We’ve arrived at Week Two of the 2013 NCAA Football Season. While it is not the most high-profile weekend of the year there are a few matchups worth spending a lazy Saturday in front of the television or out at the stadiums tailgating, so without further ado here are the games to catch today!
#12 University of Florida (1-0) at Miami (1-0), Noon, ESPN
The battle for the second best team in Florida takes place early today at Miami Gardens’ Sun Life Stadium. As a Seminole who has reasons to hate both teams my personal hope is that this is a 2-0 game decided by a safety late in the game. Outside of that, I do think that this will be an entertaining game to watch for neutral fans and it will be a real test for both squads. This is UF’s first road game against a BCS team other than FSU since 2003, and as the Orlando Sentinel’s Mike Bianchi writes this may be the last time the teams meet for a very long time. Miami tailback Duke Johnson is the player to watch in this game as the Canes will need a big game out of him in order to pull the upset.
#6 South Carolina (1-0) at #11 Georgia (0-1), 4:30 PM, ESPN
This mid-afternoon tilt marks the SEC opener for two of the top teams in the conference and is a date that both teams certainly have had circled since the schedules were announced this spring. Georgia’s only conference losses the past couple seasons have come at the hands of ‘Ole Ball Coach Steve Spurrier and the Gamecocks, and coming off a tough loss at Clemson last Saturday the Bulldogs will avoid falling to 0-2 at the hands of the top teams in the state of South Carolina. For the Gamecocks, Jadeveon Clowney will be “all the way turnt up” in his attack of Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, as Clowney tries to shake off questions about his work ethic and taking plays off that have plagued him the past two seasons and ramped up again after admitting his conditioning wasn’t there last week against UNC.
#14 Notre Dame (1-0) at #17 Michigan (1-0), 8 PM, ESPN
The GameDay Crew is out at Ann Arbor for tonight’s big matchup at the Big House. This is an historic rivalry that (just like Florida/Miami) will be going away after tonight as it is undetermined when they will meet again. There has been plenty of pre-game talk about Notre Dame and Coach Brian Kelly “chickening out” out this rivalry, so it will be interesting to see how that translates over to the field and to see who gets more fired up for this one. Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees has a lot to prove this evening, filling in for the suspended Everett Golson this season, and a big game from him tonight may give him more legitimacy in the hearts of the fans in South Bend. For the Wolverines, their starting quarterback’s only experience against the Irish has been at receiver as Devin Gardner had 3 receptions for 40 yards in last year’s 13-6 Notre Dame win, so it will be interesting to see how he plays with the full-time quarterback duties.
#11 Florida State: 41 at Pittsburgh : 13
The game may have happened Monday night but with the Noles having today off I intend on taking some time to re-watch parts of this season opener. For those of you without that kind of time or interest, I present to you this short highlight video of a quarterback you will get to know very well over the next few years. Famous Jameis Winston will be soon be a household name and in his debut the kid went 25-27 for 356 yards and 4 touchdowns (including 3 to tight-end Nick O’Leary). Even more encouraging, the only pass that hit the ground was later called back due to a penalty. As Tallahassee Democrat sportswriter Corey Clark noted, this debut was not only the best introduction for any quarterback it was also one of the best games any FSU quarterback has ever played. There is plenty of hype right now in Tallahassee and nobody knows what the future holds, but please take a few minutes to watch these highlights and make a prediction for yourself.