No. 23 Mississippi (7-3) at No. 18 Mississippi State (8-2), 8 p.m. ESPN
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for three days. The Egg Bowl kicks off the last weekend of the regular
season. Both teams are coming off close losses, but if Ole Miss QB
Romaro Miller is still gimpy following last week's ankle injury, Joe Lee
Dunn's blitzing Bulldogs defense will have a field day against backup QB
No. 22 Boston College (8-2) at No. 2 Virginia Tech (10-0), 2:30 p.m.,
"There is no question that this is absolutely the biggest week ever
at Virginia Tech," coach Frank Beamer said. The Hokies must win
decisively to boost their Sugar Bowl chances. BC has undergone a
remarkable turnaround, from consecutive 4-7 seasons and a gambling
scandal, but keep in mind that the Eagles have only one victory against
a Division I-A team with a winning record. The Hokies will hassle Tim
Hasselbeck, BC's QB, all afternoon and finish undefeated.
No. 7 Texas (9-2) at No. 24 Texas A&M (7-3), 11 a.m., Ch. 7
Following the tragic bonfire collapse last week in College Station in
which 12 were killed and 27 others injured, this game will obviously be
an emotional one. The Longhorns, behind QB Major Applewhite and WR Kwame
Cavil, will win in a close, draining affair.
No. 3 Nebraska (9-1) at Colorado (6-4), 2:30 p.m., Ch. 7
Colorado first-year coach Gary Barnett has tried to rekindle the
passions of a rivalry that has been one-sided this decade. Even the
color red was banned. When some Huskers noticed that defensive
coordinator Tom McMahon had some red on his plaid shirt last week,
McMahon ripped off his shirt and spent the rest of the meeting
bare-chested. Such theatrics can only motivate so much, however. The
Huskers are just too talented for the Buffs. A Nebraska win will keep it
in contention for the Sugar Bowl.
No. 25 Louisiana Tech (8-2) at Southern Cal (5-6), 6:30 p.m., FSNY
Watch this game simply to see Louisiana Tech senior quarterback Tim
Rattay, who is on his way to leading the nation in total offense for a
record third straight year. He has passed for 3,517 yards and 32
touchdowns with only nine interceptions in nine games this season.
Rattay, whose team is ranked for the first time, will finish off his
career with a win.
No. 16 Georgia (7-3) at No. 20 Georgia Tech (7-3), 1 p.m, Ch. 7
After this week's passing of Uga V, Georgia's bulldog mascot, coach
Jim Donnan gave this touching eulogy, "He represented all the things we
want in a mascot, and in a team: strength, courage, dignity and pride."
Dignity? All bulldogs do is drool profusely and waddle. Anyway, back to
the game, Georgia Tech QB Joe Hamilton will make one final pitch for the
Heisman Trophy, beating the rival Dawgs.
Pittsburgh (5-5) at West Virginia (3-7), noon, ESPN
WVU QB Marc Bulger, who has been plagued by injuries all season, may
miss his final Backyard Brawl. A Pitt win makes the Panthers
bowl-eligible; WVU will finish with its worst season in Don Nehlen's 20
years as coach.
Notre Dame (5-6) at Stanford (7-3), 8 p.m., Ch. 7
Coach Bob Davie's job is safe, even though the Irish, depleted by
injuries, will suffer their first losing season in 13 years.
Syracuse (6-4) at Miami (6-4), 3:30 p.m., Ch. 2
With Miami QB Kenny Kelly out with a torn knee ligament, the
Orangemen's defense will win this one to end Syracuse's very long year
on a positive note.
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Friday -- SMU at Texas Christian, 3 p.m., FSNY.
Saturday -- Grambling vs. Southern, 2 p.m., Ch. 4; Vanderbilt at No. 6
Tennessee, noon, Ch. 2; Oklahoma State at Oklahoma, 3 p.m., FSNY; Air
Force at New Mexico, 2:30 p.m., ESPN2; Wyoming at San Diego State, 7