Normally HP and I would add our picks to the end of our weekend previews, but we want to see how we stack up against each other head to head. We are each going to do our 10 picks but make sure that at least a few are head to head. HP (who is 7-3 after week one) is up first.
Michigan -21 vs. Air Force — The Wolverines bounce back with the return of Fitz Toussaint. Denard Robinson gets back on track and Michigan rolls.
Michigan 42, Air Force 17
Clemson -27.5 vs. Ball State — The Clemson offensive juggernaut won’t be slowed down by BSU. Another big game for Andre Ellington.
Clemson 52, Ball State 20
Georgia -2 at Mizzou — Aaron Murray outduels James Franklin and the young Georgia backfield comes through.
Georgia 27, Missouri 20
Washington +24 at LSU — This seems like too many points for a Washington team that has the weapons to score quick. Kenny Hilliard has another huge game, but this one is closer than expected.
LSU 35, Washington 21
Northwestern +3.5 vs. Vanderbilt — The Commodores experience first hand the playmaking ability of Kain Colter and Venric Mark. They won’t be able to handle it.
Northwestern 24, Vanderbilt 20
Arizona +10.5 vs. Oklahoma State — An offensive showdown, but Wes Lunt struggles down the stretch and Arizona pulls off the upset at the end.
Arizona 42, Oklahoma State 38
UTEP +8.5 at Mississippi — UTEP took Oklahoma to the limit before folding. It will do the same against Ole Miss and might even get the upset.
Ole Miss 20, UTEP 17
Oregon -35 vs. Fresno State — The Ducks unleash another offensive onslaught and this time they get more defensive scores.
Oregon 59, Fresno State 21
Purdue vs. Notre Dame OVER 52 — I think both these teams score at will and that the Irish win solidly.
Notre Dame 41, Purdue 28
Toledo +2.5 at Wyoming — Both these teams acquitted themselves well in week one, but I like Toledo to pull the road upset.
Toledo 31, Wyoming 27
Now for my picks:
Utah -7.5 at Utah State — Utah wins this rivalry game a lot and by big margins. Utah State is better this year but so are the Utes.
Utes 38 Aggies 28
Kansas State -7 vs Miami (FL) — The Colin Klein bandwagon got off to a mediocre start last week but believe me it’s rolling. If BC can torch Miami through the air expect more of the same from Snyder and his boys. Kansas State wins this one going away.
Wildcats 42 Hurricanes 24
UCLA +5.5 vs Nebraska — 1st year college coach Jim Mora could make a lot of friends in Westwood with an upset against a huge national program like Nebraska. Will it happen? Probably not, but only because the Huskers kick a game winning field goal as time expires.
Huskers 24 Bruins 21
Georgia -2 at Missouri — Georgia figures out early that Murray doesn’t have to force throws to his all conference receivers. Missouri hangs around for a half but the final in this game looks closer than it really is.
Bulldogs 35 Tigers 28
Florida State -72 vs Savannah State — Savannah State will be worrying more about player safety than the score in this game. Savannah state showed that they can’t even stop FBS walk-ons so the Seminoles will end up covering this spread using them.
Seminoles 77 Tigers 3
Stanford -15 vs Duke — Stanford’s quarterback Josh Nunes looked less than stellar against a clearly inferior San Jose State last week, but Coach David Shaw will have Nunes, and the rest of the team, ready to perform come Saturday.
Cardinal 36 Blue Devils 14
Oklahoma State -10.5 at Arizona — The Cowboys got an extra week of practice and a scrimmage to prepare for the Wildcats. Not much can be drawn from their 84-0 win last week but it does mean 18 year old freshman quarterback Wes Lunt has one college game under his belt.
Cowboys 44 Wildcats 24
Virginia -10 vs Penn State — This is probably the last week the Nittany Lions get any benefit of the doubt from Vegas. The Cavaliers deliver a tough beatdown.
Cavaliers 35 Nittany Lions 7
Nevada PICK vs South Florida — Nevada has the trump card when it comes to early season match ups, great coaching. The Wolfpack win by a touchdown or more.
Wolfpack 28 Bulls 21
USC -26 at Syracuse — The Trojans will have a game plan in place to slow down Orange quarterback Ryan Nassib. Even if Nassib can stick around for a bit, the Orange can’t match USC’s firepower
Trojans 53 Orange 20