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Stewart Mandel inside.c.football

Posted: Friday October 29, 2004 11:08AM; Updated: Friday October 29, 2004 11:08AM
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Each Friday, SI.com's Stewart Mandel forecasts the weekend's biggest games.
Oct. 30
 
Sat., Noon ET | ABC
No. 2 Oklahoma (7-0) at No. 20 Oklahoma State (6-1)
Every year, the Sooners play a rivalry game on the grounds of a state fair, surrounded by ferris wheels and livestock -- and that's not the one they call Bedlam. The Cowboys have won two of the past three, and they've only gotten better.
Oklahoma 27, Oklahoma State 24
 
Sat., 10 p.m. ET | TBS
No. 20 Arizona State (6-1) at No. 7 Cal (5-1)
Both teams already have lost to Pac-10 leader USC, yet this game is being billed as a showdown for the Rose Bowl. See, the BCS really does make dreams come true. The only way the Sun Devils are going to Pasadena, though, is with a ticket.
Cal 34, Arizona State 20
 
Sat., 3:30 p.m. ET | ABC
Michigan State (4-3) at No. 12 Michigan (7-1)
Wolverines freshman running back Michael Hart has carried the ball 108 times the past three weeks. His predecessor, Chris Perry, carried 51 times against the Spartans last year. Not to be outdone, look for Hart to reach a cool 70.
Michigan 21, Michigan State 13
 
Sat., 3:30 p.m. ET | ABC
No. 8 Texas (6-1) at Colorado (4-3)
If you believed some of the things written about the Buffs this summer, you'd think they would have folded the program by now. They've hung tough so far, but unfortunately, the last month of the season might not be as pleasant.
Texas 34, Colorado 13
 
Sat., Noon ET | FSN
Missouri (4-3) at Nebraska (4-3)
Brace yourselves, ladies and gentlemen. The winner here will take over sole possession of first place in the Big 12 North and take one step closer to playing for a BCS berth. Which do you prefer, the one that gave up 70 or the one that lost to Troy?
Missouri 20, Nebraska 18
 
Sat., 3:30 p.m. ET | FSN
Stanford (4-3) at UCLA (4-3)
Last year, UCLA's tough defense couldn't compensate for its anemic offense. This year, the now-productive offense can't quite make up for the Bruins' porous D. It might not win them more games, but it sure is a lot more fun to watch.
UCLA 30, Stanford 27
 
Sat., 3:30 p.m. ET | CBS
This week's upset special, Part I
No. 10 Georgia (6-1) vs. Florida (4-3)
If ever there was a year Georgia should win the Cocktail Party, after losing 13 of the past 14, this would be it. The Gators just lost to Mississippi State. Their coach just got fired. You know, the perfect recipe for an upset.
Florida 21, Georgia 18
 
Sat., 12:30 p.m. ET
This week's upset special, Part II
No. 11 Tennessee (6-1) at South Carolina (5-2)
Phillip Fulmer says his offense has "hit a wall." If that's the case, South Carolina's, which put up 12 points against Kentucky, has hit the Great Wall. Someone's due to break out -- why not the team with stud receiver Troy Williamson?
South Carolina 17, Tennessee 16
Last week: 3-5. Overall: 40-24. Upset specials: 5-5.

Stewart Mandel covers college sports for SI.com.

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