Arkansas aerial attack to test Gators

After a dominating defensive performance last Saturday night in a 13-3 victory over then fourth-ranked Louisiana State in Death Valley, the No. 1 Florida Gators return to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field for a Homecoming Southeastern Conference battle with Arkansas. The Razorbacks, coming off a 44-23 victory over then No. 17 Auburn, bring the SEC’s top passing attack, led by 6-foot-7 quarterback Ryan Mallett, into the game to test the nation’s top-ranked defense.

GAME 6: ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS vs. No. 1 FLORIDA GATORS

WHEN: Saturday at 3:30 p.m. EDT.

WHERE: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field (88,548) at Gainesville, Fla.

WEATHER FORECAST: The Saturday kickoff forecast calls for sunny skies with no chance of precipitation. Temperature at kickoff will be near 75 degrees with winds light from the NW at 9 miles per hour.

OVER THE AIRWAVES: CBS Sports (Verne Lundquist, play-by-play; Gary Danielson, color analyst; Tracy Wolfson, sidelines) has the telecast; Gator Radio Network has broadcast (see below for more information and stations) with Mick Hubert, Lee McGriff and Steve Babik.

RECORDS: Arkansas is 3-2, 1-2 in the SEC West Division. Florida is 5-0 overall, 3-0 in the SEC East Division.

RANKINGS: Arkansas is unranked. Florida is ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press (media), USA Today (AFCA/coaches), Harris Interactive (BCS rankings) and Legends Coaches polls. The first Bowl Championship Series rankings will be released Monday, Oct. 19.

COACHES: Arkansas, Bobby Petrino (Carroll College, 1983) is 8-9 in his second season at Arkansas and 49-18 in his sixth season as a head coach (with a previous stop at Louisville). Florida, Urban Meyer (Cincinnati, 1988) is 49-9 in his fifth season at Florida and 88-17 in his ninth season as a head coach (with previous stops at Bowling Green and Utah).

GATOR BYTES: This is Florida’s Homecoming Game. … Florida has the nation’s longest winning streak at 15, which also is the school record. … When Joe Haden intercepted a pass shortly before halftime against LSU, it moved Florida’s streak of games with at least one interception to 17, the nation’s best. … The Gators have been ranked No. 1 in nine consecutive AP polls, second only to their streak of 10 in 1996. … Florida has outscored the opposition 58-6 in the first quarter and 131-22 in the first half. In the third quarter, the Gators have a 40-3 edge and in the final quarter it’s 24-7.

PORK RINDS: Florida is the fourth staight undefeated team Arkansas has faced. The Razorbacks lost to then No. 3 Alabama (35-7) but have beaten Texas A&M (47-19) and then No. 17 Auburn (44-23) in their last three outings. … Arkansas is 4-11 all-time in games against the No. 1-ranked AP team but they have won twice when those games were on Oct 17 – in 1964 when No. 8 Arkansas beat No. 1 Texas in Austin 14-13 and in 1981 with a 42-11 victory in Fayetteville when the Razorbacks were unranked. … Arkansas is 20-for-20 in red zone offense. … The Razorbacks’ 29 tackles for loss lead the SEC.

LAST TIME OUT: How Arkansas and Florida fared in their last games:

Arkansas: Last Saturday in Fayetteville, Michael Smith rushed for 145 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries and 6-7 quarterback Ryan Mallett threw for 274 yards on 24-of-37 passing for two touchdowns and one interception as the Razorbacks knocked off No. 17 Auburn, 44-23. The Razorbacks totaled 495 yards and held the ball for 38:27. Arkansas broke open the game with a 21-point second quarter and was leading 34-3 in the third quarter before the Tigers scored 20 points in a 5:05 span late.

Florida: With QB Tim Tebow getting medical clearance (concussion vs. Kentucky) just a few hours earlier, the Gators silenced a Tiger Stadium-record crowd of 93,129 by limiting the fourth-ranked Tigers to just 162 yards in a 13-3 victory last Saturday night. The victory by the Gators broke LSU’s 32-game winning streak at home on Saturday nights (going back to a Nov. 16, 2002 loss to Alabama). Caleb Sturgis booted a pair of field goals from 28 and 32 yards and Tebow, who was limited early as he got his legs under him, passed for 134 yards (11 of 16, 1 TD of 24 yards to Riley Cooper) and rushed for 38 yards more. Middle linebacker Brandon Spikes had a team-high 11 tackles and 3 of Florida’s 5 quarterback sacks as the defense only allowed one LSU third-down conversion in nine attempts.

SERIES: Florida leads the series 7-1.

Games at Gainesville: Florida leads 2-0. Games at Fayetteville: Florida leads 3-0. Games at neutral sites: Florida leads 2-1. Current streak: 7, Florida (1995-current). Longest Florida winning streak: 7 (1995-current). Longest Arkansas winning streak: 1 (1982).

Results of games in the series (number in parentheses next to school was its ranking heading into the game that season):

1982: Arkansas (14) 28, Florida (NR) 24 at Astro Bluebonnet Bowl, Houston, Texas. 1995: Florida (2) 34, Arkansas (24) 3 at SEC Championship Game in Atlanta, Ga. 1996: Florida (1) 42, Arkansas (NR) 7 at Fayetteville, Ark. 1997: Florida (1) 56, Arkansas (NR) 7 at Gainesville. 2003: Florida (NR) 33, Arkansas (11) 28 at Fayetteville, Ark. 2004: Florida (16) 45, Arkansas (NR) 30 at Gainesville. 2006: Florida (4) 38, Arkansas (8) 28 at SEC Championship Game in Atlanta, Ga. 2008: Florida (12) 38, Arkansas (NR) 7 at Fayetteville, Ark.

LAST SEASON IN FAYETTEVILLE: The Saturday following its 31-30 loss to Mississippi, Florida began its march to the national championship with a 38-7 victory at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, the first of its current streak of 15 straight victories on Oct. 4, 2008. The Gators rushed for 278 yards and totaled 514 yards. Tim Tebow threw for 217 yards and a pair of touchdowns – 2 yards to Brandon James and 21 yards to Percy Harvin. Jeff Demps had touchdown runs of 36 and 48 yards and Chris Rainey had a touchdown run of 75 yards. Both Demps and Rainey finished with 103 yards on 7 and 10 carries, respectively.

LAST TIME IN GAINESVILLE: On Oct. 2, 2004 season, Chris Leak threw for 322 yards and three touchdowns as No. 16 Florida beat unranked Arkansas 45-30. It was Leak’s first 300-yard passing performance. Dallas Baker had two touchdown receptions among his six catches for 89 yards. Florida scored touchdowns on five straight possessions in the first half in opening up a 35-7 halftime lead. Arkansas pulled within 38-30 in the fourth quarter before Channing Crowder’s interception with 4:24 remaining set up Leak’s 2-yard TD pass to Baker for the final score.

SCHEDULES: The 2009 schedules/results of Florida and Arkansas:

Arkansas – Sept. 5 MISSOURI STATE at Little Rock (W, 48-10); Sept. 19 No. 23 GEORGIA (SEC) (L, 41-52); Sept. 26 at No. 3 Alabama (SEC) (L, 7-35); Oct. 3 Texas A&M at Arlington, Texas (W, 47-19); Oct. 10 (17) AUBURN (SEC) (W, 44-23); Oct. 17 at Florida (SEC), 3:30 p.m. (CBS); Oct. 24 at Mississippi (SEC) (TBD); Oct. 31 EASTERN MICHIGAN (TBD); Nov. 7 SOUTH CAROLINA (SEC) (TBD); Nov. 14 TROY (TBD); Nov. 21 MISSISSIPPI STATE (SEC) at Little Rick (TBD); Nov. 28 at Louisiana State (SEC) (TBD).

Florida – Sept. 5 CHARLESTON SOUTHERN (W, 62-3); Sept. 12 TROY (W, 56-6); Sept. 19 TENNESSEE (SEC) (W, 23-13); Sept. 26 at Kentucky (SEC (W, 41-7); Oct. 10 at No. 4 Louisiana State (SEC) (W, 13-3); Oct. 17 ARKANSAS (SEC), 3:30 p.m. (CBS); Oct. 24 at Mississippi State (SEC), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN or ESPN2); Oct. 31 Georgia (SEC) at Jacksonville, 3:30 p.m. (CBS); Nov. 7 VANDERBILT (SEC), TBA (TBD); Nov. 14 at South Carolina (SEC), TBA (TBD); Nov. 21 FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL, 12:30 p.m. (PPV); Nov. 28 FLORIDA STATE, TBA (TBD).

STARTLING LINEUPS: This is how Arkansas and Florida are expected to match up offense vs. defense and on special teams:

Florida offense: WR 6 Deonte Thompson; WR 11 Riley Cooper; LT 57 Carl Johnson; LG 66 James Wilson or 55 Mike Pouncey; C 56 Maurkice Pouncey; RG 55 Mike Pouncey or 74 Maurice Hurt; RT 76 Marcus Gilbert; TE 81 Aaron Hernandez; QB 15 Tim Tebow; RB 2 Jeff Demps; WR 25 Brandon James; WR David Nelson; FB 45 T.J. Pridemore.

Arkansas defense: DE 91 Jake Bequette; DT 61 Zach Stadther; DT 96 Malcolm Sheppard; DE 18 Adrian Davis; OLB 34 Jerry Franklin; MLB 10 Wendel Davis; OLB 46 Freddy Burton; CB 26 Ramon Broadway; S 5 Tramain Thomas; S 39 Matt Harris; CB 4 Rudell Crim.

Florida defense: DE 8 Carlos Dunlap or 94 Justin Trattou; DT 99 Omar Hunter or 90 Lawrence Marsh; DT 6 Jaye Howard or 92 Terron Sanders; DE 49 Jermaine Cunningham; SLB 16 A.J. Jones or 40 Brandon Hicks; MLB 51 Brandon Spikes; WLB 41 Ryan Stamper; CB 1 Janoris Jenkins; CB 5 Joe Haden; SS 35 Ahmad Black or 10 Will Hill; FS 21 Major Wright or 10 Will Hill.

Arkansas offense: W 3 Joe Adams; X 85 Greg Childs; Y 45 D.J. Williams; Z 4 Jarius Wright; OT 73 Ray Dominguez; OG 71 Wade Grayson; C 60 Seth Oxner; OG 66 Mitch Petrus; OT 65 DeMarcus Love; QB 15 Ryan Mallett; RB 21 Michael Smith; FB 44 Van Stumon.

Florida specialists: PK 19 Caleb Sturgis or 38 Jonathan Phillips; KO 19 Caleb Sturgis; PR 25 Brandon James; KR 25 Brandon James and 11 Riley Cooper; P 17 Chas Henry; S 53 Mike Williamson (P) and 59 John Fairbanks (PK); H 17 Chas Henry.

Arkansas specialists: PK 2 Alex Tejada; KO 2 Alex Tejada or 37 Cameron Bryan; PR 3 Joe Adams and 21 Michael Smith; KR 33 Dennis Johnson; P 14 Dylan Breeding; S 59 Rhett Richardson; H 89 Austin Tucker.

TEAM STATISTICS: This is how Florida and Arkansas compare in NCAA and SEC team statistics:

Points per game: Arkansas, 37.40 ppg (11/3). Florida, 39.00 ppg (7/1). National leader: Texas 47.20 ppg.

Points per game allowed: Arkansas, 27.80 ppg (86/11). Florida, 6.40 ppg (1/1).

Total offense: Arkansas, 451.80 ypg (15/3). Florida, 486.40 ypg (6/2). National leader: Houston 569.20 ypg. SEC leader: Auburn 489.83 ypg.

Total defense: Arkansas, 398.60 ypg (95/12). Florida, 202.60 ypg (1/1).

Rushing offense: Arkansas, 133.60 ypg (75/10); Florida, Florida 284.60 (2/1). National leader: Nevada 288.80.

Rushing defense: Arkansas, 145.20 ypg (73/9). Florida, 87.40 ypg (11/2). National leader: Texas 46.20 ypg. SEC leader: Alabama 65.67 ypg.

Passing offense: Arkansas, 318.20 ypg (10/1). Florida, Florida 201.80 (78/7). National leader: Houston 443.60.

Passing defense: Arkansas, 253.40 ypg (100/12). Florida, 115.20 ypg (1/1).

Pass efficiency: Arkansas, 153.07 rating (17/2). Florida, 170.18 rating (3/1). National leader: Notre Dame 172.51 rating.

Pass efficiency defense: Arkansas, 142.42 rating (102/12). Florida, 78.32 rating (1/1).

Punt returns: Arkansas, 3.25 ypr (112/12). Florida, 3.93 ypr (109/10). National leader: Georgia Tech 26.71 ypr. SEC leader: Alabama 16.11 ypr.

Kickoff returns: Arkansas, 32.32 ypr (4/2). Florida, 32.72 ypr (3/1). National leader: Texas 34.64 ypr.

Turnover margin: Arkansas, Arkansas 0.60 turnovers per game (T40/5).Florida, 0.40 turnovers per game (T47/6). National leader: Air Force 2.67 turnovers per game. SEC leader: Alabama 1.50 turnovers per game.

Sacks: Arkansas, 2.00 per game (T50/7). Florida, 2.40 per game (T34/3). National leader: Cincinnati, Southern California 4.20 per game. SEC leader: Mississippi 2.80 per game.

Sacks allowed: Arkansas, 1.60 per game (T54/T8). Florida, Florida 1.40 per game (T41/7). National leader: Iowa State 0.33 per game. SEC leader: Georgia and Auburn 0.83 per game.

Tackles for loss: Arkansas, 7.60 per game (T15/1). Florida, 5.80 per game (T59/7). National leader: Cincinnati 10.00 per game.

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS: These are the top individuals for Florida and Arkansas in each statistical category:

Rushing: Arkansas, Michael Smith 50 carries, 325 yards, 6.5 average, 2 TD; Ronnie Wingo Jr. 24-175-7.3-1. Florida, Jeff Demps 44-390-8.9-4; Tim Tebow 72-309-4.3-5; Chris Rainey 35-272-7.8-2; Emmanuel Moody 24-230-9.6-0.

Passing: Arkansas, Ryan Mallett 91-160-3, 56.9 percent, 1422 yards, 13 TD, 154.59 passing efficiency rating. Florida, Tim Tebow 55-84-2, 65.5 percent, 777 yards, 7 TD, 165.91 pass efficiency rating; John Brantley 22-30-0, 73.3 percent, 232 yards, 4 TD, 182.29 pass efficiency rating.

Receiving: Arkansas, Greg Childs 21 receptions, 345 yards, 16.4 average, 4 TD; Jarius Wright 16-328-20.5-2, Joe Adams 16-316-19.8-2; D.J. Williams 14-161-11.5-2. Florida, Aaron Hernandez 21-268-12.8-2, Riley Cooper 17-275-16.2-3, Omarius Hines 7-98-14.0-0, David Nelson 7-66-9.4-0; Brandon James 6-92-15.3-1; Deonte Thompson 4-50-12.5-2 TD.

Scoring: Arkansas, Alex Tejada 7-7 field goals, 22-23 points after touchdowns, 43 points; Greg Childs 4 TD, 24 points; Broderick Green 4 TD, 24 points. Florida, Caleb Sturgis 7-8 FG, 10-10 PAT, 31 points; Tim Tebow 5 TD, 30 points; Jeff Demps 4 TD, 24 points; Chris Rainey 3 TD, 18 points; Riley Cooper 3 TD, 18 points.

Kickoffs: Arkansas, Cameron Bryan 22 kickoffs, 1392 yards, 63.3 average, 1 OB; Alex Tejada 14-857-61.2-2. Florida, Caleb Sturgis 37-2349-63.5-3.

Punts: Arkansas, Dylan Breeding 25 punts, 993 yards, 39.7 average, long of 54. Florida, Chaz Henry 11-414-37.6-55.

Punt returns: Arkansas, Jerell Norton 6 returns, 20 yards, 3.3 average, 0 TD; Michael Smith 1-6-6.0-0. Florida, Brandon James 10-16-1.6-0, Frankie Hammond Jr. 3-16-5.3-0.

Kickoff returns: Arkansas, Dennis Johnson 14 returns, 473 yards, 33.8 average, 1 TD; Joe Adams 2-41-20.5-0. Florida, Brandon James 9-292-32.4-1; T.J. Lawrence 2-69-34.5-0.

Interceptions: Arkansas, Tramain Thomas 2 interceptions, 0 yards 0.0 average, 0 TD; Wendel Davis 1-5-5.0-0. Florida, Major Wright 2-33-16.5-0, Janoris Jenkins 2-4-2.0-0, Joe Haden 2-0-0.0-0; Ahmad Black 1-0-0.0-0.

Fumble recoveries: Arkansas, Jerry Franklin 1 recovery, 85 yards, 85.0 average, 1 TD; Jerell Norton 1-1-1.0-0. Florida, None.

Tackles (UT-AT): Arkansas, Wendel Davis 18-16, Jerico Nelson 17-13, Jerry Franklin 15-14, Matt Harris 17-10, Ramon Broadway 12-14. Florida, Brandon Spikes 13-19, Ryan Stamper 11-19, Ahmad Black 10-17, Joe Haden 20-6, A.J. Jones 7-16.

Tackles for loss: Arkansas, Malcolm Sheppard 7.0-32; Adrian Davis 5.0-19; Tenarius Wright 5.0-17. Florida, Brandon Spikes 4.0-16; Carlos Dunlap 3.5-14; Justin Trattou 3.0-18; Ryan Stamper 3.0-5.

Quarterback sacks: Arkansas, Adrian Davis 3.0-15; Malcolm Sheppard 2.5-19. Florida, Brandon Spikes 2.5-14, Carlos Dunlap 2.5-11.

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TV: CBS is televising the game at 3:30 p.m. Calling the game is CBS’ No. 1 team of Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (color analyst) and Tracy Wolfson (sidelines).

TV REPLAYS: Sun Sports replays the game at 8:30 Sunday morning with its “Breakfast with the Gators” show and also replays the game Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 11 p.m. Calling the game are David Steele (play-by-play), Nat Moore (color analyst) and Steve Babik (sidelines).

RADIO: Florida broadcast (Mick Hubert, play-by-play; Lee McGriff, color; Steve Babik, sidelines; Scot Brantley and Travis McGriff, pre-game) is from the Gator Radio Network. Pre-game show starts at 12:30 p.m.; post-game show concludes 60 minutes after game. WFXJ-AM 930 (Jacksonville) is flagship station; affiliates are WCNN-AM 680 (Atlanta, Ga.), WALR-AM 1340 (Atlanta, Ga.), WFOM-AM 1230 (Atlanta, Ga.), WWBF-AM 1130 (Bartow), WPHK-FM 102.7 (Blountstown), WWJB-AM 1450 (Brooksville), WMEL-AM 1300 (Cocoa), WXCV-FM 95.3 (Crystal River), WDCF-AM 1350 (Dade City), WWCN-AM 770 (Fort Myers), WRUF-FM 103.7 (Gainesville), WRUF-AM 850 (Gainesville), WKWF-AM 1600 (Key West), WUCR-FM 107.9 (Lake Butler), WNFB-FM 94.3 (Lake City), WDSR-AM 1340 (Lake City), WONN-AM 1230 (Lakeland), WINZ-AM 940 (Miami), WSBB-AM 1230 (New Smyrna Beach), WMOP-AM 900 (Ocala), WMOP-FM 100.1 (Ocala), WOKC-AM 1570 (Okeechobee), WOKC-FM 100.9 (Okeechobee), WFLF-AM 540 (Orlando), WIYD-AM 1260 (Palatka), WYYX-FM 97.7 (Panama City), WTKE-FM 98.1 (Pensacola), WPSL-AM 1590 (Port St. Lucie), WLSS-AM 930 (Sarasota), WSJZ-FM 99.5 (Sebastian), WWTK-AM 730 (Sebring), WAOC-AM 1420 (St. Augustine), WSTU-AM 1450 (Stuart), WQTL-FM 106.1 (Tallahassee), WDAE-AM 620 (Tampa-St. Petersburg), WJNO-AM 1290 (West Palm Beach). The game also is available (via the Gator Radio Network) on Sirius Satellite Radio 217 and XM Satellite Radio 199. Arkansas broadcast (Chuck Barrett, play-by-play; Keith Jackson, color analyst; Quinn Grovey, sidelines) is via the Razorback Sports Network. The game also will be broadcast nationally by Sports USA Radio, with Rich Cellini (play-by-play), Gary Barnett (analyst) and Rich Herrera (sidelines).

STATISTICS: Game play-by-play and statistics are delayed but refreshed continually during the game on GameTracker, http://www.gatorzone.com and http://www.espn.go.com.

SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE

EASTERN DIVISION

SEC PF PA Div. All PF PA

Florida
3-0 77 23 2-0 5-0 195 32

South Carolina 2-1 81 77 1-1 5-1 164 110

Georgia 2-2 125 143 1-1 3-3 155 184

Tennessee 1-2 80 68 1-1 3-3 192 117

Kentucky 0-3 53 107 0-2 2-3 126 134

Vanderbilt 0-3 19 61 0-0 2-4 113 94

WESTERN DIVISION

SEC PF PA Div. All PF PA


Alabama 3-0 95 30 2-0 6-0 222 75

Louisiana State 3-1 76 61 1-0 5-1 138 87

Auburn 2-1 98 90 1-1 5-1 230 163

Arkansas 1-2 92 110 1-1 3-2 187 139

Mississippi 1-2 36 45 0-1 3-2 133 65

Mississippi State 1-2 65 82 0-2 2-4 165 162

SCHEDULE

Saturday, Oct. 17

Georgia at Vanderbilt, 12:21 p.m. (SEC Network)

Mississippi State at Middle Tennessee State, 12:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

Arkansas at No. 1 Florida, 3:30 p.m. (CBS)

UAB at Mississippi, 7 p.m. (FSN)

Kentucky at Auburn, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

No. 22 South Carolina at No. 2 Alabama, 7:45 p.m. (ESPN)

Idle: No. 10 Louisiana State, Tennessee.

Saturday, Oct. 24

Arkansas at Mississippi, 12:21 p.m. (SEC Network)

Tennessee at Alabama, 3:30 p.m. (CBS)

Vanderbilt at South Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)

Louisiana-Monroe at Kentucky, 7 p.m. (FSN)

Auburn at Louisiana State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN2)

Florida at Mississippi State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN2)

Idle: Georgia.

POLLS (AS OF OCT. 12)

Updated with games this week


ASSOCIATED PRESS (MEDIA)

Rank/School Rcd Points Prv This Week


1. Florida (50) 5-0 1490 1 Saturday vs. Arkansas, 3:30 p.m. (CBS)

2. Alabama (10) 6-0 1430 3 Saturday vs. No. 22 South Carolina, 7:45 p.m. (ESPN)

3. Texas 5-0 1395 2 Saturday vs. No. 20 Oklahoma at Cotton Bowl, Dallas, 12 p.m. (ABC)

4. Virginia Tech 5-1 1283 5 Saturday at No. 19 Georgia Tech, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)

5. Boise State 6-0 1199 6 Beat Tulsa, 28-21, Wednesday

6. Southern Cal 4-1 1161 7 Saturday at No. 25 Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m. (NBC)

7. Ohio State 5-1 1048 9 Saturday at Purdue, 12 p.m. (Big Ten Network)

8. Cincinnati 6-0 1038 8 Beat No. 21 South Florida, 34-17, Thursday

9. Miami (Fla.) 4-1 970 11 Saturday at UCF, 7:30 p.m.

10. Louisiana State 5-1 947 4 Idle.

11. Iowa 6-0 919 12 Saturday at Wisconsin, 12 p.m. (ESPN)

12. Texas Christian 5-0 917 10 Saturday vs. Colorado State, 4 p.m.

13. Oregon 5-1 776 13 Idle

14. Penn State 5-1 597 14 Saturday vs. Minnesota, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)

15. Nebraska 4-1 576 21 Saturday vs. Texas Tech, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)

16. Oklahoma State 4-1 559 15 Saturday vs. Missouri, 9:15 p.m. (ESPN2)

17. Kansas 5-0 551 16 Saturday at Colorado, 7 p.m.

18. Brigham Young 5-1 490 18 Saturday at San Diego State, 6 p.m.

19. Georgia Tech 5-1 453 22 Saturday vs. No. 4 Virginia Tech, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)

20. Oklahoma 3-2 432 19 Saturday vs. No. 3 Texas at Cotton Bowl, Dallas, 12 p.m. (ABC)

21. South Florida 5-1 330 23 Lost to No. 8 Cincinnati, 34-17, Thursday

22. South Carolina 5-1 319 25 Saturday at No. 2 Alabama, 7:45 p.m. (ESPN)

23. Houston 4-1 192 RV Saturday at Tulane, 3:30 p.m.

24. Utah 4-1 76 RV Saturday at UNLV, 10 p.m.

25. Notre Dame 4-1 75 RV Saturday vs. No. 6 Southern California, 3:30 p.m. (NBC)

Others receiving votes: Pittsburgh (5-1) 58, Auburn (5-1) 55, West Virginia (4-1) 46, Mississippi (3-2) 28, Wisconsin (5-1) 27, Missouri (4-1) 25, Arkansas (3-2) 16, Central Michigan (5-1) 6, Arizona (3-2) 5, Michigan (4-2) 5, Oregon State (4-2) 2, Stanford (4-2) 1, Texas Tech (4-2) 1, Navy (4-2) 1, Idaho (5-1) 1.

SCHEDULE OCT. 13-17

SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE

e-East Division; w-West Division

Saturday, Oct. 17


Georgia (3-3, 2-2e) at Vanderbilt (2-4, 0-3e), 12:21 p.m. (SEC Network)

Mississippi State (2-4) at Middle Tennessee State (3-2), 12:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

Arkansas (3-2, 1-2w) at No. 1 Florida (5-0, 3-0e), 3:30 p.m. (CBS)

UAB (2-3) at Mississippi (3-2), 7 p.m. (FSN)

Kentucky (2-3, 0-3e) at Auburn (5-1, 2-1w), 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

No. 22 South Carolina (5-1, 2-1e) at No. 2 Alabama (6-0, 3-0w), 7:45 p.m. (ESPN)

ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE

a-Atlantic Division; c-Coastal Division

Saturday, Oct. 17


Wake Forest (4-2, 2-1a) at Clemson (2-3, 1-2a), 12 p.m.

North Carolina State (3-3, 0-2a) at Boston College (4-2, 2-2a), 3:30 p.m. (ABC)

Virginia (2-3, 1-0c) at Maryland (2-4, 1-1a), 4 p.m. (ESPNU)

No. 4 Virginia Tech (5-1, 3-0c) at No. 19 Georgia Tech (5-1, 3-1c), 6 p.m. (ESPN2)

No. 9 Miami (Fla.) (4-1) at UCF (3-2), 7:30 p.m.

BIG 12 CONFERENCE

n-North Division; s-South Division

Saturday, Oct. 17


No. 20 Oklahoma (3-1, 1-0s) vs. No. 3 Texas (5-0, 2-0s), 12 p.m. (ABC)

Texas Tech (4-2, 1-1s) at No. 15 Nebraska (4-1, 1-0n), 3:30 p.m. (ABC)

No. 17 Kansas (5-0, 1-0n) at Colorado (1-4, 0-1n), 7 p.m.

Baylor (3-2, 0-1s) at Iowa State (3-3, 0-2n), 7 p.m.

Texas A&M (3-2, 0-1s) at Kansas State (3-3, 1-1n), 7 p.m.

Missouri (4-1, 0-1n) at No. 16 Oklahoma State (4-1, 1-0s), 9:15 p.m. (ESPN2)

BIG EAST CONFERENCE

Thursday, Oct. 15


No. 8 Cincinnati 34, No. 21 South Florida 17

Friday, Oct. 16

Pittsburgh 24, Rutgers 17

Saturday, Oct. 17

Louisville (2-3, 0-1) at Connecticut (3-2, 0-1), 12 p.m.

Marshall (4-2) at West Virginia (4-1), 3:30 p.m.

BIG TEN CONFERENCE

Saturday, Oct. 17


No. 7 Ohio State (5-1, 3-0) at Purdue (1-5, 0-2), 12 p.m. (Big Ten Network)

No. 11 Iowa (6-0, 2-0) at Wisconsin (5-1, 2-1), 12 p.m.

Northwestern (4-2, 1-1) at Michigan State (3-3, 2-1), 12 p.m.

Delaware State (1-3) at Michigan (4-2), 12 p.m. (Big Ten Network)

Minnesota (4-2, 2-1) at No. 14 Penn State (5-1, 1-1), 3:30 p.m. (ABC)

Illinois (1-4, 0-3) at Indiana (3-3, 0-2), 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)

CONFERENCE USA

e-East Division; w-West Division

Wednesday, Oct. 14


No. 5 Boise State 28, Tulsa 21

Saturday, Oct. 17

UAB (2-3) at Mississippi (3-2), 2 p.m.

No. 23 Houston (4-1, 0-1w) at Tulane (2-3, 0-2w), 3:30 p.m.

Rice (0-6, 0-2w) at East Carolina (3-3, 2-1e), 3:30 p.m.

Marshall (4-2) at West Virginia (4-1), 3:30 p.m.

Memphis (2-4, 1-2e) at Southern Mississippi (3-3, 1-1e), 7 p.m.

No. 9 Miami (Fla.) (4-1) at UCF (3-2), 7:30 p.m.

Navy (4-2) at Southern Methodist (3-2), 8 p.m.

INDEPENDENTS

Saturday, Oct. 17


Army (3-3) at Temple (3-2), 1 p.m.

No. 6 Southern California (4-1) at No. 25 Notre Dame (4-1), 3:30 p.m. (NBC)

Navy (4-2) at Southern Methodist (3-2), 8 p.m.

MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE

e-East Division; w-West Division

Saturday, Oct. 17


Bowling Green (2-4, 1-1e) at Ball State (0-6, 0-2w), 12 p.m.

Army (3-3) at Temple (3-2), 1 p.m.

Miami (Ohio) (0-6, 0-2e) at Ohio (4-2, 2-0e), 2 p.m.

Akron (1-4, 0-2e) at Buffalo (2-4, 0-2e), 3:30 p.m.

Central Michigan (5-1, 3-0w) at Western Michigan (3-3, 2-1w), 3:30 p.m.

Kent State (2-4, 1-1e) at Eastern Michigan (0-5, 0-2w), 4 p.m.

Northern Illinois (3-2, 1-0w) at Toledo (3-3, 1-1w), 7 p.m.

MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE

Saturday, Oct. 17


Wyoming (4-2, 2-0) at Air Force (3-3, 2-1), 2 p.m.

Colorado State (3-3, 0-2) at No. 12 Texas Christian (5-0, 1-0), 4 p.m.

No. 18 Brigham Young (5-1, 2-0) at San Diego State (2-3, 0-1), 6 p.m.

No. 24 Utah (4-1, 1-0) at UNLV (2-4, 0-2), 10 p.m.

PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE

Saturday, Oct. 17


No. 6 Southern California (4-1) at No. 25 Notre Dame (4-1), 3:30 p.m. (NBC)

California (3-2, 0-2) at UCLA (3-2, 0-2), 3:30 p.m. (ABC)

Stanford (4-2, 3-1) at Arizona (3-2, 1-1), 6 p.m.

Washington (3-3, 2-1) at Arizona State (3-2, 1-1), 9 p.m.

SUN BELT CONFERENCE

Tuesday, Oct. 13


Louisiana-Monroe 20, Arkansas State 10

Saturday, Oct. 17

Mississippi State (2-3) at Middle Tennessee State (3-2), 12:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

Louisiana-Lafayette (3-2, 1-0) at Western Kentucky (0-5, 0-1), 7 p.m.

Florida Atlantic (0-4, 0-1) at North Texas (1-4, 0-2), 7 p.m.

Troy (3-2, 2-0) at Florida International (1-4, 1-1), 7 p.m.

WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Wednesday, Oct. 14


No. 5 Boise State 28, Tulsa 21

Saturday, Oct. 17

Nevada (2-3, 1-0) at Utah State (1-4, 0-1), 3 p.m.

Hawaii (2-3, 0-1) at Idaho (5-1, 2-0), 5 p.m.

New Mexico State (3-3, 1-1) at Louisiana Tech (2-3, 1-1), 6 p.m.

San Jose State (1-4, 0-1) at Fresno State (2-3, 0-1), 10 p.m.

MID-EASTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Thursday, Oct. 15


Morgan State 14, Howard 7

Saturday, Oct. 17

Delaware State (1-3) at Michigan (4-2), 12 p.m. (Big Ten Network)

Hampton (3-2, 2-1) at Norfolk State (2-3, 1-2), 1 p.m.

Florida A&M (4-1, 2-0) at South Carolina State (4-1, 2-0), 2 p.m. (ESPNU)

Howard (2-3, 0-2) at Morgan State (4-1, 2-0), 4 p.m.

Bethune-Cookman (1-4, 1-3) at Savannah State (1-4), 5 p.m.

PIONEER LEAGUE

Saturday, Oct. 17


Morehead State (2-4, 0-3) at Jacksonville (2-3, 1-1), 1 p.m.

Valparaiso (1-4, 0-2) at Butler (5-0, 2-0), 1 p.m.

Davidson (2-3, 2-1) at Dayton (4-1, 2-0), 1 p.m.

Drake (4-1, 2-0) at San Diego (3-2, 2-1), 5 p.m.

Campbell (1-4, 0-3) at Old Dominion (4-2), 6 p.m.

FLORIDA COLLEGES

Saturday, Oct. 17


Edward Waters College (0-6) at Concordia College (4-3), 4 p.m.