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NO. 7 Oregon at NO. 5 Michigan St.

7 p.m., Ch. 5

Records: Oregon 1-0, Michigan State 1-0

The skinny: It's too early to call this a playoff elimination game, but the winner will have an outstanding nonconference win on its résumé.

The stat: Since 2010, Oregon has won 61 games, most in the FBS. Michigan State has won 54, most in the Big Ten.

The line: Michigan State by 3

Iowa at Iowa State

3:45 p.m., Ch. 9

Records: Iowa 1-0, Iowa State 1-0

The skinny: Opening wins took a bit of heat off Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz and Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads, but one of them has to lose, and neither can afford a loss to a rival.

The stat: Saturday will be just the second road start for Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard.

The line: Iowa by 3 ½

No. 19 Oklahoma at No. 23 Tennessee

5 p.m., ESPN

Records: Oklahoma 1-0, Tennessee 1-0

The skinny: Oklahoma is attempting to beat an SEC team for the third straight season (Alabama in the 2014 Sugar Bowl, Tennessee last season). Tennessee is seeking to improve against ranked foes, having lost 27 of the past 28 against Top 25 teams.

The stat: Tennessee sold out 102,455-seat Neyland Stadium, which means this will be the biggest crowd to ever see Oklahoma play.

The line: Oklahoma by 2

No. 14 LSU at No. 25 Mississippi State

8:15 p.m., ESPN

Records: LSU 0-0, Mississippi State 1-0

The skinny: When two teams from the SEC West meet this season, it's likely to be important, and this one is.

The stat: Mississippi State's Dak Prescott has a 15-6 record as a starter and already owns 18 school records.

The line: LSU by 5

No. 20 Boise State at BYU

9:15 p.m., ESPN2

Records: Boise State 1-0, BYU 1-0

The skinny: Boise State won't face much in the Mountain West, so if the Broncos want to be in the playoffs conversation, they need to win this one.

The stat: BYU senior QB Taysom Hill is out for the season for the third time in four years, this time sunk by a Lisfranc foot sprain.

The line: Boise State by 2 ½

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