College Football Games To Watch – Week 2

Week 1 is in the books so now it’s on to Week 2.  The knock on college football has long been that Week 2 games are usually the weakest on the calendar.  While it’s true that Week 2 is not as good as Week 1, there are still plenty of good games to enjoy.  All games are listed chronologically and all times listed are Central Time.  All rankings reflect the AP Poll.

 

Friday September 9

#13 Louisville @ Syracuse

Carrier Dome – Syracuse, NY

Kickoff: 7pm

TV: ESPN2

Why you should watch: Louisville has one of the most exciting young QB’s in Lamar Jackson.  Syracuse tries to rebuild under new coach Dino Babers.

 

Saturday September 10

Penn State @ Pitt

Heinz Field – Pittsburgh, PA

Kickoff: 11am

TV: ESPN

Why you should watch:  It’s an old, intrastate rivalry.  James Franklin is still looking to really get it going at Penn State.  Pat Narduzzi looks to build on an impressive first year in Pittsburgh.

 

Kentucky @ Florida

Ben Hill Griffin Stadium – Gainesville, FL

Kickoff: 2:30pm

TV: CBS

Why you should watch: Kentucky has not beaten Florida in an eternity.  It could possibly be Mark Stoops’ last year in Lexington if he doesn’t make it to a bowl game.  The Verne Lundquist farewell tour enters its second week.

 

Western Kentucky @ #1 Alabama

Bryant-Denny Stadium – Tuscaloosa, AL

Kickoff: 2:30pm

TV: ESPN2

Why you should watch: Western Kentucky had no problem replacing Brandon Doughty at QB.  Alabama looked unstoppable in a rout of USC.

 

Arkansas @ #15 TCU

Amon G. Carter Stadium – Ft. Worth, TX

Kickoff: 6pm

TV: ESPN

Why you should watch: TCU has been one of the best teams in the country the last two seasons.  Arkansas is getting better each season under Bret Bielema.  Both teams struggled against inferior opposition in their openers last week.

 

BYU @ Utah

Rice-Eccles Stadium – Salt Lake City, UT

Kickoff: 6:30pm

TV: FOX

Why you should watch: It’s the Holy War, one of the best rivalries in college football.  These two teams met last year in the Las Vegas Bowl and it was a very bizarre 35-28 Utes win.

 

#17 Tennessee vs. Virginia Tech*

Bristol Motor Speedway – Bristol, TN

Kickoff: 7pm

TV: ABC

Why you should watch: What is possibly the most unique venue for a college football game, is also the perfect one as it is the halfway point between Knoxville and Blacksburg.

 

Texas Tech @ Arizona State

Sun Devil Stadium – Tempe, AZ

Kickoff: 9pm

TV: FS1

Why you should watch:  This one should be an absolute barn-burner.  Kliff Kingsbury and Todd Graham are two of the premier offensive minds in the game.

 

Washington State @ Boise State

Albertson’s Stadium – Boise, ID

Kickoff: 9:15

TV: ESPN2

Why you should watch: The always eccentric and pass happy Mike Leach leads Wazzu onto the blue field to take on the premier Group of 5 program.  This game lost most of its luster when the Cougars lost to FCS foe Eastern Washington last week.

 

Cal @ San Diego State

Qualcomm Stadium – San Diego, CA

Kickoff: 9:30

TV: CBSSN

Why you should watch: This game is very quietly flying way under the radar.  Davis Webb was impressive in his Cal debut.  San Diego State could go undefeated and be a player for a NY6 Bowl berth.

 

*denotes game being played at neutral site

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I was born in Las Vegas and moved to the Memphis area in 2005.I became a soccer referee in 2006 and am currently a Grade 8. I write for two soccer websites: World Soccer Talk and Soccer Referee USA, in addition to writing several pieces for the Rogue Squadron (the supporters group for Memphis City FC).I did commentary in high school for football, basketball, baseball and soccer at Christian Brothers High School in Memphis and did commentary for Lafayette High School football in Oxford, MS for two seasons.
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