BOTR Game of the Week 2014 Week 2

Week 2 of the college football season is always the subito piano to week 1's sforzando. After some high caliber band and football matchups, not to mention five straight days of the stuff. If week 1's a loaded buffet, week 2's a meager salad bar. And on the Band on the Road front, there are only two confirmed FBS trips this week.

One answer would be easy. I'm steeped in east coast bias, and have a strong proclivity for traditional style marching and Sudler Trophy winners. Add the history of the final consecutive running of the rivalry and the rare night game beneath Touchdown Jesus, and Michigan-Notre Dame's the obvious choice. Except that I remembered, correctly, that they occupied this spot last year.

Perhaps it's just a step above "by default", but I'm instead taking it out west, where the Spirit of Troy will travel to take on the Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band as USC clashes with Stanford in one of this weekend's matchups of ranked teams.