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Stony Brook @ Army, Noon: Army (0-3) arguably has the country's worst defense (44 ppg), but the best rushing offense (399 ppg). Stony Brook (3-1) has one of the best rushing offenses in the FCS. Something's got to give, right? If Stony Brook can establish its running game and have some success with its downfield passing game, the Seawolves will get its first win against a FBS team. For that to happen, Stony Brook has to slow down Army's running game. It won't be easy as the Black Knights have three running backs with 201 or more rushing yards and a fourth with 138 yards. That notwithstanding, Stony Brook gets the nod. The Pick: Stony Brook 38, Army 36.
No.25 Baylor @ No.9 West Virginia, Noon: This could be the highest scoring game of the week. Baylor (3-0) is averaging 51.3 points per game, while the Mountaineers (3-0) are scoring 47.3 points per game. West Virginia QB Geno Smith (1,072 yards, 12 TDs, 0 INT) has been stellar. And he’s completing 81.4 percent of his passes. Smith torched Maryland for 338 yards passing and three touchdowns last week. Baylor, meanwhile, has gotten great QB play. Nick Florence has thrown for 1,004 and 11 TDs in three games, but his competition –SMU, Sam Houston State, Louisiana Monroe– has been far less than impressive. He’ll get tested in a big way on Saturday. The Pick: West Virginia 44, Baylor 26.
No.14 Ohio State @ No.20 Michigan State, 3:30 p.m.: On paper, this looks like a great matchup. But Ohio State hasn’t been at its best lately as it got a scare in its 29-15 win over UAB last week. The Buckeyes had issues against Cal (35-28) and Central Florida (31-16). Their offensive issues could be a problem against a Michigan State defense hat is 11th in the country (11.8 ppg) in opponent’s scoring. As for the Spartans offense, it’s been a little spotty. RB Le’Veon Bell had a career-best 253 yards rushing in a 23-7 win over Eastern Michigan on Saturday, but Michigan State didn’t score a touchdown until the 7:19 mark of the fourth quarter. And actually needed a second TD with 2:05 left in the game to put it away. That notwithstanding, Bell will run the Spartans into the winner’s circle. The Pick: Michigan State 21, Ohio State 16.
Tennessee @ No.5 Georgia, 3:30 p.m.: This is a matchup of the two best offenses in the SEC. Georgia (4-0) has scored 40 or more points in its first four games, a school record. Bulldogs QB Aaron Murray has 10 TD passes and just two interceptions. He’s completing 66.3 percent of his throws. Meanwhile, Tennessee (3-1) has given up 899 yards in total offense its last two games, including 344 in a 47-26 win over Akron. It’s going to be a big challenge for Tennessee to slow down RBs Todd Gurley (44 carries, 406 yards, 6 TDs) and Keith Marshall (42, 264, 3 TDs). The Pick: Georgia 43, Tennessee 24.