Elsewhere around the country, a top-five matchup in the Big Ten and the Big 12’s biggest rivalry — at least for now —- highlight the schedule.
No. 4 Penn State at No. 3 Iowa.
The first regular-season top-five matchup in the Big Ten that does not involved Michigan or Ohio State since a Wisconsin-Minnesota game in 1962 has both conference and playoff implications.
This probably won’t be the prettiest game, with two of the Big Ten’s best defenses facing offenses that have have various limitations.
The Hawkeyes have an 11-game winning streak in which they have allowed an average 12.8 points per game. The Nittany Lions come to Kinnick Stadium a week after shutting out Indiana and having held opponents scoreless on almost half their trips into the red zone.
Penn State senior Sean Clifford has been playing some of the best football of his career with 11 touchdown passes, but he’ll need to be especially careful against an Iowa defense that leads the country in interceptions with 12.
100 — No. 1 Alabama’s winning streak against unranked teams. The Tide can extend that streak at Texas A&M, which definitely wasn’t what was expected when the Aggies started the season No. 6 in the country.
125 —- The number of times No. 3 Georgia and No. 18 Auburn have played in the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry. Game 126 will be Saturday on The Plains. It will be just the second since 1936 that the Bulldogs and Tigers will play outside the month of November.
1944 — The last year No. 19 Wake Forest started a season 6-0. The unbeaten Demon Deacons look for their sixth victory at Syracuse.
UNDER THE RADAR
UTSA at Western Kentucky
The Roadrunners are 5-0 and look like Conference USA’s best team. The Hilltoppers are 1-3.
Don’t be fooled, though. Western Kentucky’s losses have come against Army and two Big Ten teams (Indiana and Michigan State).
The Hilltoppers have the nation’s leading passer in Bailey Zappe, averaging 428 yards per game, and UTSA has C-USA’s best defense.
Geoff Collins is in his third season trying to transition Georgia Tech (2-3) from the option team it had been under Paul Johnson.
It’s time to show progress, but the Yellow Jackets have been wildly inconsistent. They have lost to Northern Illinois and beaten North Carolina. They played Clemson close in a low-scoring game and allowed 52 points in a blowout loss to Pittsburgh.
Georgia Tech goes to Duke on Saturday. The Blue Devils are 3-2, but that includes victories against Kansas, Northwestern and an FCS school.
This is a game Collins and Georgia Tech need if they’re going to reach a bowl game.
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