No. 17 Florida State (7-2)
at Clemson (5-4)
Time: 9 a.m. Turf: Grass. Line: Florida State by 1-½.
Analysis: Bowden Bowl VII arrives, with Florida State coach Bobby leading son Tommy 5-1 in the series. Don’t expect a turnaround. Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst (shoulder) is ailing. Will Proctor could get his second start, although facing Duke probably didn’t prepare him for this game. Florida State is likely to emphasize the run after a mere 16 tailback carries last week in a 20-15 home loss to North Carolina State. Atlantic Division front-runner Florida State is playing its last regular-season game of the year in the Atlantic Coast Conference; the Seminoles close with a Nov. 26 game at Florida.
No. 12 Florida (7-2)
at South Carolina (6-3)
Time: 9:30 a.m. Turf: Grass. Line: Florida by 4.
Analysis: Before the season, many observers noted the impending matchup between coach Steve Spurrier and once-removed successor Urban Meyer. Few thought it would mean something. But Spurrier has made South Carolina the most overachieving team in the Southeastern Conference. Those who say they are happy with Meyer might have trouble keeping their smiles if Florida falls. The Gators’ losses have come on the road to teams ranked in the top five in this week’s Associated Press poll — Alabama and Louisiana State. Florida is a half-game behind first-place Georgia in the SEC East.
No. 5 Louisiana State (7-1)
at No. 4 Alabama (9-0)
Time: 12:30 p.m. Turf: Grass. Line: Louisiana State by 3.
Analysis: This is the first time Louisiana State has been involved in a regular-season meeting of top-five teams since 1959. LSU led 14-0 after three quarters of last Saturday’s 24-0 win over Division I-AA Appalachian State. LSU’s JaMarcus Russell has completed 33 of his last 43 passes but that was against North Texas and Appalachian State. Alabama has allowed a mere 19 points in its last five games. The Crimson Tide is third in the Bowl Championship Series standings, behind the other two I-A unbeaten teams — USC and Texas. Alabama’s last two regular-season opponents, LSU and Auburn, are a combined 14-3.
No. 1 USC (9-0) at California (6-3)
Time: 12:30 p.m. Turf: Artificial. Line: USC by 19.
Analysis: Cal knows the formula to beat USC, even if the act in question was accomplished in triple overtime two years ago. But knowing and doing are different things, especially with Joseph Ayoob at quarterback for the Golden Bears instead of Aaron Rodgers. Many Pac-10 observers figured Cal would have fewer than three losses after its first nine games. Of facing USC, Cal linebacker Ryan Foltz said, “It helps to know that they’re just a bunch of college kids, just like us.” The Trojans have outscored their last three conference opponents by a total of 157-58.
No. 22 Colorado (7-2)
at Iowa State (6-3)
Time: 4 p.m. Turf: Grass. Line: Colorado by 2-½.
Analysis: Colorado, the Big 12 North front-runner, can clinch its fourth division title in five years with a win. Iowa State has longshot hopes of reaching Houston — site of the Big 12 title game — and perhaps losing by 30 to Texas. The Buffaloes and Cyclones bring three-game winning streaks into this game. Colorado’s Joel Klatt completed 14 of 15 passes for 148 yards on first down in a 41-12 win over Missouri last weekend.
No. 15 Auburn (7-2)
at No. 9 Georgia (7-1)
Time: 4:45 p.m. Turf: Grass. Line: Georgia by 3.
Analysis: Al Borges, take a bow. As Auburn offensive coordinator, you alone have found a way to construct a credible SEC offense. The Tigers ranked 17th in scoring and 21st in rushing offense after a 49-27 win at Kentucky last Saturday. Auburn, which was undefeated last season, is a game behind Alabama in the SEC West race. Georgia quarterback D.J. Shockley (sprained knee) is healthy enough to play, which means the Bulldogs are favorites again. Heading into the 109th game of the series, Auburn has scored 1,619 points and Georgia has 1,618. For the fifth time in the last six meetings, both teams are among the AP Top 25. The winner of this game has advanced to the SEC title game in four of the past five years.
The Dallas Morning News
and The Associated Press
|Today’s televised games|
|9 a.m.||Florida State at Clemson||ESPN|
|9 a.m.||Indiana at Michigan||ESPN2|
|10 a.m.||Navy at Notre Dame||Ch. 5|
|12:30 p.m.||USC at California||Ch. 4|
|12:30 p.m.||Louisiana State at Alabama||Ch. 7|
|12:30 p.m.||Iowa at Wisconsin||ESPN|
|4 p.m.||Arizona State at UCLA||Ch. 4|
|4 p.m.||Colorado at Iowa State||FSN|
|4:15 p.m.||N. Carolina State at Boston College||ESPN2|
|4:45 p.m.||Auburn at Georgia||ESPN|
|7:15 p.m.||Oregon at Washington State||FSN|
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