The two leading Heisman candidates square off in a Big 12 Title six-pointer. Kansas State wants to assert itself as a legit national title contender. West Virginia wants to bounce back strong after being boat-raced by Texas Tech. This matchup is an offensive contrast, but in pace rather than production. West Virginia is seventh nationally against FBS, averaging 6.77 yards per play. Kansas State, averaging 6.71 per play, is ninth.
The Wildcats will try to follow Texas Tech’s formula, but the Red Raiders have a very good pass defense. KSU merely has a decent one. Also worth noting: West Virginia is 18th in yards allowed per carry. Collin Klein is not the best quarterback to hit their defense’s weak point: getting beat over the top.
Alabama at Tennessee: The rivalry Alabama wants to play up and maintain. LSU plays Florida every year. Alabama plays a perpetual 20-point underdog.
Penn State at Iowa: Iowa has owned Penn State, of late. They have won eight of the last ten meetings. They have not lost in Iowa since 1995. Joe Paterno was so old-school he made Kirk Ferentz look creative and jovial.
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