College football is back and you can catch the action on CSN. Here's what to watch for in Week 2:
Houston (1-0) at Louisville (0-1), Sat. 12:00 p.m. on CSN
Louisville returns home looking to rebound after a tough opening loss to Auburn. The 31-24 score looks respectable, but the Tigers were well in control all game long. Having said that, Todd Grantham’s defense managed to keep Gus Malzahn’s offense largely in check. Louisville held Auburn to only 327 yards of total offense and forced three interceptions. They will face another high-flying offense this week from Houston.
The Cougars piled up 621 yards of offense last week in their opening win over Tennessee Tech. Quarterback Greg Ward Jr. powered Houston to the win with 275 passing yards, 101 rushing yards and three total touchdowns.
Louisville bungled the start to the game against Auburn with a two-quarterback system that really didn’t seem to work. Lamar Jackson threw an interception in his first pass and only completed 9 of his 20 attempts. Will head coach Bobby Petrino keep forcing him and Reggie Bonnafon to split snaps?
Most importantly, will we see the return of the Angry Birds/demon cardinal helmets from last week? Let’s hope not.
Tulane (0-1) at Georgia Tech (1-0), Sat. 3:30 p.m. on CSN
Tulane got the season off to a rough start with a 37-7 loss to Duke at home and things won’t get any easier this week as they head to Georgia Tech.
Here’s the good news for Tulane: They were torched for 324 passing yards by Duke. Chances are, they won’t have to worry about that this week against the Yellow Jackets.
Here’s the bad news: They will have to slow down Justin Thomas and the Georgia Tech triple option which rushed for 476 yards and nine of the team’s 10 touchdowns in their opener against Alcorn State.
Unlike Georgia Tech, Tulane will lean heavily on its pass attack on offense. Quarterback Tanner Lee threw for a respectable 246 yards, while the team was held to only 25 yards rushing.
Rhode Island (0-1) at Albany (0-1), Sat. 3:30 p.m. on CSN Plus
Both teams will look to move past lopsided losses to FBS opponents in the opening week. Rhode Island was blanked by Syracuse 47-0 even after the Orange lost starting quarterback Terrel Hunt while Albany was downed 51-14 by Buffalo.
It certainly was a performance to forget for Rhode Island who managed only 64 yards of total offense and turned the ball over four times. For a team looking to improve upon their 1-11 season in 2014, it was not an encouraging performance.
The key matchup in this game will be Albany’s offense against Rhode Island’s defense. Albany employs a running back committee with Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks and Elliot Croskey leading the way. Sophomore Josh Gontarek is also a star in the making and was named the 2014 CAA Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Don’t forget about Rhode Island’s Myles Holmes, their playmaking kick returner. He had a return of 40 yards against Syracuse and was one of the Rams’ lone bright spots in the opener.
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