OKLAHOMA, Sporting Alert – It’s only Week 2 on the college football schedule, but there will be some nervous looking fans on the edge of their seats this weekend.
The forthcoming fixtures will see three battles containing AP Top 25 ranked teams, including the clash between No. 7 Oregon and No. 5 Michigan State.
No. 7 Oregon v No. 5 Michigan State 7:00 PM ABC, WatchESPN Spartan Stadium
After picking up moderately comfortable wins to start the season last week, the Ducks and the Spartans now turn their attentions to more serious matters in the clash between two of the AP top 10 ranked programs this season.
Oregon ran away with last year’s meeting, 46-27 and were better on the ground, but this season’s matchup is expected to be a close contest with some experts backing Michigan State to turn the tables and beat the Ducks.
This will be the fourth meeting between these two clubs, with Oregon leading the series 2-1.
The Spartans only win of the series came in 1999, with the Ducks winning in 1998 and 2014.
What to Watch For: Oregon rushed for an impressive 485 yards in last Saturday’s 61-42 win over Eastern Washington, the most of any FBS team thus far on the season and Michigan State must keep their opponents’ running game in check to stand a chance. At the same time, the Spartans only allowed 18 rushing yards in their Week 1 game against Western Michigan.
No. 14 LSU v No. 25 Mississippi State 8:15 PM ESPN, WatchESPN Davis Wade Stadium
Another interesting battle to watch for comes in the SEC where No. 14 LSU and No. 25 Mississippi State meet at Davis Wade Stadium.
This will be a full season opener for the Tigers after their Week 1 game against McNeese State was canceled due to bad weather conditions.
Last year, the Bulldogs finally got the better of LSU with an impressive and explosive performance that saw them racing away with the 34-29 victory.
That was the first time Mississippi State was beating LSU since 1999, as before that, the Tigers had won 14 straight. It was the second win for the Bulldogs in the past 20 meetings.
What to Watch For: It will be interesting to see how LSU’s quarterback Brandon Harris will approach this game after he and the offense were unable to get rid of the jitters in Week 1. It will also be intriguing to see if the Bulldogs can win back-to-back games in this series for the first time since 1990-91.
No. 19 Oklahoma v No. 23 Tennessee 5:00 PM ESPN, WatchESPN Neyland Stadium
The other college football top 25 clash in Week 2 will see No. 19 Oklahoma and No. 23 Tennessee battling at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville.
Oklahoma took its time to get going at the weekend, but ran away with a comfortable 41-3 victory over a Akron side that was unable to keep up in the latter stages of the battle.
Tennessee eased past Bowling Green 59-30 in their Week 1 encounter, but it wasn’t quite the blow-away many had predicted.
Last year, the Sooners beat the Vols 34-10 in Norman and traveling head coach Bob Stoops will be hoping his team can get another victory on the road.
What to Watch For: It’s still too early to say which of these two teams are better placed to go on a run this season, but they both need a W.
Meanwhile, in other college football fixtures on Saturday, defending champion and No. 1 ranked Ohio State take on Hawaii at Ohio Stadium.
The Buckeyes, who started the season with an impressive 42-24 victory over Virginia Tech on the road, are listed as a 42-point favorites over the Warriors with the total sitting at 65.
Another NCAA college football game of interest on the Week 2 fixture will come from the LaVell Edwards Stadium where No. 20 Boise State travels to meet BYU.
The hosts will be without senior quarterback Taysom Hill who is done for the season with a Lisfranc fracture, but are still a good enough squad to challenge the Broncos.
Elsewhere, No. 16 Texas A&M host Ball State, No. 2 Alabama entertains Middle Tennessee and No. 10 Georgia travels to face Vanderbilt.
College Football Week 2 Schedule
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Saturday, September 12 Game Times (CT)
South Florida at No. 11 Florida State 10:30 AM ESPN, WatchESPN
Jacksonville State at No. 6 Auburn 11:00 AM SECN, WatchESPN
Oregon State at Michigan 11:00 AM ABC, WatchESPN
Kansas State at Texas San Antonio 11:00 AM FOXS1
Houston at Louisville 11:00 AM ESPN3
Buffalo at Penn State 11:00 AM ESPN2, WatchESPN
Miami (OH) at Wisconsin 11:00 AM ESPNU, WatchESPN
Presbyterian College at Charlotte 11:00 AM ESPN3
Wake Forest at Syracuse 11:30 AM ESPN3
Appalachian State at No. 12 Clemson 11:30 AM ESPN3
Howard at Boston College 12:00 PM ESPN3
UTEP at Texas Tech 2:00 PM FOX
Monmouth at Central Michigan 2:00 PM ESPN3
Murray State at Northern Illinois 2:30 PM ESPN3
Hawaii at No. 1 Ohio State 2:30 PM BTN
Stephen F Austin at No. 3 TCU 2:30 PM FOXS1
Tulane at No. 15 Georgia Tech 2:30 PM ESPN3
No. 9 Notre Dame at Virginia 2:30 PM ABC, WatchESPN
Furman at Virginia Tech 2:30 PM ESPN3
No. 10 Georgia at Vanderbilt 2:30 PM CBS
Fresno State at No. 17 Ole Miss 2:30 PM ESPN2, WatchESPN
Middle Tennessee at No. 2 Alabama 3:00 PM SECN, WatchESPN
Toledo at No. 18 Arkansas 3:00 PM SECN, WatchESPN
Iowa at Iowa State 3:45 PM FOX
No. 19 Oklahoma at No. 23 Tennessee 5:00 PM ESPN, WatchESPN
North Carolina Central at Duke 5:00 PM ESPN3
North Carolina A&T at North Carolina 5:00 PM ESPN3
Eastern Kentucky at NC State 5:00 PM ESPN3
Pittsburgh at Akron 5:00 PM ESPN3
Delaware State at Kent State 5:00 PM ESPN3
Western Michigan at Georgia Southern 5:00 PM ESPN3
Northwestern State at Louisiana Lafayette 6:00 PM ESPN3
Nicholls State at Louisiana Monroe 6:00 PM ESPN3
Prairie View A&M at Texas State 6:00 PM ESPN3
Charleston Southern at Troy 6:00 PM ESPN3
Marshall at Ohio 6:00 PM ESPN3
No. 22 Arizona at Nevada 6:00 PM CBSSN
Ball State at #16 Texas A&M 6:00 PM ESPNU, WatchESPN
#21 Missouri at Arkansas State 6:00 PM ESPN3
East Carolina at Florida 6:00 PM ESPN2, WatchESPN
Memphis at Kansas 6:00 PM ESPN3
Central Arkansas at Oklahoma State 6:30 PM FSN
Lamar at No. 4 Baylor 6:30 PM FSN
Idaho at No. 8 USC 7:00 PM PAC12
No. 7 Oregon at No. 5 Michigan State 7:00 PM ABC, WatchESPN
South Alabama at Nebraska 7:00 PM BTN
Georgia State at New Mexico State 7:00 PM ESPN3
Tulsa at New Mexico 7:00 PM ESPN3
No. 14 LSU at No. 25 Mississippi State 8:15 PM ESPN, WatchESPN
No. 20 Boise State at BYU 9:15 PM ESPN2, WatchESPN
No. 13 UCLA at UNLV 9:30 PM CBSSN
UCF at Stanford 9:30 PM FOXS1
Cal Poly at Arizona State 10:00 PM PAC12