AT CALIFORNIA (2-0)
The Trojans didn't play last week, which is a good thing because three offensive linemen and running back LaVale Woods were banged up. The 5'7", 220-pound Woods has played fullback primarily, but Tailback U is lacking at its namesake position, so coach John Robinson announced that Woods will play more at that spot this week. After holding Oklahoma halfback De'Mond Parker to 81 yards, Cal's defense won't be a cure for USC's ailing running game.
•NOTRE DAME (1-2)
AT MICHIGAN (2-0)
Here's what they're saying about the Fighting Irish: Notre Dame is slow on defense, can't block and doesn't have a passing game. Who are they? The folks from the Big Ten, and now they really want the Irish to join their conference. The Wolverines haven't allowed a touchdown this season, and Notre Dame (13.7 points per game) doesn't pose a great threat after back-to-back losses to Purdue and Michigan State. Next up in Bob Davie's nightmare: at Stanford, on Oct. 4.
AT NORTH CAROLINA (3-0)
The two worst things to hit the Tar Heel State last year? Hurricane Fran and Cavaliers defensive back Antwan Harris. His 95-yard interception return for a touchdown began a 17-point, fourth-quarter rally, and Virginia won 20-17. The loss cost North Carolina a spot in one of the alliance bowls. Hurricanes may strike twice but not lightning: The Heels will get their revenge.
•CENTRAL FLORIDA (1-3)
AT AUBURN (3-0)
With their win at LSU and Alabama's loss to Arkansas, the Tigers can be excused for dreaming of winning their first SEC West title and a berth in the SEC Championship game. This isn't the week to be looking ahead. Golden Knights quarterback Daunte Culpepper will test an Auburn secondary that seems to be catching on to the complex coverage schemes of second-year defensive coordinator Bill (Brother) Oliver. Central Florida figures to scare yet another power before becoming the best 1-4 team in the nation.