Week One of the College Football season did not disappoint. We got to see the nationals top two teams prove that they deserve their rankings. Week two however is filled with a lot of cupcake games for the major programs. So to help you filter through the snoozers, here are five games that are actually worth watching this weekend.
Utah (1-0) @ Utah State (1-0)
Friday, September 7th 8pm EST
Rivalry games are one of the greatest parts of college football and this week’s rivalry game takes place in Logan, Utah. The Utah Utes take on the Aggies of Utah State. The winner of the annual “The Battle of the Brothers” game gets to claim the Beehive Boot for the year. The series is one of the longest running rivalry games in all of college football with the Utes owning a lopsided record of 77-28-4 over the Aggies. You will most likely see the Utes in next weeks preview as well when they play their second and larger Rivalry game “The Holy War” vs BYU. Say what you want about Utah. They’ve got Mormons and weird drinking laws…. but they love their college football!
#2 USC (1-0) vs Syracuse (0-1)
Saturday, September 8th 3:30pm EST
The combo of Matt Barkley and Marqise Lee lived up to their preseason hype from the very first snap when Lee took a Barkley pass 75 yards to the house, to kick off a 49-10 blow out of Hawaii. This week the Trojans travel across the country to take on Syracuse in the one billion dollar MetLife Stadium. The Orange battled to the end but ended up on the losing side of a 42-41 shoot out with Northwestern. The Trojans should be able to handle the Orange with ease but their defense better not show up flat or QB Ryan Nassib will make them pay.
Florida #24(1-0) @ Texas A&M (0-0)
Saturday, September 8th 3:30pm EST
Texas A&M needs to shake off the preseason rust in a hurry because the Gators are coming to town to kick off the Aggies’ inaugural season in the SEC. This game not only marks the start of the SEC era for the Aggies but it kicks off Kevin Sumlin’s career as the head coach in College Station. Sumlin comes to the Aggies from a Houston team that went 12-1 last season, and just barely missed playing in a BCS game. The Gators beat Bowling Green last week in unimpressive fashion but at least they got a game under their belt. The Aggies, on the other hand, were supposed to play Louisiana Tech last week, but their game was postponed due to Hurricane Isaac. Someone in the Aggie nation decided to add some fuel to the fire this past week when they put up a billboard right outside of the Florida campus that read “Howdy Gainsville, You’ve been annexed by Aggie Nation. The best academics and cleaned program in the SEC. Real Football. Real Tradition” Let’s see if their brand of “Real Football” can make it in the SEC.
Savannah State @ #6 Florida State
Saturday, September 8th 6pm EST
Last week Savannah St. lost their game to #18 Oklahoma State 84-0. They got paid just under 500k for being good sports and taking it on the chin. Their brilliant athletic director decided to follow up one ass kicking with another one against an even better team. Savannah State will now have to travel to Tallahassee to take on the sixth ranked Seminoles who are coming off of a 69-3 mauling of Murray State. The Savannah State athletic department will get paid just under one million dollars for sacrificing their student athletes to two of the nations premiere football programs.
#7 Georgia (1-0) @ Missouri (1-0)
Saturday, September 8th 7:45pm EST
Mark Richt leads his Bulldogs into Columbia, Missouri to welcome the Tigers to the SEC. Georgia returns a veteran team, lead by QB Aaron Murray, that was the SEC East champ last year and represented their division in the SEC championship game. Missouri will try to successfully bring their high powered offense over from the Big12 and . Missouri will get a chance to watch their fellow Big12 defectors, Texas A&M, take on Florida and that can be a telling sign of what Missouri has in store for them.