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What to Watch in College Football: Week 2

What should you be watching in week 2?

Otto Greule Jr

After a scintillating match-up of teams in Week 1 of the 2014 football season, Week 2 looks to build off that great start with some huge games. This week you will get a ranking of the must see games of the week. ENJOY!


Virginia Tech at Ohio State

Watch: Saturday, September 6, 8:00 PM(ET) ESPN

Before the injury to Braxton Miller, this game seemed like it had small potential for the Hokies to upset the Buckeyes. With Miller done for the season, this game just became a whole lot more interesting. The Buckeyes will be starting a new QB in J.T. Barrett, who has not taken a single snap in his collegiate career. Virginia Tech on the other hand is looking to have a bounce back year after a subpar year for the Hokies in 2013. This will be a good game to watch as both teams look to continue a good start to the season.

Prediction: Ohio State over Virginia Tech, 41-24


BYU at Texas

Watch: Saturday, September 6, 7:30 PM(ET) FS1

The Longhorns will have a lot to prove in their first test of the season under new coach Charlie Strong. After the beatdown Texas took from the Cougars in Provo last season, the series now shifts to the home of the Longhorns in Austin, Texas. The Longhorns will not only be looking for revenge, but also to make a statement to the rest of the country that Longhorn football is still around and strong. The state of Texas seems to be going more toward teams like Baylor and A&M, so Texas needs to prove that it still has what it takes. For BYU, this game is the first big test in what could be a magical season. With the Cougars return the phenomenal Taysom Hill and his running mate Jamaal Williams, BYU will look to run all over the Longhorns again this season. After solid performances in Week 1, both teams look pretty strong and tough. I think this is going to be a nail biter thanks to a solid Texas' defense, but with a stud QB, a great run game, and an improving defense BYU will pull this one out.

Prediction: BYU over Texas, 31-28


Michigan at Notre Dame

Watch: Saturday, September 6, 7:30 PM(ET) NBC

Notre Dame is looking to light it up this year with returning QB Everett Golson. Like every year, the Irish will have a stacked schedule and Michigan is on it for the 42nd time. In what could be the last game between the two rivals for a while, this match-up could be very emotional. Notre Dame will look to avenge last year's loss at Michigan Stadium, but they will have to slow down Devin Gardner first.  Gardner single handedly outscored the Irish in last year's contest. Week 1 showed us how great Golson can be at QB, but this week he will be facing a bigger challenge in the Wolverines. I predict this game will be a blowout with Notre Dame successful stopping Devin Gardner and putting up nearly 50 points, en route to a big victory.

Prediction: Notre Dame over Michigan, 49-24


USC at Stanford

Watch: Saturday, September 6, 3:30 PM(ET) ABC

USC vs Stanford has become a very heated rivalry recently and this year shouldn't be any different. Stanford has taken five of the last seven meetings against the former powerhouse that is USC. David Shaw and the Cardinal will look to continue their success and learn from last year's loss to the Trojans. This year the Cardinal lose a lot of key players from last year along with their very fine defensive coordinator, Derek Mason. The Trojans will be facing their first real test under new head coach, Steve Sarkisian. This game will continue to build on the rivalry as Cody Kessler and the Trojan offense take on the vaunted Stanford D that has had to rebuild yet again. After watching both teams in Week 1, I'm changing my prediction of this game, as I believe the Trojans D will stop the Cardinal and playmaker Ty Montgomery will prove to be the deciding factor in the game.

Prediction: USC over Stanford, 34-24


Michigan State vs. Oregon

Watch: Saturday, September 6, 6:30 PM(ET) FOX

One of the most highly anticipated match-ups of the year, this game matches up differing styles of play, great QBs, great defense, and great coaches against one another. This could be a possible matchup in the new College Football Playoff. Oregon and its fast pace offense will go against Michigan State and its grind it out offense and tough nosed defense. Heisman hopeful, Marcus Mariota will face off against one of the best defenses from last season and possibly the best defense he will see all year. The Ducks' defense will have their hands full with dark horse Heisman candidate, Connor Cook. After last year's breakout campaign, Cook is on the map as one of the best QBs in the country. Both the Ducks and Spartans are serious contenders for their respective conference championships and could find themselves playing in the first College Football Playoff. This will be the best matchup this week and will be one of the greatest games of the season.

Prediction: Oregon over Michigan State, 45-28