No. 4 Ohio State vs. No. 16 Northwestern
The Buckeyes have won nine of their last 10 meetings with Northwestern. Ohio State has historically been an elite team and this year is no different. Their offense is led by Heisman Trophy contender quarterback Braxton Miller. But the Wildcats are also making a name for themselves this season. It has been some time since Northwestern has had an exceptional team but it is undefeated so far this season. If Northwestern can handle the sheer size and speed of the Buckeyes while converting on offense against Ohio State’s tough defense, the Wildcats could take the upset.
No. 15 Washington vs. No. 5 Stanford
Last year, this game came down to the wire, but in the end Washington pulled off the upset to win and is looking to do the same again this year. And they have the momentum to do so. The Huskies defense is coming off a dominating performance against Arizona, but Stanford’s defense was just as impressive against Washington State. Both teams want to keep their perfect records intact and Stanford wants to redeem itself. But will Stanford’s defense be able to keep up with Washington’s new up-tempo offense? This game will likely come down to the final minutes once again.
No. 25 Maryland vs. No. 8 Florida State
These two ACC teams will square off to determine which team will get their first loss of the season. The Seminoles not only hold an undefeated record this season but have also beaten Maryland six straight times, including a 41-14 win last year. But Maryland has had a strong year so far, averaging 39 points per game. Florida State has also had notable success on offense as freshman quarterback Jameis Winston has surpassed expectations. He may have been the only thing keeping the Seminoles in the game last week against Boston College. But he will be tested against the Maryland defense, which has only allowed 10.3 points per game, the third-fewest in the country.
TCU vs. No. 11 Oklahoma
This game gives the Sooners another chance to remain undefeated and prove again they are the favorites to win a Big 12 championship this year. TCU will definitely struggle in this game. The Horned Frogs are barely ranked in the top 100 for total offense. TCU will have to rely on its defense if it hopes to stand a chance. Texas fans should keep the closest eye on this game, as it could be an indication of what the Red River Rivalry game will look like next week.