•N.C. State (3-1) at Miami (3-1), Saturday noon
Last week’s win at Georgia Tech, coupled with Kansas State’s upset over Oklahoma, makes the Hurricanes look better on paper but doesn’t change the fact that they are giving up 452 yards per game.
The big question is whether State’s offensive line has improved enough over the past three weeks to allow Mike Glennon to find the openings that should be there.
Miami is favored by a few points, but I’m not a believer yet. Pack, 31-28.
•Idaho (0-4) at UNC (2-2), Saturday 3:30
Vandals vs. Scandals?
Actually, this is probably a fairly important dress rehearsal for the Tar Heel offense. Starting with Virginia Tech next week, the schedule obviously gets more demanding.
•Duke (3-1) at Wake Forest (3-1), Saturday 12:30
For all of the feel-good bowl chatter going on in Duke’s camp, the Deacons still should have a slight edge and could benefit from another near sellout.
There should be an over/under line on the number of combined catches by Duke’s Conner Vernon and Wake’s Mike Campanaro. Ten each wouldn’t be farfetched.
Assuming both offenses put up four touchdowns, it’ll likely be decided by special teams production.
•Texas-El Paso (1-3) at ECU (2-2), Saturday 7
With losses to Oklahoma, Mississippi and Wisconsin, the Miners have faced a nasty non-league school.
The Pirates know the feeling on that front, but their effort at UNC last week was miserable. It was one of the program’s ugliest performances since the John Thompson disaster.
Meanwhile, UTEP put up 26 points at Wisconsin.
A loss in this one and the mates will be rumbling in the galleon.
Bucs get the benefit of the doubt _ for now. ECU, 23-21.
•Texas (3-0) at Oklahoma State (2-1), Saturday 7:50
This one could be a big step on the way back up for Mack Brown. The high-scoring Cowboys have won 20 of their last 25 Big 12 home games.
Texas’ next three games are against No. 9 West Virginia, No. 16 Oklahoma and No. 25 Baylor.
Logically, the Horns are still probably a year away but you have to assume Brown, at age 61, is floor-boarding it. Texas, 31-30.
•Last week 5 hits, no errors. Season 16-5.