Fri: Washington at No. 13 UCLA, 9:00 p.m., ET, ESPN2
After UCLA lost two straight games to Stanford and Oregon, it has since gotten back on track and currently is in the Pac-12 South Division race.
Brett Hundley and the Bruins though, will have the task of taking down a Husky team that’s on its own two game winning streak.
Washington Quarterback Keith Price and running back Bishop Sankey will be challenged by a tough Bruin defense with a talented linebacking corps consisting of Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks.
Expect both teams to put points up, but for UCLA to eventually make a big stop on defense in the fourth quarter to get the win. A win keeps the Bruins in the division race with Arizona State and USC, who it has yet to face this season.
Prediction: UCLA 35, Washington 28
Texas Tech vs No. 5 Baylor (Arlington), 7 p.m. ET, FOX
Baylor proved to the nation that it will be a force to be reckoned with going forward after its beat down on then-No. 10 Oklahoma 41-12.
Quarterback Bryce Petty (2,657 passing yards and 29 total touchdowns) leads the best offense in the country, but he may not have star running back Lache Seastrunk in the backfield, who is probable with a groin injury.
One of Petty’s main targets in the passing game, wide receiver Tevin Reese, is also out for the remainder of the regular season after suffering a wrist injury.
These injuries could have an impact on an offense averaging an astounding 61.0 points per game, but Texas Tech is on a downward spiral after losing its last three games in a row.
Both teams rank in the top three in passing yards per game this season, meaning we could be in for a shootout in Jerry World.
Baylor, though, is to fast and explosive on offense, meaning it will easily keep its undefeated season intact.
Prediction: Baylor 45, Texas Tech 24
Florida at No. 10 South Carolina, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Since South Carolina’s upset loss to Tennessee on Oct. 19, it has answered back with wins over SEC East Division leader Missouri and Mississippi State. Steve Spurrier’s bunch is very much in the race for the division title and a BCS At-large bid right now.
The Gators have been possibly the most disappointing team in college football this season. A win either here or against No. 2 Florida State is a must, otherwise it will miss its first bowl game since 1990.
An offense that is already struggling to score points could be without starting quarterback Tyler Murphy, who is a game-time decision with a sore shoulder.
Florida has lost its last four games, in part to it only averaging 15.0 points in those losses.
With the struggles the Gator offense continues to have, and it facing a tough South Carolina defensive front consisting of Jadeveon Clowney and Kelcy Quarles, it will be difficult to win.
Prediction: South Carolina 35, Florida 17
Houston at No. 20 Louisville, 7 p.m. ET, ESPNU
This will be an elimination game for the AAC title, even though, it appears UCF will win the conference with head-to-head wins over both teams and no AAC losses up to this point.
Houston came up just short of tripping up UCF in a 19-14 loss last week, but will have another chance to knock off a Top 25 opponent in Louisville
The Cougar offense is averaging 310.9 passing yards per game and scoring 38.1 points per game with its lethal pass-catch tandem consisting of quarterback John O’Korn and wide receiver Deontay Greenberry.
Teddy Bridgewater’s Heisman stock has taken a hit since dropping its critical game to UCF, but it doesn’t mean his performance has plummeted.
Bridgwater (2,845 passing yards, 24 touchdowns, 3 interceptions) continues to lead a passing attack averaging 328.6 yards per game. While the offense has had success, the Louisville defense continues to keep opponents off the scoreboard by surrendering just 10.6 points per game (first in the country).
It should be an even game for the most part, but having home-field advantage and Bridgewater will be the difference in Louisville keeping itself in the AAC title race.
Louisville 31, Houston 20
Oregon State at No. 19 Arizona State, 9:30 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Network
Arizona State survived last week’s scare at Utah by scoring a game-winning touchdown with 2:37 left in the fourth quarter to win 20-19. The Sun Devils still control their destiny of winning the Pac-12 South Division and advancing to the Pac-12 Championship game for the first time.
The Arizona State defense will be faced with the task of trying to contain an Oregon State offense led by quarterback Sean Mannion and wide receiver Brandin Cooks.
The Beavers head into the desert on a two-game losing streak and a win would at least get them back on the right path, but the Sun Devils have been tough at home this season with a 5-0 home-field record.
Prediction: Arizona State 38, Oregon State 27