Guide to Week 2 of the 2020 season in the NCAA

Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence, ncaaf

The season is picking up speed and after only nine matches a week ago, fans will have a busy weekend. Tournaments start in ACC and Big-12 conferences, teams from the top 25 rankings enter the game.

Central matches of the week

North Carolina (18) - Syracuse, Saturday, September 12, 19:00 UTC

After 7-6 last year and a solid debut with quarterback Sam Howell, North Carolina is starting the season as a seeded team. Expectations from the team are also quite high, the powerful finish of the last championship is still remembered, when in three matches, including the bowl, Tar Heels scored 56, 41 and 55 points, respectively. Now the attention to Mack Brown's charges will be increased, and the pressure on them will be more serious. 

However, here the team is a clear favorite, and Howell, receiver Dazz Newsome and running back Michael Carter will have the opportunity to play up ties in a real match.

Iowa State U23 - Louisiana, Saturday, 
September 12, 19:00 UTC

One of the most intriguing games of the week. Iowa State with quarterback Brock Purdy starts the season in the rankings, and Louisiana looks like a team that could get there. Last year, coach Billy Napier led the team to eleven victories, luck turned away from the guys only in the final of the Sun Belt conference. Major Louisiana stars continue their careers: quarterback Levi Lewis (3050 passing yards) and running Elijah Mitchell and Trey Ragas (about 2000 yards for two).

Notre Dame (10) - Duke, Saturday, September 12, 09:30 UTC

This game will be discussed separately, but this is, without exaggeration, a historical match. Having won more than 900 victories and having won 11 championship titles, Notre Dame will begin the season as part of one of the conferences for the first time in its history. Many are expecting the Irish to throw the gauntlet to the undisputed favorite from Clemson. At the start, they will be tested by Duke, where they seriously expect to compete for a place in the ACC final.

Florida State v Georgia Tech, Saturday, September 12, 10:30 pm EDT

The last meeting of the teams dates back to 2015, when the Yellow Jackets sensationally managed to stop the undefeated Seminoles. Much water has flown under the bridge since then. Florida State enters the season with head coach Mike Norvell, third in four years, who previously made a splash with Memphis. Georgia Tech will try to rehabilitate themselves for their failed 3-9 in 2019.

Wake Forest vs Clemson (1), Sunday 13 September 02:30 UTC

It is impossible to ignore the leader of the preseason rating, although the fight in this meeting is unlikely to be stubborn. But here, too, you can find a little unusual: for the first time in history, the College GameDay program will come to Winston-Salem, which will become the ninetieth city in its history.

Well, on the field we will see Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne. Both are among the contenders for the Heisman Trophy and should confirm the validity of these claims already in the opening.

Questions of the week

How will their games affect the ranking?

The first post-preseason version of AP's rankings will be released on Sunday. It will contain only those teams that participate in the autumn matches, which means that it will appear before us in a completely new form. Nine representatives of the Big-10 and Pac-12 conferences will disappear from it, replaced by those whom we rarely see there.

In the first week, Brigham Young showed themselves brightly, defeating Fleet 55-3. It is almost certain that Miami will be included in the rating, and probably the winners of the games between the Army and Louisiana-Monroe, and Louisville and Western Kentucky. Other teams also have good opportunities to prove themselves.

Should we expect surprises this fall?

The coronavirus on edge has created a strange atmosphere. Players can be quarantined due to a positive test for themselves or a partner, games are postponed and postponed, the devil himself will break his leg in training schedules. 

With so many inputs, the likelihood of unexpected results increases significantly.
Hardly anyone expected such an overwhelming advantage of one of the teams in the meeting between Brigham Young and the Navy. This also includes the problems of the JMU in the game with the obviously weaker Texas State team. We do not expect that Wake Forest, playing with Clemson, will create a sensation, but there will certainly be surprises and surprises.