What an opening weekend of college football, huh? We had it all, from upsets (RIP LSU, harder RIP to Notre Dame), to emotion (legitimate RIP to Sam Foltz, hats off to Nebraska), to blowouts (poor Bowling Green). 6 of our 7 writers made picks last week, and our records looked like this:
Tyler: 19-3 Gabe: 19-3 Sean: 19-3 TJ: 15-7 Will: 18-4 Mikey: 17-5
Shouts to myself, Gabe and Sean for winning Week One in terms of record. But of course, it’s not how you start, but how you finish. Also, welcome back to the Pick ‘Em staff to Kevin. So let’s move on to this week’s picks:
BYE: #7 Stanford, #12 Michigan State
#13 Louisville vs. Syracuse
Tyler: Louisville flexed its muscles last week, and despite being on the road, expect that to continue. Lamar Jackson is literally a top-five player and game-changer in the entire ACC. Seriously though, 8 touchdowns in one half? I don’t expect that many, but I still expect a lot of points. Louisville by 21.
Gabe: Louisville looked really good last week, like scary good. Lamar Jackson will add 6 TD’s to his 8 TD performance last week. Louisville by 20.
Sean: Louisville was one of the most impressive teams in Week 1, hanging a 70 spot on Charlotte. Quarterback Lamar Jackson put himself in the early drivers seat for the Heisman after throwing for six passing touchdowns and running for two more before the subs came on. Syracuse also won in week one over an FCS opponent in Colgate, but Louisville is hands down the better team. The Carrier Dome will be rocking, but the Cardinals will roll. Louisville by 37.
Will: Louisville showed off an electric offense scoring 70 points in a dominating win against Charlotte last week. The passing attack from Syracuse is sure to make noise against the Cardinals (AMBA Etta-Tawo had 12 receptions for 210 yards!!), but Louisville is going to have a strong start to their ACC campaign. Louisville by 10.
TJ: I really want to start of this week’s picks with an upset and I’ll definitely be pulling for Syracuse but Louisville showed out last week, granted against Charlotte. I expect another monster performance from strong Louisville squad. Louisville by 18.
Mikey: This has a chance to be one of the closer games this week; however, in the end, the Cards will pull this one out in a hostile environment. Louisville by 10.
Kevin: Syracuse struggled to contain Lamar Jackson last year and it shouldn’t be too different this year. The sophomore quarterback should have another great outing to continue his early Heisman campaign. Louisville by 24.
BONUS- Boston College vs. UMass
Tyler: Both programs are honestly putrid. However, BC’s defense is real. In terms of in-state football teams, it’s BC’s state, and their fan base will be out in full force…. All 300 of them. BC by 21.
Gabe: I’ll take UMass in an upset this week. Minutemen by 7.
Sean: Both of these teams are pretty bad. The only difference is that BC is bad for the ACC, while UMass is bad for the MAC. Eagles by 14.
Will: UMass scored last week against Florida. While 7 points seems marginal to some, the UMass defense somehow holding Florida to only 24 points makes it so worth it. This gives me hope that UMass has a shot against the Eagles who have a weak offense themselves. I’m praying for a close game because if UMass can hold it within 7 points for most of the game, anything can happen. UMass by 3.
TJ: UMass looked impressive last week against Power Five powerhouse University of Florida and BC looked quite the opposite against Georgia Tech. Both teams will come out firing, but like I said last week. Do not sleep on UMass dual threat QB, Ross Comis. I think Comis will have 300 total yards combined with his rushing and passing ability. The BC defense will be a tough test for Comis and company but shutting down a stagnant Eagles offense won’t be half as challenging as that Gator offense must’ve been. One of the better, pure football games in Week Two in my opinion, the Battle of the Bay State. Minutemen by 5.
Mikey: They impressed last week, holding their own against the Gators; BC did not against Georgia Tech. UMass by 10.
Kevin: BC has one of the best defenses in the country, but their offense is still struggling from last year. Towles performed ok in his debut, but I think Darius Wade should be given snaps as well since he showed potential last year. Even with a struggling defense BC should be able to handle the Minutemen. Unless, of course, it comes down to a field goal or extra point, because then the worst kicker in the history of football, Mike Knoll, will miss because he has the mental toughness of a 3-year-old. That’s right I still remember the Pinstripe Bowl. Never forget. BC by 13.
Central Michigan vs. #22 Oklahoma State
Tyler: Antonio Brown, Thomas Rawls, JJ Watt (for a little while) and our old friend Kavon Frazier went to Central Michigan. Too bad they still don’t play for CMU. Oklahoma State by 30.
Gabe: OK State essentially had a week off last week and will face real competition this weekend. CMU has had its fair share of success in recent years and their rushing offense put up some good numbers in their first game. CMU by 3.
Sean: Oklahoma State played a cupcake in week 1 and gets another one in week 2. Mason Rudolph was impressive last time out going 18/25 and spread the ball around as 15 Cowboys caught a pass against Southeastern Louisiana. You know OSU is going to score, and Central Michigan won’t be able to stop them. Cowboys by 30.
Will: Don’t know much about Central Michigan other than Eric Fisher going #1 overall a few years back. Both of these teams had cakewalk games in their first games, so there isn’t much analysis from them. Total shot in the dark here. Central Michigan by 3.
TJ: Central Michigan is one of the more underrated teams in Division I college football in my opinion. Oklahoma State will get a surprise test here but the Cowboys will hold them off in the end. OK State by 4.
Mikey: Their high-powered offense should continue to roll against another weak opponent. OK State by 45.
Kevin: Not a chance. Cowboys by 31.
Lamar vs. #6 Houston
Tyler: If Houston could dismantle Oklahoma last week in the second half as strongly as they did, I cannot wait to see what they do to to poor, poor Lamar. Get ready for the Cougars to be in the playoff conversation all season long. Houston by 45.
Gabe: Houston knocked off the #3 team last weekend and will notch another win this weekend. Houston by 45.
Sean: I didn’t have Houston in my CFP predictions, but they were my last team out. Greg Ward is too good and Lamar is more than irrelevant. Cougars by 60.
Will: Greg Ward Jr. has confirmed his status as a Heisman Candidate….for the time being. He battled with another fringe candidate last week in Baker Mayfield and took that position outright. I expect huge numbers from Ward Jr. again this week against Lamar. Houston by 40.
TJ: Houston quieted a lot of skeptics with a statement win against a playoff hopeful Sooners team. Although the game itself wasn’t as close as the final score made it to be thanks to a fourth quarter score from Oklahoma, the Cougars are legit and Lamar isn’t a worthy opponent. Houston Cougars by 38.
Mikey: Their high-powered offense should continue to roll against another weak opponent. Houston by 35.
Kevin: I’ve never even heard of Lamar University. Houston by 100.
Nicholls State vs. #9 Georgia
Tyler: Jacob Eason was effective when he was playing, completing 8 of his 12 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown. Nick Chubb looked like he never had any sort of injury. Georgia’s offense looked good all the way around, and returning home will only give them a boost after a huge season-opening road dub. Dawgs by 31.
Gabe: See analysis for Texas A&M. Georgia by 41.
Sean: It’s seriously one of the better feel good stories seeing Nick Chubb back and excelling after last years injury. Jacob Eason should get the start against an easy opponent and I’m intrigued to see how he does. Bulldogs by 40.
Will: There is a strong possibility I watch this game. Why would I watch this game, you say? Well, that’s because of one person, Ronald Ollie. Anyone who watched Last Chance U loved his electric personality and rooted for him on and off the field. If Ollie is on the DL for Nicholls against the Bulldogs, Chubb doesn’t even get 50 yards rushing yards. In all seriousness though, Georgia runs away with this game. Georgia by 35.
TJ: Georgia got a huge first win against a promising UNC roster but this game against Nicholls should be absolutely no problem. Nicholls’s opening game to start the 2016 campaign will be a tough one to watch. Bulldogs by 40.
Mikey: I made the mistake of picking them in Week 1; I won’t make that mistake twice. Georgia by 49.
Kevin: UPSET ALERT. Georgia is overrated and I don’t like them. They also have no one that can stop my man Ronald Ollie. Get ready bulldogs cause this face is gonna haunt you for weeks to come. Nicholls by 2 with a safety by Ollie.
Prairie View A&M vs. #20 Texas A&M
Tyler: After such an emotional, close game against UCLA, the Aggies welcome in Prairie View A&M. Did you know PVAMU is the second oldest public university in the State of Texas, according to Wikipedia? Texas A&M by 35.
Gabe: Who the hell is PV A&M? TAMU by 55.
Sean: TAMU got a big confidence building win over UCLA last week, which could make Kevin Sumlin’s seat a little less hot. In what should be a fierce battle of the A&M’s, I’ll take the SEC version by 50.
Will: I looked up Prairie View A&M and I believe they are a part of the Texas A&M University system because I had no idea this was a school. So does this basically equate to UMass Amherst playing UMass Dartmouth in football? If that is the case, I’m predicting a slaughter to occur at Kyle FIeld. Texas A&M by 60.
TJ: The Aggies looked really strong against UCLA, so strong that they find themselves ranked in week two. I think it is a safe bet to say they’ll be ranked come week three becuase Prairie View A&M doesn’t pose much of a threat. Aggies by 29.
Mikey: Seriously? Texas A&M by 55.
Kevin: What a bad weekend for college football. Aggies by 48.
UCF vs. #5 Michigan
Tyler: Michigan’s schedule doesn’t really start until their game against Penn State, which kicks off their Big 10 schedule. Wolverines by 45.
Gabe: Michigan looked really good against Hawaii. Wilton Speight has plenty of weapons around him with Smith, Evans, Chesson and Butt. That along with a defense featuring Jabrill Peppers and the wolverines should roll. Michigan by 38.
Sean: UCF is so bad at football that a local bar offered free beer during games until the Knights won a game. In a shocking turn of events, the Knights won a game over South Carolina State in shutout. That being said, Michigan is extremely good at football and will not lose this game. Wolverines by 56.
Will: I truly don’t see anyone stopping this Michigan team, or even giving them much of a fight, for the first half of the season. Wisconsin came out with a win against LSU, so they could give them fits, but they have them in the Big House which is a game changer in itself. Good luck UCF because Jim Harbaugh and Michigan are coming in hot. Michigan by 30.
TJ: The Wolverines manhandled Hawaii last weekend and although some quarterback issues still remain, I don’t see UCF taking advantage of that. Jim Harbaugh will lead Michigan to another win. Wolverines by 42.
Mikey: Like OSU, Michigan dominated in Week 1, and this Week 2 opponent shouldn’t be a challenge either. Michigan by 45.
Kevin: The Golden Knights have been terrible since the loss of Blake Bortles and Breshad Perriman. That will again continue this year starting off with a loss to Michigan. Jabrill Peppers could be the only player suited up and UCF still wouldn’t stand a chance. Wolverines by 45.
Charleston Southern vs. #3 Florida State
Tyler: Florida State started slowly Monday night, but they came on strong in the second half, leaving no doubt who the better team was. Their defense is swarming, their receivers looked good, and despite a disappointing game by his standards, Dalvin Cook is Dalvin Cook. Most importantly, they found themselves a damn good quarterback in Deondre Francois. ‘Noles by 35.
Gabe: FSU played like a true playoff contender in the second half against Ole Miss. FSU by 63.
Sean: For as big as TAMU’s victory was, FSU’s was so much bigger. Coming back from a tough Ole Miss team, down 18 at the half, freshman quarterback Deondre Francois showed guts and poise and led the Seminoles up and down the field in the 2nd half, giving FSU the victory by 11. This week should be a lot less stressful. FSU by 47.
Will: Deondre Francois proved to me that FSU will be perfectly fine without Maguire. Also, love the fact that their new kicker is related to Roberto Aguayo. FSU by 50.
TJ: Florida State looked quite impressive against Ole Miss during the second half on Monday, expect Dalvin Cook to have a big bounceback game for the Seminoles after he didn’t have the best numbers while facing the Rebels. Seminoles by 37.
Mikey: Florida State just pulled off an extremely impressive win to open the year against Ole Miss. Plus, it’s Charleston Southern we’re talking about. FSU by 24.
Kevin: Say hello to the endzone Dalvin Cook. Charleston Southern has a small defensive line that will be overpowered by Florida State this week and Jimbo Fisher is going to take advantage of that. Deondre Francois was a major factor for the noles win against Ole Miss but it’s time to go back to the basics and Cook, the most electrifying runner in college, to take over. Florida State by 50.
Troy vs. #2 Clemson
Tyler: Ha. Clemson by 55.
Gabe: Clemson looks to play better this week against a sneaky good Troy team. Dabo will get the boys ready to play. Clemson by 49.
Sean: The Tigers got a scare from Auburn last week, who was a converted Hail Mary away from upsetting Clemson. I once turned the Troy Trojans into a national powerhouse in NCAA 14. However, this isn’t a video game. Clemson by 55.
Will: Auburn gave Clemson a real good game last week, only losing by 6, against a Clemson team that is favored to make it back to the final four playoffs. Deshaun Watson didn’t have impressive stats from his first game. That’s why they schedule games like this against Troy. Clemson by 40.
TJ: Clemson is Clemson, and Troy is Troy. Tigers by 36.
Mikey: Clemson has a lot to prove coming off a mediocre showing against Auburn, and Deshaun Watson will come out and dominate the way he typically does. Clemson by 31.
Kevin: My Tigers struggled against Auburn a little, and Deshaun Watson needs to improve his decision-making fast, but this will still be a cake walk for Clemson. The top corners in the country will have a hard time covering Mike Williams, so Troy doesn’t stand a chance to stop him, or any other offensive player for that matter. Look for the Tigers to get their offense going like it was last season as they take down the Trojans. Clemson by 45.
Akron vs. #10 Wisconsin
Tyler: As excited as I was to see Wisconsin win last week, it wasn’t the prettiest. Their defense looks really good, as did first-time starting quarterback Bart Houston (until he got into the red zone). I’ll give them a win against Akron, but ranked at #10 is generous. Badgers by 17.
Gabe: Wisconsin outlasted LSU last weekend and I think they will outlast Akron this weekend, but only by a little. Thomas Woodson will give Akron a chance. Wisconsin by 7.
Sean: The only way Akron wins this game is if hometown God LeBron James applies, gets accepted, clones himself 10 times and makes the team by Saturday. Which he could probably do. Alas, he’s enjoying his offseason doing better things than school. Wisconsin had the upset of the week over LSU last week, and while I think #10 is a little generous, they’re a quality football team. Badgers by 29.
Will: Wisconsin literally went from being unranked all the way to the top 10 after beating #5 LSU last week. Was it a mistake to rank LSU so high? Is the Leonard Fournette hype only that? For now, Wisconsin gets a break this week playing Akron. Wisconsin by 35.
TJ: Wisconsin is starting roll, and don’t let them get too hot. Although some think #10 is a little generous, they’ll have to wait to prove that seeding in another week because Akron won’t put up much of a fight. Badgers by 26.
Mikey: LSU may have been overrated, but a win against a Top-5 team is still extremely impressive, and based on that, there’s no way they should lose this one. Badgers by 17.
Kevin: Gotta love Akron, birthplace of King James. Unfortunately, they are not good at football and that will be on display this weekend. Wisconsin, however, is not as good as they’re ranked and I think this game could be somewhat close in terms of blowouts. Give me the Badgers by 21.
Nevada vs. #18 Notre Dame
Tyler: Notre Dame’s defense is bad. Really bad. But, DeShone Kizer is good. Really good. Though Brian Kelly hasn’t gone ahead and named a starter yet, expect Kizer to build off of his strong outing at Texas and (hopefully) take over the job for good. Irish by 21.
Gabe: I tried to make Tyler happy last week and it backfired. I’lll try again. ND by 20.
Sean: Poor Notre Dame. So close, but yet so far. Nevada hasn’t been good since the days of Colin Kaepernick. Expect another big game from DeShone Kizer, and expect Malik Zaire to start filling out transfer papers after Kizer leads the Fighting Irish over the Wolfpack. Notre Dame by 28.
Will: I feel bad for Nevada that the first thing I thought of was Colin Kaepernick. Four years ago Nevada would’ve loved that recognition, I can’t imagine they appreciate it as much now. Notre Dame is coming off a loss and will need a win more than ever out of this one. Notre Dame by 20.
TJ: The Fighting Irish are on pace to go 0-12, but in order for that to happen they’ll have to lose to Nevada which will not happen. Although I think it’ll be closer than some think. Fighting Irish by 7.
Mikey: Since DeShone Kizer should play the whole game this time, the Irish should take care of business and pick up their first win of the season. ND by 45.
Kevin: I hate the Irish. A lot. Notre Dame by 28.
SMU vs. #23 Baylor
Tyler: Difficult to get a gauge on Baylor’s defense, as although they played Northwestern State, they still allowed less than 100 total offensive yards, which is impressive no matter who you’re playing. Also impressive was Seth Russell, who’s one of the better passers in college football. Bears by 35.
Gabe: Baylor by 27.
Sean: I really want SMU to win this game. Bring back the Pony Express. However, the Mustangs barely beat North Texas, and as much as I think Baylor is overrated (as is the entire BIG 12), SMU can’t stop a nosebleed on defense. This game will be a shootout but Baylor is just a better team. Bears by 30.
Will: Last week I committed hard to Baylor losing to Northwestern State. The final score was 55-7 Baylor. Because of this, I will not pick Baylor to win a game the rest of the season as long as they remain ranked. I’m riding that train the rest of the season. Will they go undefeated because of this? You’re welcome in advance Baylor. SMU by 10.
TJ: The Baylor Bears offense can be explosive and I don’t see the Mustang defense able to slow it down in order to capture the victory. Baylor by 46.
Mikey: SMU’s football program is horrendous. Baylor by 21.
Kevin: If only the Pony Express could pull this off. Baylor by 20.
Tulsa vs. #4 Ohio State
Tyler: Ohio State scored 77 points against Bowling Green. Yeah, 77. This week, they’ve got the 125th best defense from last season at the Shoe. Expect another high-flying outing. Buckeyes by a lot of points.
Gabe: JT Barrett put up Heisman-like numbers against a bad BGSU team. He will try and do the same against a slightly better Tulsa team. Tulsa had over 300 rushing yards last game though, so the Buckeyes better beware. OSU by 14.
Sean: OSU ended Bowling Green’s whole career last year hanging 77 on the Falcons. This week should be no different against the Golden Hurricane. Buckeyes by 59.
Will: I’m starting to feel bad for some these teams that are without a doubt going to take a beating this week. I feel awful for Tulsa thinking about it. Ohio State by 50.
TJ: There is a good chance that JT Barrett puts up gaudy numbers once again against a mediocre Tulsa defense. Barrett and Curtis Samuel will connect more than a few times leading to points but if Tulsa can, well there isn’t much they can do. Ohio State is too strong. Buckeyes by 33.
Mikey: JT Barrett finally has confidence as the full-time starter, and his dominant play (and that of the offense) should therefore continue in Week 2. Ohio State by 52.
Kevin: Just like last year, I know absolutely nothing about the Tulsa football program, but they played opponents tough last year, so Ohio State will have to earn this win, or they might just play bad, leading to a closer score. Ohio State by 17.
Western Kentucky vs. #1 Alabama
Tyler: Seriously, give me a tough one. ‘Bama by 50.
Gabe: Roll Tide… ‘Bama by 52.
Sean: The best thing about the Western Kentucky football team is their mascot. That is all you need to know about the Western Kentucky Football team. Bama rolls by 60.
Will: You’ll be in my prayers this week, Western Kentucky. Bama by a billion.
TJ: Western Kentucky is primed for a breakout season but against Alabama… yeah right. Crimson Tide by 33.
Mikey: ‘Bama just destroyed a more talented USC team by 46 – this should be a walk in the park.
Kevin: *insert laughing emojis* This game a complete and utter joke. The Hilltoppers do not stand a chance in this matchup, especially since Alabama seems to have found a quarterback that is more than just a game manager. Crimson Tide by 56.
Wofford vs. #19 Ole Miss
Tyler: Ole Miss forgot that there’s two halves to a football game on Monday. They lost the time of possession battle miserably, which was really the root of their defeat. That won’t happen against Wofford. Expect a rebound from the Rebels. Ole Miss by 33.
Gabe: Ole Miss will rebound this week. Ole Miss by 42.
Sean: Ole Miss lost a tough one Monday night to the Seminoles, but you have to expect Hugh Freeze will have his team playing a full 60 minutes against a Wofford team that shouldn’t even be on the same field as the Rebels. Expect Chad Kelly (swag) to put up big numbers before his backup comes in. Mississippi by 45.
Will: Chad Kelly might be my least favorite college football player out there. Can’t really explain why but he just drives me nuts, and the fact that he couldn’t finish that game against FSU is absolutely a factor. Going to be extremely tough to let this one go with a layup in the form of Wofford. Ole Miss by 24.
TJ: The Rebels couldn’t close the game against the Seminoles but the Florida State football team is much more challenging than Wofford’s. Expect Ole Miss to get back on track with a statement win. But if Chad Kelly throws bad interceptions like he did against the Noles, this could be closer than expected. Ole Miss by 16.
Mikey: Like Oklahoma and Notre Dame, they need to come out and put out a good showing after a tough first week. Ole Miss by 34.
Kevin: Chad Kelly (swag) is officially back in the Heisman race. Ole Miss by 51.
Idaho vs. #8 Washington
Tyler: Idaho’s mascot is the Vandals, which is a pretty sweet name. Washington by 24.
Gabe: Washington is an under-the-radar team this year and will roll against Idaho. Huskies by 31.
Sean: Washington is out to prove to everyone that they are in fact a national power. Unfortunately for them, playing Rutgers and Idaho the first two weeks are far from “statement wins”. No matter though, Huskies win by 40.
Will: I’m rattled to find out that Washington is in the top 10 of college football. I don’t trust any of those PAC12 teams though, and I checked Washington’s schedule which could quite possibly be the easiest schedule among any top 25 team. Granted they will probably catch a loss against Stanford, but could be an easy one loss season for Washington. Washington by 28.
TJ: I said it last week and I’ll say it again, I really like this Washington Huskies team this season. I think they are my dark horse to sneak into the college football playoffs. But for them to get into the playoffs, they can’t lose games, especially those against Idaho. Give me the Huskies in a 42 point blowout.
Mikey: See my explanation on Georgia. UW by 24.
Kevin: This week is full of jokes. Washington by 41.
Florida Atlantic vs. #25 Miami (FL)
Tyler: Since being formed in 2001, the Florida Atlantic football program has 70 wins. After Saturday, they will still have 70 wins. The U by 24.
Gabe: A battle of two good QB’s; Kauai from Miami and Driskel from FAU, a former Gator, could both be picked up in this upcoming NFL draft. Miami is a much better team, however, and should come out victorious. The U by 28.
Sean: The University of Miami is on the up-and-up, just ask Brad Kaaya. After dropping 70 on Florida A&M, The U gets what should be an easy win over Florida Atlantic. But if there’s anything we’ve learned after watching the ‘Canes in recent years, it’s that they lose games they shouldn’t. I’m not predicting that will be the case here, but it wouldn’t be a complete surprise. Hurricanes by 38.
Will: I can’t express how much I would love for Miami to be back. College football will not consume my life unless three things happen. One, Texas being back. Check. Two, Miami being back. Duke Johnson helped but not quite there. Third, if UMass can go .500 (The hardest one of all). Miami is an electric team and looking at their schedule they have strong chance of starting out 4-0. Can’t wait for their matchup against FSU. Miami by 30.
TJ: The Hurricanes are back baby, the U will climb the rankings throughout the season and Florida Atlantic is just a stepping stone to their actual competition. Hurricanes by 24.
Mikey: Florida Atlantic… good one. The U by 31.
Kevin: Gotta love The U. Miami by 38.
Arkansas vs. #15 TCU
Tyler: There’s something about the idea of an Arkansas upset against an overrated TCU team that intrigues me. I haven’t watched either team play this season, so I’m gonna throw research out the window and go with my gut. Arkansas by 10.
Gabe: TCU better hope its defense shows up this week. This is an Arkansas team that only put up 21 points last week though, so there shouldn’t be any problems. TCU by 10.
Sean: TCU is not the 15th best team in the nation. They just gave up 41 points to South Dakota State. For as bad as the SEC looked in Week 1, they’re still the best conference in college football. Arkansas looked bad against Louisiana Tech, but that was a classic trap game to begin the season. Give me the Razorbacks in an upset by 13.
Will: I read some article today that said Jimbo Fisher has more SEC wins than Bret Bielema, who coaches in the SEC. While I hope this is a close game, there’s a solid chance that TCU runs away with this quickly. TCU by 14.
TJ: TCU and Arkansas will be a great game and although the Horned Frogs are favored by 7.5, I think this will be one of the best matchups of the weekend. TCU is all offense and if Arkansas can contain them long enough to get the best of the TCU defense, they could have a shot. The Razorbacks certainly didn’t look impressive in week one defeating Louisiana Tech by one point but I feel obligated to pick an upset and here it is. Razorbacks by 2
Mikey: This is where I think the upset comes in. The SEC will flex its muscles and show why it’s better than the Big XII. Arkansas by 6.
Kevin: This could be a trap game for TCU, but I think they’ll make it through clean although maybe a little closer than they’d like. TCU by 17.
UL Monroe vs. #14 Oklahoma
Tyler: Though they played a really awful second half in Houston, Oklahoma is still an extremely capable football team. As well as Houston played and as much as they exposed the Sooners, they still made a lot of correctable errors. Sooners by 45.
Gabe: Baker Mayfield will start OU’s attempt to come back and make the CFB playoff. It starts with a cupcake game. Oklahoma by 31.
Sean: The Sooners need to win out and get some help if they still want to make the College Football Playoff. A game against UL Monroe should be a step in the right direction. OU wins by 45.
Will: Week 2 is starting to get so boring that I wish I could fast forward completely through this weekend. I understand fluffing the schedule and all, yet I didn’t realize Week 2 was THE fluff week. ULM doesn’t stand a chance. Oklahoma by 40.
TJ: The Sooners have a lot to prove after a disappointing loss to an underrated Houston Cougar team. Oklahoma had high hopes coming into the season as #3 team in the nation but now they have their work cut out for themselves if they want to reach the college football playoffs. Although, Louisiana Monroe won’t be considered ‘work’ for a spiteful Sooner team at home. Oklahoma Sooners by 54.
Mikey: Oklahoma needs to send a message coming off a tough Week 1 loss, and I think they’ll do just that against ULM.
Kevin: Oklahoma suffered a tough loss this past weekend but they should fair well this upcoming game. Louisiana monroe doesn’t stand a chance against Baker Mayfield and Joe Mixon. Oklahoma by 48.
UTEP vs. #11 Texas
Tyler: I think I gave Texas adequate enough credit by calling them a good team last week, but I gotta give them more. They’re a really good football team this year. Their defense is still shoddy, but Shane Buechele is the guy they’ve been waiting for since Colt McCoy. Longhorns by 24.
Gabe: Texas Forever. Longhorns by 21.
Sean: Texas football is back baby! The Longhorns are surprisingly ranked at #11, which is generous in my opinion. They might still be riding high after a Notre Dame win, and may not be as focused or energized for a game against UTEP. But this is a team that believes in themselves now, and they’ll move to 2-0. Longhorns by 31.
Will: If Matthew McConaughey gives Texas a pregame speech every week there’s no shot they lose a game. They will actually go undefeated. Considering Vince Young is the most remarkable player for Texas in recent memory, I think many Texas fans would agree they are due for a special season. Texas by 50.
TJ: The Longhorns looked really strong last weekend against Notre Dame. With Matthew McConaughey on their side and seemingly all of college football fans wanting to see Texas return to glory, I think they’re in for special season. Aaron Jones from UTEP is a great rusher and if UT can contain him, they’re in for a cakewalk. Longhorns by 27
Mikey: In the first game of the weekend, the Longhorns showed their true colors and pulled off a great upset of the Irish. Now they’re facing UTEP so… yeah, they’re going to win. Texas by 32.
Kevin: The Longhorns are back baby and my boy Charlie Strong is finally building the program up like he did at Louisville. With multiple running backs that can carry the load and top tier athletes at receiver UTEP’s defense doesn’t stand a chance at slowing down Texas. The Longhorns defense will have a better performance than last week but they are still shaky so they will let up a couple big plays but it won’t be anything to worry about. Longhorns by 40.
Iowa State vs. #16 Iowa
Tyler: One big difference between Iowa and Iowa State? The Hawkeyes are good at football. The Cyclones aren’t. Iowa by 24.
Gabe: In football, this is a no-brainer. If this were basketball, it could be a different story. Iowa by 21.
Sean: Nothing like a good old-fashioned Midwest rivalry. The Cy-Hawk Trophy is up for grabs… kind of. Iowa State lost to FCS Northern Iowa last week, and Iowa looked impressive with a 45-21 victory over Miami (OH). The Cy-Hawk Trophy stays with the Hawkeyes, as they beat ISU by 31.
Will: Finally an in-state rivalry game that seems to have a chance of being close. Wait a second though, Iowa State lost to UNI last week? Oh well, try again next year Iowa State. Iowa by 30.
TJ: I was dead wrong about Iowa last week and now I know better to pick against the Hawkeyes. The Cyclones could make it close, and if Iowa State was playing at home I might give them the upset but I can’t bring myself to do it. Hawkeyes by 9.
Mikey: Iowa State’s football program is gross. Iowa by 45.
Kevin: Go Hawkeyes. Iowa by 21.
Jacksonville State vs. #21 LSU
Tyler: LSU really showed off their classlessness and lack of ability to execute in the passing game last week at Lambeau. LSU makes their living off of beating up on inferior opponents but losing when they get a whiff of a challenge, so I’ll give Leonard Fournette about 175-200 yards on the ground. But Les Miles, find a new quarterback. Brandon Harris sucks. LSU by 24.
Gabe: I want very badly to pick Jacksonville State. But, they won’t win and won’t be able to contain Leonard Fournette. LSU by 17.
Sean: LSU was the biggest loser of Week 1, looking ugly for all 60 minutes against Wisconsin. Leonard Fournette is the only person on the roster capable of making a big play, because Brandon Harris is downright bad. I still think the defense is elite, but that offense has too many questions. Maybe we’ll see some get answered against Jacksonville State. LSU by 27.
Will: Leonard Fournette might kill someone in this game. By kill someone I mean run them over so badly as if they got hit by a truck. In the process, he may even run for 300 yards. Might just have to witness how badly Fournette will hurt Jacksonville State on his own. LSU by several scores.
TJ: The LSU Tigers need a bounceback win and the Gamecock defense won’t have any answer for Leonard Fournette. I’d say Fournette scores at least three times on the ground en route to a borderline blowout. LSU by 31.
Mikey: We are due for an FCS team beating an FBS powerhouse, and everyone making selections for these games can throw a football better than Brandon Harris. Jacksonville State by 3.
Kevin: Fournette may struggle this year because he’s the only capable offensive player for the Tigers but he should be more than enough to handle Jacksonville State. LSU by 24.
#17 Tennessee vs. Virginia Tech
Tyler: Tennessee survived a big-time scare last week against Appalachian State. Now, Virginia Tech won’t win a de facto home game if they lose 4 fumbles like they did last week. But if they can attack the Vols effectively on the ground like Mountaineers did last week, it’ll be a long day for Tennessee. There’s pressure in Knoxville after a bad opening act, and they don’t do pressure well. Virginia Tech by 7.
Gabe: Josh Dobbs needs to play to his ability this week as the Hokies are no push over. Tennessee’s D will shutdown the Hokies and Dobbs, and the Vols will cruise to a W at Bristol. Tennessee by 20.
Sean: Just to give you a glimpse as to how bad Tennessee was last week, they won and dropped from #9 to #17. Joshua Dobbs needs to figure it out quick if Tennessee wants to have any chance at winning the SEC. Virginia Tech got off to a slow start last week, thank goodness they were playing Liberty. I think Tennessee comes out as the more motivated team looking to prove something. Volunteers by 24.
Will: Finally an actual upset pick! Now this one actually might happen, with Tennessee not showing much and barely squeaking out of their first game. V Tech always has that potential to do this, even if it’s their first year without head coach Frank Beamer. Another close one here for Tennessee, but not good for them. V Tech by 7.
TJ: Tennessee was almost shocked last weekend but I think that close encounter with a loss to App. State will jumpstart their next few weeks. Unfortunately for Virginia Tech, they are just facing the Vols on a bad week. The Vols will take out their frustrations in front of a home crowd at the Hokies expense. Tennessee by 17.
Mikey: Tennessee did not impress in Week 1, and I have them on upset alert against the Hokies this week. VT by 14.
Kevin: Tennessee is overrated and should not be ranked in my opinion especially after this week. Virginia Tech by 7.
Virginia vs. #24 Oregon
Tyler: Ducks fly together. That’s all I got to say, man. Ducks by 55.
Gabe: Virginia was embarrassed by Richmond last week… let that sink in. The Ducks will put up over 600 yards of offense in this game. Oregon by 41.
Sean: Virginia lost to Richmond. That’s all you need to know about how bad they are. While Oregon was far from dominant against UC Davis, they still have reliable playmakers on both sides of the ball and can put up points in bunches. Ducks fly by 35.
Will: Didn’t even realize Richmond had a football team till I saw they beat Virginia last week by 17. They’ve got to be dark place after that first loss. Oregon should be all over them considering they are at home as well. Oregon by 17.
TJ: I wasn’t overly impressed with the Ducks last weekend but the Cavs of UVA have nothing to counter anything that Oregon does. I don’t think this game will be pretty. UVA’s best hope is for bad weather and that it affects how many points Oregon beats them by. Ducks by 26.
Mikey: UVA simply can’t handle the Oregon offense. Oregon by 28.
Kevin: Royce Freeman should only improve on his numbers from last week and if Prukop plays sharp again, the Ducks will be looking good for the season. And, they have the best uniforms in football. Oregon by 31.
Cover Photo from chron.com.