The top spot is still up for grabs, with a big showdown this week in Florida. Traditional rivals going at each other just like their fathers before them, pep rallies going late into the night, pranks and dirty tricks being played on both sides. I'll be glad when the election is over and we can focus on college football.This is the first of two weeks of "big games" between old rivals. As usual, Florida versus Florida State is huge, but USC/UCLA means little and Oregon versus Oregon State has major bowl implications! Unfortunately, even after two weeks we still won't know who has won. Not until the recount, er, rematches in the conference championship money games. I think a win by Florida State should clinch an Orange Bowl spot; Miami's remaining games at Syracuse and home to Boston College don't stack up. Michigan/Ohio State should be a good game, but Purdue and Oregon can clinch Rose Bowl berths with wins. South Carolina/Clemson and Alabama/Auburn will be wars even if nobody else cares that much. I was going to write about unbeaten TCU against a good UTEP team, but then TCU lost; nevertheless, it's one of the top games of the week, especially since last year TCU's LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for 400 yards against UTEP.
A newspaper article listed several of the prizes up for grabs this week. I've heard of the Old Oaken Bucket that Purdue and Indiana play for, and the Governor's Cup that Florida and Florida State play for. Washington and Washington State playing for the Apple Cup makes sense, even if it is a bit silly. And Cal/Stanford is the Big Game, Harvard/Yale simply The Game. But is it really true that Iowa and Minnesota play for the Floyd of Rosedale? I can't imagine. Do the winners parade Floyd around the field after the game?
The following predictions are straight from the ratings, adding 4 points for home field.Florida State over Florida by 8
|35||Texas El Paso||47.47|
|47||San Jose State||44.67|
|79||San Diego State||34.88|
|91||New Mexico State||29.46|