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Last week we had a rough go of it on our picks. HP went 4-6 (for a total of 11-9) while I went 4-5 with the Florida State game being taken off the board (for a total of 6-7). Lets get into this weeks games.
HP is up first:
Northwestern -3.5 vs. Boston College – BC won’t be able to handle the football stylings of Venric Mark and Kain Colter.
NW 27, BC 17
Texas A&M -13 at SMU – Johnny Manziel spurs the Aggies to an easy win.
A&M 42, SMU 21
USC -9 at Stanford – The Trojans finally beat Stanford, huge games for Marqise Lee and Robert Woods.
USC 45, Stanford 24
Texas -10 at Mississippi – The Longhorns roll over the Rebs with a powerful rushing attack.
Texas 35, Ole Miss 17
BYU -3.5 at Utah – BYU’s tough, physical defense puts the clamps on the Utes.
BYU 24, Utah 12
Minnesota -3 vs. Western Michigan – Marqueis Gray with another big day and the Gophers win easily.
Minnesota 31, WMU 17
Tennessee -3 vs. Florida – Tyler Bray gets the job done and Florida offense plays sloppy.
Tennessee 28, Florida 17
UCLA -17.5 vs. Houston – Brett Hundley and Johnathan Franklin won’t be stopped by the hapless Cougar defense.
UCLA 52, Houston 34
Utah State +14 at Wisconsin – The Badgers are due for a breakout, but it won’t come at the expense of Chuckie.
Wisconsin 27, Utah State 20
TCU -21 at Kansas – Case Pachall has a fine day and the Horned Frogs give Charlie Weis a tight squeeze.
TCU 48, Kansas 20
Now for my picks:
TCU -21 at Kansas — The Horned Frogs wish every conference game could be this easy.
Horned Frogs 36, Jayhawks 14
Boise State -20.5 vs. Miami (OH) — The Bronco’s still have an outside shot at a BCS bowl but to get one they need to demolish everyone from here on out.
Broncos 55, RedHawks 20
LSU -42.5 vs. Idaho — Idaho is no Washington (and we saw what happened to Washington).
Tigers 49, Vandals 0
Northwestern -3.5 at Boston College — This is my third consecutive week taking NW. I’m 1-1 right now, BC will help me go 2-1.
Wildcats 28, Eagles 21
Michigan State -5.5 vs. Notre Dame — The Spartans are the Big 10′s last hope for a natty bid. This game goes a long way to showing they’re legit.
Spartans 31, Irish 26
UCLA -17 vs. Houston — I’m not sure how good UCLA is but i’m confident I know how bad Houston is.
Bruins 45, Cougars 20
Ohio -6.5 at Marshall — The Bobcats have a real possibility of going undefeated and Marshall won’t stand in their way.
Bobcats 21, Thundering Herd 10
Virginia Tech -10 at Pittsburgh — This line blows my mind. I would taken the Hokies -21.
Hokies 42, Panthers 10
Kansas State -28 vs. North Texas — Collin Klein for two passing and three rushing touchdowns. He could cover the spread on his own.
Wildcats 59, Mean Green 21
Arizona State +6 at Missouri (Upset Special) — Can the Sun Devils keep the Pac-12 upset train rolling? No, but I didn’t want to go a perfect 10-10 and embarrass HP.
Sun Devils 16, Tigers 7
5. West Virginia
10. Michigan State
On the cusp: Tennessee, Ohio State, BYU, Michigan
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
5. West Virginia
9. Florida State
On the cusp: Ohio State, Michigan State, Tennessee, Michigan, BYU
The popular baseball saying goes, “you can’t win the championship in April, but you can lose it”. The same goes for the Heisman candidates in September.
Voters may forget come December that Marcus Lattimore only ran for 110 yards on the first Thursday of the season but they will remember that Denard Robinson was intercepted two times and shut down on the ground. September is about proving yourself competent and able to live up to the offseason hype. Matt Barkley and Aaron Murray did just that.
Geno Smith on the other hand is trying to win our September Heisman.
Smith was the driving force behind West Virginia’s dismantling of in-state “rival” Marshall. He threw for 323 yards and four touchdowns on 32-36 passing and added 65 yards and a score on the ground. Smith was already third in the CBSsports/Heismanpundit.com preseason Heisman straw poll, behind Barkley and Montee Ball but after Ball’s lackluster performance against Northern Iowa, expect Smith to jump to number two.
A couple other efforts stood out this weekend. UCLA’s Jonathan Franklin had arguably the best rushing game of the weekend. Franklin scored three touchdowns and ran for 241 yards on only 15 carries.
Michigan State’s Le’Veon Bell also rushed for over 200 yards and had two touchdowns against a much tougher opponent but needed 44 attempts and only averaged 4.8 yards per attempt (to Franklin’s 14.3).
–By my count there were six teams that looked less than impressive in winning its debut game: Stanford, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida.
–Houston, winners of 13 games last year, lost to the Texas State Bobcats. This was the first game Texas State ever played as a member of the FBS. Not a bad way to start a program.
–In 2010 Oregon went nearly four games averaging a point a minute. Through the first 23 minutes of their game against Arkansas State, the Ducks were averaging over two points a minute. (Oregon settled for 57 points in 60 minutes)
–The three quarterbacks who threw for more then 400 yards on Saturday all lost (Chase Rettig of Boston College, Rakeem Cato of Marshall and Ryan Nassib of Syracuse).
–The Oklahoma State-Savannah State betting line was 62 points, one of the highest in recorded history. The Cowboys covered the spread in rushing touchdowns alone. Next up for Savannah Sate? A small school in Tallahassee called Florida State.
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1. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M -- 27 (8)
2. Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame -- 18 (1)
3. Collin Klein, QB, K-State -- 10
4. (tie) Marqise Lee, WR, USC -- 5 (1)
Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State -- 5 (1)
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