(18) Florida v (23) Tennessee @6:00 on ESPN:
Texas plays Ole Miss, but that'll be a blood bath which will make the less enlightened believe the Big 12 and SEC are comparable when they aren't even playing the same game. Alabama and Arkansas are also playing. And while the game has been great of recent, Knile Davis is scared to hit the hole and Tyler Wilson is banged up. Alabama rolls.
The only game that really matters this weekend in the SEC has Tennessee playing host to the Gators. This game will decide who keeps their job and who returns to coordinator duties next season. Muschamp, while having a respectable record, isn't living up to the impossible standard set by Urban Meyer and Steve Spurrier. Dooley's seat has been hot since he sat in it. However, thankfully, Dooley has been able to find gems at the wide receiver spot via transfers. Denarius Moore was the first and now he has unearthed Cordarelle Patterson. He has the ability to score every time the ball comes within feet of him while also dragging the safeties towards his position, leaving superstar Justin Hunter and Zach Rogers with limited coverage. The deep ball is the big threat and if the Gators can't stop it, there is now way they'll keep up in the scoring column. I don't see them stopping it. The streak ends with the first Volunteer win over UF since 2004. UT 42, UF 17.
William & Mary v (15)* Towson @12:00 on NBC Sports Network:
The Tribe brings a good defense, a bad quarterback, over-the-top expectations and a loss against NEC and no-schollie requirement Lafayette. The Tigers are coming into the game with confidence from their first CAA championship in their history on the back of talented running back Terrance West. They also come in fresh, having taken last week off after an opening week battle against FBS Kent State. Towson uses their break to their advantage, edging the Tribe at home 27-14.
Mickey Matthews' team will pound the ball and play tough defense in order to shorten the game in any way possible; it won't be enough. Geno and the Mountaineers are just too much for any FCS team. The only chance the Dukes have is if the Mountaineers replicate the Oakland Raiders of Monday night and lose their starting long snapper, get a couple kicks blocked and get taken advantage of on defense. The likelihood of that happening is not very good. WVU 52, JMU 17.
Around the rest of VA:
(13) Virginia Tech plays Pitt, in what should be an awful display of offense. However, Tech will reign and remain among the unbeaten for at least another week. UVA will make the mistake of starting Michael Rocco one more week, this time against the Paul Johnson's Yellow Jackets. It could be a good game but until UVA beats a ranked team or benches Rocco, they'll just be another mediocre ACC team. Norfolk State begins it's MEAC slate with Howard. And while behind in academics, they should blow the Bills away on the field. Hampton will get it's first win of the season against FAMU. Liberty tries to bounce back after it's loss against the Green and Gold with a game against FCS power Montana. It doesn't work. Richmond plays VMI, in order to guarantee at least one win against an FCS Virginia foe for the season. (4) ODU plays host to Campbell, where they will test themselves against the triple option and destroy another ill-equipped out of conference foe. ODU rolls.