Something strange happened after last year's Auburn-Tennessee game - the loser went on to win a share of the Southeastern Conference championship.
Despite a 21-14 loss to the Volunteers, Auburn finished in a three-way tie for the league title with Tennessee and Alabama. Prior to that, no team had ever lost the Tennesee-Auburn game and gone on to win the SEC crown.So if history is any indication, today's meeting at Auburn between the third-ranked Tigers and the No. 5 Vols will go a long way toward determining this year's SEC champ.
Auburn is favored by 11/2 points. ... TENNESSEE 21-20.
Purdue (plus 23) at No. 1 Notre Dame
Are the Irish the best team in the country or just the luckiest? ... NOTRE DAME 31-21.
Virginia Tech (plus 25) at No. 2 Florida St.
The Seminoles won't get a real test until they visit Miami on Oct. 6. ... FLORIDA ST. 38-14.
No. 4 Brigham Young (minus 4) at Oregon
In last year's game, Ty Detmer and Bill Musgrave combined for almost 1,000 passing yards. Expect another wild shootout. ... OREGON 52-48.
Maryland (plus 22) at No. 6 Michigan
Michigan is 14-2 against ACC teams. ... MICHIGAN 28-14.
William & Mary (no line) at No. 7 Virginia
Virginia hasn't started 5-0 since 1949. ... VIRGINIA 42-10.