NCAA Football Game Rankings: Week 2

Weekly Game Rankings: Is Michigan/Notre Dame #1?

9/7/13 in NCAAF   |   BlakeLovell   |   60 respect

There are around  83,762 college football games this weekend. OK, so maybe not that many. But let's put it this way: there are a lot.

And unless you're going to push your DVR to a breaking point, there's no way you can watch them all from start to finish. Let us help narrow your choices by looking at the top five games on the schedule, along with a few honorable mentions.

Honorable Mentions: #2 Oregon at Virginia, West Virginia at #16 Oklahoma, #15 Texas at BYU, Arkansas State at Auburn

5. Western Kentucky at Tennessee - 12:21 PM ET, ESPN3

Aug 31, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Western Kentucky Hilltoppers head coach Bobby Petrino on the sidelines during the second half against the Kentucky Wildcats at LP Field. Western Kentucky won 35-26. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports
Bobby Petrino is the head coach at Western Kentucky in case anyone had forgotten that. The Hilltoppers beat an SEC foe last week in Kentucky, and are now looking to go 2-0 against the best conference in college football to start the season. Now, we know that Kentucky and Tennessee aren't teams at the top of the league. Still, it would be an impressive feat.

Tennessee's blowout against Austin Peay meant nothing, so we'll know more about them after this one. All the pressure is on Butch Jones and the Vols. There's no doubt about that. And Petrino would have it no other way. While it would be fun to pick the upset in this situation, Tennessee is better and they are at home. Can't pick against that.

4. Washington State at #25 USC - 10:30 PM ET, Fox Sports 1

Aug 29, 2013; Honolulu, HI, USA; Southern California Trojans receiver Marqise Lee (9) carries the ball against the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors at Aloha Stadium. USC defeated Hawaii 30-13. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
The Cougars had their chances last week at Auburn, but ultimately fell by a touchdown. And in true Mike Leach offensive fashion, quarterback Connor Halliday threw the ball 65 times. Add in the fact that USC still has a lot of questions to answer on both sides of the ball, and they are catching the Trojans at the right time.

Preparing for an offense like Washington State's is never easy simply because of the erratic style. It's especially difficult in the early part of the season since a defense really hasn't seen much of anything. That's why Leach's team has a legitimate chance here. If they can limit their turnovers (which were a problem last week with three interceptions), they can pull off the victory.

3. #12 Florida at Miami - 12 PM ET, ESPN

Aug 30, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Hurricanes running back Duke Johnson (8) eludes Florida Atlantic Owls safety Damian Parms (17) during the first quarter at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Miami is talented enough to win. There's no doubt about that. But while there have been rumblings about Florida's rather unimpressive performance last weekend against Toledo, keep in mind that suspensions were a big factor.

Duke Johnson's ability to pick up yards on the ground will be what decides this game. Johnson is an incredible talent, but let's remember what he's going against. Florida's defensive line is no joke. It's hard to see him running wild all over the place against this defense. And for that reason, I'm not sure the Hurricanes can find enough momentum offensively to win this game. It will be close though.
 
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