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Four Down Territory: Good Football Teams in NYC, The South's Surprise Game of The Week, Cyclone

First Down: Yankee Stadium…..#12 Syracuse vs #3 Notre Dame: It will be refreshing for football fans in New York to see some good football teams. Notre Dame needs a win to stay in the playoff hunt. For Syracuse, this would be a program-defining win vaulting them into the Top 10 with a shot at a New Year’s Six Bowl Game. This week's winter weather moves out for a partly sunny day with temperatures in the high 40s. That helps both teams's offenses. Notre Dame’s defense and pass rush will be critical as Syracuse may be the biggest offensive test they will face before bowl season. For Syracuse their Top 10 sack unit will have to pressure Irish QB Ian Book and keep him off schedule to win this one.

Second Down: #16 Iowa State at #15 Texas: Texas has had close calls pretty much all year with 8 of their 10 games being decided by one score or less. A win this week and a win against lowly Kansas gets Texas to 9-3 where they can play for the Big 12 title (with help) or even score a New Year's Six Bowl bid. How much late game magic can they expect from QB Sam Ehlinger? As for Iowa State they’ve been overlooked and discounted and are suddenly surging. Their defense played a spectacular game in their 30-14 win over West Virginia and will be a big, big test for the Texas offense.

Third Down: Your Game of the Week in The South Is…..#24 Cincinnati at #11 UCF: College Game Day is in Orlando for this ABC Prime time game. How did that happen? First the slate