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NEBRASKA SHOULD TOPPLE COLORADO; AND LOOK FOR K-STATE TO EDGE KANSAS

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Lawrence Phillips is practicing with second-ranked Nebraska again, but he won't play against No. 7 Colorado on Saturday. The Huskers won't miss him.

Nebraska has already shown it can win without its star running back, who was suspended after attacking his former girlfriend on Sept. 10. Playing without Phillips, who returned to the team Tuesday, the Huskers have won their last five games by an average score of 53-16.Granted, their only ranked opponent during that stretch was No. 14 Kansas State. But Nebraska's powerful rushing attack, which leads the nation with 427 yards per game, has continued to thrive in Phillips' absence.

Freshman Ahman Green is averaging 103 yards per game and 8.2 yards per carry. The Huskers also have three other talented tailbacks - Damon Benning, Clinton Childs and James Sims, who is averaging almost 10 yards per carry.

That's bad news for Colorado, which allowed Iowa State's Troy Davis to gain 203 yards last week.

"But you know what? Kids find a way to rise up and I'm excited about our chances," Buffaloes coach Rick Neuheisel said.

Colorado quarterback John Hessler has done a good job filling in for Koy Detmer, out for the season with a knee injury. But the quarterback to watch in Saturday's game at Boulder is Nebraska's Tommie Frazier.

Frazier is the most dangerous running QB in the country and an improved passer who threw for a career-high four TDs last week against Kansas State. He's also 27-1 in regular-season starts.

After watching its national title hopes go down the drain against Kansas, Colorado would love to spoil Nebraska's bid for a second straight championship. However, the Huskers (minus 71/2) won't let that happen. . . . NEBRASKA 27-17.

No. 3 Florida (minus 24) at Georgia: First meeting in Athens since 1932 . . . FLORIDA 31-14.

No. 25 Iowa (plus 171/2) at No. 4 Ohio St.: Buckeyes' Hoying leads nation in passing . . . OHIO ST. 42-21.

South Carolina (plus 17) at No. 5 Tennessee: Gamecocks averaging 65 points in last three games . . . TENNESSEE 42-31.

No. 6 Kansas (plus 1) at No. 14 Kansas St.: Wildcats hand Jayhawks their first loss . . . KANSAS ST. 24-21.

No. 8 Northwestern (plus 1) at Illinois: Wildcats lead nation in turnover margin . . . NORTHWESTERN 20-17.

Minnesota (plus 21) at No. 9 Michigan: Gophers haven't beaten Wolverines since 1986 . . . MICHIGAN 35-17.

Arizona St. (plus 13) at No. 10 Oregon: Ducks have won five of last six meetings . . . OREGON 28-14.

No. 11 Auburn (minus 61/2) vs. Arkansas at Little Rock: SEC's top rushing team vs. league's top rush defense . . . ARKANSAS 24-21.

Boston College (plus 17) at No. 12 Notre Dame: Irish avenge two straight defeats to BC . . . NOTRE DAME 50-10.

No. 13 Southern Cal (minus 4) at No. 17 Washington: Battle for first place in Pac-10 . . . WASHINGTON 21-17.

Indiana (plus 211/2) at No. 16 Penn St.: Nittany Lions have lost two straight at home . . . PENN ST. 38-13.

North Texas (plus 31) at No. 18 Alabama: Tide has won 20 straight non-conference games . . . ALABAMA 41-7.

Houston (plus 28) at No. 19 Texas A&M: A&M's McElroy third nationally in all-purpose yards . . . TEXAS A&M 45-7.

No. 22 Texas Tech (minus 7) at New Mexico: Tech's Zach Thomas one of nation's best linebackers . . . NEW MEXICO 31-28.

No. 23 Oklahoma (minus 18) at Missouri: Sooners have won 11 straight over Tigers . . . OKLAHOMA 28-0.

California (plus 14) at No. 24 UCLA: Bruins have lost five in a row to Bears . . . UCLA 28-17.