Week 2 – TV Schedule

This week can’t come soon enough. Granted, week two is a letdown from an opening weekend full of exciting games, but the marquise match-up from week two could easily be the best regular season game of 2006. I’ll be in Baton Rouge for the Tigers this week; so Penn State/Notre Dame and the end of the OSU/Texas game will be viewed in a parking lot outside Tiger Stadium.

Both Texas and Ohio State come off victories over mediocre competition. Texas lit up North Texas for the largest margin of victory so far in 2006 – 49 points. Ohio State defeated Northern Illinois 35-12. What does that tell us about this week’s Texas/Ohio State game? Surprisingly little.

North Texas only won two games last year, and gave up 54 to both Tulsa and Kansas St.; so while McCoy looked great, the loss of Vince Young will still hurt. The real test of a new QB is his ability to handle pressure, read defenses, and provide leadership through adversity. McCoy proved he has the physical skills, but he still needs to demonstrate the intangibles.

With Ohio State, the question was defense. They held Northern Illinois to 12 points but gave up 151 yards rushing. They’ll certainly have to improve the rush defense to stop Jamaal Charles and Selvin Young, but the talent is there. On offense, Smith and company looked impressive; so Texas will have its work cut out on defense as well.

The bottom line is this game is strength versus strength and inexperience versus inexperience, whoever matures more quickly McCoy or OSU’s defense should win this one. My money’s on OSU.

The other big game this week will be Penn State at Notre Dame. Notre Dame should win the game, but believe it or not, it’s their offense that is the biggest concern going into this one. Ga Tech held the Irish in check, and Penn State should field a quality defense as well. Its still too early to tell what the Penn State offense is going to look like, but if I’m an ND fan, I’m more than a little concerned heading into this one.

As for the Pack, Akron did a great job on Penn State’s running game last week. If they can stop the run, Stone will need to throw for more than 40 yards. I wouldn’t get too worked up about the Zips’ defense yet though, last year Akron only held one opponent with a winning record to less than 30 points.

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12 Responses to Week 2 – TV Schedule

  1. choppack1 09/07/2006 at 9:35 PM #

    LSUTiger fan – Foxsports had a good special on the 2005 LSU season – “A season in the eye” or something – it was good stuff and an interesting perspective on Katrina’s impact on the football season. I’m pulling for the Tigers and hope they have a special season.

  2. StateFans 09/08/2006 at 7:57 AM #

    These schedules are AWESOME! Thanks for all of the work.

  3. choppack1 09/08/2006 at 8:23 AM #

    How ’bout BSU last night. I saw the first 5 minutes and figured it would be a blowout w/ the Beavers up 14-0. Then I flipped back around 10:45 PM and it was 42-14 – BSU. Wow.

  4. packpigskinfan23 09/08/2006 at 9:21 AM #

    BSU went nuts after going down early…. good game. very exciting.

    this weekend I have to pick Texas over OSU just because of my hatred for OSU…

    the ND/PSU game is a hard pick for me… Penn State is my “other” team… I grew up near campus and have always loved the N.Lions… BUT I REALLY dont want to see OSU and Texas at the top all year, and would love for ND to win it all… I have nothing against Texas, I would just rather someone else win it… maybe I should just pull for PennState and hope THEY win it all!!!

  5. packpigskinfan23 09/08/2006 at 9:27 AM #

    I alreadt asked this on another thread, but I just want to make sure everyone sees it…

    does anyone know if any bars around the Raleigh area have ESPN U?!?!?! or can you get the game OnDemand from time warner?!?!

  6. Woof Wolf 09/08/2006 at 10:06 AM #

    If you have a high speed connection “Pack Pass” is not a bad way to watch. The quality is about like watching a 17″ TV in the 70’s, but it’s a lot better than not being to see the game at all. I watched part of the 1st half of the ASU game Saturday and then had to leave, but I watched the whole game again Monday night. They had a few technical difficulties but overall it was not bad.

    I think it’s going to be especially good for me living here in Georgia because I don’t get some of the locally broadcast basketball games and stuff.

    Don’t expect it to be perfect but it’s a lot better than not being able to watch at all.

  7. LSUTigerFan 09/08/2006 at 10:45 AM #

    Thanks choppack1 – “Eye of the Storm” Tivo picked it up for me. It was a great program. Even a year later its difficult to think about all the devastation and the losses people endured from Katrina.

    The show did a good job of putting football in perspective. It certainly wasn’t the priority in people’s lives, but being able to follow the Tigers did give people some sense of normalcy where there was none. It was amazing to see how many people made it to the LSU/Tennessee game, which was moved to a Monday just a couple weeks after the storm. People who had lost their homes still went to the game to get a small break from the reality of the situation.

  8. packbackr04 09/08/2006 at 11:05 AM #

    is there any indication that if stone is unable to play football (like Jay Davis) that he will be replaced? or is chuck gonna stick with this guy (like he did with Jay Davis for way too long). I know this is a way premature question seeing as how the guys winning pctg. speaks for itself, but i mean he hasnt shown me anything in any of the wins where he started. But, for instance, If we start to lose games(which we most likely will when we start conference games, and the production at QB hasnt changed, isnt it logical to look to the future of the program?
    Similarly, Has anyone heard anything about running the option? i heard stone was a strong option player, and he is a big guy, seems like it could be another way to attack a defense since we are in no way a vertical threat to any opponent. does anyone know if trestman visits this sight, i really have alot of questions for that guy right now. haha

  9. packpigskinfan23 09/08/2006 at 3:58 PM #

    how much is packpass?

    packbacker~ I have a TON of questions for Trestman as well… I have a feeling I might get loud with him if I ever met him though. So I better leave that alone.

  10. bTHEredterror 09/08/2006 at 9:14 PM #


    Hell, I’m talking to him loud as can from the bleachers every week. He never listens

  11. redfred2 09/08/2006 at 10:55 PM #


    Option, wishbone, run it and don’t let up until you get it right. I thought Stone an option QB in HS? He’s also got the size for duel propose blocking when necessary.

    Run, pass, or whatever, I say him play, but LET HIM PLAY. Find something out, in a game. I know I’m being a jerk again by saying this, but I am getting kinda really tired of player limiting offensive strategies around here. Now it’s football?

  12. jaxpacker 09/10/2006 at 2:12 AM #

    Been watching State lose these kind of games to lesser opponents for about 40 years. Makes me sick. I tired of it! I thought when Chuck got here things would change. But after seven years there is still a mentality that exists which gets them beat.

    It is a shame. I don’t see the overall improvement in the program that Chuck has been preaching about. Is it really any better than what he took over from O’Cain? We are not leap frogging over anyone in the league standings. If anything, we are just maintaining position. The offense has really got to improve if there is any chance to have a shot at the league championship.

    For a coach who seems to be somewhat of a defensive genious, I don’t understand why coaching the other side of the ball appears to be so difficult.

    I know I sound negative, but I hope Chuck and boys get it figured out and win out the remainder of the games. At least there were two bright spots on Saturday — Carolina was blasted by Va Tech and Wake beat Duke on a bloked field goal.

    Go Pack!

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