College football’s rivalry week arrives, with the arch-rivals of those in the hunt for the national championship a little on the wounded side. Let’s get to it.
OSU at OU: Cowboys 38-34. I have no idea what will happen. But it seems to me, the OSU coaches believe in their players a little more than the OU coaches believe in theirs right now.
TCU at Texas: Longhorns 31-24. Texas, which trailed OU by 48 points on Oct. 13 and dang near lost to Kansas on Oct. 27, is in the running for the Fiesta Bowl. Amazing. Simply amazing.
Baylor vs. Texas Tech at Arlington, Texas: Red Raiders 44-41. Baylor needs a win to get bowl eligible, but here’s betting that the Bears are a little too high off their upset of Kansas State.
West Virginia at Iowa State: Mountaineers 35-29. I talked to a Holiday Bowl official in Morgantown. San Diego would be fired up to get the winner of this game. Neither WVU nor Iowa State has played in the Holiday.
LSU at Arkansas: Tigers 28-18. A miserable Razorback season comes to an end.
Mississippi State at Ole Miss: Rebels 30-19. Mississippi needs the win to get bowl eligible. Here’s saying the Rebs get it. Hugh Freeze has done a decent job, for a coach hired on the cheap.
Missouri at Texas A&M: Aggies 34-17. These guys fooled me. I figured Mizzou would be competitive from the top, maybe even challenge in the SEC East. Instead, Missouri will finish fifth in the seven-team division. I figured A&M would take awhile to acclimate to the SEC West. Instead, the Ags have soared.
Florida at Florida State: Seminoles 24-20. Florida State, 10-1, is ranked just 10th. Not a lot of love for the Seminoles, except by the oddsmakers. They are 71/2-point favorites.
South Carolina at Clemson: Tigers 31-27. Tajh Boyd gives Clemson the big edge at quarterback, which matters even against the SEC.
Georgia Tech at Georgia: Bulldogs 30-20. Georgia is ranked third in the BCS. The Bulldogs are the shakiest team in the history of BCS contention. Their best win is 17-9 over Florida. Their second-best win is over Vanderbilt. I kid you not.
Vanderbilt at Wake Forest: Commodores 39-20. What is this? SEC/ACC Challenge week? Last week, six SEC teams played I-AA opponents. This week, four SEC teams are playing ACC foes.
Maryland at North Carolina: Tar Heels 41-21. The Terrapins won’t miss this kind of football game. But the basketball? Oh my.
Virginia at Virginia Tech: Hokies 30-25. V-Tech has to have this one to make a bad bowl.
Miami at Duke: Hurricanes 52-36. Miami’s self-imposed bowl ban for the second straight year handed Georgia Tech the division title this week. This is Miami’s bowl game.
Boston College at North Carolina State: Wolfpack 38-11. You know, the ACC might be starting to grow on Boston College. Syracuse and Pitt soon will join, and Connecticut could be next. Just like old times.
Notre Dame at Southern Cal: Fighting Irish 23-10. Put Matt Barkley in the lineup, and this game is interesting. Without him, SC doesn’t seem to have a chance.
Washington at Washington State: Huskies 42-24. The Apple Cup, they call it. Maybe Mike Leach can restore some luster to the series, but I doubt it.
Oregon at Oregon State: Ducks 42-26. An Oregon State upset sends Stanford to the Pac-12 title game, regardless of how the Cardinal does against UCLA.
Arizona State at Arizona: Wildcats 41-31. Didn’t take long for Rich Rodriguez to exert his presence on this rivalry. ‘Zona has a better record and, looks to me, a better future.
Utah at Colorado: Utes 41-17. CU pulled an upset last year in Salt Lake City to put a band-aid on a bad year. But this Colorado season needs to be mummified.
Michigan at Ohio State: Wolverines 23-21. Upset special. The Buckeyes have dominated the series of late, but Michigan can spoil Ohio State’s undefeated season, which is Big Blue’s favorite thing in the world.
Nebraska at Iowa: Cornhuskers 40-17. Nebraska’s bad luck — or maybe good luck — that it entered the Big Ten when the Hawkeyes stink. This could eventually be a decent rivalry.
Wisconsin at Penn State: Nittany Lions 21-20. Penn State is 7-4 overall, 5-2 in the Big Ten. What a coaching job by Bill O’Brien. The nation’s best.
Indiana at Purdue: Hoosiers 37-34. Purdue needs the victory for bowl eligibility, but Kevin Wilson caps off an encouraging season with a victory. And with Maryland and Rutgers about to join his division, things are looking up at IU.
Tulsa at SMU: Golden Hurricane 27-10. Tulsa quietly having a great season at 9-2. TU has a good shot at reaching the Liberty Bowl against an SEC foe.
Syracuse at Temple: Orange 35-30. Do you realize that after Rutgers’ exodus, there is no school left from 2003 Big East football except Temple, which was kicked out of the conference and let back in only upon necessity this season?
South Florida at Cincinnati: Bulls 26-21. You know, I’m kind of pulling for Cincy to land somewhere decent. Even if it’s the Big 12.
Connecticut at Louisville: Cardinals 42-16. Rich, rich, rich irony. The two leading candidates to fill Maryland’s void in the ACC meet in the week Maryland announces its jump.
Rutgers at Pittsburgh: Panthers 23-21. Score one for the ACC over the Big Ten.
Last week: 26-10. Season: 260-114.