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Four Down Territory: Best Match-Up Weekend Of The Year So Far......

First Down: Keep and Eye on: #5 Iowa at Maryland (Friday Night): If you saw preseason Heisman favorite Spencer Rattler of Oklahoma struggle with the WVU defense, remember this: In week one Maryland QB Taulia Tagovailoa hit 26 of 36 passes for 332 yards and 3 TDs without a turnover vs that same WVU defense. The Terps are passing for over 350 yards per game with 11 TDs and just 1 INT. But the Hawkeyes are ball hawks with 6 INTs and one of the best pass defenses in the country. Maryland’s speed at WR will be a stern test…….Louisville at #24 Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons are sneaking up on the rest of the ACC again after three touchdown margin wins over FSU and UVA……#3 Oregon at Stanford: The Ducks will have to carry the Pac-12 playoff water for the time being. They face a Stanford team that has won three-straight games. This is just the sort of game that has tripped up previous Pac 12 contenders……


Second Down: More Big Games: #7 Cincinnati at #9 Notre Dame: This is a tale of two teams who just find ways to keep winning. They’re not flashy but they get turnovers, make special teams plays and just score more points than their opponents. Cincinnati has a big advantage in QB experience and stability with 4th-year starter Desmond Ridder as a big threat passing and running …….#21 Baylor at #19 Oklahoma State: The previously wild/ high-flying Big 12 seems to be mellowing and growing more defensive. Both Baylor and Oklahoma State seem content to move the ball on the ground. Baylor’s top two running backs are both averaging 7+ yards per carry…...Boston College at #25 Clemson: BC is undefeated and unranked, while Clemson already has two losses. A win here gets the attention of everyone in the country for BC….Arizona State at #20 UCLA: This is probably UCLA’s biggest test between them and a big matchup versus Oregon on 10/23. Arizona State bounced back from the BYU loss by handling Colorado…..#6 Oklahoma at Kansas State: At least the home crowd at K-State won’t be chanting for OU QB Spencer Rattler’s back-up to play. Or maybe they will if he starts fast and lights up the Manhattan (Kansas) skyline. To do that the OU offensive line is going to have to show more than they have so far this year.