DudeYouCrazy Viewing Guide, Week 2: You’re Free til 3:30 Saturday


I love the opening-week neutral-field matchups. We were treated to a dancing (and seemingly growing every year) plethora of quality interconference games last week on neutral sites, as well as a couple (increasingly rare) ones on campus.

This week, there are two MAJOR cross-country battles, a few conference openers, and….a steaming pile of garbage otherwise.

Let this serve as my petition to give us one or two more cupcake games during week 1 and throw in a couple more neutral-site ones in the second week (when only half of the NFL stadiums are in use, anyway). My remote control skills weren’t quite in midseason form when attempting to flip between Alabama/Wisconsin, Texas A&M/Arizona State, Texas/Notre Dame, and Georgia Southern/West Virginia simultaneously last Saturday night.

Thursday: #FUNBELT

Louisiana Tech at Western Kentucky, FS1, 8: Western Kentucky stands alone as the ONLY school in the country with a win against SEC opposition this season. Louisiana Tech beat future Georgia opponent Southern 62-15 last week. All of this means…something.

Friday: More Unread iTunes Receipts

Miami at Florida Atlantic, FS1, 8: Okay, I had to double-check on this, but it was FIU and not FAU that Miami famously brawled with a few years ago. My interest in this is now negligible.

#24 Utah at Utah State, ESPN2, 9: Definitely the type of late night random game where weird things happen. Utah has the “beat Jim Harbaugh” boost going on, and Utah State has a healthy Chuckie Keeton. IT’S A FRIDAY NIGHT IN LOGAN, LOOK OUT!

Saturday Nooners: Stay Away Unless You Love/Hate These Teams

Gonna run through these real quick:

  • USF at #11 Florida State, 11:30, ESPN: East Coast before noon? Okay then, bonus football! I’m in!
  • Jacksonville State at #6 Auburn, 12, SECN: Eh.
  • Oregon State at Michigan, 12, ABC: Michigan to 0-2 in the Pac-12?
  • Buffalo at Penn State, 12, ESPN2: Christian Hackenberg was sacked 10 times against Temple last week. God, the B1G sucks.
  • For fun, Houston at Louisville and App State at #12 Clemson are on ESPN3. That’s right, Clemson opens with Wofford and App State.

Mid-Afternoon: Thank God for them Dawgs

#10 Georgia at Vanderbilt, 3:30, CBS: Why does having Verne and Gary for this game scare me? Someone talk me off the ledge. I don’t want this game to be interesting.

#9 Notre Dame at Virginia, 3:30, ABC: Apparently, its the week for top-1o teams to visit V-schools. Virginia continues their nonconference gauntlet (still to come: Boise State) and Notre Dame pushes the September hype machine into overdrive. Avert your eyes.

Fresno State at #17 Ole Miss, 3:30, ESPN2: Living, breathing (but still not very good) players against Chad Kelly and the Ole Miss offense is the only intrigue here.

#2 Alabama and #18 Arkansas vs. anonymous (but at least FBS) opponents, 4, SECN/SECN alternate: just…enjoy the poundings, I guess?

It’s likely none of these games are close.

Evening: The Good Ones Are Spaced Out!

#19 Oklahoma at #23 Tennessee, 6 ESPN: As Andrew alluded to on his picks this morning, both programs need this as a ‘statement’ W. Ostensibly so they can justify their .500 seasons in conference.

East Carolina at Florida, 7:30, ESPN2: ECU had their chance to beat the Gators in the Liberty Bowl last year. Should be interesting to see the development (or hopefully lack thereof) from week 1 to 2 of the Jim McElwain era.

Kentucky at South Carolina, 7:30, SECN: For two teams who squeaked by in week 1, I expect another close game here. Well worth keeping in the rotation for divisional interests.

#7 Oregon at #5 Michigan State, 8, ABC: Yessir. Last year, Oregon needed about 40 minutes before it could wear down Sparty’s D. I think there’s revenge in the air here. Either way, it’s your appointment watch before conference season gets into full swing.

#14 LSU at #25 Mississippi State, 9:15, ESPN: Props to you, AP voters, for getting Mississippi State into the top 25 to help sell the matchup.

BONUS FOR THOSE SICK LIKE ME: #20 Boise State at BYU kicks off at 10:15 on ESPN2.

All Matchups, Ranked in Order of ‘You Need to Watch’

  1. Oregon at MSU
  2. Oklahoma at Tennessee
  3. LSU at (the other) MSU
  4. Georgia at Vandy– and really only because its Georgia.
  5. Take your pick…nothing else that requires your eyeballs.

Enjoy the games, folks!

 

About Chadwick

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Posted on September 10, 2015, in Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Big 10, Big 12, Clemson, College Football Viewing Guide, Florida Gators, Georgia Bulldogs, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, LSU, Michigan, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Pac-12, SEC, South Carolina Gamecocks, Tennessee, Vanderbilt. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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