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WHAT 2 WATCH 4: LOOKING BACK, LOOKING FOWARD
November 3, 2006

SCS.com While this piece generally advises you on what to keep an eye on throughout the weekend ahead, we would be remiss not to mention last night's huge showdown between West Virginia and Louisville, undoubtedly this weekend's game of the week. At the same time though, there's still plenty of important action on the slate for Saturday, including a pair of huge, division-deciding contests in both the SEC and ACC. Also keep an eye on both the Big XII North and CUSA West races as we crank up the month of November.

SCS.com FIRST, A LOOK BACK

Fumbles by and injuries to West Virginia star RB Steve Slaton put a halt the Mountaineers' offensive attack early in the third quarter Thursday night, allowing Louisville to build a lead that Rich Rodriguez's squad could not overcome as the Cardinals took a 10-point victory to the house, setting up a huge Thursday night showdown next week on the road at also-unbeaten Rutgers. UL QB Brian Brohm looked sharp, as did the Cards' WRs, so it will be interesting to see both how Louisville fares once the polls and updated BCS are released later this weekend and also how they come out of the gates in New Jersey less than a week from today.

SCS.com SEC TITLE CHASES

The divisional races are coming down to the wire all across the country, and the SEC is no exception. Arkansas currently holds a single game lead over Auburn and a two game lead over LSU in the West, while Florida and Tennessee are knotted up atop the East. It's important to note, though, that the Hogs hold the tiebreaker over Auburn, while UF holds the edge over Tennessee due to those teams' victories early in the season. (Arkansas and LSU do not meet until later this month.) As we head towards the finish, each and every week will have a profound effect on how things turn out, and that all begins this Saturday when LSU travels to Tennessee and Arkansas visits South Carolina. The Vols must find a way to knock off the Bayou Bengals if they're to keep pace with UF, while the Tigers will knock themselves out of the West chase with a third league loss. And if Arkansas wants to keep their current lead, they'll need to find a way to win at South Carolina, which is likely to be no easy task. Meanwhile, also keep an eye on Florida's trip to Vanderbilt. We all know how sneaky the 'Dores can sometimes be. Also note that Auburn is out-of-conference this weekend against Arkansas State.

SCS.com ACC TITLE CHASES

Much like in the SEC, it's a huge title-chasing weekend in the ACC. Boston College, Maryland, and Wake Forest all have just a single loss in the Atlantic Division, and that trio of leaders will basically play a round-robin of games throughout November to determine the divison winner, beginning with this week's contest between BC and Wake. The winner of this one takes a step to the front in that race. Fellow leader Maryland will also have a tough test this weekend, taking on Clemson in Death Valley. The Tigers have just two ACC losses to date and aren't totally out of the championship picture just yet. A Terp win eliminates CU from the hunt and sets up UM with an opportunity to win the title in the coming weeks. A Clemson win, though, would leave the division with three two-loss teams (only the BC-WF winner would have just one loss). It's still complicated at this point, but every week counts now.

SCS.com ONE LAST TIME: TITLE CHASES

It's also a big weekend in both the Big XII North and Conference USA West. Co-leaders Missouri and Nebraska are basically the only squads in the hunt at this point, and they'll go to battle in Lincoln on Saturday. Both have lost two games in recent weeks, so it'll be interesting to see who can get back on track in time to salvage their title hopes. In CUSA, Tulsa and Houston will get together this weekend. The Hurricane has yet to lose a league game, while UH is 4-1 in conference action. A Cougar victory opens the race back up a bit and gives Houston the tiebreak edge heading down the stretch. A Tulsa win, though, likely ends the race early.

BONUS: THIS WEEKEND'S POTENTIALLY HUGE UPSET

Georgia roared back late against Florida last week, but all in all, the Bulldogs have been a big disappointment this season. They have found no QB to step forward, and even the defense hasn't been able to get it done at times. UGA heads to Kentucky this weekend to battle a Wildcat squad hoping to earn bowl eligibility. With a 4-4 mark to date and three straight home games on the schedule, a victory like this to start the homestand would be huge for UK's postseason aspirations and actually move Kentucky ahead of the Bulldogs in the SEC East standings.

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