Top Teams Have Little Reason To Worry

At No. 1 Florida, quarterback Danny Wuerffel starts on Saturday, but his blockers are banged up.

At No. 2 Ohio State, backup Joe Germaine is the likely starter for injured quarterback Stanley Jackson.

And at No. 3 Florida State, quarterback Thad Busby is out with a fractured wrist.

With injuries popping up to key players around the country, coaches could be worried.

Steve Spurrier, John Cooper and Bobby Bowden don’t seem to be among them, probably because of Saturday’s opposition.

Florida (8-0), OSU (8-0) and FSU (7-0) are on the road against doormats. Florida is at Vanderbilt (2-6, 0-5 SEC); OSU is at Illinois (2-6, 1-4 Big Ten), and FSU plays Wake Forest (2-6, 0-5 ACC) at Orlando.

No. 1 Florida (minus 43) at Vanderbilt: Gators will clinch berth in SEC title game … FLORIDA 66-13.

No. 2 Ohio State (minus 29-1/2) at Illinois: Buckeyes looking for third shutout of ‘96 … OHIO STATE 49-0.

No. 3 Florida State (minus 47) vs. Wake Forest (at Orlando, Fla): FSU at home on road … FSU 56-7.

California (plus 15) at No. 4 Arizona State: Jake Plummer and Co. can clinch Pac-10 title … ASU 42-28.

Missouri (plus 49) at No. 5 Nebraska: Huskers make it 18 straight over Tigers … Nebraska 62-0.

No. 6 Tennessee (minus 26) at Memphis: Peyton Manning pads his numbers … TENNESSEE 45-13.

Iowa State (plus 27) at No. 7 Colorado: Buffs’ Koy Detmer gets his yards … COLORADO 45-14.

Louisville (plus 22) at No. 8 North Carolina: Chris Geldorf carrying Heels … NORTH CAROLINA 38-14.

No. 9 Michigan (minus 14) at Purdue: Wolverines on collision course with Ohio State … MICHIGAN 38-13.

No. 10 Alabama (plus 3-1/2) at No. 11 LSU: Tigers are 0-12-1 vs. Tide in last 13 games at Baton Rouge … LSU 27-21.

Rice (plus 12) at No. 12 Brigham Young: Owls’ four-game conference win streak longest since 1973 … BYU 45-28.

No. 13 Kansas State (minus 8) at Kansas: K-State passing over Jayhawks’ running … KANSAS STATE 30-23.

Clemson (plus 17) at No. 15 Virginia: Cavs 3-2-1 against Clemson in the ‘90s … VIRGINIA 31-10.

No. 16 Wyoming (plus 3) at San Diego State (tonight): Cowboys’ 12-game win streak in jeopardy … SAN DIEGO STATE 47-45.

No. 17 Notre Dame (minus 21) at Boston College: BC reeling from gambling allegations … NOTRE DAME 45-10.

No. 18 Northwestern (plus 6) at No. 23 Iowa: Wildcats count on Darnell Autry … NORTHWESTERN 24-21.

Oregon State (plus 23) at No. 19 Washington: Huskies’ Corey Dillon carves up OSU … UW 45-13.

No. 20 Southern Miss. (minus 7) at Houston: Eagles’ QB Lee Roberts on fire … SOUTHERN MISS. 31-21.

Northeast Louisiana (plus 41) at No. 22 Auburn: Tigers averaged 41 points in two previous games vs. Indians … AUBURN 52-10.

No. 24 Syracuse (minus 23) at Tulane: Orange coming on strong … SYRACUSE 45-14.

E. Carolina (plus 8) at No. 25 Va. Tech: Pirates QB Marcus Crandall spells danger for Hokies … EAST CAROLINA 27-24.

Last week: 18-3 (straight); 7-10-3 (spread). Season: 147-28 (straight); 84-82-5 (spread).

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