As we roll into the second full week of college football, there are many exciting games to watch. There has already been some movement in the top 25, as some highly regarded teams (like Oklahoma) were shut down by underdogs. Week 2 is even more thrilling, albeit in a smaller time frame. Here’s what you should be watching this weekend.
Friday, September 9: Louisville Cardinals at Syracuse Orange (8pm ET)
Louisville absolutely mollywhopped Charlotte with a 70-14 spanking last week, and they look to do the same against Syracuse. Quarterback Lamar Jackson, who racked up 8 total touchdowns in one half before being pulled, was a star in that game, and it could be a shootout Friday night between him and Orange quarterback Eric Dungey. Dungey went a solid 34-40 for 355 yards and two touchdowns against Colgate last week, and he will try to excel in Dino Babers’ offense in his first year in New York.
Early Saturday, September 10: University of Central Florida Knights at Michigan Wolverines (Noon ET)
Michigan was another team that put on a show last week, tallying 63 points against the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors’ measly field goal. Wilton Speight looked like a good enough quarterback for Jim Harbaugh, and the defense was a strong suit in their game, with studs like Jabril Peppers and Jourdan Lewis carrying the load while the line did some strong work, anchored by Taco Charlton. This could be another blowout to watch, which will always brighten up the mid-day blues.
Saturday Afternoon: Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Ohio State Buckeyes (3:30pm ET)
These two teams had strong debuts in 2016, with Tulsa winning 45-10 over San Jose State, and THE Ohio State trouncing Bowling Green State with an astonishing 77-10 defeat. The Buckeyes are loaded with talent as always, and it will likely be a blowout, but a small one at that. Tune in to watch stars like JT Barrett, Mike Weber, and Raekwon McMillan showcase their NFL talent.
Saturday Night: South Carolina Gamecocks at Mississippi State Bulldogs (7pm ET)
Both sides of this matchup are coming out of close games, where South Carolina pulled out a 13-10 victory of Vanderbilt, and Miss St. lost to South Alabama at a heartbreaking 21-20 game. Now that they are out of the Dak Prescott era, they must rely on their defense, led by AJ Jefferson, Brandon Bryant, and Richie Brown, while new starting quarterback Nick Fitzgerald ensures his own starting gig and learns to command the field with senior receiver Fred Ross.