Week 2 College Football Preview

No. 5 Oklahoma visits No. 2 Ohio State, 3 other ranked matchups

NORMAN, OK - SEPTEMBER 17:  Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners throws a pass downfield at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
NORMAN, OK - SEPTEMBER 17: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners throws a pass downfield at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

SAN ANTONIO – College football will be played around the country on Saturday and it has a chance to be a significant weekend for sorting out College Football Playoff contenders. 

Here's what to watch for in Week 2:

There are some good viewing options with No. 13 Auburn at No. 3 Clemson; No. 14 Stanford visiting No. 6 Southern California and No. 15 Georgia playing at No. 24 Notre Dame.

The most talked about matchup however will take place in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday night when No. 5 Oklahoma meets No. 2 Ohio State. It's a return match of last year's Buckeyes' victory in Norman.

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Don't forget to look for the latest article each week to find the channels and start times for both important and regional games.

NOTABLE TOP 25 MATCHUPS:

No. 17 Louisville at North Carolina at 11 a.m. on ESPN

Pittsburgh at No. 4 Penn State at 2:30 p.m. on ABC

No. 13 Auburn at No. 3 Clemson at 6 p.m. on ESPN 

No. 15 Georgia at No. 24 Notre Dame at 6:30 p.m. on NBC

No. 14 Stanford at No. 6 USC at 7:30 p.m. on FOX

No. 5 Oklahoma at No. 2 Ohio State 6:30 p.m. on ABC

BIG 12 SCHEDULE:

Friday:

No. 11 Oklahoma State at South Alabama at 7 p.m. on ESPN2

Saturday:

Charlotte at No. 19 Kansas State 11 a.m. on FS Southwest

San Jose State at Texas 2:30 p.m. on Longhorn Network

Iowa at Iowa State 11 a.m. ESPN2

East Carolina at West Virginia 11 a.m. on Fox Sports 2

No. 23 TCU at Arkansas 2:30 p.m. on CBS

Central Michigan at Kansas 3 p.m.  on FS Southwest

UTSA at Baylor 7 p.m. on FS Southwest

** Nicholls at Texas A&M at 6 p.m. on ESPNU

Here are also some things to watch in the Big 12 Conference in Week 2 of the season:

GAME OF THE WEEK

No. 5 Oklahoma (1-0) at No. 2 Ohio State (1-0). The Sooners won their 10th Big 12 title last season without losing in league play, but were 1-2 in nonconference games after a three-touchdown home loss to Ohio State. Oklahoma has since won 11 in a row, the nation's longest winning streak. Now comes new head coach Lincoln Riley's first big test only days after his 34th birthday. Senior quarterback Baker Mayfield was 19-of-20 passing for 329 yards and three TDs playing a half in a season-opening 56-7 win over UTEP. The only time the Sooners played at Ohio State's famed Horseshoe was 40 years ago, and they won 29-28 on Uwe von Schamann's 41-yard field goal with 3 seconds left that is known as "The Kick" to OU fans.

BEST MATCHUP

TCU's defensive front seven vs. Arkansas running backs. The Horned Frogs are so loaded at linebacker that Ty Summers was moved to end a year after ranking second on the team and in the Big 12 with 121 tackles. The quick emergence of true freshman Chase Hayden (120 yards on 14 carries in his debut) and addition of South Carolina transfer David Williams have given the Razorbacks have three solid runners.

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INSIDE THE NUMBERS

Iowa State has scored non-offensive touchdowns in three straight games. ... Baylor QB Anu Solomon will face UTSA for the third time in his career. The grad transfer threw for 460 yards, five TDs and no interceptions in two wins over the Roadrunners while at Arizona. ... Peyton Bender's 364 yards and four TD passing were the best debut ever for a Kansas QB. ... Jesse Ertz had three TD passes of at least 55 yards in Kansas State's opener, a first under coach Bill Snyder.

LONG SHOT

No. 11 Oklahoma State is a four-touchdown favorite, and there should be no surprises Friday night when South Alabama hosts a ranked Power Five team for the first time in its seven seasons playing football in the same stadium as the Senior Bowl each January. The Jaguars beat a Power Five team (at Mississippi State) and a Top 25 team (No. 19 San Diego State) last year, but allowed 531 yards in their opener at Ole Miss. Oklahoma State had 640 total yards and 59 points against Tulsa.

PLAYER TO WATCH

Florida transfer Will Grier starts his first home game as West Virginia's quarterback when the Mountaineers host East Carolina (0-1). Grier was the Big 12 leader the first week with 423 total yards against Virginia Tech, completing 31 of 53 passes for 371 yards and three touchdowns while running for 52 yards in a tough loss.


About the Author:

Ben Spicer is a digital journalist who works the early morning shift for KSAT.