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Drake (7-3) at No. 23 Iowa State (7-4), Noon ET
Expect a pass-focused offense from Drake since it averaged fewer than 100 rushing yards this season while Iowa State ceded only 3.4 yards per carry. However, the Cyclones have allowed a completion clip of 69 percent with seven touchdowns and zero interceptions over the last three games. ISU’s talent edge should eventually win out, but a hot start from Drake’s aerial attack could make it interesting.
Prediction: Iowa State 34, Drake 20
East Carolina (3-8) at North Carolina State (8-3), Noon ET
Heading into the regular-season finale, only Colorado State and Oregon State have a lower touchdown-to-interception ratio than East Carolina’s pass defense. NC State QB Ryan Finley ranks 21st nationally at 8.3 yards per attempt and has 21 touchdowns to eight picks. His home finale will be a productive one.
Prediction: NC State 41, East Carolina 14
Akron (4-7) at South Carolina (6-5), Noon ET
South Carolina’s defense has taken a dramatic turn for the worse, surrendering 500-plus yards in three straight games against FBS competition. Fortunately for the Gamecocks, Akron hasn’t cleared 400 yards since the season opener against Morgan State.
Prediction: South Carolina 45, Akron 21
Marshall (8-3) at Virginia Tech (5-6), Noon ET
This is 2018 in a nutshell for the Hokies: Are you confident they’re going to beat Marshall? Virginia Tech tentatively scheduled this makeup game for bowl-eligibility purposes. And opposite the nation’s No. 10 defense, the Hokies will fall short unless the running game duplicates the performance from Week 13’s win over Virginia.
Prediction: Marshall 27, Virginia Tech 24
Norfolk State (4-6) vs. Liberty (5-6), 2 p.m. ET
Liberty’s defense is typically a mess, so Norfolk State certainly has a chance to snatch an FBS win. However, the visitors have only topped 300 offensive yards once on the road this year. Liberty should be able to outlast NSU even if the defense struggles, as usual.
Prediction: Liberty 38, Norfolk State 28
Stanford (7-4) at Cal (7-4), 3 p.m. ET
K.J. Costello has quietly posted four straight 300-yard passing games. Since the Cardinal will likely be searching for holes against Cal’s terrific run defense all night, Stanford needs that streak to continue. It should be tight, but the Cardinal can sneak out a rivalry win to close the regular season on Costello’s arm.
Prediction: Stanford 27, Cal 24