Auburn's last two outings -- loss to then-unranked Arkansas, followed by defeat of then-second ranked Florida -- serve as a harsh reminder of how quickly the college football landscape can be altered. We're approaching the final-quarter of the 2006 season, yet only seven undefeated teams remain and every major conference title is still up for grabs. Keeping that in mind, here's a breakdown -- in chronological order -- of the 10 marquee games remaining on the 2006 college football schedule:
Saturday, Oct. 21
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Clemson Tigers
Georgia Tech has rebounded beautifully from its season-opening loss against Notre Dame with five consecutive wins heading into Saturday's showdown at Clemson. Chan Gailey's squad has won all three of its conference games thus far and is in control of its destiny in the Coastal Division. The Tigers have also shown resiliency in recovering from a devastating Week 2 overtime defeat at Boston College, despite losing several key starters to injuries. With so much parity in the conference, this could serve as a preview to the ACC championship game.
The ACC standings are so muddled that it becomes a futile exercise attempting to project the key conference matchups down the stretch. Other potential ACC showdowns include Boston College at Florida State (Oct. 21); Clemson at Virginia Tech (Oct. 26); Miami at Georgia Tech (Oct. 28); Virginia Tech at Miami (Nov. 4); Georgia Tech at N.C. State (Nov. 4); Boston College at Wake Forest (Nov. 4); NC State at Clemson (Nov. 11).