College football preview

Let the big games begin

By Matt Bonesteel
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, September 10, 2010; 9:53 PM

Last weekend, the most crucial game of the college football schedule was on Monday. This weekend, we get back to normal. Saturday's college football slate is jam-packed with big games, starting with a key Southeastern Conference tilt and continuing with a three-headed monster of matchups in the 3:30 p.m. slot. A look at the contests that loom the largest.

No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 18 Penn State

The top-ranked Crimson Tide are expected to be without Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram for the second straight week. It might not matter given the talent behind him and a rabid crowd that is sure to give Nittany Lions freshman quarterback Rob Bolden a taste of SEC atmosphere.

No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 12 Miami

It's a rematch of the 2003 Fiesta Bowl, when a controversial call helped the Buckeyes win the national title. Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor and Miami's Jacory Harris are two of the most exciting quarterbacks in the game. Can the Hurricanes score a big win for the program, and for the ACC?

No. 10 Oklahoma vs. No. 17 Florida State

The Sooners' defense was burned to the tune of 421 yards by unheralded Utah State last weekend. Now they face a stiffer test as they look to extend the nation's longest active home winning streak to 32. First-year Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher is looking for the first signature win of his tenure.

Notre Dame vs. Michigan

The two slumbering traditional powers meet again, and both looked good in wins last weekend. Wolverines QB Denard Robinson rushed for 197 yards and a touchdown against U-Conn. last weekend without even tying his shoes.

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