? Washington (5-3) at Oregon (6-2)
Everyone knows about Alabama versus Auburn and Michigan versus Ohio State, but the nastiest rivalry in the nation may be the one between the Ducks and the Huskies. " Oregon people think Huskies are a real undesirable breed of dog," says Thomas Hansen, commissioner of the Pac-10.
How undesirable? On one occasion, when Washington's players ran onto the Autzen Stadium field in Eugene, they were pelted with dog excrement. In 1992 fans threw Milk-Bones, whereupon Huskies linebacker Dave Hoffmann picked one up, yelled, "You think this is tough?" and began eating it.
Washington's arrogance, which developed as the Huskies beat the Ducks 17 times between 1974 and '93. However, Oregon has won three of the last four meetings and, behind star quarterback Akili Smith, should do so again on Saturday.
? Ole Miss (6-2) at Arkansas (7-0)
Ole Miss already has beaten the Razorbacks once in the last year: Rebels coach Tommy Tuberville, an Arkansas native, was up for the Hogs' coaching job last December, but having second thoughts, he withdrew from consideration. Arkansas athletic director Frank Broyles instead hired former Razorbacks quarterback Houston Nutt. Arkansas hasn't lost since, and they won't on Saturday. The SEC West champion will be decided when Arkansas visits Mississippi State on Nov. 21.
? Penn State (6-1) at Michigan (6-2)
The Nittany Lions have never lost in Michigan Stadium. O.K., so they've only been there twice. Who are we to argue with history?