June 23, 2006
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Over the summer, CSTV.com will be taking a look at the college football schedule, highlighting the top matchups, the can't-miss games and the storylines that make certain contests so intriguing. Check in every Friday for the heads-up on what games are shaping up to be the best each week, the worst each week and a few others that have piqued our interest.
A few of the more intriguing matchups on this weekend include Oregon visiting Cal in a contest between two Pac-10 heavyweights, while Penn State hits the road for a conference showdown with Minnesota, and Tennessee, who hopes to rebound from its disappointing 2005 season, takes on Georgia in an SEC tilt.
Game of the Week
Sat. Oct. 7 - Texas at Oklahoma
The Red River Rivalry takes center stage once again at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, as the Longhorns and Sooners meet for the 101st time in their storied rivalry, which recently saw the two schools agree to a new contract keeping the game in Dallas through 2010. Last season saw
Games to Watch
The Seminoles will have revenge on their minds in this one, as the Wolfpack stunned FSU in Tallahassee last season, 20-15. Surprisingly, N.C. State has had the upper hand in this series over the past five years, winning three of the last five meetings. `Noles QB Drew Weatherford is back for his second season, and he'll be looking to put together a better performance against N.C. State this time around. In last season's loss, Weatherford threw three picks and was benched in the fourth quarter.
If anyone from the Mountain West Conference is going to challenge the Horned Frogs, it may just be
Sat. Oct. 7 - LSU at Florida
The scene shifts to the swamp this year after last year's 21-17 home win by LSU. JaMarcus Russell will be looking for another big game, after completing 14-of-22 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns in last season's matchup. On the other side, Florida QB Chris Leak is back for his senior season and will be looking to put forth a stronger performance after throwing 11-of-30 for just 107 yards and no touchdowns
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The Cornhuskers took a big step in the right direction last season, finishing the year with three straight wins, including that thrilling 32-28 victory over Michigan in the Alamo Bowl, to close out the season with an 8-4 record. A win at Iowa State won't come easy though. The Cyclones lost just once at home last season and with a visit to Oklahoma looming the following week, Iowa St. would love to snag a win over the Huskers.
Rivalry of the Week
Sat. Oct. 7 - Michigan State at Michigan
These two intrastate foes will clash in the 99th meeting between the schools, with the team from Ann Arbor holding a dominant 65-28-5 series leads over their rivals from East Lansing. This series has had a flair for the dramatics in recent seasons, as Michigan has squeaked out two overtime victories the past two years to capture the Paul Bunyan Trophy - presented annually to the winner. Also, this year's game is in the "Big House," where the Spartans have not won in their last seven tries.
Mismatch of the Week
Sat. Oct 7 - Duke at Alabama
It's one of the ACC's worst against one of the SEC's best in this matchup between the Blue Devils and the Tide. This game starts the toughest stretch of the season for Duke, as it hosts Florida State and Miami in the two weeks following the contest. Meanwhile, Alabama will be coming off a big SEC matchup in Gainesville against Florida. The Tide - coming off a season in which they went 10-2 and beat Texas Tech in the Cotton Bowl - will be looking to continue its rise to a championship caliber team. But questions loom on defense, where they must replace seven starters from last year as well as at quarterback, where John Parker Wilson will be replacing Brodie Croyle.