College Football Week 2 Predictions: Michigan and Teams That Will Bounce Back

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistSeptember 4, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 01:  Denard Robinson #16 of the University of Michigan drops back kto pass during the game against the University of Alabama at Cowboys Stadium on September 1, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. Alabama defeated Michigan 41-14.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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There weren't any major upsets in the first week of college football action, as several top teams faced low-level opponents. So, even though they weren't necessarily bad losses, the week's biggest losers were the teams that lost the high-profile games.

In each case, the most important thing will be getting right back on track in Week 2. Let's take a look at three marquee teams that should do exactly that. Avoiding a second straight loss to start the new season should allow all three squads to turn things around quickly.


Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech suffered a heartbreaking loss on Monday night. After taking the lead with less than a minute to play against Virginia Tech, the Yellow Jackets allowed the game-tying field goal as time expired and then proceed to lose in overtime.

It was a chance for Georgia Tech to make an immediate impact and potentially crack the Top 25, with a couple winnable games on the horizon. And the team was only one defensive stop away from making that reality.

The Yellow Jackets shouldn't have much problem getting past Presbyterian on Saturday. It will be interesting to see if they can put together a winning streak heading into a clash with Clemson in October, but they will always rue the Virginia Tech loss.



Even though the endless hype leading up to Michigan's opener with Alabama made it sound like a competitive game was on the way, it turned out that the Wolverines were no match for the defending champions. It was basically over after the first quarter.

Losses like that, while still disappointing in the short term, are usually easier to get over than one like Georgia Tech suffered. Michigan can just move on knowing it has a lot of work to do. The Wolverines don't have to worry about missed chances.

Michigan will likely take any remaining frustrations out on Air Force. The Falcons have a dynamic rushing attack that gained nearly 500 yards against Idaho State last week, but Michigan should have more success slowing it down in a big win.



Auburn led Clemson with under 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter before Tajh Boyd found DeAndre Hopkins to give Clemson the lead for good. Yet another example of a team letting a victory slip through its grasp in crunch time.

The Tigers have another tough test in Week 2 against Mississippi State in the SEC opener for both teams. The key will be sophomore quarterback Kiehl Frazier, who struggled to find any type of rhythm against Clemson.

Auburn's rushing attack is in good shape thanks to Tre Mason and Onterio McCalebb, but the Tigers will need balance to succeed. Look for a more complete performance from Frazier in Week 2 as Auburn gets in the win column.