Tomorrow's games

September 08, 2006|By Staff reports

No. 1 Ohio State (1-0) at No. 2 Texas (1-0)

Site -- Austin, Texas

Time -- 8:13 p.m.

TV -- Ch. 2

Outlook -- How Texas' home win against North Texas merited a leap frog in the AP rankings over a Notre Dame team that won on the road - against a team, um, better than the Mean Green - is quite the wonder. That said, here you have your first regular-season No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup since 1996, with the Buckeyes trying to hold on to the top ranking and Longhorns to take it and extend their 21-game winning streak in the process. It also happens to be a rematch of last year's thriller in Columbus, where Texas grabbed a 25-22 win on the way to a national title.

No. 19 Penn State (1-0) at No. 4 Notre Dame (1-0)

Site -- South Bend, Ind.

Time -- 3:42 p.m.

TV -- Ch. 11

Outlook -- A gem in most weeks - the first meeting between the two program since 1992 - this matchup will be overshadowed by Ohio State-Texas. Nonetheless, both teams had a resurgence last year and are now trying to maintain it. Notre Dame, smacked back two positions to No. 4 in the AP poll, has improved defensively. But Penn State's defense doesn't provide the best situation for the Irish to find their offensive mojo, which was missing last weekend at Georgia Tech.

Mississippi (1-0) at Missouri (1-0)

Site -- Columbia, Mo.

Time -- 12:40 p.m.

TV -- Comcast SportsNet

Outlook -- For a team coming off a 4-8 record in 2005, Mississippi inspires curiosity because of coach Ed Orgeron's reputation as a recruiter. Freshman receiver Dexter McCluster would be an example of that anticipation, with 268 all-purpose yards over Memphis last weekend. Missouri, in contrast, needs more than a 47-7 win over Murray State to prompt much enthusiasm. Despite a roster of 17 returning starters from last year's 7-5 team, the Tigers were fifth in the weak Big 12 North. The winner could easily end up with a 4-0 record by the end of September.

ACC PICK: No. 18 Clemson (1-0) at Boston College (1-0)

Site -- Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Time -- 3:30 p.m.

TV -- Ch. 2

Outlook -- Though the Tigers had no problems in a 54-6 win over Florida Atlantic, Boston College might pose a greater challenge to a defense reeling after the loss of linebacker Anthony Waters, a All-America candidate who suffered a season-ending knee injury during the win over FAU. The Eagles are hoping to show a little more than they did against Central Michigan, when they needed a couple of fourth-quarter touchdowns to win their season opener.

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