(#3)Georgia at (#24)South Carolina
CBS 3:30 p.m.
After a barn-burner to kick off the college football season, week two offers just two games between ranked opponents. Fortunately, this one should be a damn good game with a damn good dawg (and a damn good rooster). We all know Georgia is loaded with talent after coming just short of a national championship a season ago. The Gamecocks seem to be on the rise under Will Muschamp, and an upset could springboard them to an SEC East title as the remainder of the conference schedule sets up nicely for South Carolina.
Prediction: Georgia- 31, South Carolina-21
Iowa at Iowa State
FOX 5 p.m.
Both teams always come prepared for this annual inter-state rivalry that typically goes down the wire each fall. This may not be a “must-see” for people outside of the fanbases, but it’s an excellent lead-in to pass the time as you wait for the Penn State-Pitt kickoff at 8 p.m. Plus it’s a good way to familiarize yourself with the 2018 edition of the Hawkeyes before they head into Beaver Stadium on Oct. 27.
Prediction: Iowa- 24, Iowa State- 20
(#2)Clemson at Texas A&M
ESPN 7 p.m.
This is the College GameDay pick for week two, although it’s easy to imagine the Tigers run away with this one in the second half. There are two reasons to watch- the electric atmosphere of Kyle Field, one of the top atmospheres in all of college football, will be rocking as they seek a major upset at the start of the Jumbo Fisher era. The other is Clemson’s defensive line, which is straight up nasty. And I mean STRAIGHT. UP. NASTY. You can get your fill of both before switching over to the Nittany Lions.
Prediction: Clemson- 40, Texas A&M- 21
(#17)USC at (#10)Stanford
8:30 p.m. FOX
Most of this contest will unfold during the Penn State-Pitt game, but if all goes well you should be able to catch most of the fourth quarter in a game that seems likely to be a battle right until the end. We’ll learn plenty about USC, as it seems like the Trojans are one of those teams could slip into the playoffs or finish 7-5 and neither would be a huge surprise. Stanford is always a delight for fans of good ol’ smashmouth football. Running back Bryce Love entered the season as the Heisman frontrunner, but his status could be in for a huge drop with another poor performance. In week one, Love averaged just 1.6 yards per carry for 29 yards against Rice. Oof.
Prediction: Stanford-30, USC-24