BYU sophomore quarterback Taysom Hill.
Friday: Boise State @ BYU, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN
Starting quarterback Joe Southwick could be out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery for a broken ankle he suffered against Nevada.
Even without Southwick for now, Boise State has been out of the BCS picture since it lost at Fresno State on Sept. 20.
The Bronco defense has given up an average of only 131.7 rushing yards in its past three games, but they will travel to BYU, where the Cougars are racking up 263.0 rushing yards per game.
The BYU offense is led by dual-threat quarterback Taysom Hill, who not only leads the team in passing, but leads the team in rushing with 772 yards and seven touchdowns.
BYU suffered a heartbreaking 7-6 loss last year at Boise State and will be looking to get revenge at home.
Prediction: BYU 31, Boise State 24
Houston @ Rutgers, 12 p.m. ET, ESPNEWS
Even though Houston’s undefeated season was ended last week against BYU, they are still unbeaten in AAC play. If the Cougars want to compete for a conference title, this game at Rutgers is a must win. The Scarlet Knights lost at Louisville on Oct. 10, meaning one more AAC loss would likely eliminate them.
Houston brings in an offense that has given defenses problems through the air this season. The Cougar passing attack, which has averaged 312.3 yards per game, is led by quarterback John O’Korn and wide receiver Deontay Greenberry. Unfortunately, the Rutgers defense could be in trouble with one of the worst pass defenses in the country (306.8 passing yards per game).
It’s going to be a close game with a lot of scoring.
Prediction: Houston 41, Rutgers 40
Tennessee @ No. 1 Alabama, 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS
The Vols finally won the big game they had been craving for years. It was the first time they had defeated a ranked opponent since 2009, that opponent happened to also be South Carolina.
Tennessee will face a whole new animal this week, though, as it travels to take on No. 1 Alabama in Tuscaloosa. The Vols have not defeated the Crimson Tide since 2006 and have been outscored the last six meetings by a combined 204-65.
Butch Jones’ team got the best of South Carolina, but a second consecutive upset won’t happen.
Prediction: Alabama 41, Tennessee 17
No. 9 Clemson @ Maryland, 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
There were high hopes for Clemson last week against Florida State, then it got dismantled by Florida State 51-14. This will be more of a trap game than anything for Tajh Boyd and company. It could be a game where Clemson starts off slow and wakes up in the second half.
If Maryland wants any chance of pulling off the upset, they will have to try and keep up on the scoreboard. The Terrapins could be hurt in the scoring department though, with their two top wide receivers, Stefon Diggs and Deon Long, out after both breaking their right legs in a loss at Wake Forest last Saturday.
Dabo Swinney’s squad will bounce back in this one.
Prediction: Clemson 41, Maryland 20
Texas @ TCU, 7:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1
If there is a revenge game from last season, this is the one. In their first season in the Big 12, TCU upset Texas 20-13 in Austin.
The Horned Frogs have been a disappointment so far this season by already losing three of its first four conference games. Surprisingly, on the other end, Texas is currently undefeated at 3-0 in Big 12 play after a rough start to the season with two non-conference losses.
Quarterback Case McCoy has been improving and will start his third straight game. The defense has also made improvements under new defensive coordinator Greg Robinson. The ‘Horns held Oklahoma to just 263 yards and 20 points two weeks ago.
Texas is on the rise, and TCU is on the downward spiral.
Prediction: Texas 31, TCU 17