Weekend Viewer's Guide

This is the weekend Gator fans have been pointing to since the second the 2007 football season ended. Both Florida and Georgia are elite teams as they head to Jacksonville. One will leave still a viable contender for the BCS title and almost certainly the winner of the SEC East.

The other will have to hope they can back into the Orange Bowl as an at large team (because there's no other way they can sell tickets to see the ACC champ).

Whatever happens Saturday, if you aren't there in person CBS will be the place to see the action beginning at 3:30. The only thing which will be more numerous than lame "can't call it the cocktail party" comments as we watch this weekend will be political ads. The viewer's guide is non-partisan, but in honor of Tuesday's election our categories this week are named for famous movie presidents through the years. All games are on Saturday and all start times are Eastern.


Texas at Texas Tech (8, ABC) -
If Texas can survive their fourth straight matchup against a team ranked 11th or better, they'll be in great shape to be undefeated going into the Big 12 title game. Only a road game with Kansas appears as if it could even pose a threat, and Tech shredded the Jayhawks last week. Texas QB Colt McCoy's performance has been astounding, with an 82 percent completion rate, 21 touchdowns to four picks, and even seven rushing TDs. The Red Raiders hope their home crowd will help them spring the upset, and Graham Harrell's passing is spectacular as well.


Florida State at Georgia Tech (3:30, ABC) -
FSU has crept back into the national discussion as possibly being the ACC's best. They'll have to play this one without wide receiver Corey Surrency due to a suspension and might be missing Preston Parker as well. Georgia Tech has been much better than anticipated under new coach Paul Johnson and has a sold out crowd ready for this one. The Yellow Jackets have been strong on defense but the offense remains a work in progress.

Tennessee at South Carolina (7, ESPN2) - The ironies are stacked high in this one. Phillip Fulmer got the Tennessee job as a result of the Volunteers 1992 collapse under Johnny Majors. The loss that cemented Majors departure was to South Carolina. Now, with the Knoxville newspaper reporting one more loss will mean Fulmer is through, he has to challenge not only the Gamecocks but his personal nemesis in Steve Spurrier. This game features the two least effective rushing attacks in the SEC and a pair of redshirt freshmen under center, so expect a defensive struggle.


Miami (FL) at Virginia (noon, ACC Raycom) -
After a disastrous start to their season, Virginia finds itself in control of its fate for the ACC title game and riding the momentum of four consecutive wins. The Hurricanes have three straight victories of their own, but their offense remains a question mark from week to week. With just one home game in their final four, Miami will need to win one like this if they hope to have winning season.

Auburn at Ole Miss (12:30, SEC Raycom) - Things are just getting uglier on the plains, where Auburn has lost two more games since the dismissal of Tony Franklin as offensive coordinator. The president of the school's board of trustees came out publicly in support of Tommy Tuberville this week, but the fact he needed to tells you all you need to know about the Tigers current state of affairs. Ole Miss picked up an emotional win for coach Houston Nutt last week, but their fans would probably enjoy sticking another knife into Tuberville even more. If Auburn cant move the ball early this one could turn ugly.

Pittsburgh at Notre Dame (2:30, NBC) - A pair of former NFL "masterminds" who've been disappointing as college coaches get together in a game where no one's sure what to think. Dave Wannstedt's Pitt squad had begun to get some respect after their opening belly-flop against Bowling Green, but got destroyed by a bad Rutgers team last week. Charlie Weis's Fighting Irish are better than last year, but since they've only beaten one team with more than two wins it's hard to tell just how much. Pittsburgh's LeSean McCoy is a stud at tailback and likely is the best individual player for either team.

Nebraska at Oklahoma (8, ESPN) - Once this was a great rivalry, now it's not even a yearly battle. Still, anytime these two teams get together there is something special about it. Sam Bradford is one of the Big 12 quarterbacks tearing up everything in his path, and likely will do the same to the Cornhuskers. For Bo Pelini, this game is a measuring stick to see how Nebraska's progress is coming in year one under him.

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