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Series Record: UAB leads 4-3.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Houston can move to 9-0 for the first time in school history, while the Blazers could get a nice pick-me-up with a big upset. Cougars QB Case Keenum also has the NCAA career passing record in sight.

KEY MATCHUP

Keenum vs. the nation’s 115th-rated defense. Houston receivers like Tyron Carrier and Patrick Edwards could have big days because the Blazers have allowed 284.9 yards a game and 18 touchdowns passing.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

HOUSTON: QB Case Keenum. Keenum, the nation’s leader in passing yards and touchdowns, needs 267 yards to break the NCAA’s career mark held by Timmy Chang of Hawaii.

UAB: QB Jonathan Perry. He’s been up and down since taking over for an injured Bryan Ellis, who’s out for the season with a wrist injury. Perry has completed 56 percent of his passes but thrown for just two touchdowns while getting intercepted six times. FACTS & FIGURES

This is the first meeting between these two Conference USA teams since 2008, and Houston has won three of the last four. … Keenum has thrown for 3,219 yards and 32 touchdowns with just three interceptions. … The Cougars are averaging 52.2 points per game, compared to UAB’s 14.9-point average. Houston has scored 136 points with only 118 offensive plays against Marshall and Rice, breaking loose for 192 points collectively over the last three games. … The Cougars are tied with Tulsa atop the C-USA West Division standings.

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No. 15 Michigan State (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten) vs. Minnesota (2-6, 1-3), 12 p.m. (Big Ten Network).

Line: Michigan State by 28.

Series Record: Michigan State leads 26-17.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Michigan State is tied with Nebraska and Michigan atop the Legends Division, and the Spartans appear to have an easier schedule down the stretch than those other two teams. They’ll need to take care of business against a Minnesota team that lost its first three conference games by a combined 113 points before upsetting Iowa last weekend.

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