The five most intriguing college football games this week that is not Texas-Oklahoma or Florida-LSU:

Notre Dame (+7 1/2) at North Carolina: Both teams are trying to rebuild their programs and so far each has had success this season. The Irish have had a couple of shaky moments but North Carolina has been playing excellent football. There is a lot at stake for the rest of the season.

Michigan State (-1 1/2) at Northwestern: Northwestern in the Rose Bowl? Seriously. The Wildcats are 5-0 and ranked. But so is Michigan State. Penn State-Wisconsin is also a good one this weekend but I’ll choose the first Big 10 matchup listed.

Nebraska (-20 1/2) at Texas Tech: The Cornhuskers are attempting that long climb back. They have to go on the road and play against the mad genius known as Mike Leach. What fun.

Alabama Birmingham (+18) at Houston: Aerial show by Case Keenum always gives you something you want to watch. The QB has thrown for 1,927 yards and 19 touchdowns in five games. He doesn’t have the pub or strength of schedule but he has the numbers for Heisman votes. The same can be said for David Johnson of Tulsa (at SMU) who has throw for 1,682 yards and 23 TDs.

Vanderbilt (-3) at Mississippi State: Vandy is No. 14 in the nation and don’t seem to be going away. When Northwestern and Vanderbilt are ranked and Ohio State and USC are already being left out of the BCS title talk you know it is a strange year. The Commodores are 2-8 since 1972 against Mississippi State.