Our categories this week are named for other things Rich "Get a life" Rodriguez could say to endear himself more to Michigan fans. All times are Eastern and all games are on Saturday unless otherwise indicated.
"MY BUDDY URBAN MEYER"
Clemson at Virginia (noon, ACC Raycom) - Interim head coach Dabo Swinney continues his quest to convince Clemson officials to give him the job fulltime. If the Tigers win out they would get to go to a bowl game and Swinney has a decent shot at keeping the gig. Their offensive line continues to be a mix and match operation at best. The Cavaliers are on a two game losing streak but had two weeks to prepare for this game, one they need to get bowl eligible.
Stanford at California (3:30, ABC) - The "Big Game" - their name, not mine - is likely to be competitive this year. The Cardinal can reach a bowl with a win, and Jim Harbaugh's staff has sprung some upsets this season. Running back Toby Gerhart has broken the thousand yard mark already for Stanford. Cal's dropped their last two and already bowl eligible, so they may not have as much energy for this one as Stanford. Former Gator Nyan Boateng leads Cal in receptions with 25.
Oregon State at Arizona (7, Versus) - The Beavers are two games away from the Rose Bowl, causing great frustration for the BCS and USC in particular. Star freshman running back Jacquizz Rodgers continues to tear up every defense in his path. Arizona's already bowl eligible for the first time under coach Mike Stoops, but it's believed he needs one more win to feel secure of returning for another season.
UConn at USF (Sunday 8, ESPN) - A "Fire Jim Leavitt" website has been started, which makes lots of sense considering he's the only coach USF has ever had and works with the smallest recruiting budget of any BCS conference school. That said, the Bulls are 1-4 in conference and do have to deal with star UConn tailback Donald Brown. Brown's got sixteen TDs and is one of the country's leading rushers.
"LIKE WOODY HAYES ALWAYS SAID..."
N.C. State at North Carolina (noon, ACC Raycom) - N.C. State is one of the only ACC teams bad enough not to have a shot at their title game still. Their goal here is keeping it closer than the basketball games will be.
West Virginia at Louisville (noon, ESPN) - Louisville AD Tom Jurich says no matter what happens the rest of the year coach Steve Kragthorpe will be back. I'm not sure if that was supposed to be a threat or a promise.
Indiana at Purdue (noon, ESPN2) - Joe Tiller's last game matches a pair of 3-8 teams competing for the Old Oaken Bucket, with all the drama that suggests.
Syracuse at Notre Dame (2:30, NBC) - A former NFL defensive coordinator who failed as a college head coach and been fired matches wits with a former NFL offensive coordinator who's failed as a college head coach and will make three million a year for seven more years.
Washington at Washington State (3, FSN) - This game, traditionally known as the Apple Cup, will be the Spiked Apple Cider Cup this season. That's the only way anyone's going to be able to sit through this matchup of two teams which neither have won a D-1 game this year.
Air Force at TCU (3:30, Versus) - Air Force coach Troy Calhoun has been linked to the Clemson job as has TCU's Gary Patterson, so this game could have more on the line than third place in the Mountain West Conference.
Duke at Virginia Tech (5:30, ESPNU) - The Blue Devils were a nice story early in the year but have lost their starting tailback and possibly their quarterback. Good luck with that offense against the Hokies.
UNLV at San Diego State (8, CBS CSTV) - The only drama here is whether SDSU will let Chuck Long get off the field before they announce his firing.
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