HOW TO WATCH WEEK 2 OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Anyone remember the Preseason Top 25 rankings from a week ago? Yeah, me neither. Week One of the 2021 NCAA FBS schedule had its fair share of surprises and upsets, with several teams with championship aspirations taking a tumble right out of the gate and other preseason favorites barely scraping out victories vs. unranked opponents?
It was a rough week for bettors and fans in the ACC, as all of their ‘powerhouse’ teams took tough losses in Week One, with #3 Clemson scoring just a field goal in a neutral site loss to #5 Georgia and #10 North Carolina suffering a tough road loss to unseeded Virginia Tech. #14 Miami certainly had a tougher opponent than the Tar Heels, but that was cold comfort after a semi-humiliating 44-13 beatdown in a neutral site game vs. #1 Alabama that wasn’t even as ‘close’ as the score sounds.
Big Ten favorites #4 Ohio State managed a close win vs. unranked Minnesota, while #12 Wisconsin’s streak of 25 consecutive Home Opening Game wins ended with a 16-10 loss to #19 Penn State. #18 Iowa vaulted into this week’s top 10 by crushing #17 Indiana 34-6 at home.
The SEC generally fared well, with Top 25 schools Alabama, Texas A&M, Florida and Georgia all winning. #16 LSU was the only loser among SEC schools in the preseason Top 25, losing 38-27 to unranked UCLA in Pasadena. #2 Oklahoma barely held on for a 40-35 home win vs. unranked Tulsa, while fellow Big 12 members (for now, anyway) #7 Iowa State and #21 Texas both earned home wins. #11 Oregon and #15 USC both had good home wins, but Pac 12 Conference rivals #20 Washington scored just 7 points in an embarrassing home loss to Montana.
#9 Notre Dame, #22 Coastal Carolina and #8 Cincinnati were the only non-Power Five Conference schools ranked in the Top 25 to win last week, with #23 Louisiana falling out of the rankings after a tough loss to Texas in Austin.
Many ranked schools face soft(er) opponents this week, but the schedule does feature some great inter-conference games, with top 15 schools Ohio State and Oregon facing off, as well as the legendary in-state rivalry game between Iowa and Iowa State, as they battle for the Cy-Hawk Trophy in Ames. Additionally, longtime Pac 12 Conference rivals Stanford and USC will meet Saturday night in L.A.
All Top 25 school games are listed below, with all game times EST. Check your local listings for which games may be available in your area.
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 11
|Kansas||#17 Coastal Carolina||7:30 pm||ESPN2|
SATURDAY APRIL 12
|#12 Oregon||#3 Ohio State||12 Noon||FOX|
|Alabama State||#25 Auburn||12 Noon||SEC Network|
|#13 Florida||South Florida||1 pm||ABC|
|Middle Tennessee St.||#19 Virginia Tech||2 pm||ACC / ESPN+|
|Toledo||#8 Notre Dame||2:30 pm||PEACOCK|
|Alabama-Birmingham||#2 Georgia||3:30 pm||ESPN2|
|#5 Texas A&M||Colorado||3:30 pm||FOX|
|Murray State||#7 Cincinnati||3:30 pm||ESPN+|
|Ball State||#11 Penn State||3:30 pm||FS1|
|Mercer||#1 Alabama||4 pm||SEC Network|
|#10 Iowa||#9 Iowa State||4:30 pm||ABC|
|South Carolina State||#6 Clemson||5 pm||ACC Network|
|Western Carolina||#4 Oklahoma||7 pm||N/A|
|Eastern MIchigain||#18 Michigan State||7 pm||FS1|
|Appalachian State||#22 Miami||7 pm||ESPNU|
|Austin Peay||#20 Ole Miss||7:30 pm||SEC / ESPN+|
|Georgia State||#24 North Carolina||7:30 pm||ESPN3|
|#21 Utah||BYU||10:15 pm||ESPN|
|Stanford||#14 USC||10:30 pm||FOX|
|UNLV||#23 Arizona State||10:30 pm||ESPN2|