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Rating The Tv Games

October 26, 2002|Robyn Norwood

**** Whoa, Nellie

*** Order some pizza

** Channel-surf ... or get out of the house

* A fine time for chores

**** No. 6 Notre Dame (7-0) at No. 11 Florida State (5-2), 9 a.m., Channel 7, XTRA (690): If Notre Dame wins at Tallahassee, it's not only a return to glory, it might be the road to the Fiesta Bowl. LINE: Florida State by 10.

*** No. 13 Iowa (7-1) at No. 8 Michigan (6-1), 9 a.m., ESPN: The Hawkeyes, dreadful in recent years, can move closer to a Rose Bowl berth with a victory. LINE: Michigan by 3 1/2.

** No. 1 Miami (6-0) at West Virginia (5-2), 9 a.m., ESPN2: Tune in and watch the Hurricanes pretend West Virginia players are BCS computers. LINE: Miami by 19.

** Texas Tech (5-3) at No. 21 Colorado (5-2), 10:30 a.m., Fox Sports Net: Air Kingsbury against Colorado's 58th-ranked pass defense.... Could this spell upset? LINE: Colorado by 6.

** No. 5 Georgia (7-0) at Kentucky (5-2), 12:30 p.m., Channel 2: Georgia's top running back, tackle and receiver are out because of injury -- Bulldogs' unbeaten record might be too. LINE: Georgia by 5.

*** No. 15 USC (5-2) at No. 14 Oregon (6-1), 12:30 p.m., Channel 7, KMPC (1540): Here's a chance for Carson Palmer to erase memories of breaking his collarbone at Autzen Stadium with a big day -- and a victory. LINE: USC by 1.

** Stanford (2-4) at UCLA (4-3), 3:30 p.m., Fox Sports Net, KXTA (1150): This is UCLA's fate, Moore or less. LINE: UCLA by 9.

** Wisconsin (5-3) at Michigan State (3-4), 4 p.m., ESPN2: More backup quarterback fun: Spartan starter Jeff Smoker suspended indefinitely for breaking undisclosed team rule. LINE: Wisconsin by 4.

*** Nebraska (5-3) at Texas A&M (5-2), 4 p.m., TBS: Will Big Red be red-faced after yet another road loss, or prove the naysayers wrong? LINE: Texas A&M by 5.

** Alabama (5-2) at No. 16 Tennessee (4-2), 4:45 p.m., ESPN, KLAC (570): Another loss, and things really get rocky on Rocky Top. LINE: Tennessee by 2 1/2.

* No. 10 Louisiana State (6-1) at Auburn (4-3), 7 p.m., Channel 57 KJLA (delayed): For alumni only. This game is long over before this airs. LINE: LSU by 3 1/2.

** No. 9 Washington State (6-1) at Arizona (3-4), 7 p.m., Fox Sports Net: Jason Gesser can break Cougars' career passing record -- and list includes Jack Thompson, Ryan Leaf, Drew Bledsoe and Mark Rypien. LINE: Washington State by 11 1/2.

** Alabama State (5-2) at Alabama A&M (5-2), 7:30 p.m., BET: Sure, it's a I-AA game, but it's a rivalry -- the 61st meeting between the schools at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala. LINE: None.

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-- Robyn Norwood

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