South Florida (2-5, 2-1 AAC) at Houston -18 (6-1, 3-0 AAC)
7 p.m. ET on ESPN
After four weeks of horrid football to start out the season, including a season-opening blowout loss to FCS McNeese State, South Florida responded with two straight wins to start out AAC play. Only one of those was against one of its fellow conference bottom-dwellers (UConn), as the Bulls pulled off a surprising upset home victory over Cincinnati. Last Saturday, they were routed by Louisville -- as tends to happen to AAC teams not named UCF -- and another blowout is expected here. Voodoo Five blames the offense, and says it's hard to see hope.
Houston began the year a very quiet 5-0 (close wins over Temple and Memphis will calm the buzz) before losing a one-point game to BYU to ruin its outside shot at a perfect season. The Cougars are still 3-0 in conference play, including a 49-14 win at Rutgers last time out, and will look to keep pace with UCF with a win here.
Rice (6-2, 4-0 C-USA) at North Texas -4 (5-3, 3-1 C-USA)
7:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1
This very well could be the most interesting game of the night. Rice hung with Texas A&M and Houston in its only losses, and sports a win over Kansas on its resume. The Owls run the ball extremely well, led by running back Charles Ross (6.2 yards per carry, six touchdowns) and quarterback Taylor McHargue (3.7 yards per carry, five touchdowns).
North Texas has an exciting offense that is poised to become even more exciting next year if former top Kansas recruit Brock Berglund wins the starting job. For now, the Mean Green rely on quarterback Derek Thompson, a three-year starter, and star senior wide receiver Brelan Chancellor (36 catches, 619 yards, four touchdowns), who has two of the surest hands in the country.
Louisiana-Monroe (4-4, 2-1 Sun Belt) at Troy -3 (5-3, 3-1 Sun Belt)
7:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU
Another good matchup, this one pits two of the top three Sun Belt teams against each other. Louisiana-Monroe has been blown out in all four of its losses -- Oklahoma, Baylor, Tulane and Western Kentucky -- but sports a quality win at Wake Forest and has defeated Texas State and Georgia State in its past two conference outings. The Warhawks have been severely hampered by the loss of quarterback Kolton Browning, but could still become bowl eligible if two games go their way.
Troy has a great passing attack led by senior quarterback Corey Robinson and wide receiver Eric Thomas, whose 10 receiving touchdowns are nearly double that of the next leading Sun Belt receiver. The Trojans had a tough three-game stretch where they suffered losses to Arkansas State, Mississippi State and Duke, but have won three conference games in a row and stand one game back of Louisiana-Lafayette in the Sun Belt standings.
Arizona State -12 (5-2, 3-1 Pac-12) at Washington State (4-4, 2-3 Pac-12)
10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Mike Leach's Washington State squad looks much better in Year 2, but so does Todd Graham's Arizona State team. The Sun Devils have had a bye week since routing previously ranked Washington, and also managed to get Lane Kiffin fired after a 62-41 win earlier this year. Their win over Wisconsin was questionable, but the Badgers are a very good football team and Arizona State put itself in position to win. ASU is currently on top of the Pac-12 South, with a late November matchup against UCLA looking like the deciding contest in the division.
The Cougars lost a tight road game to Auburn to open the year -- a seven-point result that's looking better and better as the season moves along. They beat USC in their next contest by three, and also crushed a Cal team worthy of crushing. Conference losses to Stanford, Oregon State and Oregon have been less than surprising, but Leach may find a hard time getting two more wins and a bowl berth.