THE WORD -- Week 9
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It's Regeneration Saturday...
Northwestern at No. 2 Michigan, 12 p.m.
Northwestern. Ann Arbor. Big Ten hopes dancing in Michigan’s eyes.
This one is over by the half, then trickles to a conclusion.
Michigan 35, Northwestern 14
No. 12 Notre Dame at Navy, 12 p.m.
CBS execs almost wet themselves when they found out they’d get a Notre Dame game the week after some Irish-inspired controversy. And it’s going to be an ND win.
Yeah, there’s always that “unconventional offense” v. favorite thing going on. Don’t count on it changing the outcome.
Notre Dame 28, Navy 14
Illinois at No. 16 Wisconsin, 12 p.m.
You know, there are some guys you keep wondering how they get jobs.
I wonder how long Ron Zook can hold onto this one.
Wisconsin 34, Illinois 10
No. 15 Oklahoma at No. 20 Missouri, 12 p.m.
Arguably the best noontime game in a few weeks, anyway.
The Sooners head to Missoura to take on the Tigers of the Midwest. Which somehow sounds less threatening than any other phrase containing the word “tigers.” But it should be intimidating to Oklahoma.
Missouri 24, Oklahoma 21
No. 4 Auburn at Mississippi, 12:30 p.m.
This is how JP/Lincoln Financial/Greater Birmingham AV Club gets the high-ranked SEC teams: conference games no other network would be caught dead airing.
The question isn’t whether Auburn will win. It’s how merciful the soft-hearted Tuberville will be.
Auburn 38, Mississippi 14
Buffalo at No. 24 Boston College, 1 p.m.
This is going to be yet another cruel, cruel bell-ringing for Buffalo.
Not a lot more you can say about this one, other than, I hope Buffalo does something good with the money.
Boston College 42, Buffalo 3
Minnesota at No. 1 Ohio State, 3:30 p.m.
You hate to see a conference game in one of the BCS leagues turn into a bloodbath.
But this one could get out of hand early. In any case, Ohio State teases us again with the possibility of an apocalyptic showdown with the Wolverines.
Ohio State 35, Minnesota 17
!UPSET SPECIAL! No. 3 Southern Cal at Oregon State, 3:30 p.m.
I don’t know why I’m doing this. Call it a feeling.
But I just think that this is going to be the narrowest of victories for Oregon State. It’s got all the elements we need: A team that keeps squeaking by, the upset no one sees coming, the perfect trap setup.
Oregon State 21, Southern Cal 20
Georgia at No. 10 Florida, 3:30 p.m.
This one could get ugly. Real ugly. So ugly that every South Carolina, Georgia Tech and Auburn fan should watch it with glee.
If there’s anything that can make Chris Leak and Co. look great again, it’s this dysfunctional group of Dawgs. (And, no, you’re not reading the score prediction wrong.)
Florida 48, Georgia 21
No. 21 Nebraska at Oklahoma State, 3:30 p.m.
Huskers v. Cowboys. Another one of those Big 12 games that, no matter what I try to do, I just can’t get excited about.
This one could actually draw fewer Oklahoma viewers than the World Series.
Nebraska 24, Oklahoma State 3
Miami at No. 17 Georgia Tech, 3:30 p.m.
I remember going to the 2004 Miami-Georgia Tech game and noticing that a third of the fans were gone about the time the halftime score hit (if my memory is correct) 20-3. That score won’t happen again.
Gailey/Ball gets back on track.
Georgia Tech 21, Miami 10
No. 25 Wake Forest at North Carolina, 3:30 p.m.
Pity John Bunting for this: If there was one team he always had a shot against, it was Wake Forest. Suddenly, he can’t even count on that.
Another sour note for a swan song of a season. But I have a feeling the win will be unimpressive for the Deacons.
Wake Forest 13, North Carolina 3
No. 7 Texas at Texas Tech, 7 p.m.
Ah, the airborne mania that has come to mark Leachball hasn’t worked out so well this year. Meanwhile, the Horns keep plugging along, though they’ve gotten little attention since their one loss.
They’ve just begun getting people talking about them again. They roll.
Texas 35, Texas Tech 10
Louisiana-Monroe at No. 14 Arkansas, 7 p.m.
I must say, I had an immediate reaction when I saw this game on the schedule.
What do you say? Mustain will be sipping on Gatorade with 25 minutes left.
Arkansas 49, La-Monroe 7
Portland State at No. 22 Oregon, 7 p.m.
Oregon 38, Portland State 6
No. 23 Texas A&M at Baylor, 7:05 p.m.
Boredom ... setting ... in ... must ... make ... call ...
Texas ... A&M ... 24 ... Baylor ... 17 ...
Connecticut at No. 18 Rutgers, 8 p.m. Sunday
Rutgers should slice, dice and grind the Huskies.
It’s not a complete disgrace. But it’s still bad.
Rutgers 31, Connecticut 0