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No. 13 Northwestern at No. 18 Michigan

2:30 p.m., BTN

Records: Northwestern 5-0, 1-0 Big Ten; Michigan 4-1, 1-0

The skinny: Northwestern keeps its high hopes, in the Big Ten and nationally, if it stays undefeated with a second win over a ranked opponent (the Wildcats beat Stanford last month). Michigan has won four straight under new coach Jim Harbaugh since opening the season with a seven-point loss at Utah, and the Wolverines would love some momentum going into next week's game against Michigan State at the Big House.

The stat: The Wildcats have started the same 11 players on defense in every game this season. They have shut out two teams, given up a nation-low seven points per game and rank second in third-down defense.

The line: Michigan by 7 ½

No. 10 Oklahoma vs. Texas

11 a.m. from Dallas, Ch. 5

Records: Oklahoma 4-0, 1-0 Big 12; Texas 1-4, 0-2

The skinny: Charlie Strong's job might be a stake.Most assume Strong gets at least three years for his rebuilding project at Texas, but last week's 50-7 loss to TCU is raising questions about his future. Plus, he promised last year a five-loss season "would never happen again." Oklahoma is now looking like it could challenge for the Big 12 title.

The stat: The Longhorns gave up five touchdown passes last week and have given up 16 this season. Only two teams in the country have allowed more.

The line: Oklahoma by 16 ½

Wisconsin at Nebraska

2:30 p.m., Ch. 5

Records: Wisconsin 3-2, 0-1 Big Ten; Nebraska 2-3, 0-1

The skinny: Neither the Badgers nor the Cornhuskers are where they want to be. An ugly 10-6 loss at home to Iowa knocked Wisconsin out of the top 25 and exposed a sputtering offense that lost key players to injuries. In Lincoln, new coach Mike Riley has Nebraska off to its worst start since 1959. Riley, who was embraced by the fan base after the divisive Bo Pelini era, is suddenly on the hot seat. "I can understand them being nervous," he said.

The stat: Wisconsin's scoring defense ranks fourth nationally, giving up 9.6 points per game. Key to that is linebacker Joe Schobert, who has a nation-leading nine sacks.

The line: Nebraska by 1 ½

Miami (Fla.) at No. 12 Florida State

7 p.m., Ch. 5

Records: Miami 3-1, 0-0 ACC; Florida State 4-0, 2-0

The skinny: Florida State has a five-game winning streak over its in-state rival, which is its longest winning streak in the series since taking seven straight from 1963-72. Miami is coming off a 34-23 loss at Cincinnati on Oct. 1. Under Al Golden, the Hurricanes are 15-5 in August/September games but 16-18 once the calendar turns to October.

The stat: Seminoles running back Dalvin Cook leads the ACC in rushing with 570 yards, but he has missed most of this week's practice after straining his left hamstring last Saturday.

The line: Florida State by 7 ½

No. 23 California at No. 5 Utah

9 p.m., ESPN

Records: California 5-0, 2-0 Pac-12; Utah 4-0, 1-0

The skinny: A Pac-12 Championship Game preview? Utah and California are the last two undefeated teams in the conference and sit atop their divisions. The Utes have shot up the polls and are ranked No. 5 behind the No. 3 scoring defense in the conference. Utah is creeping into the College Football Playoff conversation and will remain there if it wins the Pac-12. The Golden Bears aren't ranked as high as Utah, but they control their own Pac-12 destiny and Utah is their biggest challenge to date.

The stat: Cal QB Jared Goff ranks in the top 10 nationally in completion percentage, passing efficiency, passing touchdowns and passing yards.

The line: Utah by 7

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