Friday, October 15, 2010
Research reps: Buckeyes tested as No. 1
A preview of the top things to know from this weekend's top 25 games.
1 Ohio State (6-0, 2-0) at 18 Wisconsin (5-1, 1-1), 7 ET, ESPN, ESPN3.com, ESPN 3D
The Buckeyes are no stranger to being No. 1 in the AP Poll. However, one thing the Buckeyes are unfamiliar with is losing on the road as the nation’s top team. Ohio State has won 13 straight road games when ranked No. 1. The last such loss? Nov. 9, 1974, at unranked Michigan State.
3 Boise State (5-0, 1-0) at San Jose State (1-5, 0-1), 8 ET, ESPN3.com
The Broncos have won 19 straight games, the longest active win streak in FBS. Their last loss was Dec. 23, 2008 against TCU in the Poinsettia Bowl. They have also won 15 straight road games, 17 straight conference games and 30 straight regular-season games, all of which are the longest active streaks in the nation.
BYU (2-4, 1-1) at 4 TCU (6-0, 2-0), 4 ET
The Horned Frogs -- who are the only ranked team in the state of Texas -- are ranked second in scoring defense and eighth in scoring offense. The only other teams ranked in the top 10 in both scoring offense and defense are Nebraska (ninth in offense, fourth in defense) and Ohio State (sixth in offense and defense).
Texas (3-2, 1-1) at 5 Nebraska (5-0, 1-0), 3:30 ET on ABC or ESPN, ESPN3.com
Nebraska is one of two teams in the FBS that has yet to trail in a game this season. The other is Nevada. Nebraska, however, hasn’t even been tied in a game after 0-0.
Iowa State (3-3, 1-1) at 6 Oklahoma (5-0, 1-0), 7 ET
The Sooners have won 33 straight home games, the longest active streak in FBS. They have outscored their opponents by an average of 29 points per game during the streak. DeMarco Murray is two touchdowns shy of tying the record for most touchdowns in school history. He currently has 55 (Steve Owens had 57).
12 Arkansas (4-1, 1-1) at 7 Auburn (6-0, 3-0), 3:30 ET
This is the first matchup between these two when both teams are ranked. The Tigers have lived dangerously this season, winning all four of its games against AQ conference opponents by single digits. Three of those wins came by three points each.
Ole Miss (3-2, 1-1) at 8 Alabama (5-1, 2-1), 9 ET on ESPN2, ESPN3.com
The last time Ole Miss won at Bryant-Denny Stadium was 1988. Since then, Alabama has won nine straight at home against Ole Miss. The Crimson Tide are 23-1 overall at Tuscaloosa against the Rebels.
McNeese State (2-3) at 9 LSU (6-0), 7 ET on ESPN3.com
The first-ever meeting between LSU and McNeese State. LSU is 11-0 against current teams from the Southland conference. McNeese State is 0-7 against teams from BCS AQ conferences since 2000.
10 South Carolina (4-1, 2-1) at Kentucky (3-3, 0-3), 6 ET on ESPN2, ESPN3.com
The Gamecocks have won 10 in a row in the series, dating back to 2001. South Carolina’s 10-game win streak over Kentucky is the longest active streak against an FBS opponent for the Gamecocks. However, the Gamecocks have a six-game losing streak in SEC road games. Their last win came at Kentucky in 2008.
11 Utah (5-0, 2-0) at Wyoming (2-4, 0-2), 6 ET
The Utes are off to their third 5-0 start in the last seven years. Each of the last two times they started 5-0, they went on to finish the season undefeated (2004 and 2008). Utah has won 21 straight games as a ranked opponent against unranked conference opponents as a member of the Mountain West Conference.
Illinois (3-2, 1-1) at 13 Michigan State (6-0, 2-0), Noon ET
The Spartans have not started 7-0 or better since 1966. Illinois' two losses this season (Missouri and Ohio State) have been by a total 21 points against teams (Missorui, Ohio State) that are a combined 11-0.
15 Iowa (4-1, 1-0) at Michigan (5-1, 1-1), 3:30 ET on ABC or ESPN, ESPN3.com
At Michigan, Rich Rodriguez is just 2-7 against AP top 25 teams. The lone wins came in 2008 against No. 9 Wisconsin -- Rodriguez's first game against a ranked team as Michigan’s coach -- and last season against No. 18 Notre Dame.
Boston College (2-3, 0-2) at 16 Florida State (5-1, 3-0), Noon ET, ESPN/ESPN3.com
The Seminoles have not started 4-0 in the ACC since 2003 (started 6-0). Boston College is 2-0 against Florida State in Tallahassee since joining the ACC in 2005 (wins in 2006 and 2008).
17 Arizona (4-1, 1-1) at Washington State (1-5, 0-3), 7:30 ET
Arizona junior QB Nick Foles will look to exploit the Cougars pass defense. Arizona is fifth in the FBS in passing yards per game (328.6), and Washington State’s pass defense is 108th in passing yards per game allowed (262.8).
19 Nevada (6-0, 1-0) at Hawaii (4-2, 2-0), 11:30 ET, ESPN3.com
Nevada has won 11 of its last 13 WAC games with the only two losses coming against Boise State. Nevada is 0-5 on the road against Hawaii since joining the WAC in 2000.
20 Oklahoma State (5-0, 1-0) at Texas Tech (3-2, 1-2), 3:30 ET
The Cowboys are 5-0 for the second time in the last three seasons. The home team has won the last eight contests in this series. The last road team to win was Texas Tech in Stillwater in 2001.
21 Missouri (5-0, 1-0) at Texas A&M (3-2, 0-1), Noon ET
A win would give Missouri its third 6-0 start in the last 50 seasons and fifth overall. This is Missouri’s first true road game of the season. They opened the season in St. Louis against Illinois, then played four straight home games.
Mississippi State (4-2, 1-2) at 22 Florida (4-2, 2-2), 7 ET on ESPNU
Florida has lost two straight games. The last time Florida lost three straight regular-season games was 1988, when Galen Hall’s Gators lost four in a row as part of a 7-5 season. The streak of seasons without losing three consecutive regular-season games is the longest active streak in the country.
23 Air Force (5-1, 3-0) at San Diego State (3-2, 0-1), 8 ET
Air Force’s 5-1 start is its best since opening 6-1 in 2003. The Falcons also are 3-0 in the MWC for the first time since 2006. Air Force has never started 4-0 in MWC play, and hasn’t won its first four conference games since 1997 when the Falcons were in the WAC.
24 Oregon State (3-2, 2-0) at Washington (2-3, 1-1), 10:15 ET, ESPN & ESPN3.com
The Beavers are 2-0 in the Pac-10 for the first time since 2003. The Beavers haven’t started 3-0 in conference play since 1968, when they started 4-0 in the Pac-8.