There's still a glimmer of hope for the Arizona Wildcats to secure their first-ever Rose Bowl berth, but standing in their way is No. 11 Oregon. In their last trip to Tucson two seasons ago, the Ducks did not fare well. Ranked No. 2 at the time, Oregon suffered a crushing 34-24 defeat to the Wildcats, losing QB and Heisman-frontrunner Dennis Dixon. The stakes aren't as high this time around, but Arizona hopes to keep Oregon's streak of tough-luck in Tucson going. They'll try to keep the Ducks on their toes with a balanced attack featuring QB Nick Foles and RBs Keola Antolin and Nic Grigsby, who should be back for UA. The Wildcat defense has played admirably against the run this season, allowing 104 yards per game. If Arizona can force Oregon QB Jeremiah Masoli to throw often, they could come up with the turnovers needed to pull off the upset.
Michigan over No. 9 Ohio State
"The Game" may not have the hype of years past, but the rivalry between Michigan and No. 9 Ohio State is alive and kicking. Adding a bit more drama, there have been whispers of Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez being on the chopping block. A win over their bitter rival, the Buckeyes, would go a long way toward Rich Rod sticking around in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines will bring a balanced attack against the Buckeyes that averages 195.5 passing yards and 195.8 rushing yards per game. The Wolverines' only shot to upset Ohio State lies in getting Michigan QB Tate Forcier in a groove. When he is, he's tough to stop, but getting him there isn't easy. The more Michigan forces Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor to try and make plays, the better shape they'll be in. Pryor, like Forcier, has a knack for making as many positive game-changing plays as he does negative game-changing plays. If Forcier can play flawless and Pryor slip up, the momentum the Big House crowd generates could tip the scales in fav
Cal over No. 14 Stanford
Before the season started, did you ever think that'd we ask if Cal can stop No. 14 Stanford's mercurial rise in the Pac-10? Hard to believe, but such is college football. Cal's star tailback Jahvid Best will be out for Saturday's contest after his Nov. 7 concussion against Oregon State. Stepping in for him is Shane Vereen, who picked up 159 yards in last week's upset over Arizona. Vereen is averaging over five yards per carry and has broken the 150 yard plateau twice in the past month. If there's a soft spot in Stanford, it's their defense, which has given up 38 points in three of its last five games. If Golden Bears QB Kevin Riley can take advantage, Cal might be able to squeak out a razor-thin victory in the "Big Game."
Northwestern over No. 17 Wisconsin
It'll be Senior Day at home for the Wildcats when they look to upset No. 17 Wisconsin this Saturday. Northwestern is rolling, having upset Iowa earlier this month and topping Illinois in back-to-back away games. Senior Wildcat QB Mike Kafka has elevated his game this season, specifically through the air. Kafka still has the legs, with 7 rushing TDs this season, but the senior has found success through the air, passing for more than 2,500 yards. On the other sideline, Wisconsin QB Scott Tolzien is prone to making some poor decisions when facing pressure. To win, Northwestern will have to find a way to limit the Badgers' bruiser in the backfield, RB John Clay. If the Wildcats take away the ground game and force the inconsistent Tolzien to throw, look for a big play or two to push Northwestern past Wisconsin.
Ole Miss over No. 10 LSU
In a classic SEC slugfest, Ole Miss at home gets the nod over No. 10 LSU. The Tigers had a shaky performance last week against Louisiana Tech, while the Rebels destroyed Tennessee. And did you see Dexter McCluster last week? If the Vols couldn't stop him, it's doubtful the Tigers will be able to. The game-breaker set two Ole Miss records with 282 rushing yards and 324 all-purpose yards, and a career-best four TDs. Yes, LSU's running defense hasn't allowed a rushing score in its last six games, but all it takes is a sliver of daylight for McCluster to be gone. Consequently, the threat of McCluster takes the pressure off of Rebels QB Jevan Snead, who has found a bit of a groove since laying an egg against Alabama. While the game almost certainly won't have the fireworks last week's matchup against Tennesee did, a flashy play from McCluster should be the difference maker for Ole Miss.