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Research Reps: Tide rolls in SEC openers

The note, stat or trend you need to know about each top-25 team in action on Saturday.

1 Alabama at 10 Arkansas, 3:30 ET

This is the first time top-10 teams have squared off in Fayetteville since 1979, when the No. 6 Houston Cougars beat the No. 4 Arkansas Razorbacks, 13-10. The last time Arkansas beat a No. 1-ranked team in Fayetteville was 1981, when it pounded the Texas Longhorns, 42-11. Both of those Arkansas teams were coached by Lou Holtz. The Alabama Crimson Tide have won 18 straight SEC openers -- by far the longest streak in the conference. The Florida Gators have the next-longest streak at six, which includes last week’s win over the Tennessee Volunteers.

Eastern Michigan at 2 Ohio State, 3:30 ET on ABC/ESPN

The Ohio State Buckeyes have won 56 consecutive non-conference home games against unranked teams. The last unranked non-conference team to beat the Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium was the Florida State Seminoles (34-17) on Oct. 2, 1982.

24 Oregon State at 3 Boise State, 8 ET on ABC

The Oregon State Beavers have been a giant killer of late. The Beavers have won each of their last three games against AP top-three teams, beating the USC Trojans in 2008, the California Golden Bears in 2007 and USC in 2006. The Boise State Broncos' 63-2 home record since the start of the 2000 season is the best in FBS.

5 Oregon at Arizona State, 10:30 ET

Though the Arizona State Sun Devils lead the overall series, the Oregon Ducks have won five straight meetings and scored 42.4 points per game over those five meetings. The five-game win streak is Oregon’s longest ever against Arizona State.

South Dakota State at 6 Nebraska, 7 ET

The Nebraska Cornhuskers are 11-0 vs. non-FBS opponents since 1956. The last team to beat the Huskers while not being a member of the NCAA’s highest level of football was Hawaii in 1955 (6-0).

UCLA at 7 Texas, 3:30 ET on ABC/ESPN

These teams are meeting for the first time since 1998 and have split four all-time meetings. The last time the Texas Longhorns faced a Pac-10 team outside of a bowl game was 2000, when they lost at the Stanford Cardinal. The UCLA Bruins’ last visit to Austin was a 66-3 win in 1997 that signaled the beginning of the end for Texas head coach John Mackovic. Mack Brown was hired to take his place a few months later.

8 Oklahoma at Cincinnati, 6 ET on ESPN2

This is the Oklahoma Sooners’ first trip to Ohio since Sept. 24, 1977, when the then third-ranked Sooners edged No. 4 Ohio State 29-28 on a 41-yard FG by Uwe Von Schamann in the final seconds.

Kentucky at 9 Florida, 7 ET on ESPNU

Florida has won 23 straight meetings with the Kentucky Wildcats. Only one other SEC school can say it has a longer active run of dominance against an SEC opponent -- Tennessee, which has won 25 straight against Kentucky. Urban Meyer has a chance to pick up his 100th career FBS win in his 118th career game. Since World War II ended in 1945, only one coach reached 100 FBS wins in fewer games. Oklahoma's Bud Wilkinson won 100 of his first 111 games.

Fewest Games to Reach 100 Wins in FBS

Since WWII (1945)

Austin Peay at 11 Wisconsin, Noon ET

The Wisconsin Badgers have won 27 consecutive non-conference regular-season games since 2003. That is the third-longest active streak in FBS, trailing only the LSU Tigers (30) and USC (28).

12 South Carolina at 17 Auburn, 7:45 ET on ESPN

This is the first meeting between the schools when both are ranked. A win would give Steve Spurrier 107 SEC wins, which would move him into sole possession of second place all-time, passing former Ole Miss Rebels coach John Vaught. The only man ahead of him is Bear Bryant, who has 159 SEC wins. The Auburn Tigers lead the SEC in rushing offense, averaging 259.3 YPG on the ground. The South Carolina Gamecocks lead the conference in rushing defense, allowing just 59.7 YPG against the run.

San Jose State at 13 Utah, 8 ET

The Utah Utes have won 19 straight home games -- the longest streak in MWC history, second-longest streak in school history, and third-longest active streak in FBS behind Oklahoma and Boise State.

California at 14 Arizona, 10 ET

The Arizona Wildcats are 3-0 for the first time since 2001 and are looking for their first 4-0 start since 1998 when they won their first five games. This is Arizona’s highest ranking since 1999, when it was preseason No. 4 and lost the opener, 41-7, at the Penn State Nittany Lions.

22 West Virginia at 15 LSU, 9 ET on ESPN2

This is the first meeting between the teams. LSU has won 30 straight non-conference regular-season games, the longest active streak in the nation. The Tigers have also won 28 straight non-conference home games. This is the second straight season the West Virginia Mountaineers have played on the road against an SEC team. They lost at Auburn, 41-30, last season. In fact, this is the sixth time the Mountaineers have played an SEC team since 2006, going 4-1 in the previous five games.

16 Stanford at Notre Dame, 3:30 ET

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have dominated Stanford at home, winning 10 of the 12 matchups in South Bend. The Cardinal’s two wins at Notre Dame were very memorable, however. In 1990, unranked Stanford edged the top-ranked Irish 36-31. Two years later, in the first season of Bill Walsh’s second stint as coach, the 18th-ranked Cardinal scored 33 unanswered points to turn a 16-0 halftime deficit into a shocking 33-16 win over No. 6 Notre Dame. It was the Irish’s only loss that season and Stanford’s last win in South Bend.

Ball State at 18 Iowa, Noon ET

The Iowa Hawkeyes have struggled recently following their first loss. The Hawkeyes are 0-3 in the last three seasons in the game after their first loss. In the five seasons before that, they were 4-1.

20 USC at Washington State, 3 ET

USC Trojans' head coach Lane Kiffin is trying to become the first USC coach since Jess Hill in 1951 to begin his Trojans' career at 4-0. Hill’s Trojans started 7-0, before finishing 7-3.

Bowling Green at 21 Michigan, Noon ET on ESPN2

A Michigan win would make the Wolverines 4-0 for the second consecutive season. Even before falling on rough times, consecutive 4-0 seasons were not something that happened often in Ann Arbor. The last time Michigan started back-to-back seasons 4-0 was from 1995-97, when the Wolverines did it three years in a row, culminating with a national title in 1997.

Temple at 23 Penn State, 3:30 ET

Penn State has won 26 straight games against the Temple Owls. That is tied with USC-Oregon State for the 2nd-most wins over an FBS opponent in a non-consecutive series (not played every season). The record is 29 by Clemson over Virginia from 1955-90.

Northern Colorado at 25 Michigan State, Noon ET

The Michigan State Spartans have run for at least 200 yards in each of their first three games. That hadn’t happened since 1993. The Spartans only had one 200-yard rushing game last season.