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College Football Week 2 TV Schedule: Top Games to Watch
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For the most part, things went the way we expected them to in Week 1. The top-ranked teams won—most of them big—and the ones we expected to struggle had a rough go of it.

Now, the question is: Can the teams who won so big in Week 1 follow it up with more success in Week 2, or are they in for letdowns?

Here's a look at some of the best games on the Week 2 docket. You can see a full schedule of this week's games here

 


USC vs. Syracuse
Saturday, September 8
3:30 p.m. ET, ABC and ESPN2

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Some felt that USC's No. 1 preseason ranking was unwarranted. True, the Trojans were one of the best teams in the Pac-12 last year, but they haven't been allowed to compete in bowls for the last two years, and there was little evidence to prove USC was any better than last year's national championship contenders, Alabama and LSU.

And yet, USC came out strong in Week 1, justifying its ranking with a 49-10 throttling of Hawaii. Again, not the strongest of opponents, but everyone who was supposed to come up big for the Trojans did just that. Veteran quarterback Matt Barkley finished with 372 yards and a whopping four touchdowns, and Silas Redd—who transferred to USC from Penn State this summer—rushed for 56 yards and a touchdown.

Most of all, this team doesn't seem to have gotten caught up in its own hype; instead, it seems wholly motivated to make up for the time it lost over the last couple of years.

 


Nebraska at UCLA
Saturday, September 8
7:30 p.m. ET, FOX

There were plenty of uncertainties surrounding both of these teams heading into the 2012 season. For UCLA, which finished 2011 at a disappointing 6-8, it would be a test of whether or not they could rebound right off the bat under new head coach Jim Mora.

For Nebraska, the opener would be a test for a team that was successful last season, but could've been a lot more successful with a bit more consistency.

Both the Bruins and the Cornhuskers passed their respective tests with Week 1 wins, but this matchup will be a different breed of challenging for each of them. UCLA beat Rice in its first game, and Nebraska took care of Southern Mississippi. But while both teams put up major points, they are both well aware that a major-conference opponent won't be so easy to beat up.

 

Western Kentucky at Alabama
Saturday, September 8
3:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network and ESPN3

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There was no team that faced a bigger Week 1 test than Alabama. The second-ranked Crimson Tide had to go up against No. 8 Michigan while most of the rest of the heavy hitters got good old cupcake games to kick off the season.

But the Crimson Tide certainly treated this one like a cupcake game, destroying Michigan 41-14 and sending a message to anyone who thought they couldn't effectively defend their national championship. Plenty of people said that Alabama's defense was too inexperienced to be as dominant as it was last year, or that the loss of Trent Richardson would hit the offense harder than expected.

But not so. Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron threw for 199 yards and two touchdowns, TJ Yeldon rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown and the defense held a top-10 opponent to two touchdowns while forcing three turnovers.

Now, in Week 2, Alabama will get the easier fare it didn't get in Week 1.

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