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Five To Watch
No. 24 South Carolina at No. 3 Florida, 3:30 p.m., CBS
Since Florida's 31-30 loss to Mississippi on Sept. 27, the Gators have been running over teams the way Steve Spurrier's sides used to in the 1990s. They have won their last five games by an average of 37.2 points and none were decided by fewer than touchdown. With the "Ol' Ball Coach" returning to The Swamp, that streak of blowouts should come to an end as the Gators will win by "only" two touchdowns instead of five.
Mississippi State at No. 1 Alabama, 7:45 p.m., ESPN
How far has Nick Saban taken Alabama? Well, the top-ranked Tide are looking to end a two-game losing streak to Mississippi State. ('Bama hasn't even scored an offensive touchdown against the Bulldogs since 2004.) Something tells me both streaks will come to and end on Saturday in Tuscaloosa.
No. 4 Texas at Kansas, 12:30 p.m., FSN
Texas hasn't played Kansas since 2005, when the Longhorns put a 66-14 beat down on the Jayhawks. Considering how far Kansas has fallen in recent weeks after being a preseason top-15 team, both teams might be in store for a repeat. The Jayhawks have given up at least 45 points in three of their last four games and they're allowing 520 yards per game in that stretch. With Texas needing to impress the pollsters to get into the Big 12 title game should Texas Tech lose to Oklahoma next week, the Longorns should win this one by at least four touchdowns.
No. 13 Georgia at Auburn, 12:30 p.m., ESPN Gameplan
This is one of those rivalry games where you can throw out current rankings, which I know both teams would like to do, considering they both began the season ranked in the top 10 (in fact, Georgia sat atop the AP poll). The Tigers hold a 53-50-8 all-time edge, and the teams are separated by 45 points in those games. Auburn, however, is one of only 20 teams in the nation averaging less than 20 points per game. Also, the Tigers have lost two of their last three to the Bulldogs at home. It will be three of its last four after Saturday.
No. 6 USC at Stanford, 7 p.m., Versus
What? Why would a highly ranked USC team facing an unranked Stanford side on a Versus night game make the watch list? Oh wait, that's right -- last season, USC's national title hopes were dashed by the Cardinal. Well, it seems like USC's national title hopes were already dashed by Oregon State earlier this season, so the Trojans will likely exact some revenge at "The Farm." Although it will probably be too little too late, much like a possible blowout of Oregon State next year at the Coliseum. The damage has already been done.
Two To Remember
No. 10 Ohio State at Illinois, 12 p.m., ESPN
Illinois briefly did the rest of the country a favor last season by upsetting and eliminating Ohio State from the BCS title game. (But somehow, some way, the Buckeyes got right back into the title game a couple weeks later.) The win also allowed the Illini to be embarrassed by USC in the Rose Bowl. The Buckeyes still have a chance to share the Big Ten title and sneak into a BCS bowl game as a top-10 team, so they'll find a way to sneak past Illinois at Memorial Stadium.
Cal at No. 23 Oregon State, 3:30 p.m., ABC
Cal held its Rose Bowl destiny in its hands before losing to USC last week. Oregon State still holds that privilege. That's right -- if the Beavers win their last three games, they're headed to Pasadena while USC goes to another BCS bowl or possibly the Holiday Bowl. Can you imagine a one-loss USC team playing with Shamu come Christmas? Anyway, last year Cal was on the verge of becoming the No. 1 team in the country, at least for a few hours, until Oregon State upset the Bears 31-28. There won't be any upsets in Corvallis this Saturday, as the Beavers will beat Cal and come within two wins of the Rose Bowl. This could set up an intriguing rematch with Penn State, which beat Oregon State 45-14 earlier this season.
One To Forget
UCLA at Washington, 10:15 p.m., FSN
As bad as the Cougars are -- and they just might be the worst team I've ever seen in a BCS conference -- they at least have a win this season (49-9 over Portland State). Then again, Washington is one of only five schools never to play against a non-FBS opponent since divisions were established in 1978. Maybe the Huskies should start thinking about it. They are the lone winless FBS team at 0-9. That loss total should balloon to double digits, as Rick Neuheisel comes into town looking to beat up on one of only two teams worse than the Bruins in the Pac-10 this season.