Another big week of college football is on tap. The "game of the millennium" or whatever you want to call it will take place in College Station, as well as, some decent non-conference games.
Here are the top ten games of week two:
10. #4 Ohio State at Cal – 6:00 p.m. FOX
Braxton Miller is still a game time decision on Saturday. He injured his knee in the 1st quarter of last Saturdays win over San Diego State. The good news for Buckeye fans was the impressive play of backup Kenny Guiton. I think Ohio States beats Cal with or without Miller, but the Bears could keep with close if Miller is sidelined.
9. #24 TCU at Texas Tech – Thursday 6:30 p.m. ESPN
TCU belongs in the Big12, but their fans are used to winning 10+ games. Last season was a transition year for the Horned Frogs, and a loss to the Tech would a big setback. Meanwhile, it would be a big win for new Red Raiders coach Kliff Kingsbury.
8. #19 Washington at Illinois – 5:00 p.m. Big Ten Network
The old saying that teams make their most improvement from week one to week two couldn't be truer for Illinois. In week one Illinois escaped an upset from Southern Illinois, but in week two the Fighting Illini hammered a good Cincinnati team. Washington looked really good in their week one win over Boise. Are they legit?
7. #20 Wisconsin at Arizona State – 9:30 p.m. ESPN
I LOVE the way Wisconsin is playing under new head coach Gary Andersen. They are one of the best rushing teams in the country, plus they haven't allowed a single point this season. I know they only played cupcakes, but still back-to-back shutouts are impressive. Arizona State is 1-0 and also held their lone opponent to zero points.
6. Mississippi State at Auburn – 6:00 p.m. ESPN 2
This game is huge for both of these teams. The loser of this game could be looking at a bowl season at home. Last season Mississippi State seemed to have all the confidence going into this one, but this year it's reversed.
5. Tennessee at Oregon – 2:30 p.m. ABC
This game is on opposite of the Alabama-Texas A&M game, so outside of Vols and Duck fans, I'm not really sure a lot of people will tune in. The question is can Tennessee keep up with the Ducks? This one is easy, NO. There is only one way the Vols keep this interesting. They have to slow down the tempo; they have to dominate the time of possession. I think this is something Tennessee might be able to do. The Vols have one of the best offensive lines in the country along with a couple of good running backs. The best way to stop Oregon's offense is to keep them off the field. That's easier said than done.
4. #25 Ole Miss at Texas – 7:00 p.m. Longhorn Network
This one will be interesting. After watching Texas implode last Saturday one has to wonder if the Horns are in for a long season. On the flip side does this force them to "play" for Mack Brown's job, and actually play inspired football? If I were a betting man, I would stay away from the Texas this season. Texas fired their defensive coordinator Manny Diaz (someone had to take the fall), and replaced him with former Texas defensive coordinator Greg Robinson. Ole Miss will run away with this one If Texas can't stop Bo Wallace and Jeff Scott.
3. Vanderbilt at #13 South Carolina – 6:00 p.m. ESPN
At the end of the night one of these schools will be 0-2 in the SEC…that's how big this game is. Both of these teams entered the season with the goal of going to Atlanta (a little more realistic goal for South Carolina), but a 0-2 it would be a nail in the coffin. I'll be looking to see how South Carolina responses from last week's loss at Georgia.
2. #16 UCLA at #23 Nebraska – 11:00 a.m. ESPN
I think UCLA is the better team, but Nebraska is never an easy place to pick up a win. I like Nebraska's offense, but I'm puzzled by how bad they can be on defense. Still though, a nice early morning game to kick things off.
1. #1 Alabama at #6 Texas A&M – 2:30 p.m. CBS
This is the game that we have been talking about for the last ten months. Tickets are going for an average of $763 dollars; CBS will have a camera called the "Johnny Cam" THE WORLD WILL BE WATCHING ;). Finally, it's time to play this game on the field, and hope that it lives up to the hype. Nick Saban is very good in revenge games; it's really hard seeing him lose this game twice. Still the question remains, how does anyone stop Johnny Manziel?!?!?
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