Don’t Miss the 4 Best College Football Games For Week 2
Life just seems more interesting when it’s college football season. The weather seems cooler and crisper (even though, it’s still way too hot). People seem more jovial. Kids seem less dumb. Parents seem less on edge. Life is just better.
We’ve broken the cherry on the first weekend of college football with some really good finishes and some interesting battles. But here we are in Week 2, with the season debuts behind us and conference play still a couple weeks away for most programs.
Sure, you still have some cupcakes out there (Alabama is a 35-point favorite at home against Middle Tennessee State), but there are also some quality games to check out.
4 Best College Football Matchups in Week 2
(For those interested in wagering their lunch money, don’t sleep on the USF Bulls as 28-point dogs at FSU! Willie Taggart has installed the spread offense and the Bulls used it to win 51-3 against FAMU in Week 1. The Bulls beat FSU in Tallahassee a few years ago, and really, FSU is only where dyslexic fans for USF go.)
Oregon State at Michigan
12pm ET, ABC
This is the game you watch before the big game with the other two big schools from their respective states. You know there’s someone out there that meant to buy tickets for the big Oregon-Michigan State game and accidentally bought tickets for this one. Jim Harbaugh lost his Michigan debut last week, when his Wolverines lost 24-17 to Utah.
Outside of a Notre Dame-Virginia game, this is the best game to watch before 6pm. Get some pool time in before autumn hits!
No. 19 Oklahoma at No. 23 Tennessee
6pm ET, ESPN
The Vols have a tough schedule to start the season, with the Gators right around the corner, and former Gator coach Bob Stoops coming into town this week with his Sooners. The Sooners might be able to do some damage in the air against a depleted Vols secondary. Interestingly, the DB coach (Willie Martinez) is a former Sooners assistant, and he’s suspended this week for an NCAA recruiting violation.
No. 7 Oregon at No. 5 Michigan State
8pm ET, ABC
Michigan State is eager to erase last year’s game that helped vault the Ducks into a spot in the College Football Playoffs. Oregon scored 28 unanswered points to win 46-27 last season.
The Ducks are without Marcus Mariota this time around, but they’re still a high-powered offense. Then again, his replacement, QB Vernon Adams was knocked out of Saturday’s win against Eastern Washington after a blow to the head in the fourth quarter. RB Royce Freeman might have to pick up some of the slack, after rushing for a career-high 180 yards and three scores last week.
Speaking of NFL-caliber QBs, Spartans quarterback Connor Cook is already being looked at as the possible No. 1 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
No. 14 LSU at No. 25 Mississippi State
9:15pm ET, ESPN
Lightning canceled the Tigers’ season opener against McNeese State last week, which might help the Tigers, as MSU won't have much film to go on for new Tigers QB Brandon Harris.
The Bulldogs make the 10th SEC team to make it into the rankings, which gives the conference the record for most teams in the top 25 in one week. QB Dak Prescott won’t be sneaking up on anyone this season, though, and the Tigers will hope to limit him under 100 rushing yards this year, as opposed to last year when he posted 105 rushing yards and a touchdown in MSU’s first win against LSU in 14 seasons.
Connor Cook Photo Credit: Joe Robbins, Getty Images
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