GAME OF THE WEEK...
(9) Georgia at (3) Auburn
The Auburn Tigers have survived their SEC slate to date, but it's yet another tough test for Tuberville, Cadillac, Campbell, and Co. this weekend. The Georgia Bulldogs roll into Auburn in a game that if lost, would eliminate AU as a national title contender. With a win, Auburn would move to within two victories of an undefeated regular season. The Bulldogs have not lost since early last month when they dropped a close decision to Tennessee on their home turf.
The Tigers have been led by a powerful offensive backfield, one of the nation's best. RBs Cadillac Williams and Ronnie Brown make up America's best 1-2 punch, rushing for a combined total of well over 1500 yards and 16 touchdowns. It is probably the play of QB Jason Campbell that has proved the difference-maker for Auburn this year, however. The widely-criticized senior has completed nearly 65% of his passes for 1724 yards and 14 TDs this season while only tossing 3 INTs. Auburn's defense has been stout as well, allowing just under 10 points a game, which is good enough for second best in the nation. Teams have thrown a dozen interceptions, fumbled eight times, and been sacked thirty-four times when taking on that Tiger D.
The Georgia attack has been led by the always-consistent David Greene at QB. The senior has started all four years he has been in Athens and has again put up impressive numbers while placing the Dawgs in contention. The Snellville, GA native has thrown 16 TD passes while being intercepted just once. The UGA running attack has been a two-headed monster much like that of Auburn. RBs Danny Ware and Thomas Brown have combined to run for 1225 yards and 11 TDs on the season. And the Bulldogs' defense isn't too shabby itself, allowing just 15.6 points per contest.
Georgia's fate in the SEC East is out of their hands at this point. Ironically, the Tigers are not in control of their possible BCS bowl destination. However, a win over a solid top ten team would earn Auburn some big bonus points in the eyes of both voters and computers. It's wins like these AU must grab over the next few weeks if they are to pass Oklahoma in the BCS standings. With the homefield advantage and everything to play for, Tommy Tuberville gets the job done.
The Editor Says: Auburn
THE WEEK'S OTHER TOP MATCHUPS...
Toledo at Northern Illinois
So you didn't even know these two teams were getting together Tuesday night, huh? Well, they are...and for high stakes. NIU is currently unbeaten in the league, while Toledo (along with BGSU) has one loss in conference play. Home field keeps the Huskies in front.
The Editor Says: Northern Illinois
Boston College at (11) West Virginia
Though they have rarely been pretty, Boston College is sitting with just one loss in the Big East and could make things very interesting with a win over unbeaten (in the Big East) WVU. If the Eagles can steal an upset win on the road, there could be a three-way tie atop the Big East in mid-November.
The Editor Says: West Virginia
Miami at Virginia
The Hurricanes have again hit one of those late-season slumps and have likely fallen completely out of the BCS picture. Virginia (along with VA Tech) is one of two once-beaten teams in the ACC. A Miami victory could tighten things up a little, but the Cavs continue the Canes' misery.
The Editor Says: Virginia
(6) Wisconsin at Michigan State
The Badgers throttled Minnesota last week in Madison but now must head away from home once again. Michigan State suffered a disappointing defeat to Ohio State last week at home, but this week's game is much bigger. UW is unbeaten and still very much in the national title picture.
The Editor Says: Wisconsin
(4) Utah at Wyoming
It's one of two final tests for the Utes this season. Wyoming has proven it is a capable team on their home field, knocking off Mississippi out of the SEC earlier this season. UW has won five of their last seven and is sitting at 6-3 on the year...but it won't be enough. Utah stays in the BCS race.
The Editor Says: Utah
COULD BE INTERESTING...
TCU at (8) Louisville
The Cardinals are just a few points away from being unbeaten and possibly in the BCS. TCU has been a major disappointment.
The Editor Says: Louisville
Florida State at NC State
Speaking of disappointing, NCSU has fallen off the map. Florida State isn't great but much better than the Pack.
The Editor Says: Florida State
Southern Miss at Memphis
The Eagles have dropped two of their last three to Alabama and Cincy. Memphis nearly knocked off Louisville.
The Editor Says: Memphis
Texas Tech at Texas A&M
How will the Aggies react to their second straight tough loss? If Tech had their offense of a few years ago, I would go with the Raiders.
The Editor Says: Texas A&M
(7) Texas at Kansas
The Longhorns keep hammering everyone but Oklahoma in the Big XII. Kansas, who lost to Colorado last week, won't stand in their way.
The Editor Says: Texas
Northwestern at (10) Michigan
The Wildcats need just one more win to be bowl eligible again, but that one won't come at UM, who is fighting for the Big Ten title.
The Editor Says: Michigan
North Carolina at Wake Forest
The Tar Heels nearly pulled a second straight upset last week. Whoever wins this one stays in the bowl game hunt.
The Editor Says: Wake Forest
Marshall at Bowling Green
The Herd is tied for the lead in the MAC East, while BGSU is just one game out in the West. Home field helps things.
The Editor Says: Bowling Green
Iowa at Minnesota
The Gophers got off to a great start but have slipped back to the middle of the pack lately. Iowa is one fire.
The Editor Says: Iowa
Connecticut at Georgia Tech
The Huskies are on the rise, but GT should still be able to grab the home victory. The winner has their sixth win of '04.
The Editor Says: Georgia Tech
Pittsburgh at Notre Dame
The Irish pulled one of last week's biggest upsets at Tennessee as Willingham looks to stay around another year. Pitt has fallen dramatically.
The Editor Says: Notre Dame
Kansas State at Colorado
Though both of these teams are just 2-4 in the Big XII, they're just one game out of first in the North. Winner stays in the race.
The Editor Says: Colorado
(5) California at Washington
This is a game that should be won and won easily by the Golden Bears, but the road can do strange things every now and then.
The Editor Says: California
Ohio State at Purdue
The Buckeyes got back on track with an impressive win at MSU last week, while Purdue's bowl hopes are now in jeopardy.
The Editor Says: Ohio State
UCLA at Oregon
UCLA lost a disappointing game to WSU last Saturday. The Ducks, who are rolling along, nearly won in Berkeley last weekend.
The Editor Says: Oregon
Oregon State at Stanford
Stanford looked like they might make some noise early. Oregon State must win their final two games to go bowling.
The Editor Says: Oregon State
Washington State at Arizona State
WSU still needs two wins to go bowling, but Arizona State's offense is too talented to allow a Cougar win on their home field.
The Editor Says: Arizona State
South Carolina at Florida
The Gamecocks already have six wins, while Florida is still in search of their bowl-clinching victory. That should come Saturday.
The Editor Says: Florida
Nebraska at (2) Oklahoma
This matchup would have been the game of the week a few years ago but is now just another bump on OU's path to the BCS.
The Editor Says: Oklahoma
Alabama at (13) LSU
The Tide is rolling again, having clinched bowl eligibility last week. The Tigers are fighting for a New Year's Day bowl game.
The Editor Says: LSU
Arizona at (1) Southern Cal
It's worth noting this game because it's a must-win for the Trojans. That should not be too much of a problem, however.
The Editor Says: Southern Cal
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