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 Saturday, Nov. 3
Purdue (7-2) at Penn State (6-3), Noon (ESPN)
Opening Line: Penn State by 7.
Series Record: Penn State leads 8-3-1.
Last Meeting: 2006, Penn State 12-0
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The Boilermakers are 70-17 against unranked opponents under Joe Tiller. ... Purdue is second in the Big Ten in passing offense (285.2 yards per game), third in total offense (431.2 yards per game), and second in passing defense (107.29). ... Penn State is second in the nation in sacks (36). ... Penn State has won 19 of its last 21 games. ... The Lions have the second best defense in the conference (298.7).
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Iowa (4-5) at Northwestern (5-4), Noon (ESPN2)
Opening Line: Iowa by 1.
Series Record: Iowa leads 45-20-3.
Last Meeting: 2006, Northwestern 21-7
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Iowa's last win in this series came in 2002, a 62-10 victory in Iowa City. ... Iowa is first in the Big Ten in turnover margin (+9). ... Iowa is fifth in the Big Ten in passing defense (335.2 yards per game). ... Northwestern is first in the Big Ten in passing offense (313 yards per game) and second in total offense (433.8 yards per game). ... Northwestern is 13-3 in their last 16 games decided by seven points or less.
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Nebraska (4-5) at No. 8 Kansas (8-0), 12:30 p.m. (FSN)
Opening Line: Kansas by 14.
Series Record: Nebraska leads 88-22-3.
Last Meeting: 2006, Nebraska 39-32, OT
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Nebraska is looking to snap a four-game losing streak, its longest since 1961. ... Nebraska has not lost back-to-back games in Lawrence since the 1958 and 1960. ... The last time Nebraska beat an unbeaten team after Nov. 1 in the regular season, was a 17-14 victory over No. 1 Oklahoma on Nov. 11, 1978. ... Kansas, off to its best start since 1909, has won seven straight home games and 16 of its last 18 home games. ... Kansas has won 11 of their last 12. ... Kansas has won three of their last four homecoming games, and is 13-4 in homecoming games since 1990. ... Kansas is fifth in the nation in scoring offense (42.5 points per game), total defense (263.88 yards per game), second in scoring defense (10.25 points per game), and sixth in rushing defense (77.5 yards per game).
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Kansas State (5-3) at Iowa State (1-8), 12:30 p.m. (Versus)
Opening Line: Kansas State by 13 1/2.
Series Record: Iowa State 48-38-4.
Last Meeting: 2006, Kansas State 31-10
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Kansas State WR Jordy Nelson is second in the nation in receiving (126 yards per game) and is 224 yards shy of the school record for a season. ... Kansas State has scored 58 non-offensive touchdowns since 1990, third most in the nation. ... Iowa State has won two of the last three games against Kansas State. ... Cyclones QB Bret Meyer is third among active quarterbacks all-time in total offense (9,997 yards) and second in the Big 12 all-time in passing yards (9,149).
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Navy (4-4) at Notre Dame (1-7), 2:30 p.m. (NBC)
Opening Line: Notre Dame by 3.
Series Record: Notre Dame leads 70-9-1.
Last Meeting: 2006, Notre Dame 38-14
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Navy leads the nation in rushing offense (342.9 yards per game). ... Navy is 3-26 all-time in South Bend. ... Navy has not forced a Notre Dame punt since the fourth quarter of the Irish's 27-9 victory in 2004. ... Notre Dame has won an NCAA-record 43 straight over Navy, including 21 straight at home. ... Notre Dame hasn't lost to Navy since Nov. 2, 1963, a 35-14 loss in Notre Dame Stadium. ... Notre Dame is last in the nation in rushing offense (34.13 yards per game), total offense (187.63 yards per game), and sacks allowed (4.88 per game). ... Notre Dame hasn't punted against Navy since 2004.
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UCLA (5-3) at Arizona (3-5), 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
Opening Line: UCLA by 1 1/2.
Series Record: UCLA leads 19-10-2.
Last Meeting: 2006, UCLA 27-7
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UCLA has won five of the last six meetings. ... UCLA is fourth in the Pac-10 in rushing defense (103.9 yards per game), passing defense (117.31) and total defense (348.8 yards per game). ... The Wildcats have lost four of the last five meetings against UCLA in Arizona Stadium. ... Arizona is seventh in the nation in passing offense (313.7 yards per game) and last in the Pac-10 in rushing offense (77 yards per game).
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No. 14 Texas (7-2) at Oklahoma St. (5-3), 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
Opening Line: Texas by 3.
Series Record: Texas leads 19-2.
Last Meeting: 2006, Texas 36-10
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Texas is 10-1 against Oklahoma State since the Big 12 was formed. ... Since 1997, Texas has won the last nine meetings. ... Texas is third in the Big 12 in rushing defense (94.1 yards per game), second in passing defense (112.4) and third in total defense (321.6 yards per game). ... OSU's is fifth in the nation in rushing (256.3 yards per game). ... Oklahoma State has not beaten ranked opponents in consecutive games since 1997. ... The Cowboys have won four straight at home and nine out of 11.
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Cincinnati (6-2) at No. 20 South Florida (6-2), 3:30 p.m. (ABC or ESPN)
Opening Line: South Florida by 5.
Series Record: Series tied 2-2.
Last Meeting: 2006, Cincinnati 23-6
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Cincinnati is tied for second in the nation with 26 takeaways. ... The Bearcats are 6-60 all-time against ranked opponents, and 3-42 on the road against ranked opponents. ... Cincinnati has scored 301 points in the first eight games of the season (37.6 points per game), most ever in school history. ... South Florida is 4-0 at home this season and have won seven straight at Raymond James Stadium. ... Bulls QB Matt Grothe is second in the Big East in total offense (263.4 yards per game). ... South Florida DE George Selvie leads the nation in sacks (13.5) and tackles for loss (23.5). ... The Bulls are sixth in the nation in pass efficiency defense (96.3).
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No. 15 Michigan (7-2) at Michigan State (5-4), 3:30 p.m. (ABC or ESPN)
Opening Line: Michigan by 3.
Series Record: Michigan leads 66-28-5.
Last Meeting: 2006, Michigan 31-13
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This is the 100th meeting between the two schools. ... The home team has won 12 of the last 15 games in the series. ... The winner gets the Paul Bunyan Trophy. ... The Wolverines have a 33-19-2 advantage in the trophy game. ... Michigan has won five straight over the Spartans. ... Wolverines QB Chad Henne needs 220 passing yards to break Michigan's career record. ... Michigan coach Lloyd Carr is 3-3 against Michigan State on the road, with all three losses coming by three points or less. ... Michigan is third in the Big Ten in total defense (317.4 yards per game). ... Michigan State's last win in this series came on Nov. 3, 2001, 26-24 in Spartan Stadium. ... Michigan State is first in the Big Ten in total offense (435.8 yards per game), second in rushing offense (213.1 yards per game), and third in scoring offense (33.6 points per game). ... Since November 1997, Michigan State is 9-5 against ranked teams.
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No. 3 LSU (7-1) at No. 17 Alabama (6-2), 5 p.m. (CBS)
Opening Line: LSU by 7.
Series Record: Alabama leads 43-22-5.
Last Meeting: 2006, LSU 31-24
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Since 1996, the road team has won seven of 11. ... LSU has won four straight and six of the last seven against the Crismon Tide. ... LSU has won three straight road games against Alabama. ... LSU hasn't lost a game in November since the 2002 season, a 21-20 loss to Arkansas, and have won 15 straight. ... LSU is second in the nation in total defense (232.25 yards per game), third in passing efficiency defense (91.08), fourth in passing defense (160.63 yards per game), fifth in rushing defense (71.63 yards per game), and scoring defense (15.38 points per game). ... LSU is 2-0 in games against former coaches. ... This is Alabama coach Nick Saban's first game against his former team since leaving in the Tigers in 2004. Saban is one of five coaches to serve as LSU's coach and to coach against them. ... Alabama is 8-2 in its last 10 games following an open date, including a seven-game winning streak. ... Nick Saban is 32-13 (.711) in SEC games. ... Alabama WR DJ Hall is two touchdowns shy of Alabama's all-time record (18).
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No. 9 Missouri (7-1) at Colorado (5-4), 6:30 p.m. (FSN)
Opening Line: Missouri by 4 1/2.
Series Record: Missouri leads 37-31-3.
Last Meeting: 2006, Missouri 28-13.
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Missouri is 7-3 all-time when being ranked No. 9. ... Missouri is fifth in the nation in passing offense (326.13 yards per game), seventh in total offense (498.63 yards per game), and eighth in scoring offense (40.38 points per game). ... Colorado is looking to beat two teams in the Top 10 for the first time since 2001. ... Since 1985, Colorado has won 10 of the last 11 games against the Tigers at Folsom Field, their last loss was in 1997.
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No. 6 Arizona St. (8-0) at No. 4 Oregon (7-1), 6:40 p.m. (ESPN)
Opening Line: Oregon by 6
Series Record: Arizona St. leads 16-11.
Last Meeting: 2006, Oregon 48-13
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Arizona has intercepted a pass in 10 straight games. ... The Sun Devils are 8-6 all-time at Autzen Stadium but 3-6 since 1990. ... Arizona State leads the Pac-10 in scoring defense (15.6 points per game) and is second in total offense (36.9 points per game), total offense (428 yards per game) and passing defense (220 yards per game) ... Oregon has not allowed a rushing touchdown in the red zone in three consecutive games. ... Oregon's QB Dennis Dixon has run for a touchdown in every game this season. ... The Ducks are third in the nation in scoring offense (43.8 points per game), fourth in total offense (524.4 yards per game) and rushing offense (280.4 yards per game).
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Florida St. (5-3) at No. 2 Boston College (8-0), 8 p.m. (ABC)
Opening Line: Boston College by 6 1/2.
Series Record: Florida St. leads 3-2.
Last Meeting: 2006, Boston College 24-19
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Florida State has won two straight at Boston College. ... The last time Florida State went on the road to face the No. 2 team was in 1993 a 31-24 lost to Notre Dame in South Bend. ... The Seminoles have never beaten the No. 2 team in the country in that team's own stadium. ... Florida State is just 1-8 against No. 2 teams. ... Boston College has won 16 straight at home since a 28-17 loss to Florida State in 2005. ... Boston College is second in the nation in rushing defense (55.1 yards per game) and lead the nation in interceptions (18). ... Eagles QB Matt Ryan is 22-4 (.846) as a starter. ... Boston College has not started 9-0 since 1928.
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No. 23 South Carolina (6-3) at Arkansas (5-3), 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Opening Line: Arkansas by 6.
Series Record: Arkansas leads 9-6.
Last Meeting: 2006, Arkansas 26-20
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South Carolina has won nine of their last 12. ... The Gamecocks have won eight of its last 11 games on the road. ... South Carolina is fourth in the nation in passing defense (93.69). ... Arkansas is averaging 41.8 points, and 431 yards in their last five games (4-1). ... Razorbacks RB Darren McFadden is seven yards away from becoming the second SEC player to rush for 1,000 yards as a freshman, sophomore and junior. ... Arkansas is third in the nation in rushing offense (287.63 yards per game).
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M (6-3) at No. 5 Oklahoma (7-1), 8 p.m. (ABC)
Opening Line: Oklahoma by 19 1/2.
Series Record: Oklahoma leads 15-10.
Last Meeting: 2006, Oklahoma 17-16
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Oregon St. (5-3) at No. 13 Southern Cal (6-2), 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Opening Line: Southern Cal by 14 1/2.
Series Record: Southern Cal leads 57-9-4.
Last Meeting: 2006, Oregon State, 33-31
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Oregon State has not won in Los Angeles since 1960. ... Oregon State is looking for its fourth straight win over a ranked opponent. ... Oregon State hasn't won back-to-back games vs. the Trojans since 1914 and 1916, the first two games of the series. ... Oregon State is first in the nation in rushing defense (54.5 yards per game), and sacks (4.25 per game). ... The Trojans have won 20 straight against the Beavers at home. ... Southern Cal coach Pete Carroll, has never lost a game in November (20-0). ... USC has won their last five homecoming games. ... This is just the fifth time that USC has played Oregon and Oregon State in back-to-back games. In each of the previous four times, the Trojans have followed the Ducks game with a win over the Beavers. ... Southern Cal is second in the Pac-10 in rushing offense (189.6 yards per game).
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Washington St. (3-5) at California (5-3), 10 p.m. (FSN)
Opening Line: California by 14 1/2.
Series Record: California leads 38-25-5.
Last Meeting: 2006, California 21-3
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Washington State is second in the Pac-10 in passing offense (296 yards per game), fourth in total offense (425.25 yards per game), and last in passing defense (148.54). ... Washington State has won six of the last nine meetings. ... California has won 11 of its last 12 home games. ... Cal leads the Pac-10 in sacks against (8), second in turnover margin (plus 6) and third in scoring offense (33.2 points per game).
 

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