Week one of college football is in the books and most of my top ten games didn’t disappoint. Week two is the traditional week of improvement as most teams make the most progression from week one to week two.
It will be interesting to see how much Auburn is able to improve coming off the Clemson loss, and is that enough to get past Mississippi State?
Here are my Top Ten Games of Week 2:
10. #13 Wisconsin @ Oregon State – Saturday - 3:000pm CST
It’s a gridiron battle between the Badgers and the Beavers. Last week #13 Wisconsin struggled to beat Northern Iowa 26-21. Oregon State has yet to kickoff their season as week ones game was postponed. Former Alabama Player Mike Riley is the head coach of the Oregon State, and needs this win to get off of the hot seat.
9. Iowa vs. Iowa State – Saturday – 2:30pm CST
Anytime you can get two in state rivals battling it out for a cool trophy named the Cy-Hawk it will make the top ten games list. Both teams could greatly benefit from the momentum of beating their in state foe.
8. Vanderbilt @ Northwestern – Saturday – 7:00pm CST
In a trilling offensive shootout Northwestern beat Syracuse 42-41. Meanwhile Vanderbilt fell short in a mostly defensive battle vs. South Carolina. Offense vs. Defense, SEC vs. Big Ten, and Brains vs. Brains best describes why this game makes the cut at number 8.
7. #18 Oklahoma State @ Arizona – Saturday – 9:30pm CST
Oklahoma State put up 84 points last week on Savannah State, but the new Cowboy offense will face its first challenge ageist Arizona. New Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez has the chance to get a signature win early in his Wildcat career.
6. #21 Kansas State vs. Miami – Saturday – 11am CST
Bill Snyder and his K-State Wildcats snuck up on a lot teams last year, but that won’t be the case this year. Miami looked improved in their opening week victory over Boston College, but will they have enough to pull the upset at K-State?
5. #16 Nebraska @ UCLA – Saturday – 6:30pm CST
Both of these teams looked very impressive in week one. UCLA was all over Rice, and Nebraska did a little magic on Southern Mississippi, T Magic that is. With the game at UCLA it gives the Bruins a chance at an upset.
4. #24 Florida @ Texas A&M – Saturday – 2:30pm CST
How will the welcome to the SEC party go for Texas A&M? They get the # 24 Florida Gators who didn’t look all that impressive vs. Bowling Green. The good news for the Gators is they seem to have finally locked in on a quarterback Jeff Driskel. Texas A&M has their own questions at quarterback as they will be starting unproven freshman Johnny Manziel.
3. Auburn @ Mississippi State – Saturday – 11am CST
Auburn cannot afford to start the season 0-2 especially with LSU looming in two weeks. Some have questioned if this is the biggest game for Gene Chizik without Cam Newton as the starter. Mississippi State has never beaten Auburn under Dan Mullen and this seems to be the game Mullen circles every year for a signature victory.
2. #3 LSU vs. Washington – Saturday -6pm CST
I don’t think Washington can match the physical pounding for 4 quarters that LSU is capable of delivering, but if LSU doesn’t play up to par then Washington does have the offensive fire power to make this into a game. Washington quarterback Keith Price is one of the best quarterbacks playing college football and is one of my Heisman dark horses. At the end of the day I think this game will play out much like last year’s LSU vs. West Virginia game.
1. #7 Georgia @ Missouri – Saturday – 6:45pm CST
Same question as with Texas A&M; How will the welcome party go for Missouri? The key difference between the Texas A&M vs. Florida game is both Missouri and Georgia have elite quarterbacks. Georgia’s Aaron Murray has become touchdown machine re-writing Georgia’s record books. Missouri’s quarterback James Franklin is maybe the most explosive duel threat quarterback in the SEC. Can Missouri make a statement?
Alabama Tonight Sports Blogger - Patrick Pierce @Patrickp13