Missouri at South Carolina: The Tigers play their first SEC road game. Connor Shaw will start for South Carolina. James Franklin is back for Missouri. Both teams depend a lot on the quarterback run game. It will be interesting to see how they adjust. The Gamecocks’ offense habitually keep games tight, though their defensive front against Missouri’s banged up offensive line makes the difference.
Oregon State at UCLA: This game had a weird line. It opened UCLA (-11.5) and closed at UCLA (-7.5), despite nearly 70 percent of the money coming in on UCLA. Vegas, like some pundits entering the season, seems bullish on the Beavers. With only the win over Wisconsin to judge by, the jury on them remains out. Not much game experience, but more practice time and less of a book on them for opposing teams. The Bruins have impressed early, but could execute better. They rank 94th in third down conversion percentage and 107th in turnovers.
Temple at Penn State: This battle determines the best team in Pennsylvania, though Pitt may have reentered the discussion (as pathetic as that is). Perhaps the better question is whether anyone outside Pennsylvania cares? Penn State has a 36-0-1 record against Temple since World War II began, though the Nittany Lions barely escaped with a 14-10 win last year. PSU’s Sam Ficken will hope to make a few field goals and get people to stop writing about him.