College football’s premiere game in Week 2 features the Georgia Bulldogs, as they host the South Carolina Gamecocks on Sept. 7. In contrast, the Bulldogs were the visitors and losers in Week 1’s biggest college football game on Aug 31 in Clemson. Georgia also needs things to be different by winning, or else its season will be virtually over while South Carolina’s will have just begun.
While the big primetime rivalry game of the week will be Notre Dame’s final visit to Michigan for the foreseeable future, it won’t have as big an impact on the BCS picture as South Carolina vs Georgia. The Irish-Wolverines winner could propel themselves to a BCS run, but both programs are still in the middle of the top 25 for now.
In contrast, the Gamecocks are on the outside of the top 5 while the Bulldogs are still clinging to the outside of the top 10, despite their loss to the Clemson Tigers last week. But if Georgia gets back to 1-1 and knocks South Carolina down a peg, it will be in position to run the table and get back in the race. Yet if the Gamecocks win, it will stake its claim alongside Alabama, Ohio State and Oregon at the top of college football -- or at least get an early lead in the crowded SEC East.
Although the Gamecocks and Bulldogs have more at stake and the Irish and Wolverines have the most tradition, they aren’t playing the only high profile games in Week 2. Here is a list of college football’s biggest games in the first Saturday of September.