Today's top games, from 1 to 4 footballs

[18] Boise St. at [13] Georgia

5:30 p.m., ESPN

Coach Dan Hawkins, simply known as "Hawk" in the Northwest, sees his Broncos in an odd predicament, with their toughest game of the season today. His players openly talk about winning the national championship. While that may be a long shot for the Western Athletic Conference school, earning a Bowl Championship Series berth is not. Win today and talk of a second straight unbeaten regular season will grow louder. Lose and Boise becomes irrelevant in the national title picture before Labor Day.

[17] Texas A&M at Clemson

8 p.m., pay-per-view

Let's say it now and watch it be played out over the next 13 Saturdays: The ACC has the worst crop of quarterbacks of any BCS league. Most ACC starting quarterbacks either have little experience or are coming off sub-par seasons. Clemson's Charlie Whitehurst figures to be the best of the lot, as he was expected to be last season before he threw seven touchdowns and 17 interceptions. Whitehurst will be supremely tested tonight because the Aggies are a legitimate dark horse in the Big 12 South, and senior Reggie McNeal is the nation's most unsung Heisman Trophy-hopeful quarterback.

N. Dame at [23] Pittsburgh

8 p.m., WJLA-7, WMAR-2

The aforementioned game in Athens, Ga., is today's best game, but this matchup offers the most compelling story line with two first-year coaches, each with longtime NFL experience. Expect a strong quarterback duel because Notre Dame's Brady Quinn is well tested and Pitt's Tyler Palko is among the more underrated quarterbacks nationally. Pitt Coach Dave Wannstedt, however, pledged to run the ball more than the Panthers did last season.

[8] Va. Tech at N.C. State

Tomorrow, 7:15 p.m.

This game, more than likely, will be critical to the ACC race and possibly the national picture. On the other hand, the Hokies lost their season-opening game to Southern California last season as well as their second conference game -- to N.C. State, 17-16 -- and still won the ACC. The Wolfpack, which had the nation's best defense last season, has the best defensive line this season. The focus, of course, will be on Tech quarterback Marcus Vick, who was suspended last fall.

[9] Miami at [14] Fla. State

Monday, 8, WJLA-7, WMAR-2

Where have all the quarterbacks gone in this series? We will take Gino Torretta at this point. Having inexperienced quarterbacks facing these kind of defenses in the season opener is like taking an organic chemistry final on the first day of school . . . blindfolded. Drew Weatherford, who played one play last season for the Seminoles, and Miami's Kyle Wright, a first-time starter, should have a stressful night. Look at it this way: One guy's team is going to win. Watch Miami return man Devin Hester, who could take over the game and become an early favorite in the Heisman Trophy race.