No. 13 South Carolina (9-2) at No. 12 Clemson (10-1) 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Line: Clemson by 4.

Series Record: Clemson leads 65-40-4.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Clemson has a shot at an at-large BCS bid if it finishes off a perfect home season by defeating rival South Carolina. The Tigers are seeking their 14th straight victory at Death Valley over the past two seasons. South Carolina is hoping for a fourth consecutive win in the series, something that's only happened once before, from 1951-54. The Gamecocks can post a second straight 10-win season, something that's never happened in school history.

KEY MATCHUP

Clemson QB Tajh Boyd against South Carolina's defensive line. Boyd and the Tigers offense are putting up video game numbers this season, on the way to surpassing last year's record setting attack. Boyd and Clemson gained over 700 yards in two of the past three games. South Carolina, though, held the Tigers to 153 yards last year and the defensive line is led by Jadeveon Clowney, who's third in the Southeastern Conference with 8 1/2 sacks. Clowney did not play last week in a win over Wofford because of a foot injury.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

South Carolina: RB Kenny Miles. Miles again is in backfield for the Gamecocks because of a knee injury to star running back Marcus Lattimore. And Miles usually puts on a show against Clemson. He rushed for 114 yards against the Tigers in 2009 and had 71 yards in the rivalry game a year ago.

Clemson: WR Sammy Watkins. Watkins' record-setting, All-American season ended with a regular-season thud last year against South Carolina. He dropped a likely touchdown pass early and had four catches for 39 yards. Watkins had a slow start to this season but is gradually rounding into form. After just 16 catches for 118 yards and zero touchdowns over Clemson's first six games, Watkins has 37 catches for 553 yards and three scoring catches the past five.

FACTS & FIGURES

South Carolina is trying to win two straight at Clemson for just the third time since 1968-70. ... Clemson is seeking its 11th victory, something it hasn't accomplished since it went 12-0 in its 1981 national championship season. ... Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier can become the school's all-time leader with his 65th victory in eight years. He tied record holder Rex Enright with last week's 24-7 win over Wofford. ... It's just the second time in history both schools have been ranked in the top 15 when they've played. It happened in 1987 when Clemson was eighth and South Carolina was 12th. The teams have both been ranked in the Top 25 when playing each other five previous times with South Carolina holding a 3-2 edge.

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Connecticut (4-6, 1-4 Big East) at No. 19 Louisville (9-1, 4-1), Noon (Big East Network)

Line: Louisville by 13.

Series Record: Louisville leads 5-3.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

After ending a four-game losing streak with a 24-17 win over Pittsburgh on Nov. 9, Connecticut aims to break a two-game slide against Louisville. The Cardinals look to rebound from their first loss of the season two weeks ago at Syracuse (45-26), a game in which they allowed 524 yards to the Orange, including 278 on the ground. A win helps Louisville stay within reach of first-place Rutgers in the conference.

KEY MATCHUP

Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater vs. Connecticut's defense. The sophomore has been stellar this season, completing nearly 71 percent of his passes for 2,858 yards and 21 touchdowns. But he faces a big challenge from Connecticut's league-leading defense. The Huskies are allowing 296.2 yards per game and rank first against the run (107.6) and the pass (188.6). But they have been generous at times and allowed 302 yards and 17 unanswered points by Pittsburgh.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Connecticut: DE Trevardo Williams. The senior has a league-best 8.5 sacks this season and his career total of 27.5 rank eighth all-time in the Big East.

Louisville: RB Jeremy Wright. The junior thrived while alternating series with Senorise Perry, rushing for 680 yards and nine touchdowns. Perry has a team-high 705 yards rushing and 11 TDs. However, Perry's torn ACL sustained against Syracuse leaves Wright as the primary ball carrier with redshirt freshman Corvin Lamb ready for his first extensive action this season.

FACTS & FIGURES

The Huskies are coming off a bye. ... Connecticut has scored just three second-half points in its last five games. ... WR Nick Williams has scored two touchdowns on punt returns this season, including a 93-yarder against Pittsburgh. ... Louisville is coming off its second bye this season. The first one was Oct. 6. The Cardinals are 2-1 following open weeks under coach Charlie Strong. ... Louisville is 9-3 after losses under Strong and has lost two or more straight games just twice in his tenure. ... Thirteen seniors will be playing their final game for the Cardinals, who are 0-2 on senior day under Strong.

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No. 21 Rutgers (9-1, 5-0 Big East) at Pitt (4-6, 1-4), 12 p.m. (ESPN2)

Line: Pitt by 2

Series Record: Pitt leads 21-8.

WHAT'S AT STAKE: The Scarlet Knights can clinch at least a share of the Big East title with a win and can clinch it outright — and the Bowl Championship Series berth that comes with it — if No. 19 Louisville loses to Connecticut. The Panthers need to win this week and next week at South Florida to become bowl eligible.

KEY MATCHUP: Rutgers front seven vs. Pittsburgh RBs Ray Graham and Rushel Shell. The Scarlet Knights boast the nation's 14th ranked defense and are 12th in the country against the run, allowing opponents to rush for 108 yards per game. Graham and Shell are one of the league's most potent one-two combinations at running back, but when they can't find room, the Panthers are in trouble. .

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Rutgers: LB Khaseem Greene. The senior linebacker is on the verge of winning his second straight Big East Defensive Player of the Year award. He leads the conference in tackles, solo tackles and forced fumbles and appears to be getting stronger as the season has gone on, spearheading a defense that has been lights out save for a bizarre loss against Kent State last month that derailed the Scarlet Knights' hopes for a perfect season.

Pitt: QB Tino Sunseri. Very few quarterbacks have endured the kind of withering criticism Sunseri has absorbed over the last four years. He's been the touchstone for a program that's had more than its share of turmoil. He's managed to hold onto the job and with two solid games to finish his career could become the second all-time leading passer in school history, ahead of Dan Marino and Tyler Palko. He's in the midst of his finest season and his 159.14 quarterback rating is second in the conference and 12th in the nation.

FACTS & FIGURES: A victory would give the Scarlet Knights 10 wins for just the third time in the program's 143 seasons ... The Scarlet Knights are 5-0 on the road this season, one more win would set a school record for road victories in a season ... Rutgers beat the Panthers 34-10 last season ... This is the final meeting between the two schools for the foreseeable future. Pitt is heading to the ACC next fall and Rutgers announced on Tuesday it is joining the Big Ten in 2014 ... Rutgers' Greene and Pitt's Graham are brothers ... Pitt's seven turnovers are the fewest in the Big East, while Rutgers leads the conference in turnovers forced with 27 ... Sunseri has gone 206 pass attempts without an interception, the second-longest streak in the country ... The Scarlet Knights are fourth in the country in scoring defense, allowing just 12.4 points per game.

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No. 25 Mississippi State (8-3, 4-3 Southeastern Conference) at Mississippi (5-6, 2-5), 7 p.m. Saturday (ESPNU)

Line: Mississippi by 1.

Series Record: Mississippi leads 60-42-6

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Mississippi State is trying to win its fourth straight Egg Bowl, which would extend the school's longest streak in the series since the 1940s. Only three teams in MSU history have won at least nine regular season games. Mississippi is trying to take back in-state bragging rights and also become bowl eligible for the first time since 2009.

KEY MATCHUP

Mississippi sophomore QB Bo Wallace vs. Mississippi State's defense. Wallace has had a solid first season as the Rebels' starter, throwing for 2,549 yards and 14 touchdowns. He's also been mistake-prone with 13 interceptions. Mississippi State's veteran secondary — led by Thorpe Award finalist CB Johnthan Banks — will try to make it a long day for Wallace.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Mississippi State: QB Tyler Russell. The junior from Meridian, Miss., has been one of the most consistent passing threats in the SEC, throwing for 2,523 yards, 21 touchdowns and just four interceptions. He now has the single-season school records for passing yards, passing touchdowns, completions and 200-yard passing games.

Mississippi: WR Donte Moncrief. The 6-foot-3, 216-pound sophomore from Raleigh, Miss., has become Wallace's favorite target, catching 53 passes for 775 yards and seven touchdowns. He's fifth in the SEC with more than 70 receiving yards per game.

FACTS & FIGURES:

Mississippi State's Russell was named the SEC player of the week on Monday after completing 19 of 32 passes for 274 yards and four touchdowns in a blowout win over Arkansas. ... Russell has already thrown for 34 career touchdowns, which ranks second on the Mississippi State career list. ... Senior receiver Chad Bumphis caught his 21st and 22nd career touchdowns against Arkansas, which broke the school record. ... Redshirt freshman LB Benardrick McKinney has 87 tackles, which is second among freshmen nationally. ... Ole Miss has scored in 35 of its 38 trips to the red zone (92.1 percent), which ranks No. 2 in the SEC and T-7th in the NCAA. ... Ole Miss has lost its past two games to Vanderbilt and LSU by a combined seven points. The Rebels blew fourth-quarter leads in both games. ... Redshirt freshman LB Denzel Nkemdiche leads the Rebels with 75 tackles, including 12 for a loss. He also has four forced fumbles and two interceptions.

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Idaho (1-10, 1-4 WAC) at No. 25 Utah State (9-2, 5-0), 3:05 p.m. (ESPN regional)

Line: Utah State by 39

Series Record: Utah State leads 19-17-2.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

A win secures Utah State's first 10-win season and first outright league championship since the 1936 team won the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Gary Andersen's team knocked off high-powered Louisiana Tech last week in overtime and another win could net the Aggies something bigger than the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in their final season in the Western Athletic Conference. Idaho is still trying to get interim head coach Jason Gesser (0-4) his first victory.

KEY MATCHUP

Idaho QB Taylor Davis went 18 of 29 for 223 yards with three touchdowns and one interception last weekend but faces a Utah State D led by senior CB Will Davis. Davis has had an interception in four straight games, including one last week to halt Colby Cameron's NCAA record streak of 444 passes without a pick.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Utah State: QB Chuckie Keeton and RB Kerwynn Williams were a potent combination in a 48-41 overtime win against Louisiana Tech last week. They hooked up for an 86-yard touchdown on the Aggies' first play from scrimmage. Williams finished with 303 all-purpose yards and will be playing his final home game.

Idaho: Senior WR Mike Scott leads the team with 58 catches for 660 yards.

FACTS AND FIGURES

Andersen is 2-1 against Idaho, including last year's 49-42 double-overtime win in Moscow. ... Utah State has won seven straight home games. ... Utah State will honor 19 seniors before kickoff. ... The Aggies are ranked in the AP poll for the first time since the 1961 team finished 10th in the country.

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