Nice to see USC grind out a victory against Cal and then drop to No. 25 in the latest BCS standings.
Oh, that’s South Carolina, scratching its way into the standings this week. Sorry.
But it would have made perfect sense.
The No. 6 Trojans venture to the dark side of college football’s TV landscape — the Versus network — for Saturday’s game on the Farm.
The games USC fans will most likely pay attention to — or focus entirely on, if they have no access to Versus — would include Pac-10 co-leader Oregon State, which still hasn’t managed to get into the BCS standings or the Harris poll, hosting Cal in an ABC regional contest; No. 1 ranked Alabama (home to Mississippi State), No. 3 Texas (at Kansas), No. 4 Florida (hosting that other USC), and No. 2 Texas Tech and No. 5 Oklahoma in a bye week, resting up for their encounter on Nov. 22 on ABC.
And then there’s the novelty of Neuheisel going back to Seattle to see how rotten apples taste when heaved at him from the 46th row:
== Saturday, 4 p.m., Versus: No. 6 USC at Stanford (with Ron Thulin, Kelly Stouffer and Lewis Johnson)
== Saturday, 7:15 p.m., FSN Prime: UCLA at Washington (with Barry Tompkins, Petros Papadakis and Jim Watson)
GAMES ON USC FANS’ RADAR:
== Cal at Oregon State (Saturday, Channel 7, 12:30 p.m., with Joe Tessitore, Rod Gilmore and Todd Harris)
== Mississippi State at No. 1 Alabama (Saturday, ESPN, 4:45 p.m., with Mike Patrick, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe)
== No. 3 Texas at Kansas (Saturday, FSN West, 9:30 a.m., with Dan McLaughlin, Dave Lapham and Jim Knox)
== No. 25 South Carolina at No. 4 Florida (Saturday, Channel 2, 12:30 p.m. with Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and Tracy Wolfson)
AND THE REST:
== 4 p.m., ESPN2: No. 14 Ball State at Miami of Ohio (with Bob Wischusen and Brock Huard)
== 5 p.m., ESPN2: Central Michigan at Northern Illinois (with Eric Collins and Shaun King)
== 4:30 p.m., ESPNU: Buffalo at Akron (with Charlie Neal and Jay Walker)
== 4:30 p.m., ESPN: Virginia Tech at Miami (with Chris Fowler, Jesse Palmer, Craig James and Erin Andrews)
== 5 p.m., CBS College Sports: Wyoming at UNLV (with Tom Hart and Spencer Tillman)
== 5 p.m., ESPN2: No. 22 Cincinnati at Louisville (with Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman and Rob Stone)
== 7 to 9 a.m., ESPN: “GameDay” takes a strange detour: Tallahassee, Fla., but not so much to celebrate a Florida State game. Call it the Obama factor — this is the first GameDay trip to an historically black college campus, Florida A&M, which faces Hampton later in the day. That’s 5-4 Florida A&M against 7-3 Hampton, whose coach, Joe Taylor, left the school last December after 16 seasons to take over at FAMU. The usual crew is there: Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard. Afterward, Herbstreit drives a few miles down the road to do the Boston College-Florida State contest for an ABC regional, which goes to the L.A. market (yawn) at 5 p.m.
== 9 a.m., Channel 2: Notre Dame vs. Navy in Baltimore (with Craig Bolerjack and Steve Beuerlein)
== 9 a.m., ESPN: No. 11 Ohio State at Illinois (with Dave Pasch and Andre Ware)
== 9 a.m., ESPN2: Northwestern at Michigan (with Pam Ward and Ray Bentley)
== 9 a.m., Big Ten Network: Indiana at No. 8 Penn State (with Wayne Larrivee, Charles Davis and Charissa Thompson) or Purdue at Iowa (with Thom Brennaman, Chris Martin and Anthony Herron)
== 10 a.m., CBS College Sports: Middle Tennessee at Western Kentucky (with Joe Williams and Pat Sperduto)
== 11 a.m., MTN: New Mexico at Colorado State (with James Bates, Todd Christensen and Natalie Vickers)
== 12:30 p.m., ESPN: Minnesota at Wisconsin (with Terry Gannon and David Norrie)
== 12:30 p.m., ESPN PPV/ESPN360.com: No. 16 North Carolina at Maryland (with Brad Nessler, Bob Griese, Paul Maguire and Stacey Dales)
== 12:30 p.m., CBS College Sports: No. 17 BYU at Air Force (with Tom Hart and Trev Alberts)
== 12:45 p.m., ESPNU: No. 24 Wake Forest at North Carolina State (with Doug Bell, Charles Arbuckle and Melissa Knowles)
== 3:30 p.m., FSN West: No. 12 Missouri at Iowa State (with Joel Meyers, Gary Reasons and Emily Jones)
== 4 p.m., ESPNU: Connecticut at Syracuse (with Clay Matvick and David Diaz-Infante)
== 5 p.m., Channel 7: Boston College at No. 19 Florida State (with Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit and Lisa Salters)
==5 p.m., ESPN PPV/ESPN360.com: No. 13 Oklahoma State at Colorado (with Ron Franklin, Ed Cunningham and Jack Arute)
== 5 p.m., ESPN2: Vanderbilt at Kentucky (with Mark Jones and Bob Davie)
== 5 p.m., CBS College Sports: No. 23 Tulsa at Houston (with Carter Blackburn and Dan Fouts)
== 5 p.m. MTN: No. 7 Utah at San Diego State (with Tim Neverett, Blaine Fowler and Jenny Cavnar)
SATURDAY, NOV. 22:
== 9 a.m., Channel 7: Michigan at No. 11 Ohio State
==12:30 p.m., Channel 2: Mississippi at No. 19 LSU
== 12:30 p.m., Channel 7: Stanford at Cal
== 12:30 p.m, ESPN2: No. 15 Michigan State at No. 8 Penn State
== 5 p.m., Channel 7: No. 2 Texas Tech at No. 5 Oklahoma