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November 23, 2008


No. 21 Oregon State (7-3) at Arizona (6-4), 4 p.m., Versus: The Beavers need to win this one and next week's game against Oregon to go to the Rose Bowl. The presence of freshman running back Jacquizz Rodgers (123.3 yards per game, ninth best in the country) has made this year's success possible. But the Wildcats are slight favorites because they are 4-1 at home, losing only to USC by a 17-10 score.
-- No. 20 Pittsburgh (7-2) at No. 19 Cincinnati (8-2), 4:15 p.m., ESPN2: A Cincinnati win would nearly assure the Bearcats of representing the Big East in a BCS game. They would need only to beat Syracuse in their next game to do it. Cincinnati has used five quarterbacks, and Tony Pike, who was third string when the season began, is expected to start against Pitt. Pitt's strength is running back LeSean McCoy (115.9 yards a game).
-- No. 2 Texas Tech (10-0) at No. 5 Oklahoma (9-1), 5 p.m., Channel: 7 Channel: 10 : These are probably the two best offensive teams in the country, and they rank first (Oklahoma) and third (Texas Tech) in scoring. The winner puts itself in the middle of the national championship race. Sooners quarterback Sam Bradford leads the nation in touchdown passes with 38 and Tech's Graham Harrell is third with 36. The Red Raiders, who would clinch a berth in the Big 12 title game with a win, have beaten Texas and Oklahoma State in their past two games, but those two were at home.
- Jake Curtis
This article appeared on page D - 4 of the San Francisco Chronicle