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College Football Schedule, Week 2 2018: USC-Stanford gets conference play going

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After a week of largely out-of-conference matchups, several major college football conferences begin their in-conference slates this week.

NCAA Football: Pac-12 Championship-Southern California vs Stanford Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Last Saturday, college football fans around the country tuned in for the opening week of the sports 2018 season, but we at Acme Packing Company were far more attuned to the roster cuts taking place around the NFL. However, the second Saturday of college ball comes without the distraction of roster cuts, meaning we are free to focus our attentions today on the NFL players of future years.

This week, there aren’t many particularly impressive games. Unlike opening week, which had a top-ten matchup and a few more top-25 clashes, there are just two games between ranked teams, with a single game featuring both teams in the top 20.

That game comes in the evening, as Stanford hosts USC for the start of Pac-12 play. This game is a rematch of the Pac-12 title game from last year, which USC won by a narrow 31-28 margin with future #3 overall pick Sam Darnold under center. The other ranked game comes in the SEC this afternoon, with South Carolina hosting number three Georgia.

Here’s your schedule for today’s games, so go forth and enjoy the day’s college football excitement!

Early Games

#18 Mississippi State Bulldogs at Kansas State Wildcats

Bill Snyder Memorial Stadium, Manhattan, KS
11:00 AM CT (12 Noon ET)
ESPN

Western Michigan Broncos at #21 Michigan Wolverines

Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI
12:00 Noon ET
FOX Sports 1

New Mexico Lobos at #5 Wisconsin Badgers

Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI
11:00 AM CT (12 Noon ET)
BTN

UCLA Bruins at #6 Oklahoma Sooners

Memorial Stadium, Norman, OK
12:00 Noon CT (1:00 PM ET)
FOX

Afternoon Games

Rutgers Scarlet Knights at #4 Ohio State Buckeyes

Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
3:30 PM ET
BTN

Arkansas State Red Wolves at #1 Alabama Crimson Tide

Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL
2:30 PM CT (3:30 ET)
ESPN2

#3 Georgia Bulldogs at South Carolina Gamecocks

Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, SC
3:30 PM ET
CBS

Ball State Cardinals at #8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, IN
3:30 PM ET
NBC

Iowa State Cyclones vs. Iowa Hawkeyes

Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, IA
4:00 PM CT (5:00 ET)
FOX

North Dakota Fighting Hawks at #9 Washington Huskies

Husky Stadium, Seattle, WA
2:00 PM PT (5:00 ET)
PAC-12 Network

Evening Kickoffs

#2 Clemson Tigers at Texas A&M Aggies

Kyle Field, College Station, TX
6:00 PM CT (7:00 ET)
ESPN

#13 Penn State Nittany Lions at Pittsburgh Panthers

Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA
8:00 PM ET
ABC

#17 USC Trojans at #10 Stanford Cardinal

Stanford Stadium, Stanford, CA
5:30 PM PT (8:30 ET)
FOX

Connecticut Huskies at #20 Boise State Broncos

Albertsons Stadium, Boise, ID
8:15 PM MT (10:15 ET)
ESPNU

#15 Michigan State Spartans at Arizona State Sun Devils

Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ
8:45 PM MT (10:45 ET)
ESPN