Saturday, October 25, 2003

After last week's ill-advised prediction, I'm going to pass on further prognostications for awhile. We have now passed the half-way point in the season, and with VA Tech's shock defeat Wednesday in West Virginia, we are now down to two undefeated BCS teams, Miami and Oklahoma. Both schools will be favored by at least a touchdown in every remaining game.

Tomorrow's schedule has a few games of interest. Out West, the Pac-10 race should sort itself out with the top six schools playing each other, with USC and Wazzou trying to avoid looking past Washington and Oregon St., respectively, before their big game next week. Arizona State travels to Pasadena to place conference leader UCLA, which now starts the hard part of their schedule; three of their final four games after this week are on the road, including match-ups with the Cougars and Trojans. Purdue will attempt to remain perfect in the Big-10 when it attempts to win at Michigan for the first time since 1966, while Penn State seeks to keep Joe Pa atop the all-time coaching leaders by beating Iowa.

Other games of note include Auburn playing LSU, the Sooners traveling to Boulder to meet Colorado, and Northern Illinois facing its last big road test of the year at Bowling Green, the first time two ranked MAC teams have played each other since 1973. Also, Jim Owens, who coached the Huskies to two Rose Bowl championships during the '60's amidst accusations of racism and intolerance, will be honored by a statue to be dedicated before U-Dub's game with USC. This week, Owens, now 75, met with several of the black players he suspended for disloyalty back in 1969 to apologize for his actions.


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