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Previewing today's ACC, SEC games

TV SCHEDULE

Noon N.C. State at Florida State. Raycom, WACH-57

Noon Mississippi at Auburn. WIS-10

3:30 p.m. Miami at Wake Forest. ABC, WOLO-25

3:30 p.m. Georgia vs. Florida, at Jacksonville, Fla. CBS, WLTX-19

3:30 p.m. Central Michigan at Boston College. ESPNU

7 p.m. Mississippi State at Kentucky. Fox Sports

7 p.m. Eastern Michigan at Arkansas. ESPNU

7:30 p.m. Georgia Tech at Vanderbilt. CSS

7:45 p.m. South Carolina at Tennessee. ESPN, WNKT-FM 107.5

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THE GAMES

North Carolina State (3-4) at Florida State (3-4), noon

Florida State's come-from-behind victory last week against North Carolina keeps alive the Seminoles' Atlantic Division title hopes. Both quarterbacks should put up big numbers in this one. Florida State 38-27.

Ole Miss (5-2) at Auburn (5-3), 12:20 p.m.

Ole Miss seems to have hit its stride, while Auburn has lost three in a row. Neither team is going to win the SEC West, but the winner of this one has a shot at second and should finish no worse than third. Ole Miss 24-16.

Florida (7-0) vs. Georgia (4-3) in Jacksonville, 3:30 p.m.

The Gators have won a nation's-best 17 in a row entering "The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party." Florida has won 16 of the past 19 in the series, but the Gators' offensive issues would seem to give the Bulldogs a shot in this one. Florida 23-13.

Miami (5-2) at Wake Forest (4-4), 3:30 p.m.

Wake has not beaten Miami since 1944. The Demon Deacons have to find a way to run the ball if they're to pull the upset. Miami 26-17.

Central Michigan (7-1) at Boston College (5-3), 3:30 p.m.

This is the second MAC opponent of the season for BC, which rolled Kent State 34-7 on Sept. 12. This is the third BCS opponent for Central Michigan, which lost to Arizona but beat Michigan State. BC's pass defense has struggled at times, and CMU is effective throwing the ball. Boston College 27-24.

Duke (4-3) at Virginia (3-4), 3:30 p.m.

The Cavs have won 17 of the past 20 in the series, which began in 1890. The teams have met every season since 1963, and Duke has not won in Charlottesville since 1999. Virginia 24-20.

Eastern Michigan (0-7) at Arkansas (3-4), 7 p.m.

Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett may be able to rest his arm in this one, as Eastern Michigan is last in the nation in rush defense. This is the fourth home game of the season for Arkansas, and one of those was in Little Rock. Arkansas 55-14.

Mississippi State (3-5) at Kentucky (4-3), 7 p.m.

This is important for both teams' bowl hopes. Mississippi State barely has a bowl pulse, and this essentially is a must-win game for the Bulldogs. UK can nail down a bid by winning its next three: this one, Eastern Kentucky and Vanderbilt. Kentucky 26-20.

Georgia Tech (7-1) at Vanderbilt (2-5), 7:30 p.m.

This is the 37th game in the history of the series, which began in 1892. Vandy's last win came in ahem 1941. Vandy's run defense has struggled, and that bodes ill against the Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech 28-13.

Tulane (2-5) at LSU (6-1), 8 p.m.

LSU has won 17 in a row in the series Tulane's last win came in 1982 and the lopsided nature of the "rivalry" may be why the schools mutually agreed in September to cancel the rest of what was a scheduled 10-game series (this is the fourth game under that contract). LSU 45-6.

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