October brings separation to college football as the playoff contenders start to emerge -- especially this week.This weekend for the first time in 14 years, there are three games matching teams ranked in the top 10 of The Associated Press college football poll. It will be the ninth time in the history of the AP poll that at least three top-10 games will be played in the same regular-season week.No. 3 Louisville can take a commanding lead in the ACC Atlantic race at No. 5 Clemson. Lamar Jackson and the Cardinals already have beaten Florida State and the conference schedule after this looks very manageable.No. 4 Michigan faces the last and toughest of its five straight games in the Big House to start the season against No. 8 Wisconsin.A clear Pac-12 North front-runner will emerge on Friday night when No. 7 Stanford faces No. 10 Washington.For those looking to reminisce, the last time there were three top-10 games in one weekend was Oct. 6, 2002, and the higher ranked team won each game. No. 1 Miami beat No. 9 Florida State; No. 2 Oklahoma defeated No. 3 Texas and No. 6 Georgia beat No. 10 Tennessee. The average margin of victory was six points.The picks:COUGAR TOWNUConn (plus 28) at No. 6 HoustonThe only game the Cougars have lost under Tom Herman was at UConn last season with QB Greg Ward Jr. hurt ... HOUSTON 42-10.FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTSNo. 7 Stanford (plus 3) at No. 10 WashingtonBoth starting cornerbacks are out injured for the Cardinal against QB Jake Browning, who leads the Pac-12 in efficiency rating (194.88) ... WASHINGTON 28-23.MAIN EVENTSNo. 3 Louisville (minus 2) at No. 5 ClemsonA chance for Deshaun Watson to slow down Jacksons sprint toward the Heisman Trophy ... CLEMSON 38-35.No. 8 Wisconsin (plus 10+) at No. 4 MichiganThe Wolverines have not beaten a team ranked in the top 10 since 2008, a string of 11 consecutive losses ... MICHIGAN 28-14.No. 11 Tennessee (minus 3+) at No. 25 GeorgiaThe Vols snapped a five-game losing streak to the Bulldogs last year and have not won in Athens since 2006 ... TENNESSEE 28-21.SAME CONFERENCE, DIFFERENT WORLDSKentucky (plus 35) at No. 1 AlabamaThe Crimson Tide is 36-2-1 against the Wildcats; last loss 1997 ... ALABAMA 50-10.Rutgers (plus 38) at No. 2 Ohio StateThe first meetings came the last two seasons. Total score: Ohio State 105, Rutgers 24 ... OHIO STATE 45-3.CONFERENCE CALLSNo. 9 Texas A&M (minus 18) at South CarolinaAggies QB Trevor Knight ranks second in the SEC in total offense at 340.8 yards per game ... TEXAS A&M 35-13North Carolina (plus 11) at No. 12 Florida StateThe Seminoles are second in the ACC in plays of at least 10 yards (76); Tar Heels are third (72) ... FLORIDA STATE 45-31.No. 13 Baylor (minus 17) at Iowa StateThe Bears have averaged 55 points in winning three straight against the Cyclones ... BAYLOR 55-24.No. 14 Miami (minus 7) at Georgia TechHurricanes coach Mark Richt is 8-0 at Bobby Dodd Stadium, but the Yellow Jackets are looking to avoid consecutive home ACC losses ... GEORGIA TECH 24-21, UPSET SPECIAL.Illinois (plus 21) at No. 15 NebraskaThe Cornhuskers turnover margin is plus-6; last year it was minus-12 ... NEBRASKA 48-17, BEST BET.Memphis (plus 14+) at No. 16 MississippiThe Tigers upset the Rebels last season ... OLE MISS 42-21.No. 17 Michigan State (minus 7) at IndianaThe Spartans last lost consecutive games in 2012 and last lost to the Hoosiers in 2006 ... MICHIGAN STATE 31-27.No. 18 Utah (plus 2+) at CaliforniaQB Troy Williams gives the Utes a better chance to keep up in high-scoring games ... UTAH 35-30.Oklahoma (pickem) at No. 21 TCUThe Sooners are trying to avoid their worst start (1-3) since going 0-4 to begin 1996 season ... TCU 32-28.No. 22 Texas (plus 3) at Oklahoma StateSeven straight wins for the road team in this series ... TEXAS 35-30.No. 23 Florida (minus 10) at VanderbiltAnother week of Austin Appleby at quarterback for the Gators ... FLORIDA 24-17.Utah State (plus 19+) at No. 24 Boise StateThe Aggies snapped a 12-game losing streak to the Broncos last season ... BOISE STATE 42-17.STREAKINGNo. 19 San Diego State (minus 19) at South AlabamaThe Aztecs have won 13 straight games ... SAN DIEGO STATE 34-17.TWITTER REQUESTSKansas State (plus 3+) at West Virginia -- (at)rdcramerThanks to some weak competition and playing half a game against Missouri State because of severe weather, the Wildcats have the No. 1 defense in the nation at 179 yards allowed per game ... WEST VIRGINIA 31-23.Notre Dame (minus 10) vs. Syracuse at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey- (at)nickfeelyThe Irish, with a new defensive coordinator, try to avoid 1-4 start, which would be their worst since going 0-5 in 2007 ... NOTRE DAME 42-28.Navy (plus 7+) at Air Force -- (at)mikecarey25The teams have split the last six meetings, but with Army playing well the winner is no guarantee to take the Commander-in-Chiefs Trophy ... AIR FORCE 29-25.Missouri (plus 13) at LSU -- (at)TexasTider1New era for the Tigers, but how much can things really change in a week? ... LSU 28-13.Arizona State (plus 10) at USC -- (at)pac12boardFirst Pac-12 home game for the Trojans, who are desperate for a victory ... USC 38-31.---Record: Last week 14-7 straight; 10-10 vs. points.Season: 56-19; 36-36-1.Upset specials: 1-3.Best bets: 0-4.---Follow Ralph D. Russo at www.Twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP---More college football coverage at www.collegefootball.ap.org UA Mens Under Armour Phenom Proto Training Shoes Black/Lime/White . LUCIE, Fla. 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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The offseason addition of wide receiver Rishard Matthews has paid big dividends for the Tennessee Titans.Matthews already has set a career high with six touchdown catches -- all within the past six weeks.Only Tampa Bays Mike Evans and Jordy Nelson of Green Bay (eight) and Pittsburghs Antonio Brown (seven) have more touchdown catches in the NFL than Matthews, who is tied with four others.And the receiver easily is poised to turn in the most receptions and yards receiving in just his first year working with quarterback Marcus Mariota.Im glad it happened the way it did, Matthews said.A seventh-round draft pick out of Nevada, the 6-foot, 217-pound Matthews spent his first four seasons with the Miami Dolphins where he started only 17 of his 49 games.When he hit free agency, Matthews went looking for the chance to do more coming off the best season of his career with 43 catches in 11 starts for 662 yards and four touchdown receptions.Matthews had a couple of teams calling, but he and his agent saw the Titans and Mariota as the right match with a three-year contract .It took a little bit of time to start building timing and chemistry, but offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie thinks returning to Miami to play the Dolphins jump-started Matthews season.From there, I think those two theyve kind of bonded a little bit, Robiskie said Thursday of Matthews and Mariota.Matthews caught his first touchdown pass from Mariota in Miami on Oct. 9, and hes added five TD catches since then helping Tennessee (5-5) win four of its past six. He caught two in the second quarter at San Diego on Nov. 6 and added another last week. The Titans visit Indianapolis (4-5) on Sunday.Matthews has made a handful of long catches too and believes Mariotas trust in him just keeps climbing.Hes been coming to me in key situations, Matthews said.ddddddddddddThat just means a lot to myself, and Im just glad I could go out there and make plays for him.The Titans needed help at wide receiver after investing second-round draft picks in Justin Hunter and Dorial Green-Beckham. They released Hunter in the final cuts, while they traded Green-Beckham during training camp for a backup offensive lineman.Coach Mike Mularkey said how Matthews has played is what caught the Titans attention.Obviously, big, thick receiver, really strong to the ball, strong hands, makes plays and contested catches, playmaker, which hes been doing here for the last six weeks, Mularkey said.Hes been making plays. Obviously, the touchdowns have been big plays, but a lot of what youre seeing was on tape. You know, he was hurt last year and only got so many games to show what he had. Its showing up again.Matthews is part of a receiving group that ranks third in the NFL for fewest drops, having dropped five of the 210 passes deemed catchable by STATS LLC.That ranks Tennessee third in the NFL with a drop rate of 2.4 percent per catch behind only Washington (1.2 percent) and Dallas (2.1).Mularkey said the receivers have been dependable after he was probably harder on them than any other group on the team.Weve got a mix of guys, a rookie thats playing in his 11th game, Rishard has come about, Mularkey said. I give them credit. They have rebounded and helped us with our offense.Game notes RB DeMarco Murray (toe) practiced fully Thursday after being given a day of rest Wednesday.---For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL---Follow Teresa M. 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