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Louisville, Tennessee top our college football games to watch

Can college football teams top a wild opening weekend? Check out the top six games that could deliver fireworks this weekend:

No. 13 Louisville (1-0) at Syracuse (1-0)

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Friday, 8 p.m. – ESPN2

The Buzz: Dino Babers' influence on the Syracuse program is clearly evident with the Orange ranked sixth in the nation in passing offense (437 yards per game) and with the team completing nearly 87 percent of its passes against an inferior opponent in Colgate. Louisville also showcased a top-15 passing offense against overwhelmed Charlotte, with the Cardinals racking up nearly 400 yards of offense through the air and an incredible eight touchdown passes, including six by starting quarterback Lamar Jackson. The last time Syracuse beat a ranked opponent was 2012, a 45-26 of No. 11 Louisville at the Carrier Dome.

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Penn State (1-0) at Pittsburgh (1-0)

Saturday, noon – ESPN

The Buzz: Penn State hits the road for the first time this season, with the Nittany Lions looking for their first road victory since Nov. 8, 2014, going 2-6 in regular-season road games under coach James Franklin. This is the first time these two in-state programs have met since 2000. Penn State's defensive line registered six sacks in its opening win over Kent State, with freshman defensive lineman Shareef Miller leading the way with two. Pitt, meanwhile, registered six sacks in its win over Villanova, with junior defensive back Avonte Maddox recording two sacks.  Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi is all too familiar with Penn State, having faced them as a defensive coordinator at Michigan State from 2007-14.

Tulsa (1-0) at No. 4 Ohio State (1-0)

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Saturday, 3:30 p.m. – ABC

Buzz: There were 36 teams that tallied more than 500 yards of total offense during the opening week of the season, including Tulsa (512) and Ohio State (776). Much of the Golden Hurricane's success was predicated on the running game, with the team generating more than 300 yards on the ground. That said, Ohio State's defense held Bowling Green to just 69 rushing yards and a dismal 2.46 yards per carry. Historically, Tulsa hasn't fared well against teams from the Big Ten (1-6), including a 0-5 mark on the road. To make matters worse, Urban Meyer is undefeated against non-Power 5 teams during his time at Ohio State.

Arkansas (1-0) at No. 15 TCU (1-0)

Saturday, 7 p.m. – ESPN

Buzz: It's a reunion of old Southwestern Athletic Conference members when Arkansas travels to Forth Worth to take on Texas Christian. The road hasn't been too kind to the Razorbacks, who are 4-9 away from Fayetteville under coach Bret Bielema, with the program losing five consecutive road openers. TCU picked up right where it left off last season, accounting for 662 yards and 59 points during the Horned Frogs' opener against San Diego State. Quarterback Kenny Hill is no stranger to Arkansas, having beaten the Razorbacks once before when he played at Texas A&M in 2014.

BYU (1-0) at Utah (1-0)

Saturday, 7:30 p.m. – FOX

Buzz: Utah has won five consecutive games in this series, including a 5-2 mark at Rice-Eccles Stadium since 2000. This has been a hotly contest series, with five of the last six meetings decided by seven or fewer points, including last season's 35-28 Utes win in the Las Vegas Bowl. Ty Detmer, who took over as offensive coordinator at BYU, is all-too familiar with the series. He led the Cougars to a 3-1 record during his days as quarterback at the school (1988-91). In the season opener, Utah punter Mitch Wishnowsky averaged a nation's best 55.5 yards per kick against Southern Utah.

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Virginia Tech (1-0) vs. No. 14 Tennessee (1-0)

Saturday, 8 p.m. – ABC

Buzz: This matchup is bound to draw the largest crowd to witness a college football game ever, with more than 150,000 fans expected to jam Bristol Motor Speedway to watch these two teams. Tennessee is looking to bounce back after being forced to come from behind to beat Appalachian State in overtime last Thursday. The Volunteers are looking to start a season 2-0 for the third time in the past four seasons under coach Butch Jones. Virginia Tech is looking to improve on a 2-5 overall record against the SEC since 2000, including a disappointing 1-4 mark in neutral-site matchups.

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