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(8) Alabama at (10) Auburn
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Bowling Green at Miami (Ohio)
These two squads are tied atop the MAC East standings with 4-2 conference records, so the winner of this one takes the advantage with just one game to play. Miami has won four straight since losing at NIU in early October. Though the Falcons have lost two of their last three, they did get back on track with a win at Kent State this past weekend.
The Editor Says: Miami (Ohio) 27-20
Northern Illinois at Toledo
The Rockets, 5-1 in league play, are the only MAC team with one conference loss. Northern Illinois and Western Michigan are each just a game back with two MAC losses each. A Rocket victory clinches Toledo's spot in the conference title game, while a Husky road win would set up a huge NIU/WMU showdown a week from Wednesday.
The Editor Says: Toledo 34-24
(6) Virginia Tech at Virginia
The Hokies remain tied atop the ACC Coastal standings but must hope for a Miami loss to either Georgia Tech this week or Virginia next week to make the league championship game. The Cavs have won three of their last four, including victories over Florida State and GT at home. In an upset special, look for Coach Al Groh's team to come out on top.
The Editor Says: Virginia 24-21
(12) Ohio State at Michigan
If Penn State were to lose at Michigan State, the winner of this game would hold the top spot in the Big Ten standings. All three teams would have 6-2 league records with a PSU loss and UM win, and the Wolves would have beaten both OSU and PSU. An OSU win and PSU loss would leave the Buckeyes as the outright Big Ten champ.
The Editor Says: Ohio State 23-17
(5) Penn State at Michigan State
A Penn State victory makes OSU/UM meaningless in the Big Ten standings, and that's just what the Nittany Lions aim to do. Michigan State has lost five of its last six since starting the season 4-0, and now the Spartans must beat PSU to go bowling next month. With this much on the line, JoePa takes care of business, and PSU is off to the BCS.
The Editor Says: Penn State 34-24
Clemson at South Carolina
This game just got a whole lot more appealing after the Tigers and Gamecocks both scored upset victories over Florida State and Florida last week. Both teams are bowl eligible, and USC actually has an outside shot at making a SEC title game appearance if Georgia was to lose to Kentucky. That won't happen, but Spurrier does get the win.
The Editor Says: South Carolina 27-21
(15) Fresno State at (1) Southern Cal
Fresno State proved they are both the best team in the WAC and one of the best teams in America with a 27-7 trouncing of Boise State last Thursday. This week's test at top-ranked USC will be much more difficult, however. Just two games stand between the Trojans and a national title game. It will be just one remaining obstacle after Saturday night.
The Editor Says: Southern Cal 44-23
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