“Goldy” the Minnesota Golden Gophers’ mascot knew the right button to push with visiting Wisconsin Badger fans last Saturday … with the Green Bay Packers coming to Minneapolis to play the hometown Vikings on NFL Monday Night Football, Goldy wore a Brett Favre number 4 Vikings’ jersey. Speaking of Favre, you have to see him in the new Sears large screen TV commercial–he pokes fun at himself for his well known off-season indecisiveness. It’s an instant classic.

Florida State’s embattled Bobby Bowden deserves the chance to let the season play out. Florida State football was the joke of the state before Bowden came onboard in 1976, having won just four games in the previous three seasons. Of course, he’s only led the Seminoles to 12 conference championships and two national championships in the past 33 years, compiling 283 wins during that time. Nah, let’s run the guy out of Tallahassee on a rail right now.

Is Notre Dame heading to a BCS bowl? Not so fast. Sure, the Irish have pulled out three barn-burners in a row over Michigan State, Purdue and Washington to run their season record to 4-1, but those three teams are a combined 5-10. Still, every win has nurtured Notre Dame’s confidence. They have this week off and will face the most important test of the year on October 17 when the top 10 ranked USC Trojans travel to South Bend.

Heisman Power Meter: So long to California junior running back Jahvid Best who was held to 47 yards on 13 carries by USC. The top two candidates are Tim Tebow and Colt McCoy. If Florida can handle LSU this week with Tebow calling the signals, he’ll have a leg up on McCoy at the mid-season mark. Notre Dame’s Jimmy Clausen is beginning to show up on the radar. Let’s see how he handles USC’s defense in the friendly confines of Notre Dame Stadium.

Conference Power Meter: 1. SEC. 2. Big XII. 3. Pac-10. 4. Big Ten 5. ACC 6. Big East. 7. MWC. 8. C-USA. 9. WAC. 10. Sun Belt.

The most intriguing game picks this weekend…

No. 13 Oregon at UCLA. The Bruins are another year or so away from being able to handle the Quacks. This will be a defensive battle won by Oregon.

Michigan at No. 12 Iowa. One of the Big Ten’s best offenses vs the conference’s best defense. Something’s gotta give in this game and I’ll take the Hawkeyes at home. The Wolverines will be psyched out by the pink visiting team’s locker room.

No. 17 Auburn at Arkansas. The Tigers are 5-0 and look to be the best bet for challenging Alabama in the SEC western division. They should be able to handle the Hogs on the road.

Wisconsin at No. 9 Ohio State. I’m not convinced this Badger team is a very good 5-0 squad. There’s not a better opportunity to test my perspective than to send Wisconsin into Columbus to take on the Big Ten’s big dog Buckeyes this week. Hard to imagine the Badgers winning this one.

No. 22 Georgia Techa at Florida State. The Yellow Jackets have never defeated the Seminoles in Tallahassee. They won’t this time, either. There’s too much emotion for the FSU players to pull the win out for Coach Bowden.

No. 1 Florida at No. 4 LSU. The best game of the week. If Tim Tebow is healthy and plays, the Gators will win. If not, the Bayou Bengals will win this in a squeaker.

TCU at Air Force. Playing at the Air Force Academy will not be a cup of tea for the Frogs. The Falcons will put up a fight to the death, but TCU is on a roll and they’ll win this by less than touchdown.

Houston at Mississippi State. Had the Cougars handled lowly Conference USA foe UTEP last week, all eyes would be on Starkville for this matchup. It would have been a must-win for Houston on their trailblazing path to the BCS. As it turns out, it’s even more of a must-win now, and the visitors will be up for it.

Last week: 2-6. Season: 17-15