Colorado (7-4) vs. No. 2 Texas (11-0) Time: 10 a.m. Turf: Grass. Line: Texas by 27. Analysis: Texas, one of two unbeaten Division I-A teams...
Colorado (7-4) vs. No. 2 Texas (11-0)
Time: 10 a.m. Turf: Grass. Line: Texas by 27.
Analysis: Texas, one of two unbeaten Division I-A teams, is a heavy favorite in the Big 12 Conference title game at Reliant Stadium in Houston. A win would earn the Longhorns a berth in the Bowl Championship Series national-championship game, the Jan. 4 Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. In 2001, Texas was also one win from a Big 12 title and a national-title shot when Colorado stunned the Longhorns 39-37 (after losing to Texas 41-7 earlier in the year). The Buffaloes want to ruin Texas’ season again. Texas beat visiting Colorado 42-17 on Oct. 15, as standout Longhorns quarterback Vince Young completed 25 of 29 passes for 336 yards. “That’s hard to do against air,” Buffaloes coach Gary Barnett said. “It’s hard to believe he would do that again.”
Navy (6-4) vs. Army (4-6)
Time: 11:30 a.m. Turf: Artificial. Line: Navy by 6-½.
Analysis: Army has bounced back after losing its first six games this season. “I think it’s just a real credit to our players and our coaches,” said coach Bobby Ross, who is in his second season. Army was 0-13 in 2003 and went 2-9 last year. Navy is headed to its third straight bowl game — a first in the academy’s history. Navy faces Colorado State in the inaugural Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 22 in San Diego. The Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy, awarded annually to the winner of the competition between the three major service academies, was stolen Monday from the Navy locker room. Left in its place was a note that read: “Before we win the football game on Saturday, we thought we would take the trophy. By the time you read this, it will be halfway to West Point,” home of the U.S. Military Academy. But the trophy was found a couple of days later in a residence building at Navy.
No. 11 UCLA (9-1) at No. 1 USC (11-0)
Time: 1:30 p.m. Turf: Grass. Line: USC by 20-½.
Analysis: Unbeaten USC has clinched the Pac-10 berth in the BCS, and might still make the Rose Bowl with a loss. But the Trojans don’t want to depend on others. Tailback LenDale White has a sore shoulder and is expected to play. But if White is hurting, it might mean more carries for Heisman Trophy front-runner Reggie Bush. USC has won six straight against the Bruins. UCLA’s effective offense is led by quarterback Drew Olson (30 touchdown passes, three passes that have been intercepted) and running back Maurice Drew. But the Bruins’ rush defense allows 219.5 yards per game and ranks 115th in the nation.
No. 3 Louisiana State (10-1)
vs. No. 13 Georgia (9-2)
Time: 3 p.m. Turf: Artificial. Line: Louisiana State by 1-½.
Analysis: Louisiana State is playing for the Southeastern Conference championship at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, but can’t be blamed if it does some scoreboard watching of the earlier games involving Texas and USC. LSU is third in the Associated Press poll, but trails USC, Texas and third-place Penn State in the BCS standings. The Tigers wasted a 21-point lead and lost to visiting Tennessee in overtime on Sept. 26. Georgia’s losses were to Florida, when Bulldogs starting quarterback D.J. Shockley was out with a knee injury, and Auburn.
Florida State (7-4)
vs. No. 5 Virginia Tech (10-1)
Time: 5 p.m. Turf: Grass. Line: Virginia Tech by 14.
Analysis: Florida State won the Atlantic Coast Conference title 11 times in 12 years after joining the ACC in 1992. Last season, Virginia Tech and Miami came aboard, and Tech won the title. The Hokies have a chance to repeat in the inaugural ACC title game, which will be played at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla. Fading and unranked Florida State has lost three in a row for the first time since 1983 — and been outscored by a combined 89-36 against Clemson, North Carolina State and Florida.
The Associated Press and The Dallas Morning News
|Today’s televised games|
|9 a.m.||Tulsa at Central Florida||ESPN|
|10 a.m.||Colorado vs. Texas||Ch. 4|
|11:30 a.m.||Army vs. Navy||Ch. 7|
|1 p.m.||Cal Poly at Texas State||ESPN2|
|1:30 p.m.||UCLA at USC||Ch. 4|
|3 p.m.||Louisiana State vs. Georgia||Ch. 7|
|4:45 p.m.||Louisville at Connecticut||ESPN|
|5 p.m.||Florida State vs. Virginia Tech||Ch. 4|
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