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Posted: Wed November 12, 1997
WASHINGTON (7-2) AT UCLA (7-2)
If the Huskies are to play a second game in the Rose Bowl this season, they better hope quarterback Brock Huard's sprained left ankle heals in time for their first. If the Bruins expect to play on their home field on Jan. 1, they must beat Washington and hope the Huskies can recover to defeat Washington State on Nov. 22. UCLA is healthy, at home and too powerful for Washington.
The oldest rivalry in the SEC has more at stake than it has had in years. Despite an offense that has purred like a Yugo of late, the Tigers are still in the SEC West race. A win for the Bulldogs would keep their SEC title game hopes alive. Georgia can run and pass. Auburn can't. Next question?
NOTRE DAME (4-5) AT LSU (7-2)
Death Valley no longer is fatal. The Tigers are 1-2 at home against winning teams. Of course, the Irish don't qualify. Notre Dame is yielding 188 rushing yards a game, and LSU has had six of the top nine rushing performances in the SEC in 1997. Kevin Faulk, get your rest. You'll be busy on Saturday.
PENN STATE (7-1) AT PURDUE (7-2)
The Boilermakers are fresh off a miracle: They scored 12 points in the last two minutes to beat Michigan State 22-21 last Saturday. The Nittany Lions are fresh in need of a miracle. Purdue has what its visitors lackcall it rhythm, confidence, whatever. But Joe Paterno's teams don't fall apart down the stretch. A very shaky vote says this one won't crumble, either.
MICHIGAN (9-0) AT WISCONSIN (8-2)
Camp Randall Stadium is the toughest place to win on the road in the Big Ten. Large, loud, unwelcomingand those are just the fans. If tailback Ron Dayne, who sprained his right ankle in last Saturday's game, is ready, the Badgers have a chance, but only if they catch the Wolverines basking in last week's glory. Michigan's players seem too levelheaded for that.
Issue date: November 17, 1997
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