By Matt Murschel, Tribune Newspapers
12:15 AM EST, November 8, 2012
No. 11 Oregon State at No. 14 Stanford
3 p.m. Saturday, Fox
Buzz: This outcome could hinge on the play of the backup quarterbacks. Stanford's Kevin Hogan and Oregon State's Cody Vaz have found themselves with increased playing time the last couple of weeks, stepping in for struggling starters Josh Nunes and Sean Mannion, respectively. The Beavers have lost the last two meetings by a combined 76-13.
No. 24 Northwestern at Michigan
Noon Saturday, ESPN
Buzz: Despite missing last week's game with an arm injury, Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson is third in the Big Ten in rushing (118.2 ypg) and total offense (283.1 ypg). His status for Saturday could be a huge factor. Robinson torched the Wildcats for 454 yards and four touchdowns last season in a 42-24 win in Evanston.
No. 2 Kansas State at TCU
7 p.m. Saturday, Fox
Buzz: Will he or won't he? That's the burning question this week in Manhattan as Kansas State fans await news on the health of Heisman Trophy candidate Collin Klein. The senior quarterback suffered a possible concussion in the Wildcats' win over Oklahoma State, but coach Bill Snyder has been coy about what the injury was. K-State needs Klein healthy against a TCU defense that ranks third in the Big 12.
No. 15 Texas A&M at No. 1 Alabama
3:30 p.m. Saturday, CBS
Buzz: Coming off its emotional victory over LSU, Alabama has to be careful against the upstart Aggies. Texas A&M has the SEC's top scoring offense (44.7 ppg), led by freshman quarterback sensation Johnny Manziel, who is second in the nation in total offense (383.2 ypg). The Tide are second in the country in total defense (228.9 ypg).
No. 5 Georgia at Auburn
7 p.m. Saturday, ESPN2
Buzz: The SEC East crown is on the line as Georgia looks to wrap up its second consecutive division title with a win over the struggling Tigers. If the Bulldogs lose, Florida wins the East and a trip to Atlanta to play for the SEC championship. But for Auburn to have any shot of winning, the Tigers might need Georgia's team bus to get lost on the way to Jordan-Hare Stadium.
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