Weekend Viewer's Guide - Week 1, Part 2

In part one of our weekly viewers guide we gave you the best football options for your weekend, but there's always room for more game watching. Here are the rest of your potential options. Our weekly categories are named for Weather Channel personnel due to the ongoing tropical disturbances keeping people on edge. All times are Eastern.

Weekend Viewer's Guide - Part 1


Virginia Tech vs. East Carolina in Charlotte (noon, ESPN) -
The Hokies have committed to playing quarterback Sean Glennon for the season while redshirting last year's hotshot freshman Tyrod Taylor. They'll be more experienced under center, but this is a young team everywhere else. ECU coach Skip Holtz just got a contract extension, but after losing running back Chris Johnson to the Tennessee Titans in the first round of the NFL draft he'll need to find some playmaking speed this season. ECU has a potential issue at placekicker, never a good thing against VT's strong special teams.

Appalachian State at LSU (5, ESPN) - The Mountaineers were the darlings of college football with their upset of Michigan last year, and star quarterback Armanti Edwards is back to keep wreaking havoc on most defenses. He doesn't have NFL second rounder Dexter Jackson to throw to anymore, and most importantly he doesn't have Michigan's defense to play against. Edwards would start for LSU, but since he's not available Harvard transfer Andrew Hatch and redshirt freshman Jarrett Lee get to begin auditioning for the job.

USC at Virginia (3:30, ABC) - The Trojans expected starting quarterback Mark Sanchez has missed time with a dislocated kneecap, so it's not clear who will be under center for them. Historically Pete Carroll's team has destroyed their out of conference opponents, particularly in season openers. There's little going on in Charlottesville to make anyone suspect this will turn out differently.


Bowling Green at Pitt (noon, ESPNU) -
It's been a bumpy ride for Dave Wannstedt as Pitt head coach so far, but it looks like he's finally got a team ready to be a factor in Big East play again. The Panthers have done very well in season openers the past few years.

Oklahoma State at Washington State (3:30, FSN) - Paul Wulff debuts as Washington State's head coach. Oklahoma State begins their annual quest for a 6-6 record and a mediocre bowl berth. Feel the excitement!

Mississippi State at La. Tech (6:45, ESPN2) - Mississippi State's spring game went to overtime tied at 0-0, and they've had some unbelievably bad first games under Sylvester Croom. Playing on the road in Ruston for some inexplicable reason, this is a very dangerous game for the Bulldogs.

Washington at Oregon (10, FSN) - The Tyrone Willingham Farewell Tour begins in Eugene. Oregon lost quarterback Nate Costa for the season with a knee injury, and the Ducks have to show they can run offensive coordinator Chip Kelly's scheme successfully without him.

Fresno State at Rutgers (Monday 4, ESPN) - Bulldogs coach Pat Hill has always vowed to play anyone, anywhere - even New Jersey. Fresno State has upset some quality teams in the past. Rutgers lost a number of key players from last year's offense and could be vulnerable here.


Temple at Army (Friday 7, ESPN Classic) -
They've finally created enough bowl games this year that even Temple is likely to get to go to one.

SMU at Rice (Friday 8, ESPN) - June Jones debuts as SMU coach, laughs to himself at the fact he left Hawaii holding the bag for his Tim Tebow insults from last year.

Syracuse at Northwestern (noon, ESPN2) - The fact Greg Robinson is still employed as head coach at Syracuse is as mystifying as anything in sports. Do not watch this team play - it will make your eyes hurt.

Towson at Navy (3:30, CSTV) - Navy's new coach Ken Niumatalolo makes his debut. Former FSU head coach Pat Kennedy is the basketball coach at Towson. They'd do just as well if he coached football.

Delaware at Maryland (3:45 PM, ESPNU) - Delaware's quarterback Joe Flacco was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round this year. Chances of him doing an interview with a perky sideline reporter during this game: 100 percent.

TCU at New Mexico (6, Versus) - New Mexico got a serious NCAA penalty, including three years probation and loss of scholarships, for academic fraud involving three athletes last week. That sound you hear is knees knocking and teeth chattering in Tallahassee.

Boston College at Kent State (7:30, ESPNU) - The post Matt Ryan era begins for BC, and they weren't that much fun to watch even when he was there.

Colorado State vs. Colorado in Denver (Sunday 7:30, FSN) - This game will be played in the same stadium where Barack Obama gave his convention acceptance speech Thursday. Don't look for quite as big or energetic a gathering here.

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