Where: Memorial Stadium, Clemson S.C.
When: Saturday, 1 p.m.
TV/Radio: no TV/WAJY-Aiken (102.7-FM); WBAW-Barnwell (99.1-FM)
Why you should watch: Since moving up to Division I in 1996, the Golden Knights have a tendency to give Division I-A powers trouble. Last season, they lost to Georgia Tech by four points and upset Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Clemson may be favored, but UCF won't by any means be a pushover.
What you should watch: UCF quarterback Ryan Scheider against Clemson's defense, especially the secondary. Schneider, who passed for 2,334 yards in nine games as a freshman last season, should severely test a young defense that returns just four starters, including one in the secondary/
Who you should watch: Senior running back Travis Zachery needs 18 yards to reach 2,500 career yards. The test will be seeing if Zachery, who suffered a broken ankle in the Gator Bowl, can return the form he showed last season when he rushed for 1,027 yards and 13 TDs.
At stake: The Tigers hope to move a game ahead of .500 against nonconference foes in the Tommy Bowden era. Since debuting at Clemson in 1999, the Tigers are 4-4 against non-conference opponents.
He said it: "He's muscled up, still lifts and is a nutritional guy. He watches what he eats - I like the fried foods and the chocolates - he probably hadn't had a Snickers bar in 10 years." - Bowden on UCF coach Mike Kruczek
- Tim Morse
Around the ACC and SEC
Arkansas State (0-0) at Georgia (0-0)
Where: Sanford Stadium, Athens
When: 1 p.m.
Key players: Arkansas State-RB Jonathan Adams (Sr., 6-0, 216), OT Garry Johnson (RJr., 6-4, 306), WR James Hickenbotham (Jr., 5-10, 176). Georgia-SE Terrence Edwards (Jr., 6-1, 165), C Curt McGill (Sr., 6-4, 274), LB Will Witherspoon (Sr., 6-2, 217).
What to look for: In the first game of the Mark Richt era, the Bulldogs hope to turn this into a rout before halftime. The sooner they can begin thinking about next week's showdown with South Carolina, the better. Still, Richt needs to see if his offense can perform in front of 86,000 fans, so playing close to the vest might not be an ideal scenario.
At stake: Though Richt said he isn't totally against rotating quarterbacks this season, he needs to find someone he's confident in before play begins for real against the Gamecocks. The Bulldogs will need to establish continuity despite the one-game suspensions of DE Charles Grant, RB Verron Haynes, TE Randy McMichael and CB Tim Wansley.
Boise State (0-0) at South Carolina (0-0)
Where: Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia
When: 7 p.m.
Key players: Boise State-QB Ryan Dinwiddie (So., 6-0, 192), TB Brock Forsey (Jr., 5-11, 198), LB Quintin Mikell (Jr., 5-10, 197). South Carolina-QB Phil Petty (RSr., 6-3, 210), TB Derek Watson (Jr., 6-1, 210), NG Langston Moore (Jr., 6-2, 300), LB Kalimba Edwards (Sr., 6-6, 260).
What to look for: The Gamecocks are hoping to see what QB Corey Jenkins, a talented junior-college transfer, can do under the lights. Though Petty will start, coach Lou Holtz is excited about the new dimension Jenkins can add to the offense and said he plans to play two quarterbacks "in every game." The Broncos' passing offense, a force the past few seasons, could test the Gamecocks' secondary despite losing quarterback Bart Hendricks.
At stake: In 1997, South Carolina was expected by some to contend in the SEC East but barely beat Central Florida in the opener. A week later, the Gamecocks went to Georgia and got thrashed by the Bulldogs. The Gamecocks need a convincing win over the Broncos, who are capable of bagging an upset.
The Citadel (0-0) at Georgia Tech (1-0)
Where: Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta
When: 6 p.m.
Key players: The Citadel-TB Maurice Murphy (Sr., 6-0, 220), QB Mazzie Drummond (Fr., 6-0, 175), LB Travis Stephens (Sr., 6-0, 230). Georgia Tech-QB George Godsey (RSr., 6-2, 205), WR Kelly Campbell (Sr., 5-11, 170), DE Greg Gathers (Jr., 6-1, 260), SS Chris Young (Sr., 6-0, 207).
What to look for: The Yellow Jackets don't know what to expect because Bulldogs head coach Ellis Johnson was Alabama's defensive coordinator this time last year. Tech limited its offense in Sunday's 13-7 win over Syracuse to protect Godsey, who spent the offseason recovering from knee surgery. Jackets' offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien seemed bound and determined to establish the running game against Syracuse with mixed results. Expect him to open things up more today.
At stake: Tech plays at Navy next week, and then comes the Sept. 15 showdown at Florida State. The Jackets need to use the two-game tune-up to iron out the offensive kinks and make their offense the force it has been the past four seasons.
Savannah State (0-0) at Georgia Southern (0-0)
Where: Allen E. Paulson Stadium, Statesboro
When: 7 p.m.
Key players: Savannah State-
Georgia Southern-QB J.R. Revere (Sr., 5-11, 184); FB Adrian Peterson (Sr., 5-10, 210); DT Freddy Pesqueira (Jr., 6-1, 250).
What to look for: Playing its first game as a Division I-AA member, there's no better way to start than by playing the top-ranked team in the country. Unless Georgia Southern finds a way to give the game away, look for the contest to be over by halftime.
At stake: The Eagles should use Savannah State as its guinea pig, working out any problems before its national showdown with Delaware next week.
OTHER SEC GAMES
Louisville (0-0) at Kentucky (0-0)
12:30 p.m.-Things might get worse before they get better for the Wildcats under new coach Guy Morriss.
Syracuse (0-1) at Tennessee (0-0)
4 p.m., ESPN2-The last time these teams met, the Volunteers used a 34-33 win on the road to propel them to the 1998 national title.
Ball State (0-0) at Auburn (0-0)
5 p.m.-Don't expect Tigers to win the SEC West again this year.
Murray State (0-0) at Mississippi (0-0)
7 p.m.-The Eli Manning era begins officially at Ole Miss.
UCLA at Alabama
7:45 p.m., ESPN-Think Crimson Tide fans have forgotten about last year's spanking in Pasadena?
Tulane (0-1) at Louisiana State (0-0)
8 p.m.-Rivals' first meeting since 1996.
Marshall (0-0) at Florida (0-0)
7:15 p.m., ESPN2-Gators coach Steve Spurrier faces a former minion in Herd coach Bob Pruett.
OTHER ACC GAMES
North Carolina (0-1) at Maryland (0-0)
Noon, Ch. 6-WJBF-Terps can begin Ralph Friedgen era by putting Tar Heels in 0-2 hole.
Richmond (0-0) at Virginia (0-1)
4:30 p.m.-Cavs get break before their next two games - at home against Penn State and at Clemson.
Florida State (0-0) at Duke (0-0)
6 p.m.-Seminoles' backups should be in by the second quarter.
Wake Forest (0-0) at East Carolina (0-0)
7 p.m.-Pirates coach Steve Logan loves sticking it to ACC teams.
NATIONAL GAME OF THE WEEK
Miami (0-0) at Penn State (0-0)
8 p.m., Ch. 6-WJBF-Nittany Lions coach Joe Paterno is one win away from tying Bear Bryant for the all-time lead among college coaches.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
40-Average age of Georgia's football coaches
3-Coaches making their SEC debuts today
242-Yards Georgia Tech allowed Syracuse last week, the fewest yards allowed by a Yellow Jackets defense in 68 games
THE LAST WORD
"I didn't even realize that was the name of the song." - South Carolina coach Lou Holtz, on the Theme from 2001
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