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September 30, 2009
Losses cause some games to lose luster
If there's a Saturday this season to skip a time slot or two and cut the lawn, this is it.
The top two teams in the polls - Florida and Texas - are off this week. What were expected to be marquee matchups have lost some luster because of lopsided losses last week by California and Miami. And BCS hopefuls Boise State, Houston and TCU should roll this week against weak competition.
Don't get us wrong - Saturday features some key games. Georgia-LSU will show the SEC who is more serious about challenging Alabama and Florida for the SEC crown. Saturday night brings the potential return of Heisman winner Sam Bradford facing a Miami team that hopes to put a 31-7 loss to Virginia Tech behind it. In the Big Ten, Wisconsin's trip to Minnesota suddenly is a key game in the conference race with the Badgers having started 4-0.
Seven of the eight top-10 teams playing this week go on the road, though. What that means is that if 2009 is a repeat of the upset-filled 2007 season, there will be no time to cut the grass.
Rivals.com sorts out the week by selecting Saturday's top five games to watch; plus, there's a look at the nationally televised games on Thursday and Friday.
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WEEK 5 VIEWERS' GUIDE
WISCONSIN AT MINNESOTA
LSU AT GEORGIA
WASHINGTON AT NOTRE DAME
USC AT CAL
OKLAHOMA AT MIAMI
David Fox is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.