Here is the best of the rest for week 2 in college football. On Thursday I gave you what I believed would be the 4 best games of the day. But many times that is not often the case. Here are a few more games in college football week 2 to keep an eye on. These games could have an impact on the college football playoff down the road.
Louisville at UCF 7:30pm Friday night ESPN 2
The Cardinals season and Atlantic Coast Conference opener against Syracuse went about as poorly as it possibly could during an ugly 31-7 loss. Now they have to try and regroup on the road in Orlando at The Bounce House. The Knights routed South Carolina State 56-10 in their opener last Thursday, and one of the catalysts was quarterback John Rhys Plumlee, who rolled up 407 yards of offense. Last season, Louisville beat visiting UCF 42-35 with Cunningham putting up 364 yards — 265 yards and a touchdown through the air and 99 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
South Carolina at 16 Arkansas, Saturday Noon ET on ESPN
Can South Carolina rejuvenate itself in year 2 under Shane Beamer much like Arkansas did in year 2 under Sam Pittman? A win on Saturday in Fayetteville would go a long way, and so would the Spencer Rattler from 2 seasons ago. Rattler threw for 200 yards and a TD in South Carolina’s win over Georgia State, he was picked off twice. In week 1, Arkansas handed Cincinnati it’s first regular season loss since 2019.
Appalachian State at 6 Texas A&M, Saturday 3:30 ET on ESPN2
Aggies QB Haynes King threw for over 350 yards but was picked off twice in the season-opening shutout win over Sam Houston. The Mountaineers have lost their last 2 games against Power 5 opponents by 2 points each. (At UNC in Week 1 and at Miami last year). Their last 6 games against Power 5 opponents have been decided by a combined 20 points. App State is 2-4 in those games.
Southern Miss at 15 Miami, Saturday Noon ET on ACC Network
The Mario Cristobal era opened with a bang in Week 1, as the Canes took care of Bethune-Cookman, 70-13. QB Tyler Van Dyke was flawless in the win, and RB Henry Parrish Jr. added over 100 yards and 3 TD on the ground. Southern Miss features RB Frank Gore Jr., the son of the former Hurricanes RB by the same name. Gore Jr. rushed for 178 yards and 2 TD in the Golden Eagles’ 4 OT season-opening loss to Liberty