Week two of the college football season is not the most awe-inspiring slate of games on paper. However, since I will not be traveling this week, this will be my first Saturday where I can hunker down and watch football until my eyes burn. So you better bet your dupa I will be excited in a week where no ranked opponents meet each other. If nothing else, there are a handful of potential upsets and other games that will likely be much closer than the experts are predicting.
Here's what to look for during all non-Big 10 action this week, along with my predictions which will likely be cause for embarrassment come Saturday night.
(24)Florida at Texas A&M ESPN 3:30 p.m.
I want to apologize for insulting your intelligence by classifying this as "must-see." With the lack of a marquee game this week, this one gets to fail up to the spotlight. That doesn't mean this won't be an entertaining game. Games at Kyle Field are always fun to watch, and the 12th Man will be extra amped for the school's first conference game as a member of the SEC. Both teams will have plenty to prove- the Aggies will want to show they belong in the SEC, and Florida will want to show that its near upset at the hands of Bowling Green was just a fluke.
Prediction: Texas A&M- 30 Florida- 27
Miami(FL) at (21)Kansas State FX Noon
Bill Snyder has done an outstanding job during his second stint in Manhattan, while Miami looks to build some momentum following a week-one shootout victory over BC.
Prediction: Kansas State- 28 Miami- 20
Auburn at Mississippi State ESPN Noon
Auburn is coming off a heartbreaking loss against Clemson and will be looking to get off on the right foot in the SEC. Don't be surprised if no one breaks into double digits until the fourth quarter.
Prediction: Auburn- 13 Mississippi State- 10
(7)Georgia at Missouri ESPN2 7:45 p.m.
For some reason, ABC will not be airing an 8 p.m. game so it looks like this may be the marquee night game this week. Many assumed Missouri would be awful once they had to play an SEC schedule, so here's their chance to prove the critics wrong. Georgia tends to lose an early game they aren't supposed to, so this game could be closer than many think.
Prediction: Georgia- 45 Missouri- 30
Keep an Eye On
LOLpitt at Cincinnati ESPN 8 p.m. (Thursday)
What's worse than losing to a MAC team at home? Losing to an FCS team coming off a 6-5 season at home. Thank you Pitt, for reminding us things could always be worse.
Cincinnati- 28 Pitt- 14
Utah at Utah State ESPN2 8 p.m. (Friday)
This isn't appointment viewing by any means, but check out Utes DT Star Lotulelei if you have the chance. Lotuleli is one of the top players at any position in the nation, and should hear his name called very early during the NFL Draft this April.
Utah- 31 Utah State- 27
(18)Oklahoma State at Arizona Pac-12 Network 10:30 p.m.
This game should not be very close. However, it could be fun to watch Oklahoma State try to put up 84 points on Rich Rod and company.
Oklahoma State- 49 Arizona- 13
*Confession: I like college football probably more than I should. I lived with a die-hard Michigan fan in college who would bring his TV into the living room when the Wolverines played at the same time as Penn State. I got used to watching games side-by-side, which eventually evolved to a three-TV set-up that my very understanding wife still allows. Anyways, here's what I'm watching on Saturday:
Noon: TV1- Penn State at Virginia, TV2- Auburn at Mississippi State TV3- Central Florida at Ohio State (if it stays close) OR Miami at Kansas State
3:30 TV1- Purdue at Notre Dame TV2- Florida at Texas A&M TV3- Air Force at Michigan
Also keeping an eye on: Iowa State at Iowa, Wisconsin at Oregon State, Michigan State at Central Michigan
Night Games: TV1- Nebraska at UCLA TV2- Georgia at Missouri TV3- Vanderbilt at Northwestern
Also Keeping an eye on: Washington at LSU
Late Games: TV1- Illinois at Arizona State TV2- Oklahoma State at Arizona
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