Saturday, Sept. 26, 8 p.m.
Ryan Stadium, Evanston, Ill
The Wildcats are 3-0, thanks in part to a stingy defense. Northwestern has allowed just 16 points over three games. Sophomore linebacker Anthony Walker has already earned two Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors. He is just one piece of what head coach Pat Fitzgerald feels is the fastest defensive unit since he took over the helm in Evanston. NU has prevailed over Stanford (16-6), Pitt (41-0) and Duke (19-10).
The Wildcats got just 70 yards passing last week against Duke, but they rushed for 201, with Justin Jackson picking up 120 yards on 35 carries.
Ball State is coming off a 28-17 win over Eastern Michigan as the Cardinals picked up the first Mid-American Conference win of 2015 to run their record to 2-1 overall, 1-0 MAC.
ARKANSAS STATE AT TOLEDO
Saturday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m.
Glass Bowl, Toledo, OH
The Rockets are rolling, with big wins over No. 18 Arkansas to open their season and Iowa State in two overtimes last week.
The Red Wolves rolle Missouri State, 70-7 , last week after losses to a pair of Top 25 teams-- No. 8 USC (55-6) and No. 21 Missouri (27-20) .
These two teams faced off last year in the GoDaddy Bowl, with UT posting a wild 63-44 victory. The scoreboard could be busy again Saturday.
NORTHERN ILLINOIS AT BOSTON COLLEGE
Saturday, Sept. 26, 1 p.m.
Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill, MA
How will the Huskies respond after coming up short on an upset for the ages at No. 1 Ohio State (20-13) last week?
NIU opened with wins over UNLV and Murray State. Boston College is also 2-1 after a 14-0 loss to No. 9 Florida State in its last outing.
Northern Illinois has a very capable offense, but it really didn't get untracked last week. This could be another defensive battle.
OHIO AT MINNESOTA
Saturday, Sept. 26, 3:30 p.m.
TCF Bank Stadium, Minnesapolis, MN
Speaking of defenses, the Ohio Bobcats brought a good one into 2015 and it has paid off. After a 48-28 season opener at Idaho, the 'Cats surrendered a total of 24 points over the next two games and come to Minneapolis with a perfect 3-0 record.
Minnesota isn't that far off a 3-0 mark itself. But then, it really isn't that far off 0-3 either.
Minnesota opened the season with a 23-17 loss against No. 2 TCU. It pulled out a 23-20 overtime win at Colorado State the next week and then edged Kent State 10-7 last week. Suffice it to say, this could be another day for the defenses.
NEVADA AT BUFFALO
Saturday, Sept,. 26, 3:30 p.m. ET
UB Stadium, Buffalo, NY
The Bulls only blemish is a 27-14 setback at Penn State. They rebounded from that with a 35-15 win over Florida Atlantic last week.
Nevada, on the other hand, started the campaign with a win over Cal-Davis (31-17), before dropping a pair to ranked teams -- No. 22 Arizona (44-20) and No. 17 Texas A&M (44-27).
The Wolfpack can score points. The question might be, how many will they give up. Buffalo is certainly capable of finding the end zone.
ARMY AT EASTERN MICHIGAN
Saturday, Sept. 26, 6 p.m.
Rynearson Stadium, Ypsilanti, MI
Despite a 1-2 record, the Eagles seem to be on the rise. Much of the optimism comes from a 48-29 win at Wyoming, but EMU had a good start against Ball State last week. The Eagles owned a 17-0 lead in the second quarter before Ball State scored 28 unanswered points. Looking at tape from that game probably won't help much as Eastern faces a completely different opponent and style this week when Army brings its option ground game to town. The Black Knights are 0-3, but the three losses were by a total of eight points. Last week's setback was a 17-14 decision to Wake Forest.