Missouri vs. Georgia and College Football Week 2's Biggest Matchups to Watch

Derek Piper@@FeelDaPaignCorrespondent ISeptember 7, 2012

College football is starting to pick up speed as teams begin to show who will be contenders and pretenders in the 2012 season.

Last weekend things got rolling, and with an exciting slate of games this weekend, drifting too far from the TV is not advised.

Missouri and Georgia headline a list of intriguing matchups in Week 2. The Tigers will make their SEC debut in a must-see battle with the Bulldogs.

This game will feature two of the most explosive offenses in all of college football. Missouri quarterback James Franklin has a plethora of weapons to utilize this season, including running back Kendial Lawrence and a high-octane receiving corp that features T.J. Moe and freshman sensation Dorial Green-Beckham.

Georgia has a potent offense as well, including quarterback Aaron Murray and Biletnikoff Award candidate Tavarres King. The SEC is known for their grind-it-out defensive battles. This one, however, will be more like a track meet.

Here are the other can't-miss matchups of Week 2.


Florida at Texas A&M

The Florida Gators are trying to remove the sour taste of their 7-6 record last season. Head coach Will Muschamp called his team soft after a loss to Florida State in 2011. Now the Gators' toughness will be tested against the Aggies at one of the toughest venues in all of college football.

Florida is coming off a 27-14 victory against Bowling Green in which running back Mike Gillislee ran for a career-high 148 yards and two touchdowns. However, this week's matchup will focus on both team's quarterbacks.

Sophomore Jeff Driskel will play center for the Gators. How he handles the raucous environment of Kyle Field will be key to Florida's chances. For the Aggies, redshirt freshman Johnny Manziel will make his first career start, taking over for star quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

Inexperience at the quarterback position will make this an interesting battle. Texas A&M hopes to get solid play from Manziel in what will be the program's debut in the SEC.


Illinois at Arizona State

Ron Zook and Dennis Erickson paced the sidelines when the Illini defeated the Sun Devils 17-14 in Champaign last season. Now the former head coaches will be watching this game from their couches as both teams went 1-5 in their last six games in 2011.

This season the squads are looking for a fresh start. Arizona State's offense exploded for 63 points in their season-opener against Northern Arizona. Speedster Marion Grice rushed for 107 yards and three touchdowns for the Sun Devils.

The Illini had an impressive defensive performance in their 24-7 win against Western Michigan. Defensive end Michael Buchanan registered two tackles for loss, including a sack and an interception.

The senior pass-rusher will look to pressure the Sun Devils' sophomore quarterback Taylor Kelly. The Illini heckled Brock Osweiler in last season's matchup, totaling six sacks.

Illini quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase's status is still uncertain after suffering an ankle injury last week. However, it appears likely that he will play as his dual-threat presence is key to the Illini's success.

Expect this one to go down to the wire in an exciting primetime game on ESPN.


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