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GAMES OF THE WEEK

Oct. 10, 2011
Oct. 10, 2011

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Oct. 10, 2011

LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
REBORN LIONS
  • Three years ago they suffered through a winless season. Now, behind an offense that loves the comeback and a defense with a warrior at its core, the unbeaten Lions are restoring the roar

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
MLB DIVISION SERIES
  • The stage for the 2011 postseason was set long before Opening Day. Go back to '09, when three teams shuffled seven players in a trade that—unlike the playoffs—sent everyone home happy

BRANDON JENNINGS
NHL PREVIEW
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GAMES OF THE WEEK

Here are the teams and themes to keep an eye on in Week 6

NO. 3 OKLAHOMA VS. NO. 11 TEXAS (IN DALLAS)

This is an article from the Oct. 10, 2011 issue

What we've learned about the Sooners

They start slow but finish fast. In the last two weeks (wins over Missouri and Ball State), Oklahoma has not taken off until the second quarter, when it has outscored its opponents 42--3.

What we've learned about the Longhorns

Coordinator Manny Diaz's aggressive defense is good enough to upset the Sooners. The unit ranks 12th in points allowed (14.8) and has forced seven turnovers in its last two games.

What it will mean on Saturday

If Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones can avoid interceptions—which he's had trouble doing away from Norman—he'll make just enough plays against Texas's young cornerbacks for a close win.

NO. 17 FLORIDA AT NO. 1 LSU

What we've learned about the Gators

They're not back yet, as last Saturday's beatdown by Alabama proved. And the offense will be Tiger bait playing without quarterback John Brantley, who injured his right leg in the loss.

What we've learned about the Tigers

Their attack is not yet firing on all cylinders. LSU had only 13 yards on its first 12 carries in Saturday's 35--7 win over Kentucky, and quarterback Jarrett Lee completed just 8 of his 21 passes.

What it will mean on Saturday

After meeting the Tide's defense, Florida won't get much of a reprieve. The Tigers will shut down the Gators' ailing offense and freshman quarterback Jeff Driskel and win going away.

NO. 15 AUBURN AT NO. 10 ARKANSAS

What we've learned about the Tigers

No Newton, no Fairley, no problem. The defending national champions know how to win close games, as they showed once again in upsetting South Carolina 16--13 in Columbia.

What we've learned about the Razorbacks

They're resilient. A week after losing to Alabama and depleted by injuries on both sides of the ball, the Hogs rallied from a 35--17 halftime deficit to edge No. 14 Texas A&M 42--38.

What it will mean on Saturday

Go with the hottest hand. Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson, who set a school record with 510 yards passing Saturday, should shred an Auburn defense that ranks 106th in the nation.

OHIO STATE AT NO. 14 NEBRASKA

What we've learned about the Buckeyes

They can't move the ball. Largely because of suspensions and inexperience, Ohio State ranks 108th in total offense (308.2 yards a game) after nearly being shutout at home by Michigan State.

What we've learned about the Huskers

They can't stop the ball. After being crushed 48--17 by No. 7 Wisconsin, Nebraska is giving up 27.2 points (73rd in the FBS) and 377.0 yards a game (64th). The Blackshirts these are not.

What it will mean on Saturday

In a matchup between the resistible force and the movable object, the movable object wins. Even the return of four suspended players, including receiver DeVier Posey, won't be enough for Ohio State.

NO. 22 ARIZONA STATE AT UTAH

What we've learned about the Sun Devils

This is an emotional crew. Arizona State has followed big wins (Missouri and USC) with listless efforts (a loss to Illinois and Saturday's 35--20 yawner over winless Oregon State).

What we've learned about the Utes

The season is on life support. Not only were they manhandled by Washington at home Saturday, but they also lost QB Jordan Wynn to a left-shoulder injury that could keep him on the sideline.

What it will mean on Saturday

Led by junior linebacker Vontaze Burfict (left), a tackling terror, the Sun Devils will swarm Utah and, with a double-digit victory, move one step closer to clinching the Pac-12 South.

PHOTOMAX SIMBRON/CAL SPORT MEDIA