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GAMES OF THE WEEK

Nov. 07, 2011
Nov. 07, 2011

Table of Contents
Nov. 7, 2011

LEADING OFF
EDITOR'S LETTER
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
SPECIAL REPORT
NFL MIDSEASON REPORT
WORLD SERIES
BOXING
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GAMES OF THE WEEK

Here are the teams and the themes to follow this weekend

NO. 17 KANSAS STATE AT NO. 3 OKLAHOMA STATE

This is an article from the Nov. 7, 2011 issue

What we've learned about the Wildcats

How bad were they in a 58--17 loss last Saturday to Oklahoma? Both lines were manhandled, prompting coach Bill Snyder to say that he did a "really miserable job" of preparing his team.

What we've learned about the Cowboys

The best receiver in the country is Justin Blackmon, who caught 13 passes (tying a career high) for 172 yards in Oklahoma State's surprisingly easy 59--24 win over Baylor.

What it will mean on Saturday

The question is not whether the Cowboys, who control their destiny in the BCS race, will win, but what the final margin of victory will be. Blackmon torches K-State's 103rd-ranked pass D in a rout.

• NO. 10 SOUTH CAROLINA AT NO. 8 ARKANSAS

What we've learned about the Gamecocks

Their offense is not the same without injured tailback Marcus Lattimore. Led by QB Connor Shaw, who threw and ran for a TD, South Carolina ground out a 14--3 win over Tennessee.

What we've learned about the Razorbacks

They were fortunate to beat Vanderbilt 31--28. But to their credit, the Hogs returned a fumble 94 yards for a TD and rallied from 14 points down to remain in the SEC West hunt—barely.

What it will mean on Saturday

Without Lattimore, the Gamecocks can't beat the Razorbacks. In the SEC's undercard game, Arkansas bounces back from a poor showing to beat South Carolina.

NO. 6 OREGON AT WASHINGTON

What we've learned about the Ducks

Oregon's newest star is freshman running back De'Anthony Thomas, who scored two spectacular TDs (a 45-yard catch and a 93-yard kickoff return) in a 43--28 win over Washington State.

What we've learned about the Huskies

Chris Polk is arguably the nation's most underrated running back. In a 42--31 win over Arizona, he became the first Husky to gain at least 100 yards rushing and receiving in the same game.

What it will mean on Saturday

This will be a score-a-thon. Because of home field advantage and the play of up-and-coming quarterback Keith Price, Washington pulls off a big upset.

TEXAS A&M AT NO. 7 OKLAHOMA

What we've learned about the Aggies

For the third time this season, A&M blew a double-digit lead in the second half, falling to Missouri 38--31 in overtime. The Aggies are one of the biggest disappointments in college football.

What we've learned about the Sooners

When he's on, Landry Jones is as good as any quarterback in the land. He threw for a school-record 505 yards in Oklahoma's demolition of K-State.

What it will mean on Saturday

With both offenses ranked in the top seven nationally, this figures to be another Big 12 shootout. But it will be considered an upset if the Aggies keep this within two touchdowns.

NO. 23 CINCINNATI AT PITTSBURGH

What we've learned about the Bearcats

Senior QB Zach Collaros (left) has led 6--1 Cincinnati on game-winning fourth-quarter drives in back-to-back games, most recently against South Florida, which the Bearcats beat 37--34.

What we've learned about the Panthers

The offense needs to find answers quickly after losing Ray Graham, the nation's No. 2 rusher, to a season-ending knee injury last week. QB Tino Sunseri may take on a larger load.

What it will mean on Saturday

With the Big East title and a BCS bowl berth in their sights, the Bearcats will win late in the fourth quarter thanks to one of the most clutch players in college football, Collaros.

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