Bobby Bowden wishes he could be a fan.
"If I wasn't coaching the dadgum Florida-Florida State game, I could look around and get excited about all those big games," the Florida State coach said. "What would be exciting to me would be for everybody else to lose and us win."
The third Saturday in November is Rivalry Day in college football. Today, some of the traditional games include added burdens of various weights. Kentucky-Tennessee, Southern California-UCLA, Kansas State-Missouri and Florida-Florida State are rivalry games of national significance.
The Volunteers survived Arkansas' upset bid last week, their first game as the top team in the Bowl Championship Series rankings. Kentucky and hot quarterback Tim Couch visit today.
The Vols beat Kentucky, 59-31, last year in a game that saw the two teams combine for 1,329 yards. Tennessee would prefer to avoid another shootout against Kentucky, which leads the SEC with an average of 39.6 points a game. Tennessee scores 31.6.
"We don't want to get into a scoring contest," Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer said. "That hasn't been our personality this year at all."
Tennessee's best defense might be a slow and methodical offense.
"Part of our plan is to keep Tim and those guys off the field," said Vols quarterback Tee Martin.
The best hope for that is sophomore tailback Travis Henry. Since Jamal Lewis went out with injury in the fourth game, Henry has become the team's most reliable runner.
He has gained more than 100 yards in three of the last four games, with a high of 197 last week against Arkansas in the Vols' 28-24 victory.
In the Rose Bowl, UCLA will try to extend its 19-game winning streak by beating Southern Cal for the eighth consecutive time.
UCLA is No. 2 behind Tennessee in the Bowl Championship Series rankings. Kansas State is No. 3 and hopes it continues to gain ground with a victory in Columbia, Mo. However, the Wildcats are coming off the biggest victory in school history, last week's 40-30 defeat of Nebraska. Can you say "letdown?"
"There are some concerns," Wildcats coach Bill Snyder said. "I've been proud of our players. They rise to the occasion. They handle things really well. I'd like to think we would handle this quite well."
In Tallahassee, Florida plays Florida State. The Gators are No. 4 in the bowl-series rankings; the Seminoles are No. 5. Both teams have one loss. The team that wins knows what else needs to happen.
"What we're thinking about is trying to beat FSU so that we're in position if some of those teams lose down the stretch," Florida coach Steve Spurrier said. "Those three undefeated teams -- Tennessee, UCLA and Kansas State -- just seem to be barely getting by every week. They have to win them all. We have to win this one and wait and see what happens."