Week Seven Preview: USC vs. Notre Dame, Red River Highlight Big Weekend

Bleacher ReportContributor IOctober 16, 2009

AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 10: Quarterback Colt McCoy #12 of the Texas Longhorns looks for a receiver against the Colorado Buffaloes in the first quarter on October 10, 2009 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

There are always good weekends and bad weekends during the course of the college football season.

We suffer through the weekends where the only ranked matchups are between two top 20 teams with no national implications and no game is within two touchdowns, so we can savor a weekend like the one we’re about to see with so much happiness.

What makes it even better, the BCS rankings are just two days away and will finally clear up the national title picture that has been so muddled during the first portion of the college football season.

Rivalry games between Texas and Oklahoma, the Red River Shootout, and Notre Dame and USC highlight a weekend filled with important midseason conference battles for assertion of dominance in very tight conference battles.

Even games that have already been played, Cincinnati-South Florida and Tulane-Boise State were tough battles between good teams that gave some much-needed excitement to the midweek ESPN scheduling.

Move past those traditional crowd-pleasers and you get better than expected conference matchups like Iowa-Wisconsin, Alabama-Ole Miss, Virginia Tech-Georgia Tech, Missouri-Oklahoma State, and even Penn State-Minnesota.

The BCS rankings loom. The college football season is headed into overdrive.

What will the first BCS standings bring? What will the weekend’s slate of games do to the national title picture? Will there be a return to the upset-filled ways of the first few weeks of the season? Or will favorites prevail once again and leave the landscape unchanged?

Many questions indeed on this first BCS weekend of the season, but there doesn’t seem to be a better way to answer them all than to enjoy this what should be this year's best college football weekend so far.