Game of the Week
Notre Dame at Florida State
Despite all the Jameis Winston controversy, there is a terrific matchup here, one that could shake the game’s order. The fifth-ranked Irish sweated out their last two victories, over Stanford and, more surprisingly, North Carolina. Quarterback Everett Golson is making the most of his comeback year with 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. By current ranking, Notre Dame is second-ranked Florida State’s toughest opponent of the season. The Seminoles won’t see a better defense this season and they’ve had trouble running the ball. Slow down Winston, and Notre Dame stands a good chance at pulling the upset.
Upset of the Week
Arkansas over Georgia
The Bulldogs were mighty impressive at Missouri last week, rolling 34-0 without suspended running back Todd Gurley. Nick Chubb had 143 yards on 38 careers against the Tigers, but Arkansas did a terrific job last week against Alabama, slowing the run and giving up just 66 yards on 32 attempts. Georgia has put together solid weekends, but has shown some inconsistency. Look for the Razorbacks to finish what they couldn’t against the Tide last week.
Others to Watch
Nebraska at Northwestern
If a team can feel like it owes another, it’s Northwestern against Nebraska. Last year the Cornhuskers won this matchup on a Hail Mary grabbed by Jordan Westerkamp. A year earlier, Nebraska roared back from a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit to win by one in Evanston. The Huskers had a week to stew over their loss to Michigan State and a victory here keeps them in control of the West Division.
Stanford at Arizona State
The Cardinal won both meetings last season, including the Pac-12 title game in Tempe, rather easily. Stanford’s aggressive defense takes the Sun Devils out of their game. Another advantage for Stanford: the Pac-12 road trend. In league games, the road team has won 14 of 18. “It’s just a crazy year in the Pac-12,” Cardinal Coach David Shaw said.
On the horizon
USC at Utah
The Utes see their first Pac-12 victory over Trojans
Michigan at Michigan State
Spartans delight in Wolverines’ woes
Mississippi at LSU
Can Mississippi schools go 2-0 in Death Valley?
Saturday’s Top 25 Games
No. 2 Florida State vs. No. 5 Notre Dame, 7 p.m.
No. 3 Mississippi vs. Tennessee, 6 p.m.
No. 4 Baylor at West Virginia, 11 a.m.
No. 7 Alabama vs. No. 21 Texas A&M, 2:30 p.m.
No. 8 Michigan State at Indiana, 2:30 p.m.
No. 9 Oregon vs. Washington, 7 p.m.
No. 10 Georgia at Arkansas, 3 p.m.
No. 11 Oklahoma vs. No. 14 Kansas State, 11 a.m.
No. 12 TCU vs. No. 15 Oklahoma State, 3 p.m.
No. 13 Ohio State vs. Rutgers, 2:30 p.m.
No. 17 Arizona State vs. No. 23 Stanford, 9:30 p.m.
No. 19 Nebraska at Northwestern, 6:30 p.m.
No. 22 Southern California vs. Colorado, 5 p.m.
No. 24 Clemson at Boston College, 2:30 p.m.
No. 25 Marshall at Florida International, 5 p.m.