By the time W. finishes clearing out some brush from the Crawford ranch on Saturday, he’ll take off them Texas Highway Patrol glasses, set his 10-gallon hat down on the deer antler rack and settle in for another round of Texas football, BCS style.
Then, he’ll turn his attention to when he has to clean out his West Wing gun closet, ’cause on Tuesday, a new White House tennant will be determined. But enough of that distraction.
The University of Texas has faced a ranked team in each of the last three weeks, and won, rising to No. 1 in the polls and in the BCS standings. Another ranked foe, Texas Tech, coming in at No. 7 in the BCS and vauling past USC in all of the human polls, could be the last regular-season test for them Longhorns.
USC fans will be watching that one after the Trojans veto another rival with a Washington agenda — the 0-7 Huskies, who announced they’ve dumped their coach at the end of this season — at the Coliseum in another FSN cable special. Before that, Florida faces Georgia in a game where the winner is likely to vault past USC in the BCS standings into the No. 5 spot.
UCLA has it easy: No BCS worries, and the week off:
==3:30 p.m, FSN West: Washington at No. 5 USC (with Barry Tompkins, Petros Papadakis and Jim Watson).
==4 p.m., ESPNU: Buffalo at Ohio (with Ari Wolfe and Jim Donnan)
==5 p.m., ESPN2/ESPN360.com: Houston at Marshall (with Rece Davis and Lou Holtz)
==4:30 p.m., ESPN/ESPN360.com: No. 23 South Florida at Cincinnati (with Chris Fowler, Craig James, Jesse Palmer and Erin Andrews)
==5 p.m., ESPN2/ESPN360.com: Wofford at Appalachian State (with Bob Wischusen and Brock Huard)
==7 a.m. to 9 a.m. ESPN: “GameDay” from Lubbock, Texas, site of Texas vs. Texas Tech later in the night. With Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard.
==9 a.m., Big Ten Network: Michigan at Purdue (with Wayne Larrivee, Charles Davis, Charissa Thompson)
==9 a.m., ESPN/ESPN360.com: Wisconsin at No. 21 Michigan State (with Pam Ward and Ray Bentley)
==9 a.m., ESPN2/ESPN360.com: Northwestern at No. 17 Minnesota (with Dave Pasch and Andre Ware)
==9 a.m., ESPNU: Air Force at Army (with Dave Armstrong and Larry Coker)
==9 a.m., Versus: Brown at Penn (with Rich Ackerman, Dale Hellestrae and Bob Harwood)
==9:30 a.m., FSN West: Kansas State at Kansas (with Drew Goodman, Dave Lapham, Jim Knox … a game that Joel Meyers would love do to, except the Lakers, which we believe to be his primary job, force him to stay tight because of the chance he’ll miss Sunday night’s game against Houston from Staples Center)
==11 a.m., MTN: San Diego State at Wyoming (with Tim Neverett, Akbar Gbaja-Biamila and Anne Marie Anderson)
==11:30 a.m., Channel 4: Pittsburgh at Notre Dame (with Tom Hammond, Pat Haden and Alex Flanagan)
==12:30 p.m., Channel 2: No. 6 Georgia at No. 8 Florida (with Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and Tracy Wolfson)
==12:30 p.m. Channel 7: No. 24 Oregon at Cal (with Terry Gannon, David Norrie and Todd Harris)
==12:30 p.m., ESPN/ESPN360.com: Iowa at Illinois (with Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman and Rob Stone)
==12:30 p.m., ESPN PPV/ESPN360: No. 15 Florida State at Georgia Tech (with Brad Nessler, Bob Griese, Paul Maguire and Stacey Dales)
==12:30 p.m., ESPN PPV/ESPN360.com: Iowa State at No. 9 Oklahoma State (with Ron Franklin, Ed Cunningham and Jack Arute)
==12:30 p.m., ESPNU: Clemson at Boston College (with Doug Bell, Charles Arbuckle and Melissa Knowles)
==12:30 p.m., CBS College Sports: Temple at Navy (with Tom Hart and Trev Alberts) On Navy’s Senior Day, part of the coverage will include having Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo wear a wireless mike for never-before broadcast audio from the Navy sidelines. The Navy pregame and postgame speeches will also be carried. This leads into a show scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 4 on CBS College Sports called “Wired: Navy Football” with an all-access look at this particular game.
==3 p.m., MTN: No. 20 BYU at Colorado State (with James Bates, Todd Christensen and Roger Bailey)
==4 p.m., ESPN2/ESPN360.com: Tennessee at South Carolina (with Mark Jones and Bob Davie).
==4 p.m., ESPNU: Louisville at Syracuse (with Clay Matvick and David Diaz-Infante)
==5 p.m., Channel 7: No. 1 Texas at No. 7 Texas Tech (with Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit and Lisa Salters)
==5 p.m., ESPN/ESPN360.com.: Nebraska at No. 4 Oklahoma (with Mike Patrick, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe)
==5 p.m., CBS College Sports: No. 13 TCU at UNLV (with Carter Blackburn and Aaron Taylor)
==6:30 p.m., MTN: No. 10 Utah at New Mexico (with Rich Cellini, Jon Berger, Blaine Fowler and Toby Christensen)
==7:15 p.m., FSN West: Arizona State at Oregon State (with Steve Physioc, Jason Sehorn and Michael Eaves)
==7:30 p.m., ESPNU (delayed): South Carolina State at Delaware State (with Dwayne Ballen and Eddie Robinson, Jr.)
==8 p.m. (replay), Big Ten Network: Central Michigan at Indiana (with Mark Neely, Glen Mason, Chris Martin, Anthony Herron)
==5:15 p.m., ESPN/ESPN360.com: East Carolina at Central Florida (with Joe Tessitore and Rod Gilmore)