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3:30 pm #2 Notre Dame (-13 1/2, 50) at Boston College - Somewhat surprising that Notre Dame leapfrogged past Ohio Sate to #2 (Alabama #1) in the college rankings after defeating Clemson in double overtime last week, 47-40, but the Irish got the job done against a high quality foe.

That said, Notre Dame will have to guard against an emotional letdown at BC, because the Eagles are an improving bunch, winning two of their last three, the loss a 34-28 defeat at Clemson. BC is led by QB Phil Jurkovek, who's thrown for 2083 yards (6th) and 15 TDs, helping the Eagles to a 5-3 mark.

This is Notre Dame's third road affair. The first two were routs of Pitt and Georgia Tech. Their encounter with BC figures to be closer.

Coin Flip: Notre Dame

Prediction: Fighting Irish 27 Eagles 20

3:30 pm #20 USC (-14, 67 1/2) at Arizona - Arizona hasn't played a game yet this season, so little to go on, but they did end last year with seven straight losses, going 4-8, including a 41-14 loss at USC, so the Trojans, who barely escaped with a 28-27 win over Arizona State last week, should control the outcome of this contest.

The Trojans picked up their play in the fourth quarter, scoring two TDs to erase a 27-14 lead. With that initial scare out of the way and more practice, USC appears well suited for a big win.

Coin Flip: Arizona

Prediction: Trojans 42 Wildcats 20

7:00 pm Arkansas at #6 Florida (-17 1/2, 61 1/2) - Testing positive for COVID, Arkansas head coach, Sam Pittman, will not be on the sideline for the Razorbacks visit to Gator-land. The 3-3 squad should be OK without the coach and maybe the players will give a little extra effort for their man.

This could be a trap game for the Gators, following their 44-28 slaughter of Georgia last week. They have Vandy and Kentucky remaining after this, with a finale against LSU to cap the season. Arkansas isn't a team to take lightly, though their wins have come over some of the weaker SEC squads: Tennessee, Mississippi, and Mississippi State.

The Gators, with a rejuvenated offense, should be fine.

Coin Flip: Florida

Prediction: Gators 45 Razorbacks 21

7:00 pm #11 Oregon (-10, 58) at Washington State - The Cougars took down Oregon State last week, 38-28, in the season opener for both teams, while the Ducks waddled to a 35-14 victory over Stanford.

Freshman QB Jayden De Laura threw for 227 yards and two touchdowns in Washington State's win. Oregon's win wasn't pretty. The defense was sloppy, allowing Stanford to amass over 400 yards offense, and they were aided by Stanford kicker, Jet Toner's four missed field goals. The game could have been much closer.

The Cougars and Ducks met last season at Oregon. The Ducks won a 37-35 shootout, so there are indications that this could be a close one.

Coin Flip: Oregon

Prediction: Cougars 37 Ducks 31

7:00 pm #19 SMU at Tulsa (-2 1/2, 63 1/2) - SMU is 7-1, ranked 19th, and averages 40.5 points per outing, so why are they underdogs to 3-1 Tulsa?

Maybe because the Mustangs don't have much in the way of defense, and maybe because Tulsa's only loss came in week one, when they were dropped at Oklahoma State, 16-7. They've had three games postponed due to COVID protocols, but managed to defeat UCF, South Florida, and East Carolina. However, the combined records of those three is 6-13, and UCF is 4-2.

This sets up as a high-scoring affair, but if it comes down to a shootout or overtime, the Mustangs should prevail, having the superior offense.

Coin Flip: SMU

Prediction: Mustangs 38 Golden Hurricane 35

7:30 pm #13 Wisconsin (-4, 53 1/2) at Michigan - Because two of their games were cancelled, the Badgers are just 1-0, a 45-7 win over Illinois which really doesn't say much, but the level of play that Michigan has produced thus far, with losses to Michigan State and Indiana, suggests that Wisconsin may be ready to tear into the remaining Big Ten schedule, starting with a win over a traditional rival.

The Big Ten's West division is up for grabs with Northwestern 3-0 and Purdue, 2-0, and those two facing off at the same time as this game (see below).

Rumors of Jim Harbaugh leaving Michigan for the NFL are swirling, a sign that all's not right with the Wolverines.

Coin Flip: Michigan

Prediction: Badgers 42 Wolverines 21

7:30 #23 Northwestern (-2 1/2, 50 1/2) at Purdue - The Wildcats have strung together three nice wins, dropping Maryland, 43-3, Iowa, 21-20, and Nebraska, 21-13 to reach the top of the standings in the Big Ten West division.

Right behind them at 2-0 are the Boilermakers, with wins over Iowa (24-20) and Illinois (31-24)

Northwestern QB Peyton Ramsey faces off with Purdue's Aidan O'Connell. Both have solid skill sets and will get their squads to the end zone. The Wildcats have not allowed any second half scores this season, though that could change. Even so, they look like a tough out.

Coin Flip: Purdue

Prediction: Wildcats 31 Boilermakers 24

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