Five things to watch this week in college football.
1. Stanford at Oregon is the game of significance on a pre-holiday weekend schedule in which a lot of teams are playing turkeys. Stanford's bruising style presents an interesting challenge for a fast-paced Oregon team that is battling significant injuries on defense.
2. Just as important as the USC-UCLA rivalry's being relevant again is the fact the game is being played at noon instead of at night. USC has lost only once in the series since 1998, that classic 13-9 upset of 2006, but UCLA enters this week looking nothing like the team that was embarrassed last year at the Coliseum.
3. Kansas State, which got so close to the first Bowl Championship Series title in 1998, is two wins from clinching a berth in this year's game. The Wildcats' game at Baylor (4-5) is dangerous only because it could be a trap two weeks before Kansas State closes the season at home against Texas.