Weekend Viewer's Guide - Week 2

Some weeks have too much good football to fit it all in. This is not one of them. It's no accident that College GameDay is in Gainesville for Miami's visit, because there's not a single game featuring two ranked teams squaring off this week.

Miami at least sounds like they should be ranked, and Tim Tebow's celebrity and the Gators top five status makes it the best matchup the week has to offer. For the first time ever, we have no games worthy of our top category. Since the week's viewing options are so lame, the remaining categories are named for various football mascots from the most mediocre conference in America, the ACC.


Cincinnati at Oklahoma (3:30, ABC)
- Oklahoma plays their first game against a competitive opponent after a walkover against I-AA Chattanooga in week one. The Bearcats opened with an easy I-AA game of their own and don't have anywhere near as talented a team as the Sooners. Coach Brian Kelly has a creative mind, though, and could come up with some ways to test Oklahoma's defense with a multi-faceted attack.

Ole Miss at Wake Forest (3:30, ABC) - Houston Nutt's Rebels take on the only ranked team left in the ACC. Ole Miss is using the same formation Darren McFadden lined up in at Arkansas with wide receiver Dexter McCluster. They're calling it the Wild Rebel, and it worked against Memphis to the tune of 148 yards and two touchdowns in ten plays. Wake Forest's Jim Grobe knows a little something about creative run games, so this should be an interesting matchup.

West Virginia at East Carolina (4:30, ESPN) - Of all the individual stat lines from week one, none might have stood out as much as Pat White's five touchdown passes. That was against Villanova though, and ECU is coming off an impressive win against Virginia Tech. If tropical storm Hanna affects the game, it could get sloppy and boost ECU's upset hopes.

Stanford at Arizona State (10, FSN West) - Jim Harbaugh's Stanford squad appears to be building off the credibility gained by their victory over Southern Cal last season. They knocked off Oregon State in their season opener. The Sun Devils throttled the Cardinal last season 41-3 on the road, so this game will give us an idea of how much progress Stanford has made. Arizona State opened well against I-AA Northern Arizona and has a veteran quarterback in Rudy Carpenter.


Georgia Tech at Boston College (noon, Raycom) -
Paul Johnson surprised some people by not running his Navy offense all the time last week. He doesn't have ideal personnel for it, so it may continue to be a hybrid as they travel to face BC. The Eagles shut out Kent to open their season but have to show they can put up points without Matt Ryan under center.

Southern Mississippi at Auburn (12:30, Raycom) - Auburn has decided on Chris Todd as their starting quarterback. Todd has been running a variation of offensive coordinator Tony Franklin's scheme since high school. Former Gator offensive coordinator Larry Fedora's Southern Miss squad posted 51 points in their season opening win against Louisiana-Lafayette, so they could make this interesting if Auburn's offense isn't running smoothly yet.

Central Michigan at Georgia (3:30, FSN South) - The Bulldogs fell to No. 2 in the polls after USC's beatdown of Virginia. They get another week to work out kinks before they open SEC play next week. The Chippewas might have a better offense than Steve Spurrier's Gamecock squad they'll see in that game, though. Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour is the MAC's version of Tim Tebow, with 47 touchdowns combined last season.

USF at UCF (7, ESPN2) - This is the final scheduled game between the two instate rivals. Last year UCF was the bug to USF's windshield, falling 64-12 in Tampa. A 17-0 opening win against South Carolina State doesn't inspire great confidence about the Knights offense in the post Kevin Smith era. USF has not lost to UCF so far in the rivalry and is expected to keep it that way.

Fightin Gators Top Stories