While not featuring some high octane, must see TV action, week 2 still has some marquee games to watch. Some teams are making their 2013 premieres while others are onto either 1-0 or heartbreaking see ya next year 0-1 starts. Here's Week 2!
Saturday September 7
(12) Florida at Miami NOON ESPN
- Long time Sunshine State rivals meet once again after a few years off from the series. Both teams are coming off wins in week 1, Florida beating Toledo in a ho hum, show Miami nothing kind of way while Miami dominated the hapless FAU Owls (there was a bonus sighting of legendary Canes and former FAU HC Howard Schellenberger in the booth though). This game should bring back memories of when all three Florida teams were dominant and constantly battling for national championships.
Matchup(s) to watch: Canes QB Stephen Morris vs the Gators' dynamic CB duo of Louchiez Purifoy and Marcus Roberson
Bonus matchup to watch: Canes RB Duke Johnson (Class of 2015) vs Florida's vaunted DL featuring Ronald Powell and Dominique Easley,
Other Gators prospects: OL Tyler Moore, OL Chaz Green
Other Canes prospects: DL Anthony Chickillo, LB Denzel Perryman, OL Seantrel Henderson
Western Kentucky at Tennessee 12:21 pm ESPN3
- The Vols welcome back an old friend in the form of Bobby Petrino and his Hilltoppers fresh off an "upset" win over Kentucky. It should be interesting for a half at least until Tennessee takes over for good in a tuneup game before paying a visit to the powerful Oregon Ducks next weekend.
Volunteers to watch: LB AJ Johnson, RB Marlin Lane, RB Raijon Neal, OL Antonio Richardson, DL Daniel McCullers
West Virginia at (16) Oklahoma 7 pm FOX
- A potentially wacky classic Big 12 shootout is brewing in Norman. While Oklahoma isn't as talented as Sooners teams of old, there's still talent, namely RB Damien Williams, C Gabe Ikard (this year's version of Brian Schwenke) and CB Aaron Colvin.
(15) Texas at BYU 7 PM ESPN2
- The Horns three headed rushing attack (Malcolm Brown, Johnathan Gray, and Joe Bergeron) travels to Provo to take on a surprising Cougars team featuring this year's Ezekiel Ansah in LB Kyle Van Noy (who might be a bigger freak than Ansah). BYU's offense has a special talent at receiver in senior Cody Hoffman (6'3 215) that have scouts drooling.
Texas prospects: LB Jordan Hicks, CB Carrington Byndom, DE Jackson Jeffcoat, WR Mike Davis
GAME(S) OF THE WEEK
(6) South Carolina at (11) Georgia 4:30 pm ESPN
- Can the reeling Bulldogs lick their wounds in time to host Mr. Clowney and company after a brutal loss to Clemson? Jadaveon Clowney should be licking his chops after witnessing Georgia's porous OL getting pushed backwards like they were full of Leroy Harris's and all the abuse he took for being "out of shape" and "tanking" it. Georgia lost their best receiver in Malcolm Mitchell via the Martin Gramatica method i.e tearing an ACL celebrating a touchdown just last week as well.
UGA prospects: LB Jordan Jenkins, CB Damian Swann, QB Aaron Murray, LB Amaralo Herrera, OL Kenarious Gates
(14) Notre Dame at (17) Michigan 8 PM ESPN *College Gameday site*
- A classic rivalry that's ending next year due to Notre Dame moving onto a sweetheart scheduling deal with the ACC. The penultimate edition of the series has some very good talents on both sides. Notre Dame has lost several key offensive pieces via the draft and ineligibility problems but they return several starters. LT Zack Martin returns to anchor the OL. RB George Atkinson III leads the Irish running attack. The real draft talents are on the defensive side of things. DT Louis Nix III and DE Stephon Tuitt are possibly the best defensive line duo in the country. Facing them is one of the best tackles in the nation in Taylor Lewan. It was certainly possible that Lewan could've been a top 10 lock in the 2013 draft had he decided to turn pro.
San Jose State at (5) Stanford 11 pm PAC-12 Network
- SJSU has one of the top draft eligible QBs in David Fales. Stanford's defense is underrated as a stop unit and should provide a stiff test for Fales. DEs Trent Murphy and Ben Gardner help the Cardinal front seven immensely. ILB Shayne Skov is finally healthy and needs to stay that way to move up into the 3rd-4th round range.