<
>

Research reps: Sooners OK facing Missouri

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

1 Oklahoma (6-0, 2-0) at 11 Missouri (6-0, 2-0), 8 ET, ABC

Oklahoma has scored at least 25 points against Missouri in all seven meetings since Bob Stoops arrived in Norman, and has outscored Missouri by nearly 22 points per game in the last five matchups. Missouri is 6-0 for the third time in the last 50 years (2006, 1973), and is looking for its first 7-0 start since 1960.

6 LSU (7-0, 4-0) at 4 Auburn (7-0, 4-0), 3:30 ET

LSU has won its first seven games of the season for the first time since 1973 - and a win would make LSU 8-0 for just the fourth time in school history (1973, 1958, 1908). Auburn has lost its last six games against AP top 10 teams, and three of those losses have come against LSU. In 44 all-time meetings, only 15 points separate these teams.

Air Force (5-2, 3-1) at 5 TCU (7-0, 3-0), 8 ET

TCU hasn’t allowed a touchdown in conference play and have outscored opponents 103-3 in three Mountain West games. The Horned Frogs also haven't allowed a touchdown in their last 191 minutes and 24 seconds, dating back to a fourth-quarter touchdown by SMU on September 24.

7 Michigan State (7-0, 3-0) at Northwestern (5-1, 1-1), Noon ET, ESPN, ESPN3.com

The Spartans have grabbed three interceptions in each of the past two games. Their 12 total interceptions are tied for third-most in FBS. Last season, the team had just six interceptions in 13 games.

8 Alabama (6-1, 3-1) at Tennessee (2-4, 0-3), 7 ET, ESPN, ESPN3.com

The Crimson Tide haven't allowed a running back to rush for 100 yards in their last 41 games. The last time it happened was in 2007 by former Ole Miss running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis. The Volunteers have failed to rush for 100 yards as a team in each of their last four games.

Colorado State (2-5, 1-2) at 9 Utah (6-0, 3-0), 6 ET

Utah is riding a 20-game home winning streak, the third-longest active home win streak in FBS, and the second-longest home win streak in school history. Utah’s last loss at home was to Air Force on September 8, 2007.

Purdue (4-2, 2-0) at 10 Ohio State (6-1, 2-1), Noon ET

Since Jim Tressel took over in 2001, the Buckeyes are 19-2 following a loss. The two losses came in 2004 as part of a three-game losing streak, which is also the last time Ohio State lost consecutive games.

Washington State (1-6, 0-4) at 12 Stanford (5-1, 2-1), 5 ET

Stanford won the last two meetings with Washington State by a combined score of 97-13. This includes a 58-0 win in 2008, the last time they matched up in Palo Alto.

13 Wisconsin (6-1, 2-1) at 15 Iowa (5-1, 2-0), 3:30 ET, ABC or ESPN, ESPN3.com

In a series that dates back more than 100 years, a Wisconsin win would make the all-time series dead-even. Iowa currently owns a 42-41-2 lead. The Hawkeyes have won six of the last eight meetings, including the last two. Wisconsin is 16-2 when John Clay rushes for over 100 yards, including 6-0 this season.

16 Nebraska (5-1, 1-1) at 14 Oklahoma State (6-0, 2-0), 3:30 ET, ABC, ESPN3.com

Oklahoma State is second in the nation in total offense and scoring offense, averaging 535.3 yards per game and 49.5 points per game. On the other side of the ball, the Cowboys will face a Cornhuskers defense that is ranked ninth in the FBS in total defense and scoring defense, allowing just 274.3 yards per game and 14.0 points per game.

Washington (3-3, 2-1) at 18 Arizona (5-1, 2-1), 10:15 ET, ESPN/ESPN3

The Arizona offensive line has allowed 17 sacks in 6 games, after giving up just 13 sacks all of last season. The Wildcats have held opponents to single digits in four of their six games, and are allowing only 13.3 points per game, which ranks seventh in the nation.

Iowa State (3-4, 1-2) at 19 Texas (4-2, 2-1), Noon ET

Texas has won all seven meetings with Iowa State, scoring at least 37 points in five of the last six matchups. The last time the two schools squared off was 2007, when the Longhorns won 56-3.

Syracuse (4-2, 1-1) at 20 West Virginia (5-1, 1-0), Noon ET, ESPN2/ESPN3.com

West Virginia running back Noel Devine has 3,885 career rushing yards, fifth in school history. He needs 39 yards to pass Steve Slaton (3,923) for fourth place and 202 yards to pass Amos Zereoue (4,086) for third on the Mountaineers' all-time list.

21 South Carolina (4-2, 2-2) at Vanderbilt (2-4, 1-2), 7 ET, ESPN3.com

The Gamecocks lead the SEC in both red zone offense and defense. South Carolina has scored on 21 of 23 possessions (91.3 percent) inside the 20, while allowing opponents to score just 16 times in 24 trips (66.7 percent) in the red zone.

22 Kansas State (5-1, 2-1) at Baylor (5-2, 2-1), 3:30 ET

Baylor needs just one more win to become bowl-eligible. The Bears haven’t been to a bowl game since 1994, which is tied with Duke for the longest active drought among BCS AQ schools.

Ole Miss (3-3, 1-2) at 23 Arkansas (4-2, 1-2), Noon ET, ESPN3.com

The Razorbacks have won six of the last nine matchups overall, but have dropped the last two meetings. Arkansas is 8-2 all-time against Ole Miss in Fayetteville.

UAB (2-4) at 24 Mississippi State (5-2), 7 ET on ESPNU

Mississippi State has won four straight games in a single season for the first time since 1999, when it started 8-0 and finished 10-2. The Bulldogs' five wins this season matches their total from 2009.

Duke (1-5, 0-3) at 25 Virginia Tech (5-2, 3-0), Noon ET, ESPN3.com

After dropping its first two games of the season, Virginia Tech has won five straight. The Hokies now have had a five-game win streak in 13 straight and 15 of their last 16 seasons. Since 1995, the only season they did not have a five-game win streak was 1997.