[10] Tennessee at [3] LSU

7:30 p.m., Monday, ESPN2

Some LSU fans are calling this game the most highly anticipated home opener in decades, considering how long the Tigers have had to wait to play at home because of Hurricane Katrina and then two days longer for Rita. It's always difficult for an opponent to play at Tiger Stadium, but it should be especially challenging Monday night. If there are any Volunteers fans in attendance, they will have a hard time finding hotels afterward. Tennessee needs improved special teams play. The Vols fumbled a punt, botched a fake punt and allowed a field goal to be blocked last week at Florida. Quarterback Erik Ainge, who was the starter in the season opener before serving as the backup last week, is expected to get the start for Tennessee.

[1] USC at [24] Oregon

7 p.m., pay-per-view

USC scored 63 and 70 points in two victories so far, offensive numbers Trojans men's basketball coach Tim Floyd would be happy with in some games this season. Oregon Coach Mike Bellotti does not want to "match touchdowns" with USC, but the Ducks will probably have to. Oregon gave up 24 points against Houston and 34 against Fresno State. The Ducks, averaging 41 points through three games, should thrive behind the play of senior quarterback Kellen Clemens. USC's secondary has been depleted because of injuries and other circumstances. The Trojans had some trouble last season with conference opponents, so this one could be tight.

[21] Iowa at [8] Ohio State

Noon, pay-per-view

The contest looks like a BCS elimination game. The Buckeyes have revenge on their minds after being blasted by the Hawkeyes, 33-7, last season in Iowa City. The pressure Ohio State imposes on Iowa quarterback Drew Tate will be a key. OSU linebacker Bobby Carpenter will move up on the line to provide an even stronger pass rush. Tate suffered a concussion in a loss to Iowa State two weeks ago but returned last week in a win against Northern Iowa. OSU's spread offense has plenty of weapons but needs to get on track.

[16] Notre Dame at Washington

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

Neither coach added any fuel to the Ty Bowl this week. The story line is much more intriguing than the game is expected to be. First-year Washington coach Tyrone Willingham, of course, is coaching against Notre Dame, which fired him last year after three seasons. Willingham recruited almost all the Fighting Irish's players and knows them inside and out. But that should not be enough of an advantage against a Notre Dame team that is still smarting from the overtime loss last week at home against Michigan State. Coach Charlie Weis has emphasized a back-to-basics approach this week, highlighting fundamentals and technique.

[11] Purdue at Minnesota

Noon, ESPN

Purdue has the nation's best rushing defense. Minnesota has the nation's best rushing offense. If Minnesota running back Laurence Maroney excels today, his Heisman Trophy stock will rise considerably. Maroney ran for 1,348 yards and 12 touchdowns last season while splitting time with Marion Barber III. This year Maroney has tallied more than 100 rushing yards in the first half of each of his three games. Minnesota's offensive line is led by two players who have started 41 consecutive games. Purdue, meantime, has allowed just 36 yards on 45 rushing attempts by Akron and Arizona.