College Football Week 2: Games of the Week

Week One is in the books. After some exciting games, including all of the FCS upsets, we’re now ready for Week 2, which will feature… some more easy games (with a few marquee match-ups sprinkled in). Three of most intriguing story lines and results are featured below, with some interesting predictions.

Can Devin Gardner fill the void of Denard Robinson and lead the Big Blue to a big win over Irish? Photo courtesy of draftbrowns.com

Notre Dame at Michigan (8:00pm ET, Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI) – The last scheduled game between these two teams in a while should reveal a lot about both teams. Both won fairly easily in Week 1 despite many key losses in the offseason (Manti Te’o, Denard Robinson), but this Week 2 match up should show which team (maybe both) is legitimate this year. Devin Gardner proved he could lead Michigan effectively against an outmatched Central Michigan team, but can he do the same against a potential stout Notre Dame defense? On the other side, Tommy Rees has returned to the spotlight in South Bend and should find some holes in what has usually been a porous Michigan D.

Prediction: A high-powered Michigan offense picks up where it left off last week in a back and forth game. Tommy Rees has the ball late in the game but is picked off as Michigan survives a final Notre Dame threat.

South Carolina at Georgia (4:30pm ET, Sanford Stadium, Athens, GA) – A top 10 match up between two SEC powers, this game should be a defensive struggle. Georgia is coming off of a tough loss against one of the best teams in the country (Clemson). Expect improvement and focus from Aaron Murray (who actually played a pretty good game minus the late fumble) while Todd Gurley continues to show that he is one of, if not the, best running backs in the country. South Carolina will be looking for Jadeveon Clowney to improve on his “disappointing” (according to the journalists who overhyped him in the first place) performance and keep Gurley contained and sacking Murray.

Prediction: Georgia takes out its frustration on USC by running around and away from Clowney all day. Clowney responds by killing a guy and has to lay low for Week 3.

Texas at BYU (7:00pm ET, Edwards Stadium, Provo, UT) – Texas struggled out of the gates early last week against a mediocre New Mexico State squad before winning easily. BYU lost a heart breaker against Virginia, who ran in a touchdown with less than three minutes left in the game. Both teams will be looking to improve on last week’s performance and prove their worth. We’ve succumbed to the Texas hype before, so this early test over a good BYU defense should be a foreshadowing for what to expect later in the year. David Ash appears to have improved since last year and has made a difference. BYU will look to Jamaal Williams, who had 144 yards and two touchdowns last week, to pace the game for them.

Prediction: Texas shows everyone that they belong by winning handily over BYU. Sports journalists write their “Is Texas Legit?” pieces while also working on their “Another Texas Collapse; should Mack Brown be Fired?” pieces for later in the year.

Eastern Kentucky at Louisville (12:00pm ET, Papa John’s Stadium, Louisville, KY) – Louisville continues to fill up on cupcakes, this week against Eastern Kentucky. Because of Teddy Bridgewater and their easy schedule this year, Louisville is pretty close to must-see TV. Bridgewater’s video game-type numbers he’s projected to put up this year should have him in the Heisman Trophy talk all season long. Despite being outmatched at every position, Eastern Kentucky (yes, they are Division I) will put up a fight for the first five minutes and then ask for Bridgewater’s autograph after.

Prediction: Louisville shuts out EKU while Bridgewater puts up over 500 yards of offense and six touchdowns by himself. He only misses one pass the entire game and it was due to the fact he’s not fast enough to catch his own 70 yard touchdown ball. The Cards actually win so big that afterwards the EKU coach questions Louisville’s sportsmanship (with the schedule Louisville plays, this should be the goal every single week).

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