UNDATED (AP) — All eyes are on LSU-Alabama this week. It’s the first matchup of Nos. 1 and 2 teams in The Associated Press Top 25 since the Tigers and Crimson Tide met in 2011. The loser still has a path to the playoff if it wins out and a one-loss Georgia falls in the Southeastern Conference championship game. The other big game Saturday is in Minneapolis, where fifth-ranked Penn State plays No. 13 Minnesota in another battle of unbeatens. No. 18 Iowa visits No. 16 Wisconsin in a key Big Ten West game.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — No. 18 Iowa is set to face No. 16 Wisconsin, which has won six seven meetings against the Hawkeyes since 2010. The Badgers have outscored Iowa by a combined margin of 83-40 during their current three-game winning streak in the series, but they’re reeling right now after back-to-back road losses at Illinois and Ohio State. Iowa, which is seeking its first win this season against a ranked opponent, has four shutouts in its last 11 Big Ten games.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Illinois can become bowl eligible for the first time since 2014 if the Illini beat Michigan State this weekend. Illinois has won three in a row, and the Spartans have dropped three straight _ although Michigan State was up against some brutal competition in Ohio State, Wisconsin and Penn State.
UNDATED (AP) — Minnesota was supposed to be an afterthought in the Big Ten West race. But the surging Gophers might all but wrap up the division soon. No. 13 Minnesota hosts No. 5 Penn State with a chance to take a two-game lead in the West with three to play. Meanwhile, No. 18 Iowa travels to No. 16 Wisconsin in a battle of two preseason West favorites that are instead tied for second behind the Gophers.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia and Ohio State have scheduled a home-and-home series in 2030 and 2031. The Bulldogs will play a home game against the Buckeyes in 2030 and will travel to Ohio State the following season. It is another attractive nonconference addition to Georgia’s future schedules, joining recent announcements of series with Clemson and Oklahoma.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Grace Berger scored a career-high 24 points and No. 24 Indiana opened its season with a 75-52 victory over Mount St. Mary’s. Berger, a sophomore who played in all of the Hoosiers’ games last year, making four starts, shot 8 of 13, including 3 of 6 from the arc.