National college football writer J. Brady McCollough makes his picks for 10 potentially competitive matchups on this weekend’s schedule:
Utah at USC: Utah 34-24
Clay Helton has to win this one, but the Utes are too tough in the trenches.
California at Mississippi: California 20-17
Defense plus a power running game will grind out a close win for Justin Wilcox.
Michigan at Wisconsin: Wisconsin 27-24 OT
The Badgers announce themselves as a team to watch and add to Michigan’s misery.
Appalachian State at North Carolina: Appalachian State 21-20
Mountaineers catch Tar Heels recovering from a tough loss and looking ahead to Clemson.
Auburn at Texas A&M: Texas A&M 28-21
Kyle Field will be swaying at the end thanks to a big game from Kellen Mond.
Washington at Brigham Young: Washington 27-17
The Huskies’ defense will blunt BYU’s bid for three straight massive wins.
Colorado at Arizona State: Arizona State 23-20
Sun Devils are set up for a letdown, but Eno Benjamin will save them late.
Oregon at Stanford: Oregon 35-21
Justin Herbert and the Ducks will avenge last year’s choke at Autzen Stadium.
Oklahoma State at Texas: Texas 42-31
The Longhorns take a step toward reentering the national conversation after LSU loss.
UCLA at Washington State: Washington State 35-17
The Cougars get to 4-0 and the Bruins fall to 0-4 for second straight year.
Last week: 7-3; Season 20-10