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Chris Mannix
October 17, 2005
What to watch and watch for
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October 17, 2005

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

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SATURDAY 10/15

SI PICK OF THE WEEK

Welcome, Matt

Last year Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart (above) torched the Notre Dame secondary for 400 yards and five touchdown passes in USC's 41-10 triumph in L.A. The good news for No. 9 Notre Dame: It had two weeks to prepare for the top-ranked Trojans' visit this year, and the Irish are 24-4 since 1986 after a bye week. The bad news? An extra week off didn't do them any good last year. Leinart won't be the only Heisman hopeful on the field this time. Irish eyes are smiling over Brady Quinn, who has thrown for 300 yards in three straight games. NBC 3:30 p.m.

SATURDAY 10/15

No. 11 Florida at No. 10 LSU

It didn't take long for the tide--and the Tide--to turn against Florida coach Urban Meyer. A 31-3 loss to Alabama two weeks ago prompted a Florida paper to describe the Gators in a headline as URBAN MYTHS. Despite a 35-9 win against Mississippi State last Saturday, Meyer needs a win today to keep Florida fans off his back and his team in contention in the SEC East. CBS 3:30 p.m.

Lightning at Penguins

It's young star meets really young star. Not long ago Tampa Bay center Vincent Lecavalier (right), 25, was the NHL's best prospect. These days that title goes to Sidney Crosby (page 52), Pittsburgh's 18-year-old phenom who at week's end was tied for third in the league in scoring. Both teams' top vets aren't too bad either: 40-year-old Mario Lemieux will have his hands full with the reigning MVP, Tampa Bay's 30-year-old right wing Martin St. Louis. Check listings, 7:30 p.m.

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