California at No. 12 Ohio State
Records: California is 1-1, OSU is 2-0.
Series: OSU leads 5-1
Favorite: OSU by 16 1/2
Notes: Ohio State and Cal are playing for the first time since 1972, with the Buckeyes having won five straight in the series since a 28-0 loss in the 1921 Rose Bowl. The schools will meet against Sept. 14, 2013 at Cal. ... OSU is 56-26-2 all-time against current members of the Pac-12 and 7-3 since 1997. ... Top Buckeyes cornerback Bradley Roby said he's looking forward to a "showtime" battle against Cal star Keenan Allen. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound junior receiver -- widely projected as a top-10 selection in next year's NFL Draft -- has scored touchdowns this year via catch, run and punt return and last season had 98 catches for 1,343 yards. ... OSU quarterback Braxton Miller will look to keep putting up big numbers against a Cal team that has allowed 55 points through two games -- including 31 to FCS school Southern Utah last week. Miller is fourth nationally with 302 rushing yards and leads the Big Ten with 664 yards of total offense. The key is keeping the sophomore healthy. His 27 carries against Central Florida was a school-record for a quarterback. ... OSU coach Urban Meyer's teams are 36-4 in September.
Massachusetts at No. 17 Michigan
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Records: UMass is 0-2, UM is 1-1.
Series: UM leads 1-0
Favorite: UM by 45 1/2
Notes: A week after facing and defending against one of the more complex offenses in college football in a 31-25 win over Air Force, the Wolverines will host Massachusetts, a team that utilizes the more orthodox spread offense. … UMass is in its first full season as a Football Bowl Subdivision program, and is already going through struggles. In a 37-0 loss to Connecticut, UMass gained only 59 yards. In a 45-6 loss last Saturday to Indiana, UMass gave up 596 yards of offense. … Michael Cox, a running back who played at Michigan for three seasons before transferring to UMass, leads the Minutemen with 32 yards on 20 carries. UMass has 81 yards and 1 touchdown on 60 carries, and 242 yards on 30 receptions. By comparison, Michigan has 283 yards and three touchdowns on 60 carries, and 408 yards and three touchdowns on 25 receptions. … Michigan coach Brady Hoke said Michigan tight end Brandon Moore (knee) and defensive end Brennan Beyer (knee) are out this week, and that defensive lineman Richard Ash is questionable (undisclosed injury) for today's game against the Minutemen.
Bowling Green at Toledo
Time: 7 p.m.
Records: BG is 1-1, Toledo is 1-1
Radio: 1470, 99.1, 1370
Series: BG leads 39-33-4
Favorite: Toledo by 3 1/2
Notes: This series has been dominated by streaks in recent years, with BG winning from 2007-09 and UT winning from 2004-06 and from 2010-11. ... UT head coach Matt Campbell was a BG assistant in 2007 and 08, and special teams coordinator Stan Watson was an assistant there from 2008-11. ... BG is 3-7 in its last three trips to the Glass Bowl. ... BG quarterback Matt Schilz is expected to make his 25th career start. ... UT will be without defensive tackle Danny Farr, who injured his knee last week at Wyoming. ... Rockets safety Jermaine Robinson has intercepted a pass in four straight games. ... For the first time in the history of this rivalry, the winner of the game will hoist the Battle of I-75 Trophy. The trophy was officially awarded to UT last year following its 28-21 win, but the trophy was not completed in time for the game.
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