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Watching the Top 25

The goal is simple for most teams in the Top 25 this week: survive the road. Fifteen of the 21 Top-25 teams in action this week are visitors. In fact, every team in the top 5 is on the road and seven members of the top 10 must travel.

Friday, Oct. 29


HAWAII WARRIORS  at
No. 15 BOISE STATE BRONCOS
Boise, Idaho
8 p.m. ET - ESPN2

Look for the Warriors' Timmy Chang to set the NCAA passing record and the Broncos to keep their BCS hopes alive.
• Insider breakdown: Can Timmy Chang pull off the upset?

Saturday, Oct. 30


No. 1 USC TROJANS  at
WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS
Pullman, Wash.
7 p.m. ET - ABC
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After a month in L.A., the Trojans must take the long and winding road to Pullman to face a Cougars team with nothing to lose.
• Insider breakdown: Can the Cougars stop Reggie Bush?


No. 2 OKLAHOMA SOONERS  vs.
No. 20 OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOYS
Stillwater, Okla.
Noon ET - ABC
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Adrian Peterson ran over the Horns in an earlier rivalry game. Can he do the same against OSU or will Pokes' RB Vernand Morency steal the show?

• Insider Preview: Can the Cowboys produce enough offense?


No. 3 MIAMI HURRICANES  vs.
NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS
Chapel Hill, N.C.
7 p.m. ET - ESPN2

If the Tar Heels learned anything from the Hurricanes' win at NC State last week, they will not kick the ball to Miami's Devin Hester.
• Insider breakdown: Can Brock Berlin maintain his recent form?


No. 4 AUBURN TIGERS  at
OLE MISS REBELS
Oxford, Miss.
7:45 p.m. ET - ESPN

Emotions will run high with former Ole Miss coach Tommy Tuberville and the No.4-ranked Tigers in Oxford, but can the Rebels defend the run?
• Insider Preview: Can the Tigers avoid a letdown?


No. 5 FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES  at
MARYLAND TERRAPINS
College Park, Md.
3:30 p.m. ET - ABC
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The struggling Terps' offense is ranked No. 94. The powerful 'Noles' defense is ranked No. 8. The Fridge will have a lot on his plate this week.
• Insider breakdown: Can the Terps' offense score enough points?


No. 7 GEORGIA BULLDOGS  vs.
FLORIDA GATORS
Jacksonville, Fla.
3:30 p.m. ET - CBS

Talk about your emotionally charged atmosphere. The Dawgs have lost 13 of 14 to the Gators and Florida fired coach Ron Zook on Monday.
• Insider Preview: Can the Bulldogs reverse recent history?


No. 21 ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS  at
No. 8 CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS
Berkeley, Calif.
10 p.m. ET - TBS

Expect plenty of fireworks with Andrew Walter taking snaps for the Sun Devils and Aaron Rodgers running Jeff Tedford's offense at Cal.
• Insider Preview: Can the Sun Devils muster a running game?


No. 9 TEXAS LONGHORNS  at
COLORADO BUFFALOES
Boulder, Colo.
3:30 p.m. ET - ABC
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Will the Buffs see the Vince Young from the Horns' win over Texas Tech or the one from the loss to Oklahoma?
• Insider breakdown: Can the Buffs shut down UT's ground game?


No. 10 UTAH UTES  at
SAN DIEGO STATE AZTECS
San Diego
9 p.m. ET
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The Aztecs must find a way to slow down the Utes, who are one of only three teams averaging over 225 yards on the ground and in the air.
• Insider breakdown: Can the Aztecs possibly stop Alex Smith?


MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS  at
MICHIGAN WOLVERINES
Ann Arbor, Mich.
3:30 p.m. ET - ABC
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While the Wolverines will count on Mike Hart's running, the Spartans will rely on Drew Stanton's passing to bring home the Paul Bunyan trophy.
• Insider breakdown: Can Drew Stanton shock the Wolverines?


No. 12 TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS  at
SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS
Columbia, S.C.
12:30 ET - Jefferson Pilot
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The Vols appear to be in good shape in the SEC East, but never count out a Lou Holtz team -- especially when it's a home underdog.
• Insider breakdown: Can the Gamecocks stop the Vols' run game?


No. 13 WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS  at
RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS
Piscataway, N.J.
Noon ET - ESPN Plus
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The Mountaineers roll into Jersey averaging a 263 yards per game on the ground and have beaten Rutgers 154-26 in their last three meetings.
• Insider breakdown: Will the Mountaineers avoid a letdown?


No. 17 TEXAS A&M AGGIES  at
BAYLOR BEARS
Waco, Texas
7 p.m. ET

Will the Ags keep the momentum from their comeback win over Colorado or will the Bears rebound from their last-second loss to Iowa State?
• Insider breakdown: Will the Bears pull off the upset?


VANDERBILT COMMODORES  at
No. 18 LSU TIGERS
Baton Rouge, La.
8 p.m. ET

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The Commodores are hovering near the bottom of the SEC again. But as Troy taught them last week, these Tigers can't overlook any opponent.
• Insider breakdown: Will Marcus Randall solidify the QB position?


No. 19 PURDUE BOILERMAKERS  at
NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS
Evanston, Ill.
Noon ET - ESPN

The Boilermakers need to avoid the critical turnover if they are going to break their two-game losing streak.
• Insider breakdown: Will Kyle Orton snap out of his funk?


No. 23 MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS  at
INDIANA HOOSIERS
Bloomington, Ind.
2 p.m. ET

Although the Golden Gophers have struggled away from the Metrodome, the Hoosiers have not fared all that well at home.
• Insider breakdown: Will the Golden Gophers run wild?


No. 24 IOWA HAWKEYES  at
ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI
Champaign, Ill.
Noon ET - ESPN Plus
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The Hawkeyes only needed two field goals on the road last week, but they shouldn't count on only giving up four points this week.
• Insider breakdown: Will the Hawkeyes' offense get on track?