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Friday, September 5, 2008
Non-BCS things to watch: Week 2


Posted by ESPN.com's Graham Watson

While you're partaking in a second weekend of college football, here are a couple of things to watch:

1. First BCS win: Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour will try for his first BCS win this weekend when the Chippewas travel to No. 2 Georgia. LeFevour is 0-5 against BCS opponents since starting under center in 2006.

2. First home Big Ten opponent: Bowling Green will host Minnesota this weekend, its first Big Ten opponent in the 207 games that have been played at Doyt L. Perry Stadium since 1966. The Falcons also will be looking for their second upset of the season.

3. Upset bid: East Carolina goes for its second consecutive victory over a ranked team when the Pirates face No. 8 West Virginia this weekend. ECU defeated No. 17 Virginia Tech in Charlotte last weekend.

4. Notre Dame: The Irish open the 2008 season Saturday against a San Diego State team that is coming off a loss to Cal Poly last weekend. The Irish are trying to avenge a 3-9 campaign from last year.

5. Drew Willy: Buffalo quarterback Drew Willy leads the nation in passing efficiency with a quarterback rating of 261. He will attempt to lead his team to an upset over Pittsburgh this weekend.

6. C-USA's big weekend: Conference USA will have six games against nationally ranked opponents this weekend, including five against the top 13. That's more games against ranked opponents than C-USA is slated to play for the rest of the year.

7. Shun White: Navy slotback Shun White leads the country in rushing after running for 348 yards and three touchdowns against Towson last week. He'll have a much more difficult task staying on that pace this weekend against Ball State.

8. ULM vs. the SEC: Louisiana-Monroe will attempt to pick off its second SEC team in as many years when they host Arkansas on Saturday. The Warhawks are still smarting from last week's 34-0 shutout vs. Auburn. ULM defeated Alabama last season.

9. Offensive shootout: Texas Tech comes to Nevada this weekend in what should be an offensive shootout between the No. 1 and No. 4 total offenses in the country. Tech will exploit the Wolf Pack in the air, but Nevada should be able to run the ball well against the Red Raiders.

10. Louisiana Tech's momentum: Louisiana Tech looks to build momentum from last week's win over Mississippi State against No. 14 Kansas. The Jayhawks have not lost a home nonconference game since losing to Northwestern to start the 2003 season.