After a crazy opening weekend of college football, what can week 2 of the season bring?
Let’s take a look at some of the notable local and national games across the country:
Villanova (1-0) at Temple (0-1) (3:30 PM – ESPN3): The renewal of the Mayor’s Cup rivalry as Temple looks for their first win of the season after losing to Notre Dame last week. Villanova looks to upset the Owls and go 2-0 on the season after edging Lehigh on the road last week. They’re also 10th in the FCS.
This is the 34th all time meeting between the two schools with the series tied (16-15-2). They will play each other again next year, with the future up in the air. The last time they played was back in 2012, when Temple won 41-10. Temple’s won the last three meetings, while ‘Nova looks to beat the Owls for the first time since 2009.
Pittsburgh (1-0) at #4 Penn State (1-0) (3:30 PM – ABC): The Battle of Pennsylvania makes its way to State College as Penn State looks for revenge from last year’s 42-39 loss to Pitt. This is the 98th all time meeting between the two Pennsylvania schools with Penn State leading the overall series (50–43–4). Penn State’s last win in the series was back in 1999, which was also the last time the game was held at Beaver Stadium.
Cincinnati (1-0) at #8 Michigan (1-0) (Noon – ABC): After a solid defensive performance last week against Florida, Michigan looks to go 2-0 in their home opener at “The Big House”
#23 TCU (1-0) at Arkansas (1-0) (3:30 PM – CBS): After easy season-opening victories against FCS opponents, TCU and Arkansas face each other in a big game for both teams. TCU’s Kenny Hill threw for four touchdown passes in the shutout win over Jacksonville State, while senior running back Kyle Hicks is expected to play after missing last week with an undisclosed injury.
Fresno State (1-0) at #1 Alabama (1-0) (3:30 PM – ESPN2): Alabama opens up Bryant-Denny Stadium after an impressive showing last week against Florida State.
#13 Auburn (1-0) at #3 Clemson (1-0) (7PM – ESPN): Clemson escaped last year’s early season meeting at Auburn with a 19-13 win. Without DeShaun Watson and other key contributors from last season, can Clemson’s tigers be able to beat Auburn’s tigers once again?
#15 Georgia (1-0) at #24 Notre Dame (1-0) (7:30 PM – NBC): This is the second time both teams are playing each other. The first time was back in the 1981 Sugar Bowl, when Georgia edged out Notre Dame. How will Georgia’s true freshman quarterback Jake Fromm be able to deal with his first career start?
#5 Oklahoma (1-0) at #2 Ohio State (1-0) (7:30 PM – ABC): Another big top 5 battle in primetime, as Oklahoma looks to gain revenge from last year’s 45-24 blowout loss at home to the Buckeyes.
#14 Stanford (1-0) at #6 USC (1-0) (8:30 PM – FOX): It could be a preview of this year’s Pac-12 title game with a quarterback battle between Stanford’s Kevin Chryst and USC’s Sam Darnold.
Boise State (1-0) at #20 Washington State (1-0) (10:30 PM – ESPN): Cap off the night with another revenge game, as Washington State’s electric offense led by Luke Falk looks to go 2-0 on the season.
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