Baylor @ Texas A&M
Texas A&M has had some trouble slowing down opposing quarterbacks this year, really struggling against teams that can effectively throw the ball. That’s bad news as Baylor and quarterback Robert Griffin III comes to town. These two teams really like to spread the ball around, so this shootout will likely be won by whoever can play more effective pass defense.
Ohio State @ Illinois
We all know about Ohio State’s struggles this season, but they could still very well pull this one out. The Buckeyes looked as if they would roll Nebraska on the road last week before an injury to quarterback Braxton Miller. This week, they will get Miller back, as well as running back Dan “Boom” Herron, who was suspended for the first part of the season. Illinois will need to take advantage of a less-than-stellar OSU defense early and often if they expect to win this one.
Virginia Tech @ Wake Forest
Virginia Tech managed to bounce back from their first loss of the year last week by beating Miami at home 38-35, behind the stellar play of quarter back Logan Thomas. Wake Forest, on the other hand, has come out of nowhere to start the year off 4-1, and is coming off of a big win against Florida State last Saturday. If the Demon Deacons can contain Thomas, the Hokies could be in for a real fight.
Northwestern @ Iowa
I was a little surprised at the margin by which Iowa was favored in this one. After their first 9+ point loss since 2007 last week at Penn State, the Hawkeyes will look to bounce back and find their electric passing game from a few weeks ago. That will be easier said than done, though, as they will be facing a Northwestern team quarterbacked by Dan Persa with not the stingiest secondary. NU will need to play better defense and rely on Persa’s arm to win this one. The Wildcats have won the last 3 meetings between the two teams.
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