I've already wrote up USC/Notre Dame, you can read that here.
Here are my picks for this weeks other marquee match ups.
#8 Cincinnati @ #21 USF: This is tonight's game on ESPN; the winner of this will be in great shape to win the Big East, and eventually make a bid at a BCS game. If Cincinnati can win this one on the road they'll be seen as a legitimate contender.
Final Score: Cincinnati 31 USF 14
#20 Oklahoma @ #3 Texas: Some people considered it a little unfair that Texas fell to #2 last week despite a win, but a win this week would give them a strong argument for #1 or #2. More importantly, a win this weekend in the Red River Rivalry, and Texas can afford to sit on their schedule and let the rest play out. Colt McCoy and Sam Bradford have already played each other twice in their Collegiate careers, splitting the series. If McCoy wants to join Bradford as a Heisman winner, he needs to win. A loss for Oklahoma this week would complete their 2009 decline, shutting the door on a season that begin with national title aspirations; a win and Oklahoma are all of a sudden right back in the thick of things.
Final Score: Oklahoma 15 Texas 27
#4 Virginia Tech @ #19 Georgia Tech: The ACC is pretty darn good this year, and these are two of it's most explosive offenses. Virginia Tech still has national title hopes, big ones actually, and an impressive win over Georgia Tech, similar to the one they had over Miami, would establish Virginia Tech as the class of the ACC, and perhaps the class of the NCAA.
Final Score: Virginia Tech 38 Georgia Tech: 17
#22 South Carolina @ #2 Alabama: Steve Spurrier believes that SC are the most underrated team in the country right now. Nick Saban believes that his team, though ranked #2, are the most overlooked team in the nation right now. After Saturday, one of these two teams will be exactly what we thought they were, the other will be in the thick of the national title picture. I think the answer here is obvious.
Final Score: South Carolina 17 Alabama 41