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Blog: Top Ten Games of the Week

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By Patrick Pierce

It’s a deciding weekend in the SEC. A victory for Florida would clinch their spot in the SEC title game, but if Georgia upsets, they will jump back into the driver’s seat for the east. No. 1 Alabama will take on unbeaten Mississippi State for sole control of the west.

How big of a week in college football is it? Eight of the top 14 ranked BCS teams play each other!

Here are my Top Ten Games of Week 9:  

10.  #13 South Carolina vs. Tennessee – Saturday - 11 a.m. - ESPN

Will this be Dooley’s last stand? I mean his last sit on the stool? I thought for Derek Dooley to save his job, he would need to win a game in October, but so far he is 0-2. He came close to getting it done versus Mississippi State, but was dominated by rival Alabama. South Carolina is his last chance to pick up a “W” in October. South Carolina has also had a rough October losing their last two games after blowing out Georgia.    

9.  #9 USC @ Arizona – Saturday – 2:30 p.m. – ABC/ESPN2

Can Matt Barkley stay hot and get back into the Heisman race? Or will Rich Rod and Arizona pull the upset at home?

8. #16 Louisville vs. Cincinnati– Friday – 7 p.m. – ESPN

This game looked like a big-time Big East showdown until Cincinnati was upset last week, but this is still a very big game in the race for the Big East.

7. #12 Florida State vs. Duke – Saturday – 2:30 p.m. – ESPNU

Could this be the first of two meetings? Yes, it’s the end of October and Duke is not only bowl eligible, but sitting in first place in the ACC Costal division! Florida State leads the Atlantic division and can’t afford a loss, or Clemson will jump back in control.

6. #22 Michigan @ Nebraska – Saturday – 7 p.m. – ESPN2

This is a very important game in the Big 10 Legends division. A Michigan win will keep them in control, but if Nebraska wins they will move into a tie for first place.

5.  #9 (AP) Ohio State @ #24 (ESPN) Penn State – Saturday – 4:30 p.m. – ESPN

It’s the probation bowl! Unbeaten Ohio State faces off with Penn State who is on a five-game winning streak. If Bill O’Brien and Penn State beats Ohio State then I don’t see how Bill O’Brien couldn’t be the front runner for Coach of the Year.  

 4. #3 Kansas State vs. #14 Texas Tech – Saturday – 2:30 p.m. – FOX

Collin “Optimus” Klein is the leader for the Heisman and no one has been able to stop him yet. Tommy Tuberville is a defensive-minded coach and it will be interesting to see if the Red Raiders can come up with a similar game plan to the one that shut down Geno Smith and West Virginia.  

3. #1 Alabama vs.  #11 Mississippi State – Saturday – 7:30 p.m. - ESPN

Will this be the first real test for the Tide? Mississippi State really hasn’t played anyone, but the Bulldogs know a win will thrust them into the BCS title picture. I think for the first time this season, Alabama will be pushed into the second half with the game still not in control, but I don’t know if State can play with the Tide for all four quarters.

2. #5 Notre Dame @ #8 Oklahoma – Saturday - 7 p.m. – ABC

This isn’t a conference game, but looking at the BCS race, I’m not sure if there is a bigger game this Saturday. The Sooners could become the top ranked one-loss team, and that’s important because if they run the table and a couple of upsets happen in front of them, they could back their way in to the title game. Notre Dame needs this win to stay in the race and get a very important boost in the BCS computers.

1.  #2 Florida vs. #10 Georgia – Jacksonville, Fla. - Saturday – 2:30 p.m. - CBS

Last week the Gators put up over 40 points, but had fewer than 200 yards of offense. Will the turnovers bounce their way for a second straight week? I think Florida might be a little overrated and if Georgia can get it going with Murray, I’m not sure Florida can match points for points. The SEC East is on the line, and I think both teams will play up to the expiations of this game.

  Alabama Tonight Sports Blogger - Patrick Pierce @Patrickp13

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