No. 16 UCLA Bruins @ No. 23 Nebraska Cornhuskers (12:00)
This game has implications for both teams as each is trying to get back to their respective conference championship. UCLA looked very good in their first game against Nevada. Brett Hundley picked the defense apart on the ground and through the air while Jordan James made a case for the primary running back role after a good performance (21 carries, 151 yards, 1 TD). Meanwhile Nebraska had a close call in the first week against Wyoming. The offense for them has been cruising, averaging 46.5 points over their first two games with Taylor Martinez playing very efficiently. Yet this team can be maddeningly enigmatic and play just awfully on defense at times. Nebraska is favored in this one, but I'm going to go with the Bruins to pull the road upset.
Mid Afternoon Game
No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide @ No. 6 Texas A&M Aggies (3:30)
You know the story by now. The most talked about football player at any level looks to beat the Crimson Tide juggernaut for the second straight year, this time in his own house. And he'll get it down, too.
Vanderbilt Commodores @ No. 13 South Carolina Gamecocks (7:00)
Another quality SEC match up. South Carolina is looking to rebound from a shoot out at Georgia and get their first conference win. Don't underestimate Vandy though, who has a competent quarterback and a great receiver in Jordan Matthews. He can take control of a game almost at will and will be integral if the Commodores want to pull the upset. I think they'll score points but South Carolina is going to prove the better team in the end. They have a much better team than either Ole Miss or Austin Peay and have the ammunition on offense to keep pace. This game has some good potential.
No. 20 Wisconsin Badgers @ Arizona State Sun Devils (10:30)
Like the noon game, this one has implications for both teams. Wisconsin has looked very good two games into their season with a new coach. Running backs Melvin Gordon and James White each have at least 250 yards and 2 touchdowns a piece. Sophomore quarterback Joel Stave has taken control of the position and has so far looked pretty good. The defense pitched a shut out in both games. Arizona State has only played one game, a 55-0 blowout of Sacramento State, but they have some pretty talented skill positions themselves. This is a tough game on the road for the Badgers, but they're running game and strong defense should give them the edge here.