Weekend Viewer's Guide - Week Two

Florida's game with Troy this week is a pay-per-view broadcast, but one member of the opponents is a familiar face on basic cable. Troy wide receiver Cornelius Williams had two catches for 20 yards in the Trojans loss to Arkansas. More significantly, Williams was featured on "Two-a-Days", MTV's reality show about Hoover High School's football team.

As a result, this week's rating categories feature other former MTV personalities. All times are Eastern and the games Saturday unless otherwise specified.


Oregon @ Michigan (3:30, ABC) - Wolverines undefeated in Division I-A, and that's what really matters, right? Michigan's lost 5 of 6 against Pac-10 this decade, including four straight. Oregon features a high powered offense but their D is suspect.

South Carolina @ Georgia (5:45, ESPN2) - QB Blake Mitchell expected to start for SC after being suspended first game. Spurrier has beaten every other SEC East team with the Gamecocks except for Georgia. Running defense for Gamecocks was swiss cheese against Louisiana-Lafayette, which is bad news with Bulldogs next up. Georgia hopes sophomore QB Matthew Stafford can duplicate his outstanding performance in their opener.

Virginia Tech @ LSU (9:15, ESPN) - First top-10 game this season - VT faces questions about their offense after producing just 33 yards rushing and 10 points in their win over ECU at home. LSU's defense playing at night in Baton Rouge just might be better than the Pirates was.


Miami, Fla. @ Oklahoma (Noon, ABC) - Bob Stoops tried unsuccessfully to get refs to switch to a running clock in the fourth quarter of North Texas beat-down. Shouldn't be an issue this week, as Randy Shannon's Canes try to demonstrate they're still relevant on the national scene.

Alabama @ Vanderbilt (12:30, Lincoln Financial) - Nick Saban's first SEC game as Bama coach. Commodores have lost their last 19 to the Crimson Tide, but frequently keep it close.

Notre Dame @ Penn State (6, ESPN) - ND offense will be led by alleged super freshman quarterback Jimmy Clausen as Charlie Weis officially hits the panic button after an embarrassing 122 yard offensive performance in opener. If Penn State quarterback Anthony Morelli can avoid miscues the Nittany Lions should cruise. This is one of the rare games when Joe Paterno's the sharper dressed coach.

TCU @ Texas (7, FSN) - Dangerous game for the Longhorns. Texas outgained by Arkansas State in lackluster week one effort. TCU shut out Baylor in week one and takes pride in its strong defense and running game. Texas back seven is vulnerable.

USF @ Auburn (9, ESPN2) - Tigers looked very vulnerable before winning against Kansas State while the Bulls appeared bored in opener with Elon. USF quarterback Matt Grothe will need to play extremely well against strong Auburn pass rush for USF to pull the upset.


Nebraska @ Wake Forest (Noon, ESPN) - Cornhuskers coach Bill Callahan got a contract extension through 2011 after beating Nevada - just imagine what he'll get for beating the defending ACC Champs. Big Red fans are traveling in big enough numbers to make this a neutral site game even though it's in Winston-Salem.

N.C. State @ Boston College (2:30, ESPN2) - Tom O'Brien comes back to BC with his new team off an upset loss to UCF. Should be a warm welcome back - it's not like Boston fans hold grudges or anything. Wolfpack also missing its top running back for the season due to a knee injury.

Boise State @ Washington (3:30, FSN) - Huskies looked good with freshman quarterback Jake Locker running the show in week one, the question is whether it was because they were playing Syracuse. For the Broncos, this is a chance to show they can beat a BCS conference team away from smurf turf during the regular season.

BYU @ UCLA (6:30, Versus) - BYU opened with a win over a Pac-10 team in Provo. UCLA's a lot better than Arizona, though.


Oregon State @ Cincinnati (7:30 Thursday, ESPN) - Beavers and Bearcats each play on Thursday for second week in a row. Bearcats ran Brian Kelly's creative offensive system well in week one but take a step up in class here.

Navy @ Rutgers (7 Friday, ESPN) - Ray Rice gets a Heisman showcase on Friday night. Navy's quirky offense will test Scarlet Knights discipline on defense.

West Virginia @ Marshall (11, ESPN2) - West Virginia governor Joe Manchin ordered this series be played. State officials will stay by the phone at Huntington in case he calls to grant the Herd a pardon.

California @ Colorado State (2, CSTV) - After losing instate rivalry game in overtime to open the year, CSU hope to catch Cal still celebrating win over Tennessee. If the goal is an upset, not punting to Heisman candidate DeSean Jackson would be a good start. Bears would destroy Rams in animal kingdom, and are likely to do here as well.

Fresno State @ Texas A&M (3:30, FSN) - After being the football version of Gonzaga for most of the decade, Fresno State's suddenly fallen on hard times. Bulldogs are unranked so the Big 12 team actually has a chance of winning - zero wins against ranked teams since 05 for the conference.

North Carolina @ East Carolina (6, CSTV) - Butch Davis looks for win number two with the Heels. ECU surprised many by holding its ground against VT in week one.

Colorado @ Arizona State (10:15, FSN) - Dennis Erickson's staff may have Rudy Carpenter back to his 2005 level. If so, the Sun Devils become a dangerous Pac Ten game for USC and Cal. Buffaloes looked much improved in opener against Colorado State, but are facing long odds here.


Middle Tennessee State @ Louisville (7 Thursday, ESPN2) - Not a chance this game is competitive, although Gator fans can root for UF alums OC G.A. Mangus and OL coach Jimmy Ray Stephens of MTSU.

Duke @ Virginia (Noon, Lincoln Financial) - Virginia scored just three points in an embarrassing loss to Wyoming. If Duke's going to win an ACC game this year, this might be their best shot. If you're watching it, your remote needs batteries.

Rhode Island @ Army (1, ESPN Classic) - It's on ESPN Classic because that's the only channel Army's had a relevant game on for the last half century. This isn't one, though. Samford @ Georgia Tech (1:30, ESPNU) - Yellow Jackets get to relax after dominating Notre Dame. Chan Gailey was once head coach of Samford - should GT struggle at all, fans will be asking them to consider taking him back.

UAB @ Florida State (5, ESPNU) - FSU struggled with quick turnaround from Monday to Saturday against Troy last season, trailing in the fourth quarter. The Blazers are awful, so if that happens again the mood will be very unpleasant at Doak.

Indiana @ Western Michigan (8, ESPNU) - Ben Folds has a song called "Kalamazoo" that's much more entertaining than this game played there will be.

Wisconsin @ UNLV (10, Versus) - Only thing uglier than this game will be seeing pasty, pudgy Badger fans poolside at resorts all over Vegas.

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