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October 19, 2011
Viewer's guide: Big tests on tap
We're seven weeks into the season, but that hasn't necessarily been enough to get a great read on every team in the country, even those near the top.
That changes this week
Among the 10 remaining undefeated teams, Wisconsin and Stanford have passed the eye test for the human component of the BCS. The Badgers are fourth in both polls; the Cardinal are fifth in the coaches and eighth in the Harris poll.
[Power rankings: Several new No. 1s this week]
Thanks to relatively light early-season schedules for both, Wisconsin and Stanford are taking their lumps in the computer rankings. This week gives Wisconsin and Stanford a chance to prove themselves at a high level. True, Wisconsin already crushed Nebraska, but the Badgers have yet to play a true road game. The Badgers this week visit East Lansing, the site of their only Big Ten loss last season.
Meanwhile, Stanford hasn't played a team with a record better than 3-3. This week, the Cardinal play host to 5-1 Washington.
Elsewhere, Notre Dame can start thinking about its BCS possibilities when USC visits. USC is ineligible for the postseason, but the Trojans can play the role of BCS spoiler for the Irish.
Here's a look at those and other top televised matchups in Week 8.
All times Eastern.
WEEK 8 VIEWER'S GUIDE
WEST VIRGINIA AT SYRACUSE
NORTH CAROLINA AT CLEMSON
OKLAHOMA STATE AT MISSOURI
USC AT NOTRE DAME
WASHINGTON AT STANFORD
WISCONSIN AT MICHIGAN STATE