This week in college football: Old rivals, cross-conference, top-25 matchup


Gear up for a big weekend, college football fans.

No. 12 Louisiana State University (2-0) at No. 7 Auburn University (2-0)

The two Tigers of the western Southeastern Conference will meet for a big showdown at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday. Both teams bested top-10 teams in week one. LSU defeated Miami, while Auburn defeated Washington.

Both teams have big playmakers on offense. LSU senior running back Nick Brossette has 262 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 41 carries this season. Auburn junior quarterback Jarrett Stidham has thrown for 386 yards and two touchdowns.

This SEC West showdown may prove to have major playoff indications at the end of the regular season.

This game between a pair of Tigers will kickoff Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on CBS.

No. 4 Ohio State University (2-0) at No. 15 Texas Christian University (2-0)

Two high-powered offenses will collide when Ohio State and TCU face off this weekend. The Buckeyes have averaged 64.5 points per game, while the Horned Frogs have put up an average of 48.5 points.

This is a huge game for TCU with the country’s No. 4 team coming into Fort Worth, as TCU could get a big-time resume boost in its hunt for its first appearance in the College Football Playoff.

This game will feature a quarterback battle between two skilled signal callers.

Sophomore TCU quarterback Shawn Robinson leads the team in passing (328) and rushing (112) yards with seven total touchdowns. Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins, also a sophomore, has 42 completed passes out of 53 attempts this season with 546 yards and nine touchdowns.

The Horned Frogs defense is strong this season, allowing just 9.5 points per game. They will have a big test on Saturday as they take on the high-powered Ohio State offense.

This Big Ten-Big 12 matchup will kickoff Saturday at 7 p.m. on ABC.

No. 22 University of Southern California (1-1) at University of Texas (1-1)

Two big-time college football programs will compete again for the seventh time. The Trojans have dominated the series, winning five of six games against the Longhorns.

Both teams come into this game with a 1-1 record after Texas lost to Maryland in week one and USC lost to Stanford in week two.

Both teams have talented quarterbacks at the center of their offense.

Texas sophomore Sam Ehlinger has thrown for 500 yards and four touchdowns in the first two games.

USC’s true freshman quarterback JT Daniels had a great debut in the first week, but struggled against Stanford last week as he went 16-for-32, throwing two interceptions. Can the true freshman shake off a bad game and get himself ready for a big rivalry game against a hostile crowd in Austin?

In last year’s matchup, the Trojans won a nail-biter in overtime, 27-24.

Kickoff from Austin will be at 7 p.m. Saturday on FOX.