College Football Week 2 Preview
Writer: Joseph Ralston
We made it through the first week of college football and now we are on to a big Week 2. The undefeated teams will be cut in half, college football playoff hopes could be smashed, and seasons can become to look bleak for many teams.
Games to Watch
Cincinnati @ Ohio State: The Buckeyes face in-state rival Cincinnati at 11:00 am on ABC Saturday morning. With Ohio State favored at -16, this might not be a terribly close game, but it could very well be. This will be a good test for Ohio State, who have not lost to an Ohio team in decades, but Cincinnati is no joke. Cincinnati looked good against UCLA last week in a 24-14 win, and it will be very interesting to see how Ohio State handles them as they look to start 2-0.
Ohio State 35-Cincinnati 21
#12 Texas A&M @ #1 Clemson: The Aggies head to Death Valley to take on the Clemson Tigers at 2:30 on ABC. Clemson looks to continue their winning streak and Heisman hopeful Trevor Lawrence looks to have a bounce back game after a tough start against Georgia Tech last week. However, the Tigers, on the back of Etienne, will continue to roll. Yet, the Aggies under Jimbo Fischer are no easy beat, and Offensive Lineman Jared Hocker has already guaranteed an upset so it will be interesting to see how the Aggies fight Saturday afternoon. Clemson will win this game, but it is going to be a very interesting and back and forth game.
Clemson 35-Texas A&M 21
#25 Nebraska @ Colorado: The Cornhuskers travel Colorado on Saturday and play at 2:30 on FOX as they look to start 2-0 and return to the National Spotlight. Nebraska looks to follow up a dominating win last week but Colorado should put up a good fight. Nebraska is at -4 and Colorado is barely favored at 51%. Nebraska needs to win this game if they look to challenge anyone in the Big 10, and Colorado will be a good team for us to see how their season will look.
Colorado 32-Nebraska 28
#23 Stanford @ USC: This game is interesting. With Stanford slowly climbing up the standings and looking to improve their chances of being in the PAC-12, a win over division rival USC would be big for them. On the flip side, USC will look to continue their season without starting quarterback J.T Daniels after a knee injury in the season opener. While they managed to win the game, the rest of the season will depend on the performance of their back up Kedon Slovis. This game will be intriguing to see how he performs in a full game, which will be at 9:30 on ESPN.
Stanford 30-USC 14
Game of the Week
#6 LSU @ #9 Texas: The game of the week is surely going to be one you are not going to miss. Coach O’s Tigers travel down to Austin to see firsthand if Texas is Back. The Longhorns, led by Quarterback Sam Ehlinger, look to continue their run for the Big 12 Title and dethrone Oklahoma, and have a shot at the College Football Playoff. They’ll face a team that’s almost in the same situation. LSU looks to have their chance in the SEC Championship Game over Alabama, and a win over Texas is a good momentum boost for that journey. While this is an out of conference game for each team, a loss for either team could ultimately end their dream for making the College Football Playoffs. Sam Ehlinger could make a big statement as he looks to become the best quarterback in the Big 12, and hopefully get his name in the Heisman running. Joe Burrow looks to continue to prove himself as a reliable and stable quarterback for LSU. With LSU is 80% likely to win and favored by 6.5 points, and an over/under set at 55.5, so we are in for a great all around matchup, and DBU crowned.
LSU 30-Texas 23.