? Stanford (5-2, 5-0) at Washington (4-3, 3-1)
The Cardinal has the Pac-10's worst defense and hasn't won in Seattle since 1975, which was pre-Mariners and pre-Seahawks. In other words, prehistoric. Given the way things are going in the conference, it seems that Stanford's time has come. On the plane home from a 31-27 victory at Cal last Saturday, Washington coach Rick Neuheisel said, "We need some Husky weather" for the Cardinal, as in rain, wind and cold. No, Rick. Bad weather isn't necessary. Stanford doesn't win at Washington.
?Air Force (4-2, 3-1) at BYU (6-1, 3-0)
The Falcons have had two weeks to prepare their option rushing game for the Cougars, who have been vulnerable against good running teams. Virginia tailback Thomas Jones went for 210 yards and two touchdowns in a 45-40 win at Cougar Stadium on Sept. 25. But this isn't the pure matchup of rushing versus passing that this rivalry traditionally has been. Sure, BYU quarterback Kevin Feterik is dangerous, but the Cougars' offense isn't one-dimensional. Freshman tailbacks Lucas Staley and Fahu Tahi have combined for II touchdowns on the ground and 5.5 yards per carry. Brigham Young has more talent and the home field advantage. That ought to do the trick.
? Georgia (6-1, 4-1) vs. Florida (6-1, 4-1)
Gators coach Steve Spurrier promises he'll no longer berate senior quarterback Doug Johnson for making poor decisions at the line of scrimmage. Instead he'll bench him. Remember Jesse Palmer, named the starter just before breaking his right clavicle in Florida's sixth game last season? He's waiting in the wings. The guess, though, is that after two weeks of preparation, Johnson and the refreshed Gators will live high on the Dawgs.