College football keeps teasing us every week with just slightly more of itself. We’ve gone from one game during “Week 0” to eight last weekend, and now a slate of 20 (counting UAB-Miami on Thursday night) is slowly being handed out so you build up a tolerance. It’s not a lights-out list this week by any means, and there’s not a can’t-miss game being played.
But you need to warm up before September 26th when all of it will come flying at you in one massive wave of overwhelming wonderful. This week is for your own safety and protection, as no one runs a marathon after months on the couch.
For this piece each week we’ll assume you’ve got two screens available at all times because we’re figure you’re as much of a lunatic as we are about COLLEGE FOOTBALL as we are. If you’ve only got one screen, go with Screen A as the default choice until 2007 interjects itself into your Saturday.
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The early shift
Screen A: Louisiana vs. Iowa State 12 p.m.
The Cyclones are getting unusual buzz as a dark horse in the Big XII. They’re +1000 to win the league at DK, and return starting quarterback Brock Purdy is getting light Heisman buzz. Matt Campbell offenses are always fun, and the sport is better when ISU is good.
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette aka Louisiana aka La-La (they hate that) aka whatever the state government tells them to call themselves (darn you LSU Board of Regents!) are picked to win the West Division of the Fun Belt this season. Elijah Mitchell is the best running back in the league, and head coach Billy Napier might be heading somewhere else soon if he can take down that trophy.
Screen B: Syracuse vs. North Carolina 12 p.m.
We deep-dived this game here. ‘Cuse might be really bad, especially with their two best running backs and linebacker choosing not to play this season. And UNC are the darlings of college football dorkdom. Are both teams on a path to be what is expected? Let’s see who ends up on the correct side of the 23-point spread.
Screen A: Duke vs. Notre Dame 2:30 p.m.
Nerds click here. You’ll be witnessing history as the Irish play an intra-conference football game for the first time 1887. Ian Book returns for a team that some people think have a chance to compete with Clemson for the league title. ND missed a few practices as of late due to Covid, will it affect them on the field? It likely won’t affect the winner, but the 20.5 point spread is in play.
Screen B: Georgia Tech vs. FSU 3:30 p.m.
We dug on this one too. Mike Norvell inherits plenty of talent everywhere but offensive line, but has quarterback and injury questions that need to be answered. And has a full offseason for Geoff Collins and the Ramblin’ Wreck gotten them closer to not being picked last in the conference next year?
Screen A: Western Kentucky at Louisville 8:00 p.m.
WKU will want this one badly. Tyson Helton took a three-win team to 9-4 last season in his first in Bowling Green, and a school with a proud football tradition gets a shot at a P5 neighbor.
Scott Satterfield deserved huge praise for taking the smouldering crater left behind by Bobby Petrino and turning it into 8-5 last year, and returns starting quarterback Malik Cunningham for a team that has a ton of under-the-radar talent.
Screen B: Clemson vs. Wake Forest 7:30 p.m.
You’re only getting at most 12 more Trevor Lawrence games at Clemson. Take advantage of them as he makes his case to be one of the best college football players of all time. This is merely a check-in to see that the freight train is still running.
Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson loses starting quarterback Jamie Newman to Georgia, and Sam Hartman takes back the reins as signal caller after a broken leg. The Deacs return a ton of talent defensively from a team that forced two turnovers a game last season, but also gave up 29.1 points per game overall.
Here is the entire TV schedule for Week 2 of the college football season.
College Football Week 2 TV
|September 12th||Syracuse at #18 UNC||12:00 p.m.||ACC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|September 12th||Louisiana at #23 Iowa State||12:00 p.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|September 12th||Charlotte at Appalachian State||12:00 p.m.||ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|September 12th||Eastern Kentucky at West Virginia||12:00 p.m.||FS1||FoxSportsGo.com|
|September 12th||Arkansas State at Kansas State||12:00 p.m.||FOX||FoxSportsGo.com|
|September 12th||Louisiana-Monroe at Army||1:30 p.m.||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|
|September 12th||Duke at #10 Notre Dame||2:30 p.m.||NBC||NBCSports.com|
|September 12th||Georgia Tech at Florida State||3:30 p.m.||ABC||WatchESPN.com|
|September 12th||UT-San Antonio at Texas State||3:30 p.m.||ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|September 12th||Campbell at Georgia Southern||3:30 p.m.||ESPNU||WatchESPN.com|
|September 12th||Austin Peay at Pittsburgh||4:00 p.m.||ACC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|September 12th||Missouri State at #5 Oklahoma||7:00 p.m.||PPV||PPV|
|September 12th||The Citadel at South Florida||7:00 p.m.||ESPNU||WatchESPN.com|
|September 12th||#1 Clemson at Wake Forest||7:30 p.m.||ABC||WatchESPN.com|
|September 12th||Tulane at South Alabama||7:30 p.m.||ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|September 12th||UTEP at #14 Texas||8:00 p.m.||Longhorn Network||WatchESPN.com|
|September 12th||Western Kentucky at Louisville||8:00 p.m.||ACC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|September 12th||Houston Baptist at Texas Tech||8:00 p.m.||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|September 12th||Coastal Carolina at Kansas||10:00 p.m.||FS1||FoxSportsGo.com|