this week's Top 25 here, now on to the games:
All games are Saturday, November 5, 2011
11:00 AM CST (ESPN)
#15 Michigan at Iowa
Spread: Michigan -4
Iowa is coming off yet another road loss, this time to lowly Minnesota. The Wolverines bounced back after the loss to Michigan State by defeating Purdue last week. The Wolverines are still in the hunt for the Legends Division crown. The Hawkeyes are 5-0 at home this season and still have an outside shot at getting to Indianapolis.
11:00 AM CST (FX)
Texas Tech at #24 Texas
Spread: Texas -14
After defeating then ranked #3 Oklahoma, Texas Tech laid a big egg at home against Iowa State. The Red Raiders were rewarded for the upset at OU with a spot in the Top 25 but had that quickly changed after the poor performance last week. Texas had a tune-up last week against Kansas and are poised to rise up the Top 25 for the second time this year.
2:30 PM CST
Texas A&M at #8 Oklahoma
Spread: Oklahoma -13.5
It's been the season of blown leads for the Aggies. Now they head to Norman to face an Oklahoma team that still controls their own destiny. The Sooners still have Oklahoma State on the schedule at the end of the season and can win the Big 12 with a victory over the Cowboys. Texas A&M was an early sleeper pick for the Big 12 title in the preseason. Now they can only hope to play spoiler to Oklahoma's slim BCS Championship dreams.
6:00 PM CST (ESPNU)
#23 Cincinnat at Pittsburgh
Spread: Cincinnati -3
Cincinnati is sitting at 6-1 but but hasn't got much respect from pollsters. West Virginia fell out of the Top 25 after a loss to Syracuse but are back and leaped ahead of fellow Big East member Cincinnati. The Bearcats have a shot at winning the Big East and becoming the conference's lone BCS representative. They have to win on the road at Pittsburgh first. The Panthers will have to figure out a way to win without star running back Ray Graham.
6:15 PM CST (ESPN)
#10 South Carolina at #7 Arkansas
Spread: Arkansas -5
South Carolina has had issues at quarterback with the mid season dismissal of senior Stephen Garcia. The Gamecock offense also lost star running back Marcus Lattimore to injury. But, the Gamecocks are hanging around the Top 10 and in a fight with Georgia for the SEC East division crown. Arkansas has only the one loss to Alabama on their record and with a win over South Carolina will still only be one game behind the winner of the LSU/Alabama match-up. The Razorbacks have yet to play LSU so there's still a chance for Arkansas to win the SEC West.
7:00 PM CST
#17 Kansas State at #4 Oklahoma State
Spread: Okie State -21
Kansas State will look to rebound after getting demolished by Oklahoma last week. After rising to #8 in the poll they are in jeopardy of exiting with two straight losses. Oklahoma State wants to keep the train rolling and keep on the tracks for a BCS Championship birth. Vegas loves the Cowboys at home. They are a three touchdown favorite.
7:00 PM CST (CBS)
#1 LSU at #2 Alabama
Spread: Bama -4
It's the game many people have had marked on their calendar since the preseason. Both teams had a bye week to prepare for what many pundits are calling a national championship game in the regular season. The winner of this showdown will be in the driver's seat in the SEC West and perhaps the BCS Championship game. The Crimson Tide get the home field nod from Vegas here but don't count out the Tigers. CBS moved the start time for this game to prime time and it's sure to not disappoint.
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