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Luckless Cavaliers Face Surly Seminoles

Poor Virginia.

The Cavaliers, who have lost two games on the final play this season, now face the unenviable task of playing a second-ranked Florida State team that will be out to prove something tonight in Charlottesville.

After being ranked No. 1 all season, the Seminoles were bumped from the top spot Sunday by Nebraska.

The slip wasn’t Florida State’s fault. The Seminoles just had the misfortune of not playing Saturday, while Nebraska was impressing poll voters with a 44-21 victory over No. 10 Colorado.

Nevertheless, the Seminoles (7-0) will certainly try to prove the pollsters wrong by playing like the nation’s best team.

The Cavaliers (plus 18-1/2) can only hope the Seminoles are in a charitable mood…. FLORIDA ST. 42-17.


Iowa St. (plus 40) at No. 1 Nebraska: Lawrence Phillips returns for Huskers…. NEBRASKA 55-14.

Northern Illinois (plus 49) at No. 3 Florida: Gators 7-0 for first time since 1966…. FLORIDA 62-10.

No. 4 Ohio St. (minus 23) at Minnesota: Buckeyes looked awesome against Iowa last week…. OHIO ST. 45-14.

Southern Mississippi (plus 26) at No. 5 Tennessee: Vols have won 11 straight non-conference home games…. TENNESSEE 48-17.

No. 12 Penn St. (minus 5) at No. 6 Northwestern: Nittany Lions have won 20 in a row on artificial turf…. PENN ST. 27-24.

No. 7 Michigan (minus 13) at Michigan St.: Wolverines giving up only 78 rushing yards per game…. MICHIGAN 34-17.

Navy (plus 29) at No. 8 Notre Dame: Irish have won 31 straight over Midshipmen…. NOTRE DAME 42-14.

No. 25 Oklahoma (plus 6) at No. 9 Kansas St.: Wildcats beat Sooners for third consecutive time…. KANSAS ST. 28-14.

No. 10 Colorado (minus 24) at Oklahoma St.: Buffaloes have lost two of their last three games…. COLORADO 31-21.

Missouri (plus 20-1/2) at No. 11 Kansas: Jayhawks bounce back from loss to Kansas St…. KANSAS 35-10.

No. 23 Texas Tech (plus 4) at No. 13 Texas: Red Raiders have won last two meetings…. TEXAS TECH 21-20.

Stanford (plus 14) at No. 14 Southern Cal: Stanford 4-0 on the road…. SOUTHERN CAL 28-10.

No. 19 Oregon (plus 3) at No. 15 Washington: Ducks haven’t won in Seattle since 1980…. WASHINGTON 27-21.

LSU (plus 4) at No. 16 Alabama: Tide has scored six defensive TDs this season…. ALABAMA 24-14.

Mississippi St. (plus 11-1/2) vs. No. 18 Arkansas at Little Rock: Razorbacks clinch SEC West title…. ARKANSAS 28-14.

No. 20 Syracuse (plus 6-1/2) at Virginia Tech: Winner has inside track to Big East’s bowl alliance spot…. VIRGINIA TECH 17-14.

NE Louisiana (plus 37) at No. 21 Auburn: Tigers 5-4-1 in last 10 games…. AUBURN 38-7.

No. 22 UCLA (minus 6) at Arizona St.: Bruins 7-0-1 at Sun Devil Stadium…. UCLA 32-17.

Last week: 14-2 (straight); 7-10 (spread).

Season: 122-35 (straight); 78-74 (spread).

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