? MICHIGAN (6-0) AT MICHIGAN STATE (5-1)
With a Rose Bowl berth conceivably on the line, this rivalry finally means something outside the state of Michigan—even though Northwestern made the Spartans pay last Saturday for looking ahead to the Wolverines. Michigan is ranked sixth in the nation against the rush. So, Michigan State tailback Sedrick Irvin, meet the line of scrimmage. You don't figure to get very far past it. The Wolverines, who haven't given up a point in the fourth quarter, should finish the afternoon still on track for a battle of unbeatens with Penn State on Nov. 8.
? TULANE (4-2) AT SOUTHERN MISS (4-2)
The winner takes a large step toward the Conference USA title. With first-year coach Tommy Bowden applying the family formula, the Green Wave has scored at least 30 points in its four victories. But the Golden Eagles lead the conference in total defense thanks to linebacker Marchant Kenney and his 12.3 tackles a game. That defense and Southern Miss's home field advantage should be too much for Tulane.
? NEBRASKA (6-0) AT KANSAS (4-3)
A victory would be the Comhuskers' 35th in a row over a conference opponent in the regular season and would bring Nebraska within one win of clinching a return to the Big 12 championship game. Can you feel the tension? Not exactly. The Jayhawks will be overmatched against the Huskers, who have allowed 99 points—just 40 by the first-team defense. The rallying cry of the generally mediocre Big 12: Thank god for the (even worse) Big East, which leads us to....
? VIRGINIA TECH (5-1) AT WEST VIRGINIA (5-1)
The two most physical teams in the conference were idle last week, so get ready for some heavy hitting. Mountaineers sophomore Amos Zereoue has rushed for 100 yards or more 10 times in his career, and West Virginia has won every one of those games. But the Hokies have allowed only one 100-yard performance this season and bring an eight-game Big East winning streak to Morgantown. The edge goes to the nastiest, noisiest crowd in the league.