Weekend Viewer's Guide - Part I

Florida enjoys their final bye week of the season this week, giving you lots of time to catch up on what other teams are up to before the Gators begin their stretch run. There are fewer great games than a week ago but there's still plenty to work with.

Since the Gators are off, you might decide if you're in Gainesville to make your way over to the Alachua County Fair to enjoy some of their culinary delights. Our categories this week are named for various fair food items. All games are on Saturday and all times are Eastern.


Missouri at Texas (8, ABC) -
Texas is riding high after last week's impressive come from behind win against Oklahoma. Colt McCoy is playing incredibly well right now, with seventeen TD passes to just three INT's as well as a six yard per carry average and four TD runs. Can Mack Brown get his guys fully focused for another big game right away? Missouri's high powered offense hit a snag against Oklahoma State, and now they have to rebound against the top ranked Longhorns on the road or Chase Daniel's Heisman chances are cooked.


Vanderbilt at Georgia (12:30, SEC Raycom) -
The Commodores were a great story for the first month of the season, but after letting their first shot at bowl eligibility slip away with last week's loss at Mississippi State things suddenly get much more difficult. Mackenzi Adams gets the start at quarterback in place of Chris Nickson after Vandy mustered just 107 yards of offense in last week's loss. Georgia needs to get their penalty problems under control. The Bulldogs lead D-1 in penalties with 11 per game and have been hit with 13 personal fouls so far this season. Vanderbilt has had recent success against Georgia, winning in their last trip to Athens and nearly beating the Bulldogs a second time last year.

Kansas at Oklahoma (3:30, ABC) - Kansas has been below the radar lately. They lost to USF in their only respectable non-conference game, whipped up on Sam Houston State and edged a couple of lower level Big 12 teams. Are the Jayhawks any good? It's hard to tell, although quarterback Todd Reesing certainly is. Running back Jake Sharp has been featured more recently. Oklahoma has to regroup from last week's loss to Texas as well as the season ending injury to middle linebacker Ryan Reynolds. The Sooners still have a good chance of reaching the BCS if they can win out, something Bob Stoops will certainly use to his advantage.

LSU at South Carolina (8, ESPN) - After an ugly start, Steve Spurrier's Gamecocks may have found their groove in conference play. South Carolina has won four straight including two SEC road games to drag themselves back into the SEC East picture. To stay there they have to defeat an LSU team looking to rebound from the worst regular season performance of the Les Miles era. South Carolina's defense has been solid all season, but their offense has been spotty. The result is that every Carolina conference game has been decided by a touchdown. This matchup features a pair of highly touted redshirt freshman quarterbacks, with Stephen Garcia making his starting debut for the Gamecocks and Jarrett Lee still under center for the Tigers.


Georgia Tech at Clemson (noon, ESPN) -
Clemson opened the week by parting company with head coach Tommy Bowden and offensive coordinator Rob Spence. Dabo Swinney takes the reins now with a new quarterback as well. Touted redshirt freshman Willy Korn will run the Tiger offense, which likely will feature more of an effort to throw downfield. Offensive line injuries make any offensive choice hard to execute for Clemson right now, though. Georgia Tech struggled to the bitter end with Gardner-Webb, eventually winning 10-7. That was with a third string quarterback due to injury issues, so presumably things will be closer to normal this week.

Ole Miss at Alabama (3:30, CBS) - Houston Nutt's team had a bye week to get ready for this one, and he and his staff will certainly have a few tricks up their sleeve for the Crimson Tide. Alabama hasn't been truly challenged in the fourth quarter all year, so if the Rebels can keep this this close it could be interesting to see how they respond. Nick Saban has to make sure his team isn't caught looking ahead to next week's rivalry showdown with Tennessee.

Ohio State at Michigan State (3:30, ABC) - Ohio State's offense remains an enormous question mark. Star freshman quarterback Terrelle Pryor has thrown 41 passes and been sacked ten times, and the Buckeyes could not score an offensive touchdown against Purdue last week. Some players wen public this week with complaints about the offense, meaning things could get really interesting if Ohio State falters here. Michigan State will look to win with defense and pounding the football with Dayton product Javon Ringer. The nation's second leading rusher already has 1,112 yards on the ground and a D-1 best 14 touchdowns.

Virginia Tech at Boston College (8, ESPN2) - The Hokies have win five straight since their season opening loss to East Carolina. Now they get a rematch of last year's ACC championship game, which they won. The Hokies are comfortable in control of the ACC's Coastal division as the one team in it without a conference loss. BC has one loss, a 19-16 defeat by Georgia Tech, and has played no one else who gives us any indication of their merits as a football team.

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