If Week 1 was the college football appetizer, Week 2 is going to provide fans a feast of epic proportions. Why? Because we get two of the biggest nonconference games of the year spread out for your afternoon and evening viewing pleasure.
No. 1 Clemson will host No. 12 Texas A&M Saturday afternoon in Death Valley in a game that came down to the wire last year in College Station. No. 6 LSU and No. 9 Texas will follow that up with a massive night game deep in the heart of Texas.
Get those remotes ready. Here's a rundown on what to pay attention to in Week 3.
All times Eastern; games played Saturday unless otherwise noted.
The Biggest Games
No. 12 Texas A&M at No. 1 Clemson, ABC, 3:30 p.m.: Tigers star quarterback Trevor Lawrence didn't exactly get off to a hot start last week vs. Georgia Tech by throwing two interceptions. Now he has to square off with a ferocious Aggies front seven. Speaking of the Aggies, quarterback Kellen Mond was stellar in this game through the air and on the ground last year, but only ran five times last week vs. Texas State. Could that change? We'll see.
No. 6 LSU at No. 9 Texas, ABC, 7:30 p.m.: The Tigers unleashed their high-octane passing attack last weekend vs. Georgia Southern, but now have to keep it going against the Longhorns. Can quarterback Joe Burrow repeat the feat when the Tigers are forced to open things up rather than when they want to? We'll see. That might depend on Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger's performance vs. a stout defense.
No. 23 Stanford at USC, ESPN, 10:30 p.m.: It'll be a battle of backup quarterbacks in the Pac-12 After Dark special, with Davis Mills starting for the Cardinal and Kedon Slovis under center for the Trojans. On top of that, this will be a pivotal game for Trojans coach Clay Helton, who is on one of the hottest seats in the country.t