Mike McQueary, Penn State's fifth-year quarterback, sees the game as a dream, but Andy Katzenmoyer, Ohio State's sophomore linebacker, could turn it into a nightmare.
McQueary calls the visit of No. 7 Ohio State (5-0) to No. 2 Penn State (4-0) a dream game for a "quarterback who no one expected to do well, who people thought he'd be on the bench four of five games into the season."In the Nittany Lions' four victories, McQueary has passed for more than 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns and thrown only one interception. But Temple, Louisville, Pittsburgh and Illinois are not Ohio State, nor do those teams have anyone quite like Katzenmoyer.
"I came here (to Ohio State) to play smash-mouth football and that's what I expect," said Katzenmoyer, who made life miserable for offensive players who got in his path in the Buckeyes' five victories.
Other Top Ten teams in action today will be No. 1 Florida at No. 14 LSU, No. 3 Nebraska at Baylor, No. 4 Florida State at Duke, No. 5 North Carolina at home against Wake Forest, No. 6 Michigan at home against Northwestern, No. 8 Auburn at home to Louisiana Tech, No. 9 Tennessee at home against No. 13 Georgia and No. 10 Washington at California.
Also in action are No. 11 Michigan State at Indiana, Iowa State at No. 15 Texas A&M, No. 16 Stanford at Arizona, No. 18 UCLA at Oregon, No. 19 Air Force at Navy, No. 24 Colorado at No. 20 Oklahoma State, No. 21 Brigham Young at Rice, No. 22 Kansas State at Missouri, Boston College at No. 23 Virginia Tech and North Carolina State at No. 25 Georgia Tech.
Florida (5-0) will be seeking its 26th straight Southeastern Conference victory. If Louisiana State (4-1) is to prevent it, the Tigers must stay close early because they don't appear to have the firepower to mount a big comeback.
Nebraska (4-0) will throw the nation's top-ranked rushing offense against Baylor (1-3).
Duke coach Fred Goldsmith is happy the Blue Devils (2-3) will be playing Florida State (4-0) in at Duke, but the fans might not have much to cheer about against a team that leads the ACC in total offense and the nation in total defense and rushing defense.
Wake Forest (2-3) is playing competitively, but maybe not well enough to beat North Carolina (5-0) for the first time since 1989.
Quarterback Brian Griese, completing 67.3 of his passes, and a tough defense will try and help Michigan (4-0) pin another loss on Northwestern (2-4).
At the beginning of the season a game against Louisiana Tech might have looked like an Auburn tuneup for a game against Florida, but Tech has won four of five games. Versatile quarterback Dameyune Craig leads the Tigers (5-0).
Georgia is unbeaten in four games and Mike Bobo is the SEC's top-rated passer, but all of the Bulldogs' games have been at home. Saturday, they play at Tennessee (3-1) and in front of a roaring Peyton Manning fan club.
California (2-2) can score, but the Golden Bears have had trouble stopping opponents, and they probably will have trouble against Washington (3-1), especially Huskies running backs Rashaan Shehee and Maurice Shaw.