USC-Ohio State: Trojans, Buckeyes Highlights Week Two of College Football

David HedlindAnalyst IISeptember 10, 2009

Week one gave us everything we were waiting for and more in college football. The opening week came to a close with an amazing battle between Miami and Florida State.

Week two brings us one of, if not the most highly anticipated game of the season. The USC Trojans travel to Ohio State to take on the Buckeyes. While this is the feature game, it isn’t the only one being played.


Thursday, Sept. 10


Clemson at Georgia Tech

This is a conference game, but cross-divisional. It may be a good game, but as far as ACC games go, probably won’t live up to what we got on Monday night. Sorry, but that is fresh in my mind still and will draw comparisons to those two teams.


Friday, Sept. 11


Colorado at Toledo

This is only game being played Friday, so it's the only one to watch. The only thing of interest will be to see if Colorado can pull off the win or if they go 0-2 against non-auto-qualifying teams.


Saturday, Sept. 12


Duke at Army

I know it doesn’t sound attractive, but Army has a chance to start the season 2-0. Do you know when the last time they did that was? When was the last time they were 1-0 to start?

After losing to Richmond, though, Duke may come out fired up.

North Carolina at Connecticut

Last season, North Carolina won this contest pretty easily at home. Connecticut will look to attack with two different rushers that went for over 100 yards in game one.

Iowa at Iowa State

Iowa suddenly appears beatable after struggling to beat Northern Iowa. Iowa State appears to have found an offense and a play maker in QB Austin Arnaud.

Syracuse at Penn State

Paulus almost led Syracuse to a win over Minnesota at home. Now we'll see how he does in one of the hardest places to play in the country and against a step up in the competition.

Stanford at Wake Forest

Stanford has improved greatly under head coach Jim Harbaugh. Going across the country to play can have ill effects. This game will be played at 9 a.m. Pacific time, much earlier than the Stanford players will be used to.

Fresno State at Wisconsin

Did you watch this game last season when it was at Fresno? Wisconsin won, 13-10. I thought it was a pretty good game and this one should be right there with it.

Notre Dame at Michigan

The names alone should make some watch. The fact that both of these programs have been down in recent years and are now both coming off wins should bring in more.

Houston at Oklahoma State

Both of these teams have some huge offensive firepower and weapons. I think this game will really come down to whose defense performs better.

TCU at Virginia

TCU is trying to prove they can hang with the BCS conferences. Unfortunately, MWC mate BYU just stole the limelight by beating Oklahoma while Virginia just lost to an FCS opponent.

Idaho at Washington

Washington hasn’t won a game since the 2007 season. They are riding a 15-game losing streak. That should come to an end here—should.

East Carolina at West Virginia

East Carolina surprised everyone last season by beating Virginia Tech and West Virginia back to back. I don’t think they will be catching anyone off guard this season.

UCLA at Tennessee

A pretty good game last season for the suspense, if nothing else. It really wasn’t a pretty game, but the whole overtime thing was fun.

Mississippi State at Auburn

With the cupcakes out of the way in week one, it’s time for a couple of the new coaches to jump into SEC play.

South Carolina at Georgia

UGA just lost to Oklahoma State in a non-conference game. Usually after a big game loss one of two things can happen: They let that loss deflate them and they lose again or they take out a lot of frustration on SC.

Air Force at Minnesota

Air Force is trying to show that the MWC has more than the three teams everyone talks about. I know they were playing an FCS team last week, but they handled it to the tone of 72-0. Minnesota barely made a come from behind overtime win over Syracuse.

Ohio at North Texas

North Texas handled Ball State out of the MAC pretty well last week. Another MAC opponent will try their hand. Something about this game appeals to me as being a pretty good matchup.

UCF at Southern Miss

Should be a factor in the race for Conference USA East.

USC at Ohio State

Do I need to say anything? USC dominated last year at home. Ohio State would like to return that.

Purdue at Oregon

Last year's game was pretty good and ended in double overtime. The bigger story is how Oregon will come out and respond to the aftermath of an embarrassing showing against Boise State and all that came after it.

Oregon State at UNLV

Oregon State typically starts slow each season and drops an early game on the road. Those opponents have been superior to UNLV. UNLV did upset Arizona State last season.

None of these games take into consideration any chances of flu breakouts that seem to be sweeping the nation.


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