Week 2 of the college football season is here, and that means another Saturday of non-stop action.
Like most weekends in the fall, there is no shortage of games to choose from. But even though most teams have only played one game, we already have a sense of which teams are in the playoff hunt and which games are the most important.
This week we have two top-25 matchups, three contenders going on the road against good opponents, a big-name coach looking to rebound, and one in-state rivalry with a silly trophy on the line.
Here are the college football games to watch this weekend.
UCLA @ No. 6 Oklahoma
Network and Time: Fox, 1:00 p.m. ET
Records: UCLA (0-1), OU (1-0)
CFB Playoff Power Rankings: Oklahoma (7)
Why it is important: Two things can happen in this game: 1) The Bruins rebound from an embarrassing Week 1 loss at home to Cincinnati in Chip Kelly’s first game and show they are on the right track with a competitive performance; or 2) The Sooner prove that their offensive and defensive dominance over FAU — they led 56-0 in the third quarter — was not a fluke or a product of FAU being less than people expected. Either way, we are going to learn a lot about these two teams in this game.
No. 3 Georgia @ No. 24 South Carolina
Network and Time: CBS, 3:30 p.m. ET
Records: Both teams are 1-0
CFB Playoff Power Rankings: Georgia (3)
Why it is important: It seems that experts are split on whether or not Georgia is in the same class as Alabama and Clemson or if they are just the best of the rest. They get their first chance to lay claim to the former this weekend as they go on the road for their SEC opener against an improved Gamecocks team. Last season, South Carolina played Georgia tough in Athens, falling, 24-10, in a game that was close in the second half. It was the fewest points Georgia scored at home all season.
Iowa State @ Iowa
Network and Time: Fox, 5:00 p.m. ET
Records: Iowa (1-0), Iowa State (0-0)
CFB Playoff Power Rankings: Both teams are unranked.
Why it is important: If you enjoy in-state rivalry games and silly trophies, this is a sneaky good one this weekend as they battle for the CyHawk Trophy. Iowa has won three in a row in the rivalry, including a 44-41 overtime win a year ago. More importantly, from a national perspective, every few years the Hawkeyes sneak into the national picture with a strong season. This could be one of those years after they woke up in the second half of their Week 1, 33-7 win over Northern Illinois. Meanwhile, Iowa State is not a contender in the Big 12, but they are scrappy enough that they will be a factor in who does win.
See the rest of the story at Business Insider
Source: Business insider