Week one of the college football came and went with some quality games now in the rear view mirror. Michigan State pulling out a win over Boise State. We knew Alabama was good, but on Saturday they proved just how good by trouncing fellow top-10 team Michigan. The Hokies handled their business in dramatic fashion with an overtime victory. Capping a very good week one.
Now, though, it's week two and several teams have far more significant games on the schedule than the warm-ups of week one. Texas A&M and Missouri both start their time in the SEC, luckily with home games. Follow the jump for your viewing guide for week two.
Just like last week, VT's game not included.
Ten Games to Watch This Weekend
(in order of play. All times ET, all games subject to local network blackouts)
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 8:00 PM ESPN
This is a good game for Tech fans to do a little scouting on. The Hokies face Pitt on September 15 (the next game after Austin Peay) and then Cincinnati two weeks later on the 29th. Pitt opened the season with a 31-17 loss to Youngstown State. Yes, really. Cincinatti is opening the season tonight after finishing 10-3 last year. The key to this game is whether or not Pitt comes back to the form that's expected of them or if they're still adjusting to life under new head coach Paul Chryst.
Utah at Utah State, 8:00 PM ESPN2
The "Battle of the Brothers" comes to you on Friday night. Though technically a rivalry game, Utah has defeated State 22 of the last 25 times the teams have played, with Utah winning the last 12 in a row. If you're at home with nothing better to do, watch it.
Auburn at Mississippi State, 12:00 PM ESPN
Auburn fell to Clemson in a tight game to open the schedule, but has an opportunity to earn the more important SEC win against Mississippi State. Auburn lead Clemson 19-16, but a mid-fourth-quarter touchdown and late field goal by Clemson locked up the win. Mississippi State rolled Jackson State 56-9 with four team touchdowns on the ground. This will be a good test for these two teams early on in the SEC schedule.
East Carolina at No. 9 South Carolina, 12:21 PM ESPN3
South Carolina escaped Vanderbilt in Week 1--thanks in part to a no-call on some pretty obvious pass interference--and will return home to host the Pirates. East Carolina opened with a 35-13 victory over Appalachian State. South Carolina should win this one, but as of this post Connor Shaw's status for the game is uncertain.
Purdue at No. 22 Notre Dame, 3:30 PM NBC
Notre Dame returns from the motherland, I guess, after a whooping of Navy. The Fighting Irish scored five rushing touchdowns and racked up close to 300 yards on the ground in their 50-10 win. Purdue rolled Eastern Kentucky 48-6, thanks to 295 yards and 3 touchdowns from former Miami quarterback Robert Marve (yep, he's still around). This match-up should be closer than either of the team's opening games.
No. 24 Florida at Texas A&M, 3:30 PM ESPN
The Gators come to town as the Aggies begin play in the SEC. Florida won it's opener versus Bowling Green by a score of 27-14, tighter than many would have expected. As for Texas A&M? Their opener against Louisiana Tech was postponed due to Hurricane/Tropical Storm Isaac. TAMU will be replacing first round selection Ryan Tannehill with a freshman. This will be an interesting game to watch as Florida was shaky against Bowling Green and the crowd at College Station will surely be pumped up for the first foray into SEC life.
No. 12 Wisconsin at Oregon State, 4:00 PM FX
Northern Iowa's upset bid fell short on a 4th and 1 pass, allowing Wisconsin to run out the clock in a tight 26-21 victory. Oregon State's opener against Nicholls State was postponed due to Hurricane Isaac. Oregon State isn't the toughest team out there to play, but should be theoretically tougher than Northern Iowa. Will Wisconsin bounce back to their normal selves?
Washington at No. 3 LSU, 7:00 PM ESPN
Washington coach Steve Sarkisian had a live tiger at practice this week in preparation for the LSU game this weekend. I know Mike in his cage is a big LSU tradition, but if I were Sarkisian I'd be pumping crowd noise, not having a live tiger. ANYHOO. Washington opened with a 21-12 victory over San Diego State and LSU topped North Texas 44-14, thanks to over 300 yards on the ground. LSU should win easily, but if Washington pulls of the (enormous) upset, every coach in the SEC will purchase a live tiger surely.
No. 7 Georgia at Missouri, 7:45 PM ESPN2
Missouri dives into the SEC madness for the first time as they host the No. 7 ranked Georgia Bulldogs. The Bulldogs opened the season with a 45-23 victory over Buffalo and Missouri started off with a 62-10 win over Southeastern Louisiana. Georgia's Aaron Murray threw for three touchdowns and 258 yards in the win. Missouri rushed for 261 yards and top receiving prospect Dorial Green-Beckham hauled in three receptions for 39 yards. The big key to this game will be Georgia's defense as the Bulldogs allowed just a hair under 200 rushing yards to Buffalo in Week 1.
No. 18 Oklahoma State at Arizona, 10:30 PM PAC-12 Network
After dropping 84 points on Savannah State last week, Oklahoma State gets a tougher test as they head to Tuscon to take on Arizona and the
FIGHTING RICH RODS Wildcats. As mentioned, OK St. scored 84 in their opener thanks to 9 rushing touchdowns. Arizona defeated Toledo 24-17 in their opener.
Five ACC games to watch this weekend
(Games are subject to local viewing stations)
North Carolina State at Connecticut, 12:00 PM ESPN3, BIG EAST NETWORK
NCSU showed poorly against Tennessee last week, losing 35-21. Connecticut blanked UMass 37-0 in the first game of their season. NCSU should be able to get back on track against UConn.
Penn State at Virginia, 12:00 PM ABC
Penn State lost their opener to Ohio and Virginia opened with a 43-19 win over Richmond.
Miami at No. 21 Kansas State, 12:00 PM FX
Miami had a tougher game than expected against Boston College but pulled out a 41-32 victory. However, in the victory the Hurricanes allowed 441 yards passing to Boston College. Kansas State downed Missouri State 51-9 with 320+ yards on the ground.
North Carolina at Wake Forest, 3:30 PM RSN
North Carolina opened their season with a 62-0 win over Elon while Wake Forest eked out a 20-17 win over Liberty. Wake Forest can do the Hokies a favor with a win, but it doesn't look likely.
Savannah State at No. 6 Florida State, 6:00 PM ESPN3
I put this one on here just because Savannah State has the potential to be blown out by 70 points or more two weeks in a row. Florida State should easily...easily win this one. FSU defeated Murray State 69-3 last week and should be able to do something similar this week.
Which games are you most excited about for this weekend?