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College Football Report / Scores, news and notes

Selected Saturday games

No. 12 Oklahoma vs. Texas at Dallas (Noon, Ch. 7): The annual Red River Rivalry game at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas has been a rout for the Sooners the past two years, who averaged 54 points against the Longhorns in 2011 and 2012 and have put the game out of reach by halftime.

Iowa State at No. 20 Texas Tech (Noon, Fox Sports 1): Kliff Kingsbury could become the first Texas Tech coach to win his first six career games. A win would give the Red Raiders their first 6-0 start since 2008, when Mike Leach was at the helm.

No. 24 Virginia Tech vs. Pittsburgh (Noon, ESPNU): The Hokies have won five straight and made it back into the Top 25 for the first time in more than a year after avenging a bad loss last season in beating North Carolina.

No. 25 Missouri at No. 7 Georgia (Noon, ESPN): The Tigers, off to their best start since going 7-0 in 2010, will seek their first win in three matchups with Georgia and try to extend a streak of 35 games with a forced turnover.

No. 14 South Carolina at Arkansas (12:21 p.m., MSG): Arkansas has been outscored by an average of 21.8 points during a five-game losing streak to Top 25 opponents, with three of those defeats coming at home. South Carolina has won six straight SEC road games against unranked foes.

Boston College at No. 3 Clemson (3:30 p.m., Ch. 7): The Tigers have to be careful not to look past the Eagles and toward a huge matchup with Florida State next week. Boston College has played Clemson tough over the years, winning twice in Death Valley since 2005.

No. 15 Baylor at Kansas State (3:30 p.m., Ch. 29): The Bears are the first FBS team with more than 700 total yards in three consecutive games or 3,000 yards in a four-game span since 1996, according to data available to STATS. Their 282 points are the most in a four-game span since 1980.

No. 17 Florida at No. 10 LSU (3:30 p.m., Ch. 4): LSU has topped 400 yards in each of its first six games and scored at least 35 points in each of its first six for the first time in school history. Florida leads the all-time series, 31-25-3.

No. 19 Northwestern at Wisconsin (3:30 p.m., ESPN2): Both teams are coming off tough losses to Ohio State, the Badgers two weeks ago and the Wildcats last week. Northwestern needs a victory to keep any chance for a Big Ten title alive.

No. 2 Oregon at No. 16 Washington (4 p.m., Fox Sports 1): The Ducks haven’t suffered a road loss since falling, 51-42, to Stanford on Nov. 7, 2009. Washington hasn’t won in this matchup since 2003, dropping the last nine meetings by an average of 25.8 points.

No. 18 Michigan at Penn State (5 p.m., ESPN): The unbeaten Wolverines are not without flaws. Despite being ranked 13th in the nation in total defense, allowing 305.0 yards per game, opponents are converting 41.1 percent on third down – 78th in the country.

Akron at No. 23 Northern Illinois (5 p.m.): The Huskies have trailed in all five of their victories, but all signs point to another win today. They have won 22 in a row at home while the Zips have lost 29 straight on the road.

No. 5 Stanford at Utah (6 p.m.): The Cardinal’s rushing attack finished with a season-low 191 yards last week against Washington and should be tested by an imposing Utah defensive front. The Utes have also registered a conference-high 18 sacks.

No. 1 Alabama at Kentucky (7 p.m., ESPN2): Success running the ball could be key for Alabama against the Wildcats. Kentucky surrenders an average of 196.2 rushing yards to rank only better than Texas A&M’s 214.8 mark in the SEC.

No. 9 Texas A&M at Mississippi (8:30 p.m., ESPN): The Aggies are giving up 476.4 yards per game, ranking 112th out of 123 FBS teams, and their average of 30.8 points allowed is 87th. But they will try to win 10 straight road/neutral site games for the first time since 1939-40.

California at No. 11 UCLA (10:30 p.m., ESPN2): Cal freshman Jared Goff set the school’s single-game record with 504 passing yards in last week’s loss to Washington State and became the second quarterback in Pac-12 history to throw for 450 yards in three games.

Local games

Buffalo State at Salisbury (1 p.m.): The Bengals, 2-3, lost a tough 39-33 double-overtime game last week at Alfred and at 0-2 are still searching for their first Empire 8 Conference victory.

Dean at ECC (Noon): The 1-4 Kats are 0-3 in the North East Football Conference, and this is another conference game. Last week they dropped a 41-38 overtime decision to Lackawanna College of Pennsylvania.

From News staff and wire reports.

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