CFB Gameday Morning, Week 2: Salvage Operation?
[lead align=”default”]The second CFB gameday of the 2016 season has arrived, and do not be surprised if the day’s events don’t equal what happened last week.[/lead]
The first problem is that the quality of the games then was so good. Upsets all over the place, top teams squaring off, and wall to wall excitement. It will be difficult for any week to top Week 1, let alone the following one.
Second, the quality of the schedule was exceptional for an opening weekend. In Week 2, on the other hand, most of the top 25 teams are playing lousy opposition, and no two ranked teams face each other. This might be the week where we try to salvage whatever good competition we can get.
It’s football and the first NFL Sunday is tomorrow, so no need to complain. Here are today’s games to watch:
Penn State at Pittsburgh
The battle of Pennsylvania is joined for the first time in a long time. Pitt is a 5-point favorite heading into this meeting, but Penn State is a talented team. This should be a close game, and one of the more competitive of the day.
Louisiana-Monroe at Oklahoma
The only reason this is here is so we can see just how “back” Oklahoma is. They will win this game by a lot, but, gasp, what if they don’t? This is the kind of second-guessing to which you are subject when you lose in Week 1.
South Carolina at Mississippi State
The visiting team is one that a bunch of people thought would be 0-1, but aren’t. The home team is one universally expected to be 1-0, but they’re not. A loss here for the Bulldogs may foretell a lack of bowl eligibility, not to mention what this could mean for Will Muschamp and South Carolina. (It would only mean they might make a bowl.)
Arkansas at TCU
Close call for the Frogs last week (If you only saw the final score, you don’t know how close it was). Even closer call for the Hogs on Saturday, and now the two shall meet. TCU has playoff aspirations but did not help themselves out in Week 1. Will both bounce back?
BYU at Utah
It’s the Holy War out in Utah, and though Utah is a slight home favorite, do not count out the Cougars. BYU just registered a solid opening win in Arizona and can take Utah in what should be a fun one.
North Carolina at Illinois
The Heels come off of a disappointing loss against Georgia, while Lovie Smith has Illini fans believing just a little bit. This is a test for Illinois to see how much things have really changed under the new regime. For UNC, it’s to see how good they are.