Posted: Friday November 4, 2005 12:00PM; Updated: Saturday November 5, 2005 1:44AM
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(14) Wisconsin at. (10) Penn State
3:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
Beaver Stadium (107,282)
Nobody thought these two teams would be battling for the Big Ten title in November, but here they are in the biggest game in Happy Valley in the past decade. Penn State quarterback Michael Robinson will be playing with a chip on his shoulder; he was knocked out of a 16-3 loss in Madison on a questionable hit by Erasmus James last year. Wisconsin speedy tailback Brian Calhoun will give the Nittany Lions' defense fits, but Penn State is more talented on both sides of the ball and will find a way to win.
Mismatch of the Week
Appalachian State at LSU
8 p.m. ET (Not Televised)
Tiger Stadium (92,300)
Most teams schedule mismatches such as this in September. Appalachian State is No. 7 in Division I-AA, but the Mountaineers lost 36-8 to Kansas earlier this season. On Saturday night in the Bayou, they'll quickly discover they're not in Kansas anymore.
Under the Radar
(23) California at (15) Oregon
3:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
Autzen Stadium (54,000)
This is the type of barn-burning game that makes the Pac-10 so great. Expect plenty of points and excitement. The Ducks will be without senior quarterback Kellen Clemens, who was lost for the season after fracturing his ankle in a win over Arizona two weeks ago. Sophomore Dennis Dixon is a capable replacement and a better runner. Oregon is extremely tough at home (just ask USC) and is 21-10 in November under coach Mike Bellotti. The Ducks will find a way to beat the Bears -- in a shootout.
(7) UCLA at Arizona
2:30 p.m. ET (FSN)
Arizona Stadium (56,000)
OK, I realize this is waaaay out there. But what would an upset pick be if you didn't go out on a limb? Arizona is coming off a solid 29-27 victory at Oregon State, while UCLA was lucky at Stanford, erasing a 21-point fourth-quarter deficit to win, 30-27, in OT. The Bruins have more talent, but the Wildcats have a stud in true freshman quarterback Willie Tuitama, who was impressive in his first start against the Beavers. If UCLA comes out flat again, it won't be as fortunate.