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What we've learned about the Hokies: Not much. Sure, they waxed Marshall 30--10 and improved to 4--0, but even coach Frank Beamer lamented, "We had some good plays, and we had some that were not so good. We were not consistent."
What it all means on Saturday: Clemson makes big plays, and Virginia Tech is prone to giving them up. It's never easy to win in Blacksburg, but Clemson will win back-to-back-to-back games over ranked opponents.
• NO. 14 TEXAS A&M vs. NO. 18 ARKANSAS
What we've learned about the Aggies: They let Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden put up big numbers in a 30--29 loss. After the game, A&M coach Mike Sherman said his players "lost their legs" in the second half when they blew a 20--3 lead.
What we've learned about the Razorbacks: So much for the SEC's No. 1 offense. Facing a superior Alabama squad, the Hogs were limited to 17 yards on 19 rushes and were outgained 397--226.
What it all means on Saturday: The Southwest Classic in Arlington, Texas, (the Razorbacks have won the last two meetings), has added significance this year with A&M's plans to enter the SEC. Go with Arkansas by a field goal.
• WASHINGTON at UTAH
What we've learned about the Huskies: QB Keith Price threw for three scores in a 31--23 win over Cal and has 14 TD passes this season. "He was a freakin' stud again for us," said Washington coach Steve Sarkisian.
What we've learned about the Utes: They enjoyed a bye week after a 54--10 win over BYU, their largest victory over the Cougars since 1922. Utah's opportunistic D is tied for sixth nationally in turnovers gained (12).
What it all means on Saturday: Utah and Washington have not played since 1979 and have never played in Salt Lake City. A stat to keep in mind: Utes coach Kyle Whittingham is 6--0 coming off regular-season byes. That should go to 7--0 this week.