Your guide to the first Saturday in October, which will need some serious upsets to match last Saturday's excitement.
FIVE TO REMEMBER:
No. 14 Ohio State at No. 18 Wisconsin, 8 p.m., ABC
Two former Top 10 teams look to re-establish themselves in this crucial Big Ten tilt, which could very well knock the loser out of Rose Bowl contention. Ohio State looks like a different team with Terrelle Pryor under center; the freshman quarterback is getting more and more comfortable with every snap. It also helps having Chris "Beanie" Wells back in the lineup. He ran for 169 yards and three touchdowns on only 21 carries last week. That said, playing Troy and Minnesota is a far cry from walking onto the field at Camp Randall as a true freshman quarterback.
No. 23 Oregon at No. 9 USC, 8 p.m., ABC
This may be the last chance the Trojans have to play a ranked opponent during the regular season. (It could definitely be the last game between two ranked teams in the Pac-10.) As bad as the conference may be, some of the ineptitude has to do with the injury bug, which has bitten some conference teams hard early on. No team knows that better than Oregon, which has had seven quarterbacks knocked out of action in less than a year and will likely start third-string quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, a junior college transfer, against USC. Considering how poorly USC's talented defense played against Oregon State last week, the Trojans will be looking to take out nine days worth of frustration on the Masoli. Could be a long night for the Ducks QB ...
No. 13 Auburn at No. 19 Vanderbilt, 6 p.m., ABC
Yes, Vanderbilt is undefeated. Yes, the Commodores are ranked. And yes, Vandy has a good shot at upsetting Auburn. Vanderbilt hasn't beaten Auburn since 1955 -- dropping the last 13 meetings -- but that losing streak is meaningless to a group that doesn't care about perception and history. Remember, the 'Dores own the best conference mark in America's best conference.
Texas at Colorado, 7:10 p.m., FSN
Before the Longhorns get too excited about next week's game against Oklahoma, they would be wise not to overlook Colorado and tailback Rodney Stewart, who has been extremely hard to tackle this season. The 5-foot-6, 175-pound freshman has darted from behind his big offensive line for 349 yards so far. Meanwhile, Colorado will have to find a way to slow down Colt McCoy, who is having a Hesiman-caliber season, completing 80 percent of his passes and throwing for 14 touchdowns, while also leading the team in rushing with 278 yards and four touchdowns.
Illinois at Michigan, 3:30 p.m., ABC
The Wolverines showed they're on the right track with their comeback win over Wisconsin last week, but don't expect Michigan to extend its six-game winning streak over Illinois. The Illini won't be as generous as Wisconsin if the Wolverines continue to cough up the ball.
TWO TO THINK ABOUT:
Florida State at Miami (FL), 3:30 p.m., ABC
Florida State and Miami currently have 85 players in the NFL (ranking Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, in producing pro talent), but unfortunately Saturday's game won't be an alumni game. It's still Florida State and Miami though, and while both teams are still a couple years away from contending again (each school features a top-10 rush defense but struggles to accomplish much else), it's still a big game whenever these two teams face each other.
Stanford at Notre Dame, 2:43 p.m., NBC
Don't tell Jim Harbaugh about the history of Notre Dame Stadium or that Stanford has lost its last six games to the Irish. This is the same guy that walked out of the Coliseum with a win against USC last season -- the only opposing coach to do so since 2001 -- and the same guy that beat the Irish a couple of decades ago while he was at Michigan. Harbaugh's team may not be consistently good just yet, but its not far off after racking up 466 yards of total offense in a 35-28 victory at Washington last week.
ONE TO FORGET:
Washington State at UCLA, 10:17 p.m., FSN
How bad is Washington State? Look no further than the fact that UCLA, which was shut out by BYU 59-0 and went over two games without scoring an offensive touchdown, is a 17-point favorite. The sad thing is the line should probably be larger. Washington State has lost its first two Pac-10 games against Cal and Oregon by a combined score of 129-17.