The second week of the college football schedule doesn't have anywhere near the big marquee matchups that opening weekend did. Despite that, here are some potential diamonds in the out-of-conference rough. All times listed are Central.
Minor-league (non-SEC) games
Wake Forest @ Boston College: Friday, 7 p.m., ESPN2
Now, I know that most of us couldn't possibly care any less about an East Coast ACC matchup, but A.) It's the only decent game on Friday night (Hmm, define decent. - ed.), and B.) BOTH OF THESE TEAMS ARE UNDFEATED. The real reason to watch this game is to try and guess which of these squads will inevitably upset Florida State and Jameis "The Greatest Quarterback Who Ever Lived" Winston.
Oregon @ Virginia: Saturday, 2:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN2
Do you love watching Oregon score 75 points, but hate that you usually have to stay up till midnight to do so? The Ducks have heard your complaints and will travel across the country to appease your desires. Last week, Virginia eked out a three-point win over the Fightin' Mormons of BYU, so I'm sure they'll be up to the task of slowing down Oregon's death star of an offense.
West Virginia @ Oklahoma: Saturday, 6 p.m., FOX
Yyou may be asking yourself, "Self, why the hell would I watch a team that barely beat William & Mary last week travel to Norman to undoubtedly be slaughtered by the Sooners?" Firstly, it is a rare matchup of colonially themed mascots. Secondly, Dana Holgorsen's hair. We've seen his hair do some glorious things, but he will be taking his hair (we assume) to Oklahoma this weekend. We're told that the winds come sweeping down the plains there.
Stephen F. Austin @ Texas Tech: Saturday, 6 p.m., some random FSN affiliate you probably don't get
This should be one of the more lopsided games of the weekend, so we obviously aren't bringing it to your attention for the competitive quality that we expect to see on the field. We're bringing it to your attention because we're all about pleasing the ladies. (Hey, girl. The "L" stands for "Love.") What we may lack physically as blogging males, we make up for with up-to-the-minute Kliff Kingsbury news and updates. At least we're not resorting to to sleazy tactics like going for cheap hits from Google searches for "KLIFF KINGSBURY HOT AND NUDE."
Notre Dame @ Michigan: Saturday, 7 p.m., ESPN
After beating Temple and Central Michigan, respectively, we really don't know how good either of these teams actually are. What we DO know, however, is that there will be no less than a dozen Manti Te'o references during the broadcast -- despite Te'o having absolutely nothing to do with this game. God help us all if Jesse Palmer ends up in the booth for this one. Regardless, whoever wins this game will get 'round-the-clock media fellatio for the next few days.
Washington State @ Southern Cal: Saturday, 9:30 p.m., FoxSports1
It's pretty safe to say that there will be a lot of Auburn fans watching this game to see how Wazzu fares. Assuming we take care of business against Arkansas State (NOT a pushover), we will look to WSU's success or failure at USC as a barometer for where our own Tigers are as a team. The last time the Cougars and Trojans played (2010), USC drubbed the Cougs, 50-16. A more competitive game this time around would make both Wazzu fans and Auburn fans feel pretty good about the direction of their programs.
Check back on Friday to see the previews of all the SEC games this weekend.
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