Best College Football Games to Watch in Week Two
A handful of upsets and many great games highlighted Week 1 of the college football season. Now, Week 2 is showing a lot of promise, with three top-25 matchups. Here are just a few of the games you should turn your attention to this Saturday.
14 LSU @ 25 Mississippi State - In 2014, this was the first signature win for Mississippi State; a win that announced that the Bulldogs were a serious contender, not just in the SEC, but for a Playoff spot as well. This early matchup serves not just as a road test for LSU, but its first test all season, as the Tigers' first game of the season was cancelled due to weather.
LSU's defense didn't have an answer for Dak Prescott — he finished with 268 passing yards, 105 rushing yards and three total touchdowns — in Death Valley last season, but this isn't the same Mississippi State offense from a year ago. Combining Mississippi State's unimpressive 34-16 win over Southern Miss and LSU's cancellation, this game could be one of the more interesting ones to watch this weekend.
20 Boise State @ BYU - Both of these teams came away with close wins in their season openers. Not to take anything away from Boise's 16-13 win over former head coach Chris Petersen's Washington Huskies, but BYU's 42-yard Hail Mary as time expired is clearly more eye-popping. Boise State took this one handily last season, winning by 25, but I'm not so sure that will be the case this year.
Last week, BYU freshman QB Tanner Mangum looked great in relief after starter Taysom Hill suffered a season-ending injury. Mangum completed seven of 11 passes for 111 yards, threw the game-winning touchdown and added 26 yards on the ground over five carries. If he can show that same consistency this week, Boise State could be next on the upset list for BYU.
7 Oregon @ 5 Michigan State - Looking at this weekend's slate of games, this is arguably the best game to watch. Any top-10 matchup this early in the season is surely a must-watch game. Michigan State is looking for some revenge after getting beaten badly by the Ducks last season, and they want a signature win to hang their hats on.
A win for the Spartans here would look great on their resume for the College Football Playoff. The quarterback play will be fun to watch in this game, as Oregon QB Vernon Adams looked comfortable in his first FBS game while Michigan State QB Connor Cook is ready to shine in his final season.
19 Oklahoma @ 23 Tennessee - With so much hype surrounding Tennessee, this game will give Butch Jones and co. their first real test and will be a good measuring stick to see where both teams stand this season. If Tennessee comes out on top, the rest of the SEC should take notice and be a little wary. However, if Oklahoma is the victor, the Big 12 race could involve more than just two teams, as was originally predicted.
Both offenses got to beat up on inferior MAC defenses last week, but this week will really show how effective each team can be. Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield looked like a stud against Akron, throwing for 388 yards and three touchdowns. Tennessee's ground game was absurd against Bowling Green, with Alvin Kamara and Jalen Hurd combining for 267 rushing yards and five touchdowns. Don't expect these numbers on Saturday, but there should be some fireworks from each team.