3. Frank Gore, RB, MIAMI
Willis McGahee was his backup before Gore tore his right ACL in the spring of 2002.
4. Philip Rivers, QB, N.C. STATE
He needs huge numbers—and victories—at Ohio State and Florida State to make his case.
5. Brad Smith, QB, MISSOURI
Sensational dual threat, but the Tigers must do better than last year's 5-7 mark.
USC at Auburn
Against the Tigers—many a pundit's national champion pick—it might not matter whom Pete Carroll throws out there at quarterback.
Oklahoma at Alabama
Eighteen years after his biggest win as Tide quarterback (20-16, at Georgia), Mike Shula makes his coaching debut in Tuscaloosa.
N.C. State at Ohio State
The last time a Wolfpack team played a game this big was in the 1983 Final Four. Is another giant-killing in the offing?
Texas A&M at Virginia Tech
Forget Friends. With quarterback battles on both teams (Dustin Long vs. Reggie McNeal for the Aggies, Bryan Randall vs. Marcus Vick for the Hokies), this Thursday night game is Must-See TV.
Oklahoma vs. Texas (at Dallas)
College football's marquee matchup—or marquee mismatch? The Sooners have won three straight and gotten into the heads of the Horns.
USC at Washington
One week removed from a trip to South Bend, the Trojans head to Seattle for a game that could decide the Pac-10 title.