Tomorrow's Key Games

September 22, 2006|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN REPORTER

No. 24 Penn State@No. 1 Ohio State

Where -- Columbus, Ohio

Kickoff -- 3:30 p.m.

TV -- Ch. 2

Outlook -- Ohio State has won 10 straight games after beating Cincinnati, 37-7. The Buckeyes' last loss came in last year's meeting with the Nittany Lions, who are hoping for a better performance than their last road game with a high-profile opponent, a 41-17 loss at Notre Dame two weeks ago.

No. 22 Arizona State@No. 21 California

Where -- Berkeley, Calif.

Kickoff -- 3:30 p.m.

TV -- Comcast SportsNet

Outlook -- While Cal comes into this game with a two-game winning streak, this is another opportunity get past its blowout loss to Tennessee in the season opener. The Golden Bears have won the past three meetings, but will have to contend with an improved Sun Devils defense.

Wisconsin@No. 6 Michigan

Where -- Ann Arbor, Mich.

Kickoff -- Noon


Outlook -- Michigan, coming off its impressive beating of Notre Dame, returns home to face yet another undefeated opponent. The Badgers, led by Big Ten rushing leader P.J. Hill (138 yards per game), will be facing a stout test instead of Bowling Green, Western Illinois and San Diego State, especially with a Wolverines defense that has allowed only 20 rushing yards per game.

No. 12 Notre Dame@Michigan State

Where -- East Lansing, Mich.

Kickoff -- 8 p.m.

TV -- Ch. 2

Outlook -- Coming off a 47-21 home loss to Michigan last weekend, Notre Dame needs to rebound from its worst loss in the Charlie Weis era.

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