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The “Stars” of College Football Saturday

What a first week of college football! We witnessed several excellent games with lots of thrilling action and surprises. Who would have thought Northwestern would knock off Stanford? The Wildcats looked a lot better than I thought and will be one to watch here early on.

The most exciting finish of the first weekend was definitely in the BYU-Nebraska game, as the Cougars backup quarterback threw a last-second Hail Mary touchdown pass to win the game and shock the Huskers. I rightly gave that game four stars and I hope you took my word for it.

Of course, I also gave four stars to the Notre Dame-Texas game and we saw how that turned out. I’m not perfect!

So now let’s look at week 2, as there are once again some can’t miss match-ups.

Saturday – September 12th
Oregon at Michigan State | 8:00 PM ET | ABC
This is ‘The Game of the Week’. Both Oregon and Michigan State are perennial national title contenders. This is a must-watch game. If you’re a college football fan, this is appointment viewing.
Oklahoma at Tennessee | 6:00 PM ET | ESPN
This game isn’t as big of deal as the two fan bases of each respective school is making it out to be, but both are evenly matched and should make for a nice appetizer for the game above.
LSU at Mississippi State | 9:15 PM ET | ESPN
Both of these schools are ranked, even though Mississippi State has no business being in the top 25 after struggling with Southern Miss in week one. However, these two teams always seem to make it close when they meet and I expect nothing different here.
Boise State at BYU | 10:15 PM ET | ESPN2
Here’s the late night special for all of the insomniacs out there. This should be fun and close and I wouldn’t be surprised if it turned out to be the most exciting game of the entire day.
Oregon State at Michigan | 12:00 PM ET | ABCMU
For the second week in a row Michigan takes on a Pac-12 school. Kudos to the Wolverines for trying to schedule up. Michigan is a 12.5 point favorite (as of this writing), but Oregon State will keep it closer than this, so it’s the co-best game to watch in the noon slot.
Houston at Louisville | 12:00 PM ET | Fox Sports Network
This is the other best noon game to watch. Tom Herman and the Cougars have what it takes on offense to pull of the upset, as Louisvlle didn’t impress me in their opening game against Auburn. Tigers quarterback Jeremy Johnson made a lot of mistakes and the Cardinals didn’t capitalize. If the Cougars execute, I smell an upset.
Iowa at Iowa State | 4:30 PM ET | FOX
The Battle for the CyHawk Trophy! This game is always interesting and with Kirk Ferentz involved, weird stuff can happen.
San Diego State at California | 5:00 PM ET | Pac-12 Network
The Aztecs were considered by many in the preseason to be one of the non-power five teams to watch and California is led by offensive guru Sonny Dykes, who has got his players to gel well to his system at the start of his second season. This one could surprise.
Temple at Cincinnati | 8:00 PM ET | ESPNewsUC@Temple
Fresh off their upset of Penn State, Temple now looks to knock off American Conference favorite Cincinnati on the road. If the Owls can win this one, Notre Dame will be their biggest obstacle en route to an undefeated season and marquee bowl berth.
Bowling Green at Maryland | 12:00 PM ET | Big Ten Network
Big Ten upset alert!
Hawai’i at Ohio State | 3:30 PM ET | Big Ten Network
If you love the Buckeyes, love high-scoring offenses, or for some reason hate Hawai’i, you should definitely tune in.
Notre Dame at Virginia | 3:30 PM ET | ABC
Watch Mike London lose his job on national television.
Washington State at Rutgers | 3:30 PM ET | ESPNU
Looking for an absolute train wreck of a game? Well then, I have the just the game for you.

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