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- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 12, 2008

Sunday's best bet on television

Even as the Redskins hold the area's attention, the baseball playoffs represent the national story. Phillies at Dodgers, 8 p.m., Chs. 5, 45

ON WASHINGTONTIMES.COM " AN EXCERPT FROM D1SCOURSE

As hyped as this week's Oklahoma-Texas game was, next week's Texas-Missouri showdown in Austin has a chance to generate even more attention. The possibility of two unbeatens carrying the top Heisman candidates (Texas' Colt McCoy and Missouri's Chase Daniel) makes this an irresistible prime-time option. Well, I'm assuming it will be in prime time.

-- Virginia is back in business at 3-3 and gets North Carolina at home next week. What's the difference here? The answer is multi-faceted. Cedric Peerman's return helps, but the Cavaliers' offensive line is playing better, too. Then there's a defense that was never as bad as it looked against Southern Cal and Connecticut - and wasn't responsible for the lopsided margin at Duke.

-- How about Tim Brewster as a national coach of the year candidate? Yes, Minnesota is a fairly soft 6-1, even after winning at Illinois on Saturday. But after last year's miserable 1-11, bowl eligibility with five games to play is a welcome thing no matter how the Golden Gophers achieved it.

-- Um, Michigan, is that you? Losing 13-10 at home to a Toledo team that entered at 1-4?

- Patrick Stevens

TWT FIVE " BEST SPORTS HAIRSTYLES

With the "Rayhawk" becoming a trend in Tampa, here's a look at some of the most memorable hairdos in sports.

1. Dennis Rodman - Once he got traded to San Antonio, his craziness reached a new level and the dye came out.

2. Colt Brennan - Carving the silhouette of Hawaii into your head? That's creative, if just a little out of the realm of sanity.

3. Anthony Mason - A solid pro will be remembered for shaving words and designs into his head.

4. Manny Ramirez - If Manny's dreadlocks give him Samson-like strength, does that make Joe Torre Delilah?

5. The mullet - It was the hairstyle of choice in the NHL in the early '90s, with Jaromir Jagr and Barry Melrose at the head of the class.