Tomorrow's Games

September 15, 2006|By CHRISTINE EWELL

No. 6 LSU@No. 3 Auburn

Site -- Auburn, Ala.

Time -- 3:30 p.m.

TV -- Chs. 13, 9

Outlook -- This is the only matchup between two teams ranked in the Top 10, with both teams stocked with NFL prospects and with hopes for a Southeastern Conference championship game berth in the balance. But, above all, this is the John Vaughn game. As a junior kicker for Auburn last year, Vaughn missed five field goals - including one in overtime - in a 20-17 loss to LSU, the team's only defeat in its past 18 SEC games. But he seems to be in better form in 2006, making two career-long field goals in Auburn's first two games (52 and 55 yards).

No. 11 Michigan@No. 2 Notre Dame

Site -- South Bend, Ind.

Time -- 3:42 p.m.

TV -- Chs. 11, 4

Outlook -- The roles are reversed from last season, when the Wolverines were near the top of the polls (No. 3) and the Irish wanted to serve notice of their program's improvement. They did just that, leaving Ann Arbor with a 17-10 victory. This time, it's Michigan's turn to quiet skeptics - especially after so-so performances against Vanderbilt and Central Michigan - at a place where it hasn't won since 1994. Notre Dame is acquainted with the task, having routed Penn State last week as a follow-up to a difficult 14-10 win at Georgia Tech.

No. 7 Florida@No. 13 Tennessee

Site -- Knoxville, Tenn.

Time -- 8 p.m.

TV -- Chs. 13, 9

Outlook -- As hyped rivalries go, this one is almost lopsided, with the Gators winning 14 of the past 20 meetings, including nine of the past 13. Florida enters Knoxville as a relatively untested team with victories over Southern Mississippi and Central Florida, while also trying to shed a reputation it earned last year as a soft team on the road. The Volunteers, dominating in their opener against a ranked California team, reverted to their erratic ways the following week but squeaked past Air Force.

ACC pick: No. 17 Miami@No. 12 Louisville

Site -- Louisville, Ky.

Time -- 3:35 p.m.

TV -- Chs. 2,, 7

Outlook -- Miami could stand to give a good team a beating, and Louisville is a team that could stand a healthy flogging, after pulling the stunt of keeping starting quarterback Brian Brohm on the field well into the second half of a 62-0 win over Temple. After proving little in a 51-10 victory over Florida A&M, the Hurricanes need a victory over the Cardinals to make a statement.

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