Minnesota at Oregon State, 7:00 p.m., (FS1)
New head coach PJ Fleck, formerly the head coach of Western Michigan, notched his first victory as a Gopher last week and is looking to add to that total. Oregon State was lit up two weeks ago against Colorado State and barely survived against Portland State last week. Clearly this team has plenty of issues to address but won’t get a cupcake this week to rebound. OSU RB Ryan Nall should see plenty of work of this week but will be facing a talented defensive line from the Gophers. As he goes so go the Beavers.
Utah at BYU, 7:15 p.m., (ESPN2)
In state rivals get an early season opportunity to face off before attrition wears this teams down. BYU QB Tanner Mangum hasn’t exploded out of the gate like many projected him to but he’s still a dangerous downfield thrower for the Cougars. He will be tested though by an always stout Utah front seven. On offense Utah prefers to grind things out on the ground but when they landed WR Darren Carrington after he was released from the Oregon football program they grabbed one of the best receivers they’ve had in years. We might actually get to see a shootout in Provo.
Boise State at #20 Wahington State, 7:30 p.m., (ESPN)
In a match up of offensive minded coaches look for this one to be a score fest. WSU QB Luke Falk is going to sling the ball all over the yard and boy does he have the receivers to do it. Boise State just doesn’t have the defensive pieces to matchup with the Cougars so look for them to attempt to lean on their ground game behind RB Alexander Mattison and QB Brett Rypien. It won’t be enough to win but will make this an entertaining game to watch with both offenses looking to score on literally every possession.
Houston at Arizona, 7:30 p.m., (ESPNU)
Some teams have played two games to this point. Houston hasn’t played a single one. Because of Hurricane Harvey their season opener last week was cancelled so we won’t get to see what this offense looks like under a new starting QB and new head coach but Houston has quietly become a very talented team and it wouldn’t be a stretch to say they have more talent top to bottom than the Arizona Wildcats. Arizona has the offensive stats that would make you think they actually didn’t play in week one. This Houston defense is talented and look for DT Ed Oliver to eat this Arizona offense alive.
San Diego State at Arizona State, 7:30 p.m., (PAC-12)
Its the night cap but don’t sleep on this battle. Both teams bring some serious talent at the RB position when they come to play. ASU RB Kalen Ballage scored two touchdowns last week but only rushed for 79 yards against what should have been a softer New Mexico State team. SDSU RB Rashaad Penny on the other hand almost went for 200 to go along with this two scores against UC Davis. I expect both backs to be featured but don’t be surprised if the Aztecs steal this one because ASU is just not a good team.
There’s plenty of action to watch this weekend so make sure you get all your snacks and beverages ahead of time. Schedule that pizza delivery early in the day so you won’t be interrupted when the delivery person comes and make sure grandma and grandpa can take the kids to the L.A. county fair all day.