The 2020 College Football season went off without a hitch. Now Week 2 of the college football season is when the big guns come out as the Big 12 and ACC kick off their respective 2020 campaigns. With 21 games this week, seven ranked teams are in action this Saturday including top-ranked Clemson, No. 5 Oklahoma and No. 14 Texas. Keep reading for all of the must watch Week 2 college football games.
College Football Week 2 Must Watch Games Of The Week
UAB at Miami-Fl
Alabama-Birmingham comes into this contest off a 45-35 season-opening win over Central Arkansas on Thursday night as quarterback Tyler Johnson passed for 143 yards with two TD tosses and one pick and running back Spencer Johnson added to his program all-time rushing mark with 127 yards and one score. Miami will be looking to improve on their uninspiring 6–6 record in 2019. The Hurricanes will have a new starter under center in dual-threat former Houston quarterback D’Eriq King, but he’s got talent at the skill positions in tight end Brevin Jordan and running back Cam’Ron Harris. Miami needs to fix an offensive line that gave up 51 sacks a year ago. Defensive end Gregory Rousseau had a whopping 15.5 sacks last season. The Canes have won 11 of their last 13 games against teams from Conference USA while UAB has gone 4-2 ATS in their last 6 road games.
Georgia Tech at Florida State
Georgia Tech is coming off a dismal 3-9 campaign in Year 1 of the Geoff Collins era. The Yellow Jackets averaged a paltry 16.7 points per game while giving up 32.7 points per game defensively. Four starers return on the offensive line, but sophomore quarterback James Graham will need to improve after completing an ugly 45.1 percent of his passes and Georgia Tech needs to improve a defense that gave up a whopping 215.6 rushing yards per game.
Florida State finished 6-6 out of the ACC Atlantic division a year ago, but will have a new head coach in former Memphis leader Mike Norvell. The Seminoles averaged 29.1 points per game while giving up 28.5 points er contest defensively. Now, Norvell will be looking for a bigger season out of redshirt junior quarterback James Blackman (16 TDs, 7 INTs) while looking to improve an offensive line that will be almost completely new. Florida State also need to fix a defense that allowed six of their 13 opponents last season to reach the 30-point plateau and three to put 40 points or more on the board.
Coastal Carolina at Kansas
Coastal Carolina went 5-7 out of the Sun Belt east last season. The Chanticleers put up a healthy 30.3 points per game, but gave up 30.5 points per contest defensively. Coastal Carolina has question marks at quarterback where either, junior Bryce Carpenter or sophomore Fred Payton will start. Eight starters are back on defense. Kansas limped to a dismal 3-9 finish in the Big 12 under head coach Les Miles a year ago while averaging 23.5 points per game and giving up 36.1 per contest defensively. There are questions at quarterback with junior Miles Kendrick and senior Thomas MacVittie both up for the starting job. The Jayhawks do have a star in running back Pooka Williams, but they’ll be inexperienced on defense in 2020.
Western Kentucky at Louisville
Western Kentucky went 8-4 to finish third in Conference USA East last season. The Hilltoppers averaged 25.6 points per game while allowing 20.1 per contest defensively (22nd). Four starters return on the O-line, but a new quarterback will be under center in 2020. Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year, defensive end, DeAngelo Malone returns after recording 11.5 sacks and 21 tackles for a loss. Louisville went 7-5 a year ago, but finished a distant second in the ACC Atlantic Coast division. The Cardinals have a combined 15 returning starters back and will be looking for an even bigger season from quarterback Micale Cunningham after he passed for 20 TDs and just five picks a year ago. Defensively, Louisville needs to fix a defense that gave up a generous 33.8 points per game (111th).
Clemson at Wake Forest
Clemson went a perfect 13-0 last season despite falling to Joe Burrow and LSU 42-25 in the national championship. Still, the Tigers have reached the College Football Playoff in all five years of its existence with four appearances in the national championship game and two victories. Clemson has a pair of stars in quarterback Trevor Lawrence and running back Travis Etienne, though they must replace four starters on the offensive line.
Wake Forest is coming off a solid 8-4 season in 2019 as they put up 32.8 points per game and gave up 29.3 per contest defensively. The bad news is that the Demon Deacons will have to find replacements for their starting quarterback, leading rusher and receiver, three starters on the line, tight end, top linebacker and two starting cornerbacks.
Duke at Notre Dame
Duke is coming off a 5-7 finish in 2019 while putting up 25.3 points per game and allowing 29.2 points per contest defensively. The Blue Devils are turning over their offense to former Clemson three-star recruit Chase Brice and have four starters returning on the offensive line. Duke looks formidable on the defensive line, but they need to find a competent replacement for leading tackler, linebacker Koby Quanash.
Independent Notre Dame went 10-2 a year ago while averaging a stellar 37.1 points per game (13th) and allowing just18.7 points per contest defensively (14th). Starting quarterback Ian Book returns for his final season, but the Fighting Irish have to find a handful of replacements on the D-line and in the secondary.
Louisiana Tech at Baylor
Louisiana Tech went 9-3 in 2019 to finish atop the Conference USA West standings while averaging 34.0 points per game and allowing 23.7 points per contest defensively. The Bulldogs will need to replace thee starters on the offensive line and will have a new and inexperienced starter under center in 2020.
Baylor went a fantastic 11-2 to finish second to Oklahoma in the Big 12 last season, but they’ll have a new head coach in former LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda. Starting quarterback Charlie Brewer is back under center, but the Bears have just two returning starters on defense.