CHRIS DUFRESNE / ON COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Things are heating up in college football

Oregon State, hosting Utah in Corvallis, seeks its first 6-0 start since 1907. This year's Beavers squad has no chance of allowing fewer points than F.S. Norcross' squad, which outscored the opposition that year, 138-0.

—"Manti Te'o for the Heisman?" Look, if Notre Dame goes undefeated with that offense (No. 76 nationally this week), perhaps voters should consider the Irish's star linebacker.

Notre Dame, for now, needs to focus on beating Brigham Young in advance of next week's trip to Oklahoma.

The Irish, remember, started 8-0 in 2002 and lost three of their last five.

"I think it's great to be 6-0 and have that excitement on campus," Te'o said. "But as we've talked as a team, we haven't done anything yet."

—The "real" Heisman race this week is in Morgantown, where No. 4 Kansas State tries to stay undefeated against West Virginia. The game features two top Heisman candidates in quarterbacks Geno Smith and Collin Klein. The coaching matchup features 73-year-old Bill Snyder against 41-year-old Dana "Kid" Holgorsen.

—Here's the skinny on Texas Tech's Red Raiders after a signature victory: They can't handle it. Texas Tech plays at Texas Christian one week after shocking West Virginia in Lubbock.

Last year, Texas Tech upset No. 1 Oklahoma and then lost its last five games. The last four times the Red Raiders have defeated a ranked opponent, they lost their next game.

—Temple and Rutgers, for so many years the bottom feeders in the Big East, are a combined 5-0 in league play. The teams meet, in Philadelphia, for the first time since 2004, Temple's last season in the Big East before being dismissed for football incompetence. Temple was invited back this year.

How far have these programs come?

Since Big East football started in 1991, Temple leads Rutgers in last-place finishes, 7-6.

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