The first two weekends of college football have already flown by. But the competition heats up this week.
Channel 2 has you covered with the biggest games featuring four teams ranked in the AP top 25. Here is what you can expect as college football enters Week 3.
Michigan State at No. 24 Miami | Noon | ABC
While a dangling cat rescue stole the spotlight off the field, No. 24 Miami barely hanged on for a win against Appalachian State on the field last week. The Canes will fight to stay in the top 25 with Michigan State in town Saturday.
Michigan State is looking for its first 3-0 start since 2015. The Spartans could return to the national rankings with a victory in Mel Tucker’s second season.
Miami’s offense returned an experience line and quarterback D’Eriq King, but fans are still waiting to be impressed this season. The connection between King and his receivers has been off through the first two games. The passing game for Miami will be key with the Canes down several running backs.
Offense isn’t a problem so far this season for Michigan State behind its great rushing attack. The team has scored 80 points through the first two games and is almost doubling their yards per play from last year.
Running back Kenneth Walker vs. Miami’s defensive line will be a key matchup. Walker, who transferred from Wake Forest, ranks fourth nationally in rushing yards and yards per game this season.
The Canes always pride themselves on a strong defensive line but Walker will be their biggest test of the season.
Georgia Tech at No. 6 Clemson | 3:30 p.m. | ABC
No. 6 Clemson is seeking to win its seventh straight ACC opener and seventh straight over Georgia Tech.
Georgia Tech’s luck against Clemson in the past three meetings has been bad to say the least. The Yellow Jackets have allowed 174 points in those matchups and want to erase the memory of a 73-7 blowout last year to the Tigers.
“I was hoping you wouldn’t ask that question,” Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Andrew Thacker said during a news conference this week. “That was not a fun moment, but I think you learn from those things.”
One of the biggest questions heading into Saturday is who will start at quarterback for the Jackets. Jeff Sims did not play last week after an injury in the season opener.
Milton High School alum Jordan Yates stepped in Week 2 and became the first Jackets quarterback to throw four touchdown passes in his first start.
As of Friday, Geoff Collins and offensive coordinator Dave Patenaude haven’t named a starter.
“Jordan played great,” Patenaude said. “He played with good confidence, good composure. So super-excited about both those guys.”
The key matchup though will be how Clemson’s defense contains Tech’s running backs, especially star Jahmyr Gibbs.
Clemson’s defense has not allowed a touchdown in its first two games and its rushing defense held Georgia to only 121 yards in Week 1.
But Gibbs is an all-purpose threat and has 155 rushing yards, 61 receiving and 104 kickoff return yards so far through two games.
No. 22 Auburn at No. 10 Penn State | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
No. 22 Auburn and No. 10 Penn State have never faced each other in the regular season.
It is also the first time a ranked SEC team has played on the road against a Big Ten team since Alabama’s trip to Happy Valley in 2011.
The Tigers are looking for their first top 10 win on the road since 2014.
On the offensive side, Auburn has already scored 122 points to lead the nation and racked up 1,151 yards.
But Penn State’s defense is the first real test for Auburn. They have allowed 3.98 yards per play and given up only two touchdowns.
On the defensive side, Auburn ranks third in total defense and will look to turn up the pressure on quarterback Sean Clifford.
The Nittany Lions offense has not turned the ball over yet this season and Clifford hasn’t thrown an interception in 115 attempts dating to last season.
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