College Football – Week 2 Preview

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For the foreseeable future my Saturdays in the fall are consumed by college football. I often include a second, and sometimes third screen in my day, and this year will be no exception. Be that as it may, I figured a good way to preview the college football weekends would be to go through the day and say what I plan to watch on each screen.

Thursday, September 6th

Evening

Main Screen
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati (7 pm/ESPN) – The only game in town. Big East action doesn’t do it for me, or anyone really.

Friday, September 7th

Evening

Main Screen
Utah at Utah St. (7 pm/ESPN) – Utah is a sleeper in the Pac 12. This shouldn’t really be a challenge, but you never know with road games.

Saturday, September 8th

Morning

Main Screen
Auburn at Mississippi St. (11 am/ESPN) – Neither is ranked, but an SEC conference game will always draw attention, especially at the 11 o’clock hour. Auburn vs. Clemson ended up being a pretty solid game and the Tigers could be better than previously thought.

Second Screen
Miami (FL) at Kansas St. (11 am/FX) – Kansas St. is ranked 21st and is one of 6 (!) Big 12 teams in the top 25. Miami handled Boston College last week, and have a chance to step it up this week. I predict Miami keeps this one close.

Third Screen
Penn St. at Virginia (11 am/ABC) – Penn St. had a rough go of it in week 1, but Ohio is a very underrated team and could have been half of the Big 10 in week one. Virginia is one of those teams that I think is on the upswing, and Mike London is a good coach. Penn St. badly needs to bounce back, but this is a tough road game.

Afternoon

Main Screen
Air Force at. Michigan (2:30 pm/ABC) – Michigan will usually hit the main screen in my house, but I think overall it’s still one of the three most interesting games on during the afternoon time slot. Michigan needs to bounce back from a tough week one loss, and will get Fitzgerald Toussaint back. Air Force runs a version of the triple option and it’s hard to prepare for sometimes. Michigan needs this one.

Second Screen
Florida at Texas A&M (2:30 pm/ESPN) – Texas A&M makes their SEC debut this week. Their week one game was postponed, so they couldn’t shake out the system in week 1. That doesn’t bode well. Lucky for them, Florida looked shaky against Bowling Green, and yet somehow is still ranked 24th. Florida probably needs this one more.

Third Screen
Purdue at Notre Dame (2:30 pm/NBC) – Notre Dame buried Navy in Dublin in week 1, and moved into the top 25. They get to play at home in week 2, but Purdue is another under the radar team. Notre Dame could go a long way to prove their legitimacy with a win this week.

Evening

Main Screen
Georgia at. Missouri (6:45 pm/ESPN2) – Missouri also makes their SEC debut this week, but definitely has the tougher challenge. Georgia is the favorite in the SEC East and also could be a player in the National Championship race. Georgia just has to keep winning, and this will not be a cakewalk. This figures to be the game of the week. Georgia are my guys this year so I like him.

Second Screen
Washington at. LSU (6 pm/ESPN) – Not exactly Michigan, but LSU has a pretty decent challenge of their own in week 2. Washington’s QB Keith Price is probably one of the 10-15 best QBs in the country, and gets a huge challenge against LSU in week 2.

Third Screen
Nebraska at UCLA (6:30 pm/Fox) – Nebraska lost starting running back Rex Burkhead for an indeterminate amount of time. He is one of the top 10 players in the Big Ten. UCLA won big against Rice in week 1, and while on paper this doesn’t seem like much of a challenge, on the road two time zones away could be a “trap game”. I have already seen several people pick this as their upset for the week, and while I wouldn’t go that far I think it will be a good one.

Did I miss any games you will be watching?