Weekend Viewer's Guide

This is homecoming weekend in Gainesville, with Kentucky the opponent for Florida's fourth Raycom game of the seven the Gators have played so far this season. The only positive of the early start time is that it will give UF fans the chance to catch the two best games of the day on television.

With the Steve Miller Band following in Lynyrd Skynyrd's footsteps from 2007 as Gator Growl headliners, our categories this week are named for other alumni friendly '70s era acts who could be future entertainment for the Growl crowd. All times are Eastern and all games are Saturday except where specifically noted.


Georgia at LSU (3:30, CBS) -
LSU rebounded from their loss in Gainesville with a come from behind win against South Carolina. The Tigers reintroduced Keiland Williams into the mix with Charles Scott at tailback and focused on the ground game more extensively. Now they return home to face a Georgia team that's lost a lot of offensive linemen to injury but did get Knowshown Moreno some big yardage last week. Neither team has shown an ability to put opponents away in conference this year. The winner stays viable for all their season goals, while a loss likely would end of SEC title hopes for LSU and would severely damage Georgia's chances of playing in Atlanta.

Oklahoma State at Texas (3:30, ABC) - The Longhorns have put together impressive back to back performances against Oklahoma and Missouri, but have to avoid the natural tendency to let down against the surprising Cowboys. Colt McCoy was endorsed as the midseason Heisman front runner by Tim Tebow this week, and Texas has been giving him the chance to throw more with four receier sets. No one anticipated this being a matchup of undefeated teams, but Oklahoma State's offense has been scoring 46 per game. The Cowboys have raced out to huge leads against Texas and then blown it multiple times in recent years, including a 21 point lead going into the fourth quarter last season.

Penn State at Ohio State (8, ABC) - This may be the last obstacle between the Nittany Lions and an unbeaten season. Penn State has struggled mightily in trip to Columbus, but the Buckeyes still have huge questions about their ability to make plays in the passing game. Quarterback Darryl Clark's mobility and playmaking could pose some real issues for Ohio State's defense. Buckeye fans are being asked to wear all scarlet for this game, so don't adjust your set if it looks like the tint is off.


Texas Tech at Kansas (noon, ESPN) -
Texas Tech is one of just nine teams that remains unbeaten, but they've struggled a bit on offense against unremarkable opponents the past two weeks. Kansas has shown they're good enough to win against lower level opponents but has not demonstrated that ability against top twenty teams. The Red Raiders may use a kicker selected from the student body this week, so it would be best for them to avoid a close game.

Virginia Tech at FSU (3:30, ABC) - FSU has gotten back into the top 25. The last time the Seminoles were in this position, they fell apart with a dreadful performance at home against Wake Forest. Not having talented redshirt freshman Bert Reed due to a suspension removes one of their better weapons. Quarterback Christian Ponder was a little beaten up early in the week and faces an aggressive Hokie defense. VT's problems are on the other side of the ball, as their offense comes in ranked 110th in the country and is largely dependent on quarterback Tyrod Taylor making something happen with his athleticism.

Alabama at Tennessee (7:45, ESPN) - Alabama won't have star defensive tackle Terrence Cody, but that's not likely to be enough to make a huge difference for Tennessee's offense. The Volunteers may be missing guard Robert Parker and wide receiver Gerald Jones, whose "G-Gun"package at quarterback is one of the few weaons Tennessee has shown this season. No one has been able to put Alabama in position to depend on John Parker Wilson's passing late in the game this season, but it's hard to imagine UT will be the team that can. A lot of observers feel this game could be Phillip Fulmer's last stand to save the Volunteers season and potentially his job as well.


Illinois at Wisconsin (noon, ESPN2) -
The Badgers are putting up a strong fight for the title of most disappointing team in college football, having lost all four of their Big Ten games so far. Last season it was a win by Illinois over the Badgers which stamped them as a legitimate factor in the Big Ten. Wisconsin hopes a quarterback change gets them better production on offense than they've had so far. It better, because Illinois has scored twenty every game and the Badgers have only done that once in their last five.

Wake Forest at Miami (noon, ESPNU) - Wake Forest's offense has hit the skids, scoring just 41 points in their past four games and being shutout against Maryland last week. That's bad news as they travel to face a Miami team that's struggled plenty themselves but does have playmaking potential on offense. Miami has just one home game in its final four, so a win here is extremely important to any conference and bowl hopes they have.

Michigan State at Michigan (3:30, ABC) - This shouldn't be an interesting affair, as Michigan State is clearly the better of the two teams this season, but history says otherwise. The Spartans haven't beaten Michigan since 2001, and have gone 3-17 in their last 20 in Ann Arbor with the most recent win coming in 1990. If Mark Dantonio wants to show the Spartans really do have a new attitude under his leadership, they have to take care of a Michigan team with an injured quarterback that was awful enough to lose at home to Toledo even when he was healthy.

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