Odds are neither will because, for starters, neither has time to. There is much work to be done in both South Bend and Gainesville, but without question Weis drew the tougher assignment. The strongest evidence of that is the fact that Meyer, a former Irish assistant, passed on Notre Dame to take over the Gators from Ron Zook, who recruited well but neither won enough nor proved a strong disciplinarian.

Questions persist about how well athletic quarterback Chris Leak will fare in Meyer's system, which was so potent at Utah. Yet the Gators could land in the BCS, especially because they will host Tennessee. Meyer already has played the disciplinarian. He has created a "Champions Club," rewarding players for good behavior and has reportedly designated players to pop into local night spots on weekends to make sure teammates behave.

Meantime at Notre Dame, quarterback Brady Quinn took significant strides last season and should tap all of his potential under the guidance of Weis, whose last pupil, Tom Brady, hasn't done too poorly with the New England Patriots. The offense will be fine. Weis wants to game-scheme opponents into submission, and he'll likely have no choice because Notre Dame will be outmanned defensively. Four of its first six opponents are top 25-cailber schools. Notre Dame needs what it has not had: patience.

Florida's Urban Meyer, left, and Notre Dame's Charlie Weis, right, both face fan scrutiny.