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Your television guide for another exciting weekend of action.

Five To Watch


No. 7 Oklahoma State at No. 1 Texas, 3:30 p.m., ABC

Isn't it time No. 1 lost already? I mean, isn't the shelf life for top-ranked teams a week or two this season? Not if you're the Longhorns. Not only have they won all their games this season, they've been covering the spread for all you gamblers out there. So I'll stick with a good thing, especially with the Longhorns playing in Austin, and say they'll be money once again. 

No. 8 Texas Tech at No. 19 KU, Noon, ESPN
Two of the best passing offenses and two of the worst passing defenses take the field in this one, which is good news for anyone who likes aerial displays that rival the Fourth of July. I'm giving the nod to Texas Tech though because they actually run the ball effectively, too, which should come as a surprise to the Kansas defense after about the 20th straight pass.  

No. 9 Georgia at No. 11 LSU, 3:30 p.m., CBS
LSU's defense will likely sack Georgia's push back toward the top of the rankings as hard as it'll sack QB Matthew Stafford. LSU's defensive line is already one of the best in the country and iscoming off a six-sack game last week. Now they're facing a Georgia offensive line that could be starting three freshman and two sophomores. Combine that with the Tigers' home-field advantage and Georgia should be leaving the Bayou with its second loss of the season.

No. 3 Penn St. at No. 10 Ohio St., 8 p.m., ABC
No team outside of Purdue has been able to hold Penn State's Spared HD offense under 38 points, but that should change this week in Columbus. Why? Well, the consensus is a Buckeyes win will mess up the BCS, and if there's one thing the Buckeyes know how to do it's screw with the good old BCS.

No. 2 Alabama at Tennessee, 7:45 p.m., ESPN
If the Volunteers can keep it close in the first half, they might have a chance. It doesn't look good though. Alabama has outscored its opponents 171-23 in the first half and Tennessee has yet to score a first quarter point against an SEC opponent. Something tells me this will be a close one, though, before Alabama squeaks by for another win.

Two To Remember


No. 4 Oklahoma at Kansas St., 12:30 p.m., FSN
 
This has the potential to be a bad homecoming for Kansas State, which must have thought it was 1998 when it scheduled the Sooners for this one. Or maybe K-State figured quarterback Josh Freeman would lead the Wildcats to an upset, giving students and alums reason to rush the field. While Freeman has passed and rushed for 25 touchdowns, the Sooners will likely be the ones rushing all over the field, as the Wildcats have one of the worst rush defenses in the country.

No. 6 USC at Arizona, 10:15 p.m., FSN
Those of you who read these humble picks certainly weren't surprised that USC beat Washington State last week 69-0 last week. I predicted the final score would be 70-0, and it would have been but for a missed extra point. Oh well, I'll give it another shot. USC 34, Arizona 17.

One To Forget


Wyoming at No. 15 TCU, 6:00 p.m., The Mtn.

After TCU knocked BYU out of the BCS race last week with a dominating 32-7 victory, the Horned Frogs may win by twice as much this week as they face a Wyoming team which has scored only one touchdown in its four Mountain West games this season. Thankfully this one is on The Mtn., which will make it easy to forget.

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