Week 2 in college football is here! Lets look at some of the best top 25 action coming up on Saturday in the week 2 preview. If you are looking for a preview of all the Florida teams and Texas-Alabama preview’s, you will find that here. Some of the top ranked teams will be in “creampuff” mode this week so I will not burden anyone with what I assume will be big time blowouts. Here are some of the better games of the day in our week 2 preview.
Nebraska at #22 Colorado Noon on Fox
Colorado-Nebraska are meeting for the 72nd time, renewing a rivalry when both teams were members of the Big 8 and Big 12. The Buffaloes have won the last two matchups in 2018 and 2019 and they have not defeated Nebraska in three straight meetings since 1956-58.
Colorado is looking to win consecutive games for the first time since starting 4-0 in 2020. Since the beginning of the 2021 season, Colorado is one of two Power 5 teams without a win streak of at least two games, along with Northwestern.
With a win, the Buffaloes would become the first team to start 2-0 after losing 11+ games in the prior season since Baylor in 2018. Colorado also did this in 2013 after going 1-11 in 2012.
#20 Ole Miss at #24 Tulane 3:30pm on ESPN-2
Ole Miss is playing a non-conference road game against a ranked opponent for the first time since 2008, when it lost 30-28 at No. 20 Wake Forest on Sam Swank’s 41-yard field goal with 3 seconds left.
The Rebels haven’t played a ranked non-conference *matchup* on the road since 1960, when the No. 2 Rebels beat No. 14 Arkansas (then in the Southwest Conference) 10-7.
Tulane has lost 11 straight games against SEC opponents since beating Mississippi State 32-29 in 2006. The Green Wave have lost 12 straight against Ole Miss since beating the Rebels in back-to-back games in 1987 and 1988.
(13) Notre Dame at NC State, Noon ET on ABC
Sam Hartman continues to climb the charts in the record books. He has 116 career passing touchdowns, tied with Matt Barkley for the 12th-most in FBS history. With four touchdowns vs NC State, Hartman would pass Timmy Chang (117) and Luke Falk (119) and move into the top-10 all-time.
Hartman has also thrown a touchdown pass in 32 straight games, the longest active streak in the FBS.
History might be on the side of NC State, who has a 2-1 record all-time against Notre Dame (.667 win pct). Among schools to face Notre Dame at least three times, that is the fourth-best win percentage by any team against the Fighting Irish, trailing Ohio State, Georgia and Chicago. Chicago and Notre Dame last played each other in 1899.
(14) Utah at Baylor, Noon ET on ESPN
Will Cam Rising return this week for Utah? In its season opener vs Florida, Utah used a two-quarterback system in the 24-11 victory. However, the Utes will certainly welcome back Rising, who became the fourth player (sixth instance) in Utah history to record 3,000 passing yards in a season in 2022.
Rising also finished ninth in Total QBR among qualified FBS quarterbacks in 2022 and third among Pac-12 players, behind only Caleb Williams and Bo Nix. In 2022, Rising had a 83.1 Total QBR and an 84.2 mark in 2021. Prior to Rising, the last quarterback to record a Total QBR that high for Utah in a season was Alex Smith in 2004.
For the week 2 preview you can check out all the remaining top 25 matchups here.
We will be discussing all of these games plus our Pigskin Picks coming up on Shemon and Sheppard 2-6pm.
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