West Virginia (1-0) vs. Norfolk State (1-0)
You could glean only so much from West Virginia’s victory over Marshall in a game stopped by lightning. The same goes for this game. I’m going to have my eye on West Virginia’s defense, because that’s where I think the questions are heading into the Maryland matchup next week. Bruce Irvin is back this season at defensive end, but the Mountaineers replaced several starters.
Temple (1-0) at Akron (0-1)
Temple quarterback Mike Gerardi seemed to solidify his position as the starter with his effort against Villanova. From the Terrapins’ perspective, I’ve wondered if this Temple-Maryland game on Sept. 24 will be close for a half.
Towson (1-0) vs. Villanova (0-1)
Towson throttled Morgan State, 42-3, in its first game. Now comes a Villanova team that was blown out by Temple.
Georgia Tech (1-0) at Middle Tennessee (0-1)
The Yellow Jackets — gasp! — threw the ball a bunch against Western Carolina last week. They face a dangerous game this week because, as Maryland fans know, Middle Tennessee is capable of knocking off a BCS conference team. Last week it nearly got Purdue.
Clemson (1-0) vs. Wofford (1-0)
The Tigers get a second straight week of a tune-up act and — looking at their upcoming schedule — they’ll need it. We will quickly learn a bunch about Clemson, which could be the wild card in the Atlantic Division. Its next three games include home dates against Auburn and Florida State and a road game at Virginia Tech. They’ll be fortunate to win one of those.
Florida State (1-0) vs. Charleston Southern (0-1)
The Seminoles will score a lot, allow few points and reveal little. They host Oklahoma next week in a game that could give the ACC its first legitimate national title contender in a some time.
Boston College (0-1) at Central Florida (1-0)
From a competitive standpoint, this game is one of the better ones this week. And it’s a critical one of the Eagles, who squandered a chance to beat Northwestern next week. Look at BC’s schedule: If the Eagles lose this week, they will have a very difficult road to become bowl eligible.
Virginia (1-0) at Indiana (0-1)
Two questions for the Cavaliers: Can they reach bowl eligibility? And do they have a quarterback? The jury is out on both questions. But after handling William & Mary, the Cavaliers get an Indiana team that last week lost to Ball State. Six wins is possible, but perhaps still not probable at this point.
Notre Dame (0-1) at Michigan (1-0)
After a preseason camp that included a quarterback competition, the Fighting Irish already have a quarterback controversy after one game. I’m hesitant to bail on the Irish yet because they are not going to turn the ball over every week as much as they did against South Florida. What I am watching is this: If Notre Dame continues to squander a chance to reach a BCS game, then they are likely headed to the Orlando Champs Sports Bowl. That would mean Maryland would not go there because no one wants a regular season rematch. All that is a long way off.
Wake Forest (0-1) vs. N.C. State (1-0)
This is one of the few early-season games that actually will tell us something about both teams. Wake Forest, which lost to Syracuse last week, should be a little better this season. N.C. State should be among four teams — Clemson, Maryland, BC the others — that have a chance at second place in the Atlantic. That’s if you acknowledge that Florida State is the favorite, and you should.
North Carolina State (1-0) at Wake Forest (0-1)
Keep an eye on State quarterback Mike Glennon, who was 18 of 31 for 156 yards with a late touchdown in his first start last week against Liberty.