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November 19, 2005|By DON MARKUS

NATIONAL GAME OF THE WEEK

Alabama@Auburn -- Though the national significance was erased with Alabama's overtime loss to LSU last week, there is still much on the line today when the Crimson Tide visits enemy territory for the annual in-state showdown with Auburn. Alabama and Auburn are tied for first place in the SEC West, but LSU (5-1 SEC) has beaten both and holds the tiebreakers.

NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Fresno State quarterback Paul Pinegar -- He has led the Bulldogs to an 8-1 record and is ranked 10th in passing efficiency. Pinegar can make a name for himself today at the Los Angeles Coliseum, when Fresno State tries to stop USC's 32-game winning streak.

NATIONAL STORY LINES

Miami vices -- Is Miami's latest transgression - a vulgar 2-year-old rap recording by a group that included members of the football team - going to be added to the rap sheets of the past? Apologies aside, it shows that things haven't changed as much as the folks in Coral Gables would like you to think in regard to the Hurricanes.

Which coach is sitting on the biggest hot seat? -- As the 2005 season winds down, there are a number of candidates, but the front-runner appears to be Nebraska's Bill Callahan. After a 4-0 start that included a win over then-No. 23 Iowa State, the Cornhuskers have gone 2-4, beating only Baylor and Kansas State.

NATIONAL NUMBERS

22 -- Years - and consecutive losses - since Vanderbilt last beat Tennessee. It's the second-longest streak in major college football, but it likely won't end today in Knoxville. The Commodores have lost six straight after a 4-0 start, and the 4-5 Vols beat Memphis last week to end a four-game losing streak.

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