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Week 2: College Football Preview, TV Schedule and Open Thread

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More fun with FCS teams. Go Football.

Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Whenever I think about Week 2 in college football (pick a season), I am reminded that sometimes ... just sometimes ... the worlds of people on one plane must collide with those of another plane.  Am I right Katy Perry.

Such is the case with college football and the prevalence of FCS / FBS matchups that infiltrate our televisions and streaming feeds on this particular week of the season.  It's big boys versus little boys all over the country with a precious few matchups of actual national interest to discuss.

One of the more interesting matchups involves the PAC 12 when Oregon travels to East Lansing to rematch with the Michigan State Spartans.  The Ducks actually trailed by a couple of scores in the second half of last year's game before Marcus Mariota waved his magic wand.  This year projects to be a different kind of game.  The Ducks have a different make up on offense and it remains to be seen how that plays against Michigan State's stout defense.  Of more concern is how the Ducks - in particular their secondary - were physically matched (if not beaten) by FCS Eastern Washington last week.  The old cliche is that teams improve the most between weeks one and two.  We'll see if that applies to the Ducks in the highlight game of the weekend.

Other interesting notes to whet your whistle this weekend:

  • I've already previewed SDSU at Cal, but I remain intrigued by this game.  The Aztecs are a ground-n-pound team with a stout rushing attack and a veteran defensive back seven.  Of the teams Cal plays before they get to UW, SDSU may be the best proxy for comparison. We'll see if the Aztecs can show Chris Petersen and co the line on the putt when it comes to the Golden Bears
  • Tennessee is getting a lot of love this (#23 in the polls) and I'm not exactly sure why.  This weekend, they'll get a chance to prove they deserve it when Oklahoma visits Rocky Top.  This is a rematch from a game that Oklahoma won by 24 pts a season ago.  They are going in today as a 1-point favorite.  Huh?  I'm guessing this one will be all Sooners.
  • Want an  upset pick this weekend?  Watch what happens when Kentucky visits South Carolina (-7.5).  South Carolina snuck away with a win against North Carolina last week that was wholly undeserved.  I think Kentucky - who wasn't all that impressive either - may be ready to uncork more of a fight than the Gamecocks might be expecting.
  • Sticking with my SEC analysis here, I'm also going to pay attention to Mississippi State versus LSU this weekend.  MissSt is returning only seven starters from last  year's team and, shockingly, are still a top 25 team.  #SECBias.  I expect LSU will crush the Bulldogs in what is their first game of the season thanks to a lightning storm cancellation from a week ago.
  • Boise State and BYU ought to be pretty interesting, especially for Husky fans looking to get a benchmark on how good the Broncos really are.  BYU suffered a huge blow when veteran QB Taysom Hill was knocked out for the season in last weekend's hail Mary win over Nebraska.  But RS frosh Tanner Magnum was an elite QB prospect before taking his mission and, frankly, may be a better QB right now than Hill.  This ought to be a good game between two evenly matched rivals.

I'll be your Mod-on-Call for today's game between Sacramento State and Washington.  A Husky win is a clear expectation.  I will be more interested in how the team executes as they transition between the Week 1 jitters and the Week 2 growth curve.  Specifically, I'll be looking at how the interior of the offensive line executes on both the zone assignments (do they get hats on everybody?) as well as when guards pull on power (is their timing down and do they get the angle the RB needs them to get?).  I'll, of course, also be interested to see how Jake Browning handles his reads and whether or not he gets any more comfort in working the middle of the field against any zone defenses he sees.

Enjoy Week 2, folks.  Don't forget to join in on our open game thread when it opens at 10am.

Week 2 Full College Football TV Schedule

Thu, Sept 10, 2015
8:00 PM ET
FS1FoxSportsGo
Louisiana Tech at Western Kentucky
Fri, Sept 11, 2015
8:00 PM ET
FS1FoxSportsGo
Miami (FL) at Florida Atlantic
9:00 PM ET
ESPN2WatchESPN
Utah State at (24) Utah
Sat, Sept 12, 2015
11:30 AM ET
ESPNWatchESPN
South Florida at (11) Florida State
12:00 PM ET
SECNWatchESPN
Jacksonville State at (6) Auburn
12:00 PM ET
ABC
Oregon State at Michigan
12:00 PM ET
Army at Connecticut
12:00 PM ET
FS1FoxSportsGo
Kansas State at Texas-San Antonio
12:00 PM ET
BTNBTN2Go
Western Illinois at Illinois
12:00 PM ET
BTNBTN2Go
Bowling Green at Maryland
12:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Houston at Louisville
12:00 PM ET
ESPN2/ESPNU
Buffalo at Penn State
12:00 PM ET
ESPNNWatchESPN
Indiana State at Purdue
12:00 PM ET
ESPN2/ESPNU
Miami (OH) at Wisconsin
12:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Presbyterian College at Charlotte
12:30 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Wake Forest at Syracuse
12:30 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Appalachian State at (12) Clemson
1:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Howard at Boston College
2:00 PM ET
PAC12Pac-12 Live
Massachusetts at Colorado
2:00 PM ET
PAC12Pac-12 Live
Sacramento State at Washington
3:00 PM ET
FOXFoxSportsGo
UTEP at Texas Tech
3:00 PM ET
Liberty at West Virginia
3:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Monmouth at Central Michigan
3:30 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Murray State at Northern Illinois
3:30 PM ET
BTNBTN2Go
Hawaii at (1) Ohio State
3:30 PM ET
Austin Peay at Southern Miss
3:30 PM ET
CBSS
Minnesota at Colorado State
3:30 PM ET
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Stephen F. Austin at (3) TCU
3:30 PM ET
ESPN2/ESPNU
Washington State at Rutgers
3:30 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Tulane at (15) Georgia Tech
3:30 PM ET
ABC
(9) Notre Dame at Virginia
3:30 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Furman at Virginia Tech
3:30 PM ET
CBSSEC Live
(10) Georgia at Vanderbilt
3:30 PM ET
ESPN2/ESPNU
Fresno State at (17) Mississippi
4:00 PM ET
SECNWatchESPN
Middle Tennessee at (2) Alabama
4:00 PM ET
SECNWatchESPN
Toledo at (18) Arkansas
4:00 PM ET
ESPNNWatchESPN
Eastern Illinois at Northwestern
4:00 PM ET
Eastern Michigan at Wyoming
4:30 PM ET
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Iowa at Iowa State
5:00 PM ET
PAC12Pac-12 Live
San Diego State at Cal
6:00 PM ET
ESPNWatchESPN
(19) Oklahoma at (23) Tennessee
6:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
North Carolina Central at Duke
6:00 PM ET
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North Carolina A&T at North Carolina
6:00 PM ET
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Eastern Kentucky at NC State
6:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Pittsburgh at Akron
6:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Delaware State at Kent State
6:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Western Michigan at Georgia Southern
7:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Northwestern State at Louisiana-Lafayette
7:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Nicholls State at Louisiana-Monroe
7:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Prairie View A&M at Texas State
7:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Charleston Southern at Troy
7:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Marshall at Ohio
7:00 PM ET
Norfolk State at Old Dominion
7:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
North Texas at SMU
7:00 PM ET
CBSS
(22) Arizona at Nevada
7:00 PM ET
ESPNUWatchESPN
Ball State at (16) Texas A&M
7:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
(21) Missouri at Arkansas State
7:00 PM ET
ESPN2WatchESPN
East Carolina at Florida
7:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Memphis at Kansas
7:30 PM ET
Central Arkansas at Oklahoma State
7:30 PM ET
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Lamar at (4) Baylor
7:30 PM ET
SECNWatchESPN
Kentucky at South Carolina
8:00 PM ET
PAC12Pac-12 Live
Idaho at (8) USC
8:00 PM ET
ABC
(7) Oregon at (5) Michigan State
8:00 PM ET
BTNBTN2Go
South Alabama at Nebraska State
8:00 PM ET
LHNWatchESPN
Rice at Texas
8:00 PM ET
BTNBTN2Go
FIU at Indiana
8:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Georgia State at New Mexico State
8:00 PM ET
ESPNNWatchESPN
Temple at Cincinnati
8:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Tulsa at New Mexico
9:15 PM ET
ESPNWatchESPN
(14) LSU at (25) Mississippi State
10:15 PM ET
ESPNUWatchESPN
San Jose State at Air Force
10:15 PM ET
ESPN2WatchESPN
(20) Boise State at BYU
10:30 PM ET
CBSS
(13) UCLA at UNLV
10:30 PM ET
FS1FoxSportsGo
UCF at Stanford
11:00 PM ET
PAC12Pac-12 Live
Cal Poly at Arizona State