Those who enjoy competitive matchups on Saturdays in the fall know that often it's a feast-or-famine situation. Some game days offer only one or two choices that seem worth watching. Then there are days like this Saturday.

Those who enjoy competitive matchups on Saturdays in the fall know that often it's a feast-or-famine situation. Some game days offer only one or two choices that seem worth watching. Then there are days like this Saturday.

Michigan State at Michigan. Alabama at Texas A&M. UCLA at Stanford.

Those three represent only the creme de la creme. Big Ten fans also might delight over surprising Iowa traveling to Northwestern and Nebraska heading to Minnesota. There's also Florida at LSU and the history-laden confrontation between Southern Cal and Notre Dame.

And then there's that night game in Ohio Stadium.

All of which makes for a good day of TV but a tough slate for predicting.

This week's games:

Penn State at Ohio State
Michigan State at Michigan
Iowa at Northwestern
Nebraska at Minnesota
UCLA at Stanford
Mississippi at Memphis
Missouri at Georgia
Alabama at Texas A&M
Florida at LSU
USC at Notre Dame

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Last week's results:

Bob Hunter 8-2
Rob Dewolf 7-3
Todd Jones 6-4
Rob Oller 6-4
Bill Rabinowitz 6-4
Ray Stein 6-4
Tim May 5-5

Year-to-date standings:

Bob Hunter 44-16
Rob Oller 41-19
Bill Rabinowitz 41-19
Todd Jones 40-20
Rob Dewolf 36-24
Ray Stein 35-25
Tim May 34-26

>> Predict Ohio State vs. Penn State, plus other games

This week's picks (pickers listed alphabetically and certainly not in order of importance -- or expertise):

Rob Dewolf, BuckeyeXtra editor

Ohio State 42, Penn State 10: Five reasons why Penn State's supposed impressive defense won't pose much hindrance to the Buckeyes: Buffalo, Rutgers, San Diego State, Army, Indiana.

Michigan State over Michigan
Northwestern over Iowa
Minnesota over Nebraska
Stanford over UCLA
Mississippi over Memphis
Missouri over Georgia
Texas A&M over Alabama
LSU over Florida
Notre Dame over USC

Bob Hunter, Dispatch sports columnist

Ohio State 42, Penn State 24: Not as close as last year, but Nittany Lions put up a good fight before faltering late.

Michigan over Michigan State
Iowa over Northwestern
Nebraska over Minnesota
Stanford over UCLA
Mississippi over Memphis
Georgia over Missouri
Alabama over Texas A&M
LSU over Florida
Notre Dame over USC

Todd Jones, Dispatch college football writer

Ohio State 31, Penn State 17: Look for another sputtering display of offense by OSU because Penn State's defense is formidable. However, the Nittany Lions don't have enough offense to keep up.

Michigan over Michigan State
Iowa over Northwestern
Minnesota over Nebraska
UCLA over Stanford
Mississippi over Memphis
Georgia over Missouri
Alabama over Texas A&M
LSU over Florida
Notre Dame over USC

Tim May, Dispatch beat writer

Ohio State 34, Penn State 13: Who knows what you're going to get from the Buckeyes from one week to the next, so go with the known: They are better than the Nittany Lions.

Michigan over Michigan State
Northwestern over Iowa
Minnesota over Nebraska
Stanford over UCLA
Mississippi over Memphis
Georgia over Missouri
Alabama over Texas A&M
LSU over Florida
Notre Dame over USC

Rob Oller, Dispatch sports columnist

Ohio State 28, Penn State 20: It's being dubbed a Blackout game, but it may feel more like a blacked-out game for Buckeye Nation after fans nearly pass out from hyperventilating during this knee-knocker.

Michigan over Michigan State
Iowa over Northwestern
Nebraska over Minnesota
UCLA over Stanford
Mississippi over Memphis
Georgia over Missouri
Alabama over Texas A&M
LSU over Florida
Notre Dame over USC

Bill Rabinowitz, Dispatch beat writer

Ohio State 28, Penn State 17: The Buckeyes face their toughest defense so far, but they should be able to pressure Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg enough to pull away.

Michigan over Michigan State
Iowa over Northwestern
Nebraska over Minnesota
Stanford over UCLA
Mississippi over Memphis
Georgia over Missouri
Alabama over Texas A&M
LSU over Florida
Notre Dame over USC

Ray Stein, Dispatch sports editor

Ohio State 28, Penn State 18: There may be moments during this game that viewers will be reminded of a time when farmers did their work with a yoke and a beast of burden. Yah, mule!

Michigan State over Michigan
Northwestern over Iowa
Nebraska over Minnesota
Stanford over UCLA
Mississippi over Memphis
Georgia over Missouri
Alabama over Texas A&M
LSU over Florida
Notre Dame over USC