Last week: 6-1; Season: 14-6.
Pitt at South Florida: The Bulls have played three of their last four on the road, so they’ll be ready to play before the home fans for the first time since the thrilling victory against Kansas Sept. 12. Pitt is playing its second of three consecutive games on the road. For some reason, I think the Panthers will make this one interesting, but I like South Florida to win 30-24.
Penn State at Purdue: I know Penn State has a letdown coming soon, but I don’t think it’s going to be against Purdue. The Boilermakers are not a strong defensive team, which does not bode well when facing the Nittany Lions’ potent offense. Penn State wins, 34-27.
West Virginia vs. Rutgers: Do you think Greg Schiano wishes he had taken the Michigan job now? The Scarlet Knights’ only victory came last week against Morgan State. West Virginia has problems of its own, but the Mountaineers will win this one handily at home, 31-14.
Oregon State at Utah: We’ll see if last week’s victory against USC was a fluke because Utah is at home and has hopes of reaching a BCS bowl game for the second time in five years. The Beavers surprised USC at home, but this is the same team that got whipped at Penn State and managed to lose to Stanford. My pick is the Utes, 31-27.
Auburn at Vanderbilt: This is a huge game for Vanderbilt. The Commodores have had two weeks to prepare for Auburn, the game is at home and they’re in the rankings because of their impressive 4-0 start. The pressure is squarely on them. Auburn is playing on the road for only the second time this season. The first time the Tigers barely squeaked past Mississippi State. I’ll take Vanderbilt, 17-15.
Oregon at USC: Let’s see here, the Trojans were just embarrassed by Oregon State, the game is at home and because there is so much parity they still have legitimate hopes of winning a national championship. Bad timing for the Ducks. USC rolls, 42-16.
Ohio State at Wisconsin: The first road start for freshman quarterback Terrelle Pryor. He could be in for a long day. The Badgers will be looking to redeem themselves after blowing a 19-point second-half lead against Michigan. Wisconsin finds a way to get it done at home, 24-23.