Missouri-Toledo Preview Capsule

NO. 24 MISSOURI (1-0) at TOLEDO (1-0), 10 a.m. ET (ESPN)

Line: Missouri by 4

Series Record: Missouri leads 1-0.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

It's a bit of a homecoming for Gary Pinkel, the career wins leader at both schools with 73 at Toledo from 1991-2000 and 103 at Missouri from 2001-present. He's in the Toledo athletics Hall of Fame. Tigers were solid in opener with 38-18 victory over South Dakota State and will try to avoid stumbling against school from the often tough MAC. Toledo spotted New Hampshire an early 14-3 lead before pulling away to win opener 54-20.

KEY MATCHUP

Missouri defense against Toledo balance. The Rockets piled up 666 total yards in opener -- 314 rushing -- and did not allow a sack. Toledo surrendered just six sacks all last season, the fewest in the nation.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Missouri: Two new starters set career bests in opener. WR Darius White had 83 yards receiving with TD catches 44 and 39 yards and TB Russell Hansbrough had 20 carries for 126 yards and TD. DE Markus Golden had 10 tackles with three tackles for loss and 1 1-2 sacks in opener, and in last year's meeting had 70-yard interception return for TD.

Toledo: QB Phillip Ely, a transfer from Alabama, passed for 337 yards and four TDs in debut. Nine players caught at least one pass and Ely was not intercepted.

FACTS & FIGURES

Toledo is 499-410-24 in 94 seasons and coach Matt Campbell is 18-9 in third season. ... Missouri won first series meeting 38-23 at home last year, pulling away from one-point lead in third quarter. Toledo had yardage edge 387-384. ... Missouri is 5-1 in nonconference road games since 2006, the lone loss in OT at Arizona State in 2011. ... Pinkel has four conference divisional titles at Missouri and won three MAC West titles at Toledo and won the MAC championship in 1995. ... Toledo is 0-2 vs. the SEC, also losing at Florida last year. Toledo is 7-14 vs. Top 25 but 5-2 at home.

Virginia Tech-Ohio State Preview Capsule

VIRGINIA TECH (1-0) at No. 8 OHIO STATE (1-0), 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Line: Ohio State by 11½.

Series Record: First meeting.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

The Hokies are hoping this could herald a return to the spotlight after losing 11 games the past two seasons. Coach Frank Beamer has racked up 225 wins in his 28 years in Blacksburg, Virginia, but his teams have lost games before October in seven of the last eight years to quickly fall out of the national championship picture. Meanwhile, the Buckeyes are trying to build momentum while gaining experience for a young team. Frosh QB J.T. Barrett, filling in for the injured Braxton Miller, played well but the offense still got off to a slow start before overcoming Navy in the opener.

KEY MATCHUP

Tech offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler against the Buckeyes defense. The former Michigan QB was Ohio State coach Urban Meyer's QBs coach for two years at Florida and knows how his old boss thinks. Tech QB Michael Brewer was good against FCS William and Mary last week, but this is a much bigger challenge against the Buckeyes' veteran, aggressive front line and mobile linebackers.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Virginia Tech: RB Skip McKenzie went for 106 yards last week. He has to be that productive again to keep Ohio State from pinning back its ears and turning up the heat on Brewer.

Ohio State: If DEs Joey Bosa and Steve Miller and DTs Adolphus Washington, Tommy Schutt and Michael Bennett get mentioned a lot on the telecast, it could be a long day for the Hokies. That'll mean that they're disrupting the Tech front wall and making things easier on Ohio State's green secondary.

FACTS & FIGURES

A record crowd could be on hand at 92-year-old Ohio Stadium, since an $8.9-million expansion project has added 2,615 seats -- raising capacity to 104,944. ... Virginia Tech has never played before more than the 92,739 fans at LSU in 2007. ... The Hokies have played against members of the Big Ten only twice before, splitting the decisions, both in bowls. ... The Buckeyes have won their last 35 home openers and are 74-7 at Ohio Stadium since the start of the 2002 season.

Michigan-Notre Dame Preview Capsule

MICHIGAN (1-0) at No. 16 NOTRE DAME (1-0), 7:30 p.m. (NBC)

Line: Notre Dame by 4

Series Record: Michigan leads 24-16-1.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Bragging rights for the foreseeable future with no more games scheduled. Also, the title of college football's winningest program. Notre Dame held that distinction for years, but lost it in 2003. The Irish regained it last season when Michigan lost its bowl game and Notre Dame won. The Wolverines would regain it with a victory Saturday. Notre Dame's winning percentage is 73.32, Michigan's is 73.26.

KEY MATCHUP

Michigan wide receiver Devin Funchess vs. Notre Dame secondary. The 6-5, 230-pound Funchess, who switched from tight end, will give the Fighting Irish matchup problems because the tallest player in Nortre Dame's secondary is 6-1 safety Max Redfield. The Irish gave up five big plays against Rice, three that Brian Kelly attributed to communication problems in the secondary.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Michigan: QB Devin Gardner. Michigan quarterbacks have put up big numbers against the Irish recently. From Tate Forcier in 2009 to Gardner last season. He threw four touchdown passes and ran for another in a 41-30 victory

Notre Dame: Everett Golson. He struggled against the Wolverines, completing just 3 of 8 passes for 30 yards with two interceptions before being yanked in the second quarter two years ago as the Irish won 13-6. The Irish likely need Golson to look more like he did last week, when he completed 14 of 22 passes, including two long TDs, and became just the third Irish quarterback to run for three TDs in a game.

FACTS & FIGURES

Michigan is 6-8 in road games under third-year coach Brady Hoke, going a combined 0-4 at rivals Ohio State, Michigan State and Notre Dame. The Wolverines are 0-10 against ranked teams on the road since beating No. 2 ranked Note Dame 47-21 in 2006. ... Michigan has won four of the last five vs. the Irish. ... Notre Dame is 4-0 in night home games against Michigan.