The Notre Dame-Michigan rivalry has been kicked up a notch, putting Saturday's prime-time game even more in the spotlight.
Notre Dame opted out of a contract with Michigan last year. After the 14th-ranked Fighting Irish play the 17th-ranked Wolverines at the Big House, they aren't expected to be back until the early 2020s at the earliest. The teams are scheduled to meet next year in South Bend, Ind.
Michigan coach Brady Hoke said four months ago that Notre Dame was "chickening out" of the series, and he got laughs at a luncheon.
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly raised eyebrows when he kicked off the week by saying the rivalry with Michigan wasn't historic or traditional, adding it is a regional game.
Kelly recanted the next day, saying it's "a great and historic rivalry." A few days later, he said the pressure will be on the Wolverines.
"They've got to win at home," Kelly said Thursday. "We're going to go up there swinging."
Oregon at Virginia: The Cavaliers, who host the No. 2 Ducks on Saturday, have never beaten a team ranked as high as that and are 2-17-1 against teams in the top 5. Last time they hosted one, USC hammered them 52-7 in 2008.
Last week against Nicholls State, Oregon scored 66 points while having possession for just 19 minutes, 46 seconds.
Virginia got something of a warmup game in its 19-16 win against BYU, which employs a hurry-up offense without the national contender credentials.
Washington State at USC: The Cougars' first meeting with the Trojans in three years is a chance for a breakthrough victory under coach Mike Leach.
It's also a chance for one of No. 25 USC's two quarterbacks -- Cody Kessler or Max Wittek -- to break out as the clear starter.
Yet neither possibility seems all that probable when the Cougars visit the Coliseum on Saturday for both schools' Pac-12 opener and the resumption of a rivalry that began in 1921.
Washington State looked better than many expected in a seven-point loss at Auburn last week, while USC (1-0) put on a muddled offensive performance in a win at Hawaii.
Colorado: Backup quarterback Jordan Webb was sentenced to two years of probation for a May fight that left an Air Force Academy cadet unconscious. He also was ordered to perform community service and get alcohol treatment.
Former Colorado lineman Alex Lewis, who transferred to Nebraska, faces a second-degree assault charge, a felony. He hasn't entered a plea yet.
Witnesses told Boulder police that Lewis pushed Lee Bussey's head into a wall and Webb and Lewis pushed the cadet to the ground and punched him. Prosecutor Bruce Langer said Webb was given a plea deal because authorities believe Webb played a lesser role.