Iowa State (7-3) at Kansas (5-5)
Time: 9:30 a.m. Turf: Artificial. Line: Iowa State by 2-½.
Analysis: Iowa State might be playing as well as any Big 12 Conference team not named Texas. The Cyclones got a big break when Colorado, which could have wrapped up the Big 12 North Division title with a victory, lost Friday to Nebraska. If Iowa State beats the Jayhawks, it will win the division and face unbeaten Texas in the Big 12 championship game. If Kansas wins, Colorado wins the division. The Cyclones have outscored their last four opponents 154-57 and are allowing a mere 82.9 yards per game rushing. Quarterback Bret Meyer has gone 19 quarters and 132 attempts without an interception. Kansas, a 66-14 loser to Texas in its most recent game, can go to a bowl with a win.
No. 23 Florida State (7-3)
at No. 19 Florida (7-3)
Time: 12:30 p.m. Turf: Grass. Line: Florida by 4.
Analysis: That strange beeping noise you have heard for more than a month was Florida State backing into the Atlantic Coast Conference title game. The Seminoles have lost three of their last five games. Florida State quarterback Drew Weatherford has looked every bit a freshman, with eight interceptions in the three losses. Florida could drop to the Independence Bowl. The stakes usually are considerably higher when these teams meet. At least one of the teams was ranked at least fifth in the country during an 11-year stretch starting in 1991, and both of them were in the top 10 in nine of those meetings. Florida is seeking to beat perhaps its three biggest rivals — Tennessee, Georgia and Florida State — in the same season for the first time since 1996, and the third time since 1984. The Gators have lost six of the last nine in the series, but won last year in Tallahassee for the first time since 1986.
North Carolina (5-5)
at No. 5 Virginia Tech (9-1)
Time: 4:45 p.m. Turf: Grass. Line: Virginia Tech by 23-½.
Analysis: Each desperately wants a win. Virginia Tech can reach the ACC title game against Florida State with a victory. The Hokies, who lost 27-7 at home to Miami, ran for 333 yards in a 52-14 bounce-back win over Virginia. When Miami lost at home to Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech was alone in first place in the ACC Coastal Division at 6-1 in conference play. Coach John Bunting has done a solid job at North Carolina, which needs one more win to be eligible for a bowl game. The Tar Heels have won their final regular-season game in 14 of the past 15 seasons. Last year, Virginia Tech’s Mike Imoh rushed for 243 yards as the visiting Hokies beat North Carolina 27-24.
No. 6 Notre Dame (8-2) at Stanford (5-5)
Time: 5 p.m. Turf: Grass. Line: Notre Dame by 16.
Analysis: This game has become must-see TV for everyone who owns a Fiesta Bowl blazer. The Tostitos folks would love to have the Fighting Irish and their spectacular television ratings for the Jan. 2 game in Tempe, Ariz. All they need is a win by Notre Dame, which has averaged 41.5 points in four wins since a 34-31 loss at home to No. 1 USC. Irish quarterback Brady Quinn has thrown a school-record 29 touchdown passes this season — the first season Notre Dame has been coached by Charlie Weis. Stanford bowed to rival California 27-3 last week. The Cardinal is seeking its first bowl berth since losing 24-14 to Georgia Tech in the 2001 Seattle Bowl.
No. 13 Georgia (8-2)
at No. 20 Georgia Tech (7-3)
Time: 5 p.m. Turf: Grass. Line: Georgia by 4.
Analysis: A lukewarm intrastate rivalry surged in interest when Georgia Tech upset No. 3 Miami. Suddenly, Tech coach Chan Gailey’s contract extension seemed like a good thing and Reggie Ball looked like a big-game quarterback. Georgia is led by quarterback D.J. Shockley, who has six touchdowns and no interceptions in two games since returning from a sprained knee. “This is the one game on the schedule we have to win,” Bulldogs safety Greg Blue said. “You can lose every other game, but you better beat Tech.” Georgia has dominated the series lately, winning 30 of the last 41 meetings — including four in a row. Yellow Jackets linebacker Gerris Wilkinson, a fifth-year senior, said, “We have a lot of built-up emotions for this game because we haven’t beaten Georgia since we’ve been here. It has eaten at us a lot.”
The Dallas Morning News and The Associated Press
|Today’s televised games|
|9 a.m.||Maryland at North Carolina State||ESPN|
|9 a.m.||Colgate at New Hampshire||ESPN2|
|11 a.m.||Grambling State vs. Southern||Ch. 5|
|12:30 p.m.||Virginia at Miami||Ch. 4|
|12:30 p.m.||Florida State at Florida||Ch. 7|
|12:30 p.m.||Georgia Southern at Texas State||ESPN2|
|4:15 p.m.||Fresno State at Nevada||ESPN2|
|4:45 p.m.||North Carolina at Virginia Tech||ESPN|
|5 p.m.||Notre Dame at Stanford||Ch. 4|
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