? Ohio State (6-5, 3-4) at Michigan (8-2, 5-2)
? Penn State (9-2, 5-2) at Michigan State (8-2, 5-2)
The Wolverines, Nittany Lions and Spartans each need a win to stake a claim to the two BCS at-large berths. Michigan will cruise. Penn State fought hard after its devastating loss to Minnesota on Nov. 6, but that wasn't enough to beat the Wolverines last week. The Nittany Lions will play hard again on Saturday—and again it won't be enough.
? California (4-6, 3-4) at Stanford (6-3, 6-1)
The crowd at Stanford Stadium will be wallowing in nostalgia. A victory would give the Cardinal its first outright Pac-10 championship since 1971 and its first Rose Bowl berth in 28 years. The game won't be televised live, though, not even regionally. Instead ABC will broadcast a matchup of two teams tied for eighth place, USC and UCLA. (What a network won't do for ratings.) Stanford has won four straight Big Games, but this rivalry thrives on spoiling the favorite's dreams. Last season 2-8 Stanford knocked 5-5 Cal out of bowl contention by winning 10-3. Turnabout is fair play.
? Alabama (8-2, 6-1) at Auburn (5-5, 2-5)
The Tigers reinvigorated the Iron Bowl last Saturday with a shocking 38-21 upset at Georgia. Not that this rivalry ever suffers from anemia. Both teams have improved tremendously since the beginning of the season. Auburn quarterback Ben Leard threw for a school-record 416 yards against the Dawgs, but he will be facing a defense that has intercepted nine passes in the last three games even as it lost four of its starters to injury. Alabama will end its four-game losing streak at Jordan-Hare Stadium, clinch the SEC West and redeem once-beleaguered coach Mike DuBose, who will go from nearly fired to SEC Coach of the Year in one autumn.