No. 2 Oregon at No. 18 Southern Cal, 7 p.m.
Oregon (8-0, 5-0 Pac-12) brings its 12-game winning streak and three consecutive conference championships to Southern California (6-2, 4-2), which hasn’t lived up to its preseason hype.
Oklahoma State at No. 3 Kansas State, 8 p.m.
The Wildcats (8-0, 5-0 Big 12) moved up to No. 2 in the BCS standings, but unbeaten Notre Dame and Oregon are close behind. Kansas State also leads the Big 12, but the Cowboys (5-2, 3-1) can pull into a tie for first place with an upset win.
Pittsburgh at No. 4 Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m.
The Fighting Irish (8-0) are hoping to keep alive the chance of winning their first national championship since 1988. A win against Pittsburgh (4-4) would make Notre Dame 9-0 for the first time since 1993.
Illinois vs. No. 6 Ohio State, 3:30 p.m.
Ohio State (9-0, 5-0 Big Ten) can reach a huge goal — winning the Big Ten’s Leaders Division. A win by the Buckeyes and loss by Penn State at Purdue would clinch at least a tie. Illinois (2-6, 0-4) will be striving to end a 10-game conference losing streak.
Temple at No. 12 Louisville, noon
Temple (3-4, 2-2 Big East), losers of two in a row, looks to bounce back from a 47-17 rout at Pittsburgh. Louisville (8-0, 3-0) wants to draw even with first-place Rutgers.
Arizona State at No. 13 Oregon State, 10:36 p.m.
Oregon State’s 6-1 start is its best under coach Mike Riley. The Beavers (4-1 Pac-12) join Oregon and Southern Cal as the first schools in the Pac-12 to become bowl eligible. The Sun Devils (5-3, 3-2) have lost two in a row.
No. 14 Oklahoma at Iowa State, noon
This would be the one of the biggest wins yet for Iowa State (5-3, 2-3 Big 12) under fourth-year coach Paul Rhoads, considering the Cyclones have one victory over the Sooners (5-2, 3-1) in 42 years.
No. 15 Stanford at Colorado, 2 p.m.
Stanford (6-2, 4-1 Pac-12) needs to avoid a stumble against a heavy underdog to keep up with Oregon and Oregon State in the North Division. Colorado (1-7, 1-4) has lost its past two games by a combined 120-20.
San Diego State at No. 19 Boise State, 10:30 p.m.
Boise State (7-1, 4-0 Mountain West) has won seven in a row. For the Aztecs (6-3, 4-1) , an upset in Bronco Stadium would go a long way in building momentum.
Texas at No. 20 Texas Tech, 3:30 p.m.
A win by Texas (6-2, 3-2 Big 12) could help chill the hot seat beneath Mack Brown. Texas Tech (6-2, 3-2) wants to avoid a second consecutive loss.
No. 21 Nebraska at Michigan State, 3:30 p.m.
The Cornhuskers (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten) took the inside track to a spot in the Big Ten title game by beating Michigan. Michigan State (5-4, 2-3) has had a disappointing season but is coming off a victory against Wisconsin.
UTSA at No. 22 Louisiana Tech, 4 p.m.
Louisiana Tech (7-1, 2-0 WAC) returns home with its highest ranking ever. Texas-San Antonio (5-3, 1-2), a program in its second season, can even its league record and notch a landmark victory.
TCU at No. 23 West Virginia, 3 p.m.
One team will become bowl eligible. The other will be saddled with a third consecutive loss. It hasn’t happened at TCU (5-3, 2-3 Big 12) since the Horned Frogs lost four in a row in 1998. West Virginia (5-2, 2-2) last lost three in a row to finish the 2004 season.
No. 24 Arizona at No. 25 UCLA, 10:30 p.m.
UCLA (6-2, 3-2 Pac-12) and Arizona (5-3, 2-3) have several similarities as two programs with high-profile first-year coaches who might be a bit ahead of schedule in contending for Pac-12 success.
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