Eastern Michigan at Bowling Green
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Records: EMU is 1-6, 0-3 MAC; BGSU is 5-3, 3-1
TV: BCSN (tape-delay)
Radio: 1470, 99.1
Series: BGSU leads 23-11-1
Favorite: BGSU by 15
Notes: This is the first meeting of the two schools since 2008, when EMU scored a touchdown with 36 seconds remaining to claim at 24-21 victory at Doyt Perry Stadium. … That loss snapped a nine-game win streak by BG over the Eagles, who had not beaten the Falcons since 1989. … Bowling Green is looking to improve to 4-0 at home this season, which would mark the first time this program had turned that trick since the 2004 squad was 5-0 at the Doyt. … The two teams rank at opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of defense: EMU is last in the 13-team MAC in yards allowed (510.1 per game) and is next-to-last in points allowed (39.4 per game), while BG allows the fewest points (16.8 per game) and yards (304.0 per game). … Among the locals on the Eagles’ roster are St. John’s Jesuit grad Jake Pennese, a redshirt freshman who is a reserve linebacker; Perrysburg native Micah Carter, a freshman defensive lineman; and Bedford product Brendan Renius, a freshman placekicker. … The Falcons enter the game with a four-game win streak and need one more victory to become bowl-eligible. … In that four-game streak the BG defense has nearly scored as many touchdowns (two) as it has allowed (three).
Toledo at Buffalo
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Records: UT is 7-1, 4-0 MAC; UB is 1-6, 0-3
Series: UT leads 5-3
Favorite: UT by 7.5
Notes: These teams haven’t played since 2007 when Buffalo scored a 43-33 win at home. ... With a win, UT could crack the top 25 for the first time since 2001. The Rockets were the last team out of this week’s Associated Press poll. ... UB has played a difficult schedule, including Georgia, Kent State, Connecticut, Ohio, Northern Illinois, and Pittsburgh. Its lone win came against Morgan State in the second week of the season. ... UT quarterback Terrance Owens has not thrown a touchdown pass in three of the past four games. ... UT running back David Fluellen needs 47 rushing yards to reach 1000. ... UB is getting healthy. Running back Branden Oliver (142 ypg) returns for this game, as does receiver Fred Lee. Both have been out since sustaining injuries on Sept. 19. Also back is the team’s top receiver, Alex Neutz, who missed last week’s 20-6 loss to Pittsburgh. ... Expected to be back for UT is defensive tackle Danny Farr, who has been out since suffering a knee injury on Sept. 8 at Wyoming. ... The Bulls rank second in the MAC against the pass, allowing 195.4 yards per game.
No. 9 Ohio State at Penn State
Records: OSU is 8-0, 4-0 Big Ten; PSU is 5-2, 3-0
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Series: Tied 13-13
Notes: The Buckeyes are setting off on their toughest stretch of the season, with their final four games including this game, at Wisconsin, and the home finale against Michigan. That trio is a combined 16-6 and 9-1 in the Big Ten. … Ohio State has won its last two trips to State College by a combined 61-24, but will be seeking to settle the score after a 20-14 home loss last season. … With OSU one of 11 unbeaten FBS teams and the only 8-0 team, coach Urban Meyer is one win away from matching the second-best start by a new Buckeyes coach. Carroll Widdoes went 9-0 in 1944. Earle Bruce opened 11-0 in 1979. … It will be strength against strength when OSU runs the ball. The Buckeyes rank second in the Big Ten with 249.6 rushing yards per game while Penn State is second in run defense, allowing an average of 113 rushing yards. … One reason for Ohio State’s ground success: the emergence of Carlos Hyde. With eight touchdowns in his past three games, the junior tailback now leads the conference in overall scoring (10 points per game.)
No. 20 Michigan at Nebraska
Time: 8 p.m.
Records: Michigan 5-2, 3-0 Big Ten; Nebraska 5-2, 2-1
Series: Michigan leads 4-2-1
Favorite: Nebraska by 2
Notes: Today will mark Michigan's first trip to Lincoln since 1911, when the Wolverines & Cornhuskers played to a 6-6 tie. However, today will be Michigan coach Brady Hoke’s third meeting with Nebraska. Last year Michigan defeated Nebraska 45-17 in Ann Arbor, and Hoke’s 2007 Ball State team lost 41-40 at Nebraska. … Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez has emerged as one of the Big Ten’s more efficient passers. The junior is 124 for 185 passing for 1,615 yards and 15 touchdowns, with four interceptions, and leads the conference in pass efficiency (162.8). Martinez is second in total passing average per game (230.7) in the Big Ten, behind Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin (255.4). …Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson leads the Big Ten in rushing and is seventh in the NCAA, averaging 128.6 yards a game. In last weeks’ 12-10 win over Michigan State, Robinson ran for 96 yards. … Michigan’s defense is second in the Big Ten, allowing 285.3 yards a game, and has given up two touchdowns in its first three Big Ten games. The Wolverines haven’t allowed a rushing touchdown since a 13-6 loss Sept. 22 at Notre Dame. … If running back Rex Burkhead is not available for today’s game, then the Huskers will turn to Ameer Abdullah, who leads Nebraska with 615 yards rushing.