After a week 1 that once again showed Alabama is the early team to beat, no lead is safe with Texas A&M, and 45 point favorites can lose straight up. Now week 2 is now upon us. Hopefully, it brings us the same level of excitement and great matchups we got in the opening week.
Here are a few matchups that you don't want to miss. Four matchups between ranked teams line the college football schedule with national implications on the line in week 2.
Georgia at Notre Dame: Saturday 9/9 at 7:30 pm ET
The Bulldogs travel to South Bend for an intriguing out of conference matchup with the Fighting Irish in a rare trip for the dogs. This will be Georgia's first football game north of the Mason-Dixon Line since 1965. Notre Dame opened as a -6.5 point favorite with the line pushing down to -4 since open despite it being announced Georgia would be without starting quarterback Jacob Eason after he sustained a knee injury in last weeks 31-10 win over App State. Georgia will start true freshman Jake Fromm in Eason's place.
Notre Dame looks to continue their bounce back from last season's nightmare after last weeks 49-16 drubbing of Temple. Will be interested in seeing how this line moves closer to Saturday as both teams bring heavy fan bases that love to support the home team.
Auburn at Clemson: Saturday 9/9 at 7:00 pm ET
Another matchup of ranked teams as Auburn travels to Clemson to take on the 3rd ranked Tigers in an ACC vs. SEC, Tiger on Tiger matchup. Clemson opened as an early 8-point favorite, but that number has since been bet down to -5 with even a few -4.5 lining the board. Kelly Bryant will look to build on last weeks stellar showing but will be forced to do it against a defense that will be much stronger and faster than last week when Clemson routed Kent State 56-3.
Auburn's defense looked amazing against Georgia Southern swarming all over the field in blowing out the Eagles 41-7. They will need to keep up the intensity if theywant to slow down what looks to be a potent Clemson offense as pressuring Bryant will be a key for Auburn's defense. This game should have a huge handle as both teams have passionate fan bases that will be looking for something a little extra on the squad.
USC appeared to struggle at times coming off a 49-31 victory over a feisty Western Michigan team last Saturday. Winner of this game gets an early seat at the table in discussions of the bigger playoff picture as the season goes forward.
Oklahoma at Ohio State: Saturday 9/9 at 7:30 pm ET
The game of the week is another matchup of top 5 teams when Oklahoma travels to Columbus, Ohio to take on the Buckeyes. Ohio State opened as a -6.5 point favorite and currently sits as at -7.5. Buckeye fans have to like their chances at home playing against a Sooner squad that they trounced in Norman last year 45-24. Sooner quarterback Baker Mayfield will need a big game for Oklahoma to avoid a fate similar to last year. In that game, Baker Mayfield’s stats included two interceptions, with one returned for a touchdown that gave the Buckeyes a 14-0 lead in the first quarter of the rout. Ohio State will look to avoid the slow start they had last week versus Indiana, before blowing the game open late in their 49-21 victory.
Another monster early week in the college football season that shows this is the best game going. The only downside to this weeks slate is that all of the major matchups will be on at the same time. Hope you have a few extra TVs lying around.