Last week: 3-4; Season: 34-26
Penn State vs. Indiana: Remember how the Lions fell apart in 1999 after losing their perfect season and a shot at the national championship game? Well, the Indiana Hoosiers weren’t on the schedule at the end of that season. The Lions rebound in a big way, 56-14.
Notre Dame at Navy: A friend of mine sent me a news flash earlier this week. It read that Charlie Weis was interested in the Tennessee job, but backed out because he found out that Rocky Top was a song and not a flavor of ice cream. That's funny stuff. It's been a Rocky Road for Weis lately, but Notre Dame will get back on track this week against the Midshipmen and avenge last year's loss. The Irish take Weis off the hot seat for one week, 27-21.
Texas at Kansas: Another coach who requires XL clothing is having a rough time of it. Mark Mangino hasn't struggled like this since his one season stint at Ellwood City. What has happened to the Jayhawks? They played in a BCS bowl last season, but have lost three of their past four and have given 45 points or more in each of those losses. It doesn’t figure to get any better for Mangino’s squad this week against the high-flying Longhorns. I like Texas big, 50-30.
South Carolina at Florida: Nothing would make Steve Spurrier happier than beating his old team. OK, almost nothing. Seeing Phil Fulmer get fired at Tennessee still has the 'ol ball coaching smiling. He won't have a grin on his face after playing in the Swamp. The Gators keep their momentum going upward in the BCS with another big win, 45-17.
North Carolina at Maryland: Is there a more up and down team than the Terrapins? They own three victories against ranked teams, but also have some losses that make you shake your head, like the early-season setback to Middle Tennessee State. It’s tempting to take the Terrapins because they’re 5-0 at home, but I’m going with the more consistent team. The Tar Heels win, 30-21.