Oregon State is currently on a four-game losing skid, but anything can happen in the 'Civil War.' The Ducks edged the Beavers 36-35 last season to extend their winning streak to five in the series. Falling into a trap in on the road would end Oregon's national title hopes again and possibly cost quarterback Marcus Mariota his ticket to New York for a shot at the Heisman Trophy.
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Florida State at Miami, Nov. 15
The Hurricanes have quietly been rolling with running back Duke Johnson already rushing for more than 1,200 yards this season. But they've played only one ranked team so far, a 41-31 loss to Nebraska in September. Florida State has been surviving scares with come-from-behind wins ever week. Can they avoid falling into another early hole or will Miami pull the upset?
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Kansas State at Baylor, Dec. 6
Two years ago, K-State's national title hopes were over after a stunning blowout loss to Baylor in Waco. The tables are turned this time with the Bears' Big 12 championship and playoff chances on the line. The Wildcats are out of the playoff hunt after a loss to TCU, but they're still in the conference title race.
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TCU at Texas, Nov. 27
Texas has been improving each week with a dominant defense and freshman quarterback Tyrone Swoopes progressing. TCU's high-powered offense will face a tough test Thanksgiving night with plenty on the line: A loss would cost the Horned Frogs a share of the Big 12 title with Baylor.
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Nebraska at Wisconsin, Nov. 15
It's a tight race for the Big Ten West crown. Nebraska, Wisconsin and Minnesota all sit at 4-1 in conference play, but things will become much clearer after the Huskers face the Badgers this weekend. Meanwhile, Minnesota will still be in the mix if it upsets Ohio State.
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Ohio State at Minnesota, Nov. 15
Minnesota has been the Big Ten's surprise team, but the Gophers are about to begin their toughest stretch of the season with Ohio State, Nebraska, and Wisconsin up next. The Buckeyes passed their biggest test last week with an impressive performance on the road against Michigan State. A win over Minnesota would all but secure their place in the Big Ten Championship Game and keep their hope of a playoff spot alive.
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Arizona State at Arizona, Nov. 28
Since a blowout loss to UCLA in September, Arizona State has dominated with wins over four nationally ranked teams, highlighted by a 55-31 dismantling of then-No. 10 Notre Dame. Everything will be on the line for the Sun Devils when they visit their in-state rival in the regular season finale.
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Auburn at Alabama, Nov. 29
The stakes won't be as high as last season, but nobody has forgotten what transpired in the final seconds of the 2013 Iron Bowl. If Alabama upsets Mississippi State, the Crimson Tide will still be in good shape to make the playoff, with only the Tigers standing in the way.
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Mississippi State at Alabama, Nov. 15
Mississippi State has been unstoppable and passed every road test thus far. But the Bulldogs haven't won in Tuscaloosa since 2006 and haven't beaten Nick Saban since his first season at Alabama in 2007. Mississippi State won't be out of the national title picture with a loss, but they can eliminate the Crimson Tide with a win.
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Mississippi State at Ole Miss, Nov. 29
Even if the Bulldogs fail to get past Alabama, they'd still be one of the nation's best one-loss teams heading into the Egg Bowl. Ole Miss' playoff dreams are gone, but the Rebels would love nothing more than to spoil their in-state rival's shot at a championship. It's arguably the most anticipated matchup in the rivalry's history.