Bedlam could reset Big 12
NO. 9 OKLAHOMA AT NO. 10 OKLAHOMA STATE Nov. 4, 4 p.m., Fox Sports 1
Line: Oklahoma State by 3 What’s the perfect thing to help sort out the chaotic Big 12 title race? Bedlam, of course.
Oklahoma (7-1, 4-1 Big 12) and Oklahoma State (7-1, 4-1) are part of a four-way logjam atop the league with Iowa State and TCU, so this game won’t quite settle anything. But the in-state rivalry is still the league’s most anticipated regular-season game of the year, with QB Baker Mayfield and the visiting Sooners trying to upend QB Mason Rudolph and the capable Cowboys.
While the return of the conference title game means the Sooners and the Cowboys will remain in contention for a league crown for at least another week, this game is a de facto College Football Playoff eliminator — assuming the Big 12 hasn’t already cannibalized itself so much that no one can make a serious run at a semifinal slot.
Who wins? Oklahoma, 41-38 NORTHERN ILLINOIS AT TOLEDO
Nov. 2, 6 p.m., ESPNU Line: Toledo by 9 If it’s November, it means it’s time for all the weeknight MACtion imaginable. This could be the best game of the month in the league, with the visiting Huskies (6-2, 4-0) trying to take over sole possession of first in the West Division with a victory over the Rockets (7-1, 4-0 MidAmerican). Who wins? Toledo, 35-27 NO. 7 PENN STATE AT MICHIGAN STATE
Nov. 4, noon, Fox Line: Penn State by 71⁄ 2 It’s effectively a Big Ten East elimination game featuring teams coming off losses. Penn State (7-1, 4-1 Big Ten) squandered a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter of its loss to Ohio State, while Michigan State (6-2, 4-1) fell in triple overtime at Northwestern. Look for the Nittany Lions to lean heavily on RB Saquon Barkley, whose Heisman Trophy candidacy took a modest
hit in last week’s defeat. Who wins? Penn State, 31-17 NO. 15 AUBURN AT TEXAS A&M
Nov. 4, Noon, ESPN
Line: Auburn by 15 Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin frittered away some of the goodwill he’d collected while winning five out of six when Texas A&M lost to Mississippi State last week. Now, Texas A&M (5-3, 3-2) will try to break the home team curse in its series with Auburn (6-2, 4-1). Since the Aggies entered the league, the road team has won all five matchups. Who wins? Auburn, 33-20 NO. 3 OHIO STATE AT IOWA
Nov. 4, 3:30 p.m., ESPN Line: Ohio State by 161⁄ 2 After QB J.T. Barrett’s stellar performance against Penn State — 328 yards and four TDs passing —
the Buckeyes (7-1, 5-0 Big Ten) find themselves in firm control of the Big Ten East. Iowa (5-3, 2-3) has a way of playing teams tough at home ( just ask Penn State, which needed a last-second score to escape). Three of the Hawkeyes’ last four contests have ended with a 17-10 score.
Who wins? Ohio State, 24-16 NO. 5 CLEMSON AT NO. 19 N.C. STATE
Nov. 4, 3:30 p.m., ABC
Line: Clemson by 71⁄ 2 It’s the biggest game of the season in the ACC’s Atlantic Division, though neither team can clinch a berth in the league title game solely with a victory this week. Clemson (7-1, 5-1 ACC) looked much sharper coming out of its bye against Georgia Tech, effectively rebounding from a surprising loss at Syracuse. N.C. State (6-2, 4-0) saw its six-game winning streak end last week at Notre
Dame and must hope an ankle injury that shelved RB Nyheim Hines in that loss heals in time for the speedster to face the Tigers.
Who wins? Clemson, 24-17 WAKE FOREST AT NO. 8 NOTRE DAME
Nov. 4, 3:30 p.m., NBC
Line: Notre Dame by 131⁄ 2 The Fighting Irish (7-1) took another step toward reaching the Playoff with its 35-14 defeat of N.C. State behind RB Josh Adams’ 202 rushing yards. This is a reunion weekend, as Notre Dame hired defensive coordinator Mike Elko away from Wake Forest after last season.
The Demon Deacons (5-3) are coming off a 42-32 defeat of Louisville that saw QB John Wolford throw for five TDs and rush for a sixth. Who wins? Notre Dame, 34-13
SOUTH AT Nov. Line: NO. 4, 3:30 2 CAROLINA GEORGIA p.m., CBS
Georgia by 24 It could be clinching day in the SEC East if the Bulldogs (8-0, 5-0 SEC) can win this game and Mississippi defeats Kentucky. Georgia drilled Florida 42-7 last week as RB Sony Michel rushed for 137 yards and two touchdowns on only six carries, while the Gamecocks (6-2, 4-2) became bowl eligible for the second time in two seasons under coach Will Muschamp with a victory over Vanderbilt. NO. Who 16 IOWA wins? STATE Georgia, 35-10 AT Nov. Line: WEST 4, 3:30 VIRGINIA p.m., ESPN2 2
West Virginia by 21⁄ Iowa State owned exactly one victory over a top-five opponent before this season. It just collected two in October, stunning Oklahoma and TCU to move into a share of the Big 12 lead. The Cyclones (6-2, 4-1) have allowed just 27 points over their last 14 quarters but will be challenged by QB Will Grier and the Mountaineers (5-3, 3-2). 28-27 Who wins? West Virginia, NO. AT Nov. WASHINGTON 18 4, STANFORD 3:30 p.m., Fox STATE
Line: Washington by 21 This is the first in a series of three games this month between the remaining contenders in the Pac-12 North. The Cardinal (6-2, 5-1 Pac-12) barely survived their trip to Oregon State last week as injured RB Bryce Love sat out. Stanford will need him against the Cougars (7-2, 4-2), who are coming off a loss at Arizona.
31-28 Who wins? Washington State TEXAS AT Nov. NO. 4, 7:15 12 TCU p.m., ESPN
Line: TCU by 7 The Horned Frogs (7-1, 4-1 Big 12) self-destructed with three turnovers in the second half in last week’s 14-7 loss to Iowa State, and they must rebound quickly to retain any Playoff hopes. Texas (4-4, 3-2) dispatched Baylor last week and will look to finish off an upset after losing to Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Southern California by a combined 11 points earlier in the season.
Who wins? TCU, 30-24 Nov. NO. AT SMU 14 4, CENTRAL 7:15 p.m., FLORIDA ESPN2
Line: Central Florida by 131⁄ 2 QB McKenzie Milton and the visiting Knights (7-0, 4-0 American Athletic) are the last remaining undefeated team in the Group of Five conferences. That gives them a clear path to a New Year’s Six bowl invitation so long as they can win out. That won’t be easy against the Mustangs (6-2, 3-1), who are bowl eligible for the first time since 2012. Who wins? Central Florida, 38-31 NO. 20 LSU AT NO. 1 ALABAMA Nov. 4, 8 p.m., CBS Line: Alabama by 21
Both teams come out of their open date, and Alabama (8-0, 5-0 SEC) can take a major step toward sealing another SEC West title by earning its seventh consecutive victory against LSU (6-2, 3-1). The Tigers have scored only 63 points in their last six games against the Crimson Tide and will need to get RB Derrius Guice on track against Alabama’s miserly run defense to have any chance of pulling an upset. Who wins? Alabama, 24-7 NO. 13 VIRGINIA TECH AT NO. 6 MIAMI (FLA.)
Nov. 4, 8 p.m., ABC Line: Virginia Tech by 3
The host Hurricanes (7-0, 5-0 ACC) can clinch their first trip to the ACC title game with a victory over the Hokies (7-1, 3-1) coupled with a Virginia loss to Georgia Tech. QB Malik Rosier threw three touchdown passes last week for Miami, which holds the nation’s longest winning streak (12 games) and hasn’t lost in more than a year. Who wins? Virginia Tech, 23-16 NO. 25 ARIZONA AT NO. 17 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Nov. 4, 10:45 p.m., ESPN Line: Southern Cal by 7
The winner will end the week in sole possession of first place in the Pac-12 South. The visiting Wildcats (6-2, 4-1 Pac-12) have won four in a row since Khalil Tate took over at quarterback, including last week’s 58-37 thrashing of Washington State.
The Trojans (7-2, 5-1) responded to an ugly loss at Notre Dame two weeks ago with one of their best showings of the season, hammering Arizona State 48-17 behind RB Ronald Jones’ 216 rushing yards. Who wins? Arizona, 35-31 Times Eastern. Odds are courtesy of Playbook.com.
Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph has 22 touchdown passes and seven rushing TDs in eight games this season.
Miami quarterback Malik Rosier has thrown for 17 touchdowns and has rushed for two in seven games.