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September 8, 2006
Experts' insight on the big games: Week 2
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Each week Rivals.com will turn to its experts "on the ground" in the various college towns across America. We'll ask them the key questions about the nation's biggest games, seeking insight that goes beyond that of the TV talking heads.
The Week Two schedule has a couple of intriguing matchups - including the final game of what could turn out to be a home-and-home series for the ages and the renewal of a rivalry that was one of the best in the 1980s.
In Austin, Texas, it's the first regular-season matchup of No. 1 and No. 2 since Florida State and Florida tangled in 1996 when the Longhorns play host to top-ranked Ohio State. These teams had never played each other before last year's clash in Columbus, won by Texas 25-22 in the final minutes.
In South Bend, Ind., Penn State takes on Notre Dame for the first time since 1992. The teams had played every year since 1981, but the rivalry came to an abrupt end when the Nittany Lions joined the Big Ten.
Brady Quinn didn't solidify himself as the Heisman front-runner against Georgia Tech in the Irish's 14-10 victory last Saturday. Can he handle Paul Posluszny and the Lions and re-establish himself in the eyes of Heisman voters, or will Buckeyes QB Troy Smith garner much of the attention?