The rust is off and the season is back in full swing. Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and other local teams continue the season in Week 2.
Here is a breakdown of all the local action.
Virginia vs. William & Mary
When: 8 p.m. Friday
Where: Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, Va.
How to watch: ACC Network
Mike London was the head coach at UVa for six seasons. Now he brings the Tribe into Scott Stadium looking for the upset. Virginia is coming off the heels of a complete win in Pittsburgh, where offense, defense and special teams all played a role in leading the Cavaliers to the ACC win. London and Virginia head coach Bronco Mendenhall met while London still coached the Cavaliers back in 2013-14 in a home-and-home between UVa and BYU. The series ended in a 1-1 split.
Maryland vs. Syracuse
When: 12 p.m. Saturday
Where: Maryland Stadium, College Park, Md.
How to watch: ESPN
It is hard to top a 79-0 performance, but Maryland will need to be clicking in all three aspects of the game yet again to pull off the win with No. 21 Syracuse coming to College Park. Dino Babers is in his fourth season at Syracuse and has the Orange humming after a 10-win season in 2018. Maryland looked impressive in Week 1 against Howard, but this game will provide a more accurate barometer of just how good the Terps are this season.
Virginia Tech vs. Old Dominion
When: 12 p.m. Saturday
Where: Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, Va.
How to watch: ESPNU
Old Dominion pulled off the stunning upset last season against a 2-0 Hokies team. Virginia Tech would lose five of its next seven as the loss to ODU seemed to completely derail the season. It didn’t help that quarterback Josh Jackson, now at Maryland, broke his leg in the game. This year the Monarchs travel to Blacksburg for the Hokies’ home-opener. It may be early, but it would not be an exaggeration to call this a must-win for Virginia Tech for there to be any hope of keeping the bowl streak alive.
Game of the week: LSU vs. Texas
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Royal Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, Texas
How to watch: ABC
A Texas win over Notre Dame in 2016 led many to declare that Texas was back, but those declarations proved to be premature. Saturday, however, provides a real chance for the Longhorns to declare to the nation that they are not only back, but legitimate playoff contenders.
Tom Herman has been building Texas back up to a national power and the Longhorns now have a chance to prove in year three that he has already brought them back to prominence. Quarterback Sam Elinger will be relied upon both in the air and on the ground to lead the Texas offense against a dominant LSU defense.
The Tigers put everyone on notice in Week 1. As several SEC teams fell n embarrassing fashion, LSU took care of business against Louisiana Tech. A team always in need of a quarterback may actually have one this season as Joe Burrow threw for 278 yards and five touchdowns in Week 1. The addition of Joe Brady as the passing game coordinator seems to have completely transformed the Tigers’ offense, at least through one week, and Texas can expect a very different high-flying LSU offense to arrive in Austin.
Other local teams:
Richmond at Boston College, 3:30 p.m. Saturday on ACCNX
James Maidson vs. St. Francis (PA) 6 p.m. Saturday
Towson vs. North Carolina Central, 6 p.m. Saturday