Weekend Viewer's Guide - Week Ten

After a three week string of CBS appearances, Florida fans will need an early wakeup call to check out their team's game Saturday. The 12:30 start against Vanderbilt will be featured on Lincoln Financial, the third time the Gators have appeared on the "fuzzy camera, everyone's name is Dave" channel this season.

The one good thing about the early kick is it frees you to watch even more football later in the day.

It's homecoming weekend for Florida, so this week's ratings are named for former headliners from Gator Growl. This year's edition features Shelley Meyer as host, so Urban Meyer might have a little extra anxiety the night before this game. As always, all games are on Saturday and all times are eastern unless otherwise specified.


LSU @ Alabama (5, CBS) - Both teams had a bye week to get ready for $aban Bowl 1, but LSU has had to deal with distractions caused by players getting into a fight at a Baton Rouge establishment. Two were kicked off the team and talented sophomore QB Ryan Perilloux will not play this week. For Alabama, wide receiver D.J. Hall has been shredding secondaries and LSU's looks vulnerable. Les "Let It Ride" Miles spent his bye weekend in Vegas at the blackjack tables hitting on 19. How his decision making holds up under pressure against Saban may determine his coaching future.

Arizona State @ Oregon (6:45, ESPN) - A top five showdown and the best chance anyone has to derail the Ducks before the end of the season since none of their other opponents are ranked. Dennis Dixon should be the leading Heisman candidate right now based on his numbers and his team's success, so this is a very important game for him. Sun Devils are missing their top tailback and have been comeback specialists this year. That could be a tough trick at Autzen Stadium.


FSU @ Boston College (8, ABC) - This game has immense comic potential, as FSU attempts to operate their offense in the rain, with 35 mile an hour winds and temperatures in the low 40s. It's another national TV game for alleged "Heisman frontrunner" Matt Ryan - expect to see last week's Virginia Tech touchdown pass another dozen times with no mention of how crappy he and his team were for the first 57 minutes.

Oregon State @ USC (8, ABC) - The Beavers knocked off USC last season. With a loss, the Trojans likely fall out of the top 25. We haven't seen USC in this position - out of BCS and Pac 10 contention in early November - in years, so Pete Carroll has a new challenge to deal with. John David Booty returns as USC starting quarterback for this one.

South Carolina @ Arkansas (8, ESPN2) - This was a down to the wire game each of the past two seasons. Gator fans get a look at next week's opponent in South Carolina, although no one knows whether you'll be getting a look at next week's quarterback as Spurrier is yanking them in and out regularly. Both these teams have outstanding running back combos.


Wake Forest @ Virginia (Noon, Lincoln Financial) - Cavaliers finally lost their first ACC game last week after walking a tightrope all season. Injuries have become an issue for them. Wake is quietly still right in the thick of things with a 4-1 record in the Atlantic division and has won six straight overall.

Navy @ Notre Dame (2:30, NBC) - The last time Navy beat Notre Dame was 1963. Navy scores 36 per game but gives up a lot of points as well. If Super Bowl winning offensive genius coach Charlie Weis can't get the Fighting Irish to produce more than their season high score of 20, the longest active winning streak in a rivalry will end.

Texas @ Oklahoma State (3:30, ABC) - Texas continues to slog through an unremarkable season, barely escaping against Nebraska last week. Oklahoma State actually controls their own fate in the Big 12 South and has a much better offense than Nebraska.

Cincinnati @ USF (3:30, ABC) - Remember when the Bulls were number two in the BCS? Those four days before the Rutgers game look like they'll be the Bulls' shining moments for quite a while, as their offense has suddenly hit the skids. Jim Leavitt is telling his players not to talk to the media, which is amusing since no one in the media wants to talk to them anymore anyhow.

Michigan @ Michigan State (3:30, ABC) - Ever since they got into Big Ten conference play, the Michigan defense's difficulties handling speedy teams have disappeared. Wonder why that is? The Spartans have to win this one or their chances of bowling are likely done. In the last years they've taken Michigan to OT twice but never have broken through with a win.

Missouri @ Colorado (6:30, FSN) - Missouri and Kansas are quietly moving toward what could turn out to be a top five showdown for the Big 12 North in Kansas City Thanksgiving weekend. Before that, the Tigers have to survive a trip to Boulder. They haven't beaten the Buffaloes there since 1997. A CU win gets Dan Hawkins's squad bowl eligible again after a brutal first year of his tenure.

Rutgers @ UConn (7:15, ESPNU) - The Huskies have received two gift wins from referees this year, but thanks to their win against USF are now being touted as a Big East contender. Rutgers wore black uniforms last week in their loss to West Virginia. When your name is the Scarlet Knights, that doesn't come off as being too bright. Ray Rice's running should be the difference for Rutgers here.


Purdue @ Penn State (Noon, ESPN) - Penn State has a winning record at 6-3. That means Purdue will lose to them, as they always do when facing a team with a winning record.

N.C. State @ Miami (Noon, ESPNU) - Hurricanes have just two games left in the Orange Bowl - expect lots of flashbacks during the broadcast, since Miami's past is much more interesting than the present. Wolfpack seem to be getting a little second half momentum under new coach Tom O'Brien.

Nebraska @ Kansas (12:30, FSN) - The Cornhuskers almost sprang an upset in Austin last week after changing their defensive philosophy to a blitz every down scheme. Now they've lost their quarterback for the season, so the offense could get retooled this week. Whatever they try, the unbeaten Jayhawks should be able to handle it.

Texas A&M @ Oklahoma (8, ABC) - The Dennis Franchione Farewell Tour continues, as the Aggies head to Norman for the second of a four game stretch against top 15 opponents. Oklahoma is looking for style points in addition to the win as jostling continues among the one loss BCS possibilities.

Washington State @ Cal (10, FSN) - Cal is in freefall mode but should get well against the overmatched Cougars. Best thing about this game is that it's the last one on for Saturday night.


Iowa @ Northwestern (Noon, ESPN2) - The bad and boring Hawkeyes are featured nationally by ESPN yet again. Wisconsin-Ohio State isn't available unless you have the Big Ten Network, but this game is. How does this keep happening? Does Kirk Ferentz have inappropriate pictures of Lee Corso with one of the mascots?

Kansas State @ Iowa State (12:30, Versus) - Dreadful Iowa State's only win this season came against Iowa. Naturally, that game was nationally televised.

UCLA @ Arizona (3:30, ABC) - Two bad coaches coaching two mediocre Pac 10 teams. UCLA's Karl Dorrell has been publicly put on notice by his AD that his job's on the line this month.

Army @ Air Force (3:30, CSTV) - With six wins, Air Force is surprisingly strong this season. Army's team is fairly typical - trying hard but not particularly good.

Maryland @ North Carolina (3:45, ESPNU) - A terrapin is defined as an "edible fresh or brackish water turtle". When the first thing that springs to mind about your mascot is is that it's edible, that's never good.

Washington @ Stanford (6:30, FSN Regional) - The Stanford band is legendary for their irreverent halftime shows, including one with the Irish Potato Famine as a theme during the Notre Dame game. Not sure what their theme will be this week, but the show will be more interesting than this game.

Tulsa @ Tulane (7:30, CSTV) - With 1539 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns so far this season, Tulane's running back Matt Forte is the best player no one's heard of. Playing games on CSTV probably helps explain that.

SMU @ Houston (Sunday 8, ESPN) - Even with this as the one college game Sunday night, you're better off taping Patriots-Colts and watching it again than this game.

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