[2] Oklahoma at [22] Texas A&M

3:30 p.m., pay-per-view

Recall this little score from last season: Sooners 77, Aggies 0. Think folks in College Station remember that? This could have been the most important game in the Big 12's season, but Texas A&M slipped up in last week's astonishing overtime loss to Baylor. To have a chance against Oklahoma, Texas A&M (6-2) must do what it didn't last week: Take care of the ball. The Aggies have just four turnovers all year but had two against Baylor. In each national championship season, there's almost always at least one escape act. Did the Sooners have theirs in last week's 38-35 thriller over Oklahoma State?

Minnesota at [5] Wisconsin

3:30 p.m., pay-per-view

Quick, what do these guys play for? Right, Paul Bunyan's Axe. Currently, it resides in Minneapolis. But the Badgers have much more on the line than a tool, such as a conference championship and a BCS berth. The Gophers once had similar goals, but have lost three of four. The reason? Minnesota, which gains 266 yards per game on the ground, has averaged just 153 in the losses. Wisconsin's banged-up defense had a week off to get healthy, so it should have star end Erasmus James back.

Notre Dame at [9] Tennessee

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

The Fighting Irish (5-3) have a fight on their hands if they want to return to a bowl game. They must win one of their final three games -- against the Volunteers, home against Pittsburgh and at top-ranked USC. If that win comes today, the breathing would easier in South Bend, Ind., particularly in the office of Tyrone Willingham. This game won't affect the Vols' standing in the SEC East, where they control their future, but it could affect their standing in the BCS, where they could be considered for an at-large bid even if they lost the SEC championship game to Auburn.

Oregon at [4] California

3:30 p.m., pay-per-view

Don't look now, but the Ducks -- who opened the season 1-3 -- have won four straight, and they've done it largely behind a strong run defense, which last week limited hapless Washington to 45 yards. That could mean the Bears will have to turn away from tailback J.J. Arrington (158 yards per game) to quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who deserves Heisman consideration but must put up some gaudy numbers, beginning today.

[19] Oklahoma State at [6] Texas

7 p.m., TBS

There are times when teams gain more respect from a quality loss than they would from a blowout win. Such was the case with the Cowboys' loss to Oklahoma last week, which served to move them up one spot in the AP poll. Oklahoma State and Texas rank sixth and second in the nation in rushing, respectively. But the game could be decided by the quarterbacks. OSU's Donovan Woods averages just seven completions a game but has just three interceptions and has become more accurate. Texas's Vince Young has twice as many interceptions, including two last week against Colorado.

Texas's Vince Young, who threw two interceptions last week against Colorado, will face Oklahoma State.