Originally created 10/17/98

College notes: Don't blink when Ducks play Bruins

"Dee-fense, Dee-fense" more likely will be a plea than a cheer when No. 2 UCLA plays No. 11 Oregon in a showdown between unbeaten teams and outstanding quarterbacks.

Go out for a hot dog and the score could change drastically while you're gone.

Oregon (4-0), behind the arm of Akili Smith, goes into Saturday's Pacific-10 game at the Rose Bowl averaging 50.6 points a game. The average for UCLA (5-0) is 48 points.

Last week, the Bruins outscored previously unbeaten Arizona 28-0 in the fourth quarter for a 52-28 win, and they played without Jermaine Lewis, their leading rusher (90-yard average) and scorer (eight touchdowns). Lewis, who was serving a one-game suspension for an off-campus fight, will play Saturday.

"We want to be No. 1 at the end of the season, when it's all finished," UCLA quarterback Cade McNown said.

To keep that goal alive the Bruins will have to beat what their coach, Bob Toledo, Oregon offensive coordinator from 1983-88, calls the best bunch of Ducks he's ever seen.

In other games involving Top 10 teams, it's Minnesota at No. 1 Ohio State, Oklahoma State at No. 4 Kansas State, Auburn at No. 5 Florida, Clemson at No. 6 Florida State, No. 7 Virginia at No. 25 Georgia Tech, Kansas at No. 8 Nebraska, No. 9 Wisconsin at Illinois and No. 10 Texas A&M at Baylor.

Also, it's Purdue at No. 12 Penn State, Vanderbilt at No. 13 Georgia, Temple at No. 14 Virginia Tech, No. 16 Arizona at Oregon State, No. 17 Arkansas at South Carolina, No. 22 Texas Tech at No. 19 Colorado, Oklahoma at No. 20 Missouri, Kentucky at No. 21 LSU, No. 23 Syracuse at Boston College and Louisville at No. 24 Tulane.

Glen Mason, coach of Minnesota (2-3), a 37 1/2 -point underdog, doesn't like what he sees when he looks at Ohio State (5-0). "They're not a No. 1 team that looks like they're ready to get beat," he said.

Kansas State (5-0), led by quarterback Michael Bishop, must pay attention against Oklahoma State (2-3). The Cowboys played Nebraska tough before losing 28-21 two weeks ago.

Auburn (1-4) might well find Gainesville, Fla., an unpleasant workplace when it goes against Florida (5-1).

"All you can do is try to work your way through it," Auburn coach Terry Bowden said.

Florida State (5-1) has not lost an ACC game at home since joining the conference in 1992. Clemson (2-4) doesn't figure to spoil that record.

Something unusual will be happening in Atlanta -- a game for first place in the ACC that doesn't involve Florida State. Georgia Tech (4-1, 3-0 ACC) will count on Joe Hamilton, who has passed for 1,1152 yards and 10 touchdowns, with only two interceptions. Virginia (5-0, 3-0) faces a defense that has allowed only 10.2 points a game against an offense that has scored an average of 40.8 points per game.

Nebraska (5-1) figures to rebound from 28-21 loss to Texas A&M, but Kansas (2-4) played the Aggies tough earlier this season.

Illinois (2-4) has improved but not enough to make home-field advantage matter against Wisconsin (6-0), which rolls behind the running of Ron Dayne and quarterback Mike Samuel.

Texas A&M (5-1) has to be pumped by the upset of Nebraska, but the Aggies probably have North Carolina State on their minds as they go into Waco, Texas. N.C. State played Baylor (2-3) the week after it upset Florida State and lost 33-30 to the Bears.


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