Weekend Viewer's Guide - Part I

Florida has the week off, but this is still one of the better weeks in the early portion of this year's college football schedule. Silly as it sounds in the third week of the season, there are people already expending energy on Heisman Trophy talk.

Tim Tebow supposedly trails Missouri's Chase Daniel in early polling as he tries to repeat. Perhaps it's because Missouri is spending $50,000 on a campaign for Daniel including sending out 2,500 View Masters to Heisman voters. Florida typically doesn't send out any award related trinkets, but this week's categories are named for potential giveaways from previous campaigns. As always, all times are Eastern and all games Saturday unless otherwise specified.


Kansas at South Florida (Friday 8, ESPN2) -
Mark Mangino's Jayhawks have risen to prominence by playing ultra soft non-conference schedules, but now they get a more difficult test as they visit Tampa for a top 20 showdown. Todd Reesing of Kansas and USF's Matt Grothe are each multi-year starters, so the quarterbacking should be at a high level. With West Virginia's stumble last week and embarrassing starts to the season for Pittsburgh, Louisville, Rutgers and Syracuse, the Big East desperately needs USF to perform well here.

Ohio State at USC (8, ABC) - This was expected by many to be the best non-conference game of the season, but the anticipation has diminished somewhat thanks to the Buckeyes disappointing performance against Ohio last week and the injury which may keep Beanie Wells from playing. Pete Carroll's USC team has historically destroyed all non-conference opponents, and the Buckeyes are dealing with the doubts left from their performance against athletic squads in the last two BC title games. Ohio State may unleash talented freshman quarterback Terrelle Pryor to try and mix things up, and has reportedly been working on new formations leading up to the season.


Georgia at South Carolina (3:30, CBS) -
Historically this is a very close game, but South Carolina is reeling right now after losing to Vanderbilt last week. The Gamecocks have lost six of their last seven under Steve Spurrier and still don't have a quarterback capable of running his offense. Star wide receiver Kenny McKinley is injured and almost certain not to play. It's possible Spurrier may use a third QB in the same number of games, as redshirt freshman Stephen Garcia has been seeing increased action in practice. Despite that, this game bears watching. It's the first test for UGA away from Athens this year, and several of their offensive linemen are in new positions. SC does have a stout defense, and won in Athens last year.

Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech (3:30, ABC) - Paul Johnson's Georgia Tech squad is one of the only bright spots for the SEC so far this season. Coming off a road win at Boston College last week, the Yellow Jackets could position themselves very well in the Coastal division should they spring a second upset here. Virginia Tech is struggling on offense this year and has a lot of young players who are still getting the hang of their new roles.

Wisconsin at Fresno State (10:30, ESPN2) - This could be a rough week for the Big Ten, with Ohio State a significant underdog against USC and the league's other top ten team in a difficult game on the road. Wisconsin was nearly upset on a road trip to UNLV last year. It's safe to say Fresno State is considerably better than the 2-10 Rebels were. The Badgers have put up 44.5 points in home wins against Akron and Marshall, but has scored an average of 14 points per game in their past four road openers.


Oregon at Purdue (3:30, ABC) -
Oregon's suffered some key injuries but has stayed unbeaten so far. In recent years, Purdue tends to beat the bad teams on their schedule and lose to everyone else. The Boilermakers opened with a completely overmatched Northern Colorado team, so it's hard to know much about this year's edition. They do have an established QB in Curtis Painter.

Michigan at Notre Dame (3:30, NBC) - A pair of traditional powerhouses get together for a game that will highlight just how much they are a shadow of what they used to be. At least Rich Rodriguez has an excuse for his team's offensive issues - he's new at Michigan. Charlie Weis's book was entitled "No Excuses", but he'll still make some if the Fighting Irish lose. First team to 17 wins.

UCLA at BYU (3:30, Versus) - If BYU can barely get past a crappy Washington team, they certainly could struggle with UCLA. The question for the Bruins is which Kevin Craft will be playing QB for them - the first half of the Tennessee game guy who threw four picks, or the second half one who led the drive to win the game. UCLA still has some major health issues as well.

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