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WHAT 2 WATCH 4: LOCKING 'EM UP - TITLES AND BOWLS
November 10, 2006

SCS.com Well, we can't move forward without mentioning last night's huge game, won on a last-minute field goal by Rutgers. But looking ahead to the weekend, it's all about locking it up on Saturday; that is the theme heading into the weekend. If you're a team like Nebraska, Texas, Central Michigan, Ohio, or Houston, you're trying to lock up a division title. If you're a team like Indiana, Oklahoma State, East Carolina, SMU, New Mexico, or Kentucky, you're trying to lock up a sixth win and bowl eligibility. And if you're Michigan and Ohio State, you're trying to secure your unblemished record in honor of next weekend's monstrous showdown at the 'Shoe.

SCS.com QUICK GLANCE BACK: LOUISVILLE AT RUTGERS

Rutgers is for real. What more can you say? Coach Greg Schiano's team got behind early but showed guts and stormed back to score the game's final 21 points to claim the victory. Where does this leave the Scarlet Knights in terms of BCS and national title hopes? We'll all have a better idea when the BCS standings are released later this weekend.

SCS.com LOCKING UP TITLES

A number of teams will hit the field this weekend looking to lock up division titles as the month of November rolls along. Both the Big XII North and South sides could be captured by the end of the day on Saturday. Nebraska will play at Texas A&M, while Texas will also be on the road, their game at Kansas State. If either or both of those teams win, they will lock up their respective division title. The MAC could also have both divisions locked up by the end of the weekend. Ohio will be on the road at Akron, while Central Michigan will be at home against Western Michigan. If either the Bobcats or Chippewas come out victorious, they'll be making plans for the conference title game. And last but not least, Houston will be looking to lock up the Conference USA West on Saturday if the Cougars can overcome in-state rival SMU on the road.

SCS.com SURPRISE! FIVE WINS, GOING FOR SIX

While some squads are locking up championships, others are trying to surpass the six-win mark and become bowl eligible with weekend wins, and many of these squads were not expected to be in such a position when the season began. Indiana, for example, could lock up bowl eligibility with a home upset of Michigan on Saturday. Oklahoma State could do the same against Baylor, while Kentucky hopes to get to number six at home against Vanderbilt. In CUSA, both East Carolina (vs Marshall) and SMU (vs Houston) could get their sixth victory, while the Mountain West's New Mexico Lobos are also looking for magic number six at home against TCU.

SCS.com THE BIG SHOWDOWN

While everyone is looking ahead to next week's huge showdown between Michigan and Ohio State, we will again point out that the much-anticipated matchup will not be nearly as big if either team loses this weekend. Both got scares last Saturday, so will it be much of the same this week, or will last week's close call be enough to get the squads focused this Saturday? Both teams have fiesty opponents this week, the Wolverines on the road at Indiana and Ohio State traveling to Northwestern. The Hoosiers need just one more win to achieve bowl eligibility, while the 'Cats are fresh off a huge road upset of Iowa a week ago. Will the showdown stay huge?

BONUS: THIS WEEKEND'S POTENTIALLY HUGE UPSET

Many believe Boise State has a great shot to earn a BCS berth next month, but those dreams will come to an end if the Broncos pick up a defeat between now and the end of the season. They'll get one of their toughest tests of the season this weekend when they venture southward to take on a San Jose State squad that is 6-2 on the year and has lost just once since the campaign's opening weekend. Granted, many of the teams SJSU has beaten aren't that great, but it should still be a tough test for Boise State, and a game to keep an eye on Saturday afternoon.

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