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Ivan Maisel
October 16, 2000
?Oklahoma (5-0) at Kansas State (6-0)What do the Sooners do for an encore after routing Texas? Meet reality. Oklahoma hasn't played a defense as tough as the Wildcats'. Kansas State will extend the second-longest home winning streak in the nation to 26 games.
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October 16, 2000

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? Oklahoma (5-0) at Kansas State (6-0)
What do the Sooners do for an encore after routing Texas? Meet reality. Oklahoma hasn't played a defense as tough as the Wildcats'. Kansas State will extend the second-longest home winning streak in the nation to 26 games.

? Purdue (4-2) at Northwestern (5-1)
Warning: Losing to the Wildcats is hazardous to your Big Ten season. Ask Wisconsin (0-3 in the league) and Michigan State (0-2), two preseason Top 25 teams that opened their conference seasons with losses to Northwestern. In a battle of spread offenses, go with the Wildcats. They run the ball better and do more little things well.

?Auburn (5-1) at Florida (5-1)
Forget how Mississippi State shut down Tigers junior tailback Rudi Johnson; the Gators are vulnerable to a first-rate running back. The buzz among SEC coaches is how far the Florida defense has fallen. Auburn, with Johnson and quarterback Ben Leard, will provide another example of how dry the Swamp has become.

? UNLV (3-2) at Colorado State (4-1)
After a slow start the Rebels scored a combined 72 points in consecutive wins over Air Force and Nevada. Sophomore quarterback Jason Thomas, who had 556 yards of total offense in those two games, has a hot hand and will be too much for the Rams to handle.

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