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The Associated Press | October 31, 2013 05:20 PM EST | AP


UTEP (1-6) at No. 12 Texas A&M (6-2), 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

Line: Texas A&M by 46.

Series record: Texas A&M leads 2-0.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Texas A&M gets a breather with a late-season nonconference game before returning to Southeastern Conference play next week against Mississippi State. Big underdog UTEP looks to end a five-game skid in the team's first meeting with the Aggies since 2000.

KEY MATCHUP

A&M WR Mike Evans vs. UTEP's secondary. The 6-foot-5 Evans will be a challenge for a UTEP secondary that doesn't have a player taller than 6-1. Evans is second in the nation with 1,101 yards receiving and the Miners are allowing 218.1 yards passing a game.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

UTEP: QB Blaire Sullivan. Sullivan takes over the offense with former A&M player Jameill Showers out with a shoulder injury. Sullivan had 112 yards passing and a touchdown after Showers was injured against Rice. Sullivan has 402 yards passing and 261 yards rushing in nine career games.

Texas A&M: QB Johnny Manziel. The Heisman Trophy winner has 2,594 yards passing with 22 touchdowns and 497 yards rushing with six more scores.

FACTS & FIGURES

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin was 3-1 against UTEP while coach at Houston. ... UTEP is 1-30 all-time against ranked opponents on the road. The Miners last win over a ranked team away from El Paso came in a 31-27 victory over No. 14 Arizona State in 1974. ... UTEP's last win overall against a ranked opponent came when the Miners beat No. 12 Houston, then coached by Sumlin, 58-41, in 2009. ... The Aggies have had 500 yards or more of offense in a school-record seven straight games. ... UTEP's Aaron Jones had 186 yards rushing against Rice, the most by an FBS freshman this season. ... Texas A&M has scored at least 40 points in an FBS-long 11 consecutive games. ... The Aggies have scored a touchdown on their first possession in seven straight games. ... The Miners are averaging 211 yards rushing a game. ... UTEP's Autrey Golden is tied for first in the nation with two kickoff returns for touchdowns this season.

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Mississippi State (4-3, 1-2 SEC) at No. 14 South Carolina (6-2, 4-2), 12:21 p.m. (SEC TV)

Line: South Carolina by 13.

Series Record: South Carolina leads, 8-6.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

South Carolina hopes to keep is Southeastern Conference title hopes alive. The Gamecocks went 2-1 on its just concluded three-game road trip to draw within a game of Eastern-division leading Missouri, which still face contests with Ole Miss and Texas A&M. Mississippi State starts a brutal three-game stretch (Texas A&M and Alabama the next two weeks) and hope to open with an upset.

KEY MATCHUP

Mississippi State left guard Gabe Jackson vs. South Carolina defensive linemen Jadeveon Clowney and Kelcy Quarles. The 6-foot-4, 335-pound Jackson is considered an NFL first-rounder by some and was picked this week as the SEC offensive lineman of the week. He probably won't get the 6-6, 274-pound Clowney and the 6-4, 298 pound Quarles one-on-one much, but he will likely have to provide help to the Bulldogs' tackles.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Mississippi State: WR Jameon Lewis has accounted for nine TDs this season after notching just three in the previous two. Twice this year, he's passed for, caught and rushed for a touchdown in the same game.

South Carolina: QB Connor Shaw is usually at his best when dealing with mid-week injuries and ailments. Earlier this week, he missed practiced with a virus.

FACTS & FIGURES: South Carolina is trying for its 15th straight home victory, which would tie the school record set between 1978-80. ... Mississippi State has won its past four games against SEC East teams, just the second time that's happened since divisional play was adopted in 1992. ... The Gamecocks are seeking their 38th win over a four-year stretch, which would tie the school record set by last year's senior class. ... The last time these teams met in 2011, it was the first season-ending injury for Gamecocks great Marcus Lattimore. The then-sophomore back tore ligaments in his left knee and did not return until 2012. ... Mississippi State is averaging 456 yards a game, on pace to top the school record of 422 set in 1982.

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No. 18 Oklahoma State (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) at No. 15 Texas Tech (7-1, 4-1), 7 p.m. (Fox)

Line: Texas Tech by 2 1/2.

Series record: Texas Tech leads 21-16-3.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Both teams need a win to stay in the hunt for the Big 12 title. Texas Tech is coming off its first loss of the season, 38-30 at Oklahoma, while the Cowboys are riding a three-game winning streak.

KEY MATCHUP

Texas Tech rushing defense against Oklahoma State's running game. The Red Raiders gave up a season-high 277 yards rushing in last week's loss in Norman and coach Kliff Kingsbury acknowledged that the unit possibly got fatigued in some of the Sooners' longer drives. The Cowboys appeared to have solidified their run game last week when Desmond Roland, in his first career start, rushed for 219 yards and four touchdowns on 26 carries.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Oklahoma State: WR Josh Stewart is dangerous on special teams. Twice this season he's returned punts for touchdowns. He has the longest in the country this season and in conference history on a 95-yarder in a win over TCU two weeks ago.

Texas Tech: WR Jace Amaro. Amaro leads the Big 12 in receptions and has seven straight games with at least eight catches. He leads the Red Raiders in receiving with 64 catches for 861 yards and three TDs.

FACTS & FIGURES

A win would make the Cowboys the first team to win three straight over Texas Tech in Lubbock since Nebraska (1994, 1996 and 2000). ... The Red Raiders have lost the past two games to Oklahoma State by a combined margin of 98 points, 59-21 last season and 66-6 in 2011. ... 2008 was the last time the Red Raiders beat Oklahoma State, the year they rose to No. 2 in the nation.

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Nevada (3-5, 2-3 Mountain West) at No. 16 Fresno State (7-0, 4-0), 10:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

Line: Fresno State by 20½.

Series record: Fresno State leads 25-18-1.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Fresno State, off to its best start since 1991, looks to go 8-0 for the fifth time in school history and first since 1989. That would keep alive the Bulldogs' hopes of reaching a BCS bowl game. Nevada is looking to snap a three-game losing streak.

KEY MATCHUP

Derek Carr vs. Nevada defense. The Wolf Pack have struggled this season against two of the top QBs in the nation in losses to Brett Hundley and UCLA and Jameis Winston and Florida State. Now they get another tough test against Carr, who ranks third nationally with 367.7 yards passing per game and is second with 25 TD passes.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Nevada: QB Cody Fajardo. Since returning from a sprained knee, Fajardo is completing 67.2 percent of his passes for 336.8 yards per game, seven TDs and one INT the past four weeks. He has also rushed for 171 yards and two scores in that span. Fajardo did throw his first INT of the season last week against UNLV, ending a streak of 193 passes without an INT.

Fresno State: LB Ejiro Ederaine. Ederaine keyed last week's OT win over San Diego State with his biggest game yet in two years at Fresno State. He had 10 tackles, two sacks and returned a fumble he forced 78 yards for a touchdown. His 4½ tackles for loss in the game, tying the most for any player in a single game this season.

FACTS & FIGURES

Nevada had won four straight in series before losing 52-36 at home last season. ... Wolf Pack WR Brandon Wimberly is second in Mountain West with 61 catches for 622 yards and five TDs. ... Nevada hasn't lost four straight in one season since 2001. ... Fresno State WR Davonte Adams has caught 36 passes for 493 yards and nine TDs the past three games. Adams' 20 TD catches in 27 career games are the most ever for the Bulldogs. ... Fresno State has scored at least 35 points every game this season. ... The Bulldogs have no turnovers in their past two games.

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Colorado (3-4, 0-4) at No. 17 UCLA (5-2, 2-2 Pac-12), 7:30 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)

Line: UCLA by 27.

Series record: UCLA leads 6-2.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

The Bruins must bounce back after failing against the Pac-12's best, losing consecutive road games to Stanford and Oregon. They'll return to the Rose Bowl to host the rebuilding Buffaloes, who have lost 12 straight conference games.

KEY MATCHUP

Colorado LT Jack Harris vs. UCLA DE Cassius Marsh. Harris has been the Buffaloes' best offensive lineman for most of the season, while the pass-rushing Marsh will be looking to bounce back after making little impact in the Bruins' last two losses.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Colorado: WR Paul Richardson. With 50 catches for 914 yards and seven touchdowns, the Los Angeles native is well on his way to a slew of single-season Buffaloes records. He'll face a solid UCLA pass defense.

UCLA: QB Brett Hundley. It's time to see how the sophomore star responds to two mediocre performances on the biggest stages. He passed for just 256 yards and threw four interceptions in the last two games, failing to lead UCLA to a breakthrough win.

FACTS & FIGURES

Colorado has lost 12 straight against ranked teams. The Buffs have lost 20 straight on the road to ranked teams since beating UCLA at the Rose Bowl in 2002. ... UCLA played 18 true freshmen — starting seven — at Oregon last week, setting a school record. ... The Bruins are 5-5 in their last 10 games dating to last season's 0-3 finish. ... Colorado's defense gave up 10 plays longer than 20 yards in last week's loss to Arizona. ... Hundley has 6,179 yards of total offense, fifth in school history. He could pass fourth-place Tom Ramsey (6,255) and third-place Cory Paus (6,450) on Saturday. ... Colorado is 0-7 on the opening coin toss this season.