
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Kansas State has 13 sacks on the season and has recorded three or more sacks in every game this season. ... QB Josh Freeman has throw for over 200 yards in six of his last seven games. ... Kansas State is second in the Big 12 and ninth in the nation in rushing defense. ... Texas has rushed for over 225 yards in each of its last two games. ... Texas RB Jamaal Charles leads the Big 12 in rushing with 117.8 yards per game. ... Colt McCoy is sixth in the Big 12 in total offense (285.8 yards per game).
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No. 6 California (4-0) at Oregon (4-0), 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
Opening Line: Oregon by 4 1/2.
Series Record: California leads 37-30-2.
Last Meeting: 2006, California 45-24
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California has not won in Oregon since 1987. ... California has won four of their last five conference road openers. ... California is third in the Pac-10 in rushing offense (219.5 yards per game), third in the Pac-10 in scoring (41.5 points per game) and fourth in the Pac-10 in total defense (361 yards per game). ... Oregon is fourth in the nation in rushing (299.75 yards per game). ... Oregon is first in the Pac-10 in scoring (48.5 points per game) and in total offense (536.8 yards per game). ... Since 1995, the Ducks are 3-1 at home against top ten opponents. ... The Ducks are 9-0 since the start of 2006, when they have a 100-yard rusher, Oregon is 2-6 in the games that they haven't.
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Michigan State (4-0) at No. 9 Wisconsin (4-0), 3:30 p.m. (ABC) or (ESPN)
Opening Line: Wisconsin by 9.
Series Record: Michigan State 26-19.
Last Meeting: 2004, Michigan State 49-14
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Mike Dantonio looks to become the first Spartans coach to win his first five games. ... Michigan State leads the all-time series 13-11 in Madison but has lost three of the last four. ... Michigan State is first in the nation in sacks (5.25 per game), and have 21 sacks, five more than all of last season. ... Wisconsin has a 13-game winning streak, second longest in school history. ... The Badgers have won 10 straight home games, and 21 of their last 22. ... Wisconsin has won eight consecutive Big Ten conference games.
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Maryland (2-2) at No. 10 Rutgers (3-0), 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
Opening Line: Rutgers by 13.
Series Record: Maryland leads 5-3.
Last Meeting: 1942, Maryland 27-13
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Maryland has the second-ranked defense in the ACC allowing just (298.2 yards per game). ... The Terrapins are first in the ACC in pass defense, ninth nationally (142.8 yards per game) . ... Maryland's last victory against a Top 10 team came in 2004, when the Terps beat the No. 5 Florida State 20-17. ... RB Keon Lattimore is the second leading scorer in the ACC (10.50 points per game). ... Rutgers is ninth in the nation in total offense (525.3 yards per game). ... The Scarlet Knights are third in the nation in total defense (215.3 yards per game) and sixth in scoring defense (9 points per game). ... Rutgers QB Mike Teel leads the nation in passing efficiency rating (236.7 rating). ... Rutgers RB Ray Rice has scored three touchdowns in all three games this season.
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No. 22 Alabama (3-1) at Florida State (3-0), 5 p.m. (CBS)
Opening Line: Florida State by 3.
Series Record: Alabama leads 2-0-1.
Last Meeting: 1974, Alabama 8-7
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.. Florida State is third in the ACC (74.7 yards per game), and in total defense (305.3 yards per game).
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UCLA (3-1) at Oregon State (2-2), 6:30 p.m. (FSN)
Opening Line: UCLA by 1 1/2
Series Record: UCLA leads 38-13-4.
Last Meeting: 2006, UCLA 25-7
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UCLA has won the last four meetings. ... UCLA is first in the Pac-10 in third-down conversion defense (28.8), third in rushing defense (85.5 yards per game), and fourth in rushing offense (219 yards per game). ... It's the Bruins first trip to Corvallis since 2002 a 42-35 win. ... Oregon State is second in the Pac-10 in passing offense (289.8 yards per game), fourth in total offense (450.3 yards per game), and first in rushing defense (29.5 yards per game) and total defense (289 yards per game). ... The Beavers last home victory against the Bruins came in 1999.
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No. 1 Southern Cal (3-0) at Washington (2-2), 8 p.m. (ABC)
Opening Line: Southern Cal by 20 1/2.
Series Record: Southern Cal leads 47-26-4.
Last Meeting: 2006, Southern Cal 26-20
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fense (107.02 yards per game) and third in total defense (306.06 yards per game). ... In their last 44 meetings since 1960, the Trojan-Husky winner has advanced to the Rose Bowl 26 times (18 by USC). ... Washington is 1-8-1 all-time against No. 1 ranked teams. ... Washington is last in the Pac-10 in passing offense (192.8 yards per game) and total offense (368 yards per game). ... Washington will honor its 1960 national championship team by wearing jerseys in the design of the '60 team.
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Auburn (2-2) at No. 4 Florida (4-0), 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Opening Line: Florida by 17.
Series Record: Auburn leads 41-38-2.
Last Meeting: 2006, Auburn 27-17
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Auburn's last win in the Swamp was a 36-33 victory over the No. 1 ranked Gators in 1994. ... Auburn has won four of the last five games when Florida is ranked in the top four. ... The last time an unranked Auburn team played a ranked Florida team was in 2001, a 23-20 Tiger victory over the No. 1 ranked Gators. ... Last year's game was the first time Auburn has held Florida to fewer than 20 points since 1989. ... Auburn is third in the SEC in total defense (306.7 yards per game). ... The winner in the last 15 meetings has scored at least 23 points. ... Florida is ranked sixth in the nation in scoring offense (49.3 points per game). ... The Gators are 24-of-26 in the red zone with 21 touchdowns. ... Florida QB Tim Tebow is third in the nation in passing efficiency (197.96), and fifth in total offense (363.5 yards per game).
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No. 8 Ohio State (4-0) at Minnesota (1-3), 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Opening Line: Ohio State by 21.
Series Record: Ohio State leads 39-7.
Last Meeting: 2006, Ohio State 44-0
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Ohio State is second in the nation in total defense (177.7 yards per game), second in the Big Ten and seventh in the nation in rushing defense (57.5 yards per game), third in the nation in passing defense (79.92 yards per game). ... Ohio State has won the last four meetings. ... The Buckeye defense has allowed only two touchdowns so far this season. ... Minnesota is 4-19 against Ohio State in Minneapolis. ... Minnesota is second in the Big Ten in rushing offense (229 yards per game), in passing offense (257.8 yards per game), and in total offense (487.5 yards per game). ... The Gophers is last in the Big Ten in total defense (543.2 yards per game).
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No. 24 Cincinnati (4-0) at San Diego State (1-2), 10 p.m. (Versus)
Opening Line: Cincinnati by 13 1/2.
Series Record: First ever meeting.
Last Meeting: First ever meeting
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The Bearcats are 4-0 for the first time since 1954. ... Cincinnati leads the nation in turnover margin (plus-3.75) and are ranked fourth in the nation in scoring defense (7.5). ... The Aztecs are second to last in the nation in passing defense (375 yards per game). ... San Diego State is allowing 155.3 rushing yards per game.
 

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