? Texas (5-2) at Nebraska (7-1)
In past years the Huskers have depended on the kindness of spoilers. En route to the 1995 national title, for example, they didn't take a firm grip on the No. I spot in the polls until Virginia shocked Florida State in the first week of November. Now Nebraska has a chance to be the spoiler. A growing number of Heisman voters believe that Ricky Williams, the Longhorns' senior tailback, is a lock for the award, having rushed for 24 touchdowns and 1,484 yards in seven games. But he left room for doubt when he gained only 43 yards on 25 carries against Kansas State on Sept. 19. He'll be tested by a Huskers defense that is holding opponents to 106.5 yards per game on the ground and 2.9 yards per rush.
Williams doesn't have to match his average to keep his Heisman hopes alive. Let's face it: The race has stirred as much excitement as any of this year's elections, which is to say very little. If Williams doesn't deserve the trophy, who does?
? Oregon (6-1) at Arizona (7-1)
? Georgia (6-1) vs. Florida (6-1)
All four teams are ranked and have one loss in their respective conferences, so whichever two lose will see their league aspirations end. If the games come down to defense, look for Arizona and Florida to win. The Wildcats have another edge: They're coming off routs of Oregon State and Northeast Louisiana, while the Ducks had exhausting battles with UCLA and USC.
In Jacksonville, what used to be known as the World's Largest Cocktail Party has become as tidy as a luxury box, of which the refurbished Gator Bowl has plenty. Florida, which lost to the Dawgs 37-17 last season, is out for revenge. That, and a superior D, ought to be enough.