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The top two teams in the country have the week off before playing each other next week, but that doesn’t mean this week is short on good matchups. Last week saw a few teams move up in the rankings, with Oklahoma State, Boise State, and Clemson all climbing a spot or two. Other teams, like Wisconsin and Oklahoma, saw their stocks plummet. Here’s a look at this week’s three biggest games.
USC (6-1) v. #6 Stanford (7-0) (Line: Stanford -8.5)
USC seems to have fallen out of the public eye, as NCAA violations still have the Trojans ineligible for postseason play. They’ve been playing well, though this will be the Trojans’ first game against a ranked opponent. Stanford, on the other hand, is business as usual behind future top draft pick Andrew Luck. The Cardinal rank 2nd in the country in points scored and 4th in points allowed. The Cardinal look to be too much for the young Trojans. They’ll win, and it won’t be that close. Prediction: Stanford 42 - USC 21
#8 Kansas State (7-0) v. #9 Oklahoma (6-1) (Line: Oklahoma -13.5)
An interesting game, as preseason #1 Oklahoma comes in off its first loss of the season, dropping six spots in the rankings in the process. K-State, on the other hand, is off to possibly its best start ever and will be looking to prove itself on Saturday. Oklahoma is better in just about every statistical category. Whether last week was a bump in the road or a sign of things to come will be revealed this weekend. I think the Sooners bounce back for the win, but Kansas State deserves a little respect, so I’ll take them to cover. Prediction: Oklahoma 35 - Kansas State 27
#14 Nebraska (6-1) v. #11 Michigan State (6-1) (Line: Nebraska -5.5)
Michigan State comes into Lincoln having won three straight and back-to-back games against ranked opponents. Last week, the Spartans upset then-4th-ranked Wisconsin on a last second hail mary, ruining my perfect picks weekend in the process. Nebraska is also coming off back-to-back wins, but hasn’t beaten a ranked opponent this season, losing its only such matchup by 31 points. This game is nearly impossible to call, but I like Michigan State’s heart; the Spartans’ dream season rolls on. Prediction: Michigan State 31 - Nebraska 30
Last Week: 3-1
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