After the excitement, nerves and all-around hoopla of Kickoff Week, the Week 2 College Football schedule serves up more intriguing matchups this weekend. Whilst no ranked teams play each other, there are still plenty of storylines that will keep you on the edge of your seat this weekend.
The weekend kicked off on Thursday with Cincinnati (1-0, 1-0 Big East) knocking off Pittsburgh (0-2, 0-1 Big East) and continued Friday with Utah State (2-0) upsetting the visiting Utah (1-0). Saturday sees the arrival of a full slate of games.
Welcome to the SEC
The SEC welcomes Texas A&M and Missouri to its ranks proper this weekend after the pair defected from the Big 12.
The Aggies (0-0, 0-0 home) will host #24 Florida (1-0, 0-0 road) in their first game of the season after last week’s scheduled fixture with Louisiana Tech was postponed. Freshman QB Johnny Manziel will lead the Aggies on the field and will hope for a lot of help from senior RB Christine Michael, who has gone out injured in each of the past two seasons.
Coach Muschamp has named sophomore Jeff Driskel to start under center for the Gators but with Jacoby Brissett waiting in the wings, he may be on a short leash. The Gators beat Bowling Green 27-14 last week and will be hoping momentum carries through.
Texas A&M enters the game as +1 underdog. That’s how tight this one’s expected to be. This is an excellent chance for the Aggies to back-up their strong words and show they belong with the SEC powerhouses, but ultimately having a freshman at QB in this big a game could cost them. Take Florida to win and take the under at 50 points.
Meanwhile, Missouri (1-0, 1-0 home) hosts #7 Georgia (1-0, 0-0 road) in its first game against SEC competition. Missouri enters the game as +2.5 underdogs, but that short spread shows how close this one could be.
Home field advantage could be a bonus for the Tigers but the Bulldogs will be using Missouri DT Sheldon Richardson’s “Old Man Football” comments as bulletin board material. Having seen off Buffalo 45-23 last week, expect Georgia to do likewise with Missouri this week. The over/under is set at 54.5. Take the under; this one’s likely to be a bruiser rather than a shootout.
Top of the Polls
The top schools are all in action this weekend. Here’s a quick look at what you can expect from these poll favorites.
After last week’s demolition of Michigan, #1 Alabama (1-0, 1-0 home) faces Western Kentucky (1-0, 0-0 road). The Crimson Tide is -38.5 favorite and look good to cover the spread.
#2 USC (1-0, 0-0 road) faces a long trip east to take on Syracuse (0-1, 0-1 home) at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Having looked impressive in Week 1 against Hawaii, the Trojans will take on an Orange side that narrowly lost to Northwestern. Expect a gutsy performance from Syracuse, but in the end USC will win out. Bet against the Trojans beating the 27 point spread though.
#3 LSU (1-0, 1-0 home) hosts Washington (1-0, 1-0 road) and is -24 favorite to take the game at Tiger Stadium. LSU Has room to improve but this is a spread that looks beatable.
Any team that can put up 50 points in a half is going to get noticed. #4 Oregon (1-0, 1-0 home) looked like a scoring machine against Arkansas State and chances are they’ll look the same Saturday against Fresno State (1-0, 0-0 road). The Ducks are -35 favorites with the over/under being set at 77. Take the under with the Bulldogs beating the spread, just.
In the Big Ten, Michigan and Penn State will both be looking to rebound from losses in Week 1.
#19 Michigan (0-1, 0-0 home) will host an Air Force (1-0, 0-0 road) side that had a formidable 484 yards and seven TDs on the ground. Michigan’s defense is a little more stout than Idaho State’s, and the Wolverines enter this as -21 favorites with the over/under at 60.5. Go with Michigan on this one.
Penn State (0-1, 0-0 road) will be +9.5 dogs as they travel to Virginia (1-0, 1-0 home) in what is already a must-win game. Sadly, thanks to its exodus-decimated ranks, the Nittany Lions do not look like they have enough to take this game. Put your money on Virginia.
Finally, if you’re looking for a bit of fun, Savannah State of the FCS is 69.5 point underdogs to #6 Florida State. We know the Tigers aren’t going to win, but they could well beat that enormous spread. It’ll keep you guessing at least in what will be a seriously one-sided game.