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College Sports

October 18, 2013

Mike Lopresti: It's all about the SEC


5. Indiana at Michigan: What's up with the Wolverines? They faded at the end to lose to Penn State. They barely got past Akron and Connecticut. How are they supposed to bring down the Ohio State empire next month, playing like that? The surge needs to start soon. Saturday, for instance. The Hoosiers haven't beaten Michigan in 26 years, losing their last 17 meetings.

6. Georgia at Vanderbilt: A high casualty rate on offense gives Georgia a legitimate explanation for the home defeat by Missouri, though its fans are not big on excuses. But there will be no place to hide if the Bulldogs lose at Vanderbilt. It shouldn't happen, but this has the feel of a trap game.

7. Iowa at Ohio State: There is no reason to believe the Buckeyes' 18-game winning streak is in imminent danger, but the issue is style points. Ohio State is now in a beauty contest, trying to find a way to get past Oregon in the BCS. Nothing ugly will do anymore.

8. UCLA at Stanford: Win this, and UCLA's Jim Mora will have as good an argument as anyone for national coach of the year, with the unbeaten Bruins. Lose this, after being upset at Utah, and Stanford's once-shining season will start to look smudged.

9. Texas Tech at West Virginia: The host Mountaineers — No. 1 on the teeter-totter poll — are 3-3 by alternating wins and losses each week. One moment they're losing 37-0 at Maryland, the next upsetting Oklahoma State, the next giving up 73 points to Baylor. They can be tough in Morgantown, though, and that is where 6-0 Texas Tech will be for the first time in history.

10. BYU at Houston: The Cougars are 5-0, have scored in all 20 quarters this season and are the proud owners of a glowing 18-4 turnover differential, to lead the nation. But Rice is the only FBS team they've played with a winning record. They go up a weight class against BYU.

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