Top FBS Matchups 

Who: No. 5 Boise State Broncos at Fresno State Bulldogs 
When: Oct. 7 at 9 p.m. ET


Who: Maryland Terrapins at No. 13 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
When: Oct. 8 at noon ET


Who: No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners at No. 11 Texas Longhorns
When: Oct.8 at noon ET


Who: No. 17 Florida Gators at No. 1 LSU Tigers
When: Oct. 8 at 3:30 p.m. ET


Who: No. 15 Auburn Tigers at No. 10 Arkansas Razorbacks
When: Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. ET


Who: Ohio State Buckeyes at No. 14 Nebraska Cornhuskers
When: Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. ET

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Landry Jones
6-4 | 229 | Jr. | QB

Key Notes: A week ago, Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson thrust his name to the head of the Heisman field with a stellar performance in a dominating win against Big Ten newcomer Nebraska. This week, Sooner fans hope Jones can do the same against heated rival Texas. The rejuvenated Longhorns are back in the Big 12 title picture behind a top-15 defense. That should prove to be a key matchup as Jones has been nearly unflappable this fall, ranking fourth nationally in total offense at 362.5 yards per game while checking in 14th in passing efficiency. He has guided the Sooner offense to a No. 4 ranking with 555.0 yards per game while averaging 42.5 points per contest (11th).    

Other Players to Watch this Week:  Curnelius Arnick, Tulsa (Sr., LB); Michael Dyer, Auburn (Jr., So); Ray Graham, Pittsburgh (Jr., RB); Jeremy Grove, East Carolina (Fr., LB); Javon Harris, Oklahoma (Jr., DB); Marquis Maze, Alabama (Sr., WR); Lamar Miller, Miami (Fla.) (So., RB); Matt Robinson, Maryland (So., DB); Jarrius Wright, Arkansas (Sr., WR). 

Keep Your Eyes on This

The Big 12 has been under fire from conference realignment talks -- both inside and out -- during the past year. None of that will matter when Oklahoma and Texas renew the Red River Rivalry on Saturday. The 83rd consecutive meeting in Dallas (90th overall in Dallas, 106th in the series) will feature two undefeated times for the 25th time. 

LSU continues its run against top-25 teams -- it opened September with three road wins against ranked squads -- as it plays host to No. 17 Florida and first-year coach Will Muschamp, the former Tigers' defensive coordinator. LSU looks to continue is dominating ways as it has won its first five games by double digits for just the fourth time in the SEC era. The other times? Twice in national championship seasons (1958 and 2007) and also in 1969. 

Bon Jovi’s ‘Living on a Prayer’ may be a staple in Camp Randall Stadium, but south of Madison, another team is taking it to a new level. The Badgers’ Big Ten brethren, Illinois has hung on just enough to run it’s record to 5-0 for the first time since the 1951 Illini opened 7-0 as it has won its last three game by a combined nine points. Each of the last three victories came by a field goal. UI scored the final points of all three games, including a field goal with 13 seconds left Saturday against Northwestern after trailing by 18 points in the third quarter. In the previous two games, the Ilini defense made it hold up as it scored a field goal against Central Michigan with more than eight minutes to play in the game and recorded a 16-yard TD pass with 9:59 remaining against Arizona State. 

It’s extremely tough. Those guys have a great front and you know that coach [Bob] Stoops prides himself in stopping the run. [The OU coaches have] that Big Ten background. It’s very difficult to run the ball on those guys.
-- Texas offensive coordinator Major Applewhite on Oklahoma's defensive front

Air Force, a predominantly run-based squad, makes sense at top of the fewest sacks allowed list, but how about Oregon? Each has only allowed one sack through their first four games. Right behind them: Stanford, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Boise State, Michigan are each tied for third along with Navy and San Diego State at 2.0 sacks allowed per game. At the far end of the spectrum, Pittsburgh has allowed 22 sacks for 125 yards in five games. It's a good thing junior RB Ray Graham, who rushed for 226 yards in an upset of then-No. 16 South Florida last week, has finally jump started his season.

For a team ranked 91st in total offense (348.0 ypg), Kansas State is doing pretty well in the scoring department. After scoring just 10 points in a season-opening win against Eastern Kentucky, KSU has recorded 37, 28 and 36 points, respectively, in the past three games, including the last two against Miami (Fla.) and then-No. 15 Baylor. With a stout defense and the timely scores, KSU broke into the AP poll for the first time since 2007. 

South Carolina was upended by defending national champion Auburn last week 16-13, but doesn't have much time to recouperate. The Gamecocks need to get things right this week vs. Kentucky as a difficult stretch looms. Following the UK game, three consecutive road games at Mississippi State, Tennessee and Arkansas are on the docket before finishing the regular season at home against Florida, The Citadel and Clemson.     

After ranking 110th in total defense (450.8) and giving up 35.2  points per game (108th nationally) last year, Michigan's defense has done everything it can to shed the underachiever label it’s had the past few seasons. The Wolverines have allowed more than 10 points in a contest only once this year and have held their last three opponents to one score or less. The result: UM ranks fourth in scoring defense (10.3 ppg) and is 32nd in total defense (325.5), allowing nearly 125 fewer yards per game.

Three teams – Michigan State, UCF and Alabama – are holding opponents to under 200 yards of total offense per game with the Spartans leading the way at 173.4 ypg. Twice this fall MSU has held an opponent to fewer than 115 total yards. Notre Dame is the only team to record more than 300 total offense yards on the Spartans in 2011, and the Irish are the only team with a rushing touchdown against MSU. Only five teams have allowed just one TD on the ground this year, including, ironically, Notre Dame.