Considering the awesome slate of games that week one gave us, the week two Husker Football Fan’s TV Guide is lacking in ‘star power’ games.
However, rest assured that you won’t need any further assistance this weekend as your viewing pleasure has already been optimized.
If you think I’ve missed any good games, let me know in the comments below!
(All times are CDT)
Thursday, August 4
7:00 p.m. – Arizona at UTSA (Fox Sports 1)
Larry Coker has done amazing things with the Roadrunners’ program. Husker football fans may remember him as the coach of the Miami Hurricanes squad that beat Nebraska in the 2002 Rose Bowl. Last week, UTSA beat Houston 27-7 and held the Cougars to minus-26 rushing yards.
Arizona, on the other hand, crushed UNLV 58-13 and put up 787 yards of total offense, besting Nebraska’s 784 yards.
Friday, August 5
6:00 p.m. – Pittsburgh at Boston College (ESPN)
*The Imperial March hits* Former Nebraska athletic director Steve Pederson at Pittsburgh since his dismissal in 2007 and has gone through four head coaches in that time.
Current head coach Paul Chryst is in his third season and the Panthers are coming off of a 62-0 evisceration of FCS opponent Delaware. The Eagles also won their first game, beating Massachusetts 30-7.
Pittsburgh is favored by four points (as of this writing), after Boston College opened as a one-point favorite.
9:30 p.m. – Washington State at Nevada (ESPN)
The Friday nightcap features Mike Leach’s Cougars traveling to Reno, Nevada. Washington State threw the ball 56 times last week in a loss to Rutgers while Nevada beat FCS opponent Southern Utah by only nine points despite putting up 547 yards.
This will not likely be a football classic, but if you like offensive football, this will likely be a game for you.
Saturday, August 6
11:00 a.m. – FCS No. 8 McNeese State at No. 18 Nebraska (ESPNU)
A traditional 11:00 a.m. Big Ten kickoff awaits the Huskers, so fire up ESPN’s College Gameday Saturday morning, then flip over to the Big Red’s game after Corso puts on his headgear. This will be McNeese State’s first game of the season and their only game against an FBS-level opponent.
2:30 p.m. – No. 14 USC at No. 10 Stanford (ABC)
USC looked fantastic against future Nebraska opponent Fresno State last week. This week’s test will be much harder as they travel to Palo Alto to battle Stanford. The Cardinal is favored by three points by most sportsbooks and they must win if they’re going to keep pace with the next (and perhaps best) game.
5:30 p.m. – No. 6 Michigan State at No. 4 Oregon (FOX)
The eyes of the college football world will be focused in on Eugene, OR. for a Top 10 battle. Michigan State and Oregon both cruised to victories against FCS opponents in week one and now comes the real test.
Can Michigan State stop Oregon’s high-powered offense? Can Sparty’s own offense put up points against one of the top teams in the country?
If you’re going to watch any other game than Nebraska’s this week, here’s your must-see TV.
6:30 p.m. – Michigan at No. 15 Notre Dame (NBC)
One of the most storied rivalries in college football history stops after this game in South Bend. Notre Dame exercised an option to not play Michigan after 2014.
The teams have had classic encounters over the years, but as an unabashed Notre Dame hater, I’m hoping the Huskers’ Big Ten brethren get a big win.
The Irish opened as a six-point favorite, but the line has come in to around -4.5.
If nothing else, this contest will have historical significance and will be worth a watch if the tilt in Eugene turns out to be a clunker (unlikely).
7:00 p.m. – Virginia Tech at No. 7 Ohio State (ESPN)
Like Nebraska, Ohio State is playing season No. 125 of college football this year. Last week, the Buckeyes pushed past Navy in the second half after an extremely tight first two quarters. The Hokies beat FCS foe William & Mary 34–9.
If any higher-profile game features a team on upset alert this week, I’d say Ohio State takes the prize. This game or the aforementioned Michigan-Notre Dame tilt would be the one to watch after Michigan State-Oregon.
9:15 p.m. – Air Force at Wyoming (ESPNU)
While not directly related to Husker football, Craig Bohl’s first nationally-televised game as Wyoming’s head man should be fun to watch for Big Red backers.
The Cowboys narrowly got by FCS opponent Montana while Air Force thumped Nicholls State 44-16.
Purely speculative, but if for whatever reason Bo Pelini isn’t the head man at Nebraska after the next year or two, Bohl might be a prime target of Shawn Eichorst’s.
Nebraska fans would do well to keep an eye on Bohl’s career in Laramie, if not for conversation’s sake.
Other notable games:
- Florida Atlantic at Alabama (11:00 a.m., SEC Network)
- Kansas State at Iowa State (11:00 a.m., Fox Sports 1)
- Fresno State at Utah (2:00 p.m., Pac-12 Network)
- Northern Illinois at Northwestern (2:30 p.m., BTN)
- BYU at Texas (6:30 p.m., Fox Sports 1)
- Oregon State at Hawai’i (9:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network)
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