? Tennessee (4-1) at Alabama (5-1)
The Volunteers may not be as fortunate this season as they were a year ago, but they couldn't have asked for a better week not to play than last week. Already this season quarterback Tee Martin has sustained a bruised clavicle, a sprained right hand and a concussion. The rest did him some good. Without Martin, Tennessee would be just another team. Meanwhile, Alabama would be just another team without tailback Shaun Alexander, the nation's leading scorer. The one constant with the Crimson Tide this season has been that none of its games have been dull. Imagine the excitement Alabama will create after it beats Tennessee for the first time in five years.
? Penn State (7-0) at Purdue (5-2)
? Ohio State (4-3) at Minnesota (5-1)
? Michigan State (6-1) at Wisconsin (5-2)
Weed-out week in the Big Ten. Goodbye, Spoilermakers. Like Michigan State last week, Purdue will come off an emotional high and fall flat. See you, Buckeyes. The Golden Gophers' defense will confuse sophomore quarterback Steve Bellisari and keep Minnesota in the hunt for its first league championship in 32 seasons. Later, Badgers. The Spartans will bounce back.
? Nebraska (6-0) at Texas (5-2)
Nebraska's Blackshirts defense just needed the team's offense to play adequately. Now that quarterback Eric Crouch has the unit doing better than that, watch out.