No. 22 Boston College at No. 2 Virginia Tech
Time, TV, Radio: 2:30 p.m., WUSA-9, WJZ-13, WMJS-FM-92.7, WAGE-1200.
Records: Eagles 8-2, 4-2 Big East Conference; Hokies 10-0, 6-0.
Data: Thanks to the BCS computer rankings, a win against the Eagles would not guarantee the Hokies a spot in the Sugar Bowl despite an undefeated season. If Nebraska should pass the Hokies in the BCS ratings with a win over Colorado today and another over Texas in the Big 12 Conference title game on Dec. 4, the Hokies would go to the Orange Bowl. Virginia Tech must stop Boston College QB Tim Hasselbeck, who accounted for 332 of the Eagles' 442 yards of total offense in a 31-29 win over Notre Dame last week. It looks as if Boston College is headed to the Insight.com Bowl as the third-place team from the Big East, but the Eagles could move up to the Gator Bowl if Miami falters in one of its last two games.
No. 3 Nebraska at Colorado
Time, TV, Radio: 2:30 p.m., WJLA-7, WMAR-2, WXTR-820.
Records: Cornhuskers 9-1, 6-1 Big 12 Conference; Buffaloes 6-4, 5-2.
Data: The Cornhuskers still have a shot at the Sugar Bowl despite a mistake-prone offense. Nebraska has 39 fumbles this season and has lost 18, the worst mark in the nation. The Cornhuskers fumbled 10 times but still rolled to a 41-15 win over Kansas State thanks to a stifling defense that yields 234.5 yards and 11.4 points per game. Colorado has lost seven straight to Nebraska, but the last three have been by a combined 10 points. Coach Gary Barnett has the Buffaloes pumped up for the game the way former coach Bill McCartney once did. McCartney banned the color red from all team activities and once removed an observer from practice for wearing red. For Colorado to pull off the upset, the Buffaloes must protect QB Mike Moschetti from a defense that has 41 sacks this season. Moschetti had an interception returned for Nebraska's only touchdown in last year's 16-14 loss, and Colorado's fans haven't really forgiven him. But Moschetti had broken ribs in that game. He's healthy now, much to Colorado's benefit.
No. 7 Texas at No. 24 Texas A&M
Time, TV: 11 a.m., WJLA-7, WMAR-2.
Records: Longhorns 9-2, 6-1 Big 12; Aggies 7-3, 4-3.
Data: Texas A&M's season started to head downhill on Oct. 2, when the then-No. 5 Aggies lost, 21-19, to Texas Tech. A 37-0 loss to Nebraska and a 51-6 loss to Oklahoma followed. Then came the devastating bonfire accident that killed 12 Texas A&M students last week. Somehow, the Aggies must pull things together for their traditional season-ending game against the Longhorns. The Aggies had their most complete game last week in a 51-14 win over Missouri, rushing for a season-high 254 yards and passing for 201. Texas A&M has had trouble establishing the run this season, but freshman RB Joe Weber had the team's first 100-yard rushing game against Missouri. The Longhorns have survived without Ricky Williams to become the first Texas team to win nine games two straight seasons since 1982-83. Major Applewhite became the first quarterback in school history to throw for more than 3,000 yards, and WRs Kwame Cavil, Ryan Nunez and Montrell Flowers have combined to grab 169 catches for 2,015 yards.