Saturday’s college football action is highlighted by three
games that could have major BCS implications. Top-rated Southern
Cal. battles undefeated Arizona State, Virginia travels to
Tallahassee to face perennial power Florida State and West Virginia
plays Connecticut in a game that might decide the Big East

No. 19 Arizona State (5-0) at No. 1 Southern Cal. (5-0)
— 3:30 p.m., ABC

After taking a giant step towards the BCS title game last
weekend with its 23-17 win over Cal., Southern Cal. will look to
take another big step troward the Pac-10 title by beating Arizona
State this Saturday. The Cal game was the second straight close
call for the Trojans, who barely beat Stanford two weeks ago. Led
by Heisman candidates Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush, the
Trojans’ offense is one of the best in the nation. Teams
cannot focus on the run or the pass in the balanced attack.

The Sun Devils are the surprise team in the Pac-10 this season.
Led by senior quarterback Andrew Walter, Arizona State has racked
up impressive wins against Big Ten foes Northwestern and Iowa.
Walter has been particularly impressive, throwing 15 touchdowns
passes this season.

As good as Arizona State has played so far this season, it has
not faced a team like Southern Cal. The Trojans’ talent level
will be too much for the visiting Sun Devils to handle. The Sun
Devils will make things interesting, but Southern Cal. will
continue its Pac-10 dominance this weekend.

Southern Cal 31, Arizona State 17

No. 6 Virginia (5-0) at No. 7 Florida State (4-1) —
7:45 p.m., ESPN

This ACC showdown between top-10 teams will be a defining game
for both sides. The Cavaliers are looking for respect since they
have yet to defeat a top-25 team this year. The Cavaliers’
run-oriented offense has been nearly unstoppable, and talented
running back Wali Lundy has emerged as a touchdown threat on every
play. The Cavaliers’ defense has been equally impressive,
holding opponents to just under of almost 14 points per game.

Perennial ACC power Florida State is in danger of falling out of
the conference race with a loss to Virginia. The Seminoles enter
this showdown without having played their best football, with a
close victory over an average Syracuse team last weekend. Coach
Bobby Bowden has already announced that Wyatt Sexton will start the
game at quarterback, as Chris Rix is still not healthy enough to
play. Despite all of these issues, do not underestimate the
Seminoles. Their defense has been suffocating, and the game will be
played at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee.

This game will be dominated by the defenses, with neither team
being able to move the ball on each other. The game will come down
to special teams, and the Seminoles have been atrocious in that
department so far. The Cavaliers will take a big step toward the
ACC crown as they will go into Tallahassee and beat Florida

Virginia 13, Florida State 10

No. 16 West Virginia (4-1) at Connecticut (4-1) — 7:30
p.m., ESPN

This game goes to show how far the Big East has fallen: A team
three years removed from playing 1-AA football is in the running
for the conference championship. With the move of Miami and
Virginia Tech to the ACC, Connecticut has established itself as a
contender in the Big East this season. The Huskies are led by
sophomore running back Cornell Brockington, who is averaging more
than 100 yards per game.

West Virginia is coming off a loss to former Big East foe
Virginia Tech two weeks ago. The Mountaineers may also be without
star running back Kay Jay Harris.

This is undoubtedly the biggest game in Connecticut football
history, but expect the Mountaineers to get the win. The Huskies,
while West Virginia has been inexperienced in many pressure-filled
games like this before.

West Virginia 24, Connecticut 14

No. 17 Louisville (4-0) at No. 3 Miami (4-0) — 7:30
p.m., ESPN

This nonconference game of unbeatens matches a mid-major school
on the cusp of breaking through against a perennial power seeking
another appearance in the BCS title game.

The Cardinals have a high-flying offense led by running backs
Eric Shelton and Michael Bush. Quarterback Stefan LeFors has played
spectacularly with a completion rate of 75 percent.

Miami is once again in the mix for the national title. The
Hurricanes have not played for three weeks, so they may be a bit
rusty. The defense is lightning fast and has not allowed more than
13 points this season, while the offense has been improving.
Quarterback Brock Berlin’s play has improved since he led the
Hurricanes to a comeback win against Florida State to start off the

Although Louisville has looked impressive this season, it will
be no match for the Hurricanes. Add in the fact that the game is at
the Orange Bowl, and it spells disaster for the Cardinals.

Miami 31, Louisville 10

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