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Research Reps: TCU tangles with Utah

11/5/2010

A preview of the top things to know from this weekend's top 25 games. Note: All rankings reflect BCS standings.

WASHINGTON (3-5, 2-3) at 1 OREGON (8-0, 5-0)

Saturday on ABC or ESPN2, ESPN3.com at 3:30 ET

Oregon has won six straight meetings with Washington, all by 20 or more points. It’s the longest win streak in the history of the series for Oregon. If Oregon reaches the 50-point mark in this game, it will mark a significant milestone. Only five times in the history of the AP Poll has a No. 1 ranked team scored at least 50 points in three straight games during a season.

CHATTANOOGA (5-3) at 2 AUBURN (9-0) Saturday on ESPN3.com, 1 ET

These teams meet for the first time since 1995. That 1995 meeting resulted in an Auburn 76-10 win, a Jordan-Hare Stadium record for points by a team. Auburn is 20-0 all-time against Chattanooga.

3 TCU (9-0, 5-0) at 5 UTAH (8-0, 5-0) Saturday, 3:30 ET

Since the start of 2009, TCU has faced 20 FBS opponents. The Horned Frogs have held 13 of the 20 to their season-low in points (including seven of the eight FBS teams they have faced in 2010). They have also held eight of the 20 to season-lows in both points and yards, including Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl last season.

HAWAII (7-2, 5-0) at 4 BOISE STATE (7-0, 3-0)

Saturday on ESPNU and ESPN3D, 3:30 ET

Boise State has won eight of its last nine meetings with Hawaii, but the year of that one loss was a big one for Hawaii. The Broncos are riding a 21-game win streak and 32-game regular season win streak -- both longest in FBS. Kellen Moore is first in FBS in passer efficiency (188.3) and has only thrown two interceptions this year. In last year’s meeting with Hawaii, Moore threw a career-high 5 TD, and he had no interceptions.

6 ALABAMA (7-1, 4-1) at 10 LSU (7-1, 4-1) Saturday, 3:30 ET

Over the last 40 years, Alabama has lost only three times in Baton Rouge (16-3-1), and two of those losses came against Nick Saban, when he was coaching LSU (2000 and 2004). LSU, coming off a loss to Auburn in its most recent game, has lost consecutive games only once under Les Miles. The Tigers are 14-1 off a loss under Miles. These are the top two defenses in the SEC, and each ranks top 12 nationally in both total defense and scoring defense.

7 NEBRASKA (7-1, 3-1) at IOWA STATE (5-4, 3-2)

Saturday ABC, ESPN3.com, 3:30 ET

With its win against Missouri last week, Nebraska now has the inside track to the Big 12 title game since they own the head-to-head tiebreaker. But one slipup, especially in this game, and they could be in trouble. Losing this game would give them as many conference losses as Iowa State, and they would NOT own the head-to-head against the Cyclones. Nebraska’s Roy Helu Jr. rushed for a school-record 307 yards last week against Missouri and had three rushing TD. His previous four games combined, he totaled 254 rush yards and one TD.

8 OKLAHOMA (7-1, 3-1) at TEXAS A&M (5-3, 2-2) Saturday, 7 ET

Oklahoma has won seven straight meetings and has scored at least 65 points in each of the last two. The streak started in 2003 with a 77-0 Oklahoma win. Texas A&M’s last win in the series came in 2002, when Oklahoma was 8-0 and AP No. 1.

9 WISCONSIN (7-1, 3-1) at PURDUE (4-4, 2-2) Saturday, Noon ET

Wisconsin has played clean football this season, with just six turnovers, third fewest in the nation. Only Oregon State (4) and Iowa (5) have fewer. The Badgers are second in the nation in fewest penalties per game, averaging just 3.38 through eight games. Wisconsin has won four straight meetings against Purdue.

12 MISSOURI (7-1, 3-1) at TEXAS TECH (4-4, 2-4) Saturday ABC, ESPN3.com, 8 ET

The Tigers have won three straight in the series and are 5-1 since the Big 12 formed in 1996. The last time these two teams played in Lubbock was in 2006, a 38-21 Missouri win.

15 ARIZONA (7-1, 4-1) at 13 STANFORD (7-1, 4-1)

Saturday on ABC, ESPN3.com, 8 ET

These two are meeting as ranked teams for the first time in series history. They have played each other 25 times and first met in 1979. The winner of this game will already match its win total from last season. One team’s five-game win streak has to end here. Arizona has won five consecutive road games while Stanford has won five straight at home. Both streaks date to losses against California last season.

MINNESOTA (1-8, 0-5) at 14 MICHIGAN STATE (8-1, 4-1) Saturday, Noon ET

Minnesota has won six of the last eight meetings in the series, including last season in Minneapolis. The Gophers are 2-11 since that game, beating South Dakota State by three and Middle Tennessee by seven. The Gophers’ 42-34 win over Michigan State last season was their only Big Ten win in 11 games. They’ve lost seven straight conference games since.

16 IOWA (6-2, 3-1) at INDIANA (4-4, 0-4) Saturday, Noon ET

Iowa has won five of the last seven meetings including the last two. Last year, the Hawkeyes rallied from a 24-14 deficit for a 42-24 victory by scoring 18 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. Iowa also had to overcome five interceptions by QB Ricky Stanzy -- all in the first three quarters. Indiana is 0-4 in Big Ten play and allowed at least 38 points in three of those conference games.

21 BAYLOR (7-2, 4-1) at 17 OKLAHOMA STATE (7-1, 3-1)

Saturday, 12:30 ET

Saturday’s game will pit the top two offenses in the Big 12. Oklahoma State is No. 1 (527.3 Yards PG) while Baylor is second (490.4 Yards PG). Baylor enters Saturday’s game with a half-game lead over Oklahoma State and Oklahoma in the Big 12 South division. Since the Big 12 began play in 1996, the Bears are 5-67 vs the Big 12 South.

18 ARKANSAS (6-2, 3-2) at 19 SOUTH CAROLINA (6-2, 4-2)

Saturday on ESPN, ESPN3.com, 7 ET

Arkansas is second in the nation in passing offense, averaging 360.3 YPG. Meanwhile, South Carolina is 105th in the nation in pass defense, allowing just under 260 YPG.

23 NEVADA (7-1, 2-1) at IDAHO (4-4, 1-2) Saturday on ESPN3.com, 5 ET

Nevada has won the last five meetings including last year’s 70-45 blowout in Reno. Idaho has won seven of its last eight home games, including its last three.

NORTH CAROLINA (5-3, 2-2) at 24 FLORIDA STATE (6-2, 4-1)

Saturday on ABC, ESPN3.com, 3:30 ET

Florida State is 15-1-1 all-time vs North Carolina with the Tar Heels’ only win coming in 2001 in Chapel Hill (41-9). North Carolina coach Butch Davis is 1-6 all-time vs Florida State (1-5 at Miami (FL), 0-1 at North Carolina). The Seminoles lead the nation in sacks, with 33, while the Tar Heels rank 72nd in sacks allowed.

25 NC STATE (6-2, 3-1) at CLEMSON (4-4, 2-3) Saturday on ESPN3.com, Noon ET

Clemson has won the last six meetings which is tied for the longest streak by either team in the series (NC State won six straight from 1971-76). NC State’s last win over the Tigers was in 2003.