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Rivalries games could be classic mismatches

Ralph D. Russo Associated Press

Two of college football’s storied rivalries look like mismatches.

Notre Dame and Michigan meet for the 32nd time today, and Texas plays at Arkansas in the 35th anniversary of their most memorable game.

The eighth-ranked Wolverines are 13 1/2 -point favorites at South Bend against a Notre Dame team that is coming off a disheartening loss to BYU.

The seventh-ranked Longhorns are also double-digit favorites on the road, facing an Arkansas squad that looks very little like the one that snapped Texas’ 20-game home winning streak last season with a 38-28 victory. Quarterback Matt Jones is the only returning offensive starter for Arkansas.

As for Notre Dame, the Irish went out of their way to get a game in before Michigan came to town. The plan went awry. They lost to BYU, 20-17, in another anemic offensive outing under coach Tyrone Willingham.

The lineupTimeTV
No. 1 Southern Cal vs. Colorado St.
Pick: USC 45-175 p.m.ABC
No. 2 Oklahoma vs. Houston
Pick: OU 58-204 p.m.TBS
No. 3 Georgia at South Carolina
Pick: Georgia 24-172:30 ESPN

No. 6 LSU vs. Arkansas St.

Pick: LSU 54-105 p.m.
No. 7 Texas at Arkansas
Pick: Texas 31-135:45ESPN
No. 8 Michigan at Notre Dame
Pick: Mich. 30-1312:30NBC
No. 9 Ohio St. vs. Marshall
Pick: Ohio St. 24-1312:30
No. 10 West Virginia at C. Florida
Pick: W. Va. 44-173 p.m.
No. 11 Florida vs. E. Michigan
Pick: Florida 52-1010
No. 12 California vs. N. Mexico St.
Pick: Cal 49-133:30
No. 13 Kansas St. vs. Fresno St.
Pick: FSU 22-199 a.m.FSN
No. 15 Virginia vs. North Carolina
Pick: Virginia 44-1312:30
No. 16 Iowa vs. Iowa St.
Pick: Iowa 37-99 a.m.
No. 17 Utah at Arizona
Pick: Utah 34-177 p.m.
No. 18 Auburn at Mississippi St.
Pick: Auburn 38-149:30
No. 20 Clemson vs. Georgia Tech
Pick: Clemson 28-245 p.m.
No. 21 Wisconsin vs. UNLV
Pick: Wis. 36-179 a.m.ESPN
No. 22 Minnesota vs. Illinois St.
Pick: Minnesota 55-712:30
No. 23 Maryland vs. Temple
Pick: Md. 35-143 p.m.
No. 24 Oregon vs. Indiana
Pick: Oregon 45-203:30
No. 25 Purdue vs. Ball St.
Pick: Purdue 38-1410