There’s Turmoil in the Top 25.

No. 13 Vanderbilt has its highest ranking since 1956.

No. 25 Ball State is ranked for the first time in school history.

Yet, with all the chaos of the 2008 season, some familiar names represent college football’s elite: Oklahoma, Alabama, LSU and Texas. There is still balance at the top — at least until Saturday.

Arguably the biggest game to date this season takes place this weekend, and you probably won’t see a minute of it. If the game in the Big House is over by halftime, it might be a good idea to head home and tune in to the matchup at the Cotton Bowl between No. 5 Texas and No. 1 Oklahoma — The Red River Shootout.

Figure in a battle of the last two national champions No. 4 LSU and No. 11 Florida, and this weekend might be the best of the season.

Not buzzing over Michigan’s marquee clash vs. Toledo? We’ve got you covered across the nation.

No. 5 Texas vs. No. 1 Oklahoma

Quarterback Colt McCoy and the Longhorns look to upset Sam Bradford and the Sooners. But it won’t be easy. Oklahoma Coach Bob Stoops has his Sooners poised to make a run for the national title under Bradford’s steady arm and consistent rushing yardage from sophomore back DeMarco Murray. Oklahoma is the team to beat in 2008 and has put up 49.6 points per game this season.

But Texas has also looked unbeatable so far. Led by McCoy, a dual-threat quarterback, the Longhorns have dominated opponents just as easily as Oklahoma has. If the Sooner defense can’t stifle McCoy and soften his ground attack, it could be a long day for Oklahoma defensive coordinator Brent Venables.

Whose Heisman hopes will be dashed?

Which team will pull ahead in the Big 12 and position itself as a favorite to make it to the BCS Championship game?

These questions, and more, could be answered Saturday.

Rating: 5 out of 5 footballs

Clemson vs. No. 21 Wake Forest

In this week’s lone ACC matchup, two hungry teams meet Thursday night to prove who belongs atop the conference’s Atlantic division. And both look to bounce back from disheartening losses after bye weeks.

The Tigers, who have fallen from the top to unranked, are eager to prove that they still belong among college football’s elite.

The Demon Deacons are desperate to eliminate the bitter taste that has lingered since the embarrassing loss to Navy Sept. 27. While the game won’t have the national appeal of Texas and Oklahoma, it is easy to understand why it will be quite an emotional matchup.

Rating: 4 out of 5 footballs

No. 4 LSU vs. No. 11 Florida

Which division is better? East or West? Both divisions in the SEC have three teams in the top 20 and hope to prove their superiority.

Two Saturdays ago, Alabama sent a message to the East with a 41-30 victory over Georgia. This Saturday, the Gators host LSU and will try to send it back to the West.

Last season, LSU defeated Florida 28-24 at home with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

Guaranteed: On fourth and short, Florida coach Urban Meyer will call for a quarterback sneak and surprise the LSU defense.

Guaranteed: Left guard Herman Johnson, the biggest LSU football player at 386 pounds, will eat 15 pounds of fried gator head Friday night.

Rating: 4 out of 5 footballs

No. 17 Oklahoma State vs. No. 3 Missouri

Going on the road is hard for any college football team. And visiting a third-ranked team with Chase Daniel at quarterback makes matters even more difficult.

After four straight home games, No. 17 Oklahoma State has its first big test of the season on the road against Missouri. Both teams have scored more than 50 points in four of their five games.

Guaranteed: Chase Daniel will complete 30 straight passes. But more surprisingly he will throw an interception in the fourth quarter, matching his season total.

Rating: 4 out of 5 footballs

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