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WYOMING (2-0) at No. 2 OREGON (2-0), 2 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)

Line: Oregon by 43.

Series Record: First meeting.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

With a victory over Michigan State last weekend, Oregon moved up a spot in the rankings to No. 2 and became an early season favorite for a spot in college football's new playoff. The Ducks have scored 14 touchdowns and are averaging 582 yards a game. Wyoming is coming off the 300th win in program history, a come-from-behind 17-13 over Air Force last weekend.

KEY MATCHUP

Wyoming's offense against Oregon's defense. Given that even Michigan State's stout defense couldn't hold back Ducks' high-flying offense for very long last Saturday, perhaps the Cowboys' best tactic is to ride the arm of poised senior quarterback Colby Kirkegaard, who threw for 282 yards and two touchdowns last Saturday against Air Force, including the game-winning TD with 58 seconds left.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Wyoming: LB Jordan Stanton was named the Mountain West defensive player of the week after 13 tackles, nine solo, and a sack. Air Force was leading the game 10-7 and decided to go for it on fourth-and-1 when Stanton hit fullback Broam Hart, knocking the ball loose for a fumble that was recovered by Wyoming. The Cowboys capped the series with a field goal to tie the game.

Oregon: QB Marcus Mariota has thrown for six touchdowns and run for another this season. He now holds the Oregon record with 69 passing TDs. The junior also eclipsed the Oregon career record for total offense and now has 8,479 yards, passing Bill Musgrave with 8,140.

FACTS & FIGURES

The Cowboys and Nevada are the only undefeated teams left in the Mountain West Conference. ... Wyoming senior WR Dominic Rufran caught six passes for 119 yards against Air Force. ... Wyoming has three penalties for 19 yards this season to lead the nation. ... Mariota needs 73 passing yards to reach 7,000 for his career. ... Wyoming is the only team in the current Mountain West Conference that Oregon has never faced.

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SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI (1-1) at No. 3 ALABAMA (2-0), 6 p.m. (ESPN2)

Line: Alabama by 48.

Series Record: Alabama leads 33-6-2.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

It's Alabama's final tuneup before entering Southeastern Conference play. The biggest question remaining is who will emerge as the Crimson Tide's starting quarterback, Blake Sims or Jake Coker?

KEY MATCHUP

Coker vs. Sims. It might be the nation's most-watched lingering position battle, and with Florida visiting on Sept. 20 this figures to be the final tryout for the No. 1 spot. Both passed for 200-plus yards against Florida Atlantic, a first in the program's history.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Southern Miss: RB Ito Smith has rushed for 161 yards and also returns kicks. If he can't find some running room against a defense allowing just 1.8 yards per carry, Southern Miss and QB Nick Mullens could have a hard time finding opportunities.

Alabama: WR Amari Cooper leads the nation with 25 catches for 319 yards. That's more completions to Cooper than 14 FBS teams that have also played two games have produced. He's only 15 yards shy of Ozzie Newsome (2,070 yards) for No. 3 on Alabama's career receiving chart.

FACTS & FIGURES

This is the first meeting for these two teams since the Tide's 30-21 victory in 2005. Alabama holds an 18-2-1 record in Tuscaloosa in a series that was played each season from 1992-2005. ... This is the highest ranked team Southern Miss has faced since a 21-6 loss to No. 2 Florida in the 1997 opener. The Golden Eagles haven't faced a Top 25 team since losing 56-13 at Nebraska on Sept. 7, 2013. ... Southern Miss just snapped an 11-game losing streak with a 26-20 win over FCS Alcorn State. ... The Tide has three sacks in each of its first two games after averaging 1.7 last season.

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TENNESSEE (2-0) at No. 4 OKLAHOMA (2-0), 8 p.m. (ABC)

Line: Oklahoma by 20½.

Series Record: Tied 1-1.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

The Sooners need a convincing win to help strengthen the Big 12's case against the Southeastern Conference when it comes time for the playoff conversation. Oklahoma's pride is on the line, too, since coach Bob Stoops has been vocal in saying the SEC isn't so much better than everyone else. Tennessee has a golden opportunity to return to past glory in Butch Jones' second year.

KEY MATCHUP

Jalen Hurd vs. Oklahoma front seven. Hurd, Tennessee's 6-foot-3, 227-pound freshman running back, is a bruiser. He ran for 83 yards and a touchdown last week against Arkansas State. He could take pressure off QB Justin Worley. Oklahoma has allowed 148 yards rushing in its first two games combined.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Tennessee: Worley. The 6-4, 220-pound senior has completed 65 percent of his passes for 520 yards in his first two games with five touchdowns and one interception. If he can stay on his feet, he's capable of doing damage.

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