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One of this week’s clashes of unbeatens was perhaps expected. This one, however, was almost certainly not anticipated by even the most dedicated observers of the sport when the campaign began. The Nittany Lions, of course, are frequent visitors to the top 10 and are accustomed to competing for and occasionally winning the Big Ten. The Golden Gophers, on the other hand, are rowing their boat into uncharted waters at 8-0 for the first time since 1941. Key contests remain for both teams in their respective divisions, but a win here would be quite meaningful.
After squeaking by with victory margins of seven points or fewer in their first four outings, the Gophers have prevailed by increasingly more convincing scores. But now QB Tanner Morgan and RB Rodney Smith face a more accomplished defense than they’ve yet encountered in the early portion of their league schedule. Nittany Lions LBs Micah Parsons and Cam Brown lead a ground defense that allows less than 2 yards per rushing attempt, which could put a damper on the Gophers’ bread-and-butter zone read plays. PSU QB Sean Clifford has grown more comfortable running the attack, and WR K.J. Hamler has added a needed big-play element. But they must beware of DB Antoine Winfield Jr., the mainstay of the Minnesota secondary who has swiped five passes and made 33 solo tackles.
NOT CHANGING: Opinion: P.J. Fleck won't compromise his unique style as he leads Minnesota to rare heights
Iowa State at No. 8 Oklahoma
Saturday, 8 p.m. ET, Fox
The Sooners were last seen nearly pulling off a huge comeback but falling short at Kansas State two weeks ago. They return home to take on the Cyclones, who were a popular choice as a potential Big 12 sleeper at the start of the season. Iowa State has flashed a bit more of that potential after a slow start, so the Sooners must bounce back quickly to avoid a fatal blow to their Playoff hopes.


Both teams feature top-five scoring offenses averaging over 46 points per game. They probably won’t quite put up those numbers, but they’ll almost certainly exceed the 9-6 final result when they last met as the nation’s two top-ranked teams in 2011. The defensive units aren’t as airtight as we’ve seen from these programs in recent years, and the dazzling array of receiving threats on both sides should make their share of big plays. Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa will in all likelihood be ready to go. His arsenal includes four targets with at least 21 catches, led by Jerry Jeudy (52) and DeVonta Smith (43). Derek Stingley Jr., the Tigers’ excellent freshman cover corner, can only match up against one of those guys at a time. S Grant Delpit can help a bit, but the entire secondary must count on DE Breiden Fehoko to get after Tagovailoa. LSU QB Joe Burrow’s primary weapons are WRs Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase, and the unit got a boost with the return of Terrace Marshall in the victory against Auburn. Crimson Tide S Xavier McKinney does a good job keeping big plays to a minimum, but DE Raekwon Davis and LB Anfernee Jennings will try to disrupt the timing from the outset.
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No. 5 Penn State at No. 13 Minnesota
Saturday, noon ET, ABC
One of this week’s clashes of unbeatens was perhaps expected. This one, however, was almost certainly not anticipated by even the most dedicated observers of the sport when the campaign began. The Nittany Lions, of course, are frequent visitors to the top 10 and are accustomed to competing for and occasionally winning the Big Ten. The Golden Gophers, on the other hand, are rowing their boat into uncharted waters at 8-0 for the first time since 1941. Key contests remain for both teams in their respective divisions, but a win here would be quite meaningful.
After squeaking by with victory margins of seven points or fewer in their first four outings, the Gophers have prevailed by increasingly more convincing scores. But now QB Tanner Morgan and RB Rodney Smith face a more accomplished defense than they’ve yet encountered in the early portion of their league schedule. Nittany Lions LBs Micah Parsons and Cam Brown lead a ground defense that allows less than 2 yards per rushing attempt, which could put a damper on the Gophers’ bread-and-butter zone read plays. PSU QB Sean Clifford has grown more comfortable running the attack, and WR K.J. Hamler has added a needed big-play element. But they must beware of DB Antoine Winfield Jr., the mainstay of the Minnesota secondary who has swiped five passes and made 33 solo tackles.
NOT CHANGING: Opinion: P.J. Fleck won't compromise his unique style as he leads Minnesota to rare heights
Iowa State at No. 8 Oklahoma
Saturday, 8 p.m. ET, Fox
The Sooners were last seen nearly pulling off a huge comeback but falling short at Kansas State two weeks ago. They return home to take on the Cyclones, who were a popular choice as a potential Big 12 sleeper at the start of the season. Iowa State has flashed a bit more of that potential after a slow start, so the Sooners must bounce back quickly to avoid a fatal blow to their Playoff hopes.

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