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The week ahead

First place on the line in the Big Ten, ACC

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Posted: Saturday November 07, 1998 12:03 PM

  The running of Anthony Thomas has helped Michigan emerge from the depths of an 0-2 start Tom Hauck/Allsport

ATLANTA (CNN/SI) -- The BCS continues to wreak havoc on the weekly slate of games. Not only do the top teams have to win, it looks like they have to win big to keep their place. UCLA learned that the hard way after barely surviving lowly Stanford.

No. 2 Tennessee is in a similar situation this week as it takes on UAB for homecoming. The Blazers are in only their third year of Division I-A football.

The top two games this week involve battles for first place in the ACC and Big East. No. 12 Virginia goes to Tallahassee to battle vastly improved No. 6 Florida State. The Seminoles could extend their lead in the conference with a win.

No. 9 Penn State visits the Big House to battle No. 22 Michigan. The Wolverines are undefeated in the Big Ten having won six in a row in a less than stellar manner. The Nittany Lions are in the top 10 in the BCS standings but would need plenty of help should they qualify for the Fiesta Bowl.

Other interesting games in the Top 25 this week include No. 8 Wisconsin playing Minnesota for Paul Bunyan's Axe, No. 11 Arkansas hosting Ole Miss in an SEC West batle, No. 13 Notre Dame visiting Boston College in a Catholic school showdown and No. 25 Air Force battling Army for the Commander-in-Chief trophy.

Week 11 Previews
Matchup Key Stat Player to Watch The Skinny
(1) Ohio State (8-0) vs. Michigan State (4-4)
3:30 p.m. (ABC)

Trev's pick: Ohio State

72 Number of weeks Ohio State has been No. 1 on the AP poll in school history, second only to Notre Dame.
Stat matchup
Joe Germaine, QB, Ohio State
Has four straight 300-yard games, improving his yardage output in each.
The Buckeyes have taken over No. 1 in the BCS rankings. They'll need to continue their solid play before Michigan comes knocking in two weeks.
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(2) Tennessee (7-0) vs. UAB (1-6)
4 p.m.

Trev's pick: Tennessee

14 Consecutive homecoming games won by the Vols, including seven of the last eight against non-conference foes.
Stat matchup
Tee Martin, QB, Tennessee
Will try to continue the hot hand he had against South Carolina, where he went an amazing 23-of-24 for 315 yards.
The Vols aren't helping their BCS chances with a handful of very weak foes left. They can win big, hope for other top teams to fall and just stay fresh for the home stretch.
Game preview
(3) UCLA (7-0) at Oregon State (4-5)
6:30 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)

Trev's pick: UCLA

9,561 Career total yards by UCLA QB Cade McNown, second in Pac-10 history behind Steve Stenstrom's 10,179 yards.
Stat matchup
Ken Simonton, RB, Oregon State
Leads the Pac-10 in total yards rushing with 828 yards.
The Bruins need a big win after struggling against lowly Stanford and losing the No. 1 spot in the BCS standings.
Game preview
(4) Kansas State (8-0) at Baylor (2-6)
2 p.m.

Trev's pick: Kansas State

1 Kansas State's national rank in both scoring offense (52.8) and scoring defense (7.9).
Stat matchup
Michael Bishop, QB, Kansas State
Totaled 320 yards of total offense with a TD pass and two TD runs in last week's game against Kansas.
The beat goes on for the Wildcats as they prepare for their big meeting against Nebraska next week.
Game preview
(5) Florida (7-1) at Vanderbilt (2-6)
2 p.m.

Trev's pick: Florida

16 Total fumbles lost by the Gators, worst in the country and double their total output in 1997.
Stat matchup
Travis McGriff, WR, Florida
The Biletnikoff candidate leads the SEC with 878 receiving yards despite just 53 in his last two games.
Vandy will be hard pressed to win three in a row against a Florida team that showed renewed signs of life in blowing out Georgia.
Game preview
(6) Florida State (8-1) vs. (12) Virginia (7-1)
3:30 p.m. (ABC)

Trev's pick: Florida State

200 Virginia is one of just eight teams to average at least 200 yards rushing and 200 yards passing per game.
Stat matchup
Peter Warrick, WR, FSU
Could have another big day with the loss of Virginia DB Anthony Poindexter in the lineup.
First place in the ACC is on the line again in this battle. Florida State is continuing to look really strong after its early season loss to N.C. State.
Game preview
(7) Texas A&M (8-1) vs. Oklahoma (3-5)
7 p.m. (fX)

Trev's pick: Texas A&M

20 Texas A&M has been solid stopping the big play, allowing just three rushes over 20 yards this season.
Stat matchup
Dat Nguyen, LB, Texas A&M
One of the top favorites for the Butkus Award, he is now the Aggies' all-time leading tackler with 461.
The Aggies just keep on rolling and are in good position for a spot in the Big 12 title game.
Game preview
(8) Wisconsin (8-0) vs. Minnesota (4-4)
Noon (ESPN)

Trev's pick: Wisconsin

107 Number of times the two teams have met in the most played rivalry in Division I-A football.
Stat matchup
Ron Dayne, RB, Wisconsin
Needs just two yards to become the Badger's first three-time 1,000-yard rusher since 1975.
No matter the record, this matchup is always tight. The Badgers will need another strong effort to keep their Rose, and even Fiesta, bowl hopes alive.
Game preview
(9) Penn State (6-1) at (22) Michigan (6-2)
Noon (ABC)

Trev's pick: Penn State

12-2-1 Michigan's record against AP top 10 teams since 1992.
Stat matchup
Chafie Fields, WR, Penn State
Finally had a breakout game last week against Illinois, catching three passes for 115 yards.
Penn State will be looking for revenge after getting beat bad last year at home. Michigan has won six straight despite struggling through the Big Ten schedule.
Game preview
(10) Arizona (8-1) vs. Washington State
9 p.m.

Trev's pick: Arizona

16.0 Average points allowed by the Arizona defense, best in the Pac-10.
Stat matchup
Keith Smith, QB, Arizona
Fifth in the nation in passing efficiency after going 8-of-10 for 166 yards and a TD last week.
Arizona has proven its worth in the Pac-10 after blowing out Oregon and now marches toward a possible New Year's Day bowl berth.
Game preview
(11) Arkansas (7-0) at Mississippi (6-2)
12:30 p.m. (Jefferson Pilot)

Trev's pick: Arkansas

144-47 Arkansas' scoring edge in the second half this season.
Stat matchup
Romaro Miller, QB, Mississippi
The freshman is second in the SEC with 1,800 yards passing. He threw a career-high 4 TDs in last week's win over LSU.
This game will go a long way in the SEC West race. It hasn't been pretty at times, but Arkansas is surprisingly still undefeated.
Game preview
(13) Notre Dame (6-1) at Boston College (3-5)
Noon (CBS)

Trev's pick: Notre Dame

7-2 Notre Dame's edge over Boston College in this "Holy War" between Division I-A's only two Catholic universities.
Stat matchup
Mike Cloud, RB, Boston College
Fifth in the nation with 1,256 yards although he struggled with just 75 last week.
A battle between two schools going in opposite directions. Notre Dame has won five straight while BC has lost five straight.
Game preview
(14) Nebraska (7-2) at Iowa State (2-6)
2 p.m.

Trev's pick: Nebraska

96 Nebraska's run of top 10 appearances in the AP poll that ended after last week's loss to Texas.
Stat matchup
Darren Davis, RB, Iowa State
Ranked 18th in the country with 858 yards rushing but has just one 100-yard game in Iowa State's five-game skid.
Nebraska is still smarting after seeing its 47-game home winning streak end. The Huskers should get better against a struggling Cyclone squad.
Game preview
(15) Syracuse (5-2) at West Virginia (4-3)
7:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Trev's pick: Syracuse

2 Syracuse's rank in scoring offense, averaging 44 points per game. The Orangemen average 52.3 points in Big East games.
Stat matchup
Donovan McNabb, QB, Syracuse
Already has Big East records in TD passes, TD responsibility and total offense yards.
Two of the most talented offenses in the Big East meet in a strong conference battle. Syracuse has a tough road ahead in trying to keep the conference lead.
Game preview
(15) Tulane (7-0) at Memphis (2-6)
1 p.m.

Trev's pick: Tulane

1931 Tulane's 7-0 start is the best since 1931 when it went 11-0 and played in the Rose Bowl.
Stat matchup
Teofilo Riley, RB, Memphis
Rushed for 342 of his 452 yards in the last two weeks.
While it probably won't get any BCS hype, Tulane just keeps on winning and winning and winning.
Game preview
(18) Missouri (6-2) vs. Colorado (6-2)
12:30 p.m. (Big 12 TV)

Trev's pick: Missouri

110-24 Missouri's scoring edge in the second quarter this season after a 21-point outburst against Texas Tech last week.
Stat matchup
Devin West, RB, Missouri
Fourth in the nation with 1,256 rushing yards. He has also scored 15 TDs.
One of the better Big 12 matchups between one of the top rushing teams and one of the top defenses. Both are fighting for second in the Big 12 North.
Game preview
(20) Texas (6-2) vs. Oklahoma State (3-5)
3:30 p.m. (ABC)

Trev's pick: Texas

89 Number of Division I-A teams Ricky Williams has outrushed by himself this season.
Stat matchup
Ricky Williams, RB, Texas
Needs 294 yards to break Tony Dorsett's career rushing mark.
Williams continues his march toward the Heisman and Dorsett's record as well as improve Texas' bowl hopes.
Game preview
(21) Oregon (6-2) vs. Washington (5-3)
3:30 p.m (ABC)

Trev's pick: Oregon

55-31-5 Washington's record over Oregon in this vicious regional battle.
Stat matchup
Brock Huard, QB, Washington
Has struggled since the season opener. He threw four INTs in last week's loss to USC.
Losses by both teams last week has taken the luster off this fierce border war. Both still have bowl hopes but not as high as they were a few weeks ago.
Game preview
(25) Air Force (7-1) at Army (2-5)
Noon (Fox Sports Net)

Trev's pick: Air Force

30 The Falcons are the only team in the country to score at least 30 points in every game this season.
Stat matchup
Blane Morgan, QB, Air Force
Continues the Morgan family tradition of leading the Falcons. He's rushed for 13 TDs and thrown for six more this season.
With a win, Air Force will have clinched its 12th Commander-in-Chief trophy. The Falcons have used a dominant option attack to rack up a 7-1 record.
Game preview

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