Stats & Info: Georgia Tech

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

18 Penn State at 1 Alabama, 7 ET on ESPN: In the last 15 years, the No. 1 team in the AP poll is 26-0 at home against ranked opponents, with an average victory margin of nearly 22 points per game. Penn State has not allowed a touchdown in its three previous trips to Tuscaloosa. The Nittany Lions won 9-0 in 1990, 23-3 in 1986 and lost 6-0 in 1984.

12 Miami (FL) at 2 Ohio State, 3:40 ET on ESPN: Miami hasn’t won away from home against an AP top two team since Nov. 16, 1991 when the second-ranked Canes knocked off top-ranked Florida State in Tallahassee. Since then, Miami has lost seven straight such games, including bowls. Ohio State is 26-2 at home under Jim Tressel against non-conference opponents. The only losses were against third-ranked USC last season (18-15) and second-ranked Texas in 2005 (25-22).

Tennessee Tech at 4 TCU, 7 ET: Seven of TCU’s last eight victories have been by at least 27 points. The lone exception was a 30-21 win over Oregon State last Saturday in the 2010 season opener.

Wyoming at 5 Texas, 7 ET: The Longhorns have won 15 straight home games, tied for the fifth-longest active streak in the nation, and are 3-0 all-time against Wyoming, including a 41-10 win last year in Laramie.

Idaho at 6 Nebraska, 12:30 ET: Nebraska is 21-1 all-time against current WAC teams and has allowed 20 or fewer points in nine straight games dating back to last season, the longest streak in the nation.

7 Oregon at Tennessee, 7 ET on ESPN2: Both Oregon and Tennessee shut out their opponents in Week 1 (Oregon 72-0 vs New Mexico, Tennessee 50-0 vs Tennessee-Martin). Nine teams posted shutouts in Week 1 – these two are the only ones who are playing each other in Week 2. Tennessee’s opening week shutout was its first since 1993 against Louisiana Tech. Oregon’s was its first since 1988 against Long Beach State.

South Florida at 8 Florida, 12:21 ET on ESPN3: Florida meets South Florida for the first time. The Gators are 9-0 under Urban Meyer against teams from the state of Florida. However, Meyer is not perfect against the state of Florida. While Bowling Green’s coach in 2002, his squad lost to South Florida 29-7.

Iowa State at 9 Iowa, 3:30 ET on ABC/ESPN2: The Cyclones have been a thorn in Kirk Ferentz’s side since he joined the Hawkeyes, though he’s been better against them recently. Ferentz started 0-4 against Iowa State but is 5-2 since then. The worst of those losses came in 2002, when Iowa was prevented from an undefeated regular season by one game – a home loss to Iowa State.

17 Florida State at 10 Oklahoma, 3:30 ET on ABC/ESPN2: Oklahoma has won 31 straight home games, the longest active streak in the nation. Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher is facing his first ranked opponent. On September 25, 1976, Bobby Bowden coached his first game against a ranked opponent as FSU coach. It was against the fourth-ranked Sooners. Florida State lost 24-9 in what was Bowden’s third career game as FSU head coach.

San Jose State at 11 Wisconsin, Noon ET on ESPN: Wisconsin has won 14 straight home openers, dating back to 1996. They have also won 25 consecutive regular-season games against non-conference opponents. Their last loss came at home to UNLV on Sept. 13, 2003.

James Madison at 13 Virginia Tech, 1:30 on ESPN3.com: Virginia Tech has won 32 straight non-conference home games and has won all six of its meetings with JMU, outscoring the Dukes 245-44.

UL Monroe vs 14 Arkansas, 7 ET on ESPN3.com: Arkansas leads the all-time series 8-0, outscoring ULM 327-121 in the process. The Razorbacks are also 26-0 all-time against current members of the Sun Belt Conference.

15 Georgia Tech at Kansas, Noon ET: This is the second meeting all-time between the two schools, with the first coming on January 1, 1948 in the Orange Bowl (a 20-14 Georgia Tech victory).

Virginia at 16 USC, 10:30 ET: USC is on a 17-game non-conference winning streak dating back to its loss in the 2006 Rose Bowl against Texas and has won 11 straight home openers.

19 LSU at Vanderbilt, 7 ET on ESPNU: LSU has won six straight and 10 of the last 11 meetings with Vanderbilt (the Commodores have not defeated LSU since 1990).

UNLV at 20 Utah, 4 ET: Utah has won 18 straight home games, the third-longest active streak among FBS teams. The school record of 26 was set from 1928-34.

22 Georgia at 24 South Carolina, Noon ET on ESPN2: Steve Spurrier went 11-1 against Georgia when he was the Florida head coach but is just 1-4 against the Bulldogs with South Carolina. He never faced Georgia while he was coaching Duke. Georgia had seven different players score a touchdown in Week 1 – most for the team since 1994, when seven players scored in a 70-6 win against Northeast Louisiana.

Nickel Package: Why Alabama will win

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1. Not many people are predicting that the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide will fall to the No. 18 Penn State Nittany Lions this weekend, partly due to the Nittany Lions starting a true freshman at quarterback. Here's one more reason to like the Tide. In the last 15 years, the No. 1 team in the AP poll is 26-0 at home against ranked opponents, with an average victory margin of nearly 22 points.

The last AP No. 1-ranked team to lose at home to a ranked opponent was Steve Spurrier’s Florida Gators, who dropped a 36-33 decision to sixth-ranked Auburn in 1994.

2. Alabama and Penn State are the only teams in the FBS that haven't allowed more than 24 points in a game since the start of last season. Recent history suggests that trend is in no jeopardy of ending for either side on Saturday. In Penn State's last four trips to Alabama, the teams have combined for 52 points. That's 13 per game with an average score of PSU 9, Bama 4. Without scoring a TD in any of the four games, the Tide somehow managed to win half of them ... mainly because Penn State mustered only two TD (both in 1986). The cumulative scoring of the teams in PSU’s last four visits to Alabama: 12 FG, 2 TD, 1 safety.

3. In the spirit of the Auburn Tigers return to Starkville to play the Mississippi State Bulldogs this week (Auburn won 3-2 there in 2008), here's another SEC offensive futility trend. The South Carolina Gamecocks host the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday, and the last four times the Bulldogs have gone to Columbia, the Gamecocks have averaged 7.5 points, scoring a total of three offensive TD. On the other side of the ball, UGA hasn't scored more than 20 in any of its last seven visits to Williams-Brice Stadium ... yet has managed to win five of those seven games.

4. The weekly AP poll began in 1936, and the first 25 times the Michigan Wolverines and Notre Dame Fighting Irish met in the poll era, at least one of the teams was ranked. Times have changed. Saturday will mark the third time in the last four meetings that neither team has a number to the left of its name.

5. The Big 12 has a big weekend of non-conference games, highlighted by the Oklahoma Sooners visit from the No. 17 Florida State Seminoles. The Kansas Jayhawks also host the No. 15 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, and the Iowa State Cyclones travel to the No. 9 Iowa Hawkeyes. One of those teams needs to save a little face for the conference. Why? Because, last season, the Big 12 didn't have a single non-conference win against the final AP Top 25. Going by that final poll, the best out-of-conference win for the Big 12 in 2009 was Oklahoma's victory over the Stanford Cardinal in the Sun Bowl.

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