Last year, Florida overcame its loss to Tennessee to play for the SEC title and, then, the national title. Texas took a share of the Big 12 South title after its last–minute loss to Texas Tech, but Oklahoma represented the division in the conference championship game and went on to face Florida in the national championship game.
My hunch is that the Gators and Longhorns will be successful.
By the way, all games are on Saturday unless otherwise noted.
- Tennessee at #1 Florida, 2:30 p.m. (Central) on CBS — I'm sorry, Tennessee. I know the Vols fans crave an ego boost, but they aren't going to get one from the Gators. I pick Florida.
- Texas Tech at #2 Texas, 7 p.m. (Central) on ABC — The Longhorns are on a mission. They want to avenge last year's loss to the Red Raiders that kept them from facing Florida in the national championship game. This game is in Austin. I'll take Texas.
- #3 USC at Washington, 2:30 p.m. (Central) on ABC — I can't see the Huskies beating the Trojans.
- North Texas at #4 Alabama, 11:21 a.m. (Central) on SEC — North Texas doesn't have the horses to stay with Alabama.
- Temple at #5 Penn State, 11 a.m. (Central) on Big Ten — I might be tempted to take Temple if this was a basketball game. But it isn't. Penn State should prevail.
- SE Louisiana at #6 Ole Miss — The Rebels have been hammered by the flu, but they should still have enough to win.
- #7 California at Minnesota, 11 a.m. (Central) on ESPN — I don't know much about either team, but I will take Cal.
- Louisiana–Lafayette at #7 LSU— LSU should have few problems in this one.
- Florida State at #9 BYU, 6 p.m. (Central) on Versus — Florida State dropped out of the rankings after losing to Miami on Labor Day. But FSU has some talent. I'm just not sure whether there's enough talent to compete with BYU. I'll take BYU — barely.
- #10 Boise State at Fresno State, 8 p.m. (Central) tomorrow on ESPN — I'll take Boise State.
- #11 Ohio State at Toledo, 11 a.m. (Central) on Game Plan — If Ohio State doesn't win this game, the Buckeyes don't deserve to be in the Top 25.
- Tulsa at #12 Oklahoma, 2:30 p.m. (Central) on FSN — Tulsa is capable of putting up a fight so the Sooners better be prepared. I think OU will win at home, but it won't be easy and it may not be pretty.
- #13 Georgia Tech at #22 Miami (Florida), 6:45 p.m. (Central) tonight on ESPN — After seeing Miami rally for a victory over Florida State on Labor Day, I think the Hurricanes are back in business. I take Miami.
- #18 Nebraska at #14 Virginia Tech, 2:30 p.m. (Central) on ABC — I think this one will be close, but I'll take Tech. The Hokies are the home team, but they will be tested by the 'Huskers.
- Texas State at #15 TCU — I don't think this one will be competitive. TCU should win easily.
- #16 Utah at Oregon, 2:30 p.m. (Central) on ESPN — Something tells me that Oregon will win.
- Rice at #17 Oklahoma State — Maybe it is because I was brought up in the days of the old Southwest Conference, but I just can't see Rice winning this game. I know OSU stumbled against Houston after beating Georgia, so part of me wonders if the real Oklahoma State will stand up on Saturday. But I think this game will be a foregone conclusion.
- East Carolina at #19 North Carolina, 11 a.m. (Central) on ESPN2 — I'll take the Tar Heels, but I think it will be a close game.
- No. 20 Georgia at Arkansas, 6:45 p.m. (Central) on ESPN — I admit it, I'm biased. I'm a graduate of the University of Arkansas, and I would like nothing better than to see the Hogs win this game. What is more, I'm picking the Hogs to win. Not because of any personal bias, but because Georgia hasn't impressed me.
- #21 Cincinnati at #24 Oregon State, 5:45 p.m. (Central) on FSN — Cincinnati's offense will be too much for Oregon State.
- Duke at #23 Kansas, 11 a.m. on Versus — This would be a marquee matchup if this was college basketball. But it's football, and Duke doesn't have the same reputation on the gridiron. I'll take Kansas.
- Furman at #25 Missouri — I don't see any way Furman can win this game.