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College Football Week 11:
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10 November 2010

There are not a lot of compelling match-ups this weekend, but two games will hold viewers’ attention:

No. 2 Auburn Tigers at Georgia Bulldogs 3:30pm (CBS).  Honestly, this game should not be close.  The Bulldogs have had a rough year, going 5-5 thus far with losses to lightweights like Colorado and Mississippi State.  Not exactly the year that many Bulldogs fans had hoped for, topped off last week by a tough 34-31 loss to their archrival, the Florida Gators.  Enter the nation’s No. 2 team, the Auburn Tigers, led by their monster quarterback, junior Cam Newton.  Newton was on track to win the Heisman Trophy this year, college football’s award for the nation’s best college player.  However, as we reported here at last week, Newton is caught up in a scandal that he took money through an agent to play with Auburn.  He is denying the allegations, but the NCAA has launched an inquiry.  Newton is a big man— 6-6 and 250 pounds—and he is as dangerous with his legs running the ball as he is with his arm.  However, Georgia ranks 15th in the nation in total defense and really has nothing to lose on Saturday but everything to gain.  This one could get interesting.

Good one-liner:  “Even if Newton was paid to play at Auburn, he still should get the Heisman Trophy” (quote references the fact that Newton would likely be ineligible for the Heisman Trophy if he were found guilty of taking money to play at Auburn).

No. 23 South Carolina Gamecocks at No. 22 Florida Gators 7:15pm (ESPN).  This game decides who will go to the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Championship game in December.  It’s pretty simple—the South Carolina Gamecocks will earn their first trip ever to the SEC Championship game if they win.  Likewise, if the Gators win, they will advance to the SEC Championship game too—their third trip in a row.  There are lots of compelling storylines in this game, not the least of which is that South Carolina’s coach, Steve Spurrier both played at Florida and coached there for many years.  Spurrier left Florida to go to the NFL for a couple of years, but returned to the college ranks to coach South Carolina.  The Gamecocks typically struggle against the Gators.  In fact, that is a huge understatement.  They have only won one time out of their last 19 contests.  The Gators are hot right now, winners of two in a row, while the Gamecocks are coming off of a 41-20 thumping at home by Arkansas.  Florida is a tough place to play, and I think the Gamecocks come up short again this week.

Other games featuring ranked opponents:

No. 24 Kansas State at No. 17 Missouri (12:30pm) Since this game is not televised, obviously few people care…

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BCS: Bowl Championship Series, the post season system developed to pit the #1 and #2 teams in the nation against each other in a national championship game.  It determines this through a ranking system that is a combination of two polls where individuals vote on the rankings and a third set of rankings comprised of a number of computer generated polls.  The BCS as a system for college football has been very controversial. 
FBS: Football Bowl Subdivision – a subset of Division I football where the largest football colleges are grouped.  These are the ones you traditionally see on TV.  It is named the Bowl Subdivision because the post season for these teams are the bowl games.
FCS: Football Championship Subdivision – the next level down from FBS where the teams play a play-off to determine their national champion

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