NO. 9 WISCONSIN (4-0) AT NEBRASKA (3-2)
7 p.m. (BTN)
No. 9 Wisconsin has won four in a row and five of six against Nebraska, and the Badgers enter the game Saturday night as the biggest favorite of any visiting team at Memorial Stadium in 43 years.
Badgers coach Paul Chryst isn't that impressed. "History doesn't matter to the players," he said. "The thing that matters most is the type of team you're playing and the atmosphere you're playing in. We know it's going to be a great atmosphere. It's a historic stadium and a team that's playing well now. We have to put our focus and energy on being as prepared as possible."
Sole possession of first place in the Big Ten West will be at stake when Wisconsin (1-0 Big Ten) and Nebraska (2-0) meet. The Huskers have beaten conference lightweights Rutgers and Illinois since their stunning home loss to Northern Illinois. Now they enter a crucial stretch, with back-to-back home games against Wisconsin and No. 10 Ohio State and a trip to improved Purdue.
"I think everything goes up in terms of intensity," Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee said. "Your heightened level of focus, your preparation, everything needs to take a step up when you're playing a team like Wisconsin, or any team that is ranked as high as they are and has won games like they have. It's going to take an all-out effort and is something we're looking forward to."
Nebraska has won 20 consecutive night games at home since 2008. But the Huskers are listed as 10½-point underdogs. According to the Omaha World-Herald, Nebraska hasn't been that big an underdog at home since Oklahoma was a 14-point favorite in 1974.
Nebraska coach Mike Riley will go against one of his best coaching friends in Chryst. Riley hired Chryst as an assistant with San Antonio of the old World League of American Football in 1991. Chryst, 51, later was Riley's offensive coordinator at Oregon State and tight ends coach with the San Diego Chargers.
Wisconsin has won nine of 10 true road games in three seasons under Chryst, including a 23-21 win on a field goal with 4 seconds left in its last trip to Lincoln in 2015.
MICHIGAN STATE (3-1) AT NO. 7 MICHIGAN (4-0)
6:30 p.m. (Ch. 5)
The Spartans have won seven of the past nine matchups with Michigan. They have a chance to show they are still in control of the series even in what was expected to be a rebuilding year, but they face the nation's best rushing defense (69.3 yards per game). The Wolverines won 32-23 last year in East Lansing; in 2015 at the Big House, Jalen Watts-Jackson returned a fumble off a botched punt 38 yards for a winning TD as time expired for the Spartans. Michigan will start QB John O'Korn, filling in for injured Wilton Speight.
No. 23 W. Virginia (3-1) at No. 8 TCU (4-0)
2:30 p.m. (FS1)
It's a chance for an early statement in the Big 12 race for the teams that came into the league together in 2012. Both teams had last week off. The previous week, TCU had an impressive victory at then-No. 6 Oklahoma State, and the Horned Frogs have scored 119 points in their two home games. West Virginia has scored at least 56 points in each of its three games since losing its opener at Virginia Tech. These are the Big 12's top two rushing teams (TCU 232.2 yards per game, West Virginia 231).
NO. 13 MIAMI (FLA.) (3-0) AT FLORIDA STATE (1-2)
2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
The game was originally scheduled for Sept. 16 but was pushed back three weeks because of Hurricane Irma. Many thought at the beginning of the season that this would be a preview of the ACC Championship Game, but Florida State's chances have taken a huge hit because of injuries and its 0-2 start. Florida State has won seven in a row in the series, but the past three games have been decided by a total of 10 points. Miami RB Mark Walton is averaging 9.2 yards per carry and 134.3 rushing yards per game.
NO. 11 WASH. ST. (5-0) AT OREGON (4-1)
7 p.m. Saturday (Ch. 9)
Washington State, enjoying its highest ranking since 2003, coming off a 30-27 victory over then-No. 5 USC and featuring a Heisman Trophy candidate in QB Luke Falk, takes its first road trip of the season. Oregon was struck by injuries in last weekend's 45-24 victory over California. QB Justin Herbert left with a broken collarbone, and then backup Taylor Alie left in the fourth quarter. Alie and freshman Braxton Burmeister competed this week for the starting nod.