The NFL may be starting this weekend, but there are still plenty of intriguing college football matchups to tune into for the second week of the season on Saturday.
Two games feature ranked teams squaring off against each other while a handful of conference games are taking place, too.
Here are the games to watch:
No. 12 Texas A&M vs. No. 1 Clemson (-17), 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC
Texas A&M came close to upsetting Clemson last year at College Station, and are hoping to shock the nation in a rematch this season in Death Valley. “There will be an upset,” Aggies offensive lineman Jared Hocker said earlier this week.
The Aggies are coming off an opening win in which they had four interceptions, but while they are brimming with confidence, Clemson is still a sizable favorite and boast arguably the best QB in college football. The Aggies only saw Trevor Lawrence for 17 snaps in last year’s game and this year they will get him for a full four quarters, a tall task for any team.
No. 6 LSU (-6.5) vs. No. 9 Texas, 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC
This week’s primetime game features two top-10 teams that will most certainly shake up the rankings and College Football Playoff picture, with the loser facing a tough road ahead to climb back into the race. Texas enters the game as home underdogs, a role they will certainly embrace. LSU rolled out their new offense last week against Georgia Southern in a 55-3 rout, but Texas — with a strong secondary — should prove to be the real test for the Tigers.
New Mexico State vs. No. 2 Alabama (-55.5), 4:00 p.m. ET, SEC Network
There is no question Alabama will win this game, the real draw is the spread. The Crimson Tide are favored by 55.5 points, making this one an exciting one for sports bettors across the country to tune into just to see if ‘Bama could indeed cover that outrageous spread.
No. 23 Stanford vs. USC (-3), 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
This is a good one for the West Coast crowd, or late-night East Coasters. While the Trojans are unranked, they are the favorites at home by three points in a Pac-12 matchup after a win over Fresno State last week. Yet USC will be without starter JT Daniels, who tore his ACL, and will turn to true freshman Kedon Slovis.
Stanford will also be without its starting quarterback, K.J. Costello, due to a head injury, adding another wrinkle to this matchup. Expect to see plenty of Stanford running back Cameron Scarlett, who rushed for 97 yards on 22 carries last week against Northwestern.