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Top 25 college football: Which teams to watch Saturday

A number of ranked teams face off against one another this weekend.

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    In this Sept. 28, 2013, file photo, Alabama head coach Nick Saban leads his team onto the field prior to an NCAA college football game against Mississippi in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
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Six weeks into the college football season, we have a weekend where several teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 will square off on the gridiron.

Let's start with the third-ranked University of Alabama going up against No. 11 Mississippi at Oxford, Mississippi. The Crimson Tide is undefeated at 4-0. The Rebels are 4-0 for the first time since a guy named Manning was their quarterback – Archie, Peyton and Eli's dad – way back in 1970.

The Alabama-Mississippi game will be televised at 3:30 p.m. Eastern time on CBS.

Fourth-ranked Oklahoma is also on the road Saturday at Fort Worth, Texas, where they will tangle with 3-0 Texas Christian, ranked 25th. Horned Frogs head coach Gary Patterson praised the defensive unit of the undefeated Sooners earlier this week.

“They are a historical program and they are a very good program,” Patterson told Soonersports.com. “They are very talented on both sides of the ball and this is the best defense I have seen from them in 10 years or when Mike (Stoops) left.”

You can see OU-TCU at 3:30 p.m. Eastern on Fox.

No. 5 Auburn will get a Southeastern Conference test from 15th-ranked LSU. The LSU Tigers have won the last three meetings in this series, but a young LSU squad already has one loss this year. Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall once again leads a potent offense, averaging 42 points per game in four wins so far this season.

Auburn-LSU kicks off at 7 p.m. Eastern on ESPN.

Another team from Mississippi is ranked and facing a Top 10 team. No. 12 Mississippi State will host sixth-ranked Texas A&M in Starkville, beginning at noon Eastern on ESPN. The Bulldogs are undefeated at 4-0 – the last two wins on the road, including last Saturday's win at LSU.

Texas A&M was on the ropes last Saturday to Arkansas, down 28-14. But they scored twice in the fourth quarter to tie the game, then won it in overtime to improve to 5-0.

What's a college football weekend without Notre Dame? The ninth-ranked Fighting Irish (4-0) takes on No. 14 Stanford at South Bend, Indiana. The Cardinal is coming off a road win last week at Washington while Notre Dame, despite five turnovers, beat Syracuse.

Stanford (3-1) is currently first in the Football Bowl Subdivision in scoring defense at 6.5 points per game, while Notre Dame is fourth at 11.5 points per game.

Notre Dame-Stanford will be televised on NBC, beginning at 3:30 p.m. Eastern time.

Finally, there's a Big-Ten heavyweight bout Saturday night in East Lansing, Michigan. Tenth-ranked Michigan State hosts No. 19 Nebraska. The Spartans have three home wins against one loss at Oregon. The Cornhuskers are 5-0 and looking to go 6-0 for the first time since 2001. Nebraska hasn't beaten a Top 10 team on the road since defeating Washington back in 1997.

Michigan State-Nebraska will be broadcast on ABC, beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern.

 
 
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