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Pivotal weekend for Sunshine State football powers

Associated Press

The state of football in Florida will become much clearer today.

Florida, Florida State and Miami each play pivotal conference games against nationally ranked opponents. Last season, for the first time since 1982, no team from the Sunshine State finished ranked among the nation’s top five. Florida’s Gators, FSU’s Seminoles and Miami’s Hurricanes are all back in the top 15, with a chance to show they deserve to be there this week.

The sixth-ranked Gators, with new coach Urban Meyer, open their Southeastern Conference season against No. 5 Tennessee. No. 8 Florida State faces No. 17 Boston College, welcoming the Eagles to the Atlantic Coast Conference. No. 13 Miami is at No. 20 Clemson, where coach Tommy Bowden has the Tigers off to a 2-0 start.

The Volunteers have won three of four against Florida in a series that consistently has gone a long way toward determining the SEC East title. The Vols had a week off to prepare for Meyer’s spread-option offense.

The lineupTimeTV
No. 1 Southern Cal vs. Arkansas
Pick: USC 50-167:15FSN
No. 2 Texas vs. Rice
Pick: UT 52-84FSN
No. 4 Virginia Tech vs. Ohio
Pick: VT 46-1012:30
No. 5 Tennessee at No. 6 Florida
Pick: UT 24-215CBS
No. 7 Georgia vs. Louisiana-Monroe
Pick: UG 44-1410
No. 8 Fla. St. at No. 17 Boston Col.
Pick: BC 20-164:45ESPN
No. 9 Ohio St. vs. San Diego St.
Pick: OSU 32-1312:30
No. 10 Notre Dame vs. Mich. St.
Pick: UND 27-2312:30NBC
No. 11 Louisville vs. Oregon St.
Pick: UL 52-249ESPN
No. 12 Purdue at Arizona
Pick: UA 20-187
No. 13 Miami at No. 20 Clemson
Pick: UM 23-1712:30
No. 14 Michigan vs. E. Michigan
Pick: UM 48-169
No. 15 California vs. Illinois
Pick: Cal 44-202
No. 16 Georgia Tech vs. UConn
Pick: GT 38-213:45
No. 18 Arizona St. vs. Northwestern
Pick: ASU 40-287
No. 19 Texas Tech vs. Sam Houston
Pick: TTU 66-104
No. 21 Oklahoma at UCLA
Pick: UCLA 28-1712:30ABC
No. 22 Iowa vs. Northern Iowa
Pick: UI 39-612:30
No. 23 Fresno St. at Oregon
Pick: UO 36-264TBS
No. 25 Virginia at Syracuse
Pick: UV 17-139ESPN2
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