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Five things to watch

1 David Shaw and Steve Sarkisian meet again: Remember after the Huskies lost at Stanford last season, and then-UW coach Steve Sarkisian implied that Stanford was faking injuries in an effort to slow the Huskies’ offense? Cardinal coach David Shaw didn’t take too kindly to that. The two meet again Saturday for the first time since that spat. Both say it’s behind them, but it will be interesting to monitor that dynamic.

2 Michigan State at Oregon: The best nonconference matchup involving a Pac-12 team this season. And it could have a big impact on how the College Football Playoff race shapes up in November. Oregon’s offense will meet a stern test in Michigan State’s defense. Should be fun to watch.

3 Bad week at Wisconsin: Gary Anderson’s team was ahead of LSU 24-7 in the second half of Saturday’s season opener. It’s been all downhill since for the Badgers coach. Wisconsin blew the game, then Tuesday, Anderson said in a statement that quarterback Joel Stave was out with an injury. Except later in the day, Stave said he wasn’t injured — he just “isn’t right.” And Anderson admitted the same. Western Illinois heads to Madison this weekend, so the Badgers are probably fine for now. But it’s been a strange start to the season.

4 Kenny Trill?: After frequently referring to their previous quarterback by his nickname, Texas A&M fans apparently have been trying to come up with something clever to call new starting quarterback Kenny Hill. The most popular suggestion, Hill said, has been “Kenny Trill.” Has a nice ring to it. Maybe “Johnny Football” can get Drake to slip it into a rhyme.

5 Gurley man: Todd Gurley, Georgia’s 6-foot-1, 226 pound junior running back, had one of the nation’s best performances in Week 1, rushing for 198 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries, in addition to a 100-yard kick return for a touchdown in the Bulldogs’ 45-21 victory against Clemson. He should have the full attention of Heisman voters the rest of the season.

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