#1 USC at #14 Nebraska (Saturday 8:00EST)
So the #1 Trojans finally play a game worth watching. Nebraska barely squeezed out a win last week against unranked Wake Forest, and USC is coming off a week of rest that they probably would rather have not had. If for no other reason, you should watch this game so you have an explanation for your girlfriend as to why http://www.booties4booty.com/ is in your browser history.
Fresno St at #19 Oregon (Saturday 7:00EST)
Belotti's Ducks went into Michigan last week and looked nothing short of stellar against a quality opponent; and they were rewarded with a #19 ranking for it. Look for Dennis Dixon to have another big day against Fresno. Fresno, on the other hand, is a team that is notorious for giving Pac 10 teams fits. So don't look for them to roll over in this game.
#10 Ohio St at Washington (Saturday 3:30EST)
The Huskies beat #22 Boise St. last week, but are going to have their work cut out for them this week against The Ohio State University. This is the second of seven games that the Huskies have against ranked teams this year. This has to be one of the hardest schedules in the country.
The Rest (there sure are a lot of Mountain West teams here)
#11 UCLA at Utah (Saturday 5:00EST)
Idaho St at Oregon St (Saturday 6:30EST)
LA Tech at #8 California (Saturday 6:30EST)
San Jose St at Stanford (Saturday 10:00EST)
San Diego St at Arizona St (Saturday 10:00EST)
New Mexico at Arizona (Saturday 10:00EST)
Idaho at Washington St (Saturday 10:00EST)
The biggest news in the SEC this week is that I will be making my 2007 debut in Tuscaloosa. This is my first trip to Bryant-Denny of the season and it turns out this game is one of the more interesting of the week.
Alabama couldn't stop stud back Darren McFadden his freshman year when they had NFLers DeMeco Ryans, Mark Anderson (NFC D-ROY and runner-up), and Roman Harper. They couldn't stop him last year without those guys. I don't see them stopping him this year with a front that is both undersized and undertalented. This is not a recipe for a 'Bama victory.
The upside is that Arkansas can't pass — even with injured Marcus Monk. The downside? They won't have to, based solely on the matchup. The Tide has the speed to pursue east-west and defend the vertical passing game; they're vulnerable to downhill running attacks.