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College Gameday 2013: Week 2 Schedule, Location, Predictions and More
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Ann Arbor, Mich. is the location for the ESPN College Gameday telecast as the No. 17 Michigan Wolverines host the No. 14 Notre Dame Fighting Irish in one of the biggest games of the week.

The week's biggest game will take place in Georgia, where the No. 11-ranked Bulldogs will try to bounce back from their season-opening loss to Clemson against Jadeveon Clowney and the No. 6-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks.

Since the College Gameday crew was in South Carolina for the Clemson-Georgia game in Week 1, it seems Ann Arbor won out by default. No matter, the show should still be loads of fun as the Midwest gets some love.

Here's how you can watch the show and a look at the week's marquee matchups.

College Gameday Week 2 Viewing Info
When Where TV
Saturday, Sept. 7 10 a.m. ET Ann Arbor, Mich. ESPN

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Notre Dame at Michigan

What Happened Last Week

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The Fighting Irish began the season strong at home. They easily defeated the Temple Owls 28-6 behind 346 yards passing and three touchdowns from Tommy Rees. Though the defense only allowed six points and limited Owls quarterback Connor Reilly to a 54.7 QB rating, Temple did have some success on the ground.

The Owls managed 134 rushing yards against Notre Dame in Week 1, which is considerably higher than the 105.7 yards per game the team allowed on the ground in 2012.

Michigan's rushing attack will present another test for the Irish defense.

Kansas City Chiefs rookie and Central Michigan alum Eric Fisher had to hide his eyes on Saturday. The Wolverines blasted his alma mater 59-9 to start the season off with a bang.

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Wolverines' quarterback Devin Gardner was a little shaky with two interceptions, but the running game was dominant with 242 yards and a video game-like six touchdowns.

The defense didn't allow the Chippewas to reach the end zone and limited them to just 210 total yards.

 

Last Meeting

In 2012, the Irish eked out a win over Denard Robinson and the Wolverines 13-6 in South Bend. The Irish harassed Robinson into four interceptions and overcame two picks from Everett Golson to win an ugly game.

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Fans of both teams are hoping for a sharper performance from their sides this time around.

 

Stars to Watch

Michigan: Devin Gardner

If the Wolverines are going to have a successful season in 2013, they will need Gardner to be better than he was against Central Michigan. This will be a major test for him and could speak volumes about what Wolverines fans can expect all season.

 

Notre Dame: Louis Nix III

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With Manti Te'o in the NFL, the Irish defense needs a leader and standout performer. Nix is a load on the defensive line, but the Irish defense wasn't quite as good as it should have been against the Owls.

Nix will need to make an impact on the line of scrimmage to slow the Wolverines' formidable run game.

 

Prediction

There will be no undefeated regular season for Notre Dame this year. The Wolverines' rushing attack and stingy defense will control the clock and this game.

Michigan will win at home 20-13.

 

South Carolina at Georgia

What Happened Last Week

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In a great game, Georgia fell short against an uber-talented Clemson squad with legitimate national championship hopes. There is no shame in losing 38-35 to the Tigers, especially on the road. Quarterback Aaron Murray threw for 323 yards, but he didn't find the end zone and he threw one interception.

Running back Todd Gurley ran for 154 yards and two scores despite being limited to 12 carries because of a quad injury, per Gentry Estes of 247 Sports. 

Even in defeat Gurley earned SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors, per the Bulldogs official Twitter account.

As Estes mentioned, Gurley should be good to go against the Gamecocks, but unfortunately wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell will not. The Bulldogs wide receiver tore his ACL celebrating the team's first touchdown and is out for the season, per David Ching of ESPN. Ouch. 

The Gamecocks were also victorious in their season opener. They handed the North Carolina Tar Heels a 27-10 defeat in Columbia, S.C. Sophomore running back Mike Davis had 115 yards rushing and a touchdown to lead the way.

Clowney had three solo tackles, but didn't generate any big plays; that's not to say his presence on the field didn't impact the game. He got some criticism for his conditioning as he appeared to be winded throughout the game. Vance Meek of EDraft.com tweeted:

The criticism could very well be overblown, but such is the life of the most heralded player in the nation.

 

Last Meeting

In a game Bulldogs Nation would probably like to forget, the Gamecocks destroyed Georgia 35-7 in Columbia in Week 6 of the 2012 season.

Murray completed only 11-of-31 passes and threw a pick, while Gamecocks' since-departed running back Marcus Lattimore ran for 109 yards and a score. Needless to say, the Bulldogs are happy to have the game in Athens this year.

 

Stars to Watch

Georgia: Todd Gurley

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The status of Gurley's quad is of major concern for the Bulldogs. They need him healthy to rebound from the tough season-opening loss. If he is productive, it will also help to slow down Clowney and the Gamecocks' pass rush.

 

South Carolina: Jadeveon Clowney

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As the consensus No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL draft, Clowney better get used to being under a microscope every Saturday. Last week he did not make the highlight plays people have become accustomed to seeing and the critics were out in force—even with his team winning by 17 points.

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The Gamecocks will need him to be special against the Bulldogs' talented offense if they are to remain unbeaten.

 

Prediction

Get ready for another thrilling Bulldogs game. Last week ended in a heartbreaking 38-35 loss, but this week the Bulldogs will win a tight one at home.

With the crowd behind them and less-than-stellar quarterback play from Gamecocks quarterback Connor Shaw, Georgia will win another nip-and-tuck affair 28-24.

 

Here is the complete Week 2 schedule with predictions.

Week 2 College Football Schedule
Date and Time (ET) Matchup TV Prediction
Friday, September 6
8:00 PM Wake Forest at Boston College ESPN 2 Boston College
8:00 PM UCF at Florida International CBS Sports Network UCF
Saturday, September 7
12:00 PM Eastern Kentucky at No. 8 Louisville ESPN 3 Louisville
12:00 PM No. 12 Florida at Miami (FL) ESPN Florida
12:00 PM No. 13 Oklahoma State at UTSA FOX Sports 1 Oklahoma State
12:00 PM Tennessee Tech at No. 21 Wisconsin Big Ten Network Wisconsin
12:00 PM Southeastern Louisiana at No. 24 TCU TCU
12:00 PM Miami (OH) at Kentucky ESPN 3 Kentucky
12:00 PM South Florida at Michigan State ESPN U Michigan State
12:00 PM Norfolk State at Rutgers CBS Sports Network Rutgers
12:00 PM Eastern Michigan at Penn State Big Ten Network Penn State
12:00 PM Houston at Temple ESPN 3 Temple
12:00 PM Cincinnati at Illinois ESPN 2 Cincinnati
12:00 PM Missouri State at Iowa Big Ten Network Iowa
12:00 PM Bowling Green at Kent State ESPN 3 Kent State
12:00 PM Indiana State at Purdue Big Ten Network Purdue
12:21 PM Western Kentucky at Tennessee ESPN 3 Tennessee
12:30 PM South Carolina State at No. 4 Clemson ESPN 3 Clemson
12:30 PM Middle Tennessee at North Carolina ESPN 3 North Carolina
1:00 PM Army at Ball State ESPN 3 Army
1:30 PM Western Carolina at Virginia Tech ESPN 3 Virginia Tech
2:00 PM Maine at Massachusetts ESPN 3 Massachusetts
2:00 PM Weber State at Utah Pac-12 Network Utah
2:00 PM Chattanooga at Georgia State ESPN 3 Georgia State
3:00 PM Tennessee-Martin at Boise State ESPN 3 Boise State
3:00 PM New Hampshire at Central Michigan ESPN 3 Central Michigan
3:30 PM No. 2 Oregon at Virginia ABC and ESPN 2 Oregon
3:30 PM San Diego State at No. 3 Ohio State ABC and ESPN 2 Ohio State
3:30 PM Buffalo at No. 23 Baylor Baylor
3:30 PM Toledo at Missouri ESPN U Missouri
3:30 PM Alcorn State at Mississippi State ESPN 3 Mississippi State
3:30 PM Utah State at Air Force CBS Sports Network Air Force
3:30 PM South Alabama at Tulane Tulane
4:00 PM Old Dominion at Maryland ESPNEWS Maryland
4:00 PM Idaho at Wyoming Idaho
4:30 PM Duke at Memphis ESPN 3 Duke
5:00 PM Portland State at California Pac-12 Network California
6:00 PM Syracuse at No. 19 Northwestern Big Ten Network Northwestern
6:00 PM Southern Miss at No. 22 Nebraska Big Ten Network Nebraska
6:00 PM Navy at Indiana Big Ten Network Navy
6:00 PM Richmond at North Carolina State ESPN 3 North Carolina State
6:00 PM James Madison at Akron ESPN 3 Akron
6:30 PM Gardner-Webb at Marshall Marshall
6:30 PM Louisiana-Lafayette at Kansas State FOX Sports 1 Kansas State
7:00 PM Sam Houston State at No. 7 Texas A&M ESPN 3 Texas A&M
7:00 PM UAB at No. 9 LSU ESPN U LSU
7:00 PM No. 15 Texas at Brigham Young ESPN 2 Texas
7:00 PM West Virginia at No. 16 Oklahoma FOX Oklahoma
7:00 PM Samford at Arkansas ESPN 3 Arkansas
7:00 PM Southeast Missouri State at Ole Miss ESPN 3 Ole Miss
7:00 PM North Texas at Ohio ESPN 3 Ohio
7:00 PM Colorado State at Tulsa CBS Sports Network Tulsa
7:00 PM Prairie View A&M at Texas State ESPN 3 Texas State
7:00 PM South Dakota at Kansas ESPN 3 Kansas
7:00 PM Lamar at Louisiana Tech Louisiana Tech
7:00 PM Grambling State at Louisiana-Monroe ESPN 3 Louisiana-Monroe
7:00 PM Stephen F. Austin at Texas Tech Texas Tech
7:00 PM Savannah State at Troy ESPN 3 Troy
7:00 PM Nicholls State at Western Michigan ESPN 3 Western Michigan
7:30 PM Arkansas State at Auburn ESPN 3 Auburn
7:30 PM Austin Peay at Vanderbilt ESPN 3 Vanderbilt
8:00 PM Central Arkansas at Colorado Colorado
8:00 PM Minnesota at New Mexico State Minnesota
8:00 PM Hawaii at Oregon State Pac-12 Network Oregon State
8:00 PM Montana State at Southern Methodist ESPN 3 Southern Methodist
8:00 PM New Mexico at UTEP New Mexico
9:05 PM UC Davis at Nevada Nevada
10:00 PM Cal Poly at Fresno State ESPN 3 Fresno State
10:30 PM Washington State at No. 25 USC FOX Sports 1 USC
10:30 PM Arizona at UNLV CBS Sports Network Arizona
11:00 PM San Jose State at No. 5 Stanford Pac-12 Network Stanford

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