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CSN Spotlight: Louisville hosts dangerous Houston team

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CSN Spotlight: Louisville hosts dangerous Houston team

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.

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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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Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

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Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

After testing the NBA Draft waters, Georgetown center Jessie Govan decided to return to the Hoyas for his senior season.

Govan announced his intention to return on Instagram a week before the final commitment deadline.

Returning to the Hoyas is definitely a boost to the program that will be in their second year under head coach Patrick Ewing.  At 6-10, Govan was the team’s leading scorer (17.9 ppg) and rebounder (10.0 rpg) averaging a double-double last season.

Paired alongside power forward Marcus Derrickson, the Hoyas were nearly unstoppable in the paint. Derrickson though decided to forgo his senior year and signed with an agent after the season.

Had Govan decided to leave that would have meant over 56 percent of the team’s scoring and rebounding would have departed (to graduation or professional pursuits) in a handful of months. Not the best outlook for a 15-win team that went 5-13 in the Big East.

Instead Ewing gets back his leading scorer that many believe he can mold as a young protégée. While in the draft process without an agent Govan had workouts with the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks. Both are valuable experiences that he will bring to a relatively young Georgetown squad.

Having Govan for one more year will bridge Ewing’s second season to transfer big-man, Omer Yurtseven to his first year of eligibility in 2019. They were set up to having a walk-on and two sophomores being the only returning Hoyas over 6-6 for the upcoming season.

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Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

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Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

The pieces are starting to come together for Patrick Ewing.

On Monday the Georgetown Hoyas picked up perhaps the biggest (literally and figuratively) target of the transfer market, Omer Yurtseven.

From North Carolina State, the transfer from Istanbul Turkey will have two years remaining of eligibility. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he is not allowed to play for the 2018-19 season.

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Standing at 7-0, the center helped power the Wolfpack to an NCAA tournament bid this past season. Averaging 13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks a contest, Yurstseven earned All-ACC Third Team honors in the 2017-18 season. He also touted a 58.3 shooting percentage and was not afraid to pull it up from deep either (22 made three-pointers).

NC State lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 8 Seton Hall, but he was limited due to foul trouble with only two points and two rebounds in 14 minutes of play.

Initially, he is the option to fill the void that Jessie Govan will leave, whether that is during this offseason or next. Already the team has lost power forward Marcus Derrickson

Yurtseven will just be another frontcourt talent for Ewing with the Hoyas.

It was widely reported that he was considering playing options, both in the United States and abroad before this announcement. Easily he has the talent to go in first round of the NBA Draft whichever year he declares.

On the same day, the Hoyas also announced the signing of four-star guard James Akinjo.