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Three top-10 teams plan to face off at Saturday's Stanford Open

No. 2 Michigan, No. 4 Stanford, No. 6 Cal at Stanford Open

Michigan (5-0) will head west to take on Stanford, Cal, and Washington in the Stanford Open at 10 p.m. on Saturday from Burnham Pavilion.

Last season in Ann Arbor, U-M upset Stanford 439.750-429.350 on Jan. 26, as Syque Caesar set the NCAA record on parallel bars with a 15.90. Additionally, Adrian de los Angeles tallied the then-11th-highest all-around score ever with a 89.20. Michigan won five individual events, including the all-around, as the squad improved to 6-0 on the season.

U-M most recently visited Palo Alto in 2012, falling to the Cardinal and scored a 341.700. The last time U-M defeated the Cardinal on the road was 2007.

No. 1 Oklahoma vs. No. 7 Minnesota

The Gophers return home this weekend to host top-ranked Oklahoma and Illinois-Chicago. The meet begins at 2 p.m. at the Sports Pavilion.

The Gophers know their opponents well, as during the 2013 season the Gophers faced both Oklahoma and UIC. In fact, the Gophers ran into UIC three times during the 2013 regular season. The Gophers lost to Oklahoma on the road 443.350-435.450 in their lone match-up of last season, despite scoring a season-high point total. Oklahoma, who was ranked second nationally at the time, managed to prevail even though the Gophers registered season-high scores in five out of six events. Several Gophers had big nights in the near loss, including Steve Jaciuk, who topped the 15-point mark in three different events.

No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 8 Illinois

The Buckeyes return to action Sunday at Illinois in the first of two Big Ten regular season dual meets. The meet is slated to start at 2 p.m. ET.

Illinois and Ohio State tied at the Windy City Invitational las weekend, so a lot is on the line during this conference match-up.


No. 5 Penn State at Navy Open

After claiming their 15th West Point Open, the Nittany Lions return to action Saturday, traveling to compete in the Navy Open in Annapolis, Md. The Nittany Lions will begin competition at 1 p.m. in Macdonough Hall.

Penn State captured the top position in four different events including the floor exercise (74.200), still rings (73.150), vault (72.550) and parallel bars (72.500).

No. 9 Nebraska vs. Air Force

Nebraska returns to Nebraska Saturday for its home opener against No. 11 Air Force. The non-conference meet will take place in the Bob Devaney Sports Center at 2 p.m. ET.

Air Force started the season with a third-place finish at the Rocky Mountain Open on Jan. 11. The Falcons relied heavily on freshman Tim Yang, the team's first all-around competitor since 2011, and junior Gared Chapman to lead them through the five-team meet. Air Force then traveled to Norman, Okla., to face the top-ranked Sooners. They finished second to Oklahoma, finishing the meet with a combined score of 412.200.

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