No. 24 Texas (5-2) at Kansas (1-6), Noon
Interesting only if you like watching Kansas coach Charlie Weis suffer for thinking he’s forgotten more about football than all of us combined are ever going to know. Texas is averaging 44 points per game and Kansas is giving up 31, but the Jayhawks are better at home, losing to Rice, Texas Christian and Oklahoma State by a total of 19 points.
Colorado (1-6) at No. 2 Oregon ( 7-0), 3 p.m.
After the game at Autzen Stadium against the Buffaloes, the Ducks play three of their final four games on the road, including the big game on Nov. 3 against Pac-12 South leader Southern Cal in Los Angeles. Oregon has won 10 consecutive games, second to Alabama with 11 victories in a row.
No. 15 Texas Tech (6-1) at No. 4 Kansas St. (7-0), 3:30 p.m.
The Big 12 has been nuts. Last weekend, for the third time this season, the conference totaled more touchdowns than punts. There have been 36 plays of 50-plus yards, and this game might add to the total. Kansas State is the most balanced team in the league and should be able to control the tempo in Manhattan.
No. 9 Ohio State (8-0) at Penn State (5-2), 5:30 p.m.
Comeback player of the week (year?) goes to Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, cleared to play one week after being carted off the field in Columbus against Purdue with what appeared to be a serious neck injury. Neither team is bowl eligible because of NCAA probation, but Penn State has won five in a row after losing its first two.
No. 5 Notre Dame (7-0) at No. 8 Oklahoma (5-1), 8 p.m.
The shocker stat for these two traditional powerhouses is Notre Dame leads the series, 8-1, and has never lost at Norman. The teams last met in October 1999, at South Bend, with Notre Dame handing Bob Stoops his first loss as Oklahoma’s coach.
No. 7 Oregon State (6-0) at Washington (3-4), 10:15 p.m.
Cody Vaz came off the bench to lead Oregon State to wins against Brigham Young and Utah while starting quarterback Sean Mannion recovered from minor knee surgery. Mannion returns this week and tries to lead Oregon State to its first 7-0 start.
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