The Iron Bowl never lacks intensity and usually plays a big role in deciding the SEC West champion. This year will be no different; Auburn enters as a top-tier conference contender. The Tigers will be shooting for their fifth straight win in this heated rivalry. Alabama coach Mike Shula is winless in three attempts against Auburn.
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Miami at Louisville
Two years ago Louisville traveled to the Orange Bowl and had Miami on the ropes. But Brock Berlin and Devin Hester guided the 'Canes back from a 17-point deficit in the final 20 minutes and Miami prevailed 41-38. Unlike last time, the Cardinals should be favored, as they hold home field advantage.
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Nebraska at USC
These two teams haven't faced off since their 21-21 tie back in 1970. If Bill Callahan can pull off a huge upset win in Los Angeles, Big Red will make a big step toward regaining its elite status. With all the firepower USC lost in the offseason, the Trojans will be vulnerable early on; DE Adam Carriker and the Huskers' Black Shirt defense must capitalize.
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South Carolina at Florida
The Old Ball Coach returns to the Swamp for the first time since he manned the sideline in a Gators visor. In his first season at the helm of the Gamecocks, Steve Spurrier downed Florida 30-22 en route to a surprising 7-5 finish. Another loss for Urban Meyer against Florida's old boss would not sit well with the Gators faithful.
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Cal at Tennessee
In the biggest game on the opening Saturday, No. 9 Cal travels to Knoxville for a 5:30 kickoff against the 23rd-ranked Vols. A win for Cal could catapult the Golden Bears to a big season, while a win for Tennessee would prove that the Vols are back on the right track. Whoever is behind center for the Bears (most likely Nate Longshore) will need to keep his composure in hostile Neyland Stadium.
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West Virginia at Louisville
With both teams being head and shoulders above the rest of the conference, this game should decide the Big East's BCS bid. There should be no lack of offense in this one; both sides feature a dynamic quarterback (Pat White and Brian Brohm) as well as a game-breaking running back (Steve Slaton and Michael Bush). Coaches Rich Rodriguez and Bobby Petrino rarely take the foot off the pedal.
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Michigan at Notre Dame
In last year's installment, No. 20 Notre Dame shocked No. 3 Michigan with a 17-10 victory. The win snapped Michigan's 16-game winning streak at the Big House and kick-started the massive Charlie Weis hype. Michigan's star running back, Mike Hart, was injured early in that game, but he'll be ready to test an ND defense that was very shaky last season. New Michigan defensive coordinator Ron English will face his first big test against Brady Quinn & Co.
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Florida State at Miami
Florida State snapped a six-game losing streak against the Hurricanes in an ugly 10-7 win last September. The 'Canes are at a disadvantage before the game even kicks off, as starting RB Tyrone Moss and WR Ryan Moore will sit this one out for violating team policy. But then again, this is FSU-Miami, and "Wide Right" is always a possibility.
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Oklahoma vs. Texas (in Dallas)
Last year the 'Horns beat OU for the first time this millennium and Mack Brown improved to 2-5 against Bob Stoops. Both teams have a major question mark behind center, but they also boast terrific running games and athletic defenses, which should make for a hard-fought, grind-it-out Red River Shootout.
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Cal at USC
In recent years this game has played out as one of the Pac-10's best. But last year USC marched into Memorial Stadium and dominated from the first snap, easily winning 35-10. Cal will be looking for revenge, especially since the last time the Bears traveled to the Coliseum, they couldn't score on a first-and-goal with under two minutes left and lost a heartbreaker 23-17.
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LSU at Florida
This one could be a preview of the SEC championship. LSU has won two straight against the Gators, including last year's 21-17 victory in which JaMarcus Russell threw for 236 yards and two touchdowns. For Florida, the showdown falls in the middle of a brutal four-game stretch that includes contests against Alabama, LSU, Auburn and Georgia. At least this game takes place in the Swamp.
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Michigan at Ohio State
Wolverines coach Lloyd Carr is just 1-4 against the Buckeyes' Jim Tressel, and consistently losing this rivalry game is just plain unacceptable (just ask former Ohio State coach John Cooper). This trip to the 'Shoe could be the toughest contest in Michigan's brutal road schedule, which also includes games at Notre Dame and Penn State. Ohio State QB Troy Smith has owned the Wolverines in each of the past two seasons, combining for 723 all-purpose yards and five touchdowns.
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LSU at Auburn
A tight game is almost assured in this battle between the top two teams in the SEC West (and possibly the entire conference). The last two games -- which the teams split -- were decided by a total of four points. Auburn kicker John Vaughn will seek redemption, as he missed five field goals (including a 39-yarder in overtime) that cost Auburn the game last year. LSU must contain Tigers RB Kenny Irons, who ran for a career-high 218 yards in last year's contest.
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Ohio State at Texas
Texas edged out Ohio State in one of the finest September football games in recent memory and went on to win last year's national title. In this rematch of the nation's two biggest colleges, the game's biggest story is each team's quarterback situation. Unlike last season's game against the Longhorns -- in which the Buckeyes started Justin Zwick -- Ohio State will feature Troy Smith behind center from the get-go. Texas freshman QB Colt McCoy won't be able to fully replace Vince Young, but he must perform well for the 'Horns to have a chance.
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Notre Dame at USC
Last year's showdown between these two storied programs may have been the best regular-season game of 2005. Once again the teams will square off in late November and, like last year, the game should have major BCS implications. The roles have changed a bit, though, as this time it's ND on the road with all the star power and lofty expectations. Having lost its last four games against the Trojans, ND may be due for a win.
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