Friday: USC @ Oregon State, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN2
It may be a day after Halloween, but USC could experience another nightmare at Oregon State.
The Trojans have lost their last three meetings in Corvallis, the biggest loss being in 2008 when they were ranked No. 1 in the country.
USC struggles to score and relies heavily on their defense. The Trojan defense, though, will be in trouble as it gets the task of trying to shut down Sean Mannion, the leading passer in the country, and Brandin Cooks, the top receiver in the country.
USC may keep the game close early, but Oregon State will run away with the game in the second half.
Prediction: Oregon State 31, USC 16
Northwestern @ Nebraska, 3:30 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network
Both teams come into Saturday’s game after difficult losses.
Northwestern was supposed to be a threat in the Big Ten this season but has literally fallen off the radar by losing its last four games. The most recent was a 17-10 overtime loss at Iowa.
Nebraska ran into trouble up in Minneapolis, where the Cornhuskers lost to Minnesota, 34-23, for the first time since 1960. Starting quarterback Taylor Martinez, again, suffered an injury, this time a hip pointer. It’s likely that redshirt freshman Tommy Armstrong will get the start.
The Huskers are very much still alive in the Big Ten Legends Division race, but can they get past a stumbling Wildcat team that’s given them problems the past two years?
Prediction: Nebraska 35, Northwestern 24
No. 11 Auburn @ Arkansas, 6 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Auburn continues to roll, while Arkansas has been outscored, 104-7, in their past two games and comes in on a five-game losing streak.
Quarterback Nick Marshall has done wonders with the Auburn offense, so far this season, and is expected to play on Saturday, after injuring his shoulder against Florida Atlantic last week.
The Tiger rushing attack with Tre Mason (753 yards and nine touchdowns) and Cameron Artis-Payne (510 yards and five touchdowns) are going to cause all sorts of problems for a Hog defense surrendering 30.6 points per game.
Prediction: Auburn 52, Arkansas 14
Tennessee @ No. 9 Missouri, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN
Missouri’s undefeated season was snapped last week against South Carolina on a missed 24-yard field goal in overtime. Now it must bounce back against Tennessee, which will be without starting quarterback Justin Worley due to surgery on his right thumb.
The Tigers still lead the SEC East Division by one game and are currently in the running for a BCS bowl bid.
Missouri has played well defensively, especially defensive end Michael Sam, who is tied for first in the country with 10.0 sacks.
Maty Mauk will also likely get the start under center again with James Franklin still questionable with a separated throwing shoulder.
The Vols had a setback at Alabama last weekend and will suffer another one this week at Missouri.
Prediction: Missouri 38, Tennessee 24
Nevada @ No. 16 Fresno State, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU
Fresno State was seconds away from losing its chance at a BCS bowl bid, but a blocked field goal, as time expired in the fourth quarter against San Diego State, kept their hopes alive, as they forced overtime. In overtime, the Bulldogs, led by quarterback Derek Carr, scored a touchdown and then held the Aztecs out of the end zone on fourth down to win, 35-28.
Now Fresno State will take on a Nevada squad that comes in on a three-game losing streak. The Bulldog offense has been dangerous through the air and are putting up 44.3 points per game this season.
This game won't even be close, as Fresno State runs all over the Wolf Pack.
Prediction: Fresno State 48, Nevada 24