Friday, October 29, 2010
Research Reps: Roadblock Saturday
A preview of the top things to know from this weekend's top 25 games. Note: All rankings reflect BCS standings.
1 AUBURN (8-0, 5-0) at OLE MISS (3-4, 1-3), 6 ET on ESPN2/ESPN3.com
Ole Miss won the last meeting in Oxford back in 2008, but before that Auburn had won seven straight games at Ole Miss. Auburn is 8-2 all-time in Oxford. When ranked, Auburn is 13-0 all-time against Ole Miss.
2 OREGON (7-0, 4-0) at USC (5-2, 2-2), 8 ET on ABC, ESPN3
Oregon is 7-0 for third time in school history and for the first time since 1933. That season, they started 8-0, the most consecutive wins to start a season in school history. Last season, Oregon routed USC 47-20 in Eugene. At the time, it was USC’s largest loss in 13 years and most points allowed in 14 years.
4 TCU (8-0, 4-0) at UNLV (1-6, 1-2), 11 ET
TCU has allowed just one touchdown to a Mountain West opponent, outscoring them 141-10 in four games. The Horned Frogs have won 21 straight regular season games and 13 straight MWC games
5 MICHIGAN STATE (8-0, 4-0) at 18 IOWA (5-2, 2-1), 3:30 ET on ABC or ESPN, ESPN3.com
Michigan State hasn’t won at Kinnick Stadium since 1989, going 0-6 there since then. The last three meetings between these teams have been decided by a total of 12 points. In two of those three meetings (last year and 2007), the game was decided on the final play.
6 MISSOURI (7-0, 3-0) at 14 NEBRASKA (6-1, 2-1), 3:30 ET on ABC or ESPN, ESPN3.com
Missouri is 1-15 in its last 16 trips to Lincoln, but won there two years ago. The Tigers haven’t won consecutive games in Lincoln since winning three straight from 1974-78. Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez is 130 rushing yards shy of becoming the third quarterback in NCAA history to record 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards passing in his freshman season.
8 UTAH (7-0, 4-0) at AIR FORCE (5-3, 3-2), 7:30 ET
Utah is off to its third 7-0 start in the last seven years. Each of the last two times they started 7-0 they went on to finish the season undefeated (2004 and 2008) with wins in BCS bowls.
COLORADO (3-4, 0-3) at 9 OKLAHOMA (6-1, 2-1), 9:15 ET on ESPN2/ESPN3
Oklahoma has won 34 straight home games, the longest active home winning streak in FBS. The streak began on September 1, 2005 and the Sooners haven’t scored fewer than 24 points during the stretch.
11 OHIO STATE (7-1, 3-1) at MINNESOTA (1-7, 0-4), 8 ET on ABC, ESPN3.com
This will be the 50th meeting between these two schools. Ohio State holds a 42-7 advantage and has won the last seven meetings, and 23 of the last 24.
13 STANFORD (6-1, 3-1) AT WASHINGTON (3-4, 2-2), 7 ET
Stanford’s 6-1 start is their best since 1970, when they started 8-1 en route to a Pac-8 Championship. The Cardinal haven’t won three straight against Washington since a 10-game streak from 1967-76.
15 ARIZONA (6-1, 3-1) AT UCLA (3-4, 1-3), 3:30 ET
A win over UCLA on Saturday would send Arizona into the month of November with just a single defeat on their record. Since joining the Pac-10 in 1978, the Wildcats have entered November with just one loss on their record three previous times: 1986 , 1993 and 1998 .
17 OKLAHOMA STATE (6-1, 2-1) at KANSAS STATE (5-2, 2-2), Noon ET
The last time Oklahoma State started 6-0 was in 2008. However, this team wants to avoid the slide that happened two years ago. That season the Cowboys lost four of their last seven games to finish 9-4.
VANDERBILT (2-5, 1-3) at 19 ARKANSAS (5-2, 2-2), 7 ET on ESPN3.com
Arkansas has thrown for at least 300 yards in 15 of 32 games since Bobby Petrino became head coach. Before his arrival, the school had 16 300-yard passing games in its history.
TENNESSEE (2-5, 0-4) AT 20 SOUTH CAROLINA (5-2, 3-2), 12:21 ET on ESPN3.com
Since 2000, the average margin of victory in the Tennessee-South Carolina series has been 8.5 points per game, the lowest of any SEC series in that time frame.
KENTUCKY (4-4, 1-4) at 21 MISSISSIPPI STATE (6-2, 2-2), 7 ET on ESPNU
Mississippi State enters this game on a five-game winning streak, their longest win streak since 1999, when the Bulldogs opened that campaign on with an eight-game win streak. Kentucky is 3-1 against Mississippi State in their last four trips to Starkville.
22 MIAMI (FL) (5-2, 3-1) at VIRGINIA (3-4, 0-3), Noon on ESPN, ESPN3.com
The Hurricanes have one of the most aggressive defenses in the nation. Miami is currently second in FBS in tackles for loss, averaging 9.29 per game, and has intercepted 14 passes so far this season, tied for second-most in the FBS.
UTAH STATE (2-5, 0-3) at 24 NEVADA (6-1, 1-1), 10:30 ET on ESPNU
Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick is 425 rushing yards shy of becoming the second quarterback in FBS history to record at least 8000 yards passing and 4000 yards rushing. The only player in FBS history that has reached both those milestones in a single career was Missouri’s Brad Smith.
25 BAYLOR (6-2, 3-1) at TEXAS (4-3, 2-2), 7 ET
This will be the 100th meeting all-time between Baylor and Texas. This is the first time in 24 years that an AP-ranked Baylor team will meet an unranked Texas team. The last such occurrence took place on November 22, 1986, when Baylor, ranked 17th in the AP poll at the time, beat an unranked Texas team in Waco, 18-13.