Weekend Viewer's Guide - Part I

Last year's Florida-LSU game was the best the sport had to offer in the 2007 season. Immense drama, clutch performances, memorable plays - you name it, it was all in there. We'll have to see if it lives up to that standard Saturday night, but no matter what this is an excellent weekend for college football viewing.

LSU's visit to the Swamp begins on CBS at eight, meaning you can enjoy lots of action prior to the big game.

Preseason top ten team Clemson continued their disastrous year with a loss on the road against Wake Forest Thursday night. The Tigers are now 1-3 against Division I opponents. Inspired by their performance, this week's categories are named for well known internet frauds and scams. All games are Saturday and all times are Eastern.


Texas at Oklahoma (noon, ABC) -
Bob Stoops has won six of nine against Mack Brown, and the three losses all stand out for a reason. Texas clearly had the better talent and health coming into the game during those seasons. When these teams are on equal footing or Oklahoma has an edge, Stoops does not lose to Brown. Texas quarterback Colt McCoy has been having a great year so far, but there are huge questions about the Longhorn ground game and they have no tight ends. If history is any kind of guide, Oklahoma should take care of this one comfortably.

Tennessee at Georgia (3:30, CBS) - It's do or die time for the Volunteers. Last season they demolished the Bulldogs to remain viable as a contender for Atlanta. This time the SEC East isn't their concern, having a shot at a winning record is. Tennessee will stay with Nick Stephens at quarterback, and with the Vols having only been able to put up 69 yards on the ground against Northern Illinois he'll likely be forced to try and make a lot of plays against Georgia's defense. The Bulldogs are still beaten up from their loss to Alabama two weeks ago. How they respond to that humiliation at home will say a lot about this team.

Oklahoma State at Missouri (8, ESPN2) - Missouri is putting up astounding numbers on offense. Chase Daniel has not has a three and out series yet this season in forty chances. This could be a tricky spot for the Tigers, as they're coming off the satisfaction of their first win at Nebraska since 1978 and have a potential top three matchup with Texas next weekend. Oklahoma State has put up 55 or more in four straight games themselves, including 56 last week against Texas A&M. Those were all at home, but if Missouri looks past them there's certainly enough firepower on Oklahoma State's offense to make this very interesting.


South Carolina at Kentucky (12:30, SEC Raycom) -
Kentucky's defense was impressive in last week's narrow loss at Alabama, but do the Wildcats have any playmakers offensively besides ninth year player Dicky Lyons Jr? They're next up for Florida in two weeks. Steve Spurrier's offense finally clicked last week in a road win against Ole Miss. Kenny McKinley's return and the emergence of redshirt freshman Jason Barnes may make the Gamecocks a viable attack. Their defense has already been stout, and with a win here the Gamecocks would be a very under the radar 5-2.

Penn State at Wisconsin (8, ESPN) - This weekend is the Badger Blast in Madison. Penn State may deliver one in Camp Randall Stadium too. Multiple reports indicated this week that Joe Paterno's health has deteriorated to the point he may finally step away voluntarily as Penn State coach after the season. Whatever the reasons, he's coaching from the press box rather than the sideline and thus far it's working well. Back to back fourth quarter meltdowns and shaky QB lay have Wisconsin on the brink of its season totally falling apart.


Minnesota at Illinois (noon, ESPN) -
The Gophers may be the least impressive 5-1 team in America, but the reality is they are one win away from bowl eligibility after a one win season last year. Ron Zook's Illini scored a huge win against Michigan last weekend. The history of Zook teams is that this kind of game is where they let their guard down, so there may be some upset potential here.

Colorado at Kansas (12:30, ESPN2) - Todd Reesing won't be winning the Heisman, but the undersized Jayhawks quarterback is a lot of fun to watch. He improvises well and makes good decisions with the ball. Kansas just survived a major scare against Iowa State so they should be on guard against a good Buffaloes squad which has played one of the toughest schedules in the country to this point.

Nebraska at Texas Tech (3, FSN) - Mike Leach's offense is always worth watching, and the Red Raiders put up seventy on Nebraska in a previous Lubbock visit. The Cornhuskers have improved a little bit defensively but have a long way to go. Last week they started committing personal fouls out of frustration - if they act that way this week this could get really ugly.

Michigan State at Northwestern (3:30, ESPN2) - This has recently been one of the wildest series in college football. Michigan State came back from down 38-3 to win a couple of years ago. It's almost always high scoring and both teams are playing well this year. Northwestern's unbeaten and a strong Spartans run game has carried them to 5-1.

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