College Football: Setting the Table for Week Two
We saw little-to-nothing in the way of surprises in Week One of college football. There were a few scares for teams like Penn State and Michigan State. We had a few teams like Texas, Michigan, and Miami-FL get exposed.
So what action in Week Two should you focus on? I am here to let you know the games and the players to watch.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: WEEK TWO MATCHUPS TO WATCH
TCU @ SMU, 7 pm ESPN (Friday)
Gary Patterson once again has a stalwart defense. This year his crew is led by edge rusher Ben Banogu. Also, keep an eye on Northern Illinois transfer LB Jawuan Johnson. SMU head coach Sonny Dykes had an inauspicious debut for the Mustangs. SMU fell to North Texas 46-23. RB Xavier Jones only carried the ball twice last week. That has to get better.
Arizona @ Houston, 11 am ABC/ESPN2
Arizona was expected to challenge in the Pac-12 South. They will have to play a lot better than they did last week against BYU. Khalil Tate had 211 yards of total offense in the 28-23 loss. Houston DL Ed Oliver is ridiculous. The junior has already announced his intentions to enter the 2019 NFL Draft. Against Rice, Oliver finished with 13 tackles with 3.5 for loss.
Nevada @ Vanderbilt, 11 am SECN
The Wolfpack engineered a 72-19 decimation of FCS Portland State. Senior Bowl watch list QB Ty Gangi was 16/26 for 342 yards. He also threw three touchdowns. Vanderbilt has a strong defense led by a pair of edge rushers in Josh Smith and Charles Wright.
UCLA @ Oklahoma, Noon FOX
That was not the debut I am sure Chip Kelly envisioned. The Bruins lost to Cincinnati 26-17. They are a remarkably youthful bunch. UCLA does have a potential 1st-round talent at tight end, Caleb Wilson. Oklahoma destroyed Florida Atlantic 63-14. Junior RB Rodney Anderson is one of the top running back prospects for the 2019 draft. He averaged twenty yards-per-carry against the Owls.
Arkansas State @ Alabama, 2:30 pm ESPN2
Arkansas State senior quarterback Justice Hansen had a massive game against SE Missouri State. Hansen threw for 423 yards and six TDs. He will need another Herculean performance this week to keep it close. Alabama safety Deionte Thompson emerged on the national stage on Saturday. Thompson could become a first-round pick after the process is concluded.
Georgia @ South Carolina, 2:30 pm CBS
I will have a full preview for this game later in the week.
Iowa State @ Iowa, 4 pm FOX
The Cy-Hawk Trophy is on the line. The Cyclones had the opener canceled due to inclement weather. I want to watch their star RB David Montgomery. Iowa will give the middle of the ISU defense fits with tight end Noah Fant.
Clemson @ Texas A&M, 6 pm ESPN
It is Dabo versus Jimbo! These two can’t escape each other. The Aggies offensive line will be under fire for sixty minutes. Clelin Ferrell and company are animals up front. Texas A&M counters with an excellent defensive presence of their own. Kingsley Keke and Daylon Mack can both rush the passer from the inside.
Utah @ Northern Illinois, 6:30 pm ESPN News
Utah opened up with a 41-10 win over Weber State. Utes offensive tackle Jackson Barton (6’7” 312) will have a time trying to block the undersized, yet productive, Husky edge rusher, Sutton Smith.
Southern Cal @ Stanford, 7:30 pm FOX
The Trojans struggled at times against UNLV. Corners Ajene Harris and Iman Marshall will have their hands full. Stanford had a nice out-of-conference win over San Diego State. They need a better effort from RB Bryce Love this week.
Michigan State @ Arizona State, 9:45 pm ESPN
Michigan State needed to come from behind to beat Utah State on Friday. The Spartans will lean on QB Brian Lewerke this week. Arizona State routed UTSA in the debut of new head coach Herm Edwards. WR N’Keal Harry is one of the best WR prospects in the country.
That will wrap up my College Football Week Two preview.
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