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College Football Week 2 viewing guide, plus Jimbo Fisher vs. Dabo Swinney

Jimbo’s Texas A&M Aggies meet Dabo’s Clemson Tigers for the second time.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney holds up the trophy after winning the ACC Championship at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., on Dec. 2, 2017. The Tigers defeated the Miami Hurricanes 38-3. [MONICA HERNDON  |  Times]
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney holds up the trophy after winning the ACC Championship at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., on Dec. 2, 2017. The Tigers defeated the Miami Hurricanes 38-3. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Published Sep. 6, 2019

Viewing guide

Lamest time window: None. Thanks, programming gods, for spreading out the week’s most interesting games.

Noon: Not sure Cincinnati can upset No. 5 Ohio State, but the Bearcats are good enough to keep it competitive.

2: Charlie Strong’s Bulls really need a good showing (if not a win) at Georgia Tech.

RELATED: Four reasons USF can rebound at Georgia Tech

3:30: Jimbo Fisher’s No. 12 Aggies feel as if they’re a year away from being able to hang with the very best, but No. 1 Clemson should watch out.

7: An anxiety bowl between BYU and Tennessee.

7:30: Is No. 9 Texas really back? We’ll find out more if the Longhorns can beat No. 6 LSU.

10:30: No. 23 Stanford at USC makes for fine Pac-12 after dark viewing.

Dabo v. Jimbo

A tale-of-the-tape breakdown between Clemson’s Dabo Swinney and Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher before their latest meeting as head coaches:

Jimbo Fisher

Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher, left, talks to quarterback Kellen Mond (11) during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Mississippi State, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, in Starkville, Miss. [JIM LYTLE | AP]

Career record: 93-27

Winning percentage: .775 (fifth among active coaches)

Conference titles: 3

National titles: 1

NFL draft picks: 58

Head-to-head wins: 4

RELATED: Remember the ‘Jimbo! New coaches!’ FSU football fan? He’s still frustrated

Dabo Swinney

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney speaks after defeating Alabama during the College Football Playoff national title game at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Jan. 9, 2017. [Times]

Career record: 117-30

Winning percentage: .796 (third among active coaches)

Conference titles: 5

National titles: 2

NFL draft picks: 58

Head-to-head wins: 5

GameDay breakdown

Texas coach Tom Herman has won 10 of his 15 career games as an underdog. To make it 11 of 16, his Longhorns will have to find a way to crack one of the most talented defenses in the country. Perhaps quarterback Sam Ehlinger can do it. He lit up Louisiana Tech (and former USF coach Skip Holtz) for four touchdown passes last week and has a 27-3 touchdown-interception ratio over his last 14 games.

Eye on the NFL draft

Three prospects to watch in the primetime Texas-LSU matchup:

1. LSU safety Grant Delpit: The IMG Academy product is the 2019 version of do-it-all defender Derwin James. Keep an eye on him, Bucs fans.

RELATED: Why Grant Delpit is the next LSU defender Bucs fans should know

2. LSU cornerback Kristian Fulton: He allowed only six touchdowns or first downs all of last season. We’ll see if he ends up defending…

3. Texas receiver Collin Johnson: His 59-yard performance in the opener included a beautiful sideline grab. At 6-foot-6, he has a frame NFL scouts love.

Local of the week

West Virginia receiver George Campbell (East Lake High)

West Virginia wide receiver George Campbell (15) celebrates with teammates after catching a touchdown pass during the second half of an NCAA college football game against James Madison Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, in Morgantown, W.Va. [RAY THOMPSON | AP]

The injury-plagued FSU transfer caught his first career touchdown last week. His rebuilding Mountaineers will need plenty more if they hope to knock off Missouri.

Tweet of the week

Washington State coach Mike Leach @Coach_Leach


  1. Florida guard Andrew Nembhard shoots over Mississippi guard Devontae Shuler during their game Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Gainesville. [BRAD MCCLENNY  |  AP]
    Coach Mike White says his point guard missed practice Thursday and Friday. If he’s out, freshmen Tre Mann or Ques Glover likely will start Saturday.
  2. Todd Monken spent two seasons in Tampa Bay, the last as offensive coordinator, before being dismissed along with the rest of head coach Dirk Koetter's staff after the 2018 season.
    Tampa Bay’s former play-caller will be designing game plans for the Bulldogs against the Florida Gators next season.
  3. Florida Gators wide receiver Antonio Callaway (81) runs the ball during the Outback Bowl in January at Raymond James Stadium. (Times file)
    Antonio Callaway was a talented but troubled player for the Gators who didn’t last two seasons with the Cleveland Browns.
  4. Florida receiver Josh Hammond (18) on the field during practice for the East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field on Monday. [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    Plus Plant High product Jake Fruhmorgen’s journey from Clemson to UF to Baylor to the East-West Shrine Game.
  5. From left, Florida's Andrew Nembhard, Kerry Blackshear and Noah Locke are key parts of a team that has had its ups and downs this season. Tuesday's rout of Mississippi gets the Gators back on track. [WILFREDO LEE  |  AP]
    UF rebounds from a bad loss in Missouri with a big home victory.
  6. Florida Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks (13) gets emotional after scoring a touchdown during the fourth quarter against Miami in the season opener. [ALLIE GOULDING  |  Times]
    The Florida Gators finished about where I thought. But about Willie Taggart’s job security ...
  7. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow holds the trophy after their win against Clemson in a NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in New Orleans. LSU won 42-25. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) [DAVID J. PHILLIP  |  AP]
    The Heisman Trophy winner becomes the first Division I-A quarterback to throw 60 touchdowns in a season.
  8. LSU tight end Thaddeus Moss celebrates after scoring during the first half of Monday night's national championship game against Clemson in New Orleans. [DAVID J. PHILLIP  |  AP]
    LSU, of course, finished No. 1. But where did Matt Baker put the Florida Gators and UCF Knights?
  9. LSU coach Ed Orgeron, left, and Clemson coach Dabo Swinney shake hands on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, near the national championship trophy after a news conference for the College Football Playoff title game. [CHRIS CARLSON  |  AP]
    Goodbye, task-master ways. The duo leading their teams into the CFP national title game are all about a very personal, aw-shucks, family approach.
  10. A dejected Florida bench watches the final minute of a 91-75 loss to Missouri on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. [L.G. PATTERSON  |  AP]
    UF loses its first SEC game of the season as Mizzou shoots 61.5 percent from the field and 63.2 from 3-point range.