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No. 23 Washington (3-1, 1-0 Pac-12) at No. 2 Oregon (5-0, 2-0) 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Line: Oregon by 24

Series Record: Washington leads 58-41-5

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Washington proved its mettle in its last game, a 17-13 victory over then-No. 8 Stanford. But the Huskies have lost the last eight against the Ducks in the heated northwest rivalry. Oregon's winning streak is the longest for either side in the history of the series, which dates back to 1900. The Ducks also have won eight straight overall.

KEY MATCHUP

Washington's defense against Oregon's hyper drive offense. The Huskies are ranked second in the Pac-12 in total defense, allowing opponents an average of about 315 yards and 19.8 points a game. The Ducks, meanwhile, average more than 52 points and 550 yards in total offense each game.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Washington: RB Bishop Sankey. The emerging first-year starter ran for 144 yards on 20 carries in the Huskies' victory over Stanford, including a 61-yard touchdown run. The week before the sophomore rushed for 103 yards on 14 carries, with two touchdowns against Portland State.

Oregon: RB Kenjon Barner. The senior running back ran for 195 yards and three touchdowns in Oregon's victory over Washington State last weekend. He also caught a TD pass. His yards on the ground were the second-most of his career behind the 201 yards he had against Fresno State earlier this season. Barner is averaging 121 yards rushing per game.

FACTS & FIGURES

Washington has faced three teams ranked in the top 10 this season. ... In 2010, Washington QB Keith Price made the first start of his career at Autzen Stadium when Jake Locker was injured. Price completed 14-of-28 passes for 127 yards and a touchdown in the 53-16 loss to the Ducks. He did not throw an interception. ... Oregon has scored 30 or more points in 18 straight games, second only to Oklahoma State with 19 straight. ... The Ducks have returned three interceptions for touchdown this season, second-most in the nation, and all three have come in their last two games. ... Oregon is 11-5 against ranked teams under coach Chip Kelly. ... Last season the Ducks defeated Washington 34-17 in the final game played at the old Husky Stadium.

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No. 3 Florida State (5-0, 2-0 ACC) vs. N.C. State (3-2, 0-1), 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

Line: Florida State by 14½.

Series Record: Florida State leads 22-10.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Florida State's first ACC road game could end with the Seminoles having an even firmer hold on the Atlantic Division. They've already beaten Clemson, so a win against the Wolfpack would give them victories against the two teams projected to be their biggest challengers. As for N.C. State, a loss would put Tom O'Brien's squad at 0-2 in the league and essentially end its preseason goal of contending for the ACC crown.

KEY MATCHUP

The Wolfpack's offensive line against the Seminoles past rush. N.C. State is expected to start its fourth different combination in front of QB Mike Glennon this season due to injuries. N.C. State has given up an ACC-worst 16 sacks this season, and those protection issues have played at least some part in N.C. State's mistake-prone performances this year. Florida State won't make things any easier, entering the game with a league-best 15 sacks — seven coming from DE Cornellius Carradine.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Florida State: RB Chris Thompson. Thompson missed much of last year with a back injury, but the senior is second in the ACC with 431 yards rushing. He's averaging nearly 9 yards per carry and has scored five touchdowns, providing the Seminoles with a strong ground game to go with QB EJ Manuel's run-or-throw ability that has FSU averaging a league-best 51 points and 544 yards per game.

N.C. State: CB David Amerson. Amerson is having a bumpy junior year after setting an ACC record with 13 interceptions last year. The cornerback was in primary coverage on three of Miami's five touchdown passes last week, got beat on another long TD toss when he thought the play was dead on an offside call and was the last defender with a desperation chance to run down the Hurricanes' Phillip Dorsett on the go-ahead 62-yard scoring pass late in the 44-37 loss. He'll have to regroup quickly against the Seminoles to provide some stability in the secondary.

FACTS & FIGURES

The game will mark the first time a top-five opponent has visited N.C. State's Carter-Finley Stadium since 1998, when the Wolfpack upset the second-ranked Seminoles 24-7. ... Florida State won last year's meeting 34-0 in Tallahassee, and has beaten the Wolfpack in four of the past five seasons. ... N.C. State has allowed 52 points in the first quarter this year, but just 55 in the other three quarters combined. ... The Seminoles rank in the top 10 nationally in both scoring and total offense, as well as scoring and total defense.

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No. 5 Georgia (5-0, 3-0 SEC) at No. 6 South Carolina (5-0, 3-0), 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Line: South Carolina by 2½.

Series Record: Georgia leads 46-15-2.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

The Georgia-South Carolina winner remains on track for the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division while the loser would need outside help to makes its way to the Georgia Dome for the league title game in December. The Bulldogs showed last year it was possible to rebound, though, winning the East despite starting SEC play with a 45-42 home loss to the Gamecocks.

KEY MATCHUP

Georgia's freshman runners vs. South Carolina's defense. Georgia first-year TBs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall combined for 294 yards and five touchdowns in a 51-44 victory last week against Tennessee. The Gamecocks have allowed only 388 yards and two touchdowns on the ground in five games this season.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Georgia: QB Aaron Murray is seeking his first victory over the Gamecocks. He was an untested freshman playing his first SEC game in 2010 when the Bulldogs fell to South Carolina 17-6. Murray passed for four TDs in last season's rematch, but the Gamecocks prevailed in a 45-42 shootout.

South Carolina: DE Jadeveon Clowney sacked Murray and forced a fumble returned for a touchdown in the Gamecocks' 2011 victory over Georgia. Clowney was named the SEC defensive lineman of the week for his sack and four tackles in a win at Kentucky.

FACTS & FIGURES

It's the first time Georgia and South Carolina have played when both teams were ranked in the top 10. ... The Gamecocks have never won three straight games against Georgia. ... South Carolina matched a school record last week by winning its ninth straight game. The 1984 team opened the year 9-0 before the run ended with a loss to Navy. ... Georgia's Murray is only one TD pass away from tying the school mark of 72 set by David Greene from 2001-04. ... South Carolina TB Marcus Lattimore made a splashy SEC debut two years ago against Georgia when he ran for 182 yards and two touchdowns in a 17-6 victory. ... Georgia LB Jarvis Jones is third in SEC tackles for loss with 8 and fourth in league sacks at 4½. ... Seven of the past 10 games between Georgia and South Carolina have been decided by 7 points or less. The Bulldogs have won six of those games. ... Steve Spurrier is seeking his 250th coaching victory, counting his time in the USFL and NFL. Earlier this year, he won his 200th college victory.

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Kansas (1-3, 0-1 Big 12) at No. 7 Kansas State (4-0, 1-0), Noon (FX)

Line: Kansas State by 24.

Series Record: Kansas leads 65-39-5.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Both teams have had a week off to prepare for the Sunflower Showdown. The Wildcats, who beat then-No. 6 Oklahoma their last time out, have won three straight in the series. Kansas has lost its last three after a fourth-quarter collapse at Northern Illinois on Sept. 22.

KEY MATCHUP

Kansas coach Charlie Weis against Kansas State coach Bill Snyder. The new coach of the Jayhawks wasn't shy in his praise of Snyder, who took over a program in worse shape than Kansas more than two decades ago and turned it into a perennial winner. When asked to compare the two teams, Weis said, "Start with the head coach. That might be their biggest advantage."

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Kansas: QB Dayne Crist remains the starter despite a miserable start to his final season of college football. After transferring from Notre Dame, the senior has completed less than 50 percent of his passes for 763 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions.

Kansas State: DT Adam Davis could make life miserable for Crist, a traditional drop-back passer. The second-year starter, a former transfer from Hutchinson Community College, leads the Wildcats with three sacks. Kansas State already has 10 sacks on the season.

FACTS & FIGURES

The Wildcats are the Big 12's least-penalized team, and the second-least in the nation, getting dinged for just 16.5 yards per game. .... K-State QB Collin Klein is 9-3 as a starter in the Big 12. He is 15-4 overall. ... Wisconsin RB Montee Ball (39) is the only player in the nation with more rushing TDs over the past two seasons than Klein (32). ... Kansas State has 84 non-offensive touchdowns since 1999, one more than Virginia Tech for the most in the country. ... The Jayhawks would fall to .500 in school history with a loss. They are currently 573-572-58. ... Kansas has forced 13 turnovers through four games, leading the Big 12 and tied for fifth nationally. ... S Bradley McDougald leads Kansas in tackles (34), tackles for loss (three), forced fumbles (two) and interceptions (two). ... Kansas has 24 in-state players on its roster while Kansas State has 56. ... Kansas AD Sheahon Zenger was part of Snyder's coaching staff early on in his tenure.

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