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Minnesota junior running back David Cobb against Nebraska on Oct. 26.
Saturday: Kansas State @ No. 25 Texas Tech, noon ET, ABC
While Texas Tech has dropped its last two games, Kansas State has won its last two and is looking for its third.
Kliff Kingsbury’s Red Raiders are likely no longer a Big 12 title contender, even with its air-raid passing attack averaging 414.2 yards per game.
Texas Tech could be in danger of losing its third consecutive game of the season against an improving Kansas State team.
While Bill Snyder’s Wildcats have defeated less than subpar opponents the past two weeks, it's a step in the right direction after an opening-weekend upset loss to FCS North Dakota State and two close losses to Oklahoma State and Baylor.
The Kansas State defense led by free safety Ty Zimmerman has held its last two opponents to an average of 9.5 points per game and will be looking to shut down one of the most dangerous offenses in the country.
The Wildcats have won the last two meetings against the Red Raiders, but the streak will end in Lubbock on Saturday.
Prediction: Texas Tech 35, Kansas State 28
Saturday: Penn State @ Minnesota, noon ET, ESPN2
Minnesota is one of this year’s biggest surprises and with a win over Penn State could hit eight wins for the first time since 2008.
The rushing attack led by David Cobb has played a major role in the Golden Gophers’ success this season. Cobb has averaged 143.0 yards in Minnesota’s last three games.
Penn State continues to be an inconsistent up-and-down team, as it was blown out at Ohio State 63-14 on Oct. 26 and hardily escaped Illinois in overtime with a 24-17 win last week.
With the Golden Gophers’ recent success and impressive three-game winning streak, it’s hard to pick against this team right now.
Prediction: Minnesota 31, Penn State 27
Saturday: BYU @ No. 24 Wisconsin, 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
It’s a big midseason nonconference matchup between two teams that rank 10th and 13th in rushing yards per game this season.
BYU quarterback Taysom Hill continues to win games for his team with his dual-threat ability. Hill has 2,019 passing yards, 841 yards and 20 touchdowns, but he will be up against an always-physical Wisconsin defense giving up only 90.4 rushing yards per game.
The Badgers will have its rushing attack ready to go with 1,000-yard rusher Melvin Gordon and James White as well.
It will be a tight battle, but Wisconsin will come away with a win and keep themselves in the BCS at-large discussion.
Prediction: Wisconsin 34, BYU 24
Saturday: No. 22 Arizona State @ Utah, 4 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Network
The Sun Devils have been on a tear since losing to Notre Dame on Oct. 5 by scoring 53.3 points per game. Quarterback Taylor Kelly is leading one of the best offenses in college football and is currently tied for fifth in the country with 23 touchdown passes this season.
The Utah defense will not only have to defend against Arizona State’s passing attack, but also shut down Marion Grice in the running game as well.
The Utes are home after a tough two-game road skid and will be looking to upset its second Top 25 victim of the season.
Prediction: Arizona State 41, Utah 28
Saturday: Virginia Tech @ No. 11 Miami (Fla.), 7 p.m. ET, ESPN
Miami suffered its first lost of the season at rival Florida State but was hurt much more by star running back Duke Johnson's season-ending ankle injury.
Virginia Tech was off to a surprising 6-1 start but has since lost two close games in a row by a combined 10 total points to Duke and Boston College.
It doesn’t mean the Hokies' ACC title hopes are out of reach, though. A win at Miami on Saturday night would put them in a tie for first place in the ACC Coastal Division. Virginia Tech would win in tiebreakers over both Miami and Georgia Tech if they were to knock off the Canes.
Miami is going to have its hands full against one of the top defenses in the country, but the Canes will win in dramatic fashion as they did in their two games prior to playing at Florida State.
Miami (Fla.) 24, Virginia Tech 21