Don't look to college football's traditional cathedrals for this weekend's biggest games.
Notre Dame Stadium, the Horseshoe, the Orange Bowl and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum will be empty Saturday. The Big House hosts a big game in the Big Ten between Michigan and Purdue, but even that's not the most important game of the weekend.
For the big showdown, you need to travel to 28,599-seat Doyt Perry Stadium on the campus of Bowling Green, where the 23rd-ranked Falcons (6-1) will host No. 12 Northern Illinois (7-0) for the toughest test remaining in the Huskies' bid for an undefeated season.
This big game in the little Mid-American Conference has caught the country's attention. In a sign of how hyped the game will be, ESPN's ''College GameDay'' will bring its traveling roadshow to Bowling Green.
''I think, once the game starts, players and coaches get in game mode, and concentration takes over,'' Bowling Green coach Gregg Brandon said. ''That enthusiasm lasts for maybe a quarter. Then, you've got to block and tackle. Your skills, techniques and fundamentals take over.''
No. 1 Oklahoma (minus 25) at Colorado
Buffs host No. 1 team for first time in 25 years ... OKLAHOMA 41-10.
UAB (plus 29 1/2) at No. 4 Georgia
Bulldogs get easy nonconference tuneup for Florida ... GEORGIA 37-3.
No. 5 Southern California (minus 10) at Washington
Trojans winless in Seattle since '93 ... USC 27-21.
Wake Forest (plus 18 1/2) at No. 6 Florida State
Bobby Bowden can pass Joe Paterno for most wins ... FLORIDA STATE 31-17.
Oregon State (plus 8) at No. 6 Washington State
Cougars can't look ahead to showdown vs. USC ... WASHINGTON STATE 24-20.
No. 8 Ohio State (minus 20 1/2) at Indiana
Buckeyes looking for first road win ... OHIO STATE 31-13.
No. 17 Auburn (plus 3 1/2) at No. 9 LSU
Auburn plays seventh game against Top 10 team in last 11 ... AUBURN 21-20.
No. 10 Purdue (plus 5) at No. 13 Michigan
Another tough road test for the Boilermakers ... MICHIGAN 28-24.
No. 12 Northern Illinois (plus 3 1/2) at No. 23 Bowling Green
Huskies' undefeated run ends ... BOWLING GREEN 27-24.
Iowa State (plus 23 1/2) at No. 14 Nebraska
Huskers 23-2 in last 25 meetings with Cyclones ... NEBRASKA 31-14.
No. 15 TCU (minus 6) at Houston
Horned Frogs have won 17 of 18 overall ... TCU 24-21.
Penn State (plus 10 1/2) at No. 16 Iowa
JoePa looking for first conference win ... IOWA 27-20.
No. 18 Oklahoma State (minus 6) at Texas A&M
High-flying Cowboys can't look ahead to Oklahoma ... OKLAHOMA STATE 34-24.
No. 19 Texas (minus 33) at Baylor
Bears last team to shut out Longhorns in 1980 ... TEXAS 42-13.
No. 20 Wisconsin (minus 10 1/2) at Northwestern
Badgers try to bounce back from loss to Purdue ... WISCONSIN 27-10.
No. 21 Arkansas (plus 1) at Mississippi
Eli Manning and Rebels try to stay undefeated in conference ... MISSISSIPPI 27-24.
No. 22 Tennessee (minus 3 1/2) at Alabama
Tide winless at home vs. Vols since '91 ... TENNESSEE 24-17.
New Mexico (plus 9) at No. 24 Utah
Utes ranked for first time since '96 ... UTAH 28-14.
Last week: 18-1 (straight); 10-7-1 (vs. points)
Season: 120-32 (straight); 73-68-1 (vs. points)
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