Today's key national games

College Football

September 10, 2005|By LOS ANGELES TIMES

No. 20 N. Dame (1-0) at No. 3 Michigan (1-0)

Time: Noon

TV: Chs. 2, 7

Line: Michigan by 7

Notre Dame update: It didn't take long for Charlie Weis to restore luster to the Fighting Irish, who beat then-No. 23 Pittsburgh, 42-21.

Michigan update: The opportunistic Wolverines defense and special teams forced five turnovers in a 33-17 victory over Northern Illinois.

Story line: Weis could ascend to near-legendary status after only two games if he guides Notre Dame to a victory.

The pick: Notre Dame. Luck has nothing to do with it as the upstart Irish win their second consecutive stunner.

No. 16 California (1-0) at Washington (0-1)

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Line: California by 9

California update: Quarterbacks Joe Ayoob and Steve Levy struggled to replace injured starter Nate Longshore during the Golden Bears' 41-3 victory over Sacramento State.

Washington update: Coach Tyrone Willingham's first season could be a downer if the Huskies play like they did in the fourth quarter against Air Force, when they squandered a 17-6 lead and lost, 20-17.

Story line: This will be a good test to see how Washington matches up ... with Sacramento State.

The pick: California. Even without Longshore, who is out for at least three months, the Golden Bears are too formidable.

South Carolina (1-0) at No. 9 Georgia (1-0)

Time: 5:30 p.m.


Line: Georgia by 18

South Carolina update: It's difficult to know how much credit to give the Gamecocks for their season-opening 24-15 victory over Central Florida.

Georgia update: Senior quarterback D.J. Shockley accounted for six touchdowns in his first college start to lead the Bulldogs to an easier-than-expected 48-13 win over then-No. 18 Boise State.

Story line: What has been a lopsided series should hold more intrigue that Steve Spurrier is coaching the Gamecocks.

The pick: Georgia. Spurrier falls short in his bid for an upset.

No. 2 Texas (1-0) at No. 4 Ohio St. (1-0)

Time: 8 p.m.

TV: Chs. 2, 7

Line: Ohio State by 1

Texas update: Eight players scored during the Longhorns' 60-3 win over Louisiana Lafayette.

Ohio State update: The Buckeyes led 34-0 before surrendering two late touchdowns in their 34-14 win over Miami (Ohio).

Story line: Two storied teams that have combined for 1,553 victories meet for the first time.

The pick: Ohio State. The Buckeyes will be tough to beat in front of what figures to be a record crowd at Ohio Stadium.

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