October 25, 2006

Week 9 somewhat quiet on national front

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There is only one game this weekend that features two ranked teams, but that doesn't mean there aren't several intriguing matchups across the country.

No. 23 Missouri plays host to No. 19 Oklahoma in a Big 12 conference contest. The Sooners face their second week without Adrian Peterson, and winning on the road will not be easy.

In the SEC, two big Eastern Division showdowns are on tap. Georgia and Florida are set to meet in Jacksonville, Fla., in what used to be dubbed the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.

South Carolina and Steve Spurrier hope to upset the Tennessee Vols for the second consecutive year. The Gamecocks knocked off UT in Knoxville last season, but the Volunteers look to be much improved after their 5-6 campaign in 2005.

Miami gets several suspended players back this week for a key showdown with Georgia Tech. That group of players returning to the field could include receiver Ryan Moore who was suspended indefinitely earlier this year, not for the brawl with Florida International two weeks ago.

Pac-10 leader Southern Cal has struggled a bit in recent weeks. They hope to get healthy this weekend against Oregon State before facing Oregon, Cal and Notre Dame in upcoming weeks.

Michigan and Ohio State shouldn't be derailed from their collision course this week. Each should win in a walk. The best Big Ten game might be the Penn State-Purdue matchup in West Lafayette, Ind.

There are only two games involving Big East teams this week the most significant one a matchup between Cincinnati and Syracuse.

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