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 Saturday, Oct. 3
No. 5 Wisconsin (5-0) at Illinois (4-1), Noon (ESPN)
Opening Line: Illinois by 2 1/2.
Series Record: Illinois leads 35-33-7.
Last Meeting: 2006, Wisconsin 30-24
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Wisconsin have won four straight against Illinois, including five of the last six at Memorial Stadium, and are averaging 33.3 points in those games. ... Bret Bielema's 17-1 record is the second-best coaching start in Big Ten history (Fielding Yost, Michigan 55-0-1). ... The Badgers have won nine consecutive Big Ten conference games. ... Wisconsin has won six of its last seven road games. ... The last time Illinois beat a top-5 opponent was in 1989, a 14-13 victory at fifth-ranked Southern Cal. ... Illinois leads the Big Ten and is sixth in the nation in rushing yards per game (255.6) and yards per carry (5.6). ... Illinois RB Rashard Mendenhall ranks ninth in the nation and second in the Big Ten in scoring (10.8 points per game).
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Miami (4-1) at North Carolina (1-4), Noon (ESPN2)
Opening Line: Miami by 7 1/2.
Series Record: Series tied 5-5.
Last Meeting: 2006, Miami 27-7
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Miami is 1-6 in their last seven road games. ... This is Miami's first trip to North Carolina since 2004. The Hurricanes, ranked fourth in the nation, suffered a 31-28 loss to the Tar Heels. ... Miami is first in the ACC in total defense (290.2 yards per game). ... This is Butch Davis' first game against his former team. Davis was 51-20 in six seasons as coach of the Hurricanes. ... Tar Heels QB T.J Yates is fourth in the ACC in passing efficiency (140.6) and third in total offense (227.8 yards per game).
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Kansas (4-0) at No. 24 Kansas State (3-1), Noon (FSN)
Opening Line: Kansas State by 3 1/2.
Series Record: Kansas leads 63-36-5.
Last Meeting: 2006, Kansas 39-20
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as on television. ... Kansas State is second in the Big 12 in passing defense (105.40 yards per game) and third in total defense (276.2 yards per game). ... The Wildcats are first in the nation in punt returns (27.2 yards per return).
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N.C. State (1-4) at Florida State (3-1), 3:30 p.m. (ABC or ESPN2)
Opening Line: Florida State by 19 1/2.
Series Record: Florida State leads 18-9.
Last Meeting: 2006, N.C. State 24-20
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N.C. State has won five of the last seven against Florida State. ... N.C. State is last in the ACC in rushing defense (247 yards per game), and are second to last in total defense (426.2 yards per game). ... Since joining the ACC in 1992, Florida State has never been 0-2 in conference play. ... The Seminoles have never lost back-to-back games at home to N.C. State.
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Iowa (2-3) at Penn State (3-2), 3:30 p.m. (ABC or ESPN2)
Opening Line: Penn State by 8.
Series Record: Penn State leads 10-9.
Last Meeting: 2004, Iowa 6-4
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game) and seventh in total defense (265. yards per game). ... Penn State has not beaten Iowa since a 31-7 victory in Iowa City in 1999. The last Nittany Lion win at State College against the Hawkeyes was a 61-21 victory in 1994.
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No. 10 Oklahoma (4-1) at No. 19 Texas (4-1), 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
Opening Line: Oklahoma by 10.
Series Record: Texas leads 57-39-5.
Last Meeting: 2006, Texas 28-10
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This is the first time since 1999, that both teams enter the Red River Rivalry after a loss. ... Oklahoma has won five of the last seven meetings but have lost the last two. ... Oklahoma is third in the nation in scoring (54 points per game), first in passing efficiency (191.9), 10th in total offense (495.8 yards per game). ... The winner gets the Golden Hat trophy, and the Governor's Cup. ... Texas is 31-3 (.912) at home versus league opponents under Mack Brown. ... The last time Texas lost a home game to a Big 12 opponent was 1999. ... Texas is third in the Big 12 in rushing defense (88.8 yards per game).
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No. 12 Georgia (4-1) at Tennessee (2-2), 3:30 p.m. (CBS)
Opening Line: Tennessee by 1.
Series Record: Tennessee leads 19-15-2.
Last Meeting: 2006, Tennessee 51-33
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Georgia has won three in a row at Neyland Stadium. ... Georgia QB Matthew Stafford is 10-3 as a starter. ... Georgia is fourth in the SEC in rushing defense (119 yards per game), and third in total defense (303.2 yards per game). ... Tennessee leads the SEC in passing offense (285.8 yards per game). ... The Volunteers are last in the SEC in passing defense (135.53) and second to last in total defense (439 yards per game).
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No. 18 Arizona State (5-0) at Washington State (2-3), 4 p.m. (FSN)
Opening Line: Arizona State by 10.
Series Record: Arizona State leads 19-12-2.
Last Meeting: 2006, Arizona State 47-14
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Arizona State is third in the Pac-10 in passing offense (275.4 yards per game), third in total offense (448.4 yards per game) and fifth in rushing offense (173 yards per game). ... Arizona State ranks sixth in the nation in scoring defense (13 points per game) and in passing defense (84.97). ... Washington State is second in the Pac-10 in passing offense (295.4 yards per game) and last in total defense (457.2 yards per game). ... Washington State is 2-0 against Arizona State in Pullman when the Sun Devils are ranked. ... Washington State has lost three straight to the Sun Devils.
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No. 15 Virginia Tech (4-1) at No. 22 Clemson (4-1), 6 p.m. (ESPN)
Opening Line: Clemson by 5 1/2.
Series Record: Clemson leads 17-11-1.
Last Meeting: 2006, Virginia Tech 24-7
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Virginia Tech has won four straight over Clemson. ... In Virginia Tech's last trip to Clemson, the Hokies shut out the Tigers 37-0 in 1998. ... Since joining the ACC in 2004, Virginia Tech is 11-1 in conference road games. ... Virginia Tech is last in the ACC in total offense (285.6 yards per game). ... Clemson's last victory over Virginia Tech came in 1989, a 27-7 win in Blacksburg. ... The Tigers have won five straight over top-25 teams, its the first time since 1988-89 and the second time in school history. ... Clemson is second in the ACC in passing offense (251.6 yards per game) and in total offense (401.6 yards per game).
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Stanford (1-3) at No. 2 Southern Cal (4-0), 7 p.m. (Versus)
Opening Line: Southern Cal by 39 1/2.
Series Record: Southern Cal leads 58-24-3.
Last Meeting: 2006, Southern Cal 42-0
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M (4-1), 7:30 p.m. (FSN)
M by 4 1/2.
M leads 16-6.
M 34-33, OT
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M are fifth in the Big 12 in scoring offense (38 points per game) and scoring defense (22 points per game). ... The Aggies have won three in a row over Oklahoma State. ... The Aggies are fifth in the nation and first in the Big 12 in rushing offense (267.8 yards per game).
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No. 4 Ohio State (5-0) at No. 23 Purdue (5-0), 8 p.m. (ABC)
Opening Line: Ohio State by 5 1/2.
Series Record: Ohio State leads 35-12-2.
Last Meeting: 2004, Purdue 24-17
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nation in scoring offense (45.4 points per game). ... Purdue leads the Big Ten in passing offense (309.8 yards per game) and total offense (495.8 yards per game). ... Purdue is 2-0 all-time when ranked No. 23 and has a 2-14 record against teams ranked fourth, including a 1-4 record against Ohio State.
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Notre Dame (0-5) at UCLA (4-1), 8 p.m. (ABC)
Opening Line: UCLA by 22.
Series Record: Notre Dame leads 3-0.
Last Meeting: 2006, Notre Dame 20-17
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This is Notre Dame's second visit to the Rose Bowl since 1925, when Notre Dame won its first championship. ... Notre Dame has a seven-game losing streak dating back to last season. ... Notre Dame is last in the nation in rushing offense (30.4 yards per game) and second to last in total offense (194.8 yards per game) and scoring offense (9.2 points per game). ... UCLA is third in the Pac-10 in rushing (199.4 yards per game), fourth in rushing defense (88.8 yards per game), fifth in passing defense (119.4 yards per game).
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No. 9 Florida (4-1) at No. 1 LSU (5-0), 8 p.m. (CBS)
Opening Line: LSU by 9.
Series Record: Florida leads 28-22-3.
Last Meeting: 2006, Florida 23-10
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Tim Tebow is third in the nation in passer rating (185.4), and has a 69.7 completion percentage which ranks eighth in the nation and first in the SEC. ... Florida is fourth in the SEC in rushing offense (212.2 yards per game), third in passing offense (264.4 yards per game), and third in total offense (476.6 yards per game). ... LSU has not lost since losing 23-10 to Florida in 2006 (12 straight wins). ... LSU's last loss in Tiger Stadium came in 2005 against Tennessee (16 straight wins). ... The Tigers are number one in the nation in total defense (174.6 yards per game), rushing defense (39 yards per game), and pass efficiency defense (67.76). ... The last time LSU beat a top-ranked team at home was in 1997, a 28-21 victory over No. 1 ranked Florida.
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No. 20 Cincinnati (5-0) at No. 21 Rutgers (3-1), 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Opening Line: Rutgers by 3.
Series Record: Rutgers leads 7-4-1.
Last Meeting: 2006, Cincinnati 30-11
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Cincinnati has an eight-game winning streak, the third longest streak in the nation. ... Cincinnati leads the nation in turnover margin (plus-2.80 per game). The Bearcats have 21 takeaways in five games. ... Bearcats coach Brian Kelly is 6-0, making him the first coach in school history to win his first six games. ... Rutgers is 16-for-16 in the red zone scoring this season, including 11 touchdowns. ... Rutgers WR Tiquan Underwood became the first Rutgers player to register four straight 100-yard games. ... Rutgers have only allowed two sacks this season.
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No. 25 Nebraska (4-1) at No. 17 Missouri (4-0), 9:15 p.m. (ESPN)
Opening Line: Missouri by 7.
Series Record: Nebraska leads 63-34-3.
Last Meeting: 2006, Nebraska 34-20
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For the first time since 1998, Nebraska and Missouri meet as ranked teams. In the last Top 25 contest, between the two, No. 7 Nebraska beat No. 19 Missouri in Lincoln. ... This weekend's game marks the 10-year anniversary of the ``Miracle in Missouri. `` In the contest, No. 1 ranked Nebraska beat Missouri 45-38 in overtime on a circus catch. ... Nebraska has won five of its last six true road games. ... Nebraska is third in the Big 12 in passing defense (106.56 yards per game). ... Missouri is sixth in the nation in passing offense (344.2 yards per game), and fifth in the nation in total offense (544.3 yards per game). ... Missouri's Jerry Maclin leads the nation in all-purpose yards (230.2 per game). ... The last time the Tigers were ranked higher entering a game in Columbia was in 1969, when No. 7 Missouri beat No. 20 Nebraska.
 

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