Oklahoma began to restore its reputation as a national power last season with three impressive October wins. A year later, another Big 12 Conference school is in position to do the same.
After disposing of Kansas State and Texas A&M the past two weeks, No. 17 Colorado goes for the trifecta when it visits No.8 Texas Saturday.
It is the only college football game between ranked teams on a weekend when four of the top 10 teams are idle. Among those in action are No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 3 Nebraska, who stage their final tuneups before next week's Big 12 showdown in Lincoln.
Colorado (5-1), which won a national title 11 years ago, has five straight wins after a season-opening loss to Fresno State.
The Buffaloes finally have responded to third-year coach Gary Barnett, who took Northwestern to two Big Ten Conference titles
but was just 7-5 and 3-8 in his first two seasons with the
"It's a combination of players knowing me, what I expect, me knowing the players better, sort of our styles meshing together," Barnett said.
Colorado sophomore quartrback Craig Ochs seems to have improved with every game and has completed 59.5 percent of his passes for 1,105 yards and six touchdowns.This week, Ochs shares the stage with Chris Simms, who bounced back from a poor game against Oklahoma two weeks ago to throw five touchdown passes in a 38-10 victory over Oklahoma State.
Texas (5-1) is seeking its 12th straight home victory. The Longhorns snapped a six-game losing streak to Colorado with a 28-14 victory in Boulder last season.
The quarterback position also will be the center of attention in
Oklahoma, where the second-ranked Sooners (6-0) will make a change in their game with Baylor. Jason White gets the start over Nate Hybl, whom he replaced during last week's 38-10 win over Kansas. A week earlier, Hybl was forced out of the game with Texas with a shoulder injury and White again got the call.
"Jason has earned the opportunity to be the starter," coach Bob Stoops said. "He'll be the starter in this game and then we'll take it from there. We have proven we can win with both of these quarterbacks and we feel we can be a good team with either of them playing."
Oklahoma's return to prominence last season was fueled by October wins over Texas, Kansas State and Nebraska. The Sooners have kept on winning and seek their 20th straight triumph Saturday.
A game against Baylor could give Stoops a chance to experiment
before the Oct.27 showdown with Nebraska that could define Oklahoma's season.
Baylor can tell the Sooners a little something about No. 3
Nebraska (7-0), who hosts Texas Tech Saturday. Last week, the Cornhuskers amassed 641 yards on the ground and had four players rush for over 100 yards in a 48-7 win over the Bears.
Fifth-ranked Oregon (6-0) will take the longest current home
winning streak in the country (23 straight) into Saturday's Pac-10 Conference game with Stanford.
Oregon was one of three unbeaten teams remaining in the Pac-10 going into the weekend. Sixth-ranked UCLA (5-0) opposes winless California on Saturday, No. 10 Fresno State (6-0) hosted Boise State Friday night and No. 18 Washington State ran its record to 7-0 with a 53-28 win over Montana State Thursday night.
No. 11 Tennessee (3-1) and No. 16 South Carolina (5-1), a pair
of Southeastern Conference rivals, try to bounce back from their first losses of the season. Tennessee, idle last week after a loss to Georgia, seeks its seventh straight win over SEC foe Alabama.
South Carolina fell to Arkansas last week when a short field goal attempt was blocked in the final minute and will try to make amends when it hosts Vanderbilt.
Georgia (4-1) moved into the coaches poll at 19th and will host
Three other schools will try to remain unbeaten Saturday. No.
13 Brigham Young (6-0) hosts Air Force, No. 14 Maryland (6-0)
plays winless Duke and No. 23 Toledo (5-0) visits Ball State.
Last week's biggest upset was recorded by Auburn (5-1), which stunned then-No. 2 Florida, 23-20, on a last-second field goal by Damon Duval. Auburn is 21st in the poll and hosts Louisiana Tech.
In other games, No. 12 Washington (4-1) hosts Arizona, No. 15 Clemson (4-1) entertains North Carolina, No. 20 Northwestern (4-1) welcomes Penn State, No. 22 Florida State (3-2) visits Virginia, and No. 25 Georgia Tech (4-2) hosts North Carolina State.
Top-ranked Miami (5-0), No. 4 Virginia Tech (6-0), No. 7 Florida (5-1), No. 9 Michigan (5-1) and No. 24 Purdue (4-1) are idle this week.