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Week 2 college football open thread: Eyes deep in the heart

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A showdown between top-10 teams in the Lone Star State is the day’s biggest game.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: AUG 31 Louisiana Tech at Texas Photo by John Rivera/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The second full week of the 2019 college football schedule is the first one that the Florida Gators are fully participating in, after their Week Zero win and a Week 1 bye.

But you could be forgiven for believing that games other than Florida’s meeting with Tennessee-Martin might be the day’s best contests.

The best one on the board seems clear to me: Top-10 teams LSU and Texas are meeting in Austin on ABC at 7:30 p.m., in the first game of a home-and-home series that will take the Longhorns to Baton Rouge in 2020. The Tigers garnered a fair bit of buzz for flattening Georgia Southern in their opener, while Texas appears to have turned a corner under Tom Herman after its Sugar Bowl blasting of Georgia last bowl season.

But the day’s other huge game is also one featuring a team from the Lone Star State, as the 3:30 p.m. window on ABC opens its year-long competition with the Eye Network on Saturday afternoons with reigning national champion Clemson hosting Texas A&M a year after the Aggies threw a scare into the Death Valley denizens in College Station. Sure, that Clemson team hadn’t turned its offense over to Trevor Lawrence yet, but Jimbo Fisher’s program still managed to come closer to derailing what would become a perfect season than any other team did.

Other than those two games, though, this is a weekend for cupcakes. No other matchups of ranked squads are happening, and I doubt that we’re going to get a lot of drama out of most of the day’s games, with some of the best early-season conference games — Miami taking on North Carolina or Stanford meeting USC, for example — saved for the night window.

As always, I’ll be in and out all day, but feel free to discuss everything about Week 2 here.

College Football TV/Streaming Schedule — September 7, 2019

Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
Ohio at Pittsburgh 11:00 AM ACC Network WatchESPN.com
Cincinnati at No. 5 Ohio State 12:00 PM ABC WatchESPN.com
Army at No. 7 Michigan 12:00 PM FOX FoxSportsGo.com
Rutgers at No. 20 Iowa 12:00 PM FS1 FoxSportsGo.com
No. 21 Syracuse at Maryland 12:00 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
Old Dominion at Virginia Tech 12:00 PM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
UAB at Akron 12:00 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
Kennesaw State at Kent State 12:00 PM ESPN3 WatchESPN.com
Southern at Memphis 12:00 PM ESPN3 WatchESPN.com
West Virginia at Missouri 12:00 PM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
Charleston Southern at South Carolina 12:00 PM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
Vanderbilt at Purdue 12:00 PM BTN FoxSportsGo.com
Bowling Green at Kansas State 12:00 PM Fox Sports Net FoxSportsGo.com
Western Carolina at NC State 12:30 PM ACCNX WatchESPN.com
Northern Illinois at No. 13 Utah 1:00 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
Fordham at Ball State 2:00 PM ESPN3 WatchESPN.com
South Florida at Georgia Tech 2:00 PM ACC Network WatchESPN.com
Tennessee Tech at Miami (OH) 2:30 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
No. 12 Texas A&M at No. 1 Clemson 3:30 PM ABC WatchESPN.com
Central Michigan at No. 17 Wisconsin 3:30 PM BTN FoxSportsGo.com
No. 25 Nebraska at Colorado 3:30 PM FOX FoxSportsGo.com
Southern Illinois at UMass 3:30 PM NESNplus NESNgo
Charlotte at Appalachian State 3:30 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Grambling at Louisiana Tech 3:30 PM NFL None
Richmond at Boston College 3:30 PM ACCNX WatchESPN.com
Illinois at UConn 3:30 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
Eastern Illinois at Indiana 3:30 PM BTN FoxSportsGo.com
Southern Mississippi at Mississippi State 3:30 PM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
New Mexico State at No. 2 Alabama 4:00 PM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
Murray State at No. 3 Georgia 4:00 PM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
UTSA at Baylor 4:00 PM Fox Sports Net FoxSportsGo.com
Western Illinois at Colorado State 4:00 PM AT&T SportsNet WatchStadium.com
San Diego State at UCLA 4:15 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
Northern Colorado at No. 22 Washington State 5:00 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
UL Monroe at Florida State 5:00 PM ACC Network WatchESPN.com
North Carolina A&T at Duke 6:00 PM ACCNX WatchESPN.com
Gardner-Webb at East Carolina 6:00 PM ESPN3 WatchESPN.com
Maine at Georgia Southern 6:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
South Dakota at No. 4 Oklahoma 7:00 PM PPV SoonerSports.tv
No. 18 UCF at Florida Atlantic 7:00 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
Furman at Georgia State 7:00 PM ESPN3 WatchESPN.com
Jackson State at South Alabama 7:00 PM ESPN3 WatchESPN.com
Wyoming at Texas State 7:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Western Kentucky at Florida International 7:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Tennessee State at Middle Tennessee 7:00 PM ESPN3 WatchESPN.com
North Texas at SMU 7:00 PM ESPN3 WatchESPN.com
Eastern Kentucky at Louisville 7:00 PM ACCNX WatchESPN.com
BYU at Tennessee 7:00 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
Coastal Carolina at Kansas 7:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
McNeese at Oklahoma State 7:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
No. 6 LSU at No. 9 Texas 7:30 PM ABC WatchESPN.com
Tulane at No. 10 Auburn 7:30 PM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
UT Martin at No. 11 Florida 7:30 PM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
Buffalo at No. 15 Penn State 7:30 PM FOX FoxSportsGo.com
Nevada at No. 16 Oregon 7:30 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
Western Michigan at No. 19 Michigan State 7:30 PM BTN FoxSportsGo.com
Eastern Michigan at Kentucky 7:30 PM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
Arkansas at Ole Miss 7:30 PM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
Stony Brook at Utah State 7:30 PM None Facebook
Liberty at Louisiana 7:30 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Prairie View at Houston 8:00 PM ESPN3 WatchESPN.com
Miami at North Carolina 8:00 PM ACC Network WatchESPN.com
UTEP at Texas Tech 8:00 PM Fox Sports Net FoxSportsGo.com
Tulsa at San Jose State 9:00 PM ESPN3 WatchESPN.com
Arkansas State at UNLV 10:00 PM None Facebook
California at No. 14 Washington 10:30 PM FS1 FoxSportsGo.com
No. 23 Stanford at USC 10:30 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
Minnesota at Fresno State 10:30 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
Northern Arizona at Arizona 10:45 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
Oregon State at Hawai'i 11:59 PM Spectrum Sports (Hawai'i only) Facebook