Line: Florida by 15.

Series Record: Florida leads 22-4-3.

Last meeting: 2008, Florida 56-6.

What's at Stake

For Florida, a place in history as it tries to go undefeated in the Southeastern Conference regular season for the first time since the Gators did it under Steve Spurrier in the 1996 national championship season. This, Spurrier's in the way of his alma mater's try at perfection as South Carolina's coach. The Gamecocks want to end a two-game losing streak and stop the latest late-season slide under Spurrier.

Key Matchup

Florida QB Tim Tebow vs. South Carolina's defense. The Gamecocks had a big hand in bringing Tebow the Heisman Trophy two years ago, allowing him to account for seven touchdowns (5 rushing, 2 throwing) and 424 yards in a 51-31 victory at Williams-Brice Stadium. Tebow had an even easier time of it last season, leaving the 56-6 rout early in the fourth quarter after accounting for his third TD of the game.

Players to Watch

Florida: DE Carlos Dunlap. The junior from North Charleston returns to his home state as one of the SEC's top sack men with six, third in the league and one behind leader Eric Norwood of South Carolina.

South Carolina: WR Alshon Jeffery. The freshman has been a revelation for Spurrier's struggling offense this season. He's caught six touchdowns and been the Gamecocks most reliable receiver the past six games.

Facts & Figures

South Carolina will wear camouflage uniforms with the words "Honor," "Duty," and "Courage" on the back as part of The Wounded Warrior Project's effort to honor those hurt during service to their country ... Florida has won 17 of the past 18 games against South Carolina since 1964. ... The Gamecocks' only victories in the series have come in 1913, 1936, 1939 and, in Spurrier's first South Carolina season, 2005. ... Florida's 19-game winning streak in the longest in school history and the longest in the Southeastern Conference since Auburn won 20 in a row during the 1993-94 seasons.

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No. 2 Texas (9-0) at Baylor (4-5), Saturday, Noon (FSN)

Line: Texas by 24.

Series record: Texas leads 72-22-4.

Last meeting: 2008, Texas, 45-21.

What's At Stake

Texas QB Colt McCoy can tie Georgia's David Greene for most career NCAA victories as a quarterback with 42. The Longhorns also could clinch Big 12 South with a victory and a Texas Tech win over Oklahoma State.

Key Matchup

Texas TB Cody Johnson vs. Baylor LB Joe Pawelek. Johnson is the fourth Longhorn to start at tailback this season and leads the team with nine rushing TDs. Saturday will be the 43rd career start for Pawelek, the heart and soul of the Bears' respectable defense. His 392 career tackles rank No. 1 among active players in the nation.

Players to watch

Texas: WR James Kirkendoll seems to be back in a groove with McCoy. After a hot start, Kirkendoll seemed to disappear from the passing game until catching a touchdown pass last week, his first in seven games.

Baylor: QB Nick Florence passed for a school record 427 yards last week to rally the Bears past Missouri. Florence is playing because Robert Griffin is out for the season with a knee injury.

Facts & Figures

Texas' 12-year streak of nine or more wins is the longest in the nation. Baylor hasn't won nine games since 1986 and has only five nine-win seasons dating to 1899. ... Over the last three games, McCoy is completing 79.8 percent of his passes, ahead of his 76.7 last season that set an NCAA record. ... Baylor last beat Texas in 1997, when Bears fans tore down the goal posts and dumped them in the Brazos River.

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No. 3 Alabama (9-0) at Mississippi State (4-5), 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Line: Alabama by 12.

Series Record: Alabama leads 72-18-3.

Last meeting: 2008, Alabama 32-7.

What's at Stake

Postseason positioning. The Crimson Tide has already clinched a spot in the SEC title game against Florida, but can't relax. And the Bulldogs need two wins in their last three games to make a bowl in Dan Mullen's first season.

Key Matchup

Mississippi State RB Anthony Dixon vs. Alabama MLB Rolando McClain. Two of the biggest, most athletic players at their position will face off over the line of scrimmage. McClain, the driving force of one of the nation's best defenses, must stop Dixon, who rushed for 252 yards last week, for the Tide to roll.

Players to Watch

Alabama: RB Mark Ingram. Mississippi State's defense has been stingy at times, but will face its biggest test of the season against Ingram, a definite Heisman Trophy contender.

Mississippi State: QB Tyson Lee. Lee must decode Alabama's man-on-man coverage if he's going to take the pressure off Dixon and add a much-needed dimension to the Bulldogs' offense.

Facts & Figures

Mississippi State has won two of the last three matchups. ... The Bulldogs lead the nation in interceptions returned for a touchdown (four) and have six non-offensive touchdowns. ... Mississippi State is winless in its last nine games against ranked opponents. ... The Alabama defense is fourth nationally, allowing 242.2 yards per game.

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No. 16 Utah (8-1) at No. 4 TCU (9-0), 7:30 p.m. (CBS College Sports)

Line: TCU by 19 1/2.

Series Record: Utah leads 5-1.

Last Meeting: 2008, Utah 13-10.

What's at Stake

Sole possession of first place in the Mountain West Conference, and oh so much more for TCU. The Horned Frogs have reached No. 4 in the Bowl Championship Series standings, the highest ever for a team from a conference without an automatic bid in the BCS. There is also the revenge factor for TCU, which lost 13-10 at Utah last year to miss out on the conference title. The Frogs have since won 11 consecutive games, third-longest behind Florida (19) and Texas (13).

Key Matchup

TCU defense vs. Utah QB Jordan Wynn and RB Eddie Wide. Jordan is a true freshman who has taken over the starting role and Wide has six consecutive 100-yard rushing games for the Utes, who average 411 total yards a game. DE Jerry Hughes, LB Daryl Washington and Co. have given up only two touchdowns the last four games, and outscored their opponents 178-25 in that span. The Frogs also have a league-high 27 sacks, and are sure to try to harass Wynn.

Players to watch

Utah: Wynn. The 19-year-old true freshman was 18-of-28 passing for 297 yards and two touchdowns in his first career start last week, a week after going 9-of-14 for 82 yards and a TD in the second half against Wyoming in his college debut. Only two other true freshmen have ever started at quarterback for the Utes, and Alex Smith wasn't one of them.

TCU: RB Joseph Turner. The Frogs' leading rusher for the third straight season (560 yards), Turner also has nine touchdowns to push his career total to 27, one short of Jim Swink for fourth on the career list and four short of Tony Jeffery for third. That is still only halfway to LaDainian Tomlinson's school record of 54.

Facts & Figures

TCU has a 12-game home winning streak. The Frogs' last home loss was 27-20 to Utah two years ago. ... TCU is 60-1 when allowing 17 points or less under coach Gary Patterson. The only loss was 13-10 to Utah last season. ... Wide, whose six consecutive 100-yard rushing games is a school record, had 122 of his 145 yards last week against New Mexico in the second half ... Frogs QB Andy Dalton has thrown 10 TDs and no interceptions after halftime. ... Utah is 7-0 in games when the Utes and their opponents are both ranked.

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Idaho (7-3) at No. 6 Boise State (9-0) 3:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

Line: Boise State by 31 1/2.

Series record: Boise State leads 20-17-1.

Last meeting: Boise State 45-10.

What's At Stake

Boise State's BCS bowl hopes. Recent close wins for the Broncos have put them behind TCU in the BCS rankings, and only the higher ranked non-BCS school has a chance to crash the megabucks series. This renewal of a recently lopsided in-state rivalry appears to be one of only two remaining threats to Boise State's perfect regular season. The other comes in two weeks as home against WAC co-leader Nevada. Idaho, already bowl eligible while off to its best start since 1994, would see its profile skyrocket with a huge upset.

Key Matchup

RB DeMaundray Woolridge and Idaho's offensive line vs. Boise State's defensive front. Left guard and Outland Trophy candidate Mark Iupati leads the strength of the Vandals. If those blockers can control the line of scrimmage and open holes for Woolridge against the WAC's best rushing defense, Idaho will limit how much hot Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore will get on the field and silence the raucous sea-of-blue BSU crowd.

Players to watch

Idaho: Whoever plays quarterback. Coach Robb Akey says he won't know until game time whether starter Nathan Enderle, second only to Moore in WAC passing efficiency and 10th nationally, can play. He missed last week's loss to Fresno State with a bruised rotator cuff. The backup is Brian Reader played well replacing Enderle last week.

Boise State: RB Jeremy Avery. The junior ran for 146 yards and the clinching touchdown last week at Louisiana Tech. He romped for a career-high 156 yards with an Broncos-record average of 14 yards per carry and two TDs last year when Boise State romped over Idaho yet again.

Facts & Figures

Boise State has won 10 consecutive games in the series and is averaging 59.4 points per home game against Idaho in five games this decade. The last three times the Broncos have played the Vandals in Boise, they've won 58-14, 70-35 and 65-7. ... Boise State has the nation's best home winning percentage this decade at .968 (60-2). ... Idaho's three losses this season: at Washington, when they outgained the Huskies; at WAC co-leading Nevada, and last week without Enderle. ... Idaho already has as many wins this season as in its three previous years combined. ... Vandals' offense has fewest three-and-outs in the country, just 10 in 10 games.

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No. 7 Georgia Tech (9-1) at Duke (5-4), noon (ESPN2)

Line: Georgia Tech by 13.

Series record: Georgia Tech leads 45-30-1.

Last meeting: 2008, Georgia Tech, 27-0.

What's At Stake

Georgia Tech will clinch the Coastal Division title and its second ACC title game appearance since 2006 with a victory, and would wrap up its league schedule with its sixth straight ACC victory and eighth in a row overall. To secure bowl eligibility for the first time since 1994, the Blue Devils must beat two of the three remaining teams on the schedule: Georgia Tech, No. 12 Miami and Wake Forest.

Key Matchup

Georgia Tech DE Derrick Morgan vs. Duke's rushing offense. It's tough to stop the Yellow Jackets' triple-option offense, so the Blue Devils may have to match them score for score. That could be tough if Duke's ground game _ which produced just 12 yards last week against North Carolina _ can't give Georgia Tech's defense something else to worry about besides star passer Thaddeus Lewis.

Players To Watch

Georgia Tech: QB Josh Nesbitt, who scored the winning touchdown in OT last week against Wake Forest, finally gets a turn to face Duke's defense. He sat out last year's romp in Atlanta with a hamstring injury.

Duke: Lewis is still looking for his signature victory in 3 1/2 years as the Blue Devils' starter, and is coming off a 16 for 33, 113-yard performance against North Carolina that snapped his string of four straight 300-yard games.

Facts & Figures

Blue Devils have lost 38 straight games against Top 25 teams since an upset of then-No. 13 Virginia in 1994. ... Georgia Tech's average of 442 total yards is the second-highest average in school history. ... Yellow Jackets have their highest national ranking in 10 years. ... Georgia Tech has won 13 of 14 in the series since 1995.

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Notre Dame (6-3) at No. 8 Pittsburgh (8-1), 8 p.m., ABC

Line: Pittsburgh by 6 1/2.

Series record: Notre Dame leads 44-19-1.

Last meeting: 2008, Pittsburgh 36, Notre Dame 33 (4OT).

What's at Stake

For Pitt, maintaining its first Top 10 ranking in November since 1982 and the momentum built by winning five in a row. The Panthers haven't beaten Notre Dame in successive seasons since 1986-87. Notre Dame, no longer in serious contention for a BCS bowl, hopes to use a prime-time game to turn itself around from a troubling 23-21 loss to Navy that again raised questions about coach Charlie Weis' status.

Key Matchup

Notre Dame WR Golden Tate against Pitt's secondary. Tate has scored at least one touchdown in five consecutive games and is third among major college receivers with a 117.7 yards per game average. Pitt allowed its last two opponents, Syracuse (141) and South Florida (90), a combined 231 yards passing, but gave up 322 earlier to North Carolina and 433 to Buffalo (yes, Buffalo). And Notre Dame is No. 6 in total offense.

Players to watch

Pitt RB Dion Lewis, the only freshman among the 16 finalists for the Maxwell Award as college football's top player, has had four consecutive 100-yard games and is No. 8 nationally with a 126.6 yards per game average. Notre Dame allowed Navy's triple-option offense to rush for 348 yards.

Notre Dame S Kyle McCarthy is a player who must worry Pitt QB Bill Stull (17 TDs, 4 interceptions). McCarthy has five interceptions and is a playmaker who can disrupt an offense. He may be used against Pitt TE Dorin Dickerson, who has 10 TD catches, as many as Tate.

Facts & Figures

Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen (2,770 yards, 20 TDs, three interceptions) has five 300-yard games and has eight TD passes, one rushing TD and only one interception in the fourth quarter. Clausen threw for 271 yards and three TDs against Pitt last season ... Pitt's final three opponents (Notre Dame, West Virginia, Cincinnati) are a combined 22-5. ... Notre Dame RB Armando Allen has rushed for 514 yards and a 74.3 yards per game average. ... Notre Dame C Eric Olsen hasn't allowed a sack. ... Seven of Notre Dame's nine games have been decided by seven points or fewer. ... Pitt hasn't beaten Notre Dame in Pittsburgh since 1999, the final game at Pitt Stadium.

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Louisiana Tech (3-6) at No. 9 LSU (7-2), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)

Line: LSU by 24.

Series Record: LSU leads 17-1.

Last meeting: 2007, LSU, 58-10.

What's at Stake

LSU is trying to finish its regular season 10-2 and qualify for a New Year's Day bowl game. Louisiana Tech, already eliminated from bowl contention, is now playing for pride and a win over the state's flagship university would be the highlight of the season for the Bulldogs.

Key Matchup

Louisiana Tech defensive lineman D'Anthony Smith, who lines up mostly at tackle and sometimes at end, against the left side of LSU's offensive line (LG Josh Dworaczyk and LT Ciron Black). Smith has been disruptive in every game, with 45 total tackles, including 4.5 for losses and 2.5 sacks. On the other side of the line, LSU RG Lyle Hitt lines up opposite his younger brother, DT Mason Hitt.

Players to watch

Louisiana Tech: RB Daniel Porter needs 48 yards to become the third Louisiana Tech running back to reach 3,000 yards rushing for his career.

LSU: WR Brandon LaFell's 22 career touchdowns leaves him four behind Dwayne Bowe for LSU's career lead in that category. LB Kelvin Sheppard has been credited with 47 tackles in LSU's last four games and leads the Tigers this season with 78 tackles (36 solo).

Facts & Figures

Louisiana Tech has had 18 players miss games because of injury and currently has eight starters out. ... Louisiana Tech last beat LSU in 1904 by a score of 6-0. ... Louisiana Tech head coach Derek Dooley was an LSU assistant under former Tigers coach Nick Saban from 2000-04. ... LSU coach Les Miles is seeking his 50th victory with the Tigers, since taking over the program in 2005. ... LSU has won 22 straight games against teams from outside the Southeastern Conference. ... LSU has won 24 straight games against Louisiana teams.

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No. 15 Iowa (9-1) at No. 10 Ohio State (8-2), 3:30 p.m. (ABC)

Line: Ohio State by 14.

Series Record: Ohio State leads 44-14-3.

Last Meeting: 2006, Ohio State, 38-17.

What's at Stake

Pretty simple, really: The Big Ten's automatic Bowl Championship Series berth in the Rose Bowl. The winner will also be assured of at least a share of the conference title with a one-game lead with one game left (Iowa hosts Minnesota, Ohio State is at Michigan). Both teams are coming off emotional games, the Buckeyes winning 24-7 at Penn State and the Hawkeyes falling for the first time this season at home against Northwestern, 17-10.

Key Matchup

Iowa QB James Vandenberg vs Ohio State's defensive line. All season long, DTs Doug Worthington and Todd Denlinger and DEs Thaddeus Gibson and Cameron Heyward have applied heat. With Vandenberg making his first career start in relief of injured Ricky Stanzi (ankle), those four will try to harass Vandenberg. How the youngster _ and his line and offensive coaches _ handle it will determine the outcome.

Players to watch

Iowa: DEs Adrian Clayborn and Broderick Binns can pen in Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor if they keep him off the edge. MLB Pat Angerer will likely have a few collisions with Pryor too. RB Brandon Wegher must consistently gain yards to wear down Buckeyes defense and keep ball away from the offense. TE Tony Moeaki and WR Derrell Johnson-Kouliano need to keep defense honest to keep pressure off Vandenberg.

Ohio State: Pryor is coming off a homecoming at Penn State that was a huge success. No room for a letdown here. K Devin Barclay hasn't faced a must-make FG since taking over for the injured Aaron Pettrey (knee). Can RBs Dan Herron and Brandon Saine run against Iowa's stout defense?

Facts & Figures

Ohio State has won 10 of the last 11 meetings by an average score of 34-17. ... Iowa has won four games by three or fewer points for the first time in program history. ... Don't expect much scoring: Only a reviewed (and still debated) Penn State rushing touchdown last week prevented the Buckeyes from their fourth shutout of the year. Seven of Iowa's opponents have scored 17 or fewer points. ... Iowa won 13 straight games before last week's loss, its longest since a 20-game streak from 1920-1923. ... The Buckeyes can clinch a share of their fifth straight Big Ten title, a feat accomplished only twice before. Ohio State won six in a row (1972-77) and Michigan five consecutive (1988-92). ... The Hawkeyes have won their last six road games.

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No. 25 Stanford (6-3) at No. 11 USC (7-2), 3:30 p.m. (Fox)

Line: USC by 10 1/2.

Series Record: USC leads 59-25-3.

Last meeting: 2008, USC 45-23.

What's at Stake

The game essentially is an eliminator in the Pac-10 race, with both schools trying to avoid a third conference loss. Any chance to extend USC's streak of seven straight Pac-10 titles likely hinges on finishing the regular season with three straight wins at the Coliseum, while Stanford's return to respectability this season would reach a peak with another win at the Coliseum.

Key Matchup

Stanford RB Toby Gerhart vs. USC LB Chris Galippo. The Pac-10's leading rusher is No. 2 in the nation with 135.2 yards per game, and he's coming off a school-record 223-yard effort in Stanford's upset of Oregon last week. The Trojans' run defense has been inconsistent, with several strong performances alongside a couple of dismal efforts. Galippo, the emerging leader of USC's rebuilt linebacking corps, has the defense focused on stopping Gerhart and forcing QB Andrew Luck to beat the Trojans.

Players to Watch

Stanford: DE Thomas Keiser. With eight sacks, he is the Cardinal's top pass rusher. Stanford will attempt to keep constant pressure on freshman USC QB Matt Barkley to force another mediocre performance. If the Cardinal can keep the score close, Gerhart's running could wear down the Trojans.

USC: WR Brice Butler. If No. 1 receiver Damian Williams can't play or is limited on his sprained ankle, the Trojans could need a breakout game from this Georgia high school star who has showed more potential than results in his freshman season. TE Anthony McCoy also could help Barkley if he returns from injury.

Facts & Figures

Stanford's 24-23 upset victory two years ago is coach Pete Carroll's only loss at the Coliseum since his second season at USC in 2002. Carroll still has never lost in November, going 28-0, or on Homecoming (8-0). ... Stanford is bowl-eligible and ranked for the first time since 2001, but the Cardinal's only road win is at lowly Washington State. ... Gerhart needs 72 yards to become the second-leading rusher in Stanford history. ... USC has won 12 straight at the Coliseum.

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Miami (7-2) vs. North Carolina (6-3), 3:30 p.m. (ABC)

Line: Miami by 3.

Series record: North Carolina leads 7-5.

Last meeting: 2008, North Carolina 28-24.

What's at stake

Miami has won two straight games and can reach eight wins for the first time in four years. North Carolina is one win from bowl eligibility and can improve to 3-0 against the Hurricanes under Butch Davis, the former Miami coach.

Key Matchup

Miami QB Jacory Harris vs. North Carolina's defensive front. Harris leads the ACC in passing efficiency and faces the nation's fifth-ranked total defense. North Carolina defensive end Robert Quinn is coming off a three-sack performance against Duke.

Players to watch

Miami: HB Graig Cooper. He ranks in the top 10 in the ACC in rushing and will need to give Harris some help against the Tar Heels' defense.

North Carolina: TB Ryan Houston. With starter Shaun Draughn gone for the year, Houston gets another start after running for career highs of 164 yards on 37 carries last week.

Facts & figures

Davis rebuilt the Hurricanes into a national power in the late 1990s before leaving after the 2000 season to take over the NFL's Cleveland Browns. He compiled a 51-20 record there. ... Davis was an assistant coach at Miami during Randy Shannon's playing career there. ... Last year, North Carolina scored the winning touchdown in the final minute. ... Miami is 3-1 on the road this year.

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No. 13 Houston (8-1) vs. Central Florida (5-4), noon

Line: Houston by 5.

Series Record: Tied 1-1.

Last meeting: 2006, Houston 51-31.

What's At Stake

At 8-1, Houston has matched the best start in school history through nine games and is tied with SMU for first place in Conference USA's West Division. The Cougars, who scored nine points in the final 21 seconds to pull out a 46-45 victory at Tulsa last week, also won eight of their first nine in 1973, 1978, 1979 and 1990. Central Florida, coming off a 35-3 loss to second-ranked Texas, faces a ranked opponent for the second straight week and is trying to stay in contention for a spot in the conference championship game. The Knights need to finish strong, too, to enhance their chances for a bowl berth.

Key Matchup

Houston quarterback Case Keenum has thrown for over 500 yards the past two weeks and is averaging 423.9 yards per game. Central Florida leads Conference USA in total defense (353 yards per game), primarily because of its league-leading rushing defense (85.4 yards). The Knights, who also lead the conference in scoring defense, have allowed 267 yards per game passing. Texas star Colt McCoy threw for 470 yards against them a week ago.

Players to Watch

Houston: Keenum has completed 71 percent of his passes for 3,815 yards and 28 touchdowns. The Cougars have six players with at least 25 receptions. James Cleveland (74 receptions, 11 TDs) and Patrick Edwards (62 receptions, 3 TDs) lead the way.

Central Florida: Quarterback Brett Hodges (ribs) sat out the Knights' loss at Texas after throwing for a career-high 342 yards in a come-from-behind win over Marshall two weeks ago. Leading rusher Brynn Harvey (679 yards, 7 TDs) also missed the Texas game. They are expected to play against Houston, although coach George O'Leary has said it will be a game-time decision for both.

Facts & Figures

It's the third meeting between the Cougars and Knights. They split the previous two, with each team winning at home. ... Houston had 695 yards total offense against Tulsa, the 17th time in the last two seasons that the Cougars have gained at least 500 yards. ... During his career, Keenum has pulled out five games in which Houston was tied or trailing in the final minute. ... Central Florida leads Conference USA with 29 sacks. Bruce Miller and Jarvis Gathers have nine apiece.

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Arizona State (6-2) at No. 14 Oregon (7-2), 10:20 p.m. (ESPN)

Line: Oregon by 17.

Series record: Arizona State leads 16-13.

Last meeting: 2008, Oregon 54-20.

What's At Stake

Oregon lost its first conference game last week against Stanford but is still in good shape to win the conference after USC has held the title for the past seven years. Oregon and Arizona each have one conference loss, while Stanford, USC and Oregon State all have two league losses. The Ducks are also looking for their first trip to the Rose Bowl since 1994.

Key Matchup

LaMichael James vs. Arizona State's run defense. Oregon's redshirt freshman is ranked second in the Pac-10, behind Stanford's Toby Gerhart, with an average of 115.9 rushing yards a game. He has eight touchdowns. Arizona State's run defense is ranked atop the Pac-10, and sixth nationally, allowing just 87.4 yards a game.

Players to watch

BYU: Coach Dennis Erickson says he won't decide until the last minute whether to start struggling quarterback Danny Sullivan or 6-foot-8 freshman Brock Osweiler, who finished 11 of 27 for 153 yards with one touchdown and one interception in last week's 14-9 loss to USC.

Oregon: RB LeGarrette Blount is eligible to play. He was suspended for punching a Boise State player following Oregon's season-opening loss, but he was reinstated this week after meeting behavioral and academic requirements.

Facts & Figures

Arizona State also leads the conference in total defense, allowing an average of 291.88 yards in total defense. ... The Sun Devils lead the league with 14 interceptions. ... Oregon is averaging 36.3 points per game. ... QB Jeremiah Masoli passed for 334 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for 55 yards and another score, in the Ducks' 51-42 loss at Stanford last weekend. ... Oregon leads the league with an average of 233.6 yards rushing a game. ... Arizona State is 8-6 against the Ducks at Autzen Stadium.

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No. 17 Oklahoma State (7-2) vs. Texas Tech (6-3), 8 p.m. (ABC)

Line: Oklahoma State by 4.

Series Record: Texas Tech leads 21-12-3.

Last meeting: 2008, Texas Tech 56-20.

What's at Stake

Oklahoma State will try to keep its outside chance at the Big 12 championship alive while also protecting its position in the conference's bowl picture. With a win, Texas Tech could move ahead of the Cowboys for a better postseason destination.

Key Matchup

Texas Tech pass offense vs. Oklahoma State defense. Despite starting three different quarterbacks this season, the Red Raiders average 400 yards passing to rank second in the nation. That'll test an OSU defense that's shown improvement since giving up 646 and 516 yards to Tech's Air Raid offense the past two years.

Players to Watch

Oklahoma State: LB Patrick Lavine. With another pick last week against Iowa State, Lavine is tied with Kentucky's Sam Maxwell for the most among Bowl Subdivision linebackers.

Texas Tech: RB Baron Batch. With Tech's prolific passing offense, Batch can sneak up on the opposition. The junior had 123 yards rushing and a career-high four touchdowns in the Red Raiders' last game and 79 yards on only 11 carries last year against OSU.

Facts & Figures

A victory would give coach Mike Leach 83 at Texas Tech and move him past Spike Dykes for the most in school history. ... Oklahoma State has held three straight conference opponents to less than 300 yards for the first time since 1998. ... The Red Raiders are 2-3 after a bye week under Leach. ... The Cowboys lead the Big 12 in rushing (196 yards per game) and have allowed the fewest sacks in the nation. ... The home team has won the last seven games in the series.

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No. 18 Arizona (6-2) at California (6-3), 7 p.m. (Versus)

Line: California by 2.

Series Record: Tied 13-13-2.

Last meeting: 2008, Arizona 42-27.

What's at Stake

Arizona can lose this game and still make it to the Rose Bowl by beating Oregon, Arizona State and USC to end the season. California is looking to improve its bowl standing.

Key Matchup

Arizona OL vs. Cal DL. The Golden Bears have had trouble much of the season getting consistent pressure on the passer. That will be extremely difficult this week against a team that has allowed just four sacks all season.

Players to Watch

Arizona: QB Nick Foles. Foles is second in the nation, completing 71.4 percent of his passes to pace the second best passing offense in the Pac-10. He has thrown 12 TD passes despite not starting the first three games of the season.

California: RB Shane Vereen. Vereen will get the bulk of the carries with star Jahvid Best sidelined with a concussion. Vereen is averaging 5.1 ypc and has scored seven TDs, but has carried the ball more than 13 times only once all season.

Facts & Figures

The Wildcats and Bears are two of the three Pac-10 teams not to play in the Rose Bowl since the conference expanded to 10 teams in 1978. Oregon State is the other. ... Arizona has lost its last three trips to Berkeley. ... Arizona has just 11 three-and-outs all season. ... Cal needs one more win to tie a school record with eight straight winning seasons. ... The Bears lead the Pac-10 in turnover margin at plus 8, committing just nine turnovers all season. ... QB Kevin Riley is tied for the conference lead with 14 TD passes.

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Indiana (4-6) vs. No. 19 Penn State (8-2), noon (Big Ten Network)

Line: Penn State by 25 1/2.

Series Record: Penn State leads 12-0.

Last meeting: 2008, Penn State 34-7.

What's at Stake

Indiana needs to win its remaining two games to gain bowl eligibility. The odds seem long, since the Hoosiers have never beaten Penn State. Playing their last home game, the Penn State seniors want to leave Beaver Stadium on a high note and keep alive an outside shot at a BCS bowl bid.

Key Matchup

Indiana return game vs. Penn State coverage units. Special teams don't often get such scrutiny, though Penn State has been remarkably subpar in this area all season. Problems were magnified last week against Ohio State, and coach Joe Paterno said he might make some changes after the Buckeyes had two long punt returns to set up touchdowns.

Players to Watch

Indiana: Offensive line. The Hoosiers have given up the fewest sacks in the Big Ten. The Nittany Lions have the most sacks in the league and will be hungry after getting shut out last week.

Penn State: RB Evan Royster. Indiana gave up 294 rushing yards last week to Wisconsin, which had two 100-yard rushers. Royster, the Big Ten's second-leading rusher, was held to 36 last week after tweaking his right knee in warmups. Paterno said Royster is fine.

Facts & Figures

Penn State is No. 18 in the Bowl Championship Series standings, and needs to move up four spots to qualify for a Bowl Championship Series berth. ... Three of Indiana's six losses have been by six points or less. ... Indiana freshman DE Javon Cornley's older brother is former Penn State basketball player, Jamelle Cornley. ... The teams will play next year at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.

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No. 20 Virginia Tech (6-3) vs. Maryland (2-7), 1 p.m.

Line: Virginia Tech by 17 1/2.

Series Record: Maryland leads 15-14.

Last meeting: 2008, Virginia Tech 23-13.

What's at Stake

Virginia Tech needs a victory to stay in the hunt in the league's Coastal Division and to enhance its stature in the bowl picture. Maryland is seeking to break a four-game losing streak and salvage some pride in its worst season since coach Ralph Friedgen arrived in 2001.

Key Matchup

Virginia Tech RB Ryan Williams vs. Maryland defense. Williams has rushed for at least 100 yards in six of the Hokies' nine games and ranks first in the ACC with a 123.2 average. The Terrapins rank 11th in the 12-team conference in total defense, but against ACC foes have yielded only 92.4 yards rushing per game, the lowest average in the league.

Players to Watch

Virginia Tech: LB Cody Grimm and CB Rashad Carmichael. These takeaway artists could have a huge game against error-prone Maryland. Carmichael has intercepted a pass in five Tech's last seven games, and Grimm has forced a team-high four fumbles.

Maryland: Quarterback Jamarr Robinson. The 6-foot sophomore got his first taste of college action last week as a replacement for injured Chris Turner, and could get his initial start against the Hokies if Turner's knee hasn't sufficiently healed.

Facts & Figures

Virginia Tech has won four straight in the series, including the last three by a combined 106-28 score. ... Hokies have allowed only one first-quarter touchdown this season. ... Maryland's Torrey Smith needs 35 all-purpose yards to break LaMont Jordan's school record in one season (1,840). ... Terps have not had a punt blocked since 1999.

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Michigan (5-5) at No. 21 Wisconsin (7-2), noon (Big Ten Network)

Line: Wisconsin by 9 1/2.

Series Record: Michigan leads 49-12-1.

Last Meeting: 2008, Michigan 27-25.

What's at Stake

Wisconsin blew a 19-0 lead in last year's game at Michigan Stadium, and a measure of revenge for the Badgers would be to make sure Michigan doesn't reach a bowl for the second straight year after a streak of 33 in a row. A win against Michigan would go a long way toward 10 wins for the Badgers and help set the stage for a big splash in 2010. The Wolverines just need something good to happen, and becoming bowl eligible in a series they've long dominated would be a good start.

Key Matchup

Michigan's defense vs. big plays in the second half. The Wolverines have given up two straight 21-point third quarters in losses to Illinois and Purdue the past two weeks, and been outscored 75-12 in the second halves of their last three games.

Players to Watch

Wisconsin: TE Garrett Graham. Graham makes the 30th start of his career at Wisconsin, most among the seniors. Beyond leading Wisconsin with four TD catches and being QB Scott Tolzien's go-to possession receiver, he'll be asked to help slow Wolverines DEs Brandon Graham and Craig Roh with the occasional block.

Facts & Figures

Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez, now in his second season, is 3-11 in Big Ten games. Lloyd Carr didn't lose 11 conference games until his sixth year. ... The Badgers are 5-0 this season in games decided by eight points or less. ... Michigan erased a 19-point halftime deficit to win last year's game. ... Wisconsin has already set a school record with seven wins in eight straight seasons.

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No. 22 BYU (7-2) at New Mexico (0-9), 2 p.m. (The Mtn.)

Line: BYU by 26 1/2.

Series Record: BYU leads 43-14-1.

Last Meeting: 2008, BYU 21-3.

What's at Stake

BYU has a chance at 10 regular-season victories for the fourth straight year if Cougars can win out against the Lobos, Air Force and rival Utah. A share of Mountain West title remains possible but unlikely. The Lobos meet a ranked opponent for the second straight week (after losing 45-14 at Utah) and face TCU on Nov. 28 as they try to snap a 13-game losing streak, second-longest in school history.

Key Matchup

BYU QB Max Hall vs. New Mexico secondary. Hall passed for 312 yards and four TDs last week in a 52-0 victory at Wyoming. The Lobos are No. 111 nationally in pass efficiency defense.

Players to Watch

BYU: With one more win, Hall will match Ty Detmer's school record of 29 career victories.

New Mexico: LB Carmen Messina tied a career high with 19 tackles last week in the loss at Utah and has eight straight games with 10 or more tackles. He leads the nation, averaging 14.1 tackles per game.

Facts & Figures

BYU is 5-0 on the road. ... BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall was New Mexico's defensive coordinator from 1998-2002. ... The Lobos are seeking to avoid first winless season since 0-11 in 1987. ... New Mexico has scored 14 TDs, 30 fewer than BYU. ... Cougars TE Dennis Pitta has 200 career catches, 15 short of tying Austin Collie's BYU record. ... New Mexico is 1-15 against nationally ranked BYU teams. The victory was Sept. 6, 1980, when Lobos sacked BYU QB Jim McMahon nine times during a 25-21 upset in Albuquerque.

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No. 24 Clemson (6-3) at North Carolina State (4-5), noon (Raycom)

Line: Clemson by 8.

Series record: Clemson leads 49-27-1.

Last meeting: 2008, Clemson, 27-9.

What's At Stake

The Tigers can take another step toward locking up their first Atlantic Division title, after finishing one game behind the division winner every year since the ACC expanded to 12 teams in 2005. N.C. State wants to show last week's 38-31 win against Maryland was not a fluke, but a sign that it's poised for another strong November under Tom O'Brien.

Key Matchup

Clemson WR Jacoby Ford vs. N.C. State's pass defense. Sure, Tigers star C.J. Spiller gets most of the attention, but the Wolfpack must find a way to slow the defense-stretching receiver to have any chance at their first win against Clemson since 2003. N.C. State's work-in-progress secondary is expected to start three freshmen _ including two cornerbacks.

Players To Watch

Clemson: Spiller had at least 300 all-purpose yards in two of his last three games, is a threat to score every time he touches the ball and must be relishing his chance to face an N.C. State defense that has started eight different lineups in nine games.

N.C. State: TE George Bryan has emerged as all-ACC QB Russell Wilson's favorite receiver, catching at least one touchdown in seven of nine games.

Facts & Figures

The Wolfpack are 7-2 in November under O'Brien, and went 4-0 in that month last season to claim their first bowl berth since '05. ... Last two meetings in Raleigh were decided by at least three touchdowns apiece, both Clemson wins. ... Series has been nicknamed the "Textile Bowl" since 1981. ... Tigers CB Rashard Hall has interceptions in four straight games, and will face a quarterback in Wilson who earlier this season set the NCAA record for consecutive passes without an interception but who threw three picks last week against Maryland.