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Your no-frills television guide for a huge weekend of gridiron action.
Five To Watch
No. 5 Texas vs. No. 1 Oklahoma, 12 p.m., ABC
Finally a noon time game we can actually get excited about. Memo to television schedule makers: Yes, 8 p.m. may be primetime, but it's impossible to see a must-see game if there are four others going on concurrently (sometimes on the same station). Anyway, forget about the more politically correct "Red River Rivalry" moniker, this old school battle has to revert to its old "Red River Shootout" name with Hesiman hopefuls Sam Bradford and Colt McCoy providing an aerial attack that will overshadow anything at the nearby Texas State Fair.
No. 4 LSU at No. 11 Florida, 8 p.m., CBS
If Florida has any chance of getting back into the national title picture and Tim Tebow has any shot of staying in the Hesiman conversation, Florida will have to beat LSU at home, which could move up to the No. 2 spot with a win. This game always had plenty of juice, and then LSU defensive tackle Ricky Jean-Francois said, "If we get a good shot on (Tebow), we're going to try our best to take him out of the game." Now it's must-see television just to see how Tebow will respond.
No. 17 Oklahoma State at No. 3 Missouri, 8 p.m., ESPN2
This one will be like watching an Arena Football game, only one team (Missouri) actually plays a little defense, while the other (Oklahoma State) would rather just get the ball back as fast as possible. That shouldn't be too hard as Missouri's first-team offense has yet to have a three-and-out series in 48 possessions this season and the Tigers rank next-to-last in the nation in time of possession.
No. 6 Penn State at Wisconsin, 8 p.m., ESPN
Wisconsin had a 16-game home winning streak going before it lost to Ohio State last week. The chances of the Badgers embarking on a home losing streak and starting at 0-3 in the Big Ten seem slim, but then again they haven't faced anything like Penn State's Spread HD offense.
Nebraska at No. 7 Texas Tech, 3 p.m., FSN
If Nebraska's defense couldn't slow down Missouri's offense, it may be in for another long day against the Red Raiders, who have been slicing up defenses this season with Graham Harrell's arm. If everything breaks its way, Texas Tech could be one of the top three teams in the country by the end of Saturday.
Two To Remember
Arizona State at No. 8 USC, 3:30 p.m., ABC
Many within the Arizona State program knew it would be a tough season, but few expected that it would be this brutal after beginning the year ranked in the top 15. In a game that might feature both teams' back-up quarterbacks, both Rudy Carpenter and Mark Sanchez are battling injuries, USC should take care of Arizona State fairly easily, handing the Sun Devils their fourth straight loss of the season.
No. 15 Boise State at Southern Miss, 8 p.m., CSTV
The Broncos are making another strong push to get back to a BCS Bowl game in Ian Johnson's final season. To get back into the all-important top 12, Boise State will have to find a way to get past Southern Miss and Golden Eagles running back Damion Fletcher, who rushed for 260 yards last week.
One To Forget
Washington State at Oregon State, 6:30 p.m., FSN
There may not be a worse team in college football this year than Washington State, which held campus-wide tryouts this week to find a quarterback after losing its top two signal-callers, Kevin Lopina and Gary Rogers, to injuries this season. "We actually just picked him this morning," said coach Paul Wulff after adding student Peter Roberts to the team following Tuesday's tryout. "I don't know his name. He's a good kid. He's a kid from the state of Washington." Well, at least he's got that going for him.