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College Football Week 2 TV Schedule: Which Games To Watch and To Skip

Bailey BrautiganFeatured ColumnistSeptember 10, 2010

College Football Week 2 TV Schedule: Which Games To Watch and To Skip

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    Last night's game between Auburn and Mississippi State kicked Week Two of this college football season off right with a very close battle between two brutal SEC teams.

    But that was just the tip of the iceberg. We have an entire weekend of college football ahead of us, and with several matchups between ranked teams, it can be a little overwhelming.

    Which games will you watch?

    Where and when can you watch them?

    With seemingly countless options this Saturday, how will you decide?

    Well, Bleacher Report has done the thinking for you!

    We'll start with the top five games that aren't worth your time, and then we'll take a look at the top 15 games that you'll definitely want to tune in for.

Skip: 5. LSU at Vanderbilt

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    No. 19 ranked LSU will take on Vanderbilt in Nashville at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

    Why to skip this game: Unless you're a die hard LSU or Vanderbilt fan, you'll probably want to skip this game. Even though Vanderbilt is in the SEC, we're not sure if anyone has told them. Last year, LSU beat Vandy 23-9, and we expect this year to be no different.

4. Wyoming at Texas

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    Wyoming will visit No. 5 Texas in Austin at 7:00 p.m. ET on FSN.

    Why to skip this game: Again, this won't be much of a contest. Texas will use this game to test out their receivers and work on their secondary against the Cowboys' passing game. Sorry, boys, but we have better things to do at 7 o'clock.

3. James Madison at Virginia Tech

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    James Madison will play No. 13 Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia at 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN3.com.

    Why to skip this game: Even though the Hokies were defeated by Boise State on Monday, it wasn't a blowout. And they are still a great football team. Tyrod Taylor had an excellent performance against the Broncos, and Virginia will use the Dukes to test out the skill areas they've been working on. We'll all be too busy to watch this one.

2. Louisiana-Monroe at Arkansas

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    Louisiana-Monroe will take on No. 14 Arkansas in Little Rock at 7:00 p.m. ET on FSN.

    Why to skip this game: Louisiana-Monroe will be playing their first game of the season against Arkansas, but lack of scouting records aside, Arkansas has one of the best offenses in the SEC. And this should be no contest.

1. San Jose State at Wisconsin

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    Saturday, San Jose State will play No. 11 Wisconsin at Camp Randall at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.

    Why to skip this game: You might have noticed a theme here with the games to skip. This will be no contest. The Spartans got their butts kicked by Alabama, and Wisconsin will be no different.

Watch: 15. UTEP at Houston

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    UTEP will take on Houston tonight at 10:15 p.m. ET, but it will be worth staying up for!

    Background: Houston hasn't lost at home since September 29, 2007, and they will be looking to continue their home game winning streak when they host UTEP tonight. Last season, Houston lost to UTEP on the road, and they will be out for revenge.

    Who to watch: Houston quarterback, Case Keenum is in the Heisman Trophy running this year, and even though the Cougars fell to the Miners last season, Keenum still threw five touchdown passes.

    What's on the line: Houston doesn't want to be embarrassed at home, so expect them to over prepare for this one.

    Predicted Score: UTEP 31, Houston 35

14. West Virginia at Marshall

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    No. 23 West Virginia will travel to Marshall tonight at 7:00 p.m. ET, and you can watch them on ESPN.

    Background: Doc Holliday used to be an assistant coach at West Virginia, and he is now the head coach of Marshall. The Herd was unable to make much of a dent against Ohio State in Week one, and the Mountaineers will be yet another tough opponent.

    Who to watch: Running back, Noel Devine is West Virginia's main offensive threat, and Antavious Wilson of Marshall is looking to improve upon his less than stellar performance against the Buckeyes.

    What's on the line?: West Virginia needs to win this game to keep their spot in the top 25, but Doc Holliday will want to show his former boss what he can do as head coach.

    Predicted Score: West Virginia 31, Marshall 7

13. TCU at Tennessee Tech

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    TCU will take on Tennessee Tech at 7:00 p.m. ET.

    Background: TCU is coming off a stellar win over Oregon State, and Tennessee Tech is trying to recover from a brutal 44-3 loss to Arkansas.

    Who to watch: Andy Dalton of TCU holds the record for most wins from a starting quarterback with 30 victories. Look for him to make it 31 in this game.

    What's on the line?: TCU wants to prove that they are yet again bowl game contenders, and they will need to have a perfect season to stay ranked in the top ten.

    Predicted Score: TCU 45, Tennessee Tech 7

12. Oregon at Tennessee

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    No. 7 Oregon will take on Tennessee at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

    Background: The New Mexico Lobos were zero competition for the Oregon Ducks, as Oregon crushed their opponent in a 72-0 victory. Tennessee also had little trouble taking care of UT-Martin last week with a 50-0 win.

    Who to watch: Oregon's offense just won't stop. No LaMichael James? No problem. Sophomore Kenjon Barner took his place and rushed for 147 yards and four touchdowns. But Tennessee's defense is looking good as well, only giving up 142 total yards to UT-Martin.

    What's on the line?: With a win over Tennessee, Oregon can prove they can run with the SEC big dogs and secure their spot in the top ten.

    Predicted Score: Oregon 44, Tennessee 24

11. Idaho at Nebraska

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    Idaho will take on No. 6 Nebraska at 12:30 p.m. ET on FSN.

    Background: Both teams are coming off big wins (Nebraska over Western Kentucky 49-10; Idaho over North Dakota 45-0), and they will get a chance to prove themselves against tougher opponents.

    Who to watch: For the Vandals, look for Tre'Shawn Robinson and Shiloh Keo on defense (combined last game for 17 tackles, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and an interception). Also look for Nebraska to get a quick start on offense and maintain an early lead with redshirt freshman quarterback, Taylor Martinez, who completed the Huskers' last game without a turnover.

    What's on the line?: Nebraska will be looking for another easy win here before they travel to Washington and take on Texas at home. The Huskers will want to make a big statement before moving to the Big Ten.

    Predicted Score: Idaho 24, Nebraska 45

10. Virginia at USC

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    Virginia will travel west to take on No. 16 USC at 10:30 p.m. ET on FSN.

    Background: This will be the first game that Virginia has ever played in the state of California, and USC defeated the Cavaliers 52-7 in 2008 in the two schools' first meeting ever.

    Who to watch: For Virginia, look for Keith Payne (tailback) to have another big game, and look for USC to have improved their defense from last week's close game with Hawaii.

    What's on the line?: USC has quite a bit to make up for after NCAA sanctions, and although they will be ineligible for a bowl game no matter how well they perform this season, a win here will help the program to continue to win back its credibility. 

    Predicted Score: Virginia 21, USC 38

9. Georgia at South Carolina

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    No. 22 Georgia will take on No. 24 South Carolina at 12:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

    Background: Both teams are coming off big wins over Louisiana and Southern Miss., and this will be a showdown between two ranked SEC East teams.

    Who to watch: It will be interesting to see what Georgia does with the absence of A.J. Green, and Aaron Murray will need to improve his accuracy at the quarterback position. As for South Carolina, quarterback Stephen Garcia is extremely versatile. Not only did he rack up 193 passing yards without an interception, but he also kept the ball and used his legs to run in two touchdowns.

    What's on the line?: The winner of this game will be in the running to top the SEC East, and the loser...well, they may fall out of the top 25.

    Predicted Score: Georgia 27, South Carolina 31

8. Georgia Tech at Kansas

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    No. 15 Georgia Tech will take on Kansas at 12:00 p.m. ET on FSN.

    Background: Georgia Tech are the reining ACC champions, and they had a great performance against South Carolina State last week. Kansas had their first loss at a season-opener since 2003 in a defensive battle against North Dakota State.

    Who to watch: This game will be all Georgia Tech. Joshua Nesbitt didn't complete many passes but he did rush for 130 yards and three touchdowns.

    What's on the line?: Georgia Tech needs to defeat Kansas to stay in the top 25 and perhaps overtake Virginia Tech and Miami in the rankings.

    Predicted Score: Georgia Tech 38, Kansas 10

7. Stanford at UCLA

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    No. 25 Stanford will play UCLA at 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

    Background: Stanford is looking good and earned their No. 25 ranking in a dominant victory over Sacramento State last week, and UCLA is looking to bring some more Pac 10 power against the Cardinal after their devastating loss to Kansas State.

    Who to watch: Until last season, Stanford had lost five games in a row against the Bruins, and quarterback Andrew Luck will make sure that the Cardinal doesn't fall back into old habits. Luck threw for an impressive 316 yards last game.

    What's on the line?: Stanford needs the win here to move up in the top 25, but UCLA will not want to lose their 13 game advantage over the Cardinal.

    Final Score: Stanford 28, UCLA 24

6. Iowa State at Iowa

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    Iowa State will face in-state rivals No. 9 Iowa at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

    Background: Iowa leads this rivalry 38-19, but Iowa State is coming off an impressive victory over Northern Illinois.

    Who to watch: ISU quarterback, Austen Arnaud had an amazing game last week, connecting for 265 passing yards. Iowa tailback, Adam Robinson had 109 yards and three touchdowns against Eastern Illinois.

    What's on the line?: Iowa State will be playing for rivalry bragging rights, but Iowa needs this win quite a bit more. The Big Ten is looking much better this year, and Iowa will need to keep up with Ohio State and Wisconsin in order to compete for a bowl game.

    Predicted Score: Iowa State 14, Iowa 38

5. South Florida at Florida

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    South Florida will play No. 8 Florida at 12:20 p.m. ET on SEC Network.

    Background: Florida pulled off a win over Miami of Ohio last weekend, but most think that the Gators should have beat up on the Redhawks. Florida defeated Miami of Ohio 34-12, but an SEC team shouldn't have had such a hard time against a team from the MAC.

    Who to watch: John Brantley is definitely no Tim Tebow, but it will be interesting to see if he can step it up on offense for the Gators. USF's defense will be the real problem for Florida after the Bulls shut down Stony Brook's offense from the second quarter forward.

    What's on the line?: Florida needs to win, and they need to win BIG! Florida slipped in the rankings after an unimpressive performance against Miami of Ohio.

    Predicted Score: South Florida 17, Florida 24

4. Michigan at Notre Dame

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    Michigan will take on Notre Dame at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

    Background: Both of these programs have been historically dominant, but both have slipped from college football conversations in recent years. Michigan and Notre Dame are both coming off impressive wins in week one.

    Who to watch: Michigan quarterback, Denard Robinson demonstrated to college football fans why he earned the starting spot for the Wolverines. If Robinson is on his game on Saturday, Michigan will have a very good chance against the Fighting Irish.

    What's on the line?: Both teams battle for bragging rights in a classic rivalry, and they both need the win to rebuild their struggling programs.

    Predicted Score: Michigan 38, Notre Dame 31

3. Florida State at Oklahoma

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    No. 17 Florida State will take on No. 10 Oklahoma at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

    Background: Bobby Bowden is out, and Jimbo Fisher is in at Florida State, and the Seminoles looked really good in their season-opener against Samford. Oklahoma's Bob Stoops will be looking to redeem his Sooners this season by keeping them at the top of the Big 12.

    Who to watch: Seminoles quarterback, Christian Ponder could have done more damage against Samford, but he was benched as the game turned into a complete blowout. Look for Sooners quarterback, Landry Jones to attempt to improve upon his accuracy (he was only 17 of 36 against Utah State).

    What's on the line?: The Seminoles are looking for the upset over Oklahoma, but the Sooners will have the obvious advantage on their home turf. A loss for either team will drastically mix up the top 25.

    Predicted Score: Florida State 24, Oklahoma 17

2. Penn State at Alabama

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    No. 18 Penn State will visit No. 1 Alabama at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.

    Background: The Crimson Tide are the reining BCS National Champions, and they will be looking to repeat their stellar 2009 season in 2010. But Penn State is coming off a great win over Youngstown State and will look to upset the champs.

    Who to watch: Look for Alabama's Greg McElroy to make use of all of his various targets in order to get past Penn State's stellar defense.

    What's on the line?: Alabama needs a win here to stay at No. 1, but the Nittany Lions want their shot as well. Expect this to be a down and dirty defensive game like only the SEC and the Big Ten can produce.

    Final Score: Penn State 17, Alabama 31

1. Miami at Ohio State

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    No. 12 Miami will head into battle against No. 2 Ohio State at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

    Background: These two teams hate each other. Period. Both are coming off wins and are looking to ruin the other's season.

    Who to watch: This will be a battle of the quarterbacks with Terrelle Pryor and Jacory Harris, but look for Brandon Saine to have yet another great game (103 yards and two touchdowns with just nine carries against Marshall).

    What's on the line?: Everything is on the line in this matchup. Ohio State needs a win to stay at No. 2, but the Canes will be biting at their heels to move up in the top 25.

    Predicted Score: Miami 24, Ohio State 35

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