Watching the Top 25

Originally Published: November 3, 2004
ESPN.com

Twenty of the Top-25 teams are in action this week, but the Big 12 is the only conference where ranked teams will face off. No. 2 Oklahoma travels to No. 22 Texas A&M, while No. 19 Oklahoma State heads to Austin to play No. 7 Texas.

Saturday, Nov. 6

No. 1 USC TROJANS  at
OREGON STATE BEAVERS
Corvallis, Ore.
10 p.m. ET - FSN
The Beavers are the Pac-10's worst rushing offense. The Trojans are No. 4 nationally against the run. Can OSU QB Derek Anderson get it done?
• Insider Preview: Can the Beavers defense step up?

No. 2 OKLAHOMA SOONERS  vs.
No. 22 TEXAS A&M AGGIES
College Station, Texas
3:30 ET - ABC
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The Aggies remember last year's 77-0 loss in Norman. The Sooners remember their last trip to College Station. But remember, OU has A.D.
• Insider Preview: Can Texas A&M stop Adrian Peterson?

MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS  vs.
No. 4 WISCONSIN BADGERS
Madison, Wis.
3:30 p.m. ET - ABC
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Are Laurence Maroney and Marion Barber III next on the list of running backs devoured by Wisconsin's talented defensive line?
• Insider Preview: Can Wisconsin remain unbeaten?

No. 5 GEORGIA BULLDOGS  at
KENTUCKY WILDCATS
Lexington, Ky.
12:30 p.m. ET - Jefferson Pilot
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Sure, upsets can happen. But the Wildcats are No. 117 out of 117 Division I-A teams in total offense and the Dawgs are No. 16 in total defense.
• Insider breakdown: Can Georgia avoid a letdown?

OREGON DUCKS  at
No. 6 CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS
Berkeley, Calif.
3:30 p.m. ET - ABC
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The Ducks have improved but have yet to face the likes of Aaron Rodgers and J.J. Arrington and the underrated Cal defense.
• Insider breakdown: Can the Bears post another shutout?

No. 19 OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOYS  vs.
No. 7 TEXAS LONGHORNS
Austin, Texas
7 p.m. ET - TBS
The Cowboys and Longhorns have a lot in common: powerful rushing games, a top-5 rusher and a loss to Oklahoma.
• Insider breakdown: Can the Cowboys bounce back?

COLORADO STATE RAMS  at
No. 8 UTAH UTES
Salt Lake City, Utah
9:45 p.m. ET - ESPN2
The Utes are cruising along undefeated and No. 6 in the BCS Standings, but Sonny Lubick knows a few things about winning MWC games.
• Insider breakdown: Can Colorado St. slow down Utah?

CLEMSON TIGERS  at
No. 10 MIAMI HURRICANES
Miami
7:45 p.m. ET - ESPN
The Tigers are on another one of their late-season rolls, but face the unenviable task of beating the wounded 'Canes in the Orange Bowl.
• Insider Preview: Will Miami's defense show pride?

NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH  at
No. 11 TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS
Knoxville, Tenn.
3:30 p.m. p.m. ET - CBS
This is the Vols' last chance to impress the voters and computers against a quality team before a probable SEC title game berth.
• Insider Preview: Will the Irish survive Neyland?

TEMPLE OWLS  at
No. 12 WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS
Morgantown, W.Va.
1 p.m. ET
The Mountaineers must contain Owls' QB Walter Washington to stay perfect in Big East play and remain in position for a BCS bowl.
• Insider breakdown: Can Temple pull off the upset?

MARYLAND TERRAPINS  at
No. 13 VIRGINIA CAVALIERS
Charlottesville, Va.
3:30 ET - ABC
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The Cavaliers can call themselves ACC champs if they win out, but Maryland just beat the 'Noles, who thrashed the Cavs in October.
• Insider breakdown: Can the Terps produce another surprise?

DUKE BLUE DEVILS  at
No. 13 FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES
Piscataway, N.J.
Noon ET
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Quarterback Chris Rix is back under center as the 'Noles look to rebound against the Blue Devils, who are winless in the ACC.
• Insider breakdown: Will the Seminoles take out their anger?

No. 18 VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES  at
NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS
Chapel Hill, N.C.
Noon ET - ESPN2
The Tar Heels' historic win over Miami, UNC's first against a top-5 team, means even more if they can knock off the Hokies this week.
• Insider breakdown: Will Carolina be brought down to earth?

PURDUE BOILERMAKERS  at
No. 20 IOWA HAWKEYES
Iowa City, Iowa
3:30 p.m. ET - ESPN
Kyle Orton brings an injured hip and the Boilermakers bring wounded egos into Iowa City to face the Hawkeyes.
• Insider breakdown: Can Purdue recover from its three-game slide?

CINCINNATI BEARCATS  at
No. 21 SOUTHERN MISS GOLDEN EAGLES
Hattiesburg, Miss.
3 p.m. ET
The Bearcats must win two of three games to qualify for a bowl. Getting one this week won't be easy with Dustin Almond back for Southern Miss.
• Insider breakdown: Will Cincinnati have enough offense?

STANFORD CARDINAL  at
No. 23 ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS
Tempe, Ariz.
6:30 ET - FSN
Will the Cardinal, who were shut out last week at UCLA, or the Sun Devils, who were shut out at Cal, generate enough offense to win?
• Insider breakdown: Will the Sun Devils bounce back?

RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS  at
No. 25 BOSTON COLLEGE EAGLES
Chestnut Hill, Mass.
3:30 p.m. ET -NESN, YES
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Think the Scarlet Knights know that the Eagles are 0-4 against Big East opponents following its previous four wins over Notre Dame?
• Insider breakdown: Will B.C. avoid recent history?