Weekend Viewer's Guide

Another college football season has flown by, and now we're down to the final week for a number of teams' regular season schedules. Not so for Gator fans, as FSU and the SEC Championship game await. First there is the business of dealing with The Citadel, as the 4-7 FCS squad comes to pick up their check and catch a beating.

Florida's final home game of the year begins at 1:30 and will be on pay-per-view.

Earlier this week Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez, in the midst of the first non-bowl season at the school in 33 years, mentioned at a press conference that his internet message board critics should "get a life". This week's five categories are named for other similarly effective Rodriguez comments to help him win the Michigan folks over. As always, all times are Eastern and all games Saturday unless otherwise noted.


Michigan at Ohio State (noon, ABC) -
Yeah, it's supposed to be a demolition this year but this game is always worth taking the time to watch. The Wolverines hope to salvage something out of a disastrous year, while Ohio State still has a chance at the Big Ten title if they get some help. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor turned down Rodriguez for the Buckeyes, and both of them have to wonder what would have happened if he hadn't. The star freshman has promised to leapfrog a defender this week, since teammate Beanie Wells gets so much attention when he does it.

Michigan State at Penn State (3:30, ABC) - There's a lot on the line in this one. A Penn State win gets them a berth in the Rose Bowl unless enough strange things happen to put them back in BCS title game contention. Joe Paterno could also be coaching his last game in State College, although he won't acknowledge that anytime soon. If Michigan shocks Ohio State, MSU suddenly is in contention for the trip to Pasadena. No matter what, the Spartans are looking for a 10th win and a share of the Big Ten title. Beaten up star tailback Javon Ringer had MSU's first bye week of the year to heal up before facing the Nittany Lions, which has to help.

Texas Tech at Oklahoma (8, ABC) - If Texas Tech wins, they claim the Big 12 South division and move two games away from a spot in the national title game. A Sooners win throws the division into chaos with just one week remaining. Bob Stoops is 60-2 at home as Oklahoma's coach. Mike Leach has failed to win in four trips to Norman, but his team did beat the Sooners in Lubbock last season. Texas Tech Graham Harrell and Oklahoma's Sam Bradford might give this game the best quarterback matchup of the college football season. A win gives Harrell a great shot at the Heisman as well.


Ole Miss at LSU (3:30 PM, CBS) -
LSU pulled off an amazing comeback against Troy in Tiger Stadium last week, but Jarrett Lee's alarming habit of having interceptions returned for touchdowns continued. Against a strong Ole Miss defensive line, Lee can count on seeing pressure throughout the game. Ole Miss has a good shot at a trip to Atlanta for the Chick-Fil-A Bowl, and a win here might secure it for them. Count on at least a dozen mentions of the fact Ole Miss beat Florida earlier this year.

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati (6, ESPN2) - Brian Kelly of Cincinnati is being heavily discussed as Tennessee's possible next head coach. Kelly's an offensive wiz who has his Bearcats on track for the Big East's BCS berth. Cincy's unbeaten at home, but interestingly Pittsburgh is unbeaten on the road. Dave Wannstedt's team pulled a stunner at West Virginia late last year too, so maybe he's better when his fans aren't screaming how awful he is at him. Tailback LeSean McCoy is Pittsburgh's offense - he's got 16 touchdowns so far this year.


Tennessee at Vanderbilt (12:30, SEC Raycom) -
This is worth watching just to see how Vanderbilt handles their bowl-eligible status. Was it such a relief that Bobby Johnson's guys let down mentally against their instate rival despite being favored for just the third time ever. Tennessee had a bye week to regroup from the forced resignation of Phillip Fulmer and the ensuing loss to Wyoming. Will they play with intensity, or has their status as the only team from the SEC East not going to a bowl caused them to just quit?

Boston College at Wake Forest (3:30, ABC) - The ACC is contractually obligated to have someone actually become its champion and go take a beating in the BCS. If Boston College can win this game and their home game with Maryland next week, they would be one of the two teams going to Tampa to vie for that "honor". BC has gotten better quarterback play of late, while Wake Forest's offense has sputtered badly in the second half of the season.

FSU at Maryland (7:45, ESPN) - The Seminoles are next up for UF, and even though there haven't been any arrests yet in the fraternity brawl investigation it's hard to imagine that not having some impact on this game. FSU may be missing safety Myron Rolle for some of the game as he interviews for a Rhodes Scholarship, but the Terrapins offense isn't well suited to exploit his absence since they primarily will look to run. Maryland is the only team in the country with four wins over ranked opponents, yet they have also lost to Middle Tennessee State and been shut out by Virginia. Your guess is as good as mine how they'll play.

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