September 20, 2006

A few gems on a lackluster schedule

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While this college football weekend doesn't have as many marquee matchups as last week, a win or a loss on Sept. 23 goes in the same column as one on Sept. 16.

A few conferences have schedules that are heavy with league games. The Pac-10 features four conference matchups - Oregon is off and Oregon State takes on former coach Dennis Erickson and his Idaho Vandals.

It's a big weekend in the Big Ten. Ohio State-Penn State and Michigan State-Notre Dame are two of the bigger games nationally. Inside the conference, Wisconsin finds out how good it is when the Badgers face Michigan.

In the SEC, there are only two conference games. Florida takes on Kentucky after winning at Tennessee, and Alabama and Arkansas face off in a Western Division tilt. Other SEC schools take on nonconference foes like Marshall, Buffalo, Tulane, Florida Atlantic and UAB.

Syracuse vs. Miami (Ohio) - the Orange against the RedHawks - might be the most colorful contest featuring a Big East team this week. We're all waiting for the West Virginia-Louisville showdown on Nov. 2.

The lone Big 12 matchup could be a preview of the conference championship game. The defending national champion Texas Longhorns play host to Iowa State. While UT is the favorite to win the South, the Cyclones are one of the teams hoping to win the wide-open North.

In a lineup of less-than-stellar games featuring ACC teams, Boston College-N.C. State gets the spotlight. Will the Wolfpack continue to struggle? Will B.C. work overtime again? Those questions and more are analyzed in our weekly conference previews.

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