Weekend Viewer's Guide

It's a good thing for Gator fans that this week's game with South Carolina features lots of intrigue, because there's not much else to get excited about in college football this weekend. The 3:30 CBS broadcast is the only matchup of two ranked teams Saturday.

South Carolina is probably less excited than Florida about Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson being at The Swamp, since the Gamecocks have never won a game aired by the network as part of the SEC package.

Here are your other viewing options besides the Gator game this weekend. Because of the uninspiring schedule, we have no games worthy of being in the top category. Given this week's opponent, the categories are named after various ways poultry products are served. All games are on Saturday and all start times are Eastern.


Texas at Kansas (12:30, FSN) -
If there's a big upset this week, this could be the most likely place for it to happen. Conditions are going to be frigid for the Longhorns in Lawrence, and their secondary has gotten scorched by lesser quarterbacks than Kansas's outstanding Todd Reesing. The Longhorns are still hoping for a BCS title game shot, and this is their last likely obstacle on their regular season schedule.

Georgia at Auburn (12:30, SEC Raycom) - What normally is a critical SEC last season game has minimal repercussions this year. A win would get Auburn bowl eligible, and Georgia still has at least some shot at the BCS as an at large team. Tommy Tuberville has pulled some stunners in the past, and the Bulldogs sleepwalked through their close call against Kentucky last week with an early kickoff. Without a similarly lackluster effort, Auburn's got no shot.

Boston College at Florida State (8, ABC) - FSU's in a major pickle here. They've had to suspend five wide receivers for this game as a result of a brawl on campus this week, and they're facing a team with an excellent pair of defensive tackles which specializes in stuffing the run. It's a blackout game for Florida State, but that was supposed to be for their uniforms and the crowd, not their offense. BC's offense isn't a scoring machine either, so one or two plays could decide this one.


Ohio State at Illinois (noon, ESPN) -
This was the signature moment for Ron Zook's team last season, as they upset Ohio State in Columbus on senior day. Now they're 5-5 and trying to regroup after a loss against Western Michigan last week. The Buckeyes have a good shot at a BCS game if they can win out, and are hoping their offense has turned the corner after last week's romp against Northwestern.

North Carolina at Maryland (3:30, ABC) - Maryland is the mystery team of the ACC. From week to week you never know what to anticipate, but it's safe to assume they've spent a lot of time on rushing defense in practice this week to try and contain Butch Davis's combo of Ryan Houston and Shaun Draughn after getting tourched by VT last week. Either of these teams can win their division by winning the rest of their schedule, so it should be an extremely competitive game.

California at Oregon State (3:30, ABC) - The Beavers are three games away from a Rose Bowl bid, with this one of their two most challenging games remaining. Cal's defense will look to contain tailback Jacquizz Rodgers, which has proven to be easier said than done this year. Whether Nate Longshore or Kevin Riley is under center, the Bears offense will have to do better than they were able to against USC last week if they hope to derail Oregon State's Pasadena plans.

Vanderbilt at Kentucky (8, ESPN2) - Vanderbilt is still looking for a bowl bid, and this is one of their best remaining chances. Randall Cobb has energized Kentucky's offense, but they still don't have a lot of playmakers to work with. The Commodores are having trouble scoring, though, which means they'll have to rely on their defense to deliver that first bowl bid since 1982.

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