What a first week of college football.
The action started with an upset special of Texas A&M going to South Carolina and embarrassing Steve Spurrier.
There's a new big man on campus down in Texas.
Move over Johnny Manziel. Enter Kenny Hill.
Some big time performance were had from conference to conference. It is very early in the season, but the Heisman race is already shaping up.
The highlight of last Saturday, beyond the Michigan game, was Stone Cold Steve Austin. The former WWE star chugged some beers with Lee Corso on the 'College Gameday' set and it was glorious.
STEVEWEISER! pic.twitter.com/afIg9FzyyE— Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) August 30, 2014
Fast forward to week two, and there are some sexy games that are nothing short of must-see-television. For the Ann Arbor faithful, Saturday begins and ends in South Bend.
One final time, for now, let's try to break the hearts of the Fighting Irish.
Hoke on ND: Who knows when it will be last game? We just know we won't play them in the near future. The kids understand those ramifications— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) September 1, 2014
MICHIGAN @ #16 NOTRE DAME - 7:30 P.M. EST. - NBC
The Wolverines questionable offensive line will be short one body on Saturday. OL Kyle Bosch will be away from Team 135 for some time and here's to the hope that the man gets the privacy that he deserves. Best wishes to him and to the hopes that he returns to the team when he feels he is capable of doing so.
Per Brady Hoke - #Michigan sophomore OL Kyle Bosch has taken a leave of absence "for an undetermined amount of time for personal reasons."— Sam Webb (@SamWebb77) September 3, 2014
Michigan will have to march on and bond together this week. This is a true road test against a rival that could be looked upon as a make or break moment.
If the Wolverines can pull off the upset, they could see themselves entering the national rankings. If they can't get pumped up to play this week, someone better check their pulses. This is Meeeeeeechigan vs. Notre Dame.
Notre Dame week!— Blake Countess (@TheeCount2) September 1, 2014
Average secondary market ticket for Michigan-Notre Dame is $349 ... next closest is Ohio State-Va. Tech at $182, then MSU-Oregon at $179— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) September 3, 2014
Some people might have thought that the Wolverines and Irish may have overlooked their inferior week one opponents. The results speak for themselves.
GO BLUE!!!!!— Devin Funchess (@D_FUNCH) August 30, 2014
This is a rivalry built on history, and if history tells us anything, it's to expect a game that is competitive in the fourth quarter.
The winner of Michigan-Notre Dame on Saturday will own the highest all-time win pct. in college football. Margin is that close.— Drew Hallett (@DrewCHallett) September 2, 2014
Notre Dame is going to have the home crowd on it's side and it'll need every bit of the luck of the Irish to pull off the win against Michigan. They might even need to look to Madden NFL 15 for a secret weapon.
One guy who you can always count on rooting for the Maize and Blue is Tommy Terrific himself.
tom brady has a full neckbeard this is not ok pic.twitter.com/0VgGyGh241— Lana Berry (@Lana) September 3, 2014
Tom Brady is still chugging along in the NFL. As another season kicks off, you can count on Brady to be open and honest. He doesn't mess around, he gets straight to the point.
Tom Brady on NFL future: 'When I suck, I'll retire' - http://t.co/4gysODq2vV— For The Win (@ForTheWin) September 2, 2014
Just sit back and relax. Put away your Fantasy Football lineups and get ready for one sexy Saturday of football.
Draft time and Franklin & Bash. pic.twitter.com/CGpxSezuYi— Heather Brittany (@HeatherBrit) September 2, 2014
WEEK TWO COLLEGE FOOTBALL LINEUP
Saturday, September 6th, 2014
#14 USC @ # 13 STANFORD - 3:30 P.M. EST. - ABC
USC has had an interesting start to the season, to say the least. First, USC suspends Captain Josh Shaw because of his fabricated story of heroism. Now, word comes out that a player has left the team because it is calling the coach racist.
Whether or not any of these claims have any merit is arguable, but these kinds of distractions are the last thing that are needed for a new coach. USC coach Steve Sarkisian is just getting started on campus and he'll need his team to grow up fast in order to pull off this upset at Stanford.
The Cardinal are the model of consistency when it comes to playing fundamental football. Great defense, a solid running attack and sound quarterback play. Stanford QB Kevin Hogan is a veteran at the position and the Senior will look to carry his team off to a massive win early in the season.
Stanford football has won 17 straight home games, the longest active streak in FBS. (Stanford hosts USC, Saturday, 3:30 ET/ABC) #USCvsSTAN— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 3, 2014
Only at Stanford do you see a Tesla pull into a dirt lot for a football tailgate. pic.twitter.com/q4lwhLK740— Justice (@JusticeTention) August 31, 2014
EASTERN MICHIGAN @ FLORIDA - 4:00 P.M. EST. - SEC NETWORK
Florida's game last week was cancelled due to the awful weather conditions. What looked like an easy win over Idaho turned into a $975K payout for a game that never was.
Coach Will Muschamp is one of the trendy picks to be on the hot seat and after a dreadful 2013 season, the Gators will need to rebound quickly to save their coach's job.
The Gators were ravaged by injuries last season and this year welcome a new Offensive Coordinator. If the Gainesville folks are hoping for a big season, it'll rely on QB Jeff Driskel to live up to his hype. The QB was the top recruit at the position when he committed to Florida and it's time to put up or shut up.
This game will be interesting to see how the boys look in a new offense and if a welcomed change will be evident this season.
"There's a lot of things that go into discipline. It's about altering and changing behavior," - Will Muschamp http://t.co/GKIdpuiyP2— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 3, 2014
#15 OLE MISS @ VANDERBILT - 4:30 P.M. EST. - ESPN
Boise State almost upset Ole Miss in week one. Any ugly first half made Mississippi look vulnerable and that the young kids would need more time to develop.
The second half was more along the lines of what people were expecting. Ole Miss has had some stellar recruiting classes the last few years and that offense is built around stud WR Laquon Treadwell.
Vanderbilt is an interesting team to watch this season. James Franklin has moved on to coach at Penn State but he left behind a program in great shape.
#7 MICHIGAN STATE @ #3 OREGON - 6:30 P.M. EST. - FOX
What a game of contrasts.
Michigan State will bring it's physical defense to Eugene, while the Ducks will feature their explosive offense. College Gameday will be there bright and early because of the national championship implications of this game.
Looking ahead to Saturday, Oregon's O & Michigan State's D have ranked in top 10 in PPG & Opp PPG, respectively, each of last 3 seasons— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 2, 2014
While Michigan State has faced some mobile QB's and fared well against them, they'll be facing a guy unlike any other in Marcus Mariota.
Mariota is also the No.1 overall pick in this upcoming draft. Fantastic player. Not some "good college player" Hes a monster.— Mike Valenti (@MikeValenti971) September 3, 2014
MSU hasnt seen anything like this guy and therefore I think its very optimistic to say MSU will stop him My mind? Its Cooks game. Get to 35.— Mike Valenti (@MikeValenti971) September 3, 2014
Hoke asked about impact of Oregon-msu, says he hopes the league does well but can only worry about Notre dame— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) September 2, 2014
MSU’s staff had some prep time for Oregon and all its opponents, especially early ones, after spring ball. Spent lot of time on Ducks.— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) August 31, 2014
Your guess is as good as anyone's as to what side of the ball will dominate. The Oregon offense is a tough task for anyone to stop, but if anyone is up to it, it could be the Michigan State defense.
The odds, however, are not in their favor.
VIRGINIA TECH @ #8 OHIO STATE - 8:00 P.M. EST. - ESPN
Urban Meyer and the boys down in Ohio had to fight and claw to pull off a victory against Navy in week one. The absence of Braxton Miller at QB was quite evident.
The Hokies always play great defense and they'll have to come ready to win a game in one of the most hostile environments. Pulling off a victory in Columbus is as tough as it gets, outside of Tuscaloosa.