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Research Reps: Ducks hunt for 50

11/12/2010

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

1 Oregon (9-0, 6-0) at California (5-4, 3-3) - 7:30 ET
Last week, Oregon became the sixth top-ranked team in the AP Poll to score 50 points in three straight games. If the Ducks reach the 50-point mark in this game, it will mark an even more significant milestone: They would join 2003 Oklahoma and 1983 Nebraska as the only top-ranked teams in the AP Poll to score at least 50 points in four straight games.

Georgia (5-5, 3-4) at 2 Auburn (10-0, 6-0) - 3:30 ET

With a win, Auburn will finish a season 8-0 at home for the first time since 1988. That year, the Tigers finished 10-2, won the SEC championship and lost to Florida State in the Sugar Bowl. Auburn clinches the SEC West championship and a berth in the SEC Championship Game with a win here or at Alabama on November 26.

San Diego State (7-2, 4-1) at 3 TCU (10-0, 6-0) - 4 ET

TCU has allowed fewer than 10 points in six consecutive games. That’s the longest such streak since Alabama had seven in a row in 1990. Since that time, only five other teams have allowed fewer than 10 points in at least five straight games, and two of them went on to win the national title. With a win, TCU will clinch at least a share of their second straight Mountain West championship and third conference title in the last six seasons.

4 Boise State (8-0, 4-0) at Idaho (4-5, 1-3) - ESPN2 and ESPN3.com, Fri. 9 ET

Boise State has won 22 consecutive games, the longest active streak in FBS. The Broncos have won the last 11 meetings in this series and 12 of the last 13.

Louisiana-Monroe (4-5) at 5 LSU (8-1) - ESPN3.com, 7 ET

LSU has a number of impressive win streaks going pertinent to this matchup:

• 32 straight regular-season wins vs non-conference opponents (longest such active streak in FBS).

• 30 straight home wins vs non-conference opponents

• 26 straight wins vs in-state opponents.

6 Stanford (8-1, 5-1) at Arizona State (4-5, 2-4) - 7:30 ET

A win would give Stanford its first 9-1 start since 1951 when the Cardinal won the Pacific Coast Conference title but lost to Illinois in the Rose Bowl. Stanford is looking for its first five-game win streak since 1996. Arizona State has won its last four home meetings with Stanford.

Indiana (4-5, 0-5) at 7 Wisconsin (8-1, 4-1) - ESPN2 and ESPN3.com, 12 ET

The Badgers are in a four-way tie in the loss column in the Big Ten with Ohio State, Michigan State, and Iowa. None of the four teams control their own destiny for the Rose Bowl. Wisconsin has won five straight meetings with Indiana, outscoring the Hoosiers by an average of 42-18.

Kansas (3-6, 1-4) at 8 Nebraska (8-1, 4-1) - 7 ET

This is the nation’s longest uninterrupted series. Kansas and Nebraska have played every year since 1906. The series has been dominated by Nebraska, which has won 39 of the last 41 meetings. The last five meetings between these teams have been fairly even, however (Nebraska with three wins, Kansas with two). But Kansas hasn’t won AT Nebraska since 1968 (losing 20 straight).

Penn State (6-3, 3-2) at 9 Ohio State (8-1, 4-1) - ABC/ESPN and ESPN3.com, 3:30 ET
Ohio State has won 11 straight home games, last losing in 2009 to USC. The Buckeyes have won six of their last eight meetings with Penn State, but the Nittany Lions won two years ago in Columbus, 13-6.

10 Oklahoma State (8-1, 4-1) at Texas (4-5, 2-4) - ABC and ESPN3.com, 8 ET

This series has been dominated by Texas. The Longhorns have won the last 12 meetings and have a 22-2 record overall against Oklahoma State. Oklahoma State has a chance to win four road games in a season for the first time since 1997. Plus, if they win this one and also win next week at Kansas, they’ll have their first undefeated road season since 1945.

19 Mississippi State (7-2, 3-2) at 12 Alabama (7-2, 4-2) - ESPN2 and ESPN3.com, 7:15 ET

Alabama has won seven of the last nine meetings, including two straight. Mississippi State enters this game on a six-game winning streak, its longest since 1999, when the Bulldogs started 8-0.

13 Iowa (7-2, 4-1) at Northwestern (6-3, 2-3) - ESPN and ESPN3.com, 12 ET

The Wildcats represent something of a kryptonite for Iowa recently. The Wildcats have won four of the last five meetings.

14 Utah (8-1) at Notre Dame (4-5) - 2:30 ET

A win would give Utah its fourth straight nine-win season. Notre Dame is trying to avoid its second three-game losing streak of the season. It would be the fourth time in school history that has happened. All of the instances have occurred since Lou Holtz left South Bend. A Notre Dame loss will mark the first time EVER that the Irish have lost three games in a season to schools that aren’t a member of a current BCS-AQ conference.

UTEP (6-4) at 15 Arkansas (7-2) - ESPNU, 7 ET

A win would give Arkansas its best 10-game record since 2006 when the Razorbacks won nine of their first 10 games, won the SEC West title and finished 10-4. Arkansas has won 15 straight regular-season non-conference home games. The Razorbacks’ last regular-season non-conference home loss came on September 2, 2006 to USC (50-14).

Texas Tech (5-4, 3-4) at 16 Oklahoma (7-2, 3-2) - ABC and ESPN3.com, 3:30 ET

Oklahoma has won 35 consecutive home games, which is the longest active streak in FBS (Boise State is second with 30). This is the final Big 12 game of the season for the Red Raiders, and a loss would make them 3-5 on the season. Texas Tech hasn’t finished with a losing Big 12 record since 2000 when it went 3-5.

24 Kansas State (6-3, 3-3) at 17 Missouri (7-2, 3-2) - 12:30 ET

Missouri has won four straight meetings after Kansas State had won the previous 13. Kansas State is looking for just its second seven-win season since 2004. The Wildcats went 7-6 in 2006.

USC (6-3, 3-3) at 18 Arizona (7-2, 4-2) - ABC and ESPN3.com, 8 ET

The Trojans are 0-2 against ranked teams this season, losing at 16th-ranked Stanford and to 2nd-ranked Oregon. This is probably the Trojans last chance to beat a ranked team. After this game, they play at Oregon State, vs Notre Dame, and at UCLA. The last time the Trojans went a whole season without beating a ranked team was in 1997. Arizona is trying to win consecutive games against USC for the first time since 1999-2000.

20 Virginia Tech (7-2, 5-0) at North Carolina (6-3, 3-2) - ABC/ESPN and ESPN3.com, 3:30 ET

Virginia Tech can clinch the ACC Coastal division with a win and a Miami (FL) loss vs Georgia Tech. Since starting the season 0-2, Virginia Tech has won seven straight games. That’s the fifth-longest active streak in FBS. It is also the school’s longest since starting 8-0 in 2005.

21 Nevada (8-1, 3-1) at Fresno State (6-2, 4-1) - ESPN and ESPN3.com, 10:30 ET

Nevada has won two straight against Fresno State. They haven’t beaten the Bulldogs 3 straight times since the 1940s. The Wolf Pack had a school-record 844 yards of offense last week vs Idaho. It was the most yards any FBS team has had in a single-game this season.

23 South Carolina (6-3, 4-3) at 22 Florida (6-3, 4-3) - ESPN and ESPN3.com, 7:15 ET
The winner of this game wins the SEC East and will play in the SEC Championship game. But talk about two different pedigrees – South Carolina has never been to the title game, while Florida has been there ten times (the most of any SEC team). South Carolina is 0-12 all-time in Gainesville. Florida has won 18 of the last 19 meetings between the teams.

25 Texas A&M (6-3, 3-2) at Baylor (7-3, 4-2) - 7:30 ET

Texas A&M has won three straight Big 12 games, which is its longest single-season streak since 2006. Since 1986, the Aggies are 21-2-1 against Baylor. Baylor is 4-0 at home this season and is looking for its first 5-0 home start since 1985.