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Play it forward: Five things to watch in college football

UCLA, on the heels of its first loss, travels to Eugene to play Oregon while unbeaten Missouri hosts South Carolina in a key SEC East game.

October 20, 2013|Chris Dufresne
  • UCLA wide receiver Jordan Payton, left, fights for yards against Stanford cornerback Devon Carrington during the Bruins' loss Saturday. UCLA will look to upset Oregon this week.
UCLA wide receiver Jordan Payton, left, fights for yards against Stanford… (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles…)

Five things to watch this week in college football:

1: Alabama can't meet Oregon until the Bowl Championship Series title game, but we can draw a common-opponent comparison when Tennessee visits Tuscaloosa next week. Oregon dismantled Tennessee, 59-14, in Eugene in September. The Ducks had a 59-7 lead after three quarters and pulled starting quarterback Marcus Mariota.

2: Oregon's race to the title game starts Saturday when it hosts UCLA in Eugene. The Ducks close the Pac-12 season with UCLA, Stanford, Utah, Arizona and Oregon State, teams with a combined 25-8 record. Oregon's first seven opponents are a combined 22-27.

3: Now Missouri becomes the Show-Us State. The Tigers are 7-0 and jumped nine spots to No. 5 in the Associated Press poll on the heels of consecutive victories against Georgia and Florida. Missouri has a two-game lead in the Southeastern Conference East but will be tested this week at home against South Carolina.

4: This is also the week we find out about Texas Tech, which is 7-0 and ranked No. 10 under first-year Coach Kliff Kingsbury. The Red Raiders have not defeated a team that is currently ranked but will play one this week when they travel to No. 17 Oklahoma.

5: No. 8 Stanford parlayed a bounce-back win over UCLA and five losses in the top 10 to get back in the national chase as the highest-ranked one-loss team. The Cardinal must not, however, overlook this week's trip to Oregon State (6-1) before its Nov. 7 showdown with Oregon in Palo Alto.

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