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The Associated Press | October 17, 2013 08:40 PM EST | AP

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No. 17 Fresno State (5-0, 2-0 Mountain West) at UNLV (4-2, 2-0), 10 p.m.

Line: Fresno State by 22½.

Series record: Fresno State leads 11-4.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Fresno State comes in with its highest ranking since reaching No. 16 in November 2005 and looks to open the season with six straight wins for the first time since 2001. UNLV has won four straight games for the first time since 2000 and is looking for its longest winning streak since Randall Cunningham led them to seven straight in 1984.

KEY MATCHUP

Derek Carr vs. UNLV pass defense. Carr looks to add to the Fresno State record book against one of the nation's stingiest pass defenses. Carr needs three TD passes and 33 completions to break the marks held by Paul Pinegar (82 TD passes, 848 completions). The Rebels rank 10th in the FBS in passer rating against (99.4) and eighth in yards per game allowed (165.8) but haven't faced a passing offense nearly as proficient as the Bulldogs'.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

UNLV: QB Caleb Herring. After playing wide receiver last year, Herring has revived his career and the Rebels, taking over from Nick Sherry when the Rebels were outscored 109-36 in season-opening losses to Minnesota and Arizona. Feasting on an easier schedule, Herring has completed 69.1 percent of his passes with nine TDs and one INT.

Fresno State: WR Davonte Adams. After having his school-record streak of 11 straight games with a TD catch snapped Sept. 28 at Hawaii, Adams responded by tying a school record with 16 catches for 185 yards and three TDs in the Bulldogs last game against Idaho.

FACTS & FIGURES

The teams last met in 1997 when both were in the WAC. The Bulldogs have won nine straight in the series since losing in 1984. ... UNLV ran a Mountain West record 113 offensive plays last week against Hawaii — two shy of the NCAA record held by Northwestern and Houston. ... Rebels RB Tim Cornett has rushed for 341 yards and five TDS the last two weeks. ... UNLV WR Devante Davis leads the Mountain West with eight TD catches. ... Fresno State ranks third in FBS with an average of 89.4 offensive plays per game. ... The Bulldogs have allowed three sacks despite throwing 265 passes.

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No. 18 Oklahoma (5-2, 2-1 Big 12) at Kansas (2-3, 0-2), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Line: Oklahoma by 23 1/2 .

Series Record: Oklahoma leads 70-27-6.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

The Sooners are trying to bounce back from their Red River rout at the hands of rival Texas, while the Jayhawks are still trying to end a 23-game Big 12 losing streak. The Sooners have won 14 straight in games played after the Longhorns, including a 6-0 mark against Kansas.

KEY MATCHUP

Oklahoma QB Blake Bell vs. the Kansas defense. Bell, who grew up in Wichita, Kan., has proven he's more than just a short-yardage runner over the last few weeks. He's completing 64.6 percent of his passes for 968 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions. He'll be facing a pass defense in the Jayhawks that has struggled against air-based teams such as Texas Tech.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Oklahoma: LB Dominique Alexander took over last week for Corey Nelson, who had season-ending surgery to repair a torn left pectoral muscle, and filled in admirably. The freshman linebacker had 19 tackles against the Longhorns, the most by an Oklahoma player since Travis Lewis also had 19 stops in the 2008 version of the Red River Rivalry. Alexander will be facing a Kansas offense that is predicated on running the ball behind James Sims and Darrian Miller.

Kansas: QB Jake Heaps has struggled to move the Jayhawks' offense all season. The former BYU starter is completing just 52.6percent of his throws and only once has thrown for more than 200 yards in a game this season. Kansas coach Charlie Weis took the air out of the ball last week against TCU in an attempt to cut down on turnovers, but the result was that Heaps threw for just 152 yards.

FACTS & FIGURES

Oklahoma has won eight straight in the series since the Jayhawks won three in a row in the mid-1990s. ... The Sooners are 35-2 under coach Bob Stoops when they don't commit a turnover. They are plus-12 during their eight-game win streak against Kansas. ... Stoops is four wins from passing Barry Switzer (190) as Oklahoma's career leader in wins. ... Oklahoma is second in Big 12 in rushing at 226.7 yards per game. ... The Jayhawks have intercepted a pass in five straight games. The last time they did it in six straight was 2002. ... . Kansas is allowing 222.2 yards passing per game, 67 fewer than last season. ... Jayhawks LB Ben Heeney played on two state title teams at Hutchinson (Kan.) High School with Oklahoma DE Geneo Grissom. ... Oklahoma QB Blake Bell is cousins with Kansas LB Beau Bell. Both played at Bishop Carroll High School in Wichita, Kan.

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No. 20 Washington (4-2, 1-2 Pac-12) at Arizona State (4-2, 2-1), 6 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)

Line: Arizona State by 3.

Series record: Tied at 15-15.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

A critical game for two teams hoping to stay in the Pac-12 division races. Washington had a brutal opening to the conference schedule, following a win over Arizona with losses to then-No. 5 Stanford and No. 2 Oregon. They're already two games behind the Ducks and Oregon State in the North Division and can't afford another loss. Arizona State is a half-game behind UCLA in the South with more tough games coming up.

KEY MATCHUP

Arizona State's run defense against Washington RB Bishop Sankey. Stopping the run has been a problem for the Sun Devils over the past two seasons, particularly this year with a schedule front-loaded with power-running teams. Arizona State is 75th nationally against the run, allowing 168.8 yards per game, and will face a big test against Sankey, the nation's leading rusher at 149.8 yards per game.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Washington: QB Keith Price. With Arizona State likely to load up to stop Sankey, Price can be the release valve to take off some of the pressure. The senior is 12th nationally with a completion percentage of 69 percent and has thrown for 1,576 yards and 12 touchdowns with four interceptions.

Arizona State: QB Taylor Kelly. The junior had a superb first season as ASU's starter in 2012 and has backed it up with another strong year. He's seventh nationally in total offense at 335 yards per game and has thrown for 16 TDs, eighth nationally.

FACTS & FIGURES

Arizona State has won seven straight in the series. ... Price has 7,529 career passing yards, 110 behind the No. 2 spot on Washington's all-time list. ... Arizona State is 4-0 at home with three games left. The Sun Devils have gone undefeated at home once (2004) over the past 16 seasons. ... Washington had a losing streak of at least three games in each of coach Steve Sarkisian's first four seasons. ... Sun Devils RB Marion Grice leads the nation with 15 points per game and has scored 15 TDs. ... The Huskies have turned it over eight times this season, but only one has led to points for their opponent.

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TCU (3-3, 1-2 Big 12 Conference) at No. 21 Oklahoma State (4-1, 1-1), 12:00 p.m. (Fox)

Line: Oklahoma State by 7½.

Series record: Oklahoma State 12-9-2.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Coming off its second bye week in the past month, Oklahoma State is hoping to avoid another sloppy performance like the one following its previous break, a 30-21 loss at West Virginia on Sept. 28. TCU looks to keep its momentum going after a 27-17 win last week over Kansas.

KEY MATCHUP

Oklahoma State's fast-paced offense, led by sophomore QB J.W. Walsh and an offensive line that has allowed just four sacks this season, up against TCU's strong defensive unit that hasn't allowed more than 20 points in a game since its season-opening loss to LSU and has averaged 3.7 sacks per game, tops in the Big 12 and fifth in the nation.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

TCU: QB Trevone Boykin may not have many more chances to start this year, with Casey Pachall getting close to returning from his broken arm, but the sophomore provides a strong running option. Boykin's 101-yard rushing performance on Sept. 12 against Texas Tech marked the Horned Frogs' first quarterback to reach 100 since 1987.

Oklahoma State: LB Shaun Lewis, the Big 12 defensive player of the week after a monster performance in the Cowboys' 33-29 win over Kansas State on Oct. 5, helped generate three turnovers with an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. OSU is 28-1 since 2008 when winning the turnover battle.

FACTS & FIGURES

Oklahoma State is 14-1 in its last 15 home games, since the start of the 2011 season. . Since the beginning of 2009, TCU is 24-7 in games away from home, one of the best records in the nation, which includes a 4-3 mark in Big 12 road games the last two years.

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No. 23 Northern Illinois (6-0, 2-0 Mid-American) at Central Michigan (3-4, 2-1), 3 p.m. (ESPN3)

Line: Northern Illinois by 23 1/2.

Series record: CMU 25-22-1.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

MAC West co-leader Northern Illinois has won 19 straight conference games, the longest active conference streak in the nation. The defending conference champions also are on a 12-game road winning streak that began after an Oct. 1, 2011, loss at Central Michigan.

KEY MATCHUP

CMU's defense vs. NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch. Lynch became just the 10 quarterback in FBS history to rush for 3,000 career yards and throw for 4,000 in last week's 27-20 win over Akron. He'll lead the MAC's top scoring offense against the Chippewa's 10th-ranked defense.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Northern Illinois: Lynch, who helped lead the Huskies to a BCS bowl appearance last season, is fourth in the conference in both passing (222.2 yards per game) and rushing (102.7).

Central Michigan: Injuries have forced sophomore RB Saylor Lavallii into a larger role this season and he's 32 yards shy of 1,000 career yards after 20 games. He's 13th among FBS players in yards rushing (705) and third in attempts (138).

FACTS & FIGURES

NIU S Jimmie Ward leads the FBS with five interceptions, including one in each of the Huskies last four games. . Central Michigan has beaten the Huskies three straight times at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. ... The Huskies average a MAC-best 39.7 points and 507.8 yards per game.

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No. 25 Wisconsin (4-2, 2-1 Big Ten) at Illinois (3-2, 0-1), 8 p.m. (BTN)

Line: Wisconsin by 12 1/2.

Series record: tie 36-36-7.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

After losing their Big Ten opener to Ohio State, the Badgers got on track last week with a big 35-6 win over Northwestern. A win at Illinois builds momentum and keeps Wisconsin in the chase for the Leaders Division title with the Buckeyes. Illinois' 3-2 start is an improvement on last season, but the Illini are still looking for their first Big Ten win since 2011. They've dropped 15 straight.

KEY MATCHUP

Wisconsin running backs Melvin Gordon and James White versus Illinois' defensive front seven. Gordon is the top back in the Big Ten this fall with 145 yards a game and eight touchdowns, and White is adding another 95.7 yards a game. The Illini defense is 11th in the conference, giving up 195.4 yards a game. If the Badgers get the ground game going and force Illinois to use its very young secondary to help stop the run, QB Joe Stave could see big openings to throw into down field.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Wisconsin: LB Chris Borland leads the Badgers with 56 tackles, third in the Big Ten. He has forced 13 fumbles in his career at Wisconsin, tied for sixth all time in the country and one fumble behind the five players who share the NCAA record.

Illinois: QB Nathan Scheelhaase has bounced back from a bad 2012, going 95 for 148 for 1,297 yards with 12 touchdowns and four interceptions. But Nebraska limited him to 135 yards and sacked him three times in Illinois' last game and controlled the Illini offense.

FACTS & FIGURES

Wisconsin has won three in a row over Illinois and seven of the last eight. ... The Badgers are one of only two teams in the country ranked in the top 10 in both total offense (ninth, 519.5 yards a game) and defense (fifth, 267.3 yards). Florida State is the other one. ... Illinois sophomore V'Angelo Bentley leads the conference and is fifth in the nation in kick return average at 32.1 yards per return. ... Illinois' 180 points (36 per game, sixth in the Big Ten) is the team's third-highest total ever through five games.