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WEEK TWO: The letdown


So, you're excited. Week One has gotten your college football juices flowing. It's time for some games! It's time to get excited! Week two brings us ...

Florida A&M at Delaware State! (Thursday, Sept. 4, 7:30 p.m., ESPNU) North Alabama at Carson-Newman! (Thursday, 8 p.m., College Sports Network)

Yeah, Week Two is a bit of a disappointment.

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Don't get C&F wrong; there is some solid college football on, including a few intriguing intersectional match-ups and some conference tilts. Just don't expect a great week.

The Thursday night ESPN prime-time game is South Carolina at Vanderbilt, 8:30 p.m. Before you think this game will be boring -- stop! You thought that last year, too.

Then this happened.

The early games on Saturday, Sept. 6 are sparse. Noon Eastern brings Georgia Tech at Boston College on Jefferson-Pilot Lincoln Financial Raycom Sports. See just how bad teams can actually be in the ACC. Or, you can catch Ohio at Ohio State on one of the ESPNs, if your into intrastate matchups just for the sake of intrastate matchups. (In that case, Eastern Illinois at Illinois and Eastern Michigan at Michigan State are on the Big Ten Network at the same time.)

Intersectionals wait for the 3:30 p.m. ABC slot, which brings a pairing of a Big East darkhorse against a national championship contender when Cincinnati visits Oklahoma. Also on ABC: Oregon State at Penn State or Ole Miss at Wake Forest on ABC. (ESPN2 will likely mirror both of those games.)

A couple of TBA games also catch the eye. Offensive styles clash when Texas Tech heads to Nevada. Also looking for a television home is Houston at Oklahoma State.

The prime time matchup on ESPN, Saturday at 8 p.m., is also the best of the bunch: Miami (FL) at Florida (FL). (Yes, C&F got that idea from Kyle.) Miami will look to prove that it's still relevant in the Randy Shannon Era. Florida will get its first chance to try on its national championship contender label on a national stage.

Next week will be better. And the World Wide Leader will not let you forget it.