Week Two Predictions
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After a wild and crazy first weekend with more big games than you could keep up with, things get toned down a bit in week two. Now don't get me wrong, there are four killer games this Saturday, highlighted by Oregon hosting Michigan State. But besides the four main events, college football takes a little rest this weekend to get geared up for some more huge games in week three...
Here are my predictions for the games of week two....
Saturday, September 6th
#4 Oklahoma (1-0) at Tulsa (1-0) - 12:00 - ABC regional, ESPN2 - I don't know much about Midwest football, I guess, but I find it odd that OU would play away against Tulsa. Anyway, they do, and my prediction is that they steamroll the home team. The Sooners have caught hell for scheduling cupcakes in the first 2 weeks, so they better at least win big. Next week, the Tennessee Vols roll into town, so if the Sooners are looking ahead, this game could bite 'em bad. Oklahoma, 40-20.
#20 Kansas State (1-0) at Iowa State (0-1) - 12:00 - FOX Sports 1 - The Cyclones have never done much in college football, but they have managed to ruin more than a few teams' seasons with upset wins on their home field. The most recent was over Oklahoma State a few years back, keeping the Cowboys from playing for it all. In this one, they will give Bill Snyder's squad a decent game, but in the end come up short. Kansas State, 35-28.
Maryland (1-0) at South Florida (1-0) - 3:30 - CBS Sports Network - The Terps carry the B1G flag on the road for the first time as they travel deep into the Sunshine State to take on the Bulls. UM is a heavy favorite in this one, and I am not going to argue with that. USF has the potential to be a big-time program living in fertile recruiting ground and with nice facilities, but they haven't maximized their potential, in my opinion. One day, they will be a normal in the top 25 - I really believe that - but it isn't now. Maryland, 28-21.
#14 USC (1-0) at #13 Stanford (1-0) - 3:30 - ABC regional - Not only do I feel Stanford is the better team here, but they are playing in the comforts of home. I just don't know quite what to think about USC yet as new HC Steve Sarkisian hasn't faced anything tough (beat Fresno State by 39 in week one). A current #14 ranking is based simply off of name, in my opinion, and if they prove me wrong then so be it. But as of right now, I feel Stanford is the true top 15 program here. Stanford, 24-17.
#15 Ole Miss (1-0) at Vanderbilt (0-1) - 4:30 - ESPN - Don't look now, but the Rebels are a pretty darned good football team. They closed out Boise in style a week ago and now look to punish Vandy, who just got punished by Temple (yes, Temple). This is one of those gimme games where if Ole Miss loses - with a possible big year in the works - their football program should be eliminated. The only thing I see that could go wrong here is QB Bo Wallace turning it over several times.. Mississippi, 44-14.
#7 Michigan State (1-0) at #3 Oregon (1-0) - 6:30 - FOX - There are several great games this weekend, but this is probably the biggest of all. Oregon welcomes in the Rose Bowl champs to Autzen Stadium and we all know a packed house will be waiting. This is your always-wanted offense vs defense kind of game, with the Ducks trying to run wild on a MSU defense that has gained a reputation over the last few years as one of the best in the land. I think the Spartans limit Oregon's scoring, but not enough to win. Oregon, 27-19.
BYU (1-0) at Texas (1-0) - 7:30 - FOX Sports 1 - The Cougars looked good on the road against UConn in week one, getting a convincing win far away from home, 35-10 (pass heavy as usual, 308 passing yards, 98 rushing yards). I am tempted to call the upset here as this team always seems to give UT a hard time. This is Coach Charlie Strong's first stiff competition as the boss in Austin and I am very interested to see how it goes down. I am bad to pick Texas just because of their name at times. So in this one I will go with the team that impressed me in week one. BYU, 38-28.
Michigan (1-0) at #16 Notre Dame (1-0) - 7:30 - NBC - Always a very tough game to pick a winner. Many think Everett Golson (back from suspension) will lead ND to huge things this year ala Tony Rice back in the day. On the other sideline, many think this is the year that Brady Hoke makes strides in Ann Arbor and competes for the B1G crown. In games such as this, I have to think home team. I am also thinking that UM quarterback Devin Gardner makes some questionable decisions at times. Notre Dame, 22-17.
Virginia Tech (1-0) at #8 Ohio State (1-0) - 8:00 - ESPN - I have hated on VT for some time now as I feel people have figured out Bud Foster's defense and that the Hokie offense has been average at best. But I am hearing good things out of this program again and I am going to go out on a limb here and pick an upset. Yes, it would be a huge surprise for Tech to win in The Horsehoe, but every now and then an upset has to be gone after. Virginia Tech, 30-24.
Texas Tech (1-0) at UTEP (1-0) - 11:00 - FOX Sports 1 - Head Coach Cliff Kingsbury takes his second TTU squad into El Paso to face the Miners in a Lonestar State showdown. In this one, I see the Red Raiders stretching their legs a bit and putting up some big numbers. I'm going to call this a shootout in Texas Tech's favor. Texas Tech, 50-30.
* All rankings AP, all times EST
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