This week in college football includes three top-25 matchups


No. 6 University of Michigan (6-1, 4-0) at No. 24 Michigan State University (4-2, 2-1)

After a 24-17 loss to No. 4 Notre Dame in the season opener, the Michigan Wolverines have won their last six games, including defeating then-ranked No.15 Wisconsin.

The Wolverines offense is led by junior quarterback Shea Patterson, who has thrown for 1,311 yards and 10 touchdowns on 109 completions in the first seven games.

Along with Patterson is senior running back Karan Higdon in the backfield. Higdon has accumulated 687 yards on 120 carries and has also found the end zone six times on his 120 carries.

The Spartans’ offense is led by junior quarterback Brian Lewerke, who has thrown for eight touchdowns along with 1,587 yards, although he has thrown seven interceptions.

Sophomore running back Connor Heyward has been big for the Spartans’ offense, 191 yards on 50 carries, scoring three touchdowns.

This is a big game for Michigan, as this their second true road game of the season since Notre Dame in week one since they sit in a tie with No. 2 Ohio State University at the top of the Big 10 East.

This game will kick off Saturday at 11 a.m. on Fox.

No. 16 North Carolina State University (5-0, 2-0) at No. 3 Clemson University (6-0,3-0)

The two undefeated teams of the ACC Atlantic collide to fight for the top spot.

A low-scoring matchup likely as the Wolfpack have limited their opponents to just 16.8 points per game, and the Tigers have limited their opponents to just 14.5 points per game.

Along with a lockdown defense, the Tigers also have a high-powered offense averaging 42.2 points per game. True freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence has lived up to the spotlight in the first six games. Completing 69 of 100 passes for 868 yards, throwing 11 touchdowns.

Sophomore running back Travis Etienne has made the Tigers’ offense even more dangerous as he has matched Lawrence’s touchdown with 11, along with 761 yards on 83 carries.

Senior quarterback Ryan Finley has led the Wolfpack offense, he has thrown for 1,621 yards and 10 touchdowns on 130 completions.

This game will kick off Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN.

No. 22 Mississippi State University (4-2, 1-2) at No. 5 Louisiana State University (6-1, 3-1)

Two good defenses in Baton Rouge as the Bulldogs have limited opponents to just 12.7 points per game, and the Tigers’ have limited opponents to just 16.9 points per game.

For Mississippi State, senior quarterback Nick Fitzgerald has led the team with his arm and his feet. He has thrown for 709 yards and four touchdowns, while also leading the team in rushing yards with 513 yards along with seven rushing touchdowns.

For the Tigers’ offense, star senior running back Nick Brossette has had a very successful senior campaign through the first seven games. He has rushed for 640 yards on 134 carries, finding the end zone nine times.

This game will kick off Saturday at 6 p.m. on ESPN.