#13 Oregon at Stanford (10:00pm EST)
So lately Oregon has looked like a team that can trounce almost anybody. This week they get the Stanford Cardinal, who is most likely going to finish at the bottom of the Pac-10. Expect Oakland native Dennis Dixon to put up some big numbers when he returns to the Bay Area.
Oregon St at Arizona St (10:00pm EST)
Washington at #999999* UCLA (10:15pm EST)
* Approximate ranking
It's rare that one would be wrong and feel vindicated at the same time. I told you Alabama couldn't stop the amazing Darren McFadden and I was right. I witnessed the comeback firsthand at Bryant-Denny Stadium and I don't believe I saw it. The Heisman Trophy race is over.
The big game in the SEC this week pits that same Crimson Tide (#16) team against the Georgia Bulldogs (#22). This is a much better matchup for Alabama even though the Bulldogs are probably a better team than Arkansas. Georgia is fast and athletic but seemed to be missing something in their loss to S. Carolina. Alabama found out a lot about itself in that shootout with the Razorbacks and most of it is good. The bad news – that they can't stop a power running game – isn't likely to haunt them against Georgia. The Bulldogs are good enough to win, but expect Alabama to survive the curse of Lee Corso and pick up the win.
Rich Brooks and Houston Nutt might get more points scored in their matchup than their former basketball counterparts Rick Pitino and Nolan Richardson did when Arkansas and Kentucky team up. Two of the SEC's marquee players will be front and center (McFadden and UK quarterback Andre Woodson) and defense might only be a rumor. Arena football fans will love this one.
The other game of interest in the conference matches #2 LSU (who really should be #1 and #2) against Steve Spurrier's South Carolina Gamecocks. The 'Cocks have a very good defense but their offense is going to do nothing against the impossibly fast and physical Tiger defense. South Carolina might give them a better fight than Virginia Tech, but this will be another big win for LSU en route to their showdown with Florida.
Last week found the Sun Belt pulling off a couple of nice OOC wins. This week, however, already finds MTSU having lost to Western Kentucky. What of the rest of our heroes? Arkansas State travels to Tennessee with hopes of pulling off an upset. They kept Texas close in Austin, and they won't likely be afraid in Knoxville either. UT has something to prove after last week though, and I expect them to take it out on ASU. FIU travels to Kansas this week in the other OOC game for the Sun Belt. Expect Mangino to eat Ned's crutches and win in a rout. North Texas is hosting FAU and Troy travels to ULL to complete the weeks action. I'll take Troy and North Texas in a minor upset.