#12 Florida @ Miami
Noon on ESPN
The Gators take their SEC-tough defense down to Miami Gardens to battle for supremacy in the Sunshine State. Both of these schools have bigger rivalries with Florida State but make no mistake, there is a lot on the line here. They may only battle each other intermittently on the field as of late, but they go to war all year long on the recruiting trail. Take a look at any of the recruits considering Miami right now and you can bet they are also considering Florida and this game may go a long way in the recruits’ decisions. The winner in this game is also in the drivers seat for the Florida Cup. Similar to the Beehive cup in Utah, this trophy is given to one of the three big Florida schools (Miami, Florida, Florida State) that has the best record against the other two.
#2 Oregon @ Virginia
3:30p on ABC/ESPN2
Last week Oregon routed Nicholls State 66-3 at home en route to a few school records. This week’s game will most likely still be lopsided but seeing the Ducks play an early season road game against a school from a power conference should give us a better look at how the team will fare without Chip Kelley at the helm, Virginia may have finished last season with only 4 wins but they did manage to squeak out a win over Miami at home, that should give the Cavalier faithful at least a little bit of false hope going into the game.
#6 South Carolina @ #11 Georgia
4:30p on ESPN
After last weeks tough loss on the road at Clemson, Georgia gets a visit between the hedges from South Carolina. Georgia’s schedule may be one of the toughest in the country but that actually may be a blessing for the Bulldogs. With games against Florida and LSU ahead Georgia can play itself back into National Title contention starting with a win this Saturday. If they can go on a run and win the SEC East, then their fate is back in their hands. South Carolina on the other hand can greatly boost their championship hopes by beating a team from the big, bad SEC. After spending the entire off season hearing how great he was, DE Jadeveon Clowney under performed last week against North Carolina. Critics called him out for taking plays off and appearing out of shape. Will Jadeveon Clowney get his first sack of the season? Will he be able to quiet his critics? We’ll find out when the game kicks off in Athens.
West Virginia @ #16 Oklahoma
7p on FOX
West Virginia saw their three biggest offensive weapons get drafted this offseason (Tavon Austin 1st Rd, Geno Smith 2nd Rd, Stedman Bailey 3rd Rd) Can Dana Holgerson’s offense bounce back and perform better than last year’s version? We’ll find out tomorrow when they travel to Norman to take on the sixteenth ranked Sooners. Trevor Knight took the majority of the snaps last week against LA-Monroe, but expect to see Blake Bell in goal line situations. At 6’6″ 252 lbs Bell can take on linebackers head on and drag defensive backs across the goal line.
#14 Notre Dame @ #17 Michigan
8p on ESPN
The rivalry will be coming to an end after this season with the Fighting Irish playing five ACC games each season starting next year. Michigan coach Brady Hoke called out the Notre Dame athletic department who are keeping games against lesser opponents on the schedule instead of continuing their yearly match up with the Wolverines. The Notre Dame defense will be just as good as it was last year, but the question is whether or not QB Tommy Rees can lead the offense in lieu of last year’s rookie sensation Everett Golson. Michigan on the other hand will be looking move on from the Denard Robinson era, handing the keys to the program over to Devin Gardner.