College Football Week 2: 5 Can't-Miss Matchups

Ben Stepansky@@benstepanskyCorrespondent ISeptember 7, 2012

Florida will face off against Texas A&M in Week 2
Florida will face off against Texas A&M in Week 2Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Week 2 in college football may not have the high-profile matchups seen in Week 1, but there are still some captivating games to draw your attention.

There are conference matchup debuts, teams attempting to prove their rank, an in-state rivalry, and the largest point spread of a Division-I college football game ever.

So if you're still lost among the incredible number of games played each week, here are five that you definitely should not miss.

No. 24 Florida at Texas A&M, Saturday @ 3:30 PM

After having its season opener against Louisiana Tech postponed due to Hurricane Isaac, Texas A&M will play its first game against new conference-mate Florida.

Moving from the Big 12 to the SEC this season, it will be the first time since 1967 that the Aggies will open their season with a conference game.

And there are many question marks for A&M but none more than how redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel will perform. He replaces current Miami Dolphins starting quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, who threw for over 3,700 yards and 29 touchdowns last season for the Aggies.

Florida head coach Will Muschamp named Jeff Driskel the official starting QB for Week 2. If he plays well and senior running back Mike Gillislee can repeat his stat line from Week 1 (148 rushing yards, two touchdowns), Florida should roll over Texas A&M.

Purdue at No. 22 Notre Dame, Saturday @ 3:30 PM

Both teams are coming off easy wins against Week 1 opponents. Notre Dame beat Navy 50-10 and Purdue beat Eastern Kentucky 48-6.

Notre Dame, who played in Dublin last week, could be fighting some jet lag. However, head coach Brian Kelly said that should not be a problem come game time.

"My own eyes, talking to our players, no excuses," Kelly said. "We feel great."

The Fighting Irish will attempt to validate their jump into the top 25. They will be lead by quarterback Everett Golson again this week and return backup Tommy Rees from suspension.

The Boilermakers also have a quarterback returning from suspension, starter Caleb TerBush. He will replace Robert Marve who threw three touchdowns in Week 1.

No. 2 USC at Syracuse, Saturday @ 3:30

The USC Trojans will be battling this week to reclaim the No. 1 ranking in college football, which they lost despite a 49-10 win over Hawaii. 

Their opponent, the Syracuse Orange, allowed 42 points in their Week 1 loss to Northwestern.

Matt Barkley should have a field day against the Orange defense. He did last year, throwing for 324 yards and five touchdowns in USC's 38-17 over Syracuse.

Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib had a stellar Week 1 performance in spite of his team's loss. He threw for 470 yards and four touchdowns, placing himself among the top college football performers.

Expect USC to take an easy victory, but if the defense struggles, Nassib could spell trouble for the Trojans.

Savannah State at No. 6 Florida State, Saturday @ 6:00 PM

No your eyes did not deceive you. The Florida State Seminoles are 70.5 point favorites over the Savannah State Tigers.

As most people know, Savannah State lost to Oklahoma State 84-0 in Week 1. So it could potentially be viewed as a favor that the point spread is only 70.5 against a higher-ranked opponent.

There is no doubt that Florida State will control this entire game, but it will be interesting to see just how much the Seminoles will dominate, or if the Tigers can score their first points of the season against one of the top defenses in the country.

Florida State will be without preseason All-American defensive end Brandon Jenkins, who left last week's game with a foot injury that will end his season. 

Iowa State @ Iowa, Saturday 3:30 PM

This cross-conference rivalry brewed up some serious drama last year. 

The two teams met in Week 2 of the 2011 season, and the game ended after three overtimes with an Iowa State victory, 44-41. The Hawkeyes and the Cyclones traded blows through out the entire game, but a four-yard touchdown run by Cyclones running back James White proved the difference.

Both teams won their season openers, though Iowa State did more convincingly over Tulsa, 38-23.

Iowa beat Northern Illinois 18-17. While their offense never really got going, the defense held the Huskies to just 201 total yards and will look to do the same against Iowa State on Saturday.


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