Week 2 preview: Ranked teams on road and Bryce bounce back
A couple of early conference games are the only ones matching ranked teams in week two of the college football season.
No. 3 Georgia faces what could be its toughest SEC East test when it goes to newly ranked and No. 24 South Carolina. In the Pac-12, No. 17 Southern California goes to No. 10 Stanford in a rematch of the conference title game last season.
Otherwise the schedule is dominated by nonconference games, with some ranked teams hitting the road like No. 2 Clemson, No. 13 Penn State, No. 15 Michigan State and No. 18 Mississippi State.
Five things to know about college football’s week two.
No. 15 Michigan State at Arizona State.
There are a few candidates here, no clear-cut choice.
Clemson’s trip to Texas A&M is fascinating because it will be the first measuring stick for Jimbo Fisher’s Aggies, and it comes against the team and coach that yanked control of the ACC away from Fisher’s Florida State teams.
Penn State at Pittsburgh is a great old rivalry with a chance to be high-scoring.
Both the ranked vs. ranked games could have the most long-term impact.
But Spartans at Sun Devils is intriguing on a few levels. Michigan State struggled at home last week against Utah State. Should there be real concern? Arizona State looked great in its first game with Herm Edwards as coach, beating UTSA. How seriously should we take that performance?
It’s a late kickoff on the East Coast at 10:45 p.m. so there is a chance for some quality #Pac12afterDark action.
Stanford running back Bryce Love was held to 29 yards and 18 carries last week against San Diego State. Love had 24 runs of at least 30 yards when he was Heisman Trophy runner-up last season.
Love has a chance to get make up for the off game in a big way this week in prime time against the Trojans. In two losses to USC last season, Love ran for 285 yards. Last week against UNLV, the Trojans allowed 308 yards rushing and more than seven per carry.
NUMBERS TO KNOW
29: Consecutive games with a touchdown pass for Penn State’s Trace McSorley. That’s the longest current streak in FBS.
OFF THE RADAR
Georgia Tech at South Florida.
ACC-AAC matchup, and one of several opportunities for Group of Five teams to make a statement this week by knocking off Power Five foes. In this one, it is also the first real test for USF’s Blake Barnett, the former blue-chip recruit who is playing quarterback for the Bulls. The Arizona State transfer, who started his career at Alabama, passed for 305 yards and three touchdowns last week against Elon of the FCS.
The Yellow Jackets had an easy victory against Alcorn State last week, putting up 439 yards rushing with its triple-option.
Other prime spots for a G5 over P5 victory include Arizona at Houston and Fresno State visiting Minnesota.
HOT SEAT WATCH
Kansas coach David Beaty is probably sitting on the hottest seat in the country with three victories in 37 games with the Jayhawks. Kansas began the season with yet another loss, this time to FCS Nicholls.
Kansas hits the road this week, where it has lost an NCAA record 46 straight games that dates back to a 2009 trip to UTEP. The Jayhawks are at Central Michigan on Saturday in what represents their best chance to snap the road skid and one of the few spots on the schedule where Beaty has a chance to build a little momentum.
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- Blake Barnett
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