College football Week 2 preview


Keenan Reynolds and Navy take on Temple on Saturday. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Local games

Navy at Temple 1 p.m., Saturday, Lincoln Financial Field

Storyline: Getting Reynolds on track. Navy QB Keenan Reynolds ran 23 times for only 42 yards (24 came on one carry) in the Mids’ loss to Ohio State. For Navy to win, he needs to average better than 1.8 yards per rush.

Player to watch: Navy RB Ryan Williams-Jenkins. He had 118 yards on seven carries last week, including a 67-yard scamper.

Maryland at South Florida

3:30 p.m., Sat., CBSSN, Raymond James Stadium

Storyline: Stingy Terps defense. Maryland held FCS squad James Madison scoreless through the first three quarters in last week’s 52-7 win. Can they do it again, this time against an FBS foe?

Player to watch:  Terps QB C.J. Brown. Despite blowing out the Dukes, Brown was off-target for most of the game.

Virginia Tech at No. 8 Ohio State

8 p.m., Sat., ESPN, Ohio Stadium

Storyline: Showing off young talent. Last week against overmatched William & Mary, the Hokies’ freshmen flourished, scoring all but six of Virginia Tech’s 34 points.

Player to watch:  Hokies RB  Shai McKenzie. Three of his nine carries last week went for more than 10 yards, including a 39-yard touchdown run in the third.

This weekend’s top games

1. No. 7 Michigan St. at No. 3 Oregon (6:30 p.m., Sat., Fox)

Last year, the Spartans ranked second in total defense and the Ducks were No. 2 in total offense. Michigan State faces Heisman hopeful Marcus Mariota.

2. Michigan at No. 16 Notre Dame (7:30 p.m., Sat., NBC)

With QB Everett Golson back, Notre Dame could be a playoff dark horse. But the Irish need to take care of business before facing six ranked teams in their last eight games.

3.  No. 14 USC at No. 13 Stanford (3:30 p.m., Sat., ABC)

USC ended a four-game skid against the Cardinal last year, knocking off a fifth-ranked Stanford squad 20-17. This matchup may come down to the teams’ highly regarded line play.

Jeffrey Tomik is the sports editor at Express and has worked in the D.C. area since 2007.

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Jeffrey Tomik · September 5, 2014