The Pac 10 leads all Conferences with six unbeaten teams, the Big 10, SEC, and Big 12 have four teams each, the Big East 3, the ACC and MAC 2 teams, and the MWC and CUSA have but 1 team remaining, with surprising Notre Dame rounding out the list.
The defending MNC and top ranked Miami Hurricanes host Boston College in the key Big East matchup and elimination game and unless Hurricane Isidore makes a hard right turn, it will have no effect on the game, sorry Eagle fans. The Big East's other undefeated team, Virginia Tech, travels to legendary Kyle Field in College Station, Texas for another meeting of undefeateds as they will face the 12th Man and the Aggies of Texas A&M. I have it on good authority that fried turkey will be the main course at many tailgate parties tomorrow. The Falcons of Air Force journey west to meet the Golden Bears of Cal and Arizona travels to Camp Randall Stadium to meet Wisconsin in the other battles of unbeatens, giving us plenty of drama for tomorrow.
This week's 12 pack is loaded with great matchups, a little something for everyone is included. Since the weather forecast here in the Southeast is quite suitable for multiple game viewing and taping, consult your local TV listings to see which of the games you can catch, as the geniuses at the networks have loaded the 3:30 pm slot with competing and compelling matchups.
Now for the matchups:
Season records: Straight Up: 28-10 (74%) ATS: 21-17 (55%)
All times EDT
Noon on ESPN
Utah @ Michigan (-10): Yet another great intersectional matchup and one of several today as two teams that suffered stinging losses last week face off at the Big House. The Wolverines dropped a close one to the Irish as a controversial ruling at the goal line sealed the deal and the Utes are seething over a call by the zebras that gave Arizona the win. This will be a mano-a-mano kind of game and I like the Utes to cover and if Michigan plays poorly, an upset isn't unlikely at all.
Noon on ESPN
Arizona @ Wisconsin (-5.5): A meeting of undefeateds and their can be only one left afterwards as the Wildcats of John Machovic visit Camp Randall to test the Badgers of Barry Alvarez. The 'Cats escaped with a win over Utah last week with an assist from the officials while the Battling Badgers survived the arial assault of a determined Northern Illinois team. Even though they are 4-0, Wisconsin had trouble with the passing game last week and guess what Arizona does pretty well? The 'Cats also play stingy D, so I'm going to predict a mild upset by the visiting team.
12:30 on Fox
N.C. State @ Texas Tech (-2): The unbeaten Wolfpack journey to Lubbock to see if Phillip Rivers can do what Eli Manning couldn't. The Red Raiders found enough Defense last week to take control of the game and Kliff Kingsbury got into a groove, while Rivers & Company whipped up on Wake Forest. Having gotten burned last week by picking against Texas Tech, I will not be fooled again. The glue holding the Wolfpack together is their run D, but guess what, the Red Raiders don't run the ball and besides, N.C. State has not been tested.
3:30 pm on ABC, GamePlan, DTV 772
Virginia Tech (-2.5) @ Texas A&M: A titanic battle this one should be as these two undefeated teams both believe in Defense first. The Hokies have looked very impressive and their 1-2 punch at TB is arguably the Nation's best. The Aggies haven't gotten their Offense going yet, but the Wrecking Crew style of Defense is back. Since neither team has a QB that has shown he can pass enough to loosen up the run, this could be a very low scoring affair. I cannot pick against the Aggies at home, Kyle Field is a great advantage and even though I think highly of the Hokies, they are facing a mirror image team in many respects.
3:30pm on ABC, GamePlan, DTV 770
Notre Dame @ Michigan State (-2.5): The Irish are riding high, the Spartans reeling. The Spartans have beaten the Irish 5 times in a row and are at home, which mattered little to Cal last week as the Golden Bears whipped them good. Can the luck of the Irish hold for another week, as 11 take-a-ways have made the difference in their victories? No, the Spartans rushing Defense is the best the Irish have faced and Tyrone Willingham's West Coast Offense is currently a ground based attack. Ty's visit to his alma mater will be an unpleasant one, Bobby Williams gets a much needed win.
3:30 pm on CBS
Florida @ Tennessee (-3.5): Can you say BIG? The winner of this yearly meeting has all but once gone on to win the SECE title since it's inception and since the expansion of the SEC, these two have developed a less than friendly rivalry. The Gators of Zook have struggled a bit with the new schemes and with some shaky play on the Lines, while the Vols of Fulmer have kinda gone through the motions beating two lesser programs, without the services of WR Kelly Washington. At home and with a seemingly vulnerable looking Florida team that has simply not resembled their dominating selves, I'm going with the Vols to cover.
3:30pm on ABC, GamePlan, DTV 771
BYU @ Georgia Tech (-9): A measuring stick kinda game, as both are coming off bitter defeats. The Jackets of Gailey fell short in Death Valley while the Cougars lost on the road to Nevada. The ever dangerous and explosive BYU offense will look to get back on track as will the GT running attack led by Tony Hollings. The Cougars also have a good runner in Marcus Whalen, but it is on Defense where the BYU chances hang in the balance. Tech wins and covers.
5pm, No TV listed
Air Force @ California (-10): Why do I have this game in the 12 Pack? Glad you asked, for both the Falcons and the Golden Bears are undefeated! Cal simply whipped the tar out of the fumbling and bumbling Spartans last week in one of the big upsets of the season while the surprising Falcons prevailed in overtime over New Mexico. Two opposites these teams are, Cal a passing team led by QB Kyle Boler while the Air Force's triple option rushing game is once again piling up impressive yardage. I don't think the Falcons can stop the Cal passing attack well enough to win but they could cover the spread if the Bear D doesn't stay focused.