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No. 6 FLORIDA at NO. 8 LSU

6 p.m., ESPN

Records: Florida 6-0, 4-0 SEC; LSU 5-0, 3-0

The skinny: LSU is in the mix with Texas A&M, Alabama and Mississippi in a tight race for the SEC West. Florida will remain in control of the East race with a loss, but a victory in Tiger Stadium would do wonders for the Gators' College Football Playoff hopes.

The stat: LSU's SEC-best running game features Heisman Trophy candidate Leonard Fournette and averages 346.4 yards per game. The Gators defense gives up an average of 99.2.

The line: LSU by 7

No. 17 Iowa at No. 20 Northwestern

11 a.m., Ch. 5

Records: Iowa 6-0, 2-0 Big Ten; Northwestern 5-1, 1-1

The skinny: One of the nation's biggest surprises, the Hawkeyes are looking to extend their best start since they won their first nine during the 2009 Orange Bowl season. Northwestern simply needs to regroup after getting blown out 38-0 at Michigan.

The stat: Northwestern ranks second in the Big Ten in rushing at 213 yards per game. But the Wildcats managed only 38 against Michigan, and Iowa is allowing only 78 per game.

The line: Iowa by 1

No. 7 Michigan State at No. 12 Michigan

2:30 p.m., ESPN

Records: Michigan State 6-0, 2-0 Big Ten; Michigan 5-1, 2-0

The skinny: The winner becomes the top threat to Ohio State in the Big Ten's East Division and a serious contender for college football's playoff — and yet all that feels secondary. What's at stake this weekend is Michigan State's seven-year dominance of the rivalry it cares about the most, a run of success that is in serious jeopardy with Jim Harbaugh coaching at Michigan.

The stat: Michigan has not allowed a point in its opponents' past 41 offensive possessions.

The line: Michigan by 7

No. 10 Alabama at No. 9 Texas A&M

2:30 p.m., Ch. 4

Records: Alabama 5-1, 2-1 SEC; Texas A&M 5-0, 2-0

The skinny: Texas A&M looks to open a season 6-0 for the first time since 1994 and erase the memory of last year's 59-0 loss to Alabama. A loss by Alabama would crush its SEC title and playoff hopes.

The stat: Alabama's defensive line has batted down 15 passes, which leads the nation. And the Crimson Tide has 16 sacks this season.

The line: Alabama by 3 ½

Southern Cal at No. 14 Notre Dame

6:30 p.m., Ch. 11

Records: Southern Cal 3-2, Notre Dame 5-1

The skinny: The Fighting Irish have to keep winning to keep their College Football Playoff hopes alive. USC already has lost two home conference games and is looking to end a tumultuous week after the firing of coach Steve Sarkisian.

The stat: Notre Dame is averaging 503 yards a game total offense. The Irish haven't averaged 500 yards a game since 1970.

The line: Notre Dame by 5

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