(5) Michigan State 30 @ Western Michigan 23: This isn't a walkover for the Spartans and should provide a strong test in advance of Oregon's visit to East Lansing next week. The Broncos, after a 2 - 3 start in 2014, ran off six consecutive victories before losing to Northern Illinois in the regular season finale and to Air Force in the Idaho Potato Bowl. Michigan State needs to take this one seriously.
(4) Baylor 41 @ SMU 10: Last year, the Bears were the first of eleven consecutive teams to drill SMU. It's one thing to be bad, but the Mustangs made it an art form in 2014. This season they have a new coach, but many of the same players are still around. It's going to take some time before they can compete in the American, much less with a top team from the Big 12. Baylor will be looking to continue what they did last year, but without standout quarterback Bryce Petty. It shouldn't make much difference tonight.
Washington 27 @ (23) Boise State 35: Washington coach Chris Petersen, in his second year after leading Boise State to national prominence, takes the Huskies to play on the blue turf in Idaho. Their 4 - 5 conference record was a bit deceiving as they failed to defeat any team that finished ahead of them in the league. Boise State returns nine starter off an offense that reeled off nine consecutive wins to finish 2014 and definitely is deserving of a ranking in the top 25.