The 2006 Football Schedule Planner: Week 2 The highlights and head-scratchers of next year's college football calendar
May 26, 2006
By Adam Caparell
Adam is CSTV.com's football editor and national football writer. E-mail here!
Over the summer, CSTV.com will be taking a look at the college football schedule, highlighting the top matchups, the can't-miss games and the storylines that make certain contests so intriguing. Check in every Friday for the heads-up on what games are shaping up to be the best each week, the worst each week and a few others that have piqued our interest.
As we enter Week 2, we prepare for another week dominated by non-conference play.
Texas A&M vs. Louisiana-Lafayette and UCF at Florida are the kinds of games you can expect to see throughout the weekend.
We're still a few weeks away from a full slate of conference play, but there are some conferences that get started with a handful of matchups. The SEC has three games on the schedule. The same goes for the ACC. Conference USA has a few. There's one in the Big East. But other than that, it's nothing but non-conference.
Of course, there is one absolutely, can't miss game that everyone will be watching; a rematch of a 2005 Week 2 showdown that turned into one that won't soon be forgotten.
Three hundred and sixty-four days later, it's in Austin. There was a ton of hype before last year's contest because of all the momentum both teams had coming off bowl wins. Now, Texas will be defending National Champions and OhioState was a convincing Fiesta Bowl winner. Both teams should be in the top five, just like last year. We can only hope for another thriller like last season's late win orchestrated by Vince Young. Two big time Buckeyes - Troy Smith and Ted Ginn, Jr. - will be on display early for the country to see.
Last year's game went into overtime where an Eagles 1-yard TD run ended a 41-minute scoring drought at Death Valley. It was one of four losses by a combined 14 points for an experienced Clemson team that returns loaded with talent. It should be interesting to watch the Tigers' defense battle a veteran BC offensive line.
It won't be an easy assignment for Joe Paterno and his Nittany Lions. But for the first time since the May 16 announcement, he'll be coaching in South Bend, where he'll be enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame next summer. This one should feature a fun cat and mouse game between PennState linebacker Paul Posluszny and Irish QB Brady Quinn.
Sat. Sept. 9 - Oregon State at BoiseState
Last time the Beavers ventured to Boise, they lost and lost big, 53-34. OregonState won by three at home last year. This will be new Broncos coach Chris Petersen's first game against bona-fide competition. BoiseState opens its season the week before by hosting SacramentoState.
It's the annual Rocky Mountain Showdown and new Colorado coach Dan Hawkins' first. This series is even at 3-3 when played in Denver and it is back at Invesco Field for the first time in three years. The Buffaloes enter with a three-game winning streak in the series. Don't be surprised if you see a high scoring game. The two teams combine for an average of 54 points per game when they play in Denver.