Game 5: No. 1 Notre Dame (11-0) at USC (7-4, 5-4), 7 p.m. (Ch. 8)
Todd’s take: Johnny Manziel must have a great game Saturday because the Heisman race changes weekly and if Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o has a huge effort in an Irish win over rival USC, things could change in a hurry. Don’t forget — Notre Dame players have won seven Heismans and the voters always have been easily swayed by the Fighting Irish mystique. Not to mention Te’o is a great player whose team is going on the road in a huge TV market with a chance to clinch a spot in the BCS title game. It should be an interesting Saturday night. Making it even more interesting? IN this college football fan’s opinion, USC has the country’s best player, wide receiver Marqise Lee. He has 924 receiving yards and seven TDs in his last five games. Lee’s problem Saturday is he won’t have All-American QB Matt Barkley throwing to him. He’s injured. So it will be freshman Max Wittek instead.
Other games of note:
No. 4 Florida (10-1, 7-1) at No. 10 Florida State (10-1, 7-1), 2:30 p.m. (Ch. 8) — The Gators suddenly find themselves in the national title picture while the Seminoles habe a longshot chance of working their way back into the Top 2 teams in the BCS rankings.
Auburn (3-8, 0-7 in SEC) at No. 1 Alabama (10-1, 6-1), 2:30 p.m., (Ch. 11) — The coach with no consequences, Alabama’s Nick Saban, is back in the national title hunt even though the Crimson Tide blew a big game in the regular season again. Two years ago, Auburn won a national title with Cam Newton. Now Tigers coach Gene Chizik is on the way out.
No. 8 Stanford (9-2, 7-1 in Pac 12) at UCLA (9-2, 6-2), 5:30 p.m. (Ch. 4) — Stanford is fresh off its massive upset win at Oregon. UCLA just took apart crosstown rival USC. Which team will have momentum? Which one will have a letdown? The guess is both will be ready to play. Should be another great game in the Rose Bowl.