Ohio State-Michigan. Oklahoma-Nebraska. Notre Dame-Southern Cal.
For the first time in years, none of these college football classics will have an impact on the national championship. However, they still mean a lot to the teams involved.Ohio State can gain a Rose Bowl berth if it beats Michigan and Iowa loses to Minnesota on Saturday. No. 15 Michigan has a chance to tie for the Big Ten title, but can't go to Pasadena under the league's tie-breaking procedure.
The 19th-ranked Buckeyes are the league's hottest team with five straight wins, but they've lost four of their last five against Michigan, including two straight in Columbus.
Footnote: This will be the first time since 1950 that neither Woody Hayes nor Bo Schembechler will be on the sidelines for an Ohio State-Michigan game.
Michigan is favored by 21/2 points on the road. . . . OHIO STATE 24-21.
For the second straight year, the winner of Friday's Oklahoma-Nebraska game won't win or share the Big Eight title. But the victor can claim bragging rights in one of the sport's fiercest rivalries.
Oklahoma has won 13 of the last 19 games in the series, but Nebraska has prevailed the last two years. Saturday's game is in Norman, but the home field hasn't been very helpful in this series. Oklahoma has won eight of the last 12 games in Lincoln, while Nebraska is 6-5 in its last 11 trips to Norman.
No. 10 Nebraska is favored by one point. . . . OKLAHOMA 27-24.
Notre Dame has beaten Southern Cal seven straight times, but the seventh-ranked Irish may be missing their biggest weapon Saturday at the LA Coliseum.
Rocket Ismail will make the trip, but is listed as doubtful because of a thigh bruise that sidelined him in the second half of Notre Dame's 24-21 loss to Penn State, a defeat that knocked the Irish out of the national title picture.
No. 18 Southern Cal, which is coming off a last-second 45-42 victory over UCLA, is a one-point underdog. . . . NOTRE DAME 32-28.
Syracuse at No. 2 Miami
The Hurricanes have won 37 straight games at the Orange Bowl. . . . MIAMI 38-21.
Utah State at No. 4 BYU
Ty Detmer is the first junior to top the 10,000-yard mark in passing. . . . BRIGHAM YOUNG 52-28.
No. 6 Texas at Baylor
The Longhorns can clinch their first Southwest Conference title since 1983. . . . TEXAS 20-17.
Pittsburgh at No. 11 Penn State
The Nittany Lions have won eight straight, while Pitt is 1-6-1 in its last eight games. . . . PENN STATE 28-14.
No. 13 Iowa at Minnesota
A victory sends the Hawkeyes to the Rose Bowl. . . . IOWA 35-21.
Kentucky at No. 14 Tennessee
The Vols have won 10 of the last 12 meetings. . . . TENNESSEE 42-10.
No. 17 Virginia at Virginia Tech
Junior Matt Blundin replaces injured QB Shawn Moore for the Cavaliers. . . . VIRGINIA TECH 20-17.
Mississippi State at
No. 21 Mississippi
Ole Miss rebounds from big loss to Tennessee. . . . MISSISSIPPI 28-27.
Northwestern at No. 22 Illinois
The league's second-best passing team against the league's worst pass defense. . . . ILLINOIS 46-14.
Wisconsin at No. 24 Michigan State
The Spartans' Tico Duckett leads the Big Ten in rushing. . . . MICHIGAN STATE 42-7.