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The Weekend That Will Be: Week 2 College Football Picks

Off to a tough start after one week, here comes redemption. Undefeated week, anyone?

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Lesson learned. Last week was a tough one for me.

The guys over at Razzorbloggers took an early lead in our year-long challenge but so did Clemson last week and we all saw how that turned out...

For all that Week 1 offered, this weekend's schedule is a joke.

I vow to have a better week, heeding the advice of our own Drew Angel...

... and take some points (but not before the afternoon).

ALL TIMES EASTERN. I live in Georgia.


These are necessarily games that I would want you to have to watch. There aren't any of those during the Noon timeslot on Saturday. However, here are some numbers you could take to impress your friends.

Pittsburgh (-4) at Boston College

Missouri (-3.5) at Toledo

Arkansas State at Tennessee (-17)


No. 14 Stanford at No. 13 USC, 3:30 p.m., ABC (-2.5 Stan)- The sheer volume of plays the Trojans ran last week (106) is astounding, a foreshadowing of the future of college football. While they should be limited in the number of plays run because of Stanford's offensive style. But will the Cardinal, who have been susceptible to high-octane offenses before, be able to keep up? I'll take my chances.

No. 15 Ole Miss at Vanderbilt, 4:30 p.m., SEC Network (-19.5 Miss)- It's hard to see Vandy being as bad as they were a week ago. They were plain dreadful. Like I said in the SEC Power Rankings this week, if Rebels' quarterback Bo Wallace decides to throw to his team, they could be good. Still, I'll take the points assuming the smart guys from Nashville figure some things out this week.

Nicholls at Arkansas, 4 p.m., SEC Network- There isn't a number that Vegas felt comfortable enough to put out there, meaning one of two things. 1) It can't decide how badly the Hogs are going to lay a beatdown on those dirty Colonels 2) It doesn't have enough confidence in the Hogs' ability to win at all. This week should be fun. (Really we know Vegas just hardly ever puts out lines for FBS vs FCS games)


No. 7 Michigan State at No. 3 Oregon, 6:30 p.m., FOX (-12 Oregon)- Oregon at home has been special for some time. But sometimes you just have a gut feeling, even if all conventional wisdom is telling you otherwise. Like the Ducks, but something says Sparty down deep. No reason, just cause.

Michigan at No. 16 Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m., NBC (-3.5 ND)- Both squads are coming off of respectable wins against non-conference opponents, exactly what you're supposed to do. I like the Irish in this spot because of Everett Golson's experience at quarterback. Take the Irish in a surprisingly high-scoring game.

Virginia Tech at No. 8 Ohio State, 8 p.m., ESPN (-11 OSU)- The struggles the J.T. Barrett had a week ago in Baltimore may not be completely resolved this week, but Urban Meyer having a week to adjust can only help the young QB. At home, at night, give me the Buckeyes.

Late Night

Memphis at No. 11 UCLA , 10 p.m., Pac-12 Network, (-23.5 UCLA)- Brett Hundley and his teammates already took my lunch money during Week 1 with a huge bust at Virginia. Look for this game to show more what the Bruins will offer in the weeks to come. I'm trusting them to come out a little stronger in this spot.

Colorado State at Boise State, 10:15 p.m., ESPN2 (-10 Boise)- The Broncos were overmatched last week against the Mississippi defense. Much like the last pick, we should see more of what Boise and its new head coach will be this season.

Last Weekend: 4-5-1

Season: 4-5-1 (.400)