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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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