Saturday, September 8, 2012

Week 2 offers an array of great games for the viewer: GameOn

Saturday, September 8th

AUBURN (0-1) at Mississippi State (1-0) 11:00 a.m. ESPN (HD) (3D) / espn3 - SEC West opener for both teams. Tigers look to make it four straight over Bulldogs.

Ball State (1-0, 1-0 MAC) at #14 CLEMSON (1-0) 11:00 a.m. ESPN-GP / ACC Network (HD) / espn3 - ACC Tigers vs. MAC Cardinals... Ball State is 0-15 vs. BCS teams losing by an average of 24 points!

Maryland at Temple 11:00 a.m.ESPNU (HD) / espn3 - The Terrapens are 6-1 in this series that is now a ACC vs. Big East game, with Owls moving from MAC back to Big East in '12.  Can Temple get a W in an OCC opportunity at home?

MIAMI-FL at #23 Kansas State11:00 a.m.FX (HD) - Upset alert, as Hurricanes look to pick up back to back road wins to open '12.

New Hampshire at MINNESOTA (1-0) 11:00 a.m.BTN (HD) / - Consistency is often a challenge for the Golden Gophers and UNH has given FBS opponents trouble before, while Minnesota has had recent trouble vs. FCS.

NORTH CAROLINA STATE (0-1) at Connecticut (1-0) 11:00 a.m.SNY / MASN2 / ESPN-GP / ERTV (cable) / espn3 - ACC vs. Big East in only second meeting, so UConn get payback at home after 31-24 loss in '03 meeting?  Coach Tom O'Brien is a solid coach and should have his team ready, after loss to Tennessee in Atlanta last week.

Penn State (0-1) at VIRGINIA (1-0) 11:00 a.m.ABC (HD) - This game could go either direction, but PSU offense hasn't shown 60 minutes of performance skill and new staff at PSU is still looking to establish its new identity post Joe Paterno, so tough beginning in the Bill O'Brien era in Happy Valley.

Tulane (0-1) at TULSA (0-1)11:00 a.m.FSN Affiliates (HD) / FCSA (cable) - C-USA opener for both teams, as Golden Hurricane look to rebound after road loss at Iowa State in Week 1.

U of Central Florida (1-0) at OHIO STATE (1-0) 11:00 a.m.ESPN2 (HD) / espn3 - Is UCF a Top 25 team for the C-USA in '12?  Games like this are important for the resume, while the Buckeyes are on NCAA probation this year.  Urban Meyer era looks for win 2 in Columbus.

East Carolina (1-0) at #8 SOUTH CAROLINA (1-0) 11:21 a.m.SEC Network *4 / ESPN-GP / espn3 - The Pirates have won three straight games, when traveling to Columbia, but the last was 13 years ago in '99.  Gamecocks junior QB Connor Shaw is less than 100%, so others will have to tep up in this important game for South Carolina.

Illinois State at EASTERN MICHIGAN (0-1, 0-1 MAC) 12:00 p.m.ESPN-GP *2 / CSNC *5 (J.I.P at 1) - Dangerous game for EMU vs. an FCS opponent they have actually meet 30 times before, including four straight losses, with last meeting in '91.

North Carolina (1-0) at WAKE FOREST (1-0) 2:00 p.m.FSN Affiliates (HD) / ESPN-GP *2 / espn3 - ACC opener for both teams, as UNC faces NCAA probation this year.  Here is to the home team, who is 4-2 of late in this series.

Weber State at BYU (1-0) 2:00 p.m.BYUtv / Video - The Cougars took care of business in Week 1 and should get ready for Utah Week 3 game with a solid performance in Week 2.

Air Force (1-0) at #17 MICHIGAN (0-1) 2:30 p.m.ABC *1 / ESPN2 (HD) - The Wolverines likely will have some growing pains in Year 2 of the Brady Hoke era, but last week was just a beating by the #1 team in the land.  Many teams will face that, when playing Alabama, especially in season opener and missing two starters.

#21 FLORIDA (1-0) at Texas A&M 2:30 p.m. ESPN (HD) - We may be wrong, but A&M is 0-6 vs. SEC of late, so we are going to go with the Gators in College Station.

Howard at RUTGERS (1-0) 2:30 p.m. SNY / MASN2 / ESPN-GP / ERTV (cable) / espn3 - No surprises here in Week 2 FCS vs. FBS match up.

Iowa State (1-0) at IOWA (1-0) 2:30 p.m.BTN (HD) / - 36th straight game, since series renewal in '77 and 60th overall.  Iowa won the '77 game 12-10, but look for more offense in '12, as Iowa win by two with a 30-28 prediction here.  Iowa's QB James Vandenberg usually plays better at home.

#12 MICHIGAN STATE (1-0) at Central Michigan (1-0) 2:30 p.m.ESPNU (HD) - First meeting in series at CMU, so this game could be a trap for Spartans, especially if offense doesn't play well.

Missouri State at #25 Louisville (1-0) 2:30 p.m. ESPN-GP *2 / WHAS (cable) / espn3 - Cardinals took care of business in Week 1 vs. in-state rival Kentucky and are looking for good '12 in Big East.

Purdue (1-0) at Notre Dame (1-0) 2:30 p.m.NBC (HD) - Will the Jet Lag get the Fighting Irish as Boilermakers come to South Bend?  ND usually has the upper hand in this series, but Purdue is improving...

Rice (0-1) at KANSAS (1-0) 2:30 p.m.FSN Affiliates (HD) / FCSC (cable)  - KU is our pick!

South Florida (1-0) at NEVADA (1-0) 2:30 p.m.CBSSN (HD) - Should be good game!

Syracuse vs. #4 USC (East Rutherford) 2:30 p.m. ABC / ESPN2 (HD) - The Orange are improved, and how will USC travel East be in first road trip, but neutral site?

Western Kentucky at # 1 ALABAMA 2:39 p.m.SEC Network *4 / ESPN-GP / espn3 - # 1

Georgia State at TENNESSEE 3:00 p.m. ESPN-GP *2 / espn3 / PPV (TN only) - Vols to 2-0!

#11 Wisconsin at Oregon State 3:00 p.m.FX (HD) - We say go with the Badgers in trip out West.

#5 Arkansas vs. Louisiana Monroe (Little Rock)6:00 p.m.ESPNU (HD)  Arkansas should win on road here, but it may be a curve, if not careful.

Florida A&M at #7 Oklahoma 6:00 p.m.PPV - Boomer Sooner!

Grambling at #16 TCU 6:00 p.m.FSSW / FSH / FCSP (cable) / more info - Horned Frogs should roll here!

Idaho at Bowling Green 6:00 p.m.ALT (HD) / ESPN-GP / espn3 / BCSN / cable - Bowling Green wins!!!

UTEP at Ole Miss 6:00 p.m.FS South *6 / ESPN-GP *2 / espn3 - Mississippi should win.

Washington at #2 LSU 6:00 p.m.ESPN (HD) - At home, LSU here...

Western Carolina at Marshall 6:00 p.m. DirecTV: 623 / FCSA (cable) - We are Marshall!

Army at San Diego State 6:30 p.m.NBCSN (HD) - SD State!

Kent State at Kentucky 6:30 p.m.(CSNE/CSBA)*5/ ESPN-GP*2/ CSS (cable) / espn3

# Nebraska at UCLA6:30 p.m.FOX (HD) - Upset alert... UCLA

#13 Georgia at #22 Missouri 6:45 p.m.ESPN2 - We are going with Missouri in Top 25 game in new SEC East!

Louisiana Tech at Houston7:00 p.m.CBSSN (HD) - LA Tech on road and season ooener.

Vanderbilt at Northwestern7:00 p.m.BTN (HD) / - Go Wildcats, but watch out for Vandy.  Pick: NW

Illinois at Arizona State 9:30 p.m.ESPN (HD)Games not yet scheduled for nationally available networks.

Akron at Florida International5:00 p.m.espn3 - FIU is our pick.

Austin Peay at Virginia Tech12:30 p.m.espn3 - VA Tech here!

Duke at Stanford9:30 p.m.PAC-12 Network (HD) / Pick: Stanford

Eastern Illinois at Western Michigan6:00 p.m.espn3 WMU gets first win.

Eastern Washington at Washington State2:00 p.m.PAC-12 Network (HD) / - Leachera gets first win... WSU is our pick!

Florida Atlantic at Middle Tennessee6:00 p.m.espn3 - Middle Tennessee at home.

Fresno State at Oregon5:30 p.m.PAC-12 Network (HD) / Oregon... easy pick!

Indiana at UMass2:30 p.m.espn3Lehigh at CCSU11:00 a.m.NEC Front Row. IU in a surprise.

Louisiana Lafayette (1-0) at TROY (1-0) 6:00 p.m.espn3 - Sun Belt opener for both teams in '12 in what should be a very good game.

Maine at BOSTON COLLEGE (0-1, 0-1 ACC) 12:00 p.m.espn3 - Black Bears travel to BC, who fell at home in ACC opener to Miami-FL, not a good situation as BC looks to get on track in '12.

Memphis (0-1) at ARKANSAS STATE (0-1) 6:00 p.m.espn3 - Sun Belt should get win over C-USA in this match up.

Morgan State at BUFFALO (0-1) 5:00 p.m.TWNY (cable) - Buffalo open at home after loss @ Georgia in Week 1.

New Mexico (1-0) at #19 TEXAS (1-0) 7:00 p.m. LHN - UNM welcomed the Bob Davie era with a win over Southern, but trip to Austin far higher hurdle in Week 2.   Lobos are 0-2 vs. Longhorns and have dropped 12 straight vs. ranked opponents.

New Mexico State (1-0) at OHIO U (1-0) 6:00 p.m. espn3 - Bobcats opened with road win over Penn State and will host Aggies in home opener in why should be a solid to special season for coach Frank Solich, after 10-4 last year and win over Utah State in Idaho Patato Bowl.

Nicholls State at SOUTH ALABAMA (0-1) 4:00 p.m.espn3 - Hurricane Issac shelved season opener for Nichols State, while Janguars lost FBS debut in Week 1 at home vs. UTSA.

North Dakota State at COLORADO STATE (1-0) 6:00 p.m. (KTVD / ND NBC) (cable) - Defending FCS champions travel out to Ft. Collins to play Rams, after nice win in Denver for CSU over in-state rival Colorado.  Upset alert?  FCS vs. FBS?

Northern Arizona (0-1) at UNLV (0-1) 9:00 p.m. - Can Rebals rebound from Week 1 OT loss at home to Minnesota?  They should vs. NAU.

#6 Oklahoma State (1-0) at Arizona (1-0) 9:30 p.m. PAC-12 Network (HD) / - Dispite a true freshman QB at helm, the Cowboys may be the top dog in Big 12 in '12, while new era for Wildcats football got off to right start with win over Toledo in Week 1.

Presbyterian at GEORGIA TECH (0-1, 0-1 ACC) 6:00 p.m. espn3 - Labor Day came up short in OT at Blacksburg, so Yellow Jackets look to reverse things vs. FCS oppenent in home opener in Week 2!

Sacramento State (0-1) at COLORADO (0-1) 2:00 p.m. PAC-12 Network (HD) / - Buffalos look to get on track in Week 2, after loss vs. Colorado State in opener.

Savannah State (0-1) at #15 FLORIDA STATE (1-0) 5:00 p.m. espn3 - WVU moved to Big 12, so Seminoles open with back to back FCS opponents in '12 instead of Top 15 showdown in Week 2.

Southern Utah at CALIFORNIA (0-1) 2:00 p.m.PAC-12 Network (HD) / - Golden Bears fell in Week 1 to Nevada, so Cal works to get on track in Week 2!

Southern Illinois at MIAMI-OH (0-1) 12:00 p.m. espn3 - Year 2 under coach Don Treadwell, OOC games like this are supposed to end on the positive side of the ledger for Redhawks.  First meeting and first game vs. FCS opponent for RedHawks, since '08.

Stephen F. Austin at SMU (0-1) 7:00 p.m. TWTX (cable) - The Mustangs look to get back on track, after loss to now #24 Baylor in Week 1!

Texas A&M Commerce at UTSA (1-0) 1:00 p.m. - Week 1, year 1 in FBS started well for UTSA, so hopefully home opener and first meeting goes well here?

Texas Southern at NORTH TEXAS (0-1) 6:00 p.m. TXA21 (cable) / espn3 - Dan McCarney should have Mean Green in better place this week, after beating at #2 LSU in Week 1!

Texas Tech (1-0) at TEXAS STATE (1-0) 6:00 p.m. espn3 - Texas State upset Houston in Week 1, but do the have defense and offense to win two straight in first season in FBS.  Tall order, but we will root for the underdog in Week 2 vs. Red Raidiers.  Texas State lost 50-10 last year, but lead at half.

Toledo (0-1) at WYOMING (0-1) 3:00 p.m. - Toledo lost in OT at Arizona in Week 1, while Wyoming lost at Texas... home field is likely difference in Week 2!

UC Davis at San Jose State (0-1) 7:00 p.m. - Spartans came up short @ Stanford, so look to rebound in home opener of '12.

UT Martin at NORTHERN ILLINOIS (0-1) 6:00 p.m. espn3 - Huskies home opener after dissappointment at Soldier Field in Week 1!

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