Top FBS Matchups 

Who: San Diego State Aztecs at No. 22 Michigan Wolverines
When: Sept. 24 at noon ET


Who: No. 14 Arkansas Razorbacks at No. 3 Alabama Crimson Tide
When: Sept. 24 at 3:30 p.m. ET


Who: No. 7 Oklahoma State Cowboys at No. 8 Texas A&M Aggies
When: Sept. 24 at 3:30 p.m. ET


Who: No. 11 Florida State Seminoles at No. 21 Clemson Tigers
When: Sept. 24 at 3:30 p.m. ET


Who: Missouri Tigers at No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners
When: Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. ET


Who: No. 2 LSU Tigers at No. 16 West Virginia Mountaineers
When: Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. ET


Who: No. 23 USC Trojans at Arizona State Sun Devils
When: Sept. 24 at 10:15 p.m. ET

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40 Luke Kuechly
Boston College
6-3 | 237 | Jr. | LB

Key Notes: After being a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski and Butkus awards, Kuechly is again leading the nation in tackles with 58 through three weeks. His 19.3 tackles-per-game average is nearly six tackles per contest more than second-place Daniel Drake (13.5) of East Carolina. Kuechly, who was the 11th consensus first-team All-American in BC history last fall, has had at least 17 tackles in each game this fall, including a career-best 23 vs. Duke.

Other Players to Watch this Week:  Tavon Austin, West Virginia (Jr., RB/PR); Tajh Boyd, Clemson (So., QB); Case Keenum, Houston (Sr., QB); Rashad Jackson, Marshall (Sr., DB); Cameron Meredith, Nebraska (Jr., DE); Darrin Moore, Texas Tech (Jr., WR); Caleb Sturgis, Florida (Jr., PK).

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Last week, the biggest non-conference game of the regular season included a Big 12 team as Oklahoma held its top ranking by knocking off then-No. 5 Florida State on the road. This week, it's more Big 12 action at the center of college football as No. 7 Oklahoma State travels to No. 8 Texas A&M for the biggest league confrontation to date. The Cowboys will look for some of the same magic as last year at home when OSU squeezed out a 38-35 victory against the Aggies on a field goal as time expired. Senior QB Brandon Weeden ranks first nationally in total passing yards this fall at 1,154, with 329 (including three TDs) going to 2010 Biletnikof Award winner WR Justin Blackmon. 

The SEC went 22-4 in non-conference play to open the year, but now league action is about to get into full swing. Leading the way this weekend will be the contest in Tuscaloosa, Ala., between No. 14 Arkansas and No. 3 Alabama. The Tide took a 28-24 victory last season, and will have a bit of momentum coming into this matchup. Last week, Alabama blitzed North Texas 41-0 while RB Trent Richardson rushed for a career-best 167 yards with three TDs. Want something more impressive? RB Eddie Lacy also rushed for more than 160 yards, as he took nine carries for 161 yards and two scores.

Boise State will be playing its first home game of the season Saturday when it plays host to Tulsa. Both teams come into the matchup with vaunted offenses as BSU ranks 14th nationally with 500.0 total offense yards per game while the Golden Hurricane are also in the top 35 with 432.0 yards per game. The Broncos' take their cues from QB Kellen Moore, who plays behind an offensive line that ranked third last year in sacks allowed (0.62) and is tied for first this year by not allowing a sack in their first two games. Moore owns 40 wins as a starting QB, and has helped his senior class become the 10th consecutive group to win at least 40 games. With six more wins, Moore would break the NCAA record for victories by a starting QB (currently 45 by Colt McCoy, Texas).

Houston has been riding the arm of QB Case Keenum most of the past five seasons. The Cougar signal-caller is second this season in passing yards with 1,119 entering the weekend, and now has 14,705 career passing yards and 117 touchdowns. He has already moved into fourth on the NCAA passing yardage chart and needs 2,357 yards to break Timmy Chang's record of 17,072 yards at Hawaii. He has tied Chang for fourth on the NCAA passing TD list, and needs 17 to catch Graham Harrell, who had 134 at Texas Tech.   

It won't be as big as the season opener against Oregon, but LSU is proving it doesn't have any fear when it comes to non-conference play. The Tigers are heading to Morgantown, W.Va., to take on 16th-ranked West Virginia. Despite the off-the-field issues right before the start of the season, the Tigers are in mid-season form with senior -- and unexpected starter -- QB Jarrett Lee pushing LSU the whole way. Lee went 21 of 27 last week for 213 yards in a grinding 19-6 win against defensive-minded Mississippi State. 

Confidence is rarely an issue for the Trojans, and this week will be no difference as USC faces Arizona State, which was upset -- and then kicked out of the rankings -- by Illinois a week ago. Southern Cal has won 11 consecutive meetings against the Sun Devils, including each of the past five in Tempe, Ariz. 

After stumbling in the season opener against LSU, the Ducks are moving back up the rankings. This week, they jumped back into the top 10, and that makes sense since they're facing Arizona. The Wildcats have faced top-10 opponents each of the past two weeks, making the Ducks the third consecutive top-10 foe. The tough competition hasn't stopped Wildcat QB Nick Foles, who has not thrown an interception in 126 attempts this fall.

While getting off to a 3-0 start, California handed coach Jeff Tedford his 75th career victory at the school, breaking the former school mark of 74 wins by Andy Smith in 1916-25. Much of this season's success has started up front on the offensive line, which has Cal’s starting offensive line has now combined for 100 career starts. Four players -- LT Mitchell Schwartz (41), RG Justin Cheadle (25), LG Brian Schwenke (15) and RT Matt Summers-Gavin (15) -- have at least 15 starts each.  

In its first game this year as a ranked team, the Wolverines look to continue a strong Septemeber streak. Michigan has won its last 12 games in the opening month of the season dating back to 2008. It'll be an interesting and possibly emotional time for coach Brady Hoke, who is in his first season at UM after going 13-12 the past two seasons with the Aztecs. The 3-0 Aztecs will be looking for a better outcome than the only other meeting between the teams, a 24-21 Wolverines' win in Michigan Stadium in 2004.