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Stanford starting quarterback Kevin Hogan against Arizona State on Sept. 21.
No. 12 South Carolina at UCF 12:00 p.m. ET ABC
South Carolina will be in for an interesting non-conference game at UCF. The Gamecocks are solid offensively with quarterback Connor Shaw, but starting quarterback Blake Bortles has looked good for the Knights so far this season.
UCF will be looking to get their second big win in a row, as they went into Happy Valley and upset Penn State 34-31 on Sept. 14, but the offense must hold off All-American defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.
UCF will hang tight early, but the Gamecocks will come away with the win.
Prediction: South Carolina 38, UCF 24
Iowa at Minnesota 3:30 p.m. ET ABC/ESPN2
Its the battle for Floyd of Rosedale and a game with bowl implications on the line. Iowa is on a three-game winning streak and getting win number four against undefeated Minnesota to begin conference play would be big for their bowl eligibility. The Hawkeye offense still isn’t wear it needs to be and relies heavily on running back Mark Weisman.
The Golden Gophers are one of the worst passing teams in the country, but are one of the best running teams in the country with David Cobb, Rodrick Williams Jr and Mitch Leidner.
Iowa has not defeated Minnesota on the road since 2008, but the two game losing streak at TCF Bank Stadium will end on Saturday.
Prediction: Iowa 30, Minnesota 27
No. 10 Texas A&M at Arkansas 7:00 p.m. ET ESPN2
The Aggies blew out the Hogs last year in College Station 58-10. Arkansas won’t only be seeking revenge on Texas A&M, but will have motivation to bounce back after blowing a 24-7 lead against Rutgers last week.
Johnny Manziel though, will be too much for the Razorback defense and it will get ugly for the second straight year.
Prediction: Texas A&M 45, Arkansas 21
Arizona at No. 16 Washington 7:00 p.m. ET FOX
Both teams come in undefeated, but Washington has proved themselves against Boise State and Illinois already. Arizona has had an easy schedule and has yet to be challenged this season.
The Wildcats have a lethal rushing attack with potential All-American Ka’Deem Carey, who sat out the opening game, but still managed to rack up 299 yards and four touchdowns in two games. A defense which struggled all of last year though, will face their first dangerous offense of the season.
Washington is ranked 17th in the nation in passing and ninth in the nation in rushing. Quarterback Keith Price is clearly playing at another level this season and Bishop Sankey has been spectacular in the backfield as he’s rushed for 446 yards and five total touchdowns this season.
The Huskies defense consisting of defensive end Hau’oli Kikaha has looked tough this season and have held opponents to just 10.0 points per game.
Arizona seems to blow out Washington when they are at home, but when they make the trip to Seattle it’s been difficult for them.
Prediction: Washington 45, Arizona 28
No. 5 Stanford at Washington State (Seattle) 10:00 p.m. ET ESPN
Surprising enough, this was actually a close game in 2012 as Stanford escaped with a 24-17 victory. This is a neutral site game at CenturyLink field in Seattle, the exact place where Washington knocked the Cardinal off last year on Sept. 27.
Stanford has a better quarterback under center now with Kevin Hogan though, and Tyler Gaffney will be in the backfield. The defense, as usual, consists of a solid defensive line and physical linebacking corps led by Shane Skov.
Mike Leach already has his team playing much better this season, and they would be undefeated if not for a 31-24 opening weekend loss at Auburn. The big momentum changer though, was the following week at USC, when they upset the Trojans 10-7.
Unlike Stanford, Washington State is an air it out team and is averaging 328.8 passing yards per game. Connor Halliday has already passed for 1,288 yards this season and Gabe Marks has been his go to target.
Stanford comes in off a big home win against Arizona State, but don’t think the Cardinal won't be tested. It will be a closer game and they won’t pull away until the fourth quarter.
Prediction: Stanford 31, Washington State 23