VSiN’s Matt Youmans co-hosts “The Edge,” weekdays 3-5 p.m. on VSiN.com, fuboTV and SiriusXM 204.
Iowa (+6½) over PENN STATE: The blue-collar Hawkeyes are flying under the radar. Iowa is 6-1 straight up and against the spread, mostly due to the nation’s No. 5 scoring defense (14.1 points per game). Nate Stanley (61 percent completions, 16 touchdowns) is a solid quarterback. The Nittany Lions’ Trace McSorley is a sensational dual-threat playmaker, but an erratic passer. When the schedule got tough, Penn State’s weaknesses were exposed in losses to Ohio State and Michigan State and a narrow win at Indiana. Coach James Franklin chokes away too many big games.
STANFORD (-3) over Washington State: Washington State vaulted from 25th to 14th in the AP poll by beating then-No. 12 Oregon, 34-20, as QB Gardner Minshew has come out of nowhere to author a Cinderella story. The Cougars are 6-1 and Minshew ranks second in the nation with 2,745 passing yards. It’s buy-low with Stanford and a sell-high with Washington State off its signature win.
Last week: 1-1