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No. 24 California (3-1) at No. 1 Washington (4-0): The Huskies have won 19 in a row, including 11 consecutive Pac-10 games. Still, Washington quarterback Billy Joe Hobert isn't satisfied: "We're getting sick and tired of winning by small margins. Everybody expects us to win big. We expect us to win bigger." Washington leads the nation in turnover ratio (12-3). Cal will rely on tailback Russell White, who could propel himself back into the Heisman chase with a big game. Cal is in its first season under coach Keith Gilbertson, Washington's offensive coordinator last season.

No. 16 Oklahoma (3-1) vs. Texas (2-2) in Dallas: Only four times in the past 25 years have both teams entered the "Border War" with a loss. Texas has won three in a row _ by a total of eight points _ over the Sooners, and the Longhorns' Peter Gardere is bidding to become the first quarterback to win four games in the series. OU coach Gary Gibbs is 1-8 against Texas, Colorado and Nebraska. OU's Cale Gundy is third in the nation in passing efficiency, and the Sooners are third in the nation against scoring (eight points a game).

Auburn (4-1) at No. 18 Mississippi State (3-1): The loser would have two SEC losses and be out of the conference race. MSU will be without starting quarterback Sleepy Robinson, out for the season with an injury. But coach Jackie Sherrill says the offense won't change: "We won't change the schemes at all. We may emphasize different plays than we emphasized, but the scheme will not change." Auburn has reeled off four victories in a row since a season-opening loss at Ole Miss. Auburn has won nine of the past 10 meetings with the Bulldogs. The Tigers' defense has forced 17 turnovers, tied for first in the nation.

_ MIKE HUGUENIN

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