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Upsets abound (cont.)

Posted: Friday November 11, 2005 11:53AM; Updated: Friday November 11, 2005 1:38PM
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Upset Special I
(9) Georgia at. (15) Auburn
7:45 ET (ESPN))
Sanford Stadium (92,746)

This game will also feature two stifling defenses (that's the story in the SEC this season). Georgia quarterback D.J. Shockley returns after missing the Bulldogs' loss to Florida and you better believe that Auburn will put constant pressure on him. The Tigers also have another stud running back in Kenny Irons (923 yards, 10 TDs) and a capable quarterback in Brandon Cox. That should be enough to lift Auburn to an upset in the oldest rivalry in the Deep South.

Upset Special II
(1) USC at Cal
3:30 ET (ABC)
Memorial Stadium (72,981)

I know, I'm burying my lead. If this upset were to happen, it would be monumental. It's the biggest longshot this week, but given the recent history of the rivalry it could happen. Yes, USC has won 31 straight and has a virtually unstoppable offense. And yes, Cal does have three losses and is coming off a tough defeat at Oregon. But the Bears have a pair of terrific running backs in Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett who can help Cal control the ball and keep USC's offense off the field. The Bears have been a thorn in the Trojans' side lately, handing them their last defeat, two years ago in Berkeley. This game is also in Berkeley. Don't be surprised if the outcome is the same.

High Stakes
(12) Florida at South Carolina
12:30 p.m. EST (Jefferson Pilot Sports)
Williams-Brice Stadium (80,250)

This is the game that Gamecock and Gator fans have been waiting for since Steve Spurrier took the South Carolina job last year. The Ol' Ball Coach has pulled many tricks out of his sleeve in his illustrious college coaching career, but he doesn't have the talent to compete with Florida -- yet. After the Gators win this one, I can just see Spurrier shaking Urban Meyer's hand and saying, "Just wait until I get my players in here."

Under The Radar
Central Florida at UAB
4 p.m. EST (CSTV)
Legion Field (72,000)

Coach George O'Leary has engineered a remarkable turnaround at UCF. After dropping their first two games this season, the Golden Knights had a 17-game losing streak. But Central Florida has won six straight to become bowl eligible. This will be a tough test against a UAB team that has lost four games by a total of 18 points. But led by QB Steven Moffett and true freshman RB Kevin Smith, the Knights have enough momentum to keep it going.


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