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Is it Ohio State-Michigan? Does Southern Cal's annual grudge match against UCLA measure up? How 'bout the bad blood between Auburn and Alabama? And don't forget Harvard-Yale. Page 2 matches up the game's 16 best rivalries in a week-long bracket to determine college football's top duel. So you tell us: Which is best?
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At least for now, Yale can call on the Oval Office if it needs a little extra help from a powerful alum for its annual matchup in "The Game" against Harvard. That's just one of the reasons Page 2's Brian Murphy loves the smell of Rivalry Weekend. Here's what's at stake in five of the biggest matchups.

Hot 'n Not Ugliest Uniforms Bracket
UConn is No. 1 and Emeka Okefor is the hottest NBA prospect around. But you already knew that. Page 2's Dan Shanoff has the rest of what you need to know about What's Hot 'n Not in college hoops.
Could Shakespeare have written a tragedy more terrible than these Padres' uniforms? Maybe, if he'd had a look at the Mets. Page 2's Ugly Uniform Bracket moves into the second round today. Vote now!

THE DAILY QUICKIE
The Daily Quickie says we don't need the rest of the season to anoint the NFL's coach of the year. That race ended when Marvin Lewis solved the Chiefs on Sunday. Plus, a modest BCS proposal.


This year's American League Most Valuable Player Award race was one of the more controversial in recent memory. Should the award have gone to Alex Rodriguez when he played on a losing team? Here are Page 2's 10 most controversial MVP races in all sports since 1990.

10]  Karl Malone over Michael Jordan, 1997
Maybe voters were simply tired of Jordan, who'd already won four. But MJ's numbers were at least as impressive as the Mailman's. Plus, the Bulls beat the Jazz in the NBA Finals.
9]  Kurt Warner over Marshall Faulk, 2001
Warner won in 1999; Faulk in 2000. But which of these teammates played the biggest role in the Rams' 14-2 record in 2001? A very tough call.
8]  Sammy Sosa over Mark McGwire, 1998
How do you not vote for the slugger whose 70 home runs smashed the single-season longball record? The Cubs made the playoffs, but were only 6 1/2 games better than St. Louis.
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NFL FAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG O/U
Sunday Chiefs 11½ Raiders 45½
Sunday Ravens 2 Seahawks 37½
Sunday Vikings 10½ Lions 46½
Monday Bucs Giants 38
NCAA FOOTBALL FAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG O/U
Saturday Michigan 6 Ohio State NL
Saturday USC 21½ UCLA NL
Saturday Auburn Alabama NL
Saturday Oklahoma 19½ Texas Tech NL
Saturday LSU Ole Miss NL


 
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Let them do 'roids
Those four Raiders who tested positive for THG? That "5-to-7 percent" of major-leaguers on steroids? Forget 'em all.

In the Page 2 debut of the Writers' Bloc, Robert Lipsyte says that horse has left the barn, and it ain't coming back. Our stand against performance-enhancing drugs might help the next generation of athletes -- but not this one.

If you think the rest of the Writers' Bloc is going to let Lipsyte get away with that train of thought, think again.
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NO HORSE TOWN
With all the finger pointing in Tampa Bay, Ralph Wiley says the buck stops in the backfield.

THE SPORTS GUY
The Sports Guy says no griping for five years if your team wins it all.
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It's ESPN.com's NFL authority Len Pasquarelli, left, and Uncle Don Vito from MTV's new show "Viva La Bam." Page 2 has received 41 requests for this match. Browse our archives of past pairs or click here to submit a future duo.


NCAA Men's Hoops: Preseason NIT
7 p.m. ET, ESPN
Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Georgia Tech
 
NHL: Ducks at Avalanche
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Anaheim seeks fourth straight.
 
NCAA Men's Hoops: Preseason NIT
9 p.m. ET, ESPN
Davidson vs. Texas Tech
 
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