College football Week 13 preview

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Top five games to watch

5 No. 5 Oregon at No. 16 Oregon State » Dead Ducks? Not yet. With a USC win over Notre Dame and a UCLA victory over Stanford, Oregon is back in the BCS title picture as perhaps the most attractive one-loss team other than Alabama. In the Civil War, the staunch defense of the overachieving Beavers (8-2) will be tested against the nation's No. 2 scoring offense. (Saturday, 3 p.m.)

4 No. 11 Stanford at No. 15 UCLA » If Stanford wins, the teams are guaranteed to meet again in the Pac-12 title game. If UCLA wins, Oregon would be the Bruins' opponent in the conference title game, provided the Ducks take care of business at Oregon State. The game matches redshirt freshman quarterbacks Brett Hundley of UCLA and Kevin Hogan of Stanford. (Saturday, 6:30 p.m., Fox)

3 No. 6 Florida at No. 10 Florida State » The Gators (10-1) of the SEC will not play in their conference title game. The Seminoles (10-1) of the ACC will play in theirs. But there still is plenty as stake as the winner remains in the BCS title game picture. Expect a low-scoring game. This game will match teams that rank No. 1 (FSU) and No. 4 (Florida) in total defense. (Saturday, 3:30 p.m., ABC)

2 No. 20 Michigan at No. 4 Ohio State » Plenty at stake in "The Game" as the Wolverines try to stay in the Big Ten title game picture while the Buckeyes aim to complete a perfect 12-0 season. Junior Devin Gardner has been stellar (190.2 rating) in three Michigan wins in the absence of electric Denard Robinson. Now that Robinson is back will he play quarterback, running back or wide receiver? (Saturday, noon, ABC)

1 No. 1 Notre Dame at USC » One of college football's great rivalries matches teams that have been ranked No. 1 -- USC in the preseason and Notre Dame this week for the first time since 1993. USC (7-4) has been a major disappointment and will be without quarterback Matt Barkley (shoulder). With a win, the Fighting Irish will be in the BCS title game for the first time. (Saturday, 8 p.m., ABC)

Local games

Maryland at North Carolina

When » Saturday, 3 p.m.

Where: Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill, N.C.

TV/radio » RSN, ESPN 980 AM

Little is at stake here in the season finale for both teams. North Carolina (7-4, 4-3) has enough wins but is not eligible for a bowl game due to NCAA sanction. Maryland (4-7, 2-5) saw its bowl hopes die last week with its fifth straight loss and third with emergency fill-in Shawn Petty, a freshman linebacker, playing quarterback. The Tar Heels counter with junior quarterback Bryn Renner (West Springfield) and sophomore running back Giovani Bernard, who leads the ACC in rushing with 1,065 yards.

Salisbury at Widener

When » Saturday, noon

Where » Quick Stadium, Chester, Pa.

In the Division III playoffs, Salisbury (9-2) takes on Widener (10-0) led by senior quarterback Chris Haupt, a contender for the Gagliardi Trophy, which goes to the nation's top Division III player. Haupt has passed for 315.8 yards per game and 34 touchdowns. Salisbury, which is in the playoffs for the third straight year, advanced last week with a 17-9 victory over Rowan as Joe Benedetti rushed for 125 yards and two touchdowns. The winner will play Johns Hopkins or Mount Union.

Johns Hopkins at Mount Union

When » Saturday, noon

Where » Mount Union Stadium, Alliance, Ohio

In the Division III playoffs, Johns Hopkins (10-1) is in the second round after winning its fourth straight Centennial Conference championship and beating Washington & Jefferson (Pa.) 40-10 last week. The Blue Jays are led by running back Jonathan Rigaud (1,447 yards rushing, 21 touchdowns) and quarterback Robbie Matey, who has completed 69.9 percent of his throws. Powerhouse Mount Union (11-0) has played in the title game 13 of the last 15 years with nine victories.

- Kevin Dunleavy

kdunleavy@washingtonexaminer.com

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