This weekend in college football won't have a huge bearing on the BCS standings. Oregon, Auburn and TCU all have bye weeks this week. Boise State will have an opportunity to leap to third in the BCS standings as it hosts Fresno State tonight. Boise is ranked third in the AP and USA Today polls ahead of TCU but still trail the Horned Frogs in the BCS rankings.
Despite the top teams being off this week, there's still some excellent games to look forward to this weekend. Four games between ranked teams highlight the action. The Texas A&M Aggies play host to the Nebraska Cornhuskers while Ohio State travels to Iowa in a Big 10 showdown, Arkansas takes on Mississippi State and Virginia Tech heads to Miami to take on the Hurricanes in an ACC battle.
The Hokies battle against Miami is the only one that could have serious implications for the idle top three teams in the BCS this weekend. If the Hokies lose, they'll possibly drop out of the top 25, making Boise State's win over them less impressive. That would be good news for TCU, who saw their lead in the BCS standings over Boise get cut in half last week.
Onto the picks for some of the important and/or local games of the weekend.
Nebraska over Texas A&M - The Aggies' stay in the top 25 may be short lived. The Cornhuskers' loss against Texas looks to be an outlier.
Oklahoma State over Kansas - Should be a romp for the Cowboys.
Ohio State over Iowa - I'll believe it when I see it out of Iowa. This will be their third Big Ten loss of the year.
Arkansas over Mississippi State - Jerry Jones has something to be happy about this year as his Razorbacks will get their ninth win of the season.
Oklahoma over Baylor - Poor Baylor. They were in the top 25 last week and come Saturday night, they'll have their fifth loss of the season.
Miami over Virginia Tech - Miami has been playing better the past few weeks and home field advantage will help propel them to the upset victory.