Originally posted on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 9/7/13

Entering Week Two of the 2013 college football season, most teams continue their non-conference schedule leaving us with few intriguing match-ups. For example Ohio State plays San Diego St, Clemson is playing South Carolina State, and Alabama has the week off. However, there is one game in each time slot: noon, afternoon, night, and late night, that should satisfy your college football day. Noon: (12) Florida vs. Miami The Gators and the Hurricanes have not met on the field in 13 years and there is a possibility of another draught after this season. This is a rivalry game, and the history around this rivalry is obvious enough. Whether or not either team was poised for a dominant year, this is the only game I’ll be watching of tomorrow’s early games. History and tradition aside, these are two teams looking to make some noise in 2013. For Miami, senior quarterback Stephen Morris is coming off of a breakout junior season while running back Duke Johnson has solidified himself as the ACC’s top running back. The Gators feature junior dual-threat quarterback Jeff Driskel to lead the offense and they host a talented but unproven defense. The main storyline of this game with be Miami’s potent offense against Florida’s tough defense. Look for Miami to hang with the Gators. It may not be Florida’s biggest rival or toughest opponent this year but it may be both for Miami, expect them to play like it’s a home game. At the very least, this was a great rivalry that won’t be back for a long time and you don’t want to miss it. Afternoon: (6) South Carolina vs (11) Georgia My most highly anticipated game for Saturday is a crucial SEC East matchup. South Carolina has had Georgia’s number the past three seasons and in the process ruined two SEC title chances for the Bulldogs. This matchup is intriguing because A: it’s two ranked divisional SEC teams, B: its still early enough in the season to call Jadeveon Clowney, Aaron Murray, and Todd Gurley potential Heisman candidates, and C: the matchups within the game, Clowney vs. Georgia’s offensive line, Murray vs. the Gamecock’s secondary, Gurley vs. Clowney/SC’s defense. Both teams, especially Georgia, are coming off of games they would like to forget. South Carolina claimed an ugly win vs. North Carolina that made many question Clowney and the defense’s conditioning while Georgia fell to a Clemson team that I really thought they would beat. It’s a critical SEC game between teams looking to bounce back after a rough Week One, I would expect some animosity. Night: (14) Notre Dame vs. (17) Michigan Despite Brian Kelly’s attempt to downplay the rivalry, this is a rivalry. It’s another rivalry that will be taking a break after this season due to Notre Dame’s new deal with the ACC. If you’re a team that pride’s itself on not being part of any conference, you live and die by your strength of schedule. So then why would you agree to play five games per season against the ACC of all conferences? Not to mention that Michigan is usually one of the better opponents on Notre Dame’s schedule so it’s confusing why this rivalry is over. Nevertheless, they return to the Big House for another game under the lights. Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner is an underrated passer and can make plays outside the pocket. Freshman running back Derrick Green and talented senior Fitzgerald Toussaint makeup a backfield looking to test a talented Irish defensive line. However, unlike Devin Gardner, Tommy Rees has extensive experience at quarterback and no problem playing in big games. Both teams have received great recruiting classes in the last few years so there will be no shortage of talent on the field. I expect both teams to play like they’ll miss each other. Late Night: San Jose State vs. (5) Stanford For your late night football viewing, the best match-up comes when San Jose State travels the 22 short miles to Stanford. San Jose is coming off of a 24-0 win over Sacramento State last week while Stanford had a bye last week. It’s safe to say the Cardinal are chomping at the bit to finally hit someone other than each other. Stanford’s 20-17 win over SJSU in last year’s season opener was too close for comfort. Stanford looks to avoid another rocky start after getting their highest preseason ranking in recent years. If Stanford takes care of business, this should be an easy win. Quarterback Kevin Hogan returns as the starter with more experience and confidence to lead a young and unproven offense. SDSU’s prolific offense will be Stanford’s biggest challenge, led by pro-prospect David Fales and star wideout Noel Grigsby. However, the Cardinal return seven defensive starters in what was a top-15 defense last season. While the scoreboard may be lopsided at the end of this one, the talent on the field will be fun to watch, and it’s our first look at what will be a very good Stanford team in 2013. -Vespasiano

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