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College Football's Shakeout Saturday

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Six weeks remain in the college football regular season and the elimination process for the BCS title game is underway.  Certainly there's a lot of focus on next Saturday's #1 vs #2 matchup but this weekend will make the BCS and title game picture a little less fuzzy.  Consider these contests:

Michigan State at Nebraska It's a four-way race in the Big Ten Legends Division between Nebraska, Michigan State, Michigan and Iowa.  The Spartans already have a leg up thanks to the 28-14 win over the Wolverines on October 15.  The winner here emerges as the clear cut leader (or legend as it may be.)

Oklahoma at Kansas State The Big XII has three national championship contenders and all three play each other before season's end.  Oklahoma's title hopes took a huge blow after last week's loss to Texas Tech but the Sooners can immediately begin making up ground by beating the unbeaten Wildcats.  Meanwhile today begins a brutal four week stretch for KSU which includes Oklahoma, at Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, and at Texas.

Clemson at Georgia Tech This matchup has lost some luster with Georgia Tech entering tonight having lost two in a row.  Clemson is a wild card in the BCS race because the Tigers have an easier schedule than most contenders.  However, Clemson ends the season on the road in a big rivalry game against South Carolina and a potential rematch with Virginia Tech (a Clemson win 23-3 on October 1) in the ACC title game.

Georgia vs Florida and South Carolina at Tennessee Georgia's BCS title hopes are gone and South Carolina is on the outside looking in for now but one of these teams will have a major impact later in the year.  These two have emerged as the leaders in the SEC East.  Obviously the division winner will face either LSU or Alabama in the SEC title game with the chance to disrupt a perfect season.  South Carolina holds the lead here having beaten Georgia on September 10.

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