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Around the Nation: Saturday’s Top 25, Big 12 and SEC games, TV times and more

Game of the week

No. 9 Michigan State at No. 2 Ohio State, 2:30 p.m. Saturday on ABC

This loomed as the Big Ten game of the year since the preseason, but the matchup has lost some luster since the Spartans lost two weeks ago to Nebraska. The Buckeyes have a habit of playing to the level of competition but also showing up for the biggest games, like this one. Running back Ezekiel Elliott has been over 100 yards every game for Ohio State. Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook will have to come up huge to pull off the upset.

Upset of the week

UCLA over No. 18 Utah, 2:30 p.m. Saturday on Fox

The Utes are a slight favorite at home and are tied with Southern California atop the Pac-12 South Division race. But Utah is now without star running back Devontae Booker, who tore his meniscus in last week’s loss to Arizona. Perhaps no player meant more to his team that Booker, whose 30.5 offensive touches per game are the most in the FBS this season. He accounted for 63 percent of Utah’s rushing attempts and has 11 of the team’s 20 rushing touchdowns.

Others to watch

No. 10 Baylor at No. 4 Oklahoma State, 6:30 p.m. Saturday on Fox

The Bears haven’t won in Stillwater since 1939 (11 games), and the status of quarterback Jarrett Stidham is uncertain. Stidham suffered a back injury in last weekend’s loss to Oklahoma. The Cowboys are bidding to remain perfect, and if they do, and Oklahoma defeats TCU on Saturday, the Bedlam rivalry will be for the Big 12 championship and perhaps a spot in the College Football Playoff semifinals.

No. 17 LSU at No. 25 Mississippi, 2:30 p.m. Saturday on CBS

Could this be Les Miles’ last season at LSU? The rumor mill is churning. Some have associated his name with Missouri. The Tigers are riding a two-game losing streak, and the Rebels haven’t played since a home loss to Arkansas. Mississippi has the SEC’s top passing offense, and LSU leads with running back Leonard Fournette. And hey, the Rebels still have a shot at the division title. They have to win out and have Alabama fall to Auburn. Unlikely.

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Saturday’s Big 12 games

Iowa State at Kansas State, 11 a.m. (FS1)

West Virginia at Kansas, 11 a.m. (FSKC)

No. 10 Baylor at No. 4 Oklahoma State, 6:30 p.m. (Fox)

No. 11 TCU at No. 7 Oklahoma, 7 p.m. (ABC)

Saturday’s SEC games

Tennessee at Missouri, 6:15 p.m. (ESPN2)

Florida Atlantic at No. 8 Florida, 11 a.m. (SEC)

The Citadel at South Carolina, 11 a.m. (SEC+)

No. 17 LSU at No. 25 Mississippi, 2:30 p.m. (CBS)

Charleston Southern at No. 3 Alabama, 3 p.m. (SEC)

Idaho at Auburn, 3 p.m. (SEC+)

Mississippi State at Arkansas, 6 p.m. (ESPN)

Georgia Southern at Georgia, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)

Texas A&M at Vanderbilt, 6:30 p.m. (SEC)

Charlotte at Kentucky, 6:30 p.m. (SEC+)

Saturday’s Top 25 games

Purdue at No. 6 Iowa, 11 a.m. (ESPN2)

No. 12 North Carolina at Virginia Tech, 11 a.m. (ESPN)

No. 14 Michigan at Penn State, 11 a.m. (ABC)

Chattanooga at No. 16 Florida State, 2 p.m. (FSKC+)

Wake Forest at No. 1 Clemson, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

No. 9 Michigan State at No. 2 Ohio State, 2:30 p.m. (ABC)

No. 13 Houston at Connecticut, 2:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

UCLA at No. 18 Utah, 2:30 p.m. (Fox)

No. 20 Northwestern at No. 21 Wisconsin, 2:30 p.m. (BTN)

No. 22 Southern California at No. 23 Oregon, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)

No. 19 Navy at Tulsa, 6 p.m. (CBSSN)

No. 5 Notre Dame at Boston College, 6:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

California at No. 15 Stanford, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Colorado at No. 24 Washington State, 9:45 p.m. (ESPN2)

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