Around the nation

October 08, 2005|By DON MARKUS


The Southeastern Conference continues to show why it's the best league in the country. Every week there's a game that has Bowl Championship Series implications, and Georgia's trip to Neyland Stadium to face Tennessee certainly fits the bill. The unbeaten Bulldogs haven't missed a beat with D.J. Shockley, but must keep winning to stay in the hunt. A win by the Vols will help get them back in the SEC race.


Two weeks after scoring the winning touchdown against Northwestern, one week after scoring twice on running plays against Minnesota, Penn State freshman wide receiver Derrick Williams will be the guy Ohio State tries to stop if the Buckeyes want to beat the undefeated Nittany Lions in Happy Valley.


Will Texas finally beat Oklahoma? -- With the second-ranked Longhorns going in as big favorites for the first time since Bob Stoops' first year in Norman, this is Mack Brown's best shot to beat the Sooners for the first time since 1999. The Sooners are a mess, particularly with Adrian Peterson missing a couple of days of practice this week because of a sprained ankle.

Does the Big East deserve a BCS bid? -- As much talk as there was last season about how undeserving Pittsburgh was of the league's BCS bid - and proving that it wasn't worth a trip to the Fiesta Bowl when the Panthers got whipped by Utah - this year's representative will likely be even worse. It could be the winner of today's game between West Virginia and Rutgers. Rutgers?


57 -- That's how many points Texas Tech has averaged through its first four games. The Red Raiders, who lead the nation in scoring, saw their average drop nine points with last week's 30-17 win over Kansas and could see it fall some more when they play Nebraska, which has surrendered just 36.

26 -- The home winning streak of Boise State, the longest in the country. The Broncos, who have recovered from an 0-2 start to even their record at 2-2, should add to their winning streak on their famous blue field.

2 -- Virginia Tech and Wyoming are the only two teams in the country to have covered the spread in all five of their games.

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