Iowa State (7-4, 5-3) at Kansas State (6-5, 4-4)
Basics: 2:30 p.m., Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan, Kansas
TV/radio: ESPN2; KJOC (1170 AM), KWPC (860 AM)
Storylines: Iowa State, coming off a 23-13 victory over Baylor, already has matched a school record for conference wins, set in 1977 and 2000, and has won seven games overall for the first time since 2005. The Cyclones are one of only three teams in the country to have five players with 30 or more pass receptions. Kansas State, which upset No. 16 Oklahoma State 45-40 last week, has won the past nine games against ISU. Head coach Bill Snyder, now in his 26th season, is 21-4 vs. the Cyclones as a head coach and 7-3 as an assistant coach.
Monmouth (9-2) at Northern Iowa (7-4)
Basics: 4 p.m., UNI-Dome, Cedar Falls
TV/radio: ESPN3; KGYM (1600 AM)
Storylines: This is a first-round game in the FCS playoffs with the winner slated to play at South Dakota State in the second round. Northern Iowa, ranked No. 21 in the latest FCS poll, finished the regular season with a 41-3 rout of Indiana State and is in the playoffs for the 19th time. No. 23 Monmouth, located in West Long Branch, New Jersey, is in for the first time. The Hawks, co-champions of the Big South Conference, feature freshman running back Pete Guerrero (1,079 yards) and quarterback Kenji Bahar (2,227 yards passing, 15 TDs).
Northwestern (8-3, 6-2) at Illinois (2-9, 0-8)
Basics: 3 p.m., Memorial Stadium, Champaign
TV/radio: FS1; WFXN (1230 AM), WRMJ (102.3 FM), WKEI (1450 AM)
Storylines: Illinois extended its losing streak to nine games with a 52-14 loss to Ohio State last Saturday. All three of the team’s scholarship quarterbacks have been injured, but the Illini are likely to go back to freshman Cam Thomas in this game. Northwestern shut out Minnesota 39-0 last week, is riding a six-game winning streak and broke into the AP Top 25 this week at No. 23. Running back Justin Jackson has 1,010 yards, becoming only the ninth player ever (second in the Big Ten) to rush for 1,000 yards four years in a row.