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Two Top 20 teams get together on Tuesday in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden as #15 Villanova takes on #6 Texas. Villanova is unbeaten to start the season but really hasn’t been tested. “We’re 8-0, who knows what that means? Thirty teams could be better,” Villanova coach Jay Wright, “We could talk about it all we want. We’re going to know where we are.” The Wildcats will get a serious test on Tuesday night against a Texas team that is in the Top 10.
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.
The Preseason NIT has an outstanding matchup in the Championship game as #11 Oklahoma meets #10 Purdue. Both teams are unbeaten, have excellent coaches, and superstar players. The Sooners are led by preseason Big 12 player of the year Blake Griffin, who is averaging 27.2 points and 18.8 rebounds per game. Purdue is led by E’Twaun Moore and Robbie Hummel. The Sooners rely upon Griffin for the bulk of their scoring while Purdue is more balanced.
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.
Penn State hosts Michigan State on Saturday with a trip to the Rose Bowl on the line. The Nittany Lions are 6-1 in the Big 10 and with a win will clinch the Big 10 title and a trip to Pasadena. Penn State, Michigan State and Ohio State all have 6-1 records in the conference but the Nittany Lions have already beaten the Buckeyes so a win against the Spartans would put them in the Rose Bowl. For Michigan State to win the title they would have to upset Penn State and then have Michigan upset Ohio State. Their chances of upsetting the Nittany Lions are probably better than having a terrible Michigan team upset the Buckeyes.