Prediction: Alabama 27, Texas A&M 20
- Nebraska had an important come from behind victory last weekend at Michigan State to keep their lead in the Big Ten Legends Division. Penn State could be the second best team in the Big Ten and this game will prove if they are or not. The Huskers are currently averaging 255.1 rushing yards per game and are putting up 38 points per game. The Nittany Lion defense is giving up 122.4 rushing yards per game and only 17.1 points per game. Taylor Martinez will need to use his legs like last week to spread the Nittany Lion defense out. Martinez is currently averaging 215.6 passing yards per game and 74 rushing yards per game. The Huskers defense will have their hands full in this one as they face a solid Penn State offense led my Matt McGloin. This is going to be a tough home game for the Huskers and will likely be the last game where the Huskers will be challenged. This is going to be really close, but I give the Huskers an edge in this one because they are at home.
Prediction: Nebraska 31, Penn State 27
6. #5 Georgia @ Auburn 7:00 PM ET ESPN2
- It's the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry and a lot is on the line for the Georgia Bulldogs. If the Dawgs win this game they are the SEC East Division champions and will head to Atlanta for the SEC Championship game. The Auburn Tigers snapped their five game losing streak last week as they defeated non-conference foe New Mexico State 42-7. The Georgia offense is putting up 36.8 points per game. The struggling Auburn defense is going to have to contain quarterback Aaron Murray and an offense that continues to improve. Running back Todd Gurley has averaged 117.5 yards in the past two games and looks to do it again against an Auburn defense that is giving up almost 200 yards per game. As every statistic points towards the Dawgs winning big, I feel Auburn gives the Dawgs a better game than we all think. It is a huge rivalry game and Head Coach Gene Chizik is on the hot seat and is desperate for an SEC win this season. I think the Tigers surprise the country and make the Dawgs work for their SEC East title.
Prediction: Georgia 31, Auburn 20
7. #21 Mississippi State @ #7 LSU 7:00 PM ET ESPN
- LSU is coming off a heartbreaking loss to Alabama and is now out of contention for the the SEC West Division. LSU still has a chance to be a BCS at-large team though. Mississippi State has finally faced reality these past two weeks as they were outscored by Alabama and Texas A&M 76-20. The Bulldogs will get their last difficult test of the SEC schedule this weekend and look to stay competitive in a hostile Death Valley atmosphere. LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger played his best game of the season last week against Alabama by passing for 298 yards and one touchdown. The Bulldogs offense is going to have to score on the 2nd best defense in the country and they only put up seven points on Alabama. It could be another long game for the Bulldogs.
Prediction: LSU 35, Mississippi State 14
8. #2 Kansas State @ TCU 7:00 PM ET FOX
- The real question coming into this game will be if Heisman frontrunner Collin Klein will be the starting quarterback when the Wildcats take the field. The Wildcats have taken care of business all season long on offense and defense. If Collin Klein is not able to go it will be up to redshirt freshman Daniel Sams to run the offense. Sams was five of six for 45 yards last week when he came in for Klein against Oklahoma State. Sams is unfortunately very inexperienced in game situations. The TCU Horned Frogs come off a big double overtime victory at West Virginia and look to make it two in a row. The Horned Frogs are currently averaging 33.9 points per game and the tough Kansas State defense will need to shut them down, especially if Klein is not able to go. Will this finally be the week the Wildcats fall?
Prediction: Kansas State 40, TCU 28 (If Collin Klein starts)
TCU 34, Kansas State 26 (If Collin Klein is out)
9. #4 Notre Dame @ Boston College 8:00 PM ET ABC
Prediction: Notre Dame 27, Boston College 12
10. #3 Oregon @ Cal 10:30 PM ET ESPN
Prediction: Oregon 48, Cal 21