Weekend Viewer's Guide - Week Seven

For Gator fans, fall weekends don't get more low key than this one. Florida's not playing, and rooting against FSU's not an option since they play Thursday night. There's not even Midnight Madness at the O'Connell Center to go to if you're a hoops junkie.

On the surface this week isn't one of the better ones for college football. Still, considering what we've already witnessed this year (the two biggest upsets in history as measured by the point spread have happened in the past three weeks) who knows where the next shocker will come from? Since Florida's taking Saturday off, this week's categories are named after characters from the legendary 1986 film "Ferris Bueller's Day Off". As always, all times are eastern and all games Saturday unless otherwise posted.


LSU @ Kentucky (3:30, CBS) - The Gators last opponent finally hits the road outside the state of Louisiana (for the first time since opening against Mississippi State August 30) to take on Florida's next opponent. The Wildcats are coming off their first loss, as Andre Woodson got rattled by South Carolina's pass rush. LSU's defense is better than the Gamecocks, but will they look past the Wildcats after a physical, emotional win last week?

Missouri @ Oklahoma (6:30, FSN) - The Sooners win over Texas last week would normally have given them a level of comfort in the Big 12 South, but thanks to that upset against Colorado this game is critical for them. Led by star QB Chase Daniel, Missouri is scoring points by the truckload but hasn't seen a defense anywhere near the level of OU's yet.


Texas A&M @ Texas Tech (3:30, ABC) - Mike Leach broke his arm last Friday, but still coached the Red Raiders to a win the next day. Aggies rallied to win last week, but the pressure on Dennis Franchione remains high going into this game. The winner of this one still controls their fate in the Big 12 South. WR Michael Crabtree of Texas Tech is special - the freshman has 70 catches and 17 touchdowns in just six games.

Wisconsin @ Penn State (3:30, ABC/ESPN) - This week in State College has seen Penn State players accused of being in a brawl for the second time this year and Joe Paterno being asked about his involvement in a "road rage" incident. Now the team that provoked plenty of field rage in Paterno last year comes to town off a loss to Illinois. Bret Bielema's multiple kickoffs with intentional offsides penalties used up all the time remaining in the first half after a late Badgers score by exploiting last year's clock rules. Paterno was livid - watch for a meltdown in this game if Bielema has found another gimmick. Based on how Wisconsin looked on offense last week, Bielema needs any edge he can get.

Auburn @ Arkansas (7:45, ESPN) - The good news for Houston Nutt is this is a night game, meaning there won't be banner planes calling for his firing visible overhead like they were last week. On the other hand, there's always the chance an angry Arkansas fan has purchased the Goodyear blimp. The road win over Auburn was Arkansas's coming out party on the national stage last year. As one of only two teams without a conference win, the Razorbacks need this badly.


Florida State @ Wake Forest (Thursday 7:30, ESPN) - The 30-0 humiliation the Demon Deacons put on FSU last year was their first win against the Seminoles since FSU joined the ACC. It also was the last straw leading to Bobby Bowden's massive coaching staff shakeup. FSU has control of their ACC fate again with Clemson picking up its second loss but has struggled in Thursday night road games. Wake has won three straight but is allowing a lot of points - there are some entire months Duke doesn't score the 36 they did against the Demon Deacons last week.

Georgia Tech @ Miami (Noon, ESPN) - Canes offensive coordinator Patrick Nix had the same job with Chan Gailey's Yellow Jacket staff last year. After last week's debacle against North Carolina, Miami fans might wish he still did. Tech is at 3-3 with Virginia Tech and Georgia among those still on the schedule. A loss here makes a losing season a realistic possibility, so the pressure is on.

UCF @ USF (Noon, ESPNU) - Jim Leavitt's guys had a letdown game and got away with it last week at Florida Atlantic. UCF's trying to goad USF into extending their series past next year. Knocking them out of the top five with an upset here would make it more of a rivalry than it is so far, with the Bulls having won both games.

Georgia @ Vanderbilt (6, ESPN2) - Mark Richt's team has somehow lost six in a row to SEC East teams. At the moment, they have no bragging rights against anyone in the division including the Commodores. Vanderbilt has plenty of issues of their own, with Bobby Johnson opening the quarterback position up for competition this week. Florida sees them in two and three weeks, respectively.

Louisville @ Cincinnati (7, ESPNU) - Two excellent, creative offensive schemes will be on display in this one, along with one competent defense. Word out of Louisville has been overwhelmingly negative, with talk the team might be giving up on Steve Kragthorpe and his staff.


Hawaii @ San Jose State (Friday 8, ESPN) - Consider this a scouting opportunity, since at least one early bowl projection has Florida matched with Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl and they are next year's Gator season opener. June Jones offenses are fun to watch and it's the only game on, which is always a plus.

Illinois @ Iowa (Noon, ESPN2) - Ron Zook's guys have reversed roles with Iowa. Suddenly they're the ranked team and the Hawkeyes are the punchline with no offense. Iowa's scored 13 or less in three of their past four games and lost all four. Illinois is a young team, ranked for the first time, coming off back to back emotional wins and playing on the road with an 11 a.m. local start. That's pretty much the definition of a trap game, but do the Hawkeyes have enough to make the upset happen?

Alabama @ Ole Miss (12:30, Lincoln Financial) - Crimson Tide have either lost or looked very vulnerable the last three weeks, while Ole Miss has hung aound into the fourth quarter against Florida and Georgia before winning outside the SEC last week. With Ed Orgeron's seat warming up, after the game Saban denies any interest in the Ole Miss job "unless they offer me a dime more than Alabama".

Arizona @ USC (3:30, ABC) - Mike Stoops needs a win to try and build any case for retaining his job for another season. Arizona does little well. USC's dealing with the loss of their number one ranking and may need to start sophomore Mark Sanchez instead of John David Booty at quarterback due to injury.

South Carolina @ North Carolina (3:30, ABC) - Steve Spurrier shut out UNC 41-0 in Chapel Hill with Duke the last time he saw the Tar Heels. The Gamecock defense is strong enough to duplicate that, but the offense still is a work in progress. Butch Davis just won his first 1-A game since the 2000 season by knocking off his old school, now he tries to beat the last coach he defeated at Miami before bailing out on them for NFL cash - Spurrier in the Sugar Bowl.

Boston College @ Notre Dame (3:30, NBC) - A former NFL offensive whiz gets to show his stuff Saturday. He's come in and immediately energized an attack that was stale before he got there. The coach wasn't the first choice of fans for his gig at this Catholic school, but they're really happy to have him. But enough about Boston College's Jeff Jagodzinski. Charlie Weis will also coach in this one.

Oregon State @ Cal (7, Versus) - With USC's loss last week, the Bears suddenly will get more scrutiny as the front runners for the Pac-10 title and a possible title game spot. How will Jeff Tedford's guys respond?

Colorado @ Kansas State (9:15, ESPN2) - Colorado has run more than half their plays on the other team's side of the field so far this year. The Wildcats just took a loss at home to instate rival Kansas, so the mood may not be great for this one.

Washington @ Arizona State (10:15, FSN) - Sun Devils continue to win games while staying below national attention.


Virginia Tech @ Duke (Noon, Lincoln Financial) - The score in the last two years of this series is 81-0 Virginia Tech, meaning this game should be a farce. This is Duke's homecoming and considering the kind of year it's been in college football, that means the Blue Devils will probably celebrate by winning 45-44 on a 64-yard field goal as the clock expires.

Texas @ Iowa State (12:30, FSN) - Mack Brown's guys have lost four straight in the Big 12. If they find a way to make it five by dropping this game against the awful Cyclones, something's fishy in Austin. Mack Brown probably liked his former defensive coordinator Gene Chizik, but not enough to let him win this one.

UConn @ Virginia (3:30, ESPNU) - Of the eleven teams still undefeated in division one football, UConn is the only one not currently ranked. There's a reason for that.

Rice @ Houston (3:30, CSTV) - Classic match-ups like this are why the Southwest Conference doesn't exist anymore.

SMU @ Southern Miss (7:30, CSTV) - If you were an alum of one of these two schools, you wouldn't be reading this page. Since you aren't, you're not watching this.

Nevada @ Boise State (Sunday 8, ESPN) - Nevada lost their bowl game on the smurf turf to Miami by one point last year. Having just lost their QB to injury, they won't be that close on this visit.

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