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Around the Nation: This weekend’s top 25, Big 12 and SEC football games

LSU has Leonard Fournette, but Alabama has a big-time running back of its own in Derrick Henry (above).
LSU has Leonard Fournette, but Alabama has a big-time running back of its own in Derrick Henry (above). The Associated Press

Game of the week

LSU at Alabama

Is LSU ready to win this game? It’s not all Leonard Fournette anymore. The passing game has found life, and the Tigers’ rushing defense is among the nation’s best. But so is Alabama’s, and the Tide has a superb running back of its own in Derrick Henry. Plenty of NFL talent on the field in Tuscaloosa as Alabama goes for its fifth straight victory in the series.

Upset of the week

Navy over Memphis

The American Athletic Conference has been tremendous this season, with undefeated Houston and Memphis and one-loss Temple and Navy. The Tigers and Midshipmen meet for the first time, and that means Memphis will have its hands full with the Navy triple-option. The Tigers’ Paxton Lynch is playing like an All-American and could be the first quarterback taken in the NFL Draft. Memphis will need him to have a great game to survive the upset bid.

Others to watch

Florida State at Clemson

Two years ago, Clemson throught it was ready for a game like this. It wasn’t, as the Seminoles rolled 51-14. Florida State has won three straight in the series, but it seems like this is Clemson’s time. Plus, the Tigers have the superior quarterback in Deshaun Watson. Stopping Florida State running back Dalvin Cook is the top priority for the Clemson defense.

TCU at Oklahoma State

The first of the Big 12 showdowns begins in Stillwater. This is the nation’s only game featuring undefeated teams this weekend. The Cowboys are coming off a 70-point performance at Texas Tech but face a tougher test against an improving TCU defense. The matchup to watch: Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah against Frogs quarterback Trevone Boykin.

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Saturday’s Big 12 games

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

Texas Tech at West Virginia, 11 a.m. (FS1)

No. 5 TCU at No. 12 Oklahoma State, 2:30 p.m. (Fox, Ch. 4)

Iowa State at No. 14 Oklahoma, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)

Saturday’s SEC games

Kentucky at Georgia, 11 a.m. (SEC)

Vanderbilt at No. 11 Florida, 11 a.m. (ESPN)

Arkansas at No. 19 Mississippi, 2:30 p.m. (CBS, Chs. 5, 13)

South Carolina at Tennessee, 3 p.m. (SEC)

Auburn at No. 25 Texas A&M, 6:30 p.m. (SEC)

No. 4 LSU at No. 7 Alabama, 7 p.m. (CBS, Chs. 5, 13)

Friday’s Top 25 game

No. 23 Temple at SMU, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

Saturday’s Top 25 games

No. 8 Notre Dame at Pittsburgh, 11 a.m. (ABC, Chs. 2, 9)

Duke at No. 21 North Carolina, 11 a.m. (ESPN2)

No. 9 Stanford at Colorado, noon (Pac-12)

No. 17 Florida State at No. 3 Clemson, 2:30 p.m. (ABC, Chs. 2, 9)

No. 10 Iowa at Indiana, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Rutgers at No. 16 Michigan, 2:30 p.m. (BTN)

Cincinnati at No. 18 Houston, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

No. 22 UCLA at Oregon State, 3:30 p.m. (Pac-12)

No. 6 Michigan State at Nebraska, 6 p.m. (ESPN)

Navy at No. 15 Memphis, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)

No. 13 Utah at Washington, 6:30 p.m. (Fox, Ch. 4)

Minnesota at No. 1 Ohio State, 7 p.m. (ABC, Chs. 2, 9)

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