With a slate of big games that could scramble the Top 25 as well as some conference standings, these players will have a lot to say about the outcomes.
OKLAHOMA (5-0) VS. TEXAS (4-1)
Though the Sooners are the nation's No. 1 team, they rank an uncharacteristic 72nd in rushing, with 140.2 yards per game. Senior RB Renaldo Works has the size (6'1", 220) and ability to be the workhorse of the ground attack but has yet to assert himself. Against Texas (189.0 rushing yards allowed) he might bust loose.
MIAMI (5-0) AT FLORIDA STATE (5-0)
Big, fast and nasty, 6'4", 280-pound Seminoles DT Darnell Dockett can cause a fumble with his snarl. Despite frequent double and triple teams, he has 1� sacks, six quarterback hurries and 10 tackles for losses. With Miami TB Frank Gore gone for the season (torn ACL), expect the Hurricanes to go to the air—good news for Dockett.
OHIO STATE (5-0) AT WISCONSIN (5-1)
The Badgers' ninth-ranked running attack (225.5 yards per game) will test the Buckeyes' top-rated rushing defense (43.4 yards per game). Wisconsin senior LG Dan Buenning paves the way for sophomore RBs Dwayne Smith and Booker Stanley and junior Anthony Davis, who've combined for 1,256 yards on the ground.
FLORIDA (3-3) AT LSU (5-0)
On a team of playmakers Tigers WR Michael Clayton is king. Along with a team-high 95.4 receiving yards per game, Clayton has four touchdowns catches (LSU is tied for the SEC lead with 12), plus three tackles on kickoff coverage. His athleticism versus Florida's speedy secondary will be among the day's liveliest matchups.
AUBURN (3-2) AT ARKANSAS (4-0)
Senior outside LB Karlos Dansby has a team-high 30 tackles and three sacks for a reborn Tigers defense. He'll have to be at the top of his game against white-hot Razorbacks senior TB Cedric Cobbs, who leads the SEC with 140.5 rushing yards per game, and scrambling junior QB Matt Jones, who's averaging 8.5 yards per carry.
NEBRASKA (5-0) AT MISSOURI (4-1)
The Huskers lead the nation in total defense (218.6 yards per game), but if they're to continue their climb back to prominence, they'll have to clamp down on Mizzou QB Brad Smith. The multithreat sophomore has completed 67% of his passes, thrown for eight touchdowns and run for three more scores.
MICHIGAN (4-2) AT MINNESOTA (6-0)
Though a hip strain has limited his production, senior TE Ben Utecht remains one of the most dangerous weapons in the Gophers' bag-of-tricks offense. The 6'6" 250-pounder creates mismatches in the secondary and has big-play ability (21.9 yards per reception). What's more, he's averaging 38.0 yards as a punter.