2007 Football Schedule Planner - Week 2

Hokies, Tigers set for showdown in Bayou

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    May 31, 2007

    By Adam Caparell

    CSTV.com



    ADAM CAPARELL

    Adam is CSTV.com's football editor and national football writer.
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    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 Thursday for the heads-up on what games are shaping up to be the best each week, the top offensive matchups, Heisman showcases and a few others that have piqued our interest. 

     

    Week 2 in college football features a bevy of quality non-conference matchups, some that were enticing enough to make the initial list of can't miss games. But ultimately we had to bypass a few of them in favor of the really big ones. Like, for instance, South Florida and Auburn just missed the cut. The Bulls are a team that's going to be much improved and a legitimate contender in the Big East this season, but they get a whopper of an early season test when they head to Jordan-Hare Stadium to face the Tigers. Can the Bulls rise to the challenge? The more important question may be will this game get lost in the shuffle?


     

     

     

    Games of the Week

    Sat., Sept. 8 - Virginia Tech at LSU

    LSU is probably going to be the No. 2 team in the nation heading into this one and the Hokies have top 10 talent, so this one is going to feature some of the nation's best athletes. This will be Tech's first road game of the season and they'll be coming off their emotional home opener the week before. Tech won the one and only meeting between the two schools in 2002 at Lane Stadium. It could be time for LSU to return the favor. They'll try for it under the lights of Tiger Stadium in primetime and that makes the task in front of the Hokies all the more difficult. Unquestionably the game of the day.

     

    Sat., Sept. 8 - South Carolina at Georgia

    Steve Spurrier really likes his team this year and he thinks the Gamecocks are a legitimate threat in the SEC East. Probably considered the fourth best team in the division, beating the Bulldogs on the road wouldn't be a big surprise, but it would definitely serve as a wakeup call to Tennessee, Florida, and of course Georgia, that the `Ol Ball Coach and his squad can run with the best of them.

     

    Sat., Sept. 8 - Miami at Oklahoma

    The Hurricanes and Sooners haven't played since the 1988 Orange Bowl when No. 2 Miami beat No. 1 Oklahoma for the national championship during Jimmy Johnson's heyday in Coral Gables. But Miami's a ways away from replicating that season while Oklahoma's a whole lot closer. The Canes are still going to feature that tough defense, but the glaring question mark at quarterback figures to nag new coach Randy Shannon as he enters the biggest game of his young head coaching career. But the same could easily be said about the Sooners. Who is their quarterback going to be? It may not matter a whole lot considering the talent surrounding whoever Bob Stoops picks to be his guy.

     

    BCS Buster Game of the Week

    Sat., Sept. 8 - TCU at Texas

    The Horned Frogs have their sights set yet again on trying to crack the BCS and to call a win over Texas huge - in Austin - would be understating it. They've beaten the Longhorns once since 1968, but haven't played them in over a decade. Stopping Colt McCoy and the Texas offense is one place to start, but if there's any non-BCS defense capable of pulling off the feat, TCU is one of those teams.

     

    Heisman Showcase Game of the Week

    Sat., Sept. 8 - Oregon at Michigan

    Jonathan Stewart. Mike Hart. Two top running backs. Two top programs in front of the entire country. The Ducks and Wolverines square off in The Big House that gives Hart and Stewart a great opportunity to leave a lasting impression on those 900 or so voters who will tune in for at least a few minutes of the game - we hope...

     

    Rivalry of the Week

    Sat., Sept. 8 - North Carolina State at Boston College

    And for Tom O'Brien's first ACC game as coach of the Wolfpack he gets the pleasure of facing the team he just left: the Eagles. One of the speculated reasons O'Brien left Chestnut Hill was because of a lack of general fan support so we'll see what kind of reception he gets upon entering Alumni Stadium.