Top FBS Matchups 

Sept. 8 -- 8 p.m. ET: Arizona Wildcats at No. 9 Oklahoma State Cowboys


Sept. 10 -- noon ET: Toledo Rockets at No. 18 Ohio State Buckeyes


Sept. 10 -- 12:20 p.m. ET: No. 16 Mississippi State at Auburn Tigers


Sept. 10 -- 3:30 p.m. ET: No. 3 Alabama Crimson Tide at No. 23 Penn State Nittany Lions


Sept. 10 -- 4:30 p.m. ET: No. 12 South Carolina Gamecocks at Georgia Bulldogs


Sept. 10 -- 7:30 p.m. ET: Utah Utes at Southern California Trojans


Sept. 10 -- 8 p.m. ET: Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Michigan Wolverines

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35 Malcolm Agnew
Oregon State
5-8 | 188 | Fr. | RB

Key Notes: From high school to national rushing leader? Agnew did just that. Before opening weekend, his last game was as a prep in 2010. Then against Sacramento State, he set the Oregon State freshman rushing record with 223 yards, the most by any player in the country. Unfortunately, it didn't help as the Beavers fell to the Hornets 29-28 in overtime. Agnew, who according to OSU was the first true freshman in modern history to start a season opener at RB for the Beavers, will have a bit tougher challenge this week if he wants to stay atop the rushing chart. Oregon State travels to take on No. 8 Wisconsin.

Other Players to Watch this Week:  Nick Foles, Arizona (Sr., QB); Ray Graham, Pittsburgh (Jr., RB); Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois (Sr., QB); Brandon Herron, Michigan (Sr., LB); Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State (So., RB); Jake Knott, Iowa State (Jr., LB); Brian Schmiedebusch, Bowling Green (So., P); Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State (Sr., QB); Tahir Whitehead, Temple (Sr., LB); Robert Woods, Southern California (So., WR).

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• LSU made an early statement last week in a top-five battle as it eased by Oregon. This week, a pair of historic programs with tradition rarely equaled face off in another key matchup. No. 3 Alabama -- which fell one spot as the Tigers jumped to second in the AP poll -- will have a tall task as it hits the road to play in Happy Valley, home to more than 105,000 Penn State fans. PSU jumped into the poll at No. 23 this week, making it the only game this week involving two ranked squads. 

• Four Southeastern Conference teams jump right into league action as No. 12 South Carolina heads to Georgia while No. 13 Mississippi State hits the road to play Auburn. The Gamecocks will be facing Georgia in the SEC opener for the 17th time in its 20 seasons in the league. Overall, USC is 8-11 in league openers and hopes to use last week's 56-37 win against East Carolina as a springboard. Offensive tackle e Rokevious Watkins was the SEC lineman of the week for his performance against ECU, helping the Gamecocks to 220 yards on the ground and five touchdowns. 

• Auburn, which had to score twice in the final three minutes to win 42-38 against Utah State last week, fell out of the AP poll after the disappointing start. AU is just the second team since 1950 to win the national title and then find itself bumped out of the AP poll after Week 1 the following season. Alabama did it in 1965, but returned to the rankings and won the national title later that same year. 

• Notre Dame and Michigan are both national programs that make for a big-time college football game. The hype is normally over the top, and this year will be no different as this will mark the first night game in Big House history. Another reason to expect more scrutiny came after the Fighting Irish dropped their home opener last week to South Florida and fell out of the rankings. The Notre Dame defense did its part as expected, as the highly regarded unit allowed just 256 total yards while the Irish offense failed to punch the ball into the end zone enough. Michigan won 34-10 but didn't overwhelm either, outgaining Western Michigan by just nine yards.    

• Watch closely as No. 9 Oklahoma State plays host to Arizona. The scoreboard may need extra batteries with the two high-powered offenses sprinting up and down the field. The Wildcats head to Stillwater, Okla., where they'll ride the arm of senior QB Nick Foles. The gunslinger led the nation last week with 412 passing yards and five touchdowns. Right behind him? OSU signal-caller Brandon Weeden was second with 388 yards and three TDs, including 144 yards going to 2010 Biletnikoff Award winner WR Justin Blackmon. 

• Junior LB Vontaze Burfict was a preseason All-American and is considered one of the the hardest hitters in the nation. This week he'll look to put a helmet on a few Tigers as No. 21 Missouri rolls into Tempe, Ariz. MU struggled in its opener as first-year starting QB James Franklin was just 17 of 26 for 129 yards passing but did lead the Tigers with 72 rushing yards. Burfict will be gunning for Franklin as the Sun Devil ranks second nationally in sacks entering the weekend after posting 3.0 sacks. Only Nordly Capi of Colorado State posted more sacks (3.5) last weekend. 

• Virginia Tech posted 66 points in the season opener, much different than last year when it dropped two games to open the year against Boise State (33-30) and James Madison (16-13). The Hokies got their first win of 2010 against East Carolina, this weekend's opponent. VT rushed for 249 yards and four TDs against the Pirates last year, which had the nation's worst defense by ranking No. 120 in total defense and No. 107 in rushing defense. ECU will have to be much better to stop Virginia Tech, which ran for 256 yards last week. 

• Nebraska fans were spoiled the past four years with the steady leg of place-kicker Alex Henery giving the Huskers assured points once it reached the 35. Henery was so clutch he was drafted in the the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft -- yes, a place-kicker in the fourth round. His ability was nearly unparalleled as he ranked among the top kickers in NCAA history for scoring, accuracy and distance. But Husker faithful don't need to panic with Henery moving on. Junior Brett Maher took over and kicked four field goals in the season opener against Chattanooga, including a 50-yarder that would have likely made it from 58. 

• While Nebraska moving to the Big Ten has garnered more attention, a pair of other teams are settling into their new leagues starting this weekend. Utah opens Pac-12 play on the road against Southern California while Colorado plays host to Cal.