What to watch: Week 8

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Kansas State plays Texas Christian University at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kan. on Oct. 14, 2017. (Photo by Cooper Kinley | Collegian Media Group)

Week eight of the college football season will deliver some dandies, especially toward the later part of the day.

Iowa State vs. Texas Tech

Iowa State might be one of the hottest teams in the country right now. At 4-2, the Cyclones are coming off the biggest upset of the college football season — a 38-31 victory on the road against the University of Oklahoma — and 45-0 shutout against the University of Kansas.

Sophomore running back David Montgomery has been huge for Iowa State’s success. Montgomery has run for 478 yards this year. He has also ran for eight of the team’s 11 rushing touchdowns.

Texas Tech hasn’t been able to pull of the upset so far this year, as its two losses have came to good competition against Oklahoma State and on the road to the University of West Virginia.

Junior wide receiver Keke Coutee has been a big part of the Red Raiders’ passing attack, as he leads the team in receiving with 45 catches for 672 yards and 6 touchdowns.

The Cyclones and Red Raiders will kick off at 11 a.m. on Fox Sports 1.

No. 19 University of Michigan vs. No. 2 Penn State

Michigan’s only loss this season came against one of its biggest rivals, Michigan State, but got a big scare last week as it took overtime to get by the Indiana Hoosiers, but the Wolverines won 27-20.

Junior running back Karan Higdon has been a solid option in the Wolverine backfield. Higdon is second on the team in rushing, but only by two yards. He does lead the team is touchdowns however, finding the end zone five times.

Undefeated Penn State will put its winning streak to the test in the next few weeks with games against Michigan, No. 6 Ohio State and No. 18 Michigan State.

Junior running back Saquon Barkley has done it all for the Nittany Lions this year. Barkley leads the team in rushing with 649 yards and 6 touchdowns, but is also the team’s leading receiver with 29 catches for 395 yards.

The Big 10 battle will kick off at 6:30 p.m. on ABC.

No. 11 University of Southern California vs. No. 13 Notre Dame

USC could very well be undefeated this year, but had that hope shattered a few weeks ago when the Trojans fell on the road to Washington State 30-27.

Junior running back Ronald Jones II has been the leader of the Trojan offense. Jones has run for 640 yards and eight touchdowns on the year, both team highs.

Notre Dame fell to Georgia 20-19 in week two, but since then, the Fighting Irish have taking care of business, currently riding a four-game winning streak.

Notre Dame’s rushing attack is what has led them to its success this year. The team has four players who have rushed for over 200 yards, and those same four players have each found the end zone at least four times.

USC and Notre Dame will kick off at 6:30 p.m. on NBC.

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