Weekend Viewers Guide - Week Six

Florida's game with LSU is clearly the lead game in college football this week. The defending champs against the new AP No. 1 team. Florida trying to regroup off a loss and a rough PR week, the star power of Tim Tebow and Glen Dorsey - pick your angle and someone will be talking about it all day leading up to the game.

ESPN's College Gameday will be live at 10 a.m. and CSTV's SEC focused tailgate show will be in Baton Rouge as well.

Many Gator fans will spend the weekend in New Orleans rather than make the journey over to Baton Rouge until gameday itself. This week's ratings are based on familiar Big Easy destinations. As always, all games are on Saturday unless otherwise indicated and all times are eastern.


Kentucky @ South Carolina (Thursday 7:30, ESPN) - This game features No. 8 at No. 11 in this week's AP poll - no, it really does. Steve Spurrier has never lost to the Wildcats at either Florida or South Carolina. Young Gamecocks quarterback Chris Smelley may have a chance to be successful, as Kentucky's defense has been spotty so far. How will the Wildcats handle the expectations that come with playing on national TV as a top ten team? With the Hesiman race wide open, UK quarterback Andre Woodson gets a big opportunity to attract attention.

Georgia @ Tennessee (3:30, CBS) - Mark Richt's 23-3 in other SEC teams home stadiums and the Bulldogs are feeling good after wins against Alabama and Ole Miss. Volunteers know they're out of the SEC East race with a second loss in the division and should play with a level of desperation here. Some reports claim a loss could mean the end of the Phil Fulmer era in Knoxville.


Wisconsin @ Illinois (Noon, ESPN) - Wisconsin has the nation's longest active winning streak, yet is an underdog as they travel to take on Ron Zook's Illini. Illinois has some excellent young talent who need to show they can handle both the success of a 2-0 Big Ten start and the pressure of the first big game in Champaign-Urbana since 2001.

Oklahoma vs. Texas in Dallas (3:30, ABC) - Both teams are coming off upsets last week, but Bob Stoops' Oklahoma squad has looked solid all year except for inexplicably allowing a 17 point final quarter to Colorado. Texas played poorly in wins against the likes of Arkansas State and UCF before getting blasted by 20 against Kansas State. Quarterback Colt McCoy's banged up and no credible running threat has emerged yet. This could be a long year for the Longhorns.

Ohio State @ Purdue (8, ABC) - Since they haven't beaten a team with a winning record in two years, no one really knows whether Purdue is any good coming into this matchup. Ohio State has showed more offense the last two weeks against the dregs of the Big Ten but struggled mightily to put points up before that.


Vanderbilt @ Auburn (12:30, Lincoln Financial) - No question the Tigers are more talented and they're playing at home, but Vanderbilt has a chance to make this interesting. Florida's loss means Bobby Johnson's team can still feel like a contender in the East even though they aren't.

Virginia Tech @ Clemson (6, ESPN) - The inevitable Clemson collapse came last week. If Georgia Tech's defense could shut down the Tigers rushing attack, so can VT. The question is whether the Hokies can score any points themselves.

Cincinnati @ Rutgers (8, ESPN2) - Like USF the week before, Cincinnati gets its chance to stake a claim as a legit BCS contender by taking out one of the expected top three teams in the Big East. The Scarlet Knights were undefeated but had played no one before last week's game with mediocre Maryland and were soundly defeated, so the magic may be missing for Greg Schiano's guys this year.

Nebraska @ Missouri (9:15, ESPN) - Missouri was the pick to win the Big 12 North in the preseason. With Colorado and Kansas State doing better than expected, this is a must win game for them if that's going to happen. Bill Callahan got a contract extension earlier this year and the Cornhuskers haven't played a good game since.


Utah @ Louisville (Friday 8, ESPN) - Utah somehow managed to beat UCLA by 38 and lose to UNLV by 27 within a week of each other, while Louisville lost to Syracuse and gives up points at an incredible pace. These might have been the two least predictable teams in Divison I so far - the final will probably turn out to be 3-2.

Kansas @ Kansas State (Noon, FSN) - The Jayhawks have piled up points, but did it against a garbage non-conference schedule. K State is coming off a second straight upset of Texas and played Auburn tough earlier this year, so they're much more prepared for an important game.

Georgia Tech @ Maryland (Noon, Lincoln Financial) - Both teams got off the canvas with upsets last weekend. Georgia Tech's defense controlled their game with Clemson and will likely have to carry the anemic offense again if they're going to win on the road.

NC State @ Florida State (3:30, ABC) - The Wolfpack have given FSU big problems in recent years, but Chuck Amato's on the other sideline again so that trend is likely done. Xavier Lee gets his first chance as a starter this season and hopes to show his second half against Alabama wasn't a fluke.

Arizona State @ Washington State (4, FSN) - Bill Doba may have taken the lead in the "first coach fired" race for this season after his athletic director acknowledged the team needs to do better and declined to give him a vote of confidence this week. Arizona State will push him one step closer to the unemployment line.

Oklahoma State @ Texas A&M (7, FSN) - For $500 per snap, Dennis Franchione will let you call Texas A&M's plays via text message. Go after Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy. He's a MAN! HE'S 40!

Notre Dame @ UCLA (8, ABC) - Fighting Irish edged UCLA at home last year. If they're going to avoid an 0-8 start, this is probably their best shot. Karl Dorell's UCLA teams can beat the Patriots or lose to Buchholz High School any random week of the season.


Miami, Fla @ North Carolina (Noon, ESPN2) - Former Hurricanes head man Butch Davis coaches against Miami for the first time. That's an interesting angle, but the Tar Heels are so bad watching them actually makes your eyes hurt.

Bowling Green @ Boston College (Noon, ESPNU) - BC's on cruise control against the creamy Twinkie filling portion of their schedule but should want to look better than they did last week in a close win over Massachusetts.

Iowa @ Penn State (3:30, ABC) - After getting blasted by Indiana, Kirk Ferentz suddenly has people in Iowa City asking why he makes 2.3 million a year. Penn State's coming off two close road Big Ten losses and needs turnover machine quarterback Anthony Morelli to be more careful about protecting the ball. Good luck with that.

South Florida @ Florida Atlantic (3:30, ESPNU) - Howard Schnellenberger vowed to bring top ten teams to Florida Atlantic to play, but he probably didn't expect USF to be one of them. Bulls need to show they haven't been enjoying spotlight too much since the West Virginia win.

Tulane @ Army (7, ESPNU) - Being down one to LSU at the half will likely prove to be the highlight of the Green Wave's season. Michie Stadium's a beautiful place to see a game as long as you don't actually look at the field.

Southern California @ Stanford (7, Versus) - You might look at this game and expect a blowout, but you'd be absolutely correct.

UCF @ East Carolina (7:30, CSTV) - UCF's offense has been putting up big points lately, but the whole "if a tree falls in the forest" concept applies here.

New Mexico State @ Boise State (Sunday 8, ESPN) - Did you know Boise State won a BCS game last year? It's going to come up once or twice during this broadcast.

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