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Top 5 college football games to watch Saturday

Orlando Sentinel logoOrlando Sentinel 10/30/2020 Matt Murschel, Orlando Sentinel

Some critical Big Ten kicks battles highlight the top five college football games to watch Saturday.

Michigan State at No. 13 Michigan

Saturday, Noon; FOX

The Buzz: Bragging rights are on the line as Michigan State (0-1, 0-1 Big Ten) looks to snap a two-game losing streak against rival Michigan (1-0, 1-0 Big Ten) Saturday. The Spartans dropped their opener against Rutgers last week and are pushing to avoid an 0-2 start for the first time since 1998. The Wolverines averaged 8.26 yards per carry on the ground during their win over Minnesota, with three different players rushing for 50-plus yards, including junior quarterback Joe Milton.

Memphis at No. 7 Cincinnati

Saturday, Noon; ESPN

The Buzz: Memphis (3-1, 2-1 AAC) has won five consecutive games in this series, including the 2019 American Athletic Conference Championship Game when Tigers quarterback Brady White found Antonio Gibson for the go-ahead touchdown with 1:14 left in the game. Cincinnati (4-0, 2-0 AAC) has stormed through its schedule, winning games by an average of 24 points. The Bearcats lead the conference in defense by allowing 12 points per game after giving up five touchdowns, including one passing touchdown. White continues to lead the prolific Memphis offense, passing for 1,375 yards and 17 touchdowns so far this season.

LSU at Auburn

Saturday, 3:30 p.m.; CBS

The Buzz: Auburn (3-2, 3-2 SEC) is trying to snap a three-game losing streak against LSU (2-2, 2-2 SEC), with all three meetings decided by a total of eight points. LSU quarterback Myles Brennan, who is averaging 370 yards per game through the air, is questionable for the contest. Auburn quarterback Bo Nix is coming off one of his best games of the season, passing for and running for touchdowns during a win over Ole Miss.

Texas at No. 6 Oklahoma State

Saturday, 4 p.m.; FOX

The Buzz: Four of the past five meetings in this series have been decided by six or fewer points, including last season’s 36-30 Texas win during which Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger passed for four touchdowns. Oklahoma State (4-0, 3-0 Big 12) continues to dominate on defense, allowing a Big 12-best 12 points per game this season. Cowboys running back Chuba Hubbard, who is second in the league in rushing (119 yards per game), has eclipsed 100 yards during each of the past three games. Ehlinger leads Texas’ (3-2, 2-2 Big 12) offense, passing for 1,481 yards and 17 touchdowns so far this season.

No. 3 Ohio State at No. 18 Penn State

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; ABC

The Buzz: What most expected to be a battle of unbeatens and Big Ten title contenders has taken a turn after Penn State (0-1, 0-1 Big Ten) lost to Indiana in overtime last week. The Nittany Lions are looking to avoid their first 0-2 start since the 2012 season. Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields is coming off a record-setting performance, completing 95% of his passes (20 of 21) for 276 yards and two touchdowns last week against Nebraska. If the Buckeyes (1-0, 1-0 Big Ten) want to earn their fourth consecutive Big Ten title, they’ll need to outlast a hungry Penn State squad led by dual-threat QB Sean Clifford, who passed for 238 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 119 yards and one touchdown in the opener.

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