An SEC showdown with national title implications, the unusual match-up between two of college football's best programs, and the PAC 10 title potentially up for grabs. Break out the beer and call your bookie, because these five games are going to be worth neglecting your children over on Saturday.
(4) LSU at (18) Georgia
The SEC schedule is starting to heat up, and this Tigers-Bulldogs clash could be the catalyst that blows college football’s best conference wide open. LSU enters the game as the fourth best team in the country (and the third ranked school in the SEC), but will face a difficult test at an unforgiving Sanford Stadium when they play a Georgia team that handed them a 52-38 ass-whooping last season. Granted, the 2009 Tigers have improved a great deal, but with their looming showdown with the Florida Gators next week, the Bayou Bengals may get caught looking ahead against a talented conference rival.
(8) Oklahoma at (17) Miami
This unusual showdown between two of the countries most polarizing programs has more talented athletes and intriguing storylines than perhaps any other game in this young college football season. Oklahoma’s historic dominance and the subtle swagger of the Miami resurgence will meet in ACC country for a game with championship implications. This is a must-win for two exceptionally gifted teams, so expect some serious fireworks in this one.
(7) USC at (24) California
People are going to look at what Oregon did to Cal last week and think that Matt Barkley and USC will be able to score at will in this one. However, unlike their 42-3 loss to a Ducks team that looked like they accidentally switched uniforms with Baylor before the game – the Bears will get to play on a home field that they haven’t lost on since November of 2007, when the Trojans won a 24-17 thriller. This one should be just as close, with the Pac 10 title and national title hopes on the line.
(9) Ohio State at Indiana
The Hoosiers are coming off a narrow loss to the Michigan Wolverines, and will be going home to avenge what could have been their most remarkable upset in recent memory. If Ohio State heads down to Indiana with the same sense of entitlement that nearly cost them an opening day win against Navy, this may be the upset win that Indiana should have had last week and the one that makes Jim Tressel’s already hot seat, a little bit warmer.
Washington at Notre Dame
Jake Locker taking on Jimmy Clausen is the most exciting quarterback battle of the weekend. Both have NFL potential and may be battling for the Heisman Trophy next season. This is a chance to see two of the most talented college football players on the same field in what should be an exciting, offensive game.
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