NEW YORK -- Just ask Georgia coach Vince Dooley the importance of Saturday's Southeastern Conference game between his No. 2 Bulldogs and No. 18 Florida.
'This will be our supreme task,' said Dooley, who is hoping to lead his team to a second national championship in the last three years. 'There are a lot of questions about our team and certainly most of those questions will be answered in Jacksonville.'
A victory by the Bulldogs, 8-0, would further enhance their chances for an undefeated season. Their remaining games are against Auburn and Georgia Tech.
Florida coach Charley Pell, whose team rose as high as No. 5, says he expects a few surprises from Georgia in the game at the newly renovated Gator Bowl.
'Georgia hasn't shown everything it can do yet,' said Pell, whose team is 5-2. 'This year's team is better than the other two we've faced since I've been at Florida.'
In another important SEC game, No. 7 Alabama, 7-1, hosts No. 10 Louisiana State, 6-0-1. In the conference race, Georgia is 4-0, LSU 3-0-1 and Alabama is tied for third with Auburn at 3-1. The conference winner earns an automatic Sugar Bowl berth.
Georgia's Herschel Walker continues to churn out yardage. In a 34-3 victory over Memphis State last week, the junior collected 219 yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries. He has 1,194 yards for the season and a career total of 4,701, which moved him ahead of 1981 Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Allen into sixth place on the NCAA's all-time list.
'Florida has the best personnel of any team in the Southeastern Conference,' said Dooley. 'Certainly they have the best quarterback in Wayne Peace and the best fullback in James Jones.'
In other top attractions, No. 8 UCLA, 7-0-1, is at No. 9 Washington, 7-1, as both teams battle to keep pace with first-place Arizona State in the Pacific-10 Conference and No. 14 Clemson, 5-1-1, hosts No. 13 North Carolina, 5-2, in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Maryland, with its victory over North Carolina last week, leads the ACC at 4-0 while Clemson is 3-0.
Here are the selections: EAST Penn State 31, North Carolina State 10 -- It'll be tough for NC State to contain the passing of Penn State's Todd Blackledge.
Pittsburgh 24, Notre Dame 14 -- Both teams are hurting but Pitt's Dan Marino makes the difference.
West Virginia 30, Temple 17 -- WVU continues to roll.
Others: Air Force 35, Army 13; Dartmouth 24, Columbia 13; Holy Cross 24, Harvard 23; Boston College 42, Massachusetts 13; Colgate 28, Pennsylvania 20; Princeton 21, Lafayette 17; Navy 24, Syracuse 16; Yale 31, Cornell 13. SOUTH Alabama 24, Louisiana State 20 -- It's not often Alabama gets to knock off an unbeaten team.
Clemson 20, North Carolina 17 -- An extra week of preparation pays off for the defending champs.
Florida 21, Georgia 19 -- The past two years, it's been Georgia by scores of 26-21. This year, the Bulldogs are missing the winning points.
Maryland 28, Miami (Fla.) 20 -- Maryland makes it seven in a row.
Florida State 31, South Carolina 13 -- FSU continues to surprise.
Others: Auburn 28, Rutgers 17; Duke 42, Wake Forest 38; Vanderbilt 31, Kentucky 17; Louisville 24, Indiana State 14; Mississippi 22, Tulane 21; Tennessee 35, Memphis State 19; William & Mary 17, Brown 13; Georgia Tech 28, Virginia 23. MIDWEST Illinois 24, Michigan 21 -- Illini defense frustrates Michigan while Tony Eason riddles Wolverines' secondary.
Nebraska 41, Oklahoma State 14 -- Nebraska husks Cowboys.
Others: Iowa State 17, Kansas 7; Michigan State 45, Northwestern 24; Missouri 27, Colorado 10; Ohio State 35, Minnesota 21; Iowa 23, Purdue 17; Wisconsin 27, Indiana 17. SOUTHWEST Arkansas 24, Baylor 21 -- Baylor makes it close but Arkansas remains unbeaten.
Oklahoma 27, Kansas State 10 -- Oklahoma has overcome early-season blahs.
Southern Methodist 42, Rice 7 -- It may be worse.
Others: Texas 27, Houston 24; Texas Christian 31, Texas Tech 28; East Carolina 24, Texas-Arlingon 23; New Mexico 42, Texas-El Paso 21. WEST Stanford 28, Arizona 21 -- John Elway helps Stanford avoid letdown after its conquest of Washington.
Washington 24, UCLA 21 -- Kicker Chuck Nelson gives Washington the boot it needs to hand UCLA its first loss.
Others: Arizona State 37, Oregon State 14; Brigham Young 33, Wyoming 20; Colorado State 24, Nevada-Las Vegas 20; North Texas State 29, New Mexico State 23; Oregon 24, Washington State 21; Southern California 31, California 20; Utah 35, Utah State 31; San Diego State 31, Hawaii 20.