Notre Dame at Oklahoma
The Irish have been playing them close, like last week’s 17-14 comeback victory over Brigham Young — the fourth of seven victories to be decided by a touchdown or less. The Sooners not so much. Oklahoma has blown out Texas Tech, Texas and Kansas since losing to Kansas State. This one is about defense. The Irish rank second nationally, yielding 9.4 points per game, and they haven’t allowed a rushing touchdown all season. Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones has surpassed 300 yards in two straight games, and the Sooners defense has been solid all year. It appears Everett Golson gets the start at quarterback for Notre Dame, and his aim will be to keep the chains and clock moving to keep the Sooners’ offense off the field.Upset of the week
Georgia over Florida
If the Bulldogs lose, they’ll have managed to lose the SEC East with a schedule that avoided heavyweights Alabama and LSU. The combination of Georgia desperation plus senior quarterback Aaron Murray and the return of linebacker Jarvis Jones (missed Kentucky game because of an ankle injury) will overcome Florida’s defense, shaping up as one of the nation’s best.Others to watch
Ohio State at Penn State
There’s no championship on the line in the Ineligi-Bowl, but the Buckeyes, 8-0, look to maintain their perfect season and the Nittany Lions have won five straight after starting 0-2. It’s an excellent quarterback battle between Ohio State’s Braxton Miller, who’s been cleared to play after a neck injury that forced him out of the Purdue victory last week, and Penn State’s Matt McGloin.
Mississippi State at Alabama
The undefeated Bulldogs are one of the most mistake-free teams in the nation, leading college football in turnover margin and having committed eight penalties over the past three weeks. It’s going to take all of that plus some big moments for Mississippi State to hang with the Crimson Tide. But if the Bulldogs pull off the shocker, the national championship race loses its front-runner.
Texas Tech at Kansas State
Will this be Seth Doege’s breakout game? The Texas Tech quarterback has put up huge passing numbers. His 28 touchdowns — 13 in the last two games — lead the nation and he’s hitting on 71 percent of his attempts. His one bad game came at home against Oklahoma, when the Sooners forced three interceptions.On the horizon
Oregon at Southern California
Clear the decks for this one and …
Alabama at LSU
… this one.