#15 GEORGIA TECH (-14.5) @ Kansas, Lawrence (Jayhawks, 30,004 students, Lawrence, KS), Kan., 12:00 PM , TV: FSN (XM 191/SIRIUS 214) – Seriously, 30,000 students, almost nothing to do and the Jayhawks can’t get it together without the fat man?
DUKE @ WAKE FOREST (No line, No problem), Winston-Salem, N.C., 12:00 PM , TV: ACC Network (XM 191/SIRIUS 213) – This is an early test to see which one of these bottom tier teams has moved up. Both won handily last week against lower division opponents.
James Madison (Dukes, 18,454 students, Harrisonburg, VA) @ #13 VIRGINIA TECH (No line, that can’t bode well for the Dukes…), Blacksburg, Va., 1:30 PM , TV: ESPN3.com (XM 193/SIRIUS 215) – The T.A.H. editor/publishers alma mater hasn’t beaten a D1 team in their last ten tries and it’s unlikely to happen in Blacksburg against a pi**ed-off Hokie squad that should have beaten Boise State. Frank Beamer, among other notable coaches, consistently says teams improve the most between games one and two – another very bad omen for the boys from Harrisonburg.
Presbyterian (Blue Hose, 1,300 students, Clinton, SC) @ CLEMSON (No line), Clemson, S.C., 3:30 PM, TV: ESPN3.com (XM 194/SIRIUS 216) – This in-state rivalry lacks the sizzle or the steak of Tigers v. Cocks.
#17 FLORIDA STATE @ #10 Oklahoma (-7) (Sooners, 29,932 students, Norman, OK), Norman, Okla., 3:30 PM, TV: ABC / ESPN2 (XM 192/SIRIUS 214) – Hello, Jimbo, welcome to Boomer Sooner. The improved Noles get a shot at the big time in Norman. That said, Oklahoma struggled a bit last week against Utah State (allowing 421 yards) so they may be ripe for the picking if Ponder has a big day.
Kent State (Golden Flashes, 24,449 students, Kent, OH) @ BOSTON COLLEGE (-17.5), Chestnut Hill, Mass., 3:30 PM, TV: ESPNU (XM 191/SIRIUS 213) – Tin soldiers and Nixon coming, we’re finally on our own…Whoops, it’s not 1970 and B.C. isn’t the armed National Guard taking on unarmed college protesters, but, in all likelihood, the results aren’t pretty.
#12 MIAMI @ #2 Ohio State (-8.5) (Buckeyes, 38,479 students, Columbus, OH), Columbus, Ohio, 3:40 PM, TV: ESPN (XM 141/SIRIUS 121) – Hey remember back in 2003 when the Canes rolled into the Fiesta Bowl riding a 34 game win streak only to lose a controversial National Championship to Maurice “The Criminal” Clarett and his Ohio State Buckeyes? Well more than likely, none of these kids remember it either. Miami’s best shot at getting out of Columbus with a win is if they keep telling their opponent that this isn’t an early season non-conference game, but it’s really the National Championship game. After all, the Buckeye’s can’t win that one.
Morgan State (Bears, 6,114 students, Baltimore, MD) @ MARYLAND (No line), College Park, Md., 6:00 PM, TV: ESPN3.com (XM 193/SIRIUS 215) – Some in-state rivalries are interesting (Maryland v. Navy), some aren’t.
N.C. STATE @ UCF (-3) (Knights, 53,644 students, Orlando, FL), Orlando, Fla., 7:30 PM, TV: CBSCS (XM 192/SIRIUS 214) – Both won their openers and for whatever its worth the Wolfpack put up better numbers.
VIRGINIA @ #16 Southern California (-20.5) (Trojans, 34,824 students, Los Angeles, CA), Los Angeles, Calif., 10:30 PM, TV: FSN (XM 192/SIRIUS 214)—How far have the might Trojans fallen? They are only favored to beat a non-descript Wahoo squad by a little under three touchdowns. Oh well, it was nice of them to agree to a home-and-home with the Cavs. Maybe USC, distraught over Reggie Bush losing his Heisman Trophy, will be distracted…yeah, right.
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