1. NO. 1 ALABAMA AT TEXAS A&M (6:15 P.M., ESPN): Can the Tide, a 26½-point road favorite, engulf a third consecutive SEC foe? Alabama won three nonconference games by an average of 22.0 points to start the season; that number rose to 61.0 points in its two SEC victories.
2. NO. 13 MIAMI AT FLORIDA STATE (2:30 P.M., ESPN): Florida State is struggling mightily on offense without QB Deondre Francois, but 18.0 points and 300.7 yards a game for Jimbo Fisher’s offense? The Seminoles’ seven-game winning streak in this instate rivalry could be in serious jeopardy.
3. NO. 11 WASHINGTON STATE AT OREGON (7 P.M., FOX): WSU’s free-wheeling offense, which nets 462.0 yards per game, faces a huge test against an Oregon defense that allows just 263.0 yards. The Ducks can wing it on offense, too, averaging 45.0 points and 459.0 yards per game.
4. NO. 23 WEST VIRGINIA at NO. 8 TCU (2:30 P.M., FS1): If you like offense, you should love this matchup. West Virginia is second in FBS with 594.8 yards per game and racks up 48.8 points a game; TCU nets 497.0 yards and 47.8 points a game.
5. MICHIGAN STATE AT NO. 7 MICHIGAN (6:30 P.M., ABC): In addition to being fierce rivals (the schools are separated by 65 miles), this year’s contest features two stout defenses. It’s also interesting because it’ll e the first time in the 110-year series history that it’s played at night.