NO. 6 LSU at NO. 5 AUBURN
► When: 3:30 p.m. (CBS)
► The line: Auburn by 6.5
► Why you should watch: The season has been a wild one in the SEC if you count what has happened to just LSU and Auburn. Both teams have watched leads evaporate in the second half, only to seal (steal?) wins in the final seconds. Where LSU prefers to save its head-slapping drama for the final seconds, Auburn caused defensive coordinators everywhere to cringe and offensive coordinators everywhere to turn green with envy with last week’s 65-43 win over Arkansas. This game matches the final two undefeated teams in the SEC. Auburn QB Cam Newton, the SEC’s leading rusher, would be atop most Heisman lists if the season ended today. He’ll face what might be the SEC’s best defense. LSU DT Drake Nevis is playing as well as any lineman in the nation; he has 11.5 tackles for loss. While Auburn’s defense is shaky, can LSU’s quarterbacks take advantage?
No. 10 WISCONSIN AT No. 13 IOWA
► When: 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)
► The line: Iowa by 5
► Why you should watch: The Big Ten race will be a wild one, with Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Ohio State having legitimate shots at the Rose Bowl. The conference titlist likely will be determined in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes play host to Wisconsin this week, to Michigan State on Oct. 30 and to Ohio State on Nov. 20. The Hawkeyes’ defense had a bad day, yardage-wise, last week against Michigan, allowing 522 yards. It was the first 500-yard day against the Hawkeyes since a 31-6 loss to Ohio State on Sept. 24, 2005. That performance by the Iowa defense was offset by a balanced effort by the offense. Ricky Stanzi threw three touchdown passes and Adam Robinson rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns. Wisconsin can run the ball a bit, too, with John Clay and freshman James White rushing for 179 combined yards and three touchdowns against Ohio State. The winner remains in the hunt for at least an at-large BCS berth; the loser can start making plans to spend New Year’s Day in Orlando or Tampa.
No. 3 OKLAHOMA AT No. 18 MISSOURI
► When: 8 p.m. (ABC)
► The line: Oklahoma by 3
► Why you should watch: Three weeks ago, Oklahoma was almost an afterthought in the national title race and even in the Big 12. But here’s Oklahoma, ranked No. 1 in the first BCS standings. If Missouri is going to be a player in the national championship race, the Tigers need to beat Oklahoma. Coach Gary Pinkel knows this. In 2007, Oklahoma was the only team to beat Missouri; the Sooners did it twice, including in the Big 12 championship game, a loss that knocked the Tigers out of the national championship game. Missouri has beaten the Sooners only once since 1983 and is riding a six-game losing streak to ranked Big 12 opponents. Now the good news for Missouri: The Tigers expect to get DE Aldon Smith (three sacks in three games this season, 11.5 sacks as a freshman) back from a leg injury.
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