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September 22, 2011

Week 4 primer: Huguenin picks them all

Week 4 hopefully will offer a respite from all the realignment talk, as there are some good games that should keep the focus on the field.

The two biggest are showdowns in the Big 12 (Oklahoma State at Texas A&M) and SEC (Arkansas at Alabama). The winner in College Station becomes the top challenger to Oklahoma for the Big 12 crown. In Tuscaloosa, meanwhile, Arkansas will be trying to prove it belongs in the league title discussion - which would mean it also belongs in the national title discussion.

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There also are noteworthy games in the ACC, with North Carolina's strong defensive front seven going against Georgia Tech's explosive offense, and Pac-12, with Arizona State playing host to USC in a key South Division game.

Here's a look at every game involving a FBS school this weekend.

FRIDAY'S GAME

UCF (2-1) at BYU (1-2), 8 p.m., ESPN
THE BUZZ: This one has lost some luster, as both are coming in off losses - UCF at FIU and BYU at home to archrival Utah. Two talented sophomore quarterbacks will be on display with UCF's mobile Jeff Godfrey and BYU gunslinger Jake Heaps.
THE LINE: BYU by 3 THE PICK: BYU 23-21

SATURDAY'S GAMES

North Carolina (3-0) at Georgia Tech (3-0), noon, ESPN
THE BUZZ: Because of Tech's incredibly productive offense (427.7 rushing yards per game, 675.3 total yards per game, 59.3 points per game), this has become an important ACC game. Not much was expected of the Yellow Jackets, but with a win in this one, Tech can stamp itself as a Coastal Division dark-horse. Conversely, Tech's defense has some issues; can UNC QB Bryn Renner take advantage? UNC allows just 77.0 rushing yards per game.
THE LINE: Tech by 6.5 THE PICK: Tech 30-27

Notre Dame (1-2) at Pittsburgh (2-1), noon, ABC
THE BUZZ: This is the 67th meeting in the series, which began in 1909. Notre Dame is last nationally in turnover margin at minus-8; Pitt is at minus-4. Pitt's defense has been poor thus far; the Panthers allow 416.3 yards per game.
THE LINE: Notre Dame by 6.5 THE PICK: Notre Dame 38-27

San Diego State (3-0) at Michigan (3-0), noon, Big Ten Network
THE BUZZ: First-year Michigan coach Brady Hoke goes against his former employer. Thing is, his former employer might have the better defense. This should be an interesting quarterback duel between Michigan's Denard Robinson and SDSU's Ryan Lindley. San Diego State is 3-0 for the first time since 1981.
THE LINE: Michigan by 10.5 THE PICK: San Diego State 27-24

Toledo (1-2) at Syracuse (2-1), noon, Big East syndication/Sportsnet New York/ESPN GamePlan
THE BUZZ: Toledo has beaten a Big Six opponent in five consecutive seasons and this is the Rockets' last chance this season for that type of victory. Since 2007, Syracuse is 3-2 against MAC opponents.
THE LINE: Syracuse by 2.5 THE PICK: Toledo 31-27

SMU (2-1) at Memphis (1-2), noon, Fox Sports Net
THE BUZZ: SMU is 0-3 all-time against Memphis. The Mustangs have legit hopes for the Conference USA title this season, but if they lose to an atrocious Memphis team, those hopes vanish.
THE LINE: SMU by 21.5 THE PICK: SMU 41-13

Louisiana-Monroe (1-2) at Iowa (2-1), noon, Big Ten Network
THE BUZZ: ULM has lost nine in a row to Big Six conference schools since shocking Alabama late in the 2007 season. This is the Warhawks' first game against a Big Ten opponent since falling to Minnesota in 2000.
THE LINE: Iowa by 17.5 THE PICK: Iowa 30-14

Central Michigan (1-2) at Michigan State (2-1), noon, ESPNU
THE BUZZ: This is just the eighth meeting between these in-state schools, whose campuses are only about 60 miles apart. Central Michigan coach Dan Enos is a former Michigan State quarterback and assistant. CMU beat the Spartans in East Lansing in 2009.
THE LINE: Michigan State by 23.5 THE PICK: Michigan State 40-21

Eastern Michigan (2-1) at Penn State (2-1), noon, ESPN2
THE BUZZ: This is the second consecutive Big Ten opponent for EMU, which lost at Michigan last week. It's also the second MAC opponent in a row for Penn State, which squeezed past Temple last week. The Nittany Lions have zero TD passes this season.
THE LINE: Penn State by 28.5 THE PICK: Penn State 35-10

Georgia (1-2) at Ole Miss (1-2), 12:20 p.m., SEC syndication/MSG network/Comcast Sports Net California/ESPN GamePlan
THE BUZZ: Both coaches are feeling the heat. This is the first road game of the season for Georgia, which has won eight in a row in this series. Ole Miss has been horrible on offense.
THE LINE: Georgia by 10 THE PICK: Georgia 23-17

Temple (2-1) at Maryland (1-1), 12:30 p.m., ACC syndication/ESPN GamePlan
THE BUZZ: Temple's upset hopes depend on a big game from RB Bernard Pierce, who will be going against a nothing-special run defense. The Terps have scored at least 30 points in each of their first two games for the first time since 1996.
THE LINE: Maryland by 9 THE PICK: Maryland 28-17

Bowling Green (2-1) at Miami of Ohio (0-2), 1 p.m.
THE BUZZ: This is the first MAC game for both, and a win by Bowling Green would make the Falcons a legit title contender in the East Division. Miami has won 10 of the past 12 in the series, but the losses have come in BG's past two trips to Oxford.
THE LINE: Miami by 4 THE PICK: Miami 34-24

Massachusetts (2-0) at Boston College (0-3), 1 p.m.
THE BUZZ: BC, coming off a one-point loss to Duke, is in desperate need of a win. UMass is a FCS program that is moving up to FSB next season; the Minutemen will be a member of the MAC. Talk about an incredible stat: BC LB Luke Kuechly has been involved in the tackle on 25 percent of the plays the Eagles have defended this season (58 of 229).
THE LINE: None THE PICK: Boston College 27-14

Tennessee State (1-2) at Air Force (1-1), 2 p.m., The mtn.
THE BUZZ: Last week, Tennessee State gave up 640 passing yards to Murray State. This week, Air Force's rushing attack should put up huge numbers.
THE LINE: None THE PICK: Air Force 59-14

Portland State (2-0) at TCU (2-1), 2 p.m.
THE BUZZ: Portland State won two games last season and had won a combined 11 in the past four seasons. In its past seven games against FBS opponents, Portland State has been outscored 354-70. TCU has scored a TD on its opening series in each game this season.
THE LINE: None THE PICK: TCU 61-13

Ohio (3-0) at Rutgers (1-1), 2 p.m.
THE BUZZ: Ohio hasn't opened 4-0 since 1976. The Bobcats have won just one of their past 10 on the road against Big Six schools. Rutgers' rushing attack has been poor; can the Scarlet Knights get it going against Ohio?
THE LINE: Rutgers by 4.5 THE PICK: Rutgers 20-14

VMI (0-3) at Akron (0-3), 2 p.m.
THE BUZZ: Ain't college football grand? Amid all the talk about "super conferences," we can be distracted by this gem: One of the worst FBS programs takes on one of the worst FCS programs.
THE LINE: None THE PICK: Akron 31-14

Army (1-2) at Ball State (2-1), 2 p.m.
THE BUZZ: Army is coming off an upset of Northwestern, meaning both these teams have wins over a Big Ten team this season (Ball State upset Indiana in the opener). Army is trying to win back-to-back games for just the seventh time since 1997.
THE LINE: Army by 4 THE PICK: Army 28-21

Oklahoma State (3-0) at Texas A&M (2-0), 3:30 p.m., ABC regional/ESPN2
THE BUZZ: A big game in the Big 12, with the winner of this one becoming Oklahoma's main competition for the league crown. Both offenses are potent, and both defenses have issues. Oklahoma State has won three in a row in the series, and four of the past five matchups have been decided by five or fewer points, including two one-pointers.
THE LINE: Texas A&M by 3.5 THE PICK: Texas A&M 38-33

Arkansas (3-0) at Alabama (3-0), 3:30 p.m., CBS
THE BUZZ: Arkansas has looked good offensively, but Alabama represents a huge jump in competition for the Hogs, who have beaten up on patsies. Can the Hogs run the ball? If not, the Tide will tee off on QB Tyler Wilson, who will be making the first road start of his career. The Tide have won four in a row in the series, with the average margin of victory 17.5 points.
THE LINE: Alabama by 11.5 THE PICK: Alabama 27-17

Florida State (2-1) at Clemson (3-0), 3:30 p.m., ESPN
THE BUZZ: This game has become a lot more interesting, given last week's results (FSU lost to Oklahoma, while Clemson beat Auburn). Get this: This is the first time since 1955 that Clemson has played host to a ranked team for two weeks in a row. This is the first of two season-defining games for Clemson, which is at Virginia Tech next week.
THE LINE: Clemson by 2 THE PICK: Florida State 27-21

California (3-0) at Washington (2-1), 3:30 p.m., Fox Sports Net
THE BUZZ: An intriguing game in the pac-12 North. Both quarterbacks have been better than expected, but Cal's Zach Maynard will be going against a secondary that has been extremely shaky. Huskies QB Keith Price has thrown 11 TD passes; amazingly, given the number of great quarterbacks who have played at the school, that is the most-ever in a three-game stretch by any Washington quarterback. The winner has the inside track to finishing third in the division, behind Oregon and Stanford.
THE LINE: Washington by 1.5 THE PICK: California 31-28

Colorado (1-2) at Ohio State (2-1), 3:30 p.m., ABC regional/ESPN2
THE BUZZ: This is the first meeting since 1986. Ohio State has some offensive issues because it lacks playmakers without TB Dan Herron and WR DeVier Posey, who are suspended. But can a one-dimensional Buffs offense do enough to get the win? Colorado TB Rodney Stewart has more receiving yards than rushing yards (277 to 223).
THE LINE: Ohio State by 15 THE PICK: Ohio State 24-13

Southern Miss (2-1) at Virginia (2-1), 3:30 p.m., Sun Sports/Fox Sports South/Fox Sports West/NESN/Comcast Sportsnet Mid-Atlantic/ESPN GamePlan
THE BUZZ: This is the second meeting between these schools; Southern Miss won by three at home in 2009. This is only the second time a Conference USA team has played at Virginia; in 2008, the Cavs beat East Carolina 35-20. Southern Miss' pass defense has been shaky.
THE LINE: Virginia by 3.5 THE PICK: Southern Miss 35-31

UCLA (1-2) at Oregon State (0-2), 3:30 p.m., PrimeTicket/Fox College Sports
THE BUZZ: Oregon State hasn't opened 0-3 since 1996, which ended up being the final season for coach Jerry Pettibone. UCLA has won six of the past eight meetings with the Beavers. The loser is going to have a difficult time reaching the needed six wins for bowl eligibility.
THE LINE: Oregon State by 4.5 THE PICK: Oregon State 27-17

Virginia Tech (3-0) at Marshall (1-2), 3:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network
THE BUZZ: This is the Hokies' second game in a Conference USA stadium this season; they beat East Carolina 17-10 on Sept. 10. This also is the first time an ACC team has played at Marshall. This is the 11th meeting in the series, but just the fourth since 1953. Tech has played just twice at Marshall, in 1939 and '40 - and lost both. This is the final non-conference game of the season for the Hokies, who play Clemson and Miami in back-to-back weeks after this one.
THE LINE: Virginia Tech by 20.5 THE PICK: Virginia Tech 38-7

Kansas State (2-0) at Miami (1-1), 3:30 p.m., ESPNU
THE BUZZ: K-State leads the nation in scoring defense; the Wildcats have allowed just seven points in beating Eastern Kentucky and Kent State. Last week, Miami held Ohio State to 10 or fewer yards on five of the Buckeyes' 11 possessions, only one of which lasted more than six plays. K-State starting LB Arthur Brown, a former five-star recruit, began his career at Miami.
THE LINE: Miami by 12.5 THE PICK: Miami 24-10

South Dakota (2-1) at Wisconsin (3-0), 3:30 p.m., Big Ten Network
THE BUZZ: This is the second FBS opponent of the season for South Dakota, which lost by 17 at Air Force in the opener. The Coyotes are a provisional FCS member this season; they are moving up from Division II. South Dakota beat Minnesota 41-38 last season. The Badgers ain't Minnesota.
THE LINE: None THE PICK: Wisconsin 56-14

Western Michigan (2-1) at Illinois (3-0), 3:30 p.m., Big Ten Network
THE BUZZ: Illinois is 3-0 for the first time since 2001 and is ranked this week for the first time since November 2007. Western needs a huge game from QB Alex Carder if it is to keep this close.
THE LINE: Illinois by 14 THE PICK: Illinois 31-21

Tulane (2-1) at Duke (1-2), 3:30 p.m.
THE BUZZ: This is just the third meeting between these schools and the first since 1973. This is Duke's fourth consecutive game against another private school. Tulane hasn't started 3-1 since 2003.
THE LINE: Duke by 10 THE PICK: Duke 27-23

UAB (0-2) at East Carolina (0-2), 3:30 p.m.
THE BUZZ: Both hoped to be dark-horse contenders in the East Division of Conference USA, but given UAB's beatdown at the hands of Tulane last week, it looks as if only the Pirates have a shot. ECU has won four in a row in this series.
THE LINE: ECU by 13.5 THE PICK: ECU 45-28

South Alabama (2-1) at Kent State (0-3), 3:30 p.m.
THE BUZZ: South Alabama is in its third season of playing football and lost for the first time in its history last week, falling at North Carolina State. That was the first game against a FBS foe for the Jaguars, who will move up to the FCS ranks and be in the Sun Belt next season. Kent State already has lost one game this season to a team from the state of Alabama, losing its opener to Alabama.
THE LINE: None THE PICK: Kent State 24-9

Cal Poly (1-2) at Northern Illinois (1-2), 3:30 p.m.
THE BUZZ: NIU is the second FBS opponent of the season for Cal Poly, which lost to San Diego State in Week One. NIU has won nine of its past 11 against FCS schools.
THE LINE: None THE PICK: NIU 38-16

New Mexico State (1-2) at San Jose State (0-3), 4 p.m.
THE BUZZ: Do you know the way to San Jose? We sure hope the hounds do, as this is our dog of the week. San Jose State has lost 13 in a row, the longest such streak in the nation. New Mexico State has lost its past 11 WAC road games.
THE LINE: San Jose State by 9.5 THE PICK: San Jose State 24-20

Middle Tennessee (0-2) at Troy (0-2), 4:30 p.m., Sun Belt syndication/Comcast-Charter Sports Southeast
THE BUZZ: Troy has won five in a row and seven of the past 10 in the series. Troy coach Larry Blakeney will have the field at Veterans Memorial Stadium officially named in his honor in ceremonies before the game. This is Blakeney's 21st season and Troy is looking to go 21-0 in home openers under Blakeney.
THE LINE: Troy by 12.5 THE PICK: Troy 38-24

Fresno State (1-2) at Idaho (1-2), 5 p.m., WAC syndication/Altitude2/ESPN GamePlan
THE BUZZ: Fresno has won eight in a row in this series. Fresno is 94th and Idaho 106th in total offense. As for total defense, Fresno is 85th and Idaho 89th.
THE LINE: Fresno State by 3.5 THE PICK: Fresno State 35-20

Connecticut (1-2) at Buffalo (1-2), 6 p.m., Sportsnet New York/ESPN GamePlan
THE BUZZ: The only win for each team has come over a FCS opponent. UConn has won six in a row in this series. The Huskies' defense has been stout (256.3 ypg), but the offense has been rancid. Buffalo is 0-1 against Big East opponents, having lost to Pitt in the opener.
THE LINE: UConn by 9 THE PICK: UConn 27-21

Sam Houston State (2-0) at New Mexico (0-3), 6 p.m.
THE BUZZ: As bad as New Mexico has been of late, the Lobos have four winnable games left on the schedule, starting with this one. FCS member Sam Houston State is coming off a rout of a Central Arkansas team that took Louisiana Tech to overtime two weeks ago. The Bearkats have a strong rushing attack.
THE LINE: None THE PICK: New Mexico 24-20

Louisiana-Lafayette (2-1) at Florida International (3-0), 6 p.m.
THE BUZZ: These are the only teams in the nine-team Sun Belt who have winning records. FIU has won the past two in the series after ULL had won the first six. ULL is 2-1 for just the second time since 1991.
THE LINE: FIU by 17 THE PICK: FIU 27-14

Florida (3-0) at Kentucky (2-1), 7 p.m., ESPN
THE BUZZ: This is the first road game of the season for the Gators, who have won 24 in a row in this annual series. UK, which has been brutal offensively this season, has been outscored 152-26 by the Gators in the past three meetings.
THE LINE: Florida by 19.5 THE PICK: Florida 31-10

Vanderbilt (3-0) at South Carolina (3-0), 7 p.m., ESPN2
THE BUZZ: Is Vandy for real? We'll know after this one. Vandy's offense isn't much, but the Commodores' defense already has forced 12 turnovers. The matchup between South Carolina WR Alshon Jeffery and Vandy CB Casey Hayward should be a good one.
THE LINE: South Carolina by 16 THE PICK: South Carolina 27-14

Louisiana Tech (1-2) at Mississippi State (1-2), 7 p.m., ESPNU
THE BUZZ: Both are coming off losses. Louisiana Tech blew a 34-7 third-quarter lead to Houston and fell 35-34, while Mississippi State's offense couldn't get anything going against LSU as the Bulldogs lost 19-6. Tech's two losses, to Southern Miss and last week, have come by a total of three points. Mississippi State has won seven consecutive non-conference games. The Bulldogs played each of their first three games against teams nicknamed "Tigers" and plays their next two against teams nicknamed "Bulldogs."
THE LINE: Mississippi State by 20.5 THE PICK: Mississippi State 42-24

Nevada (1-1) at Texas Tech (2-0), 7 p.m., Fox College Sports
THE BUZZ: Nevada is playing its third of four consecutive road games to open the season. Texas Tech is 9-1 against teams currently in the WAC, with the only loss in 1949 to San Jose State.
THE LINE: Texas Tech by 20 THE PICK: Texas Tech 52-23

North Dakota State (2-0) at Minnesota (1-2), 7 p.m., Big Ten Network
THE BUZZ: Minnesota lost at home to South Dakota last season and also lost to North Dakota State in the teams' most recent meeting (2007). NDSU, which is ranked eighth and 12th in the two FCS polls, wins with defense and its rushing attack. The Gophers rely heavily on QB MarQueis Gray and need some tailbacks to step up.
THE LINE: None THE PICK: Minnesota 27-19

Florida Atlantic (0-2) at Auburn (2-1), 7 p.m., Fox Sports South/Sun Sports/Fox Sports Midwest/ESPN GamePlan
THE BUZZ: Auburn's defense basically has been eviscerated in each game this season. Good news for that beleaguered unit is that FAU's offense is one of the worst in the nation. The Owls have gained a total of 183 yards and scored a total of three points in its two games.
THE LINE: Auburn by 33 THE PICK: Auburn 52-16

Rice (1-1) at Baylor (2-0), 7 p.m., Fox Sports Houston/Fox College Sports Central/Fox Sports Southwest Plus
THE BUZZ: Baylor is aiming for its first 3-0 start since 2005. This is the 79th meeting in this series between old Southwest Conference rivals, but just the third since the SWC broke up in 1996. Baylor has won five in a row in the series.
THE LINE: Baylor by 20.5 THE PICK: Baylor 45-20

Indiana (1-2) at North Texas (0-3), 7 p.m.
THE BUZZ: It's rare that a Big Six school travels to play at a Sun Belt school (there are just three such games this season). This will be the first true road game for new IU coach Kevin Wilson and it will be the second home game for new UNT coach Dan McCarney in his school's new stadium. The Mean Green's hopes for a win depend on TB Lance Dunbar, who has been struggled thus far.
THE LINE: Indiana by 7 THE PICK: Indiana 31-20

UTEP (2-1) at USF (3-0), 7 p.m.
THE BUZZ: This is the third consecutive road game for UTEP, which is 4-47 against ranked teams all-time (USF is 17th in one poll and 18th in the other) and has lost 20 in a row to Big Six schools. UTEP also never has won a game in the Eastern time zone (0-15-1). USF has outscored foes 95-14 in the first half.
THE LINE: USF by 29 THE PICK: USF 38-13

Nebraska (3-0) at Wyoming (3-0), 7:30 p.m., Versus
THE BUZZ: Wyoming is 3-0 for the first time since 1996. This is the sixth meeting in the series but the first since 1994, and this also is the first time the teams have met at Wyoming. Huskers QB Taylor Martinez still must improve as a passer (just a 48.4 completion percentage), but he is averaging 128.0 rushing yards per game. Wyoming has won two of its past three home games against Big Six foes.
THE LINE: Nebraska by 23.5 THE PICK: Nebraska 45-20

LSU (3-0) at West Virginia (3-0), 8 p.m., ABC
THE BUZZ: This is the second meeting between the schools; LSU won 20-14 in Baton Rouge last season. WVU is 21-2 at home since the beginning of the 2008 season. This is the third game against a ranked team for LSU, which routed Oregon in the opener and won at Mississippi State last week. LSU has won 20 in a row in September. WVU QB Geno Smith has thrown seven TD passes and one pick; LSU has allowed one TD pass and has four picks.
THE LINE: LSU by 5.5 THE PICK: LSU 27-17

Missouri (2-1) at Oklahoma (2-0), 8 p.m., FX
THE BUZZ: Mizzou beat the Sooners last season in Columbia but have lost 17 in a row at Oklahoma; the Tigers' last win in Norman came in 1966. This is the first Big 12 game for both teams. In last week's win over Florida State, junior QB Landry Jones became OU's career passing leader with 8,490 yards; it had been Sam Bradford.
THE LINE: Oklahoma by 22 THE PICK: Oklahoma 35-17

Tulsa (1-2) at Boise State (2-0), 8 p.m., CBS Sports Network
THE BUZZ: This looked like an interesting game until Tulsa lost starting QB G.J. Kinne to a MCL tear that could keep him out up to a month. Boise State QB Kellen Moore has thrown multiple TD passes in 15 consecutive games. This is Tulsa's third top-10 foe of the season; the Golden Hurricane lost to Oklahoma in the opener and to Oklahoma State last week.
THE LINE: Boise State by 31.5 THE PICK: Boise State 52-24

Central Arkansas (1-2) at Arkansas State (1-2), 8 p.m., ESPN GamePlan
THE BUZZ: This is the 24th meeting in the series, but just the first since 1997. Central Arkansas leads 12-9-2, but it hasn't beaten the Red Wolves since 1937. This is UCA's second game this season against a FBS foe; the Bears lost in overtime at Louisiana Tech in Week Two. Both teams throw the ball well, but neither runs it effectively.
THE LINE: None THE PICK: Arkansas State 30-24

Georgia State (1-2) at Houston (3-0), 8 p.m., Comcast-Charter Sports Southeast
THE BUZZ: This is the second-ever game against a FBS opponent for Georgia State, which is coached by Bill Curry and was hammered at Alabama last season. Houston has a quick turnaround, as the Cougars play at UTEP next Thursday.
THE LINE: None THE PICK: Houston 68-17

Colorado State (2-1) at Utah State (1-1), 8 p.m.
THE BUZZ: This is one of 10 Mountain West/WAC regular-season matchups this season. This is the 68th meeting in this series but the first since 1997. Utah State is looking for its first 2-1 start since 1997.
THE LINE: Utah State by 9.5 THE PICK: Colorado State 34-29

Southern Utah (2-1) at UNLV (1-2), 9 p.m., The mtn.
THE BUZZ: UNLV upset Hawaii last week and is looking to win back-to-back games for the first time since the 2008 season. Southern Utah has one of the best passing attacks in the FCS ranks and UNLV ranks last in FBS in pass defense.
THE LINE: None THE PICK: UNLV 38-27

Oregon (2-1) at Arizona (1-2), 10:15 p.m., ESPN2
THE BUZZ: This is the third consecutive top-10 opponent for the Wildcats, who lost to Oklahoma State two weeks ago and to Stanford last week. Next week, they get USC. The winning team in this series has scored at least 34 points in each of the past five seasons and at least 44 in each of the past three meetings.
THE LINE: Oregon by 15 THE PICK: Oregon 48-28

USC (3-0) at Arizona State (2-1), 10:15 p.m., ESPN
THE BUZZ: Though USC is ineligible for the Pac-12 South title because of its NCAA sanctions, the Trojans can lay claim to being the best team in the division with a win in this one. The Trojans already have beaten Utah, and it seems extremely doubtful that any of the other teams in the division (Arizona, Colorado and UCLA) can finish better than 7-6/6-6. Arizona State looked good two weeks ago in beating Missouri in overtime, but its offense was shut down in last week's loss to Illinois. USC has won 11 in row in this series and in each of its past five trips to Tempe.
THE LINE: Arizona State by 2.5 THE PICK: Arizona State 24-20

UC Davis (1-2) at Hawaii (1-2), 11:59 p.m.
THE BUZZ: Hawaii is coming off a shocking loss to UNLV and looking to get back on track against FCS member UC Davis. But UC Davis beat San Jose State last season, the only win by an FCS opponent over a WAC team in the past 51 meetings.
THE LINE: None THE PICK: Hawaii 52-23

THURSDAY'S GAME

Cincinnati 44, N.C. State 14
THE LINE: Cincinnati by 7.5 THE PICK: NC State 34-28

LAST WEEK

50-14 straight up, 24-23 against the spread.

YEAR TO DATE

175-32 straight up, 65-67 ATS (no spread on games involving FCS schools)

Mike Huguenin is the college sports editor for Rivals.com. He can be reached at mhuguenin@rivals.com.

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