Watching the Top 25

Originally Published: October 13, 2004
ESPN.com

With 24 out of the Top 25 teams in action, this week is loaded with good matchups. Five of the games feature matchups of ranked teams and three should directly impact the Big 10, Pac-10 and ACC races.

Saturday, Oct. 16

No. 19 ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS  at
No. 1 USC TROJANS
Los Angeles
3:30 p.m. ET - ABC
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The Trojans barely escaped a then-undefeated Cal team last week. How will they handle an undefeated Sun Devils team this week
• Insider preview: Can Andrew Walter pass ASU to an upset win?

No. 2 OKLAHOMA SOONERS  vs.
KANSAS STATE WILDCATS
Manhattan, Kan.
Noon ET - ABC
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Thinking the Sooners will be flat after a fifth straight win over Texas? Well, last year's Big 12 title game loss to K-State should prevent that.
• Insider breakdown: Can the Wildcats contain Adrian Peterson?

ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS  at
No. 4 AUBURN TIGERS
Auburn, Ala.
3:30 p.m. ET - CBS
Matt Jones and the Hogs want to run Tigers out of the Lovliest Village on the Plains, but Cadillac Williams and Ronnie Brown will also be on the run.
• Insider breakdown: Can the Tigers avoid a letdown?

No. 12 WISCONSIN BADGERS  at
No. 5 PURDUE BOILERMAKERS
West Lafayette, Ind.
5:30 p.m. ET - ESPN2
Kyle Orton and the Boilermakers' No. 3-ranked offense will face a big challenge against the Badgers' No. 1-ranked defense.
• Insider preview: Can Orton solve the Badgers' defense?

No. 6 VIRGINIA CAVALIERS  at
No. 7 FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES
Tallahassee, Fla.
7:45 p.m. ET - ESPN
The undefeated Cavaliers have not been tested yet. They have a chance to prove that they are a true contender this week against the Seminoles.
•  Prime time preview: Can the 'Noles penetrate UVa's defense?

VANDERBILT COMMODORES  at
No. 8 GEORGIA BULLDOGS
Athens, Ga.
12:30 p.m. ET - Jefferson Pilot
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After Tennessee's visit with David Greene and the Dawgs last week, this is the wrong time for Vandy to head to UGa's house.
• Insider breakdown: Can the Bulldogs bounce back?

UCLA BRUINS  at
No. 9 CALIFORNIA BEARS
Berkeley, Calif.
7 p.m. ET - TBS
The Bruins' defense will have to step it up to slow down J.J. Arrington, Aaron Rodgers and the rest of Cal's explosive attack.
• Insider breakdown: Can the Bruins contain the Golden Bears?

NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS  at
No. 10 UTAH UTES
Salt Lake City, Utah
10 p.m. ET
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Surely, the Tar Heels' upset of NC State last week got the attention of the Utes, who can't afford a slip up of any kind on its BCS quest.
• Insider breakdown: Can the Utes' offense continue to roll?

No. 24 MISSOURI TIGERS  at
No. 11 TEXAS LONGHORNS
Austin, Texas
3:30 p.m. ET - ABC
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After getting shut out by Oklahoma, the Horns must now face the Tigers, who happen to have Big 12's top-ranked defense.
• Insider breakdown: Can the Horns offense move the ball?

No. 13 MICHIGAN WOLVERINES  at
ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI
Champaign, Ill.
Noon ET - ABC
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The sight of Chad Henne rallying the Wolverines against Minnesota could not have been comforting to the Illini.
• Insider breakdown: Can the Illini cover Braylon Edwards?

No. 14 TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS  at
OLE MISS REBELS
Oxford, Miss.
9 p.m. ET - ESPN2
Which Tennessee will arrive in Oxford? The group that beat Florida and Georgia or the squad that Auburn pushed around?
• Insider breakdown: Can the Vols repeat last week's performance?

TEXAS A&M AGGIES  at
No. 15 OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOYS
Stillwater, Okla.
7 p.m. ET - FSN
The surprising Aggies and Cowboys place their perfect Big 12 records on the line in Stillwater.
• Insider preview: Can the Aggies shut down OSU's running game?

No. 18 BOISE STATE BRONCOS  at
TULSA GOLDEN HURRICANE
Tulsa, Okla.
7 p.m. ET
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The Broncos leave the friendly blue turf behind this week, but it shouldn't matter too much -- it's not like they're headed to Norman.
• Insider breakdown: Can the Broncos play well on the road?

No. 20 MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS  at
MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS
East Lansing, Mich.
Noon ET - ESPN
The Golden Gophers will rely on their No.3-ranked rushing attack to offset any hangover from last week's trip to Michigan.
• Insider breakdown: Can the Spartans contain the Gophers' RBs?

MIDDLE TENNESSEE ST. BLUE RAIDERS  at
No. 22 FLORIDA GATORS
Gainesville, Fla.
Noon ET - Sunshine Network
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The temperature in "The Swamp" this week is sure to be elevated for Ron Zook and the Gators after last week's loss to LSU.
• Insider breakdown: Can the Gators' defense hold a lead?

No. 23 OHIO STATE BUCKEYES  at
IOWA HAWKEYES
Iowa City, Iowa
3:30 p.m. ET - ABC
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This Big Ten battle between could come down to whoever scores. The Buckeyes are No. 76 in scoring offense, while the Hawkeyes are No. 70.
• Insider breakdown: Can OSU bounce back from consecutive losses?

No. 25 SOUTHERN MISS GOLDEN EAGLES  at
ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE
Tuscaloosa, Ala.
3:30 p.m. ET
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Already down QB Brodie Croyle, the Crimson Tide will now have to face the Golden Eagles without RB Ray Hudson too.
• Insider breakdown: Can Southern Miss exploit Pennington?