Kansas has its own issues, as leading rusher Khalil Herbert nearly 9 YPC is no longer part of the program after deciding to sit out last weekend's loss to TCU. That will put the spotlight on Pooka Williams, who dazzled last year as a freshman but has looked ordinary this year. Oklahoma has averaged 52 points in the last five meetings with Kansas, and shouldn't have much trouble hitting that this weekend.
Kent State at 8 Wisconsin: The Flashes are 98th in YPP on defense, which means the Badgers should be able to run, pass, kick and crawl their way to a big victory.
The Badgers haven't hosted two MAC schools in the same season since , and won both of those big. Wisconsin already has a win over Central Michigan earlier this season, and should be able to use this game as a showcase to get running back Jonathan Taylor back in the Heisman Trophy mix after having one of his least productive games -- relatively speaking -- last week against Northwestern one TD, 4. BG is th in YPP on offense and on defense, and are outclassed at every turn. The Irish should be able to do whatever they want, though they have had a recent habit of playing down to competition, and beat MAC foe Ball State by just eight points last season.
If Texas can shut down the passing game it will be in good shape because WVU has lacked explosiveness most of the season. The Mountaineers have allowed eight TDs through the air, which should make Devin Duvernay's eyes light up. The senior wideout has 39 grabs and four TDs and has yet to drop a single target this season. Purdue at 12 Penn State: Purdue will not have quarterback Elijah Sindelar or dynamic wideout Rondale Moore for this game, and they were just about the only chance the Boilermakers had of keeping the contest close.
Penn State has won eight straight, with only the game being less than a one-score contest. Penn State should be able to do what it wants to in this one. Cal at 13 Oregon: The Bears lead the series but have dropped nine of the last 10, including five straight in Eugene. Both teams play excellent defense -- Oregon ranking fifth nationally in YPP at 3. So every yard will have to be earned. So the Bears top-notch secondary will definitely be tested, though LB Evan Weaver will once again be all over the field making just about every tackle. He was just five-of last week against Arizona State, so Justin Wilcox will need to get creative on offense if Cal wants to find the end zone.
Stanford has won four of the last six meetings, and Washington hasn't won in Palo Alto since Washington has gotten steady, sometimes spectacular, play from QB Jacob Eason, and he could have a big day against a Stanford defense ranked th in the country in YPP. He's been OK, throwing 4 TDs to just one pick, but can't challenge defenses deep the way Costello can. Stanford averages just 3. So if Stanford can be balanced on offense it could have a puncher's chance to win.
UNLV lacks punch on offense, while Boise brings a ferocious defense to the table. That's not optimum for the home team, which has failed to score more than 17 points in each of the last three games. Boise State has done well getting to the passer 13th nationally and should have ample opportunity for big plays as UNLV has allowed 22 plays of plus yards and 15 of plus.
Both squads have been stingy on defense, ranking in the top 30, while the Knights have a decided edge on offense seventh in FBS. Freshman QB Dillon Gabriel has played beyond his years, tossing 14 TDs to just two picks and showing an affinity for the downfield throw.
Cincinnati wants to run the football with Michael Warren III but hasn't been good at it this year, averaging just 4. Cincinnati has been stout in the red zone, ranking 14th in opponents scoring percentage, and has allowed just 39 plays of plus yards, 13th best in the nation.
That will be challenged mightily by the Knight big play offense, but UCF has been susceptible to the big play, allowing 77 gains of plus yards th. Maybe the home atmosphere allows the Bearcats to break a play or two because it's questionable whether they can grind things out against a talented UCF defense. Chuba Hubbard has been a man in the backfield, going over yards three times already this season, and leads the country in yards and touchdowns Quarterback Spencer Sanders hasn't played like a freshman, completing Tulsa at 24 SMU: The Mustangs are ranked for the first time since , it's last season of competition before getting the death penalty for a pay for play scandal.
SMU is doing it on both offense, ranking in the top 35 nationally in both total offense and defense. The addition of Shane Buechele at quarterback has breathed life into the offense.
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The Mustangs have 25 passing plays over 20 yards and 16 over 30 yards, but Tulsa has been solid against the pass, allowing just four touchdowns on the season. SMU has lost four of the last five meetings, but the home team has won three in a row. A win here sets up the Ponies for a grueling stretch run, with road trips to Houston and Memphis in consecutive weeks beginning in late October. Both teams prefer to run the football, but are disciplined when throwing it -- they've combined for 15 TDs and zero interceptions.
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Baylor ranks 8th in third down conversions while KSU is third in stopping third down conversions, so whichever of those two units wins the battle likely wins the game. TCU at Iowa State: The Horned Frogs have won three of the last four meetings in Ames but will have their hands full with a Cyclones bunch that knows it let one slip away last weekend against Baylor. The Cyclones will look to QB Brock Purdy to do damage through the air but could have issues dealing with TCU's lockdown pass D, which is allowing only 50 percent completions and four touchdowns this season.
The Cyclones are teetering on the brink of irrelevance in the Big 12 with a loss in this game, so expect a renewed focus. Tulane at Army: The visitor has won four of the last five meetings, but Army has taken four of the last six --so something has to give. The Black Knights are coming off of an idle week while Tulane had a long week after scoring late to knock off Houston Sept.
Both teams are in the top 10 in rushing, but Tulane has been a bit more susceptible to the big play. Don't be shock if there's a little trickery here and the passing game ends up deciding the contest -- both teams average over 11 yards per attempt. The Rockets have won seven of the last nine, and both of WMU's losses this season have been away from home.
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Toledo QB Mitchell Guadagni completes 60 percent of his passes but is dangerous with his legs, averaging six yards per tote. WMU is just in the Glass Bowl since The winner will have an inside track to a berth in the college football playoff while the loser will need to come out of choppy waters unscathed. Here is our look at Week 4 of the college football season all games Sept. This one will be won or lost in the trenches, and Georgia dominates in most of those categories.
The Irish will be without top runner Jafar Armstrong, which could put more of the onus on QB Ian Book, who has yet to throw an interception and has six scoring tosses. The matchup of Chase Claypool and Georgia corner Eric Stokes will be one to watch, as Stokes is one of the best press corners in the country, which comes in handy against the Claypool. Jake Fromm has taken a few more shots downfield this season Georgia has won both of the prior meetings.
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The Aggies offense is only as good as Kellen Mond, and he's been more good than bad this season. RB Isaiah Spiller has been a revelation as a freshman, averaging over 8 yards per carry, and he could be important in the time of possession battle. The bye week also allowed UM to return to its favored set after tweaking the D against unorthodox offenses. Wisconsin has yet to allow a point this season and looks more balanced on offense instead of simply featuring Jonathan Taylor.
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Don't get me wrong, he's been great -- 6. Coan has completed 76 percent of his passes with five TDs and zero interceptions, so Michigan cannot just load up against Taylor. Michigan is just away from home the last three seasons while Wisconsin is at home.
Clemson has looked better and better each week, and have a game winning streak vs non-P5 opponents last loss was to Marshall in Charlotte can get to the quarterback but allows 5. Clemson hasn't quite gotten things cranked up yet, so it may want to show that it is ready to defend its national championship by pulling out all the stops against Charlotte Southern Miss at 2 Alabama : The Golden Eagles may want to try to slow the game down by running the football, which can be done against a Tide stop unit allowing over 5 YPC.
Problem is that USM is averaging just 3. Southern Miss' th ranked pass defense has already allowed six touchdowns, and that number is sure to go up against Jeudy, Ruggs and crew. Vanderbilt at 4 LSU : Transfers and experience meant preseason expectations for the Vandy offense, but the Commodores have been stuck in neutral so far, averaging just 5. And to make matters worse, Vandy ranks th nationally in pass defense. You think Joe Burrow and his talented receiving corps aren't salivating at the prospect of facing a defense with zero sacks and just one interception?
Miami Ohio at 6 Ohio State : A final appetizer for the Buckeyes before the Big Ten slate begins, the Red Hawks shouldn't offer much resistance with a defense allowing nearly yards per game. Justin Fields, JK Dobbins and the rest of the Buckeyes offense will look to continue their standout play, while the retooled defense looks to stay in the top The Red Hawks failed to break 14 points against Iowa and Cincinnati, so points will be hard to come by against the swarming OSU stop unit. Look for Ohio State to make a statement with Nebraska on deck. Ohio State is in the series and hasn't lost to an in-state foe since Tennessee at 9 Florida : The series has been dominated by the Gators, who have won 13 of the last 14 and seven in a row.
Kyle Trask played well in relief, completing nine of 13 and running the offense with confidence. Jarret Guarantano has been solid at quarterback, with Jauan Jennings The Gators, despite a wealth of talent in the secondary, can be had through the air -- if teams can avoid the pressure they bring nation's best 16 sacks. Clay Helton could be feeling the heat if the Utes continue their stifling ways on defense -- top 10 in total defense and stingy in the red zone, allowing foes just two TDs in four trips. The Utes are top 20 nationally in yards per play and have gotten stellar results from seniors Tyler Huntley The home team has won six in a row and the Utes are just away from home the last three seasons.
Oklahoma State at 12 Texas : If Texas wants to prove that it is truly back, it needs to beat the Cowboys -- which it hasn't done the last five times the teams have played in Austin. Texas has lost seven of the last nine meetings but may come up firing as a bye week follows. Both teams are forgiving on defense, though Texas has done a solid job taking the ball away 4 TOs. Oklahoma State is third nationally in third down conversions and has gotten excellent play from redshirt frosh quarterback Spencer Sanders TD-INT9.
Texas will look to its own warrior Sam Ehlinger, who has 11 TDs to zero picks and has run the ball less this season as his passing has improved. The Panthers took Penn State to the wire last weekend thanks to excellent defense, and their 12 sacks put them among the nation's top 10 in that category. If Pitt can effect freshman quarterback Dillon Gabriel it can stay in the game. Greg McCrae is lightning quick from the backfield and has three scores, while Gabriel Davis can stretch the defense Pitt is in non-league home games under Pat Narduzzi while the Knights are just in regular season road contests against Power 5 schools.
Stanford won in overtime, beginning a stretch for Oregon that meant three losses in five games and elimination from the Pac race. The Ducks touted offensive line has lived up to billing, ranking first by Pro Football Focus through three weeks. Stanford's touted secondary has been exposed in consecutive losses, allowing That has to make Justin Herbert's eyes light up. Injuries to the offense have rendered Stanford impotent on that side of the ball 4. So much that fans are applauding the retirement announcement of AD Dan Guerrero, who has seemingly fiddled while the Bruins program has burned.