Here’s the best of a relatively light day of college football:
Oklahoma State (+8) at Oklahoma – It amazes me that the Cowboys are still getting as little respect as this line indicates given the seasons the two teams have had. This one really matters for the Cowboys, and only counts for pride for Oklahoma.
New Mexico (+44.5) at TCU – Boise State did their job yesterday. Now TCU needs to avoid a humiliating upset to secure a BCS bid. This is a chance for style points for the Horned Frogs.
Missouri (-3) vs. Kansas – This rivalry has been better in recent years than it is now, but there is still a whole lot of hatred to go around in this one.
Florida State (+25) at Florida – Florida obviously needs to win to finish the regular season at number one. Florida State has had an up and down year, but they would love nothing more than to derail the Gators. This one should be a serious battle.
Arizona (-3) at Arizona State – Both these teams have been a little disappointing, but there is a whole lot of hatred here, and the teams are good enough and competent enough to make this one a thriller.
Utah (+7.5) at BYU – Speaking of teams that really, really hate each other. These are both very good teams, both need a win to improve their bowl position, and both want nothing more than to beat the pulp out of the other guys.
Arkansas (+3.5) at LSU – The Tigers badly need a win here to try to erase the taste of the end of their last game from their mouths. The Razorbacks need a win to finish this season strong and set a tone for what should be a better year next year. This will be a good chance to see if a potent offense can overwhelm a potent defense.
Notre Dame (+10) at Stanford – Charlie Weis’ future is already determined, but it would still be fun to kick him while he’s down. Stanford would cap off a pretty solid season with a win here. This one should also be a bit of a quarterback clinic – Jimmy Clausen is more than solid, and Andrew Luck in the real thing.
UCLA (+12.5) at USC – The Trojans need to show some pride, pick themselves up off the floor, and pound the hell out of their cross-town rivals. For the first time in years I’m not entirely convinced that they are up to that challenge.