By Michael Winn
No. 5 Oklahoma at No. 2 Ohio State (6:30 p.m., Saturday, ABC)
Another top-five matchup to start the second week of the season. Last year, Ohio State did Oklahoma and Baker Mayfield no favors as it held the Sooners to 24 points and Mayfield to his lowest QBR of the season. OSU and OU are two teams that have a star quarterback that most teams do not. This will be a fun game to watch and study as Lincoln Riley’s first major test as a head coach. On the other side, Urban Meyer is one of the best college football coaches of all time and has an athlete at quarterback in J.T. Barrett that can turn a no play into a big play. I wouldn’t be surprised if OU bounced back from last year and Riley had a few tricks up his sleeve to push the Sooners to the victory.
No. 14 Stanford at No. 6 USC (7:30 p.m., Saturday, FOX)
The start of Pac-12 play is always exciting. These two teams had very different games last week. USC won but struggled at home against Western Michigan, and Stanford beat Rice on the road by 55 points. Potential Heisman candidate Sam Darnold had a bad game Week 1 but will not be able to do that again if USC wants to have a chance in this game. Stanford and USC have the potential to put up big numbers on offense, and this game may come down to who has the ball last.
No. 15 Georgia at No. 24 Notre Dame (6:30 p.m., Saturday, NBC)
Georgia is coming off a win against Appalachian State at home, where most thought the Bulldogs would put up better numbers on offense than they did. Georgia quarterback Jacob Eason went down early with a knee injury that will hold him out of this game, so expect to see true freshman Jake Fromm under center. Running back Nick Chubb will need to have a big game if Georgia wants to win this game. Notre Dame, on the other hand, had 422 total rushing yards in Week 1 and needs to carry its running game into this game to win. If the Irish can run the ball and control the game at home, then expect an upset in Indiana.
No. 17 Louisville at North Carolina (11:00 a.m., Saturday, ESPN)
Louisville is another top-25 team that struggled the first week of the season. With last years Heisman winner Lamar Jackson under center again, this will be the team to watch. This is an ACC conference matchup that could have a major impact on Louisville’s season. I believe that North Carolina is a better team than the team that Louisville played last week in Purdue. If I had to pick an upset this week, then Louisville would be the team on upset alert. This game is being played in North Carolina’s home, Chapel Hill, and the Tar Heels’ fan base is known to be crazy so expect that stadium to be rocking Saturday.