[14] LSU at [3] Georgia

3:30 p.m., WUSA-9, WJZ-13

This game could be decided by which guys come back for which team, and how effective they might be. Georgia tailback Danny Ware, who has missed a game-and-a-half because of a bruised lung, is expected to play. The Bulldogs, who also get back all-Southeastern Conference linebacker Odell Thurman from a three-game suspension, will need Ware against the Tigers, who allow just 77 yards per game on the ground, best in the SEC. And while LSU still hasn't decided on one quarterback -- both senior Marcus Randall and freshman JaMarcus Russell will play -- they might have a new target if receiver Skyler Green (48 catches in '03) returns from an ankle injury, as expected. Don't think Georgia has forgotten its two losses to LSU last year -- the second in the SEC title game, 34-13.

[15] Purdue at Notre Dame

2:30 p.m., WRC-4, WBAL-11

The Boilermakers hung 38 points on Illinois last week -- and it was a letdown. They gained 515 yards -- in West Lafayette, Ind., no big deal. Purdue leads the nation in scoring, averaging 49 points. That's seven touchdowns, folks. It averages 561 yards. By now, everyone knows about quarterback Kyle Orton. Don't they? (Just nod your head like you know. Thirteen touchdown passes. Zero interceptions. Hello, America.) Notre Dame? This is just the latest referendum game for Ty Willingham & Co. Sophomore quarterback Brady Quinn started to show a grasp of the offense last week in a laugher over Washington, in which he threw for 196 yards and four touchdowns in the first half. Can he do that against a young Purdue defense that allowed Illinois 390 yards?

[8] Auburn at [10] Tennessee

7:45 p.m., ESPN

Now this here's the showdown of the week. You get your SEC West ramifications as a main dish, and a side helping of national championship ramifications to go with it. Auburn's defense is allowing just 247 yards and 6.5 points per game. Tennessee, behind a pair of freshman quarterbacks and a host of running backs, gains 504 yards each time out. Anyone who wants to chime in on irresistible forces and immovable objects, please do so. Auburn tailbacks Carnell Williams and Ronnie Brown both originally committed to Tennessee, then reneged. Think they'll be congratulated for that sound judgment by the 100,000-plus folks at Neyland Stadium? Uh, no. What could determine the outcome: Will Auburn's stout defense be able to rattle either Erik Ainge or Brent Schaeffer -- or both?

[4] Miami at Georgia Tech

3:30 p.m., WJLA-7, WMAR-2

The Hurricanes -- Larry and Brock, not Ivan and Jeanne -- play their first road game in the ACC. Yawn. Is there any reason to believe the Yellow Jackets can make a game of this? Maybe. Last year, Tech came off a season-opening loss to Brigham Young and stunned Auburn the following week. But this Tech team lost two weeks ago to North Carolina -- by three touchdowns. William & Mary didn't lose to North Carolina by three touchdowns. Nobody loses to North Carolina by three touchdowns. Georgia Tech quarterback Reggie Ball, meet Miami defensive back Antrel Rolle. For the Yellow Jackets, it might be better if those two never got on the same field. Ball has five interceptions in three games. Expect that number to go up.