#3 Oklahoma @ #12 Oklahoma State - Sooners come off huge win over Texas Tech while Cowboys had 2 weeks to prepare. But so did Texas Tech. Texas Tech's two weeks culminated in a very humbling loss to OU by 44 points. Although the Cowboys won't lose by that much (because they're at home), they will lose. The Sooner offense is as close to unstoppable you can get, with QB Sam Bradford leading the aerial attack and RBs DeMarco Murray and Chris Brown providing a second dimension on the ground. The Cowboys have a similar pair with QB Zac Robinson and RB Kendall Hunter. But Oklahoma's defense has improved so much over the last month or so and should be able to handle yet another Big 12 offensive show.
#4 Florida @ #20 Florida State - The Gators travel to Tallahassee to battle for the state title with the surprising and upcoming Seminoles. Florida comes in on a roll and poised for a spot in the national title game behind the spectacular play of Heisman winner QB Tim Tebow. Tebow along with Percy Harvin, Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps provide a formidable running attack against the stubborn 'Nole run defense. Through the air, Tebow can air it out, especially TE Aaron Hernandez, who has filled in nicely for the injured Cornelius Ingram. Florida State will look to first establish the run, then air it out with young Christian Ponder. The former won't happen, so the latter will be less successful.
#22 Georgia Tech @ #11 Georgia - Possibly the most intriguing non-BCS affecting state rivalry of the weekend. The Jackets come of a thrashing of Miami, where they ran over the 'Canes to the tune of 472 yards. The Dawgs, on the other hand, have completed their tough SEC schedule and now must prepare for the unique and tough to defend triple option attack. GT had a chance to have 4 100 yard rushers in the game last Thursday, but showed mercy on Miami, inserting backup Jaybo Shaw into the game. And while the triple option gets all the pub (and deservedly so), Georgia has been quietly consistent on the ground as well, with steady RB Knowshon Moreno carrying the rock. In the end, the game is in Athens and the athletic and disciplined defensive ends of UGa will be able to control the option attack.
#23 Oregon @ #17 Oregon State - Oregon State is just one win away from winning the Pac-10 and earning a berth in the Rose Bowl. But state rival Oregon will look to end those aspirations and give USC the conference title. This year, the Civil War takes on a new meaning, with BCS implications at hand and, of course, bragging rights to be had. Beavers' Rodgers brothers Jaquizz and James will look to continue their hot streak with a huge offensive performance against the Ducks. The Ducks run the ball well, but it won't enough to keep the Beavers out of Pasadena.
Oregon State, 30-23
West Virginia @ #25 Pitt - The Backyard Brawl carries not onyl Big East title implications but also revenge for West Virginia after the Panthers knocked them out of the national title picture. This time around, Pitt is the favorite and the Mountaineers are the sneaky underdog. Pat White and Co. are coming off of a blowout win over struggling Lousiville and Pitt lost last week to Big East-leading Cincinnati. LeSean "Shady" McCoy should have no problem running the ball and keeping it out of the Mountaineers' hands.
Auburn @ #1 Alabama - Auburn is really bad and probably will be shut out of a bowl. And Alabama is really good and could go to the national title game. The Iron Bowl losing streak for the Tide will end behind the stellar play of RBs Glen Coffee and Roy Upchurch. And, oh yeah, Mount Cody is healthy.
Maryland @ #21 Boston College - Maryland has been the toughest team this year to get a gauge on. Their sporadic play has led to multiple losses and many doubters. Plus, they play bad when outside the friendly confides of their backyard. BC, meanwhile, has been the most consistent team in the ACC the last few weeks behind the stellar play of the their defense, particularly their linebackers, led by Mike Herzlich.
Boston College, 21-16
Notre Dame @ #5 USC - I would like to think that a Bush Push would decide this game. But who am I kidding? This game will be a blowout as Pete Carroll demolishes the Irish and takes full control of the cross-country rivalry.
Last Week: 6-2. Maryland's Jekyll and Hide characters hindered me.