Miami (Ohio) at No. 18 Ohio State
TV: Big Ten Network/
Series: OSU leads 4-0
Favorite: OSU by 24
Notes: Meyer is looking to become Ohio State's 22nd straight coach to win his debut game. The last one to lose: Jack Ryder in 1892. … The Buckeyes beat Miami 34-14 in their 2005 opener in the schools' last meeting. … Ohio State has won 33 straight home openers, with its last loss coming in 1978 when No. 5 Penn State defeated the sixth-ranked Buckeyes' 19-0 in Woody Hayes' final season. … Miami freshman Kent Kern, a St. John's Jesuit graduate, is listed as a backup at middle linebacker. … The RedHawks are 13-42-2 against Big Ten teams. Their last victory coming in 2003 when Ben Roethlisberger directed a 44-14 dusting of Northwestern. … Miami quarterback Zac Dysert's 8,350 passing yards ranks third among active college players behind Oklahoma's Landry Jones and Southern California's Matt Barkley. ... The Buckeyes have won 57 consecutive nonconference home games against unranked teams.
Bowling Green at No. 23 Florida
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Radio: 99.1 FM, 1470 AM
Series: First meeting
Favorite: Florida by 29
Notes: The Falcons begin the season with an extremely difficult challenge as the Gators have won their last 22 consecutive season openers, the second-longest streak in the country. What's more, Florida has won its last six openers by a combined margin of 276-38. … BG is 1-3 all-time vs. Southeastern Conference schools, with the win coming at Kentucky in 1985. … Since 2003 the Falcons have faced nine teams ranked in the Top 25 and claimed three victories, winning at Purdue in 2003, beating Northern Illinois at home in 2003, and knocking off Pittsburgh in 2008. … Florida linebackers and special teams coach D.J. Durkin played for the Falcons from 1997-2000 and also was a coach at BG from 2001-02 and 2005-06.
No. 2 Alabama vs. No. 8 Michigan
Where: Arlington, Texas
Time: 8 p.m.
Series: UM leads 2-1
Favorite: Alabama by 14
Notes: It is being heralded as the marquee matchups in among college football season openers. The Wolverines face the Crimson Tide in Cowboys Stadium -- a behemoth of a facility that holds more than 80,000 spectators. But matchup-wise, it's an intriguing pairing. It pits Michigan quarterback and likely Heisman Trophy contender Denard Robinson against Alabama's A.J. McCarron, who paced the Crimson Tide to the 2011 BCS championship. Alabama's offensive line (which averages 6-5 and 315 pounds) is believed to be one of the strongest in the nation, and will face a reshuffled Michigan defensive line. Michigan's experienced secondary will face a youthful group of Alabama receivers.
Toledo at Arizona
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Series: Arizona leads 3-0
Favorite: 10 1/2
Notes: This is the third installment of a three-game series of which Arizona has dominated, winning 41-2 in 2010 and 41-16 in 2008. ... First-year Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez is 120-84-2 overall but just 9-32-1 in his first season with a program. ... Several Arizona defensive players are playing out of position to compensate for the unit's poor depth, and running back Taimi Tutogi will pull double-duty on the defensive line. ... Toledo is 42-47-2 in season openers and has not won an opener on the road since 2000 at Penn State. ... Arizona senior quarterback Matt Scott will make his sixth career start. He has totaled 510 rushing yards and 1,301 passing. ... The Wildcats were just 4-8 in 2011, with a brutal schedule and a rash of injuries leading to the dismissal of coach Mike Stoops after five games.
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