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Byline: Mike Huguenin
If Oct. 11 was "Separation Saturday," then we're preparing for "Separation Saturday II" this week. There are huge games in every BCS league except one (the ACC, of course, but more on that later).
Here's the rundown:
_ Big East: Miami at Virginia Tech.
_ Big Ten: Michigan at Michigan State.
_ Big 12: Oklahoma State at Oklahoma and Nebraska at Texas.
_ Pac-10: Washington State at USC.
_ SEC: Florida vs. Georgia in Jacksonville.
The six-pack of games will involve seven or eight of the teams in this week's BCS top 10, and the games will go a long way toward determining the conference titles. In addition, Miami and Oklahoma are the only teams who can determine their own fates; in other words, they are the only teams that know they'll be in the Sugar Bowl if they win out.
There are some intriguing sub-plots to each game as well:
_ Virginia Tech gets another chance to show it truly is an elite program. The Hokies have lost nine games since the start of the 2001 season, i.e. since Michael Vick left. Plus, Tech is 3-34 all-time against teams ranked in the top 10, including 2-19 under Frank Beamer (those wins came over teams ranked ninth_West Virginia in 1989 and Texas in the 1995 Sugar Bowl).
_ Michigan …