College football Week 10 preview

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TOP FIVE GAMES

5 No. 16 Texas A&M at No. 17 Mississippi State » Led by dual-threat freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel, the Aggies have one of the most balanced offenses in the nation, ranking 19th in passing (305 ypg) and 14th in rushing (238 ypg). The Bulldogs, who counter with the nation's No. 15 scoring defense (17.4 ppg), will try to bounce back from last week's loss at Alabama. (Saturday, noon, ESPN)

4 No. 21 Nebraska at Michigan State » The Spartans can do rival Michigan a huge favor here as the Cornhuskers and Wolverines are tied for first in the Big Ten Legends Division. But it won't be easy with an offense that ranks 108th in the nation in scoring (19.2 ppg). One positive was the play of quarterback Andrew Maxwell in an overtime win last week at Wisconsin. (Saturday, 3:30 p.m., ABC)

3 Oklahoma State at No. 3 Kansas State » After beating ranked teams three of the last four weeks, it's easy to wonder when Collin Klein and the Wildcats will have a letdown. Oklahoma State (5-2) poses a danger thanks to -- get this -- defense. The Cowboys have held their last three Big 12 foes to fewer than 20 points, a feat they had never accomplished since joining the league. (Saturday, 8 p.m., ABC)

2 No. 2 Oregon at No. 18 USC » Oregon's lone Pac-12 loss since 2010 came last year to the Trojans. This Ducks squad is better according to USC coach Lane Kiffin, who will try to use quarterback Matt Barkley to counter Oregon's array of weapons: Kenjon Barner, De'Anthony Thomas and quarterback Marcus Mariota. The teams could meet again in the Pac-12 title game. (Saturday, 7 p.m., Fox)

1 No. 1 Alabama at No. 5 LSU » In the rematch of the last BCS title game, which was dominated by the Crimson Tide 21-0, the Tigers' theme is revenge. But there are much more tangible stakes here as the loser is likely to forfeit its chance to get back to the BCS title game. The teams have a combined three losses the last two years, and two of them were head-to-head. (Saturday, 8 p.m., CBS)

LOCAL GAMES

Florida Atlantic at Navy

When » Saturday, 3:30 p.m.

Where » Navy-Marine Corps

Memorial Stadium, Annapolis

TV/radio » CBSSN, 1500 AM

With a win over Florida Atlantic (2-6) of the Sun Belt Conference, Navy (5-3) would clinch a berth in the Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco and match its longest winning streak since 2009. Senior slot back Gee Gee Greene (70 carries, 511 yards), who leads Navy in rushing and receiving yards, is averaging 7.3 yards per carry and 22.6 yards on nine catches. FAU enters on a high after upsetting Troy 34-27 on four touchdown passes by quarterback Graham Wilbert.

Virginia at N.C. State

When » Saturday, 12:30 p.m.

Where » Carter-Finley Stadium,

Raleigh, N.C.

Radio » ESPN 570

Reeling Virginia (2-6, 0-4) has lost six straight and is the only ACC team without a conference win. At N.C. State (5-3, 2-2), the Cavaliers hope to avoid matching their longest losing streak in a season since 1975. The Wolfpack won last year in Charlottesville 28-14 as Mike Glennon (Westfield High) threw three touchdown passes and All-American cornerback David Amerson picked off two passes, returning one for a touchdown.

Hampton at Howard

When » Saturday, 1 p.m.

Where » Greene Stadium

In the annual "Battle for the Real HU," Howard (5-3, 4-2) can clinch its first winning season since 2004 and do it against rival Hampton (2-5, 2-3). The MEAC title hopes of the Bison took a hit with last week's 41-23 loss at South Carolina State. Last year at Hampton, the Bison ended their 14-game losing streak to the Pirates 10-7 as they limited Hampton to 122 yards and Terrence Leffall rushed for 131 yards on a school-record 42 carries.

Mount Ida at Gallaudet

When » Saturday, noon

Where » Hotchkiss Field

A brilliant performance by junior Ryan Bonyeho (nine carries, 179 yards, three touchdowns) was wasted by Gallaudet (5-3, 3-2) last week in a 28-20 homecoming loss to Castleton as the Bison surrendered control of their destiny in the Division III Eastern Collegiate Football Conference. On Saturday, Bonyeho and his freshman brother Todd Bonyeho (772 yards passing, 690 yards rushing) look to make amends against league leading Mount Ida (7-1, 5-0).

kdunleavy@washingtonexaminer.com

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