- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

ARMY (1-0) at No. 15 STANFORD (1-1), 5 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)

Line: Stanford by 28.

Series Record: Stanford leads 6-5.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Stanford tries to regroup from a frustrating 13-10 home loss to Southern California last week before a series of difficult Pac-12 road games. Army aims to start 2-0 under new coach Jeff Monken.

KEY MATCHUP

Army offense vs. Stanford defense. Army’s tricky triple-option offense gave Stanford trouble during the first half of the Cardinal’s 34-20 win at West Point this season. Monken has given the Black Knights’ triple-option another twist. Army ran for 341 yards in a 47-39 victory against Buffalo in its opener, while Stanford’s reconstructed defense allowed 156 yards rushing to USC last week.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Army: RB Larry Dixon. The senior ran for a career-high 174 yards and two touchdowns on just 20 carries in Army’s season-opening win. It was the eighth time he has topped 100 yards rushing.

Stanford: DE Henry Anderson. He missed six games after injuring a knee against Army last season and will play a critical role on the defensive line defending the triple-option. Anderson also is one of Stanford’s best returning pass rushers. He has one sack in the first two games.

FACTS & FIGURES

Stanford has not lost consecutive games since 2009 and is 7-0 following a loss since David Shaw became coach in 2011. … The last time Army beat a nationally ranked opponent was No. 15 Air Force on Nov. 4, 1972. … Stanford has won its last 11 home games against nonconference opponents since losing to Notre Dame in 2007. … Army’s last win at Stanford was Sept. 22, 1979. … Army has 21 players from California, the most of any state.

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No. 16 ARIZONA STATE (2-0) at COLORADO (1-1), 10 p.m. (ESPNU)

Line: Arizona State by 15½.

Series Record: Arizona State leads 5-0.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

After opening the Pac-12 season at Colorado, the Sun Devils dive into the teeth of their schedule by hosting UCLA, traveling to USC and then playing Stanford in Tempe, Arizona. The team can’t get caught looking ahead: The Buffaloes overcame an 11-point deficit to beat UMass last weekend.

KEY MATCHUP

Colorado’s secondary vs. Arizona State’s Taylor Kelly. The Sun Devils are 14-1 when Kelly doesn’t throw an interception and 6-8 when he does. The multi-dimensional QB is difficult to contain, throwing for 60 TD passes in his career and rushing for 11. What’s more, this team quickly gets going. They’ve outscored opponents 317-146 in the first quarter under coach Todd Graham.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Arizona State: DB Damarious Randall. In a win at New Mexico, Randall had 10 tackles and a forced fumble. He’s 12th in the nation with 7 1/2 solo tackles per game. The senior finished tied for third on the team with 71 tackles last season.

Colorado: WR Shay Fields. The athletic freshman has 14 receptions, tying the school record for most through two games to start a career. Scotty McKnight had 14 in 2007.

FACTS & FIGURES

Arizona State has outscored Colorado 206-61 in five games, including a 54-13 win last season. …. RB D.J. Foster had 216 yards rushing at New Mexico, the most by a Sun Devil since Delvon Flowers had 226 against Oregon State in 2001. … Of Arizona State’s 16 scoring drives this season, all have been under three minutes. … Colorado has lost 14 straight against ranked teams. The school’s last win was 34-30 over Kansas in 2009. … Upgraded seats were installed in the northeast section of Folsom Field. With the renovations, the capacity at Folsom may drop by about 3,000 seats to roughly 50,548. … Colorado alum and “South Park” creator Trey Parker created a short clip using the voice of character Eric Cartman that will debut before the game. … With a 41-38 win over UMass last weekend, the Buffaloes snapped an eight-game road losing streak.

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EAST CAROLINA (1-1) at No. 17 VIRGINIA TECH (2-0), Noon (ESPN)

Line: Virginia Tech by 11.

Series Record: Virginia Tech leads 13-5.

WHAT’S AT STAKE:

The Pirates feel as if they have something to prove, and players began preparing on their bus ride home after a 10-point loss at South Carolina last week. Last season, the Hokies manhandled what was a high powered offense, but still only escaped Greenville, North Carolina, with a 15-10 victory. This year, they are coming off a win at Ohio State and trying to show they are an elite team once again.

KEY MATCHUP:

East Carolina QB Shane Carden and wide receiver Justin Hardy against the Hokies’ secondary. Hardy caught 114 passes for nearly 1,300 yards last season, but managed just six catches for 31 yards against the Hokies. In its victory at Ohio State, the Hokies sometimes had nine men in the box, trusting CBs Kendall Fuller and Brandon Facyson to put the clamps on the Buckeyes’ receivers. It worked, and Hardy is surely eager to test them again.

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

East Carolina: Carden. Coach Ruffin McNeill said Carden is among the most eager to play this game after he was stymied by the Hokies last season, completing 19 of 31 passes for 158 yards. The Hokies sacked him seven times, and sacked Ohio State QBs seven times last week. Carden lost most of his O-line from 2013.

Virginia Tech: WR Isaiah Ford. The freshman had a quiet day against Ohio State with just two catches, but has emerged as one of QB Michael Brewer’s favorite targets. He was a touchdown machine during training camp scrimmages, and scored one in the opener.

FACTS & FIGURES

After being held to 10 points by Bud Foster’s defense last season, the Pirates scored 55 or more points four times the rest of the season. … East Carolina has limited the Hokies to just two touchdowns in each of the last two meetings between the schools. … Since 2000, the Hokies have 262 interceptions, 17 more than the next-best program (Boise State). … Virginia Tech has 11 sacks.

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CENTRAL FLORIDA (0-1) at No. 20 MISSOURI (2-0), 12 p.m. SEC Network

Line: Missouri by 10

Series Record: Missouri leads 1-0.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Central Florida, coming off a 12-1 season in which it won the Fiesta Bowl, is trying to rebound after losing its opener to Penn State 26-24 in Ireland. Missouri defeated Toledo 49-24 last week and is looking to start 3-0 for the seventh time in the last nine seasons.

KEY MATCHUP

Missouri’s defensive ends against Central Florida’s Justin Holman, who is making his first career start after relieving freshman Pete DiNovo in the opener and throwing for one touchdown and running for two more. Markus Golden and Shane Ray have combined for 8.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks through two games for the Tigers.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Central Florida: CB Jacoby Glenn broke up two passes and intercepted another against Penn State, while also making 11 tackles.

Missouri: QB Maty Mauk is tied for first in the country with eight touchdown passes, five of which came at Toledo. The sophomore, who has only six career starts, also had two interceptions and says he’s trying to make better decisions in the pocket.

FACTS & FIGURES

Missouri owns the nation’s longest takeaway streak at 46 games. . Last week, Mauk became just the third Missouri player to account for six touchdowns in a game (5 passing, 1 rushing), joining Terry McMillian in 1969 and Corby Jones in 1997. . Central Florida has won two consecutive games against ranked opponents and is 4-2 in its last six matchups with teams currently in the SEC, ACC, Big Ten or Big 12. . The Tigers defeated the Knights 21-16 in Orlando in 2012 in the schools’ only other meeting.

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No. 21 LOUISVILLE (2-0, 1-0 ACC) at VIRGINIA (1-1, 0-0), 12:30 p.m. (ESPN3)

Line: Louisville by 6 1/2.

Series Record: Series tied 1-1.

WHAT’S AT STAKE:

The Cardinals go on the road for the first time, bringing a high-powered offense to Scott Stadium, where the Cavaliers’ offense is a work in progress, but the defense has been stout through two games.

KEY MATCHUP:

Louisville offensive line vs. Virginia’s defense: The Cardinals have a veteran offensive line charged with protecting QB Will Gardner and opening holes for the ground game. The Cavaliers’ attacking style under John Tenuta has registered nine sacks and forced nine turnovers (second nationally) in the first two games, with LB Max Valles getting 3 1/2 sacks and LB Henry Coley getting 2 1/2. Whichever unit has more success disrupting the other should go a long way toward determining the outcome.

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

Louisville: RB Dominique Brown is 6-foot-2 and 241 pounds, averages 4.8 yards per carry and 91 yards per game. His ability to get into the linebackers and force them to know where he is could make the Cavaliers blitz less and stay home more, which goes against everything Tenuta wants to do.

Virginia: QBs Greyson Lambert and Matt Johns. Presumably both will play for the third week in a row, and their ability to make some completions down the field would help the running game a lot. The Cavaliers have struggled on the ground, and with ball control as the goal, they need to find a way to make it work.

FACTS & FIGURES

Louisville is looking to win its seventh consecutive true road game, a feat the Cardinals have not achieved since the 2002-03 season. … New coach Bobby Petrino, in his second tour at Louisville, has a 39-5 record against unranked opponents. … Last season, Virginia forced 21 turnovers and scored just 13 points off them. This season, they’ve forced nine and turned them into 31 points. … The Cavaliers are looking to end a 10-game losing streak in ACC play, and an 11-game skid against FBS competition.

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KENT STATE (0-2) at No. 22 OHIO STATE (1-1), noon (ABC/ESPN2)

Line: Ohio State by 32

Series Record: Ohio State leads 2-0

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Ohio State is trying to rebound after getting slammed 35-21 by Virginia Tech. The Buckeyes were outplayed and spent this week scrambling to diagnose and remedy the problems on both sides of the ball and in the kicking game. Kent State, which has former Buckeyes assistant Paul Haynes in charge, gets an $850,000 guarantee while hoping no one gets hurt who might help it turn things around later in the season.

KEY MATCHUP

Ohio State’s veteran defensive front against Kent State’s offensive line. Noah Spence, suspended for two games for failing a drug test at the Big Ten title game, returns to a unit that has mustered just four sacks (half as many as the Buckeyes offense has surrendered). The Golden Flashes smallish line has given up four sacks, and the offenses has scored 27 points in two home losses.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Kent State: QB Colin Reardon has four TD passes and interception. Flashes must find a running game or it’ll be a long day: Nick Holley has 53 yards and team averages 1.9 yards per attempt. S Nate Holley (Nick’s twin) is tied for MAC lead with 27 tackles.

Ohio State: QB J.T. Barrett hasn’t been awful but hasn’t made anyone forget the man he’s replacing, injured two-time Big Ten player of the year Braxton Miller.

FACTS & FIGURES

The Golden Flashes’ last game against a current Big Ten member was 35-23 upset at Rutgers in 2012. …Ohio State has won the last 38 meetings with in-state opponents. … Haynes is 4-10 in his second year with games at Virginia and Northern Illinois next on tap. … Urban Meyer, in 13 years as head coach at Bowling Green, Utah, Florida and Ohio State, had never lost in 35 nonconference game at home before last Saturday’s setback. … The last time the Buckeyes lost their first two games at home was 1967.

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