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Four top-25 matchups headline week 2.

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Fifth-ranked Oklahoma and quarterback Baker Mayfield (pictured) face second-ranked Ohio State this evening in the weekend’s marquee college football game.
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K-State (2-0, 19/19) did what it needed to do early this afternoon, putting away the Charlotte 49ers, 55-7, giving the K-State faithful the freedom to catch tonight’s slate of top-25 matchups in college football.

It’s a light day for top 25 games, as Florida State, Miami, South Florida, and Florida’s scheduled games have all been canceled under the threat of Hurricane Irma.

Early Big 12 games

In early action, West Virginia ran out to a 49-3 lead against East Carolina by halftime, then coasted to a 56-20 victory.

Iowa State led a close El Assico! late, 38-31, before giving up a 46-yard touchdown pass to Iowa with just over a minute left, then lost in overtime, 44-41.

Early top 25 games

No. 8 Michigan handled a visit from Cincinnati, 36-14.

No 9. Wisconsin likewise took care of business against Florida Atlantic, 31-14.

No. 17 Louisville beat North Carolina, 47-35, on the strength of 525 yards and 6 touchdowns by defending Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson. Louisville’s defensive front seven added an assist, holding the Tar Heels to 17 rushing yards on 23 carries.

In progress

No. 23 TCU is on the road at Arkansas, while Texas welcomes San Jose State to Austin and Kansas faces Central Michigan in Lawrence.

Top 25 games in progress include No. 1 Alabama vs. Fresno State, No. 4 Penn State vs. Pittsburgh, No. 18 Virginia Tech vs. Delaware, and No. 25 Tennessee vs. Indiana State.


All of today’s matchups of ranked teams start at 6 p.m. or later.

No. 13 Auburn goes on the road to No. 3 Clemson at 6 p.m. on ESPN.

No. 5 Oklahoma goes to No. 2 Ohio State for tonight’s marquee game, starting at 6:30 on ABC.

No. 15 Georgia plays at No. 24 Notre Dame at 6:30 on NBC.

No. 14 Stanford starts PAC-12 play at No. 6 USC at 7:30 on Fox.

Other evening games with ranked teams include Chattanooga at No. 12 LSU and Montana at No. 7 Washington.

Baylor will seek to right the ship against UT San Antonio at 7 p.m. after a season-opening loss to Liberty a week ago.

In the late slot, No. 20 Washington State faces Boise State in Pullman at 9:30 on ESPN.