Weekend Viewer's Guide

Florida football's stretch run begins this week, with the opportunity to clinch the SEC East should they beat Vanderbilt in Nashville. The game will be a national broadcast on ESPN2 at 8 p.m., with Mark Jones on play-by-play and Bob Davie, Urban Meyer's former boss at Notre Dame, as color analyst.

This week isn't one of our best this year but there are some high quality games to work with. With the election wrapping up Tuesday, the famous final scene from Robert Redford's movie "The Candidate" - "What do we do now?" springs to mind. As a result, this week's categories are named for other Redford movies over the years. As always, all times are Eastern and all games on Saturday.


Alabama at LSU (3:30, CBS) -
Nick Saban's return to Baton Rouge is the national story here, but another return may be more important. Star Alabama DT Terrence Cody is back on the field after missing time with a knee injury. The question is how healthy Cody actually is - will he be hampered the rest of the way like LSU's Glenn Dorsey seemed to be last season? LSU's quarterbacking continues to be a major question mark, as starter Jarrett Lee has been serving up interceptions at a brisk pace. Can LSU ride the crowd's emotion to an early lead and put Alabama in a spot they haven't been this year, needing to come from behind?

Oklahoma State at Texas Tech (8, ABC) - One week after giving us the game of the year, Texas Tech tries to rebound and get ready for another huge matchup. The Cowboys came close to knocking off Texas in Austin the week before Tech pulled it off, and they have an impressive win against Missouri as well. Oklahoma State's Zac Robinson has thrown twenty TD passes while only being picked off five times, and he should be able to move the ball against the Red Raiders. Being in Lubbock again should help Texas Tech a lot, as they've won twelve of their last thirteen there. Gator fans are looking for a Texas Tech loss to somebody to help pave the way for UF to get a shot at the national title by winning out.


Clemson at FSU (3:30, ABC) -
Thanks to Maryland's Thursday night loss, the Seminoles are still very much in the mix for the ACC title despite being defeated by Georgia Tech last week. Bobby Bowden will doubtless be looking to prove a point in this game, facing the school which spared us another "Bowden Bowl" by firing son Tommy earlier this year. As for Clemson, interim coach Dabo Swinney will use both quarterbacks Cullen Harper and Willy Korn to try and get his team moving. Offensive line issues are a huge problem for the Tigers, though.

Cal at USC (8, ABC) - Pete Carroll complained this week about the BCS, and how the Trojans are dropping in the standings despite dominant wins. When your conference features some of the absolute worst teams in the country, that tends to happen. Cal is a Pac-10 team who actually has a pulse, and Jeff Tedford's teams have played Carroll's extremely close at times. Running back Jahvid Best will get the ball a lot for the Bears, especially since their QB situation is unclear right now.


Georgia Tech at North Carolina (noon, ACC Raycom) -
These are two of the five teams in the ACC's Coastal division with two conference losses right now. Tiebreakers, anyone? A Yellow Jacket win would move them a step closer to Tampa by boosting their conference mark to 5-2 and finishing off the Tar Heels chances, but it will be difficult to get. UNC has had two weeks to prepare for Paul Johnson's offense, the first team this year to catch them off a bye week. Couple that with major injury issues hitting the Yellow Jackets offensive line plus playing at home and this looks like a perfect setup for UNC.

Penn State at Iowa (3:30, ABC) - Penn State is three games away from a likely BCS title game appearance. Iowa's four losses are by a combined twelve points, and some are trying to float the notion of a Hawkeyes upset here. Don't buy the hype - tailback Shonn Greene is their offense, and he's beaten up at this point of the season. The Nittany Lions will have quarterback Darryl Clark despite his concussion in their last game. Gator fans would probably just as soon see Penn State go undefeated at this point, as the Nittany Lions would likely be an easier potential BCS opponent than the Big 12 champ.

Stanford at Oregon (3:30, FSN) - Oregon has major injury issues affecting them at quarterback, which have caused their offense to sputter at times. Stanford is hoping to get bowl eligible, and a lot of people may be eyeing Jim Harbaugh for some of their open coaching vacancies in the NFL as well as college. The Cardinal will likely look to run the ball as much as possible to keep the Ducks attack from having time to get their attack going.

Notre Dame at Boston College (8, ESPN) - This is always a bitter rivalry, and for Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis this is a critical game. The Fighting Irish still face a likely loss to USC, which means a loss here means 7-5 is about as good a season as they can have. BC has struggled the past few weeks but still has a quality defense.

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