? Washington (3-0)
at Oregon (3-1)
Every coach wants his team to be idle the week before a big game, especially if the upcoming opponent had to play. Coach Rick Neuheisel's Huskies have that edge going into this key Pac-10 matchup. The Ducks, meanwhile, were busy upsetting UCLA 29-10 last Saturday.
The real question is, How did Washington switch its bye week from Sept. 2 to Sept. 23? Here's what happened. The Pac-10 needed to schedule a league game on Sept. 2 to fulfill its TV deal with Fox Sports. The conference wanted to move the Stanford-Washington State game into that slot, but the Cougars were scheduled to play Idaho on Sept. 2. Because the Huskies were idle on Sept. 2 and set to play Idaho on Sept. 23, the Pac-10 asked Washington and Washington State to switch their dates with Idaho. The move was good for the Huskies, bad for the Ducks.
Washington will take advantage of the week off and end Oregon's 17-game home winning streak.
? Kansas State (4-0)
at Colorado (0-3)
Colorado was also idle last Saturday, while rival Kansas State played North Texas. But the Buffaloes hardly have an advantage. Asked what he learned by watching the Wildcats beat up on Iowa, Louisiana Tech and Ball State, which were a combined 1-14, Colorado coach Gary Barnett says, "You don't glean much." The Buffaloes, well rested or not, are too young on offense to beat K-State.