Tulane (5-6) at SMU (6-5), Noon ET
Last Meeting: SMU beat Tulane 35-31 last October
SMU's defense hasn't been good at any point this season, but it has been downright awful the past three weeks, allowing 612.7 yards per game and 8.24 yards per play against UCF, Navy and Memphis. To be fair, those are three of the best offenses in the AAC, but it's a reminder that you shouldn't expect the Mustangs to shut down Tulane's potent rushing attack. But you probably should expect SMU's offense to do more than enough to make up for it.
Prediction: SMU 49, Tulane 38
East Carolina (3-8) at Memphis (9-1), Noon ET
Last Meeting: East Carolina beat Memphis 41-7 in 2012
Memphis ranks No. 6 in the nation in total yards per game, while East Carolina ranks 128th in total yards allowed per game. ECU's offense has been respectable lately, including a 48-20 win over Cincinnati last week. However, the Pirates would need to score 60 to make up for what Memphis is going to do to their defense. There's still a chance Anthony Miller will lead the nation in receiving yards per game, so expect him to go off in this one.
Prediction: Memphis 59, East Carolina 31
Kansas (1-10) at Oklahoma State (8-3), Noon ET
Last Meeting: Oklahoma State beat Kansas 44-20 last October
This is going to be so ugly. Oklahoma State has 507 more passing yards than Kansas has total yards this season, and the Jayhawks are undeniably the worse defensive team. The only part of this game worth watching is the opening coin flip to see if the Kansas captains decide to shake Mason Rudolph's hand or snub him as they did Baker Mayfield.
Prediction: Oklahoma State 54, Kansas 3
Connecticut (3-8) at Cincinnati (3-8), Noon ET
Last Meeting: Connecticut beat Cincinnati 20-9 last October
Each of these teams has given up at least 31 points in each of its eight losses. It's just a question of which team starts to snowball out of control first. Considering Connecticut has lost its last four games by a combined margin of 105 points, the smart money is on the Huskies fitting that description.
Prediction: Cincinnati 34, Connecticut 26
Indiana (5-6) at Purdue (5-6), Noon ET
Last Meeting: Indiana beat Purdue 26-24 last November
Early in the season, we were marveling at Jeff Brohm's fast work with Purdue's offense, but the real story with the Boilermakers has been their defense. Would you believe Purdue has held seven consecutive opponents to 25 points or fewer, including three games allowing fewer than 260 total yards? This team gave up 38.3 points per game last year. That improvement proves to be the difference, pushing Purdue into a bowl game.
Prediction: Purdue 28, Indiana 20
Boston College (6-5) at Syracuse (4-7), 12:20 p.m. ET
Last Meeting: Syracuse beat Boston College 28-20 last October
Here's a fun fact: In this entire season, there have only been five instances of a team amassing at least 725 total yards on offense. Syracuse has been on the "defensive" side of one of those games in each of the past two weeks, getting blown out by Wake Forest and Louisville. Meanwhile, Boston College has rushed for at least 236 yards in five straight games. Expect another big day from AJ Dillon.
Prediction: Boston College 37, Syracuse 28
Duke (5-6) at Wake Forest (7-4), 12:30 p.m. ET
Last Meeting: Wake Forest beat Duke 24-14 last September
Wake Forest has had a lot of trouble slowing down opposing rushing attacks, allowing at least 175 yards in six straight games. And Duke's offense finally came out of hibernation this past weekend with 319 rushing yards in a 43-20 win over Georgia Tech. Meanwhile, Wake Forest's offense came back to earth last week after three straight games with at least 587 total yards, and Duke hasn't given up more than 31 in a game all season. The Blue Devils will become bowl-eligible in possibly the biggest upset of the week.
Prediction: Duke 32, Wake Forest 27
UTEP (0-11) at UAB (7-4), 1 p.m. ET
Last Meeting: UAB beat UTEP 21-6 in 2010
UTEP has already locked up the title of "Worst FBS team in 2017." Could the Miners also be the worst team of the past decade? They have nearly given up twice as many yards (5,025) as they have gained (2,558), and they have lost all but one game by at least a 14-point margin and haven't yet scored more than 21 points in a game. It's kind of ironic UAB—the team most expected to be the worst in FBS this season—will get to eight wins by handing UTEP one final blowout.
Prediction: UAB 38, UTEP 14
North Texas (8-3) at Rice (1-10), 1 p.m. ET
Last Meeting: North Texas beat Rice 42-35 last September
Want to know why Conference USA may end up with 10 bowl-eligible teams? It's because of UTEP, Rice and Charlotte combining to go 1-30 this season in games not played against each other. Rice is the least awful of that trio, as the Owls have been pretty solid in the running game, rushing for at least 236 yards in each of their last four games. But their defense is terrible, and that's going to result in a North Texas rout.
Prediction: North Texas 45, Rice 19