Today's top games, from 1 to 4 footballs

[2] Texas at [4] Ohio State

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

A four-seat ticket package has been offered on eBay for $4,000. Some 1,000 media credentials have been issued. "Prepare for Ohio State" essentially has been Vince Young's battle cry all summer. The winner obviously emerges as a favorite in the national title hunt. One eBay bidder hyped the game by writing: "Come and watch the biggest home game of the season as the beating Michigan will receive from Ohio State will be taking place at Ann Arbor this year. . . . At least the outcome will be better than the outcome of Maurice Clarett's NFL career."

[20] N. Dame at [3] Michigan

Noon, WJLA-7, WMAR-2

Last year, Notre Dame did not score its sixth offensive touchdown until its third game. This season, it took seven possessions. Yes, Wolverines Coach Lloyd Carr should take another look at New England Patriots game tapes from the past few years. Carr was not happy that Michigan gave up 411 yards against Northern Illinois last week. He wants more toughness and better play from his front seven. Fighting Irish Coach Charlie Weis said he knows his secondary, which was torched last year but played fine last week, needs to stand up to Michigan's capable offense.

[5] LSU at [15] Arizona State

8:45 p.m., ESPN

LSU players are very much looking forward to playing some football, even if it is in Tempe, Ariz., and not in Baton Rouge, La., where this game was scheduled to be played. Players and coaches have been helping victims and displaced family members and friends in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Parts of their campus are being used as makeshift triage units. All season, players reportedly will wear fleur-de-lis decals, representing the flag of New Orleans, on their helmets.

[8] Iowa at Iowa State

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

"Forget about Texas and Ohio State," implored the Wichita Eagle newspaper. The state of Iowa comes to a standstill today as teams coached by Dan McCarney and Kirk Ferentz, two friends and former assistants at Iowa under Hayden Fry, meet. McCarney, who rebuilt Iowa State's program from rubble, won five straight against Iowa from 1998 to 2002 before dropping the past two. But the Cyclones struggled to beat Division I-AA Illinois State last week. Regarding the mood at halftime with the score tied at 8, McCarney said, "All of us were ready for motion-sickness bags and were about to puke."

South Carolina at [9] Georgia

5:30 p.m., ESPN

This matchup offers an intriguing story line but promises to be a rout. When South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier coached at Florida, he beat Georgia 11 out of 12 years. The one that still ruffles Georgia fans occurred in 1995, when the Gators won, 52-17, at Sanford Stadium. Spurrier endorsed an eight-yard touchdown pass in the game's final two minutes because he wanted to be the first opposing coach to score more than 50 in Athens. This week he added kerosene by saying: "They didn't seem to be mad about it. They only had about 5,000 left in the stadium."