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Arlington brothers will face off in Ivy League matchup

Jacob and Charlie Flores grew up playing all sports together.

Still, the brothers are extremely competitive, a trait that will come out Saturday when the two meet as opponents when Columbia (0-5, 0-2 Ivy) hosts Dartmouth (4-1, 2-0 Ivy).

“I’m excited, but I think it’s going to be a little bit weird seeing him in a different colored jersey,” said Jacob, who is a junior left tackle at Dartmouth.

Jacob and Charlie played together for two seasons in high school, at Arlington Grace Prep. Jacob was at left tackle, and Charlie played left guard. The two liked to work together, double-teaming defensive linemen and communicating on pass blocking plays. After Jacob graduated, Charlie went to Fort Worth All Saints for his final two seasons.

“It’s going to be a blast having my whole family up here in New York,” said Charlie, who is also an offensive lineman. “I plan to go all out. I do trash talk a little bit.”

The Flores family is having fun with the matchup. About 12 family members will be at the game, all wearing house-divided shirts, half Columbia and half Dartmouth. At halftime, they plan to switch stadium sides — cheering one half for the Big Green and the other for the Lions.

“My parents circled this one on the calendar a long time ago,” Jacob said.

Charlie and Lisa Flores have five children: Lysette, the only girl and the oldest, Jacob, Charlie, John Paul (a freshman right tackle at All Saints), and Michael, who is in eighth grade. Growing up, the five would play football with Jacob and Michael facing Charlie and John Paul, with Lysette as all-time quarterback. The wins were split evenly.

“My two youngest brothers are almost as big as me and Charlie right now,” Jacob said. “They will probably go play college football as well. My sister is the one who keeps us all in line.”

Jacob started every game as a sophomore, as Dartmouth led the Ivy League in rushing. This season, he’s been a big part of the Big Green’s front again. As a freshman, Charlie has worked his way into the lineup and made his first start last week against Pennsylvania.

“My coaches have helped me learn the system really well,” Charlie said. “It’s a complicated system, but they’ve helped simplify it for me. Also, the conditioning packet they sent me over the summer helped prepare me.”

Jacob, who was recruited as a defensive end, has asked his coaches to let him play some on the defensive line Saturday to go against Charlie one-on-one.

“I definitely want that,” Jacob said. “He’s been really competitive since we were really little, so I would like to go against him. He’s been talking a lot about this game, and he has his teammates pumped up. I’m trying to do the same with my team up here. This game definitely means a lot to both of us.”

Games to watch

No. 3 Ole Miss (7-0, 4-0 SEC) at No. 24 LSU (6-2, 2-2 SEC) (6:15 p.m. Saturday, ESPN): After two straight wins, a last-second thriller at Florida and a dominant game at home against Kentucky, LSU is back in the rankings. The Tigers’ jump came just in time to make this game against the Rebels a prime-time showdown. Ole Miss has done it all so far this season, upsetting Alabama, trouncing Texas A&M two weeks ago on the road and Tennessee back at home last week. Bo Wallace has thrown for 1,899 yards and 17 touchdowns, and the Rebels are first in the nation on defense, giving up just 10.6 points a game. LSU is averaging 220.9 rushing yards and 35.6 points a game. The Tigers will need to establish their ground attack if they hope to upset Ole Miss. But anything can happen in a night game in Death Valley.

No. 20 USC (5-2, 4-1 Pac-12) at No. 19 Utah (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12) (9 p.m. Saturday, FS1): The Pac-12 has been full of surprises and upsets this season. Utah has been one of the biggest surprises of all, but the Utes will need to pull off a home win against the Trojans to keep their charmed season rolling. Utah dominated Michigan on the road before upsetting then-No. 8 UCLA 30-28. The Utes hung on for a double-overtime win against Oregon State last week, a Thursday-night game that has given the team extra time to prepare for USC, which has impressive wins against Stanford and Arizona but has faltered against Boston College and Arizona State.

Numbers

0 Interceptions from Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace in SEC games this season. Entering the year, Wallace’s tendency to force passes and turn the ball over were concerns. Wallace has thrown six interceptions in the Rebels’ three non-conference games (including three in the season opener against Boise State) but hasn’t thrown a single pick against Vanderbilt, Alabama, Texas A&M and Tennessee.

20 Consecutive wins for Florida State starting quarterback Jameis Winston, who hasn’t lost as a starter after the Seminoles held off Notre Dame last week. Winston, at 20-0, is the first quarterback since 2000 to win his first 20 starts. Greg McElroy started his career at Alabama 19-0.

Quotable

“Statistics don’t matter much now, do they?” – Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops after his Sooners outgained Kansas 533-385 yards but lost 31-30 after two short missed field goals (one an extra point that would have tied the game) late in the fourth quarter.

“I know how to become a Top 10 team. Just play Texas A&M.” – former college head football coach at UCLA and TV analyst Rick Neuheisel said after the Aggies lost 59-0 at Alabama. A&M had lost three straight games, all to teams now in the Top 5.

Tweet of the week

“The Big 12 officials may think it’s Flag Day today. Maybe?” – Baylor associate athletic director and sports information director Heath Nielsen ( @HeathNielsen) tweeted during the Bears upset loss on the road at West Virginia. The Bears were flagged 18 times for 185 yards. The teams combined for 32 penalties, and the Mountaineers were penalized 138 yards. Nielsen was fined $1,000 this week for his twitter criticism of the officiating, and many of his tweets, including this one, have been deleted.

Rising, falling, holding steady

Rising: Alabama: After all of the Mississippi State and Ole Miss talk, the Crimson Tide must have felt a little jealous. Alabama answered with a 59-0 win against Texas A&M last week, a performance that has boosted Bama back into the college football playoff conversation. The Crimson Tide lost a close game at Ole Miss but will still get a chance to play Mississippi State as well as Auburn, with both games at home.

Falling: Baylor’s playoff hopes: The Bears may have been able to survive a close loss to a ranked team on the road, but they probably won’t recover (at least to climb into the Top 5 again) after a disastrous 41-27 loss at West Virginia. Baylor’s easy non-conference schedule – SMU, Northwestern State, and Buffalo – left no room for error in Big 12 play.

Holding Steady: Jameis Winston: While Winston’s off-field problems persist, with news swirling daily about autograph investigation and an FSU student judiciary hearing, Winston has been consistent on the field when it matters. After an average first half against Notre Dame last week, Winston led the Seminoles in a second-half comeback that reminded many of the team’s clutch play in its national-championship run last season. At one point, Winston completed 13 straight passes and finished with 273 passing yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

Power 5 conference grades

ACC: C The ACC breathed a sign of relief after Florida State’s comeback win against Notre Dame. A loss would have made it much tougher for the Seminoles to make the first football playoff. Clemson, the ACC’s other ranked team, avoided a loss against Boston College with a 17-13 win on the road.

Big Ten: C+ Ohio State is looking more and more like the team people expected going into the season. Only, the Buckeyes are doing it with a freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett. Ohio State has won four straight blowout games, scoring 50 or more points in all four, since losing at home to Virginia Tech. That loss to the Hokies still looks really poor, but the Buckeyes are rounding into a team that could win a big bowl game and give the Big Ten a boost. Michigan State and Nebraska, the conference’s other two current standard bearers, also cruised last week.

Big 12: B Chaos reigned in the Big 12 last week, and as a result, the conference no longer has an undefeated team. Baylor lost at West Virginia. And Oklahoma suffered its second loss, this one at home, when Kansas State pulled off a win in Norman, Okla. The upsets make for thrilling TV, but they will hurt the conference when it’s time for the football playoff.

Pac-12: B+ Arizona State is looking better and better after beating Stanford 26-10. Oregon pulled away from Washington 45-20, and Utah beat Oregon State in double overtime. The Pac-12 has six ranked teams, but Oregon is the only one in the Top 10 at No. 6. The Pac-12 will have opportunities to regain any esteem it lost early in the season. Both Arizona schools, Utah, and USC have all performed better than expected, with Stanford and UCLA disappointing so far.

SEC: A- The SEC West is packing the top of the polls right now. Things will change with epic showdowns ahead, but for now, the SEC reigns. Mississippi State sits at No. 1, Ole Miss is No. 3, and Alabama is now No. 4. Get ready for some exciting matchups ahead.

Heisman watch

QB Dak Prescott, junior, Mississippi State: Last week, off.

QB Marcus Mariota, junior, Oregon: Last week, 24-for-33 passing for 336 yards and two touchdowns in 45-20 win against Washington. )

QB Amari Cooper, junior, Alabama: Last week, eight catches for 140 yards and two touchdowns in 59-0 win against Texas A&M.

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