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• NO. 3 ALABAMA at NO. 12 FLORIDA
What we've learned about the Tide: What we already knew—that their D is neck-and-neck with LSU's as the best in the country. Alabama held high-powered Arkansas to 17 yards on the ground (and 226 in all) in a 38--14 beatdown.
What we've learned about the Gators: They can run the ball against inferior competition. Florida rolled up 405 rushing yards in a 48--10 rout of Kentucky, including 100-yard games from Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey.
What it all means on Saturday: Alabama has won five of its last seven games against Florida, including last year's. Both D's are stout (Alabama is third against the run, Florida fifth), but the Tide plays at another level. It will roll by double digits.
• NO. 8 NEBRASKA at NO. 7 WISCONSIN
What we've learned about the Huskers: Their ground game is ready for the Big Ten. Rex Burkhead ran for 170 yards in a 38--14 win over Wyoming, the second straight game in which Nebraska has rushed for at least 200 yards in the second half.
What we've learned about the Badgers: They've outscored their first four opponents 194--34 behind senior QB Russell Wilson, the first Badger to throw for at least 325 yards twice in the same season.
What it all means on Saturday: Nebraska's inaugural Big Ten game is the first meeting of top 10 teams at Camp Randall since 1962. Hard to see Wisconsin losing, especially if injured Huskers defensive tackle Jared Crick can't go.
• NO. 13 CLEMSON at NO. 11 VIRGINIA TECH
What we've learned about the Tigers: Clemson is 4--0 for the first time since 2007, and QB Tajh Boyd (left), who had three passing TDs and one rushing score in a 35--30 win over Florida State, deserves some Heisman love.