After the glitz and glamour of marquee match-ups for Week 1 in college football, we are in for a serious let-down for Week 2. All of the Top 25 teams are either playing smaller conferences, FCS opponents, or “Little Sisters Of The Poor”. But fear not my friends, there are still some intriguing match-ups that you will want to see in Week 2. Here are my Top 5 games to watch:
1) TCU vs. Arkansas
This week’s “main event”. Both the Horned Frogs and Razorbacks opened the season with a win this past weekend, but neither teams were impressive, and one has to wonder if both teams were looking past their opposition to this week’s game.
It is a battle between the Big 12 and SEC. There some concerns that need to be addressed on both sides of the ball by each team’s respective coaches, Gary Patterson and Bret Bielema. This game will have a lot of energy, and with the game in Fort Worth, you have to feel that TCU will come out flying.
2) Tennessee vs. Virginia Tech
A game to be played at a NASCAR Race Track!!! It is being called “The Battle of Bristol”, and will be on the infield of Bristol Motor Speedway. Both teams struggled in Week 1, with Tennessee barely getting by Appalachian State and Virginia Tech fending off and pulling away from Liberty.
It is a must for Tennessee to get off to a fast start and play much sharper on offense.
And we all know that Virginia Tech’s lunch-pail defense is salivating after seeing what happened to The Vols last Thursday night. This can go either way, and whoever wins this game may get that jump start needed for the rest of the season.
3) Florida vs. Kentucky
A battle between two SEC teams that came out of the gate flat in Week 1. Florida was sluggish against UMass before kicking it into gear to pull away. Kentucky just flat out whiffed and lost to Southern Mississippi. This has been a one-sided series dating back to the late 1980’s, with Florida willing 29 straight in this series.
What makes this worse for Kentucky is that they have not won in The Swamp since 1979. This is the SEC opener for each team, with the winner getting a nice jump on the division.
4) Utah vs. BYU
The Holy War!!!
This game pits two teams with such a dislike for each other that goes beyond description. Both teams enter with 1-0 records after Utah handled Southern Utah, and BYU clipped Arizona in the opener. This is a big opportunity for BYU to jump out of the gate beating two Pac-12 teams, which would also look good in the eyes of the Big-12 who are vetting BYU for their conference.
For Utah, this is a huge match-up to take the Holy War and set themselves up for a grueling Pac-12 campaign on the right note.
5) Pittsburgh vs. Penn State:
A rivalry game renewed. This will be the first time in 16 years that Pittsburgh and Penn State have stood across the field from each other. The passion of the teams, and their respective fan bases has been missing from the public conscience for quite some time, and there is nothing like it in Western Pennsylvania.
This will be the first game of a four-game scheduling arrangement over the next four seasons, and here is hoping that there will be more to come over future seasons as well.
On a side note, Pat Narduzzi, Pittsburgh’s head coach, has shut his team off from the media to avoid distractions this week.