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Around the nation: Viewer’s guide to college football this weekend

Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook
Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook AP

Game of the week

Oregon at Michigan State (7 p.m. Saturday on ABC)

Now that we’re looking at polls in terms of a top-four each week, this game looms large with the teams ranked in the Nos. 5-7 range. The loser isn’t out of the national title race, but the winner will have a credential boost. Both had issues last weekend. The Ducks surrendered 438 passing yards and five touchdowns to Eastern Washington. Spartans quarterback Connor Cook was uneven in the victory over Western Michigan. Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio says Spartan Stadium will be as raucous as Autzen Stadium last season, when the Ducks overcame a nine-point third-quarter deficit and won by 19. It certainly will be as green.

Upset of the week

Mississippi State over LSU (8:15 p.m. Saturday on ESPN)

The Bulldogs weren’t exactly awe-inspiring in their 34-16 opening weekend victory over Southern Mississippi, but at least they played the game. Storms forced the cancellation of LSU’s game against McNeese State. LSU would love to have gotten a tune-up. The Bulldogs have the edge here as a home underdog.

Others to watch

Oklahoma at Tennessee (5 p.m. Saturday on ESPN)

A statement game for both teams. The Vols are a trendy pick to contend in the SEC East. A victory over the Sooners will confirm their promise. Oklahoma is on a mission to prove last year’s 8-5 record was a fluke and that the program can contend with favorites Baylor and TCU in the Big 12. Both are coming off opening weekend victories over Mid-American Conference opponents, with the Vols looking to tighten their defense and the Sooners seeking a better start on offense.

Temple at Cincinnati (7 p.m. Saturday, no TV)

One of the biggest surprises of college football’s first weekend was Temple’s 27-10 victory over Penn State. The Owls had been 0-38-1 in their last 39 attempts against the Nittany Lions, a streak that started after Temple’s victory in 1941. Among the 200 congratulatory text messages was one from Chiefs coach Andy Reid, who spent 14 years as the Philadelphia Eagles’ coach. The Eagles and Temple share a home field. Another message came the day after the outcome from Nittany Lions coach James Franklin. Classy move.

On the horizon: Sept. 19 games

Georgia Tech at Notre Dame

Is Georgia Tech the ACC’s best?

Auburn at LSU

Games between ranked SEC teams unavoidable

Mississippi at Alabama

Tide out for revenge

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Big 12 schedule

All games Saturday unless noted

Kansas State at UTSA, 11 a.m. (Fox Sports 1)

Liberty at West Virginia, 2 p.m.

UTEP at Texas Tech, 2 p.m. (FSKC)

Stephen F. Austin at No. 3 TCU, 2:30 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)

Iowa at Iowa State, 3:45 p.m. (Fox)

No. 19 Oklahoma at No. 23 Tennessee, 5 p.m. (ESPN)

Memphis at Kansas, 6 p.m. (Time Warner Cable SportsChannel)

Lamar at No. 4 Baylor, 6:30 p.m. (FSKC+)

Central Arkansas at Oklahoma State, 6:30 p.m. (FSKC)

Rice at Texas, 7 p.m. (Longhorn Network)

SEC schedule

Jacksonville State at No. 6 Auburn, 11 a.m. (SEC Network)

No. 10 Georgia at Vanderbilt, 2:30 p.m. (CBS)

Fresno State at No. 17 Mississippi, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

Middle Tennessee at No. 2 Alabama, 3 p.m. (SEC Network)

No. 18 Arkansas vs. Toledo at Little Rock, Ark., 3 p.m. (SEC Network+)

No. 19 Oklahoma at No. 23 Tennessee, 5 p.m. (ESPN)

No. 21 Missouri at Arkansas State, 6 p.m. (No TV; live stream on ESPN3)

Ball State at No. 16 Texas A&M, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)

East Carolina at Florida, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)

Kentucky at South Carolina, 6:30 p.m. (SEC Network)

No. 14 LSU at No. 25 Mississippi State, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Top 25 schedule

Hawaii at No. 1 Ohio State, 2:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network)

No. 7 Oregon at No. 5 Michigan State, 7 p.m. (ABC)

Idaho at No. 8 Southern California, 7 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)

No. 9 Notre Dame at Virginia, 2:30 p.m. (ABC)

South Florida at No. 11 Florida State, 10:30 a.m. (ESPN)

Appalachian State at No. 12 Clemson, 11:30 a.m. (No TV)

No. 13 UCLA at UNLV, 9:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)

Tulane at No. 15 Georgia Tech, 2:30 p.m. (FSKC+)

No. 20 Boise State at BYU, 9:15 p.m. (ESPN2)

No. 22 Arizona at Nevada, 6 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)

Utah State at No. 24 Utah, 8 p.m. Friday (ESPN2)

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