College football predictions Week 2
Week 2 college football predictions. Last week, I went 19-1, missing only Baylor-SMU, which was my Big 12 upset special. It wasn’t a game I felt strongly about, but I needed a Big 12 upset special.
OSU at Arizona: 30-20. The Cowboys won 36-10 in the 2010 Alamo Bowl and 37-14 in Stillwater last September. It shouldn’t be quite that easy in Tucson.
Florida A&M at OU: Sooners 51-7. Bob Hayes is Florida A&M’s greatest football product. Hayes won the 1964 Olympic gold medal in the 100-meter dash and then became a deep threat for the Dallas Cowboys. But Hayes last played at FAMU in 1964.
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati: Bearcats 23-21. Youngstown State routed Pitt in a season opener. Good for Ron Stoops Jr., now on the Youngstown staff. Pitt is one floundering program.
Miami at Kansas State: Wildcats 24-22. K-State ignited its season with a tough win at Miami last year. Same thing could happen in 2012.
Penn State at Virginia: Cavaliers 28-21. The Nittany Lions soon will grow uninteresting.
Iowa State at Iowa: Cyclones 19-14. Big 12 upset special. Tough to win on the road, but the bottom line is, the Hawkeyes just aren’t very good.
Auburn at Mississippi State: Tigers 28-24. The Bulldogs actually are favored in this game. Two years ago, Auburn survived a tight Thursday night game at Starkville and went on to win the national title.
Southern Cal vs. Syracuse at East Rutherford, N.J.: Trojans 35-10. When will the Orange get its program going? One winning season since 2001.
Air Force at Michigan: Wolverines 37-22. Not too many times does a football team look forward to playing the Falcons, but they provide a breather after getting into a cage fight with Alabama.
Florida at Texas A&M: Gators 20-17. Remember when College Station was supposed to be a tough place to play? A&M’s conference record at Kyle Field in the 2000s is 25-24. Florida’s still down, but the Aggies aren’t up.
Purdue at Notre Dame: Fighting Irish 33-21. Both teams played without their starting quarterbacks last week. Purdue’s Caleb TerBush and Notre Dame’s Tommy Rees were suspended for the openers, but only TerBush will start Saturday.
Rice at Kansas: Jayhawks 33-23. This is KU’s easiest game remaining. I’d suggest winning it.
Wisconsin at Oregon State: Badgers 41-23. The Sooners were not the least impressive top-10 team in Week 1. Not by a longshot. Wisconsin held off I-AA Northern Iowa 26-21.
Washington at LSU: Bayou Bengals 30-15. UW is getting better under Steve Sarkisian, but the Huskies were sluggish last week against San Diego State.
Vanderbilt at Northwestern: Wildcats 24-16. Vandy is actually a road favorite. But Northwestern clearly is further along in the evolution of building a program.
New Mexico at Texas: Longhorns 41-10. Bob Davie wanted to get back into coaching badly, to take the New Mexico job.
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