Weekend Viewer's Guide

The last full week of the college football season brings us a rich assortment of rivalry games spread out over two days instead of the typical one. Florida's visit to Tallahassee is one of those critical matchups. Most of the country can see it at 3:30 on ABC, with the rest getting it on ESPN2.

Whichever channel you're trying to see UF-FSU on, hopefully the prior game won't go four overtimes and cause you to miss the first quarter and a half like last year's Tennessee-Kentucky game did.

Here are the best of your other college football viewing options this holiday weekend. With it being Thanksgiving time, our categories are named for some of the traditional feast staples. All game times are Eastern.


Georgia Tech at Georgia (Saturday noon, CBS) -
This series has been all Georgia in recent years, but Paul Johnson has reinvigorated the Yellow Jackets with his run based attack. It's different than anything Georgia's seen in SEC play, although the Bulldogs have had two weeks to prepare for it. For Georgia, this is likely the last home game for Matthew Stafford and Knowshown Moreno before they enter the NFL draft early. A win keeps Georgia alive for a BCS at large spot should Florida or Alabama stumble this week. Georgia Tech has to guard against scoreboard watching, since a Virginia Tech loss to Virginia (during a game going on at the exact same time) would give them a spot in ACC title game.

Oklahoma at Oklahoma State (Saturday 8, ABC) - The annual Bedlam game has a lot of extra excitement attached to it this year. Oklahoma is looking to ride their momentum of their Texas Tech win past Texas in the BCS standings and into the conference title game. Sooners quarterback Sam Bradford is the latest hot Heisman candidate. Oklahoma State's Dez Bryant is a Biletnikoff Award finalist who gets a chance to stake his claim to votes as well. It's the Big 12, so expect lots of points to pile up in this one.


West Virginia at Pittsburgh (Friday noon, ABC) -
Pittsburgh's shocking upset of West Virginia last year cost the Mountaineers a shot at the national title and may have kept Dave Wannstedt employed. They can keep WVU from having even a chance at the Big East title (should Cincinnati lose) with another win here. Pittsburgh tailback LeSean McCoy says he'll return for another season, but the fact this could be his final game at home might provide a little extra motivation. As always, West Virginia will be paced by new alltime leading rusher as a QB Pat White.

Auburn at Alabama (Saturday 3:30, CBS) - The "Tommy Tuberville's in trouble" talk has cooled off a little bit, but nothing can either put a fire out or fan the flames of discontent for a coach like the results of the Iron Bowl. Even though Florida lies ahead for Alabama, the Crimson Tide should be fully focused on snapping their six game losing streak to their archrival. Auburn's offense has been a disaster all year, but their defense could be capable of keeping them in this game. All eyes will be on Alabama's Terrence Cody to see how well the massive defensive tackle's injury healed up during their bye week.

Oregon at Oregon State (Saturday 7, Versus) - The "Civil War" is one of the nation's most underappreciated rivalries - these two teams really go at it any year they get together. This year, there's a ton more on on the line then just instate pride for Oregon State. A win sends them to Pasadena for the Rose Bowl (and makes ABC executives stuck with the rematch against Penn State cry). The Beavers are likely without their main weapon, leading Pac-10 rusher Jacquizz Rodgers, due to a shoulder injury. Oregon State has won five of the last eight in the series, including the last four in Corvallis, so they may be able to overcome that. The Ducks had a bye week to prepare for this matchup and should be as healthy as they've been in a while.


South Carolina at Clemson (Saturday noon, ESPN2) - Two weeks after their humiliation in Gainesville, Steve Spurrier's squad tries to close out the year with a win against their rival. Spurrier has ditched the rotation at quarterback and says it will be Chris Smelley's game to play. For Clemson, a win keeps their hopes of a bowl alive and might get interim coach Dabo Swinney the permanent job. The Tigers have owned the series historically and won two of the three Spurrier has coached, but all those games were decided by four points or less.

Kansas vs. Missouri in Kansas City (Saturday 12:30, FSN) - A bitter border rivalry that features two of the top quarterbacks in the country in Chase Daniel of Missouri and Todd Reesing of Kansas. Both teams are excellent on offense, and far from special on defense. Missouri gets a chance to play in the same stadium which will host next week's Big 12 title game, which is a nice break for them.

LSU at Arkansas (Friday 2:30, CBS) - No chance that this game approaches the level of last year's amazing battle, but it's a chance for Bobby Petrino to close his first year as Razorbacks coach out on a high note. No Michael Smith at running back due to injury will make that task tougher. For LSU, November has been a debacle. First there was a narrow escape from Troy, then a thumping by Ole Miss. Starting quarterback Jarrett Lee is injured, so the Tigers will be led by freshman Jordan Jefferson and likely look to run the ball a lot.

Kentucky at Tennessee (Saturday 6:30, ESPN2) - Emotions should be high as Phillip Fulmer coaches his final game in Neyland Stadium on "Phillip Fulmer Appreciation Day". Unfortunately for Fulmer, most people simply appreciate the fact he's leaving. The Vols actually won a game despite having only 29 yards passing last week. They'll need more than that against a Kentucky team looking to snap a 23 year losing streak to the Vols. Randall Cobb has put some spark into the Wildcat offense as their quarterback, but this should still be a low scoring affair.

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