Tomorrow's games

October 20, 2006|By Staff reports

No. 5 Texas (6-1) @ No. 17 Nebraska (6-1)

Where -- Lincoln, Neb.

When -- Noon

TV -- Chs. 2, 7

Outlook -- Don't be surprised if these teams meet again for the Big 12 championship game in December. For Texas, this seems to be the final obstacle to a South Division title, with Texas A&M seeming to be the toughest team down the stretch. The Cornhuskers still have to travel to College Station, one week after playing Missouri at home.

No. 19 Rutgers (6-0) @ Pittsburgh (6-1)

Where -- Pittsburgh

When -- 5:45 p.m.

TV -- ESPN2

Outlook -- This likely would count as the first big game of the Big East schedule, with both teams hoping to eventually achieve Bowl Championship Series dreams by ruining those of West Virginia and Louisville. Rutgers is a physical team, allowing only 8.3 points per game, fewest in the nation, while using a punishing running game led by Ray Rice and Brian Leonard. Pittsburgh features Tyler Palko, who leads the nation with a 188.6 quarterback rating.

No. 13 Ga. Tech (5-1) @ No. 12 Clemson (6-1)

Where -- Clemson, S.C.

When -- 7:45 p.m.

TV -- ESPN

Outlook -- Like Texas-Nebraska, this game has repeat potential because the teams play in opposite divisions. But Clemson, one of five Atlantic Division teams with one conference loss, has the slimmest margin for error. The Tigers have the top scoring offense in the country at 43.9 points per game, led by James Davis, who is tied for the national scoring lead with 14 touchdowns. All eyes will continue to be on Georgia Tech receiver Calvin Johnson, who has scored eight times and averages 93.2 yards per game.

Iowa (5-2) @ No. 2 Michigan (7-0)

Where -- Ann Arbor, Mich.

When -- 3:30 p.m.

Outlook -- Iowa seems poised for a slide into oblivion similar to Michigan State's earlier this year. The Hawkeyes' loss against No. 1 Ohio State three weeks ago was followed by a win over Purdue and a home loss last weekend against Indiana - a team that lost to Division I-AA Southern Illinois. And a visit to Michigan isn't shaping up to be much of a cure.

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