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Longhorns fans antsy from the knowledge that the only thing between Texas and a Rose Bowl berth are five mediocre opponents might find it therapeutic to channel some football focus on the other title game contenders. Though this weekend features only two critical match ups, LSU at Alabama and Ohio State at Penn State will go a long way towards deciding the winners of the SEC West and Big 10, respectively.

The weekend's full TV line up and Vegas lines are after the jump, right after a few thoughts on the weekend's two games of note.

No. 9 LSU (7-1, 4-1) at No. 3 Alabama (8-0, 5-0)

When:  2:30 p.m. [CBS]     

Line:  Alabama -7.5

The stakes:  For all intents and purposes, the SEC West will be decided this Saturday in Tuscaloosa, where with a win Alabama would clinch the division and LSU would assume "win and they're in" position down the stretch. Were the Tigers to beat Bama and then win out, the SEC championship showdown with Florida could be for a spot in Pasadena; if by that time Iowa had dropped a game, a one-loss SEC champ LSU might well get the Rose Bowl nod over, notwithstanding undefeated seasons from Cincinnati and/or Boise State.

Match up to watch: Alabama's offensive line vs. LSU's front four. Though the Tide have to date have rushed the football extremely well, spotty pass protection has been a big reason QB Greg McElroy is in a three-game slide in which he's thrown for just 366 yards on 52% passing, with 2 picks and 0 scores. On the opposite side, though you can count on one hand the number of defensive lines as physically imposing as LSU's, the Tigers have held just three opponents (Georgia, Auburn, and Tulane) to less than 3.0 yards per carry, and have but 11 sacks through 8 games played.

All told, if LSU is to embark on a dominant stretch run, it likely means decisive play from their front four tomorrow -- containing the powerful Bama ground game and forcing the Tide's first-year QB to win the game while under pressure. If, however, Alabama's offensive line successfully controls the battle up front and is able to move the chains rushing Ingram, McElroy will need only to manage the game and can look to make plays off play-action, as he so nicely did to start the year.

No. 16 Ohio State (7-2, 4-1) at No. 11 Penn State (8-1, 4-1)

When:  2:30 p.m. [ABC]     

Line:  Penn State -4

The stakes:  Pasadena, although not for the national title game. Having lost to Iowa, the Nittany Lions have the tougher road to the Big 10 title, needing to beat the Buckeyes on Saturday and hope for Iowa to drop two of their final three (Northwestern, at OSU, Minnesota). Odd as it seems, Ohio State is the team that doesn't need any help, controlling its own Rose Bowl destiny if it can close out with wins at Penn State, versus Iowa, and at Michigan. With Iowa needing help of its own to get into the national title game, Hawkeyes fans will be pulling for Penn State in this one, ensuring Iowa the chance to win the Big 10 even with a loss in Columbus next week.

Match up to watch: Jim Tressel vs. Jim Tressel. One would be forgiven for thinking the obvious lessons from the devastating USC loss would catalyze a change in approach for Jim Tressel, but this is a guy who, because the map in his hand says that there's no waterfall ahead, will stay the course even amidst more and more signs of imminent danger, all the way until the ship is actually plunging over the edge. This is how a team quarterbacked by the most dynamic athlete in college football could manage to shipwreck at Purdue. Tressel belatedly recalibrated to stomp Minnesota and New Mexico State the past two weeks, but we won't know if he's figured anything out until today when he has to move the ball against a defense of note. The Nittany Lions are consistent enough that they will win this game if the "no clue how to use Pryor" version of Tressel shows up, but if after the Purdue disaster Ohio State's offensive game plan is centered on putting their outrageous rushing QB to proper use, a breakthrough awaits the Buckeyes. Though this game may not tell us anything about who will play for this year's national title, I'll be watching to see whether Pryor-led Ohio State will have a shot to play for one in either of the next two years.

 

All times Central

TIME GAME TV LINE
11:00 Northwestern at Iowa
IA -15
11:00 UCF at Texas
TX -35
11:00 Syracuse at Pittsburgh PITT -21
11:30 Kansas at Kansas St.
KU -3
12:30 Texas A&M at Colorado
A&M -3
1:30 Navy at Notre Dame
ND -12.5
2:30 LSU at Alabama
BAMA -7.5
2:30 Ohio St. at Penn St.1 PSU -4
2:30 Oklahoma St. at Iowa St.1
OSU -7.5
2:30 Wake Forest at Georgia Tech1 GT -13.5
2:30 Oregon at Stanford ORE -7
2:30 Duke at North Carolina UNC -10
2:30 Washington at UCLA
UCLA -5
3:00 TCU at San Diego St.
TCU -24
6:00
Oregon St. at California
CAL -7.5
6:00 Memphis at Tennessee
TX -34
6:15 Vanderbilt at Florida
UF -35
6:30 Houston at Tulsa
UH -1.5
7:00 Florida St. at Clemson
CLEM -8.5
7:00 USC at Arizona St.2
USC -10
7:00 UCONN at Cincinnati2
CINCY -17
7:00 Oklahoma at Nebraska2
OU -4
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