#22 SOUTH FLORIDA AT TULSA
- USF leads Tulsa 2-0 all-time in this series, winning one-score games in both 2014 and 2017. USF jumped out to a 21-7 first-quarter lead last season before reaching the red zone just one time during the next three quarters of play.
- USF ran for 365 yards last week against UMass, the most rushing yards by a Group of 5 team in a road game this season. That was the Bulls’ third road game since last season with 350+ yards on the ground. Army is the only team in the FBS with more such games (four).
- Blake Barnett has thrown for 1313 yards through five games, the most by a USF quarterback through five team games since Marquel Blackwell in 2001 (1329). There are four quarterbacks in the FBS averaging 260+ yards passing with at least four rushing touchdowns this year: Kyler Murray, McKenzie Milton, D’Eriq King and Barnett.
- Jordan Cronkrite ran for 302 yards against UMass last week, the second 300-yard rushing performance in the FBS this season (Arizona State’s Eno Benjamin, 312 vs. Oregon State). This was the first 300-yard game by an AAC rusher since the conference was formed in 2013.
- Tulsa is the only team in the FBS to have two players with at least 90 rushes this season (Corey Taylor II and Shamari Brooks). The team is averaging 206.8 yards per game on the ground; of the 41 teams in the FBS averaging 200+ yards rushing, Tulsa ranks last in yards per carry (3.9).
TENNEESEE AT #21 AUBURN
- Auburn holds a 28-21-3 all-time series lead over Tennessee and has won each of the last six meetings. The last time these teams played in 2013, Nick Marshall and Tre Mason combined for 331 rushing yards and five scores on the ground en route to a 55-23 Tigers victory.
- Before the bye week, Tennessee held No. 2 Georgia to 190 passing yards, the lowest total Georgia has had in a game this season. After allowing Will Grier and WVU to throw for 429 yards in the first game of the season, the Volunteers have allowed just 121.0 yards per game through the air since.
- Jarrett Guarantano threw for two touchdowns against No. 2 Georgia, his first career game with multiple touchdowns and no interceptions. He has eight passing TDs since 2017; all active SEC passers with at least as many pass attempts since last season have more than twice as many touchdown passes.
- Auburn has failed to rush for 100 yards in each of its last three games. Before this stretch, no Auburn team in the Gus Malzahn era had ever failed to reach 100 rushing yards even in back-to-back games.
- JaTarvious Whitlow’s 414 rushing yards this season are already the most by an Auburn freshman since Michael Dyer ran for 1093 yards in 2010. He is the only freshman in the SEC leading his team in rushing.
MINNESOTA AT #3 OHIO STATE
- Ohio State leads Minnesota 44-7 all-time in this series and has won 26 of the last 27 matchups. In the last meeting (2015), the Gophers were held to 33 rushing yards – they have had more in every game since. The Gophers threw for 281 yards that day – they’ve thrown for more yards in just two games since.
- Bryce Williams and Mohamed Ibrahim, two freshmen for the Golden Gophers, have combined for 127 carries and 569 rushing yards this season. Overall, 70.5 percent (146/207) of Minnesota’s carries have gone to freshmen this season – that is the highest mark in the country.
- Ohio State threw for 455 yards against Indiana last week. The Buckeyes topped that mark once last season (474 vs. UNLV). Aside from that game, OSU had not had more passing yards in a game since 1997, when they threw for 459 against No. 2 Penn State.
- Dwayne Haskins leads the FBS with 25 touchdown passes this season. He and J.T. Barrett IV (2014) are the only Big Ten quarterbacks in the last 10 years to reach even 20 passing touchdowns through six team games in a season — Barrett had 20.
- In his last three games, Parris Campbell has 24 catches for 349 yards and four touchdowns. The last Ohio State receiver to reach all of these totals in a three-game span was David Boston in 1998, who in the last three games of his college career caught 26 balls for 485 yards and four touchdowns.
#14 FLORIDA AT VANDERBILT
- Florida leads the all-time series over Vanderbilt 39-10-2, and has won 26 of the last 27 meetings. Florida has gone into halftime against Vanderbilt tied or trailing in two of the past three meetings, however. In the past four seasons, Florida has run for 11 touchdowns and thrown for none against the Commodores.
- Florida has beaten ranked opponents in consecutive games for the first time since the 2008 Tim Tebow-led Gators closed out their season with three straight wins over No. 23 Florida State, No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Oklahoma.
- Lamical Perine ran for two scores against No. 5 LSU last week, his third career multi-touchdown game. His first two came in back-to-back weeks last season against Vanderbilt and LSU. Of his 13 career touchdowns, 11 have come in SEC games.
- Through six games, Vanderbilt has outscored its opponents 151-144. That is the Commodores’ best point differential through as many games since 2013, when they ended the season 9-4 (their last .500+ season).
- Ke’Shawn Vaughn led all rushers with 79 yards on nine carries in Vanderbilt’s loss to No. 2 Georgia last week. He has averaged 7.0 yards per carry against ranked opponents this season, the second-best mark by an SEC rusher (Rakeem Boyd, Ark. — 7.3; min. 15 carries).
PITTSBURGH AT #5 NOTRE DAME
- Notre Dame leads Pitt 48-21-1 all-time in this series, first played in 1909. DeShone Kizer threw five touchdowns and ran for another score the last time these teams met in 2015. Notre Dame won a triple-overtime thriller, 29-26, the last time the game was played at Notre Dame in 2012.
- Pitt seniors Qadree Ollison and Darrin Hall have combined for 910 rushing yards. Seniors have accounted for 925 of 1223 rushing yards for Pitt this season (75.6 percent); Purdue (81.9) and Stanford (78.8) are the only Power 5 teams with a higher percentage of their rushing yards from seniors.
- In each of Notre Dame’s three games since Ian Book took over, the Fighting Irish have had at least 270 passing yards after reaching that total in just one game last season. The last time Notre Dame did this in more straight games was in 2014 (five straight).
- Miles Boykin has 19 catches for 261 yards and three touchdowns in his last two games. The last Notre Dame receiver to reach all of these totals in a two-game span was Michael Floyd, who caught 20 passes for 261 yards and five touchdowns from October 16-30, 2010.
- Ian Book’s 73.3 completion percentage ranks third in the FBS (min. 100 attempts) behind Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa (75.2) and Colorado’s Steven Montez (75.2). Book has nine TD passes and one INT; only five quarterbacks in the FBS have better TD/INT ratios (min. 100 attempts).
#2 GEORGIA AT #13 LSU
- Georgia and LSU are meeting for the first time since 2013 (44-41 Georgia win), and the first time in Baton Rouge since 2008 (52-38 Georgia win). The Tigers lead the all-time series, 16-13-1, and are one of just two teams to have faced Georgia 15 or more times and have a winning record (Alabama, 39-25-4).
- Georgia had season highs of 560 total yards and 341 passing yards in last week’s 41-13 home win over Vanderbilt. The Bulldogs have scored at least 35 points in each of their first six games for the first time in school history.
- Jake Fromm has an 18-2 (.900) record as a starting quarterback, second best among active FBS players with at least 15 starts (Jalen Hurts, Alabama — 26-2). Georgia is 15-0 when Fromm starts and throws 25 or fewer passes.
- LSU has lost six of its last seven games versus AP Top 5 opponents, winning only against No. 3 Ole Miss in 2014 (10-7). The Tigers haven’t beaten a team ranked as high as No. 2 since a 9-6 overtime victory at No. 2 Alabama in 2011.
- Joe Burrow had thrown 197 career passes without an interception before getting intercepted twice in the fourth quarter of last week’s 27-19 loss at Florida. Burrow’s 53.9 percent completion percentage for the year is the second lowest among SEC QBs (minimum 15 Att/Team G; Nick Fitzgerald, MissSt — 49.6).
#10 CENTRAL FLORIDA AT MEMPHIS
- UCF and Memphis will meet for the 13th time. UCF has won each of the last 11 meetings dating back to 2005, including last season’s AAC Championship Game, a double-overtime thriller that featured 1479 total yards between the two teams, the fourth most of any FBS game in the last 20 seasons.
- UCF defeated SMU, 48-20, to extend its longest active win streak to 18 games. The Knights are averaging 48.6 points per game (6th in FBS) and allowing just 17.4 points per game (19th in FBS), joining Alabama, Appalachian State, Clemson and Georgia as the only teams to rank in the top 20 in both scoring offense and scoring defense.
- McKenzie Milton threw for 278 yards and two touchdowns in the win over SMU, his 19th straight game with a passing touchdown. That marks the third-longest streak by a UCF QB since the school joined the FBS in 1996, behind only Ryan Schneider (28 games) and Daunte Culpepper (22 games).
- Memphis routed UConn, 55-14, behind 41 points in the first half. The Tigers are averaging 3.55 points per drive in regulation, the fourth most in the nation; only Alabama (3.97), Oklahoma (3.91) and UCF (3.75) are averaging more.
- Darrell Henderson tallied 174 yards and three touchdowns against UConn. Through six games, Henderson has 934 rushing yards, the most by a Memphis rusher through six team games since DeAngelo Williams in 2005 (1083), and 12 rushing touchdowns, the most by a Tiger since Williams in 2004 (12).
#7 WASHINGTON AT #17 OREGON
- Washington and Oregon will meet for the 111th time in program history, but just the fourth time when both teams are ranked in the top 20 (1990, 1995 and 2013). The Huskies look to win three in a row against Oregon for the first time since winning five straight from 1989 to 1993.
- Washington beat UCLA, 31-24, its first victory over the Bruins in Pasadena since 1995. The Huskies had the ball for 38:09, their longest time of possession since the 2016 Pac-12 Championship Game vs. Colorado (38:34).
- Myles Gaskin rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns in the win over UCLA, his eighth career game with 100+ yards and two or more scores. That’s the second-most such games by any Washington player in the last 20 seasons, behind only Bishop Sankey (nine).
- Oregon is coming off a bye week after defeating Cal on September 29, 42-24, for its first ranked win since beating No. 11 Utah in November 2016. The Ducks are seeking to beat ranked opponents in back-to-back games for the first time since beating No. 7 Stanford and No. 22 USC in November 2015.
- Freshman running backs Travis Dye (115 yards) and CJ Verdell (106 yards) combined for 221 rushing yards in the Ducks’ win over Cal, becoming the first duo of freshmen in program history to each rush for 100 yards in the same game.
MICHIGAN STATE AT #8 PENN STATE
- Michigan State and Penn State will meet for the 33rd time. The Spartans lead the all-time series, 16-15-1, and have won four of the last five, but Penn State holds a 14-8 advantage since joining the Big Ten in 1993.
- Michigan State lost, 29-19, to Northwestern last week despite outgaining the Wildcats, 425-381. Since the start of 2016, the Spartans have lost seven games in which they’ve outgained their opponents, the fifth-most losses in that span (Miami Ohio, 10; Arkansas State, 8; Missouri, 8; Southern Miss, 8).
- Brian Lewerke has thrown an interception in each of the Spartans’ five games this season, the longest streak by a Spartan quarterback since Drew Stanton threw a pick in five straight in 2006.
- Penn State had a bye week coming off of its 27-26 loss to Ohio State. Since 2016, Penn State is 3-5 in games decided by three points or fewer; only Eastern Michigan and Western Kentucky have more such losses in that span (six each).
- Trace McSorley passed for 286 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 175 yards in the loss to Ohio State, his first career 100-yard rushing game. He’s the first Penn State quarterback to throw for 250 yards and rush for another 100 yards since Zack Mills did so in October 2001 — also against OSU.
#22 TEXAS A&M AT SOUTH CAROLINA
- Texas A&M travels to face South Carolina for the fifth time in a series that began in 2014. Texas A&M has beaten the Gamecocks in all four previous meetings, its second-longest active streak against an SEC opponent; the Ags have not lost to Arkansas in their seven meetings since joining the SEC.
- The Aggies defeated No. 13 Kentucky, 20-14, in overtime last week, their first win over a ranked opponent since beating No. 9 Tennessee on October 8, 2016. Texas A&M held Kentucky to just eight first downs on the afternoon, the fewest it had allowed since September 29, 2007, against Baylor (seven).
- Trayveon Williams tallied 138 rushing yards and a touchdown in the win, his fourth 100-yard game this season; only Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor has more (five). With 100 yards and a touchdown against the Gamecocks, Williams would become the first Aggie since Johnny Manziel in 2012 to reach those marks in three straight games.
- South Carolina defeated Missouri, 37-35, despite being outrushed, 286-128. That -158 rushing yard differential was the Gamecocks’ largest deficit in a win since the 2014 Capital One Bowl against Wisconsin (-176).
- Bryan Edwards caught seven passes for 73 yards and two touchdowns against Missouri, giving him five receiving touchdowns through five games this season. He’s the first Gamecock receiver to catch five or more touchdowns through five team games in a season since Kenny McKinley in 2007.
BAYLOR AT #9 TEXAS
- Baylor and Texas will meet for the 108th time, with Texas holding a 77-26-4 advantage in the all-time series. This will be the fourth time in six meetings that either team is ranked in the top 10, the first time that has happened since a top-10 Texas squad took on unranked Baylor five times in the six meetings from 2004-09.
- Baylor held on at home to beat Kansas State, 37-34, on a field goal with eight seconds left. The 12-play, 76-yard drive to set up the game-winning field goal marked the Bears’ first game-winning drive ending in the final minute since an 18-play, 83-yard drive set up a 19-yard field goal to beat Iowa State in 2016.
- Jalen Hurd caught 11 passes for 135 yards in the win over Kansas State, his second straight 100-yard game. He has 42 catches through the first six games of his Baylor career, the most by any Bears player through six games of a season since Terrance Williams had 47 in 2012.
- Texas defeated Oklahoma, 48-45, in the highest-scoring edition of the Red River Rivalry. The Longhorns are 5-1, their best start since starting 6-0 in their run to the national title game in 2009, and are ranked in the top 10 for the first time since September 2010.
- Sam Ehlinger threw for 314 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for another 72 yards and three touchdowns. He’s the first Texas player to account for five touchdowns in a game since Tyrone Swoopes did so against Kansas in 2015, and the first to do so against a ranked opponent since Vince Young in October 2005 against No. 24 Colorado.
MISSOURI AT #1 ALABAMA
- Alabama and Missouri will be meeting for the sixth time (the Crimson Tide lead 3-2), but the first time in Tuscaloosa. Missouri will be looking for its first-ever win against a team ranked No. 1 in the AP Poll (0-14 all-time).
- Missouri has held its opponent to under 200 rushing yards in each of its last 12 games, going 9-3 over that span. Only Clemson (20) and Fresno State (17) have longer active streaks in the FBS.
- Drew Lock has thrown for at least 200 yards in each of his last 15 games, the second-longest active streak in the FBS behind UCF’s McKenzie Milton (16).
- Alabama has scored 45+ points in all six games thus far, tied for the third-longest streak to start a season by any FBS team since 1980. Oregon (2013) and Baylor (2015) had seven-game streaks to start a season, while Hawaii also did so in six straight to open the 2007 campaign.
- Tua Tagovailoa has thrown at least two touchdown passes with no interceptions in all six games, the second-longest streak to start a season by any FBS QB in the last 20 years. He trails only Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, who had a seven-game streak to open his 2014 Heisman season.
#6 WEST VIRGINIA AT IOWA STATE
- WVU leads the all-time series with Iowa State, 5-1. The Cyclones are 4-2 in their last six games against AP Top 25 opponents after losing 20 straight against ranked foes prior to that.
- West Virginia is one of six FBS teams to score at least 35 points in every game this season, along with Alabama, Appalachian State, Georgia, Houston and UCF. This is the first time in school history the Mountaineers have scored 35+ points in each of the first five games of a season.
- Will Grier is the second QB in Big 12 history to throw for 300+ yards and 3+ touchdowns in five straight games to start a season, along with Texas Tech’s Graham Harrell in 2007 (seven straight).
- Iowa State won at No. 25 Oklahoma State last week and has now won its last three road games against AP Top 25 opponents. That’s the fourth-longest active streak in the FBS behind Ohio State (7), Oklahoma (7) and Clemson (4).
- Brock Purdy finished with 318 passing yards and 84 rushing yards last week despite not starting the game. He was the first FBS QB to come off the bench and have 300+ passing yards and 75+ rushing yards since Arizona’s Brandon Dawkins did so against Arizona State on November 21, 2015.
#16 MIAMI FL AT VIRGINIA
- Miami (FL) leads the all-time series with Virginia, 9-6, and has won three straight. A win on Saturday would give the Hurricanes the longest winning streak by either team in series history.
- Miami came back from 20 points down to defeat Florida State last week, 28-27. It was the Hurricanes’ biggest comeback win since they rallied from 23 down to beat Florida on September 6, 2003.
- Lawrence Cager has just 12 receptions this year, but six of them have gone for touchdowns. He’s the only player in the FBS who has had at least half of his receptions go for touchdowns this year (minimum 10 total receptions).
- The Cavaliers may need to do a better job of protecting the ball if they want to beat Miami. They have had at least one turnover in each of their last 14 games, the second-longest active streak in the FBS behind South Alabama (15).
- Olamide Zaccheaus has had five 70+ yard TD receptions in his career, tied with Oklahoma’s Marquise Brown and Baylor’s Chris Platt for the most of any active FBS player.
#15 WISCONSIN AT #12 MICHIGAN
- A series that was long dominated by Michigan has shifted lately in favor of Wisconsin. Wisconsin went 3-29 against Michigan over the 40-season stretch from 1965-2004, but the Badgers have gone 5-3 against the Wolverines since then.
- Last week’s 221-yard game for Jonathan Taylor was his fifth 200-yard rushing game in just 19 career contests. Since 2000, the only other FBS players to have at least five 200-yard rushing games within the first 20 games of their careers are North Texas’ Jamario Thomas and Northern Illinois’ Garrett Wolfe.
- Badger QB Alex Hornibrook has won his last 10 true road starts. In the past 10 years, only two Power 5 QBs have won 11 or more consecutive road starts: Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield won 14 in a row from 2015-17, while Alabama’s AJ McCarron won 12 straight from 2011-13.
- Don’t expect a big day from Hornibrook against the Michigan defense, however — the Wolverines have held their last 37 opponents to under 300 passing yards, the longest active streak in the FBS.
- Zach Gentry caught seven passes for 112 yards in last week’s win over Maryland, the most receiving yards by a Michigan tight end in a game since Jerame Tuman had 126 against Colorado on September 13, 1997.
#19 COLORADO AT USC
- USC is a perfect 12-0 all-time against Colorado. It is the only series between current Pac-12 opponents in which one team has never beaten the other.
- Steven Montez is the first Pac-12 QB to have a completion percentage of 75.0 percent or higher through his team’s first five games of a season (minimum 100 attempts) since Cal’s Aaron Rodgers in 2004 (75.2).
- Laviska Shenault Jr. has had at least 10 catches for 100 yards in four of his five games this year. He’s the fourth Power 5 player since 2000 to do that in four of his first five games of a season, along with Texas Tech’s Michael Crabtree (2007), West Virginia’s Tavon Austin (2012) and Cal’s Chad Hansen (2016).
- The Trojans have won 18 straight home games, the longest streak by a Pac-12 team since Oregon won 21 in a row from 2008-11.
- USC is the only FBS team that has both a true freshman leading the team in passing yards (JT Daniels) and a true freshman leading the team in receiving yards (Amon-Ra St. Brown) this season.