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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 Thursday for the heads-up on what games are shaping up to be the best each week, the matchups that could foul up the BCS, the Heisman showcases and a few others that have piqued our interest.
The Trojans hit the road for the final time of the season and head to Tempe where they'll face a dangerous Sun Devil team that can put a lot of points on the board. The only problem for new coach Dennis Erickson is that he'll be facing one of the best defenses in the country while his team may feature one of the Pac-10's worst. Still, there's potential upset in this one and it's the only college football game of any significance on Thanksgiving and chances are it won't be a fun holiday for those in Arizona's capital district.
A tradition in Texas, the Longhorns and Aggies butt heads in College Station where the Big 12 South could very easily be on the line. The Longhorns would love nothing more than exact a little revenge following last season's upset by the Aggies in Austin that snapped A&M's six-game losing streak to Texas. That win also might have been the biggest reason Dennis Franchione is still coaching A&M.
Heisman Showcase of the Week
Fri., Nov. 23 - Arkansas at LSU
LSU knocked off Arkansas in this game last year and derailed the Hogs' hopes of playing for a national championship. But it didn't derail Darren McFadden and the rest of the Razorbacks run toward the SEC West title. McFadden ran for 182 yards that day against one of the best defense in the nation, and if he can pull of something similar and propel his team to a second straight division crown, then this one could very well be up for grabs as McFadden zeros in on the Heisman.
BCS Busters of the Week
Fri., Nov. 23 - Boise State at Hawai'i
How about BCS Buster of the Year? Both teams figure to be undefeated heading into this one and the winner should be the WAC champ with a potential BCS bowl game to come in January. These two engaged in a high-scoring affair last September in Boise and, in Honolulu this year, expect the scoreboard to light up yet again.
FloridaState has one of, if not, the toughest schedules in the country, highlighted by their season-ending trip to The Swamp. What will the Gators defense look like at this point with all the departures they must address? Will the Seminoles revamped offense make this game a truly meaningful one? One thing's for sure, Florida's been the better of the two in recent years, owning a 3-1 record in the last four meetings.
Nick Saban gets his first taste of the Tigers and the best rivalry in the SEC. Unfortunately for him, he's going up against Tommy Tuberville, who has basically owned the Crimson Tide as of late. Auburn has beaten Alabama four straight, but in a strange way, Saban can thank Mike Shula's inability to beat the arch-rival as one of the big reasons he's earning $4 million a year to coach college football in the state that just may be loonier about it than any other.