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The most prominent college football game for opening weekend will highlight two of the top programs in the country when powerhouses from Alabama and Virginia Tech collide primetime Saturday night. The game marks a battle of Top 10 opponents in a kickoff classic sponsored by Chick-Fil-A that highlights two of the top contenders from rival conferences in the ACC and SEC each year. The Alabama Crimson Tide participated in last year’s match-up when they embarrassed at the time 9th ranked Clemson Tigers 34-10. However, the Crimson Tide will face a much more worthy opponent in this year’s meeting by taking on the defending ACC Champions in Virginia Tech. Both teams had very similar stories in 2008 as they entered last season under the radar with an inexperienced group of players. However, both teams emerged last season in dominating form giving promising hope to 2009 with all the young talent returning. There is a lot of anticipation from both side lines for 2009 and even legitimate National Title hopes, but only one team will prevail this Saturday night when the two collide on neutral turf in the Georgia Dome.
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The Indianapolis Colts closed out the season as the hottest team in the NFL winning their last 9 straight games. Indianapolis was completely written off after 3-4 start, but has rallied with a vengeance. The Colts travel across the nation to San Diego to battle with the Chargers Saturday night. San Diego is the first team since the 1985 Cleveland Browns to capture a playoff berth without a winning record.
Third-ranked Oklahoma will try and move up in the BCS standings on Saturday as they play at rival Oklahoma State. With a win against the Cowboys, the Sooners would almost assuredly get a spot in next week’s Big 12 title game against Missouri. If they would go on to beat the Tigers they would probably then play in the BCS National Championship game.
Top ranked Alabama will look to finish the regular season unbeaten as they host Auburn in the annual “Iron Bowl.” The Crimson Tide has lost the last six times against Auburn but they are favored to end that streak on Saturday. With a win against Auburn the Crimson Tide would move on to the SEC Championship game against Florida. With a win there they would then play in the BCS Championship game.
Fourth ranked Florida will try and dispatch of rival Florida State on Saturday and remain in position to play for the BCS title. With a win against the Seminoles and a win next week in the SEC Championship game against Alabama, the Gators will play for the national title. Florida has won four straight in the series against Florida State and is heavily favored to make it five in a row on Saturday afternoon.
LSU will try and rebound from last week’s loss to Mississippi as they travel to Arkansas on Friday. The Tigers and Hogs will be meeting for the 13th straight year in a battle for “The Boot.” Last season was a classic game as Arkansas upset top-ranked LSU 50-48 in triple overtime. This season both teams are weaker as LSU is 7-4 overall while Arkansas is 4-7.
Ball State will try and complete their unbeaten regular season as they host Western Michigan in a key MAC game on Tuesday. This college football betting matchup can be seen on ESPN 2.
Two of the top teams in the ACC get together in what should be a great Saturday night ESPN game. Maryland is ranked 22nd in the country and can clinch the ACC title with a win against Florida State and a win next week against Boston College. The Terrapins are 6-0 at home this season thanks in large part to quarterback Chris Turner. He has thrown for 967 yards and six touchdowns at home this season. He gets support in the running game from Da’Rel Scott who has 897 yards rushing and six touchdowns.
One of the biggest games in the history of a great rivalry takes place on Saturday as unbeaten and 8th ranked Utah hosts once beaten BYU who is ranked 16th. While BYU can earn a share of the Mountain West title with a win, Utah can make it to a BCS bowl game with a victory. The Cougars and Utes have met 89 times in a storied rivalry.