College football’s week 1 lasted 5 days. Get caught up on the latest recap of an exciting opening week.
Here is what you need to know and to watch for in college football week 2.
Top Games of the Week
Texas vs LSU
The last regular season game between these schools took place 65 years ago – Texas won 20-6 in Austin in 1954. These teams have played twice since, both times in the Cotton Bowl. LSU blanked Texas 13-0 in 1963 and Texas won 35-20 in 2003.
Both teams beat Group of Five teams week 1, but did so with no struggle. Texas beat Louisiana Tech 45-14 and QB Sam Ehlinger threw 4 TDs. LSU won 55-3 against a Georgia Southern team that won 11 games in 2018. QB Joe Burrow threw 5 TDs and 4 incompletions.
Texas A&M vs Clemson
This is the second half of a home-and-home series that was played at College Station last year. Clemson won 28-26 in what was their closest win of the year (and one of two wins by single digits).
The biggest difference between 2018 and 2019 is that Kelly Bryant started for Clemson and Trevor Lawrence is now the guy at QB. The key for Clemson is RB Travis Etienne, who is coming off a 200+ yard, 3 TD game in week 1. He was held to just 44 yards on 8 carries in last year’s game.
The Rest of the Best
Stanford @ USC
Trojans QB JT Daniels will miss the season after a knee injury suffered in week 1. A brutal loss for a team looking to rebound from a terrible 5 win 2018 season and a coach squarely on the hot seat. Stanford has QB injury issues too and won an ugly game at home against Northwestern.
Cincinnati @ Ohio State
Buckeyes are 43-3 all-time vs active FBS teams from Ohio and their last loss was in 1897 to Cincinnati.
Read more at Down the Drive
Season on the brink
BYU @ Tennessee
BYU lost their opener to rival Utah and Tennessee suffered the worst loss of week 1, losing at home to Sun Belt’s Georgia State. A second consecutive home loss to open the year might spell the end of coach Jeremy Pruitt’s tenure in a hurry. An 0-2 start for BYU, would significantly impact the mindset of a team who does not play in a conference and doesn’t have much to play for outside of winning six games and going to a mediocre bowl game.
San Diego State @ UCLA
Bruins lost week 1 to Cincinnati in ugly fashion and QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson completed 8-26 passes and turned the ball over 4 times. San Diego State won 6-0 in a dud of a game. Bruins cannot afford a second straight 0-2 start.
Top Group of Five Games
- Marshall vs Boise State
- SMU vs North Texas
- UCF vs Florida Atlantic
Virginia Tech vs Old Dominion – ODU SHOCKED the football world by beating Virginia Tech last year 49-35, on their way to a 4-8 season.
USF vs Georgia Tech – USF had one of the most disappointing losses of week 1 (49-0 to Wisconsin). They beat Georgia Tech last year4 49-38 and go on the road this week vs a team in transition.
Utah vs Northern Illinois – Utes won an ugly game, 17-6, in Dekalb, Illinois during week 2 last year.
Nebraska vs Colorado – This game was a classic last year. Nebraska’s week 1 game vs Akron was cancelled due to lightning, so this was Scott Frost’s official debut. Colorado QB Steven Montez threw the game winning touchdown pass with just over one minute to go. Down 28-27, Montez hit Lavishka Shenault Jr on a 40 yard TD. Shenault finished with 10 catches, 177 yards and that TD. Nebraska QB Adrian Martinez burst one the scene with 117 yards rushing and 2 TDs, and 15-20 passing, with TD and INT. All three of those noted players return to this game and both teams finished under .500 last year.
Minnesota vs Fresno State – Gophers won 21-14 and this was one of just two losses suffered by Fresno State last season. Minnesota won an ugly opener 28-21 against FCS South Dakota State. Fresno State lost to USC, while breaking in a ton of new players. This is a big game for both teams with Fresno State looking to continue their momentum and add another P5 win for the Mountain West and Minnesota has higher expectations in year 3 of the PJ Fleck era.
Week 2 Picks
Went 70-13 last week, picking straight up winners.
|Friday, September 6|
|Wake Forest at Rice||Wake Forest|
|William & Mary at Virginia||Virginia|
|Marshall at Boise State||Boise State|
|Sacramento State at Arizona State||Arizona State|
|Saturday, September 7|
|Ohio at Pitt||Pitt|
|Southern at Memphis||Memphis|
|Rutgers at Iowa||Iowa|
|West Virginia at Missouri||Missouri|
|Vanderbilt at Purdue||Purdue|
|UAB at Akron||UAB|
|Syracuse at Maryland||Syracuse|
|Army at Michigan||Michigan|
|Bowling Green at Kansas State||Kansas State|
|Charleston Sou. at South Carolina||South Carolina|
|Cincinnati at Ohio State||Ohio State|
|Kennesaw State at Kent State||Kent St|
|Old Dominion at Virginia Tech||Virginia Tech|
|Western Carolina at NC State||NC State|
|NIU at Utah||Utah|
|Fordham at Ball State||Ball St|
|USF at Georgia Tech||USF|
|Tennessee Tech at Miami (Ohio)||Miami OH|
|Southern Illinois at UMass||Umass|
|Southern Miss at Mississippi State||Miss St|
|Texas A&M at Clemson||Clemson|
|Central Michigan at Wisconsin||Wisconsin|
|Charlotte at Appalachian State||Appalachian St|
|Eastern Illinois at Indiana||Indiana|
|Grambling State at Louisiana Tech||Louisiana Tech|
|Illinois at UConn||Illinois|
|Nebraska at Colorado||Nebraska|
|Richmond at Boston College||Boston College|
|Murray State at Georgia||Georgia|
|UTSA at Baylor||Baylor|
|Western Illinois at Colorado State||Colorado St|
|New Mexico State at Alabama||Alabama|
|San Diego State at UCLA||UCLA|
|Northern Colorado at Washington State||Washington St|
|ULM at Florida State||Florida St|
|Gardner-Webb at East Carolina||East Carolina|
|Maine at Georgia Southern||Georgia Southern|
|North Carolina A&T at Duke||Duke|
|South Dakota at Oklahoma||Oklahoma|
|Jackson State at South Alabama||South Alabama|
|Wyoming at Texas State||Wyoming|
|WKU at FIU||FIU|
|UCF at Florida Atlantic||UCF|
|Tennessee State at Middle Tennessee||Middle Tennessee|
|North Texas at SMU||SMU|
|McNeese at Oklahoma State||Oklahoma St|
|Furman at Georgia State||Georgia St|
|Eastern Kentucky at Louisville||Louisville|
|Coastal Carolina at Kansas||Kansas|
|BYU at Tennessee||Tennessee|
|Tulane at Auburn||Auburn|
|UT Martin at Florida||Florida|
|Western Michigan at Michigan State||Michigan St|
|Arkansas at Ole Miss||Ole Miss|
|Buffalo at Penn State||Penn St|
|Eastern Michigan at Kentucky||Kentucky|
|Liberty at Louisiana||Louisiana|
|LSU at Texas||Texas|
|Nevada at 11 Oregon||Oregon|
|Stony Brook at Utah State||Utah St|
|Miami (FL) at North Carolina||Miami|
|Prairie View A&M at Houston||Houston|
|UTEP at Texas Tech||Texas Tech|
|Tulsa at San Jose State||Tulsa|
|Arkansas State at UNLV||Arkansas St|
|California at Washington||Washington|
|Minnesota at Fresno State||Fresno St|
|Stanford at USC||Stanford|
|Northern Arizona at Arizona||Arizona|
|Oregon State at Hawaii||Hawaii|