For as boring as a lineup week 2 of the college football season presented, there were still some match ups that had us entertained. Now while there were no contests between two ranked opponents, that all changes this weekend. On Saturday we will have four games between ranked opponents, and plenty of other must watch games. Lets get to it!
#2 Florida State at #10 Louisville (12pm EST – ABC)
The only matchup of the day of top 10 teams, and this one will be a great start to your Saturday afternoon. Both teams boast a dynamic quarterback with legitimate Heisman aspirations in Lamar Jackson and Deondre Francois. In what many are saying is a must win game, this one has huge implications on the ACC as well as a College Football Playoff berth. The Cardinals are averaging 69 points per game through their first two, but look for that number to come down when they take on the Seminole defense. With Seminole safety Derwin James out for a couple of months after having surgery, look for Jackson and company to take advantage of that.
#1 Alabama at #19 Ole Miss (3pm EST – CBS)
Alabama has only suffered one loss over the last calendar year. That loss came to the hands of Chad Kelly and the Ole Miss Rebels in Tuscaloosa. Can the Rebels pull off the upset again this year? With Chad Kelly at quarterback, anything is possible. The Tide are double digit favorites on Saturday, as oddsmakers are not expecting the Rebels to have the same success as they did in 2015. The Rebels gave the Seminoles a run for their money in the first half of their week one match up, but depth issues on defense and a lack of a rushing attack led to their opening season loss. Look for Nick Saban to jump all over that.
#12 Michigan St at #18 Notre Dame (7:30pm EST – NBC)
It looks like Brian Kelly made the right decision to move forward with DeShone Kizer as the starter at quarterback. After the double overtime loss against Texas in the season opener, the Fighting Irish took care of business against Nevada in week 2 with a 39-10 victory. For Sparty, head coach Mark Dantonio knows this is a statement game after a lack luster performance against Furman where they escaped with a 28-13 win. The Irish are favorites at home, and look for them to move up the rankings.
#3 Ohio St at #14 Oklahoma (7:30pm EST – FOX)
The nightcap will be the Buckeyes trip to Norman where the Sooners will have a chance to get their national championship hopes back on track. Oklahoma showed its vulnerability in their week one loss against Houston, but they can earn a signature non conference win and be right back in the College Football Playoff conversation. For Urban Meyer and his team, a win on Saturday night can prove that its dominance of lesser competition (Bowling Green and Tulsa) is not a mirage. J.T. Barrett, who could be compared to Houston QB Greg Ward, could have a big game against this Sooner defense.
Here are some other games to watch…
South Carolina State at #5 Clemson
Will the real Clemson Tigers football team stand up? After narrow wins against Auburn (19-13) and Troy (30-24) look for Deshaun Watson to finally have a monster game against the Bulldogs. The Tigers need to prove to the voters that they are a top 5 program.
USC at #7 Stanford
Here we have a Pac 12 match up between the only private schools in the conference. A rivalry that dates back to 1905, the Trojans lead the series 60-31-3. Last season, the Cardinals took care of business with a 41-22 victory. Christian McCaffrey had a field day, rushing the ball 32 times for 207 yards and one rushing score. He also had four receptions for 105 yards and a score. Looks for the Heisman hopeful to have another big game this Saturday.
Pittsburgh at Oklahoma State
How will the Cowboys react after last Saturdays debacle which ended in a loss to Central Michigan on a last second hail mary after a bad call by the referees. The Panthers are 2-0 and coming off a 42-39 win over in state rival Penn State. A win for Pat Narduzzi and his Panthers team would be huge as this team looks to compete for the Coastal Division crown in the ACC.