There's no other way to put it. This is, by far, the best weekend college football has offered us this season. National title hopes, Heisman returns, and conference showdowns are on the schedule with five must-watch games that qualify as "can't miss" television.
(1) Florida Gators at (4) LSU Tigers
This battle of SEC powerhouses may be the most highly anticipated game in SEC history. Between the “will he, won’t he?” drama surrounding the status of Tim Tebow, the astounding collection of five star recruits littered throughout the LSU offense, and the ravenous nature of SEC fans, this game this conference clash may become the stuff of college football lore. Much like the 2005 USC Trojans, this year's Florida Gators team has been deified as a Championship shoe-in, meaning that a possible LSU upset could be one of the most talked about games in NCAA history. (And for the record, that “unstoppable” USC team with Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush didn’t end up winning the title that year.) One way or another, this game is going to be the most talked about sports story all weekend.
(3) Alabama Crimson Tide at (20) Mississippi Rebels
For as much hype as the aforementioned Gators are getting, the Alabama Crimson Tide may actually be the best team in the country. Their stacked defense, great running game, talented receivers, and annoying fan chant provide them with everything you need to win a BCS Title (plus they don’t play in one of those loser mid-major conferences that will undoubtedly get screwed out of the big dance like a fat chick on prom night). This week, the Tide will face an extremely difficult test Saturday, when an exceptionally gifted Rebels team that nearly left Tuscaloosa with a win last year, welcomes Nick Saban and company into Vaught-Hemingway stadium for a game that Ole Miss needs to win in order to keep their SEC title hopes alive. If Alabama comes out flat like they did in last year's Sugar Bowl, Ole Miss could end their title dreams with a convincing win.
Wisconsin at (9) Ohio State
The undefeated, yet unranked, Wisconsin Badgers know that their Rose Bowl hopes are on the line when they sui up in the ‘Shoe to play the one-loss, yet ninth-ranked Buckeyes. The Badgers haven’t been to Pasadena since Ron Dayne was still ravaging the Madison buffet scene or defeated OSU in five years, but they enter this Big Ten battle with renewed hope and four straight conference wins. If the Badgers’ offense (35 points per game) continues to move the ball effectively, and the defense can keep Tyrelle Prior in the pocket this should be a very close game with National Title implications.
Boston College at (5) Virginia Tech
Both teams currently sit with a 4-1 record and may end up meeting again in the ACC Championship Game. The Eagles are coming off a huge overtime win over Florida State and will receive an emotional boost from their now cancer-free star defensive player Mark Herlich on the sidelines. Virginia Tech has enjoyed a breakout year from Tyrod Taylor and the Hoakies’ offense and has railed off for straight wins after dropping their first game to the Crimson tide in September. Last season B.C. won a thrilling 28-23 bout with Beamers’ boys, and there’s no reason to think this year’s clash won’t be equally exciting. This game could decide the ACC regular season champion and is a great showcase for an emerging quarterback on the Hoakies' sideline.
Baylor at (19) Oklahoma
This may be our first look at reigning Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford, after he went down in the Sooners’ season opening loss to BYU. The redshirt junior is still regarded as the likely number one pick in the 2010 NFL draft, so it will be interesting to see how he handles coming back from his first major injury.
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