Central Florida at [21] Wisconsin

Noon, ESPN

Central Florida Coach George O'Leary makes his return to college football -- sort of -- after the erroneous resume scandal that led to his sudden departure from Notre Dame. O'Leary won't actually be in attendance because he'll be attending a funeral. O'Leary, who worked as a defensive assistant with the Minnesota Vikings the last two seasons, has preached a no-nonsense attitude since arriving on campus.

Cincinnati at [9] Ohio State


Cincinnati Coach Mark Dantonio has a daunting task, taking over a program that went 5-7 last season and an even more formidable challenge traveling to Ohio State for the first game of the season. Cincinnati has not beaten the Buckeyes in 107 years and Ohio State has won 16 of its past 17 season openers. If anybody is prepared for Ohio State, though, it's Dantonio, who served as Ohio State's defensive coordinator the past three seasons.

Bowling Green at [2] Oklahoma


Believe it or not, this could be interesting . . . for a half. Bowling Green lost only five starters from a team that went 11-3 last season and beat Northwestern in the Motor City Bowl. The Falcons also beat Purdue on the road and lost to Ohio State by seven in Columbus, Ohio. The Sooners merely bring back Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jason White and Mark Clayton, a wide receiver who scored 15 touchdowns in 2003.

Oregon State

at [4] Louisiana State

6 p.m. ESPN

Want to see some defense? Check out the Tigers, who lost only four starters from a defense that allowed fewer than 10 points a game in seven of the first 10 games in 2003. LSU should be as strong as the nation's top teams if it can get consistent play from its new starting quarterback, Marcus Randall, a fifth-year senior who started six games in 2002. It would be far more intriguing if LSU were playing another Pacific-10 team today, namely Southern Cal.

[13] California at Air Force


Cal's Aaron Rodgers, playing for quarterback guru Jeff Tedford, threw 19 touchdown passes and only five interceptions last season and could be a Heisman Trophy sleeper. Rodgers clearly has the receiving corps to put up big numbers. Geoff McArthur was second nationally in receiving yards last season, and Jonathan Makonnen was the team's leading receiver in 2002 but was sidelined in 2003 by a stress fracture.