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College Football Week 2 Picks: Top 25 Teams That Will Pass Tricky Tests

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 06:  Collin Klein #7 of the Kansas State Wildcats huddles the offense against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium on January 6, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistSeptember 7, 2012

Much like last weekend, the second week of college football action lacks big games. Most of the elite teams kept with the plan of facing cupcake opponents early to avoid potential upsets, hurting the Saturday schedule in the process.

A couple Top 25 teams do face opponents that should at least challenge them, though. Let's take a look at three squads that must be on the top of their game in Week 2 if they want to maintain an undefeated record and a spot in the rankings.

 

Georgia

Georgia failed to impress in its opener against Buffalo. The Bulldogs only led by one score at the half before finally pulling away late. Another similar performance won't cut it when they go on the road to face Missouri.

The Tigers started their season with a win as well, beating Southeastern Louisiana, an FCS opponent. Senior running back Kendial Lawrence gained 121 yards on just 10 carries and will be a great test for the Georgia defense.

Struggling with Buffalo should serve as a wake-up call for the Bulldogs. They need to play well even against opponents they are expected to beat on paper. The lesson for them is to have a more complete showing to defeat the Tigers.

 

Kansas State

Like Georgia, Kansas State struggled mightily with an inferior opponent for most of its opener. The Wildcats were tied early in the third and only led by seven heading to the fourth. That's when they exploded for 35 points to make the scoreline look like a blowout.

One notable issue was a lack of running lanes for dual-threat quarterback Collin Klein, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards last season. This week's opponent, Miami, now has an idea of what it needs to do to slow him down.

The Hurricanes edged out Boston College in their Week 1 game and have shown signs of progress in hopes of returning to their prior prominence. Don't be surprised if they give the Wildcats a scare, but Kansas State should prevail.

 

Notre Dame

Notre Dame crushed Navy in its opener, perhaps a sign the Fighting Irish are finally prepared to live up to the yearly hype. Not only did the defense contain Navy's famed rushing attack, but the offense didn't miss a beat without Cierre Wood.

The Irish return home to South Bend for a clash with Purdue in Week 2. The Boilermakers had an easy victory of their own over Eastern Kentucky and are eager to end a losing streak against Notre Dame. They haven't won the rivalry game since 2007.

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly should be happy his team only turned the ball over once in the opener after being such a major issue last season. He knows the Irish still have some work to do before facing Michigan State next week. A win over Purdue will come first.

 

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