Compared to last weeks schedule, week 2 of the college football season is not as attractive. This has been the norm for the past couple of years. On college football’s opening weekend, there were four games played between ranked teams and plenty of other interesting match ups. This week, 23 of the 25 teams in the AP top 25 are in action, but none of them are playing against each other.
Just because there are not any playoff preview type games, does not mean there are not any games worth your time. These are the games you will want to pay attention to.
Penn State at Pittsburgh (12pm – ESPN)
While neither team is ranked at the moment, there aren’t many better ways to start your Saturday afternoon than with a gold old fashioned rivalry. These teams met every season for over 90 seasons, but when Penn State made the move to the Big Ten in 1993 things slowed down. Since then, these two teams have met just four times with the Nittany Lions winning three of those contests. Saturday’s matchup will be the first one since 2000 when Pittsburgh pitched a shut out with a 12-0 victory. Here is to many more contests between these two in state schools.
Arkansas at #15 TCU (7pm – ESPN)
These two schools go all the way back to 1923 when they were members of the Southwest Conference. Arkansas decided to make the jump to the SEC and TCU hung on as the SWC became the Big 12. While both programs struggled last week in their wins, they will be looking to for an even better start on Saturday. Don’t be surprised if the Razorbacks pull off the upset. This would be a nice win under Bret Bielema’s belt.
BYU at Utah (7:30pm – Fox)
For those that live in Utah, this rivalry is referred to as “The Holy War”. Things can get feisty between both fan bases. Just take a look at Twitter and you will be fully entertained. Utah is riding a 5 game winning streak in this match up as the narrowly squeaked by with a 35-28 win last December. If this game is half as entertaining as the arguments between fans, we should all be in for a good one.
Iowa State at #16 Iowa (7:30pm – Big Ten Network)
What more is there to say? Iowa State is coming off a five point loss to Northern Iowa, while Iowa took care of business against Miami of Ohio. With the new contract extension for Hawkeye head coach Kirk Ferencz, look for Iowa to use this as a statement game and prove they will be able to compete in the Big Ten.
Virginia Tech vs Tennessee (8pm – ABC)
They’re playing this game on the infield of Bristol Motor Speedway. For those of you that do not know what that is, it is a 153,000 seat race track right on the border of Virginia and Tennessee. If every seat is filled, it will be a college football attendance record. The first match up between these two schools dates back to 1897 when Tennessee did not even had a coach but somehow managed to walk away with an 18-0 victory. If you are lucky enough to have tickets, enjoy this one.