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Around the Nation: Viewers’ guide to this weekend in college football

A week after rallying to win over BYU, No. 9 UCLA will take on No. 16 Arizona on Saturday. Last week, Harvey Langi chased UCLA’s Paul Perkins.
A week after rallying to win over BYU, No. 9 UCLA will take on No. 16 Arizona on Saturday. Last week, Harvey Langi chased UCLA’s Paul Perkins. The Associated Press

Game of the week

No. 9 UCLA at No. 16 Arizona (7 p.m. Saturday on ABC)

The Bruins appeared headed for a loss last week but overcame a 10-point deficit to beat Brigham Young. Freshman quarterback Josh Rosen wasn’t sharp but running back Paul Perkins was. Not all of the nation’s top running backs are in the SEC. The Pac-12 boasts several good ones and two face off in Tucson, Ariz.: Perkins and the Wildcats’ Nick Wilson. They rank among the nation’s top seven rushers.

Upset of the week

Texas Tech over No. 3 TCU (3:45 p.m. Saturday on Fox)

The Red Raiders are home and feeling confident after last week’s victory. The Horned Frogs have had to replace defensive starters. But perhaps Tech’s biggest edge is motivation. The Red Raiders were embarrassed 82-27 by TCU last season. That kind of outcome isn’t easily forgotten.

Others to watch

Tennessee at Florida (2:30 p.m. Saturday on CBS)

It’s been awhile since this game has had the clout of the classic Phil Fulmer-Steve Spurrier showdowns, but this meeting should reveal much about both programs’ progress. The Gators have won 10 straight in the series, but the sense is the Vols’ improvement is further along.

Brigham Young at Michigan (11 a.m. Saturday on ABC)

The only other meeting between the programs occurred in the 1984 Holiday Bowl. BYU claimed the national championship after the 24-17 victory. Injured Wolverines quarterback Jim Harbaugh watched from the sideline. After an opening-week loss to Utah, Michigan has won two straight. The Wolverines’ ability to run on the Cougars’ physical front should decide this one.

No. 18 Utah at No. 13 Oregon (7:30 p.m. Saturday on Fox)

The teams have the same question: Who plays quarterback? For Utah, it’s Travis Wilson or Kendal Thompson. For Oregon, Vernon Adams has a broken index finger on his passing hand. If he doesn’t go, Jeff Lockie will. The running backs take center stage, the Utes’ Devontae Booker and the Ducks’ Royce Freeman.

No. 20 Georgia Tech at Duke (11 a.m. on ESPN2)

Both teams are coming off emotionally draining losses, the Yellow Jackets at Notre Dame and the Blue Devils to Northwestern. But this ACC opener looms large in the division race. These teams have won the last three Coastal titles (and all lost to Florida State for the ACC title).

To reach Blair Kerkhoff, call 816-234-4730 or send email to bkerkhoff@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter @BlairKerkhoff.

Saturday’s Big 12 games

Kansas at Rutgers, 11 a.m. (Big Ten Network)

Rice at No. 5 Baylor, 2 p.m. (Fox Sports Network)

Maryland at West Virginia, 2 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)

No. 24 Oklahoma State at Texas, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)

No. 3 TCU at Texas Tech, 3:45 p.m. (Fox)

Saturday’s SEC games

No. 25 Missouri at Kentucky, 6:30 p.m. (SEC Network)

Southern at No. 7 Georgia, 11 a.m. (SEC Network)

No. 8 LSU at Syracuse, 11 a.m. (ESPN)

Central Florida at South Carolina, 11 a.m. (ESPNU)

Tennessee at Florida, 2:30 p.m. (CBS)

Louisiana-Monroe at No. 12 Alabama, 3 p.m. (SEC Network)

Vanderbilt at No. 3 Mississippi, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)

No. 14 Texas A&M vs. Arkansas at Arlington, Texas, 6 p.m. (ESPN)

Mississippi State at Auburn, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

Friday’s Top 25 games

No. 21 Stanford at Oregon State, 9 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)

Saturday’s Top 25 games

Western Michigan at No. 1 Ohio State, 2:30 p.m. (ABC)

Central Michigan at No. 2 Michigan State, 11 a.m. (Big Ten Network)

Massachusetts at No. 6 Notre Dame, 2:30 p.m. (NBC)

No. 9 UCLA at No. 16 Arizona, 7 p.m. (ABC)

No. 18 Utah at No. 13 Oregon, 7:30 p.m. (Fox)

Ball State at No. 17 Northwestern, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)

No. 19 Southern California at Arizona State, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)

No. 20 Georgia Tech at Duke, 11 a.m. (ESPN2)

No. 22 BYU at Michigan, 11 a.m. (ABC)

Hawaii at No. 22 Wisconsin, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)

To reach Blair Kerkhoff, call 816-234-4730 or send email to bkerkhoff@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter @BlairKerkhoff.

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