Five things to watch this week in college football:
1 Nice job, Charlie. Way to go, Rich. You can relax now . . . for 10 seconds. Notre Dame and Michigan, two high-profile programs under intense scrutiny, opened the season with must wins for beleaguered coaches Charlie Weis and Rich Rodriguez. This week, though, the pressure gets cranked back up when Notre Dame visits Michigan in Ann Arbor. Two years ago, Notre Dame lost in the Big House, 38-0.
2 USC and Ohio State meet in Columbus in Act II of a home-and-home series rivalry that will influence the race for the Bowl Championship Series national title. The Trojans humiliated the Buckeyes last year at the Coliseum, 35-3, and more than 105,000 fans will pack Ohio Stadium for the rematch. This Saturday night special was spared a major letdown when Ohio State managed to hold off Navy in its opener.
3 Purdue at Oregon. They'll be anxious at Autzen Stadium next Saturday as the Ducks try to recover from arguably the worst opening weekend in program history. The humiliation of Thursday night's 19-8 defeat at Boise State was compounded by tailback LeGarrette Blount's postgame punch of Boise player Byron Hout. Blount was suspended for the year and Oregon's season might be lost if it falls to 0-2.