The early weeks of college football are often wrought with lopsided contests. Week 2 of the 2012 season isn't any different, but fans aren't likely to complain as they are thankful football season has started.
However, sometimes the lopsided games lead to surprising results. Be it Appalachian State beating Michigan or Northern Iowa almost topping Wisconsin, fans and analysts get a good idea of which teams are rising and who is falling in the early stages of the NCAA season.
Following are several games that will surprise fans and analysts alike.
Matchup: Nebraska (17) at UCLA
Time: 4:30 p.m. ET
Line: Nebraska -6
The UCLA Bruins under-performed last season, culminating in a bad defeat in a Pac-12 championship game where they shouldn't have been involved. This led to a major shakeup and the hiring of Jim Mora Jr. to get the program back on track.
Nebraska had an inconsistent season culminating in a 30-13 loss to South Carolina in the Capital One Bowl. They had a rough start last weekend against a bad Southern Mississippi squad, but used a strong second half to secure the win.
These two will meet in one of several Big 10/Pac 12 clashes. Nebraska is the heavy favorite, but the Bruins will take advantage of the home field and follow the running of Johnathan Franklin to a close upset win.
There is a spark and optimism at UCLA right now that will follow the team from Westwood to Pasadena.
Prediction: UCLA 27-24
Matchup: Florida (24) at Texas A&M
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Line: Pick 'em
It may not be fair to call this an upset, but Florida is ranked in the Top 25 and Texas A&M isn't. Both teams will need to make a status change on Facebook after the game.
The teams from the state of Florida are struggling. Gone are their dominating performances and striking fear in the hearts of opposing coaches and athletic directors. They will likely turn the corner soon, but not this soon.
Florida's days of being ranked in 2012 are numbered.
Prediction: Texas A&M 27-17
Matchup: Georgia (7) at Missouri
Time: 7:45 p.m.
Line: Georgia -2
Missouri will make its move to the SEC, even if one of its players feels Georgia's game is more like a Big 10 team playing "old man football."
MU defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson held out of media day Monday after comparing #Georgia opening victory to "old man football."— KOMU News (@KOMUnews) September 4, 2012
He has a bit of a point and Georgia will have issues handling the Tigers' passing game. James Franklin can move the ball through the air and on the ground and Kendial Lawrence and Marcus Murphy can account for some yards of their own.
It doesn't help that Georgia's linebackers and secondary will be decimated by the loss of LB Alec Ogletree, S Bacarri Rambo, LB Chase Vasser or CB Sanders Commings.
This should still be a great kickoff game for the new-look SEC with the nod going to a team that is very difficult to beat at home, especially in night games. However, the game won't be as close as it should have been with the Bulldogs playing short-handed on defense.
Prediction: Missouri 38-27
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